Knitting & Crocheting Good for Your Brain

According to a study released by the Mayo Clinic, knitting and crocheting can decrease memory loss by 30 to 50 percent in our later years. It also has extra benefits such as managing stress, pain management and relieving depression.

I had the same reaction that the reporter in this CBS News piece did when I first started knitting, “When does the relaxation part start?” Take heart, it does! (click on image to watch videos)

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Guest Post: Get Hooked on the Knitting Social Network

hand-knit-cord-lapThis post is from Kate Cummings, founder of the Knitting Network.

There’s no denying social networking has become a part of many people’s day to day life.

Whether you are tweeting on Twitter, writing on your friend’s Facebook wall, or tagging pictures from your latest night out, social networking is there to brighten up the boredom of the 9-5 stuck at your desk.

Yet the distraction of so many different pictures and applications can push other hobbies out of the picture. Wouldn’t it be ideal if you had your own online community solely dedicated to knitting?

This month we launched the Knitting Network; a dedicated social network purely for knitters. The website is a coveted community filled with tips, images, videos and knitting chat. The site offers you the opportunity to give your personal touch to the world of knitting where the content is entirely dictated by members; from uploading pictures of your latest piece to sharing patterns, chatting about projects, arranging meet ups, and creating your own knitting groups.

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The next few weeks are exciting for Knitting Network. The members are flocking in, and March will see the first issue of the Knitting Network newsletter, complete with competitions from the vast number of yarn shops and stores already interested in the website, as well as featured patterns and members. There will also be a reviewing feature where members can help each other by rating and commenting on their latest purchases of yarn, needles, knitting books and magazines.

For more information visit http://www.knitting-network.com/ or email info@knitting-network.com

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Interesting Art: The Arts Begging

A new exhibit opens this week at the Portland (Ore.) Art Museum called La volupte du goût: French Painting in the Age of Madame de Pompadour that includes this work:

The Arts Begging Fate to Spare the Life of Madame de Pompadour
The Arts Begging Fate to Spare the Life of Madame de Pompadour

Information from the museum says that, in the painting, “the bearded figure of Destiny leans across the globe to stay the hand of one of the Three Fates who is about to cut the thread of life spun by her sisters.” Below them, the “beseeching crowd” is Apollo, Music, Architecture, Painting and Sculpture.

If you’re in the northwest, or plan to visit Portland before mid-May, you can see the work on exhibit.

Knit (or Knot) Some Love

Heart Yarn What better day to announce our partnership with Knots-of-Love than Valentine’s Day! Through this partnership, we’re offering exclusive Knots-of-Love starter kits for knitters or knotters to create a chemotherapy cap for a cancer patient.

The Knots-of-Love starter kits include everything you need to make a chemotherapy cap including two forest palm knitting needles, two exotic wood crochet hooks, a skein of Caron Simple Soft Yarn, a pattern and instructions on where to send the cap when you’re done..

“We’re thrilled to be part of this project,” says Rick Brown, co-owner of Laurel Hill. “For each kit purchased, Laurel Hill will give $3 to Knots-of-Love.”

“We are very grateful for Laurel Hill’s involvement in Knots-of-Love,” Founder Christine Shively adds. “We know with their help we will reach more cancer patients with handmade-with-love chemotherapy caps.”

Laurel Hill Featured in Creative Knitting E-Newsletter

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We’re thrilled that Barb, the editor at Creative Knitting featured Laurel Hill’s needles and hooks in the January 9th edition of the e-newsletter.

As needle workers, we appreciate fine tools as much as beautiful yarn and exciting patterns. Have you seen the exotically beautiful wooden knitting needles and crochet hooks imported from Vietnam by Laurel Hill? Smooth as silk and nary a snag in sight, working with these needles and hooks will improve your outlook and workmanship. I especially like the wide thumb grips, sharp points and generous yarn slot on the hooks.

Click here to subscribe to Creative Knitting or any of the other knitting and crocheting newsletters available.

Interesting Art: Freeform Crochet, Unnatural History

Two interesting art stories to share with you today.

161Art League Houston is pleased to announce the opening of Museum of Unnatural History, a dioramic installation of new works by Elaine Bradford, on view from January 9 – February 20, 2009. Museum of Unnatural History consists of dioramic displays similar to those found in natural history museums, and which serve as “natural habitats” for the artist’s fantastical crotchet covered taxidermy creatures.

Visit Art League Houston for more information.

The second is from Luisa del Sante, aka Crochet Doll. She does freeform crochet art.

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I’ve started crocheting and stitching way before learning to read and write, just looking at what my grandmother, my mother and my older sister were making, and I can’t remember how much time I spent with yarns, a crochet hook and a lot of time to overcome….