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As if you needed another reason to pick up yarn…

Whether it’s to be creative, or learn a new skill, or just keep your hands busy, there are always good things that can come from yarn. I know in my time knitting and crocheting it seems like I find another benefit (knit-efit?) most every week. So I did a little dance (there are no pictures as far as I know, thank goodness) when a co-worker forwarded me a NYT article by Jane E. Brody that chronicled her own yarn journey and all of the mental and physical health benefits that can be found when you pick up the needles (or hooks). 🙂
Jane confirmed things I’d already discovered for myself about the wonders of crafting but I also learned new things too! So thank you Lena! For showing me this article. Thank you Jane! For presenting this and giving people even more reason to yarn. And a very large thank you to my Grandma and Aunt, for starting me on the yarn path. 

The Health Benefits of Knitting 

By Jane E. Brody

January 25, 2016

Up at 4am…

And I don’t know why. 😐 

Seems as good a time as any to work on another washcloth though. This one in crocheting in sort of a modified brick stitch. It’s going well, and super fast. At least until the dog decided I was done fiddling with yarn and sat on it. 

So here I am at 5am walking the dog…

  

  

Stay warm – Keep knitting!

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Okay by now the cold weather really isn’t news but I’ll just add my two cents… Holy Crap on a Cracker!! I know I’m not the only one yarning like crazy to keep warm. If I could figure out how to just wear the whole sheep I’d have done it by now.

I am still working through my stash while commuting to various jobs. Today I am making progress on a cute scarf of French braid cables. I love knitting up any kind of cable – they’re so much fun. One thing I have learned with them is keep track of your needles! I don’t like using the smaller cable-needles so I usually pull out an extra double point a size larger. But I have a habit of tucking it in my hair between rows and then forgetting it. Not a bad thing – until you try to put a hat on, or change clothes.. Ow.

In Shop News: I’ve finally opened my Etsy store! This is huge for me not only because it involves putting myself out there (which includes some vulnerability) but also because I’m finally being more proactive. I’m easing into listings and doing a lot of reading, but lately it’s been very little action. So go me! It’s only up from here.

Hope everyone stays safe and warm. And look for JennyInStitches on Etsy – I’d love to help build your network!

Inspiration & More Rain

I hope all my US peeps had a great 4th of July and avoided much of the rain. It is still drizzling here and we’re back up to flood warnings. We got wet a few times at the festivities, between the parades, BBQ, and the fireworks but all in all had a good time.

I woke up way too early this morning – I’ve actually been up for a couple hours now – with a monster headache. Not the good kind that can be blamed on too much beer. It’s just all the wet weather, I think. Everyone has some kind of sniffle or cough or sinus crap by now. Welcome to Ohio, right?

But, head explosions or not, I’ve gotten myself out of bed and started the day. Quietly, because no one else seems to have the awake-at-6am problem I seem to come down with. Our dog of course is raring to go and I was half-way considering grabbing the umbrella and taking him out, until he finally noticed the rain and hit the brakes at the front door. Then he gives ME that look that says I’M the nutty one for wanting to go out.

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I’m ready to tackle today’s projects now. It will be a good day for cleaning up inside but that won’t start until the sleepyheads are up – sometime around the crack o’noon. Instead, I am catching up online and pawing through my stash for inspiration. I’ve finished the body of the infinity scarf I started last week but it’s not quite there yet. Scratch that, I hate that saying and I’ve somehow absorbed it from my job. Blech.

ANYWAY. I know I want to put a twist in it before I seam up the ends. I am also going to add a sort of free-floating 3D element but I haven’t decided what yet. There is also the join itself, which will get some attention. As usual, I don’t really have a plan and I’m not following a pattern. I just listen to the yarn.

For now I’m still stitching but I may be doing it in a lifeboat!

Batten down your knitting!

Everyone has been freaking out here, watching the news for info on Stormagheddon 2013. Here’s hoping it isn’t as bad as they’re saying. Not really in the mood for tornado force winds, ya know?  So far it has just been really muggy – hot and sticky – with a lot of heat lightening. 

If you are in the path of this, stay safe!

Yes, I have been under a rock.

Here I am, crawling out of lurk-dom to finally get off my butt and post something. I have much updates though so at least this will be halfway interesting. 

Major news item #1:  Queen size blanket is done! I actually finished this up a couple weeks ago – and did a little fist pump cheer in the middle of a cafe. I got a pic of the final stitch, along with a close up of the border, but I was so excited to have it finished that I handed it off with a final picture. Doh! 

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I really like the way the edging turned out.

 

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