We wanted to share a couple cute gift ideas for Easter with you. If you're on ravelry check out these cute felted bunnies from Christine Manitz. Or check out these adorable pot holders with baby chickens by Drops Design. If you're not on ravelry look here for a list of cute patterns to knit or crochet.
If you haven't been by the store in a few weeks you may not know that we are now carrying Spud and Chloe's Sweater yarn. It comes in many great colors with some really cute patterns to choose from. On Spud and Chloe's blog they have an adorable free pattern for a very lovable bunny--another great Easter gift!
I just stumbled across a CBS News Report from April 2009 about the positive health advantages of knitting. This is a truth that most knitters have been aware of for years, but it now looks like scientists are starting to see the benefits. Studies have shown that the repetitive movements of knitting help with stress, pain, depression and even strengthening the immune system. The Mayo Clinic is conducted research that is leading them to believe that knitting might even "be nero-protective," helping the brain's functioning ability as we age.
So next someone asks you why you bought more yarn, you can simply tell them it's for your health and your boosting your immune system. :)
St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, on the 17th. I know I'll be cooking up a big feast to celebrate the day. But what about other ways to mark the day? Vickie Howell has put up two cute knitting patterns on her website to celebrate. Check out the cute shamrock baby booties and mitered shamrocks, here.
The last few days I keep getting stuck with a certain knitting project. Just when I think I have things settled and all the stitches and corresponding math work correctly, I realize some new aspect to my chosen stitches won't work. So I dive back in and things start looking good again and then wham another problem with the stitch design needs to be figured out. This is when my knitting starts helping me develop better life skills--I'm forced to step back. I've always hated the feeling of uncertainty, so when my knitting starts misbehaving I get all unsettled. But the plus side is, my knitting is helping me to grow!?! Or is this just what I'm telling myself? One constant way for me to manage with these knitting blues, is to always keep another project waiting in the wings, and then I'm fine again. :)
What do you guys do when you hit a bump or maybe a mountain in your knitting? Any special techniques for coping with stressful knitting? Anyone have any nightmare knitting stories?
Congrats to local designer Rosemary Hill on her Brandywine Shawl still being at #2 on ravelry's "most active recently published designs." The shawl is listed 167 times in people's projects with 67 of them being current WIP's! Rosemary is donating $5.00 from each pattern sale to relief for Haiti and as of March 3rd has sent $6,000! I know many of you have come into the store to purchase yarn for this beautiful shawl and many of you bought Malabrigo's Sock Yarn. If you've finished your Brandywine, email us an picture and we'll put it up on the blog.
If you're interested in other patterns by Rosemary, we carry several of her patterns, such as Bluebird, Queen Wil Socks, and Verdigris. For more information on Rosemary check out her website at: http://www.designsbyromi.com/