Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The first article claims knitting can delay memory loss, and reduce the risk of memory impairment by 40%. While the second article talks about how knitting relieves the stresses of modern life and how the repetitive action can create a trance like state which creates general relaxation and helps to reduce stress. So all this knitting not only makes me happy and relaxed, but also is stopping me from losing my marbles. Fantastic!
It is actually really interesting to read this because I cannot agree more with the second article and just hope the first one is correct. I would say knitting is like meditation but for someone who has a little ADHD. I couldn't possible sit still, meditating and humming to myself - I have too many things whirling around in my head - but with knitting, if I am counting stitches and repeating patterns I do get into a relaxed state and can empty my head of all the whirlyness !!! (not sure thats a word - but you know what I mean !!). Furthermore the joy of having made something from nothing is so delighting, that I'm sure the happy hormones are in over drive. So what are you waiting for - grab your needles and a delicious ball of scrummy wool and knit yourself to good health !!!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
The 'STIFFY' hat is the easiest hat to knit - as long as you know how to cast on, knit, and decrease (check out 'you tube' for instructional videos if you don't know how to do this already).
- Cast on 50 stitches.
- Knit 30 cms /12 inches in a simple garter/plain knit stitch (in this picture I knitted 20 rows in hot pink, 20 rows in limeade, and 20 more rows in hot pink, but you could do just one colour - like the purple stiffy).
- For the last row, knit 2 together, repeating this all the way till the end of the row - you'll be left with 25 stitches on the needle.
- Cut the yarn, leaving approximately 80 cms / 30 inches to cast off and sew the hat up.
- Thread the wool needle onto the remaining length of yarn, then thread through each of the 25 stitches left on the needle.
- Pull all stitches off the knitting needle, and pull the thread tight, so the top becomes gathered.
- Make sure the hat is inside out and begin sewing the hat together along the two edges. If you have done stripes (like in the picture) - make sure you line the stripes up accurately.
- Once the hat is completely sewn up - turn it inside out.
- Make a deliciously big bobble - either with a bobble/pom pom making kit - like this one from purl soho, or go 'Blue Peter styley' and make your own.
- Sew it to the top of the hat - looping the thread through the bobble and top of the hat several times to ensure a strong attachment.
- Put it on, stand back and admire your handy work - alternatively - if it looks bad buy one from immidesigns!!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
- I get to snowboard
- All my winter friends return from there summer dwellings (that makes them sound like hippos !!)
- The crisp mountain air - there is nothing better than stepping outside the house in the morning and being abruptly refreshed by the delicious crisp air (a little advise though - don't breath through your nose cause your nose hairs will freeze !!!)
- I get to wear all my new pro-formed gear !! thank you Burton, Bonfire ......
- Shrimp mo boys and banana pudding for lunch or apres and $3 PBR's -
- West Vail trees - that magical place !!
- Pizza sundays at Matty J's
- Hats are a necessity not a fashion accessory - so I get to wear them everyday !!!!!!
That being said I've been busily designing a new ear flap hat. Made with super chunky wool, which equals a super speedy knit. White like the snow at the top of the mountain. Really happy with the result and think its my new favorite hat. I heart WINTER !!!!!