Thursday, December 15, 2011
I have carpel tunnel pretty bad in both hands and it's very hard to knit even with regular needles. I even have to use circulars just so I don't drop them when my fingers go numb. But, I'll never give up knitting because I love it so much! I knew without a doubt that working with teeny-tiny double-pointed needles to make socks would practically be impossible for me. Hence, the sock loom!
Many of you know that I knit for charity and that most if not all of my yarn has been donated. Well, I ended up with enough sock yarn to make at least a dozen pairs of socks. I really, really wanted to make socks, too. The CT problems were really getting in the way though.
I'm really glad I got the sock loom. I've only been working with it for a couple hours so far and I've all ready found a rhythm. There is a small learning curve if you want to learn how to really knit and purl on the device and keeping track of where you are is also a small annoyance. But, both of those are easily remedied. Doing a couple rows of each stitch on some scrap yarn helps you to learn the stitches lickety-split and a piece of first-aid tape marked with some pen lines really helps you remember which stitches are knit or purled.
Friday, November 18, 2011
This time last year, I was intensely working on an original Christmas card design. This year, it's all about individuality. Everyone is getting a hand-knitted gift from me. Knitting has become a real obsession this year. I'm making towels, washcloths and hats for my family. I've also made a couple hats for friends. I also teach knitting and crochet at Project W.A.R.M. here in Daytona Beach, and I've made a couple contributions to Meals-On-Wheels through our Prayer Stitch group. Busy! Busy! Busy! I'm thinking of setting up this page so I can take custom orders. I can make a kitchen or bath set in about a week. I can whip out a hat in 2 days. I'd love to hear your thoughts about that.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Funny thing though... it's just so simple to do. Find a pattern you like, or don't. It doesn't really matter. You can do this with scrap yarn and any old pair of needles (or crochet hook) and start praying! Start with something small and watch it grow. Each stitch you make, think of the person who needs your prayers. Each thought can be a prayer. Just saying their name in your head, bringing their needs into the forefront of your mind is a prayer. Repeat with each stitch as you go along, thinking of your loved one. Before you know it, you've sent that person a hundred, a thousand, ten-thousand prayers!
When I think my blanket of prayers is big enough, I give it to that person. (usually, I make a lap blanket size, 48"x52", or sometimes a shrug to fit over the shoulders) When I do, I tell them, "This is a blanket of prayers that I made for you. Each stitch contains a thought of you, each row a continuous prayer and a meditation to help you through your troubles. May it keep you warm and wrap you in peaceful thoughts."
Can you imagine if everyone who knit or crochet would focus on peace and harmony for a day? How many prayers and thoughts of kindness could be sent out into the world? How much healing could we do?
Pick up your needles today and stitch a prayer!