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A celebration of #menwhoknit and #menwhocrochet

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A celebration of #menwhoknit and #menwhocrochet

It’s a big shame that knitting and crochet are still seen as being only for “little old ladies” when there is a robust knitting and crochet community of all ages. There is also a movement by men who want to reclaim knitting and crochet as an art that anyone can do. Look under the hashtags #menwhoknit, #menwhocrochet, and those attached to them, you’ll see a magnificent range of talents and styles who are not giving an ear to negative talk or insults, but rather grow in their craft and create beautiful things. We’re going to look at just a few...

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Repetitive strain injuries — the dark side of knitting and crochet

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Repetitive strain injuries — the dark side of knitting and crochet

The only thing worse than a knitter or crocheter not being able to knit or crochet, is to not be able to do so because of an injury. In this article, we’ll look at the most common complaints and injuries and steps that you can take to keep from either getting hurt or making the injury worse. Most of the injuries that knitters and crocheters struggle with are repetitive strain injuries.  What are repetitive strain injuries? Repetitive strain injuries (or RSI) are injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, which is most often associated with working on a computer for very long...

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Fiction and Non-Fiction Books for Knitters and Crocheters

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Fiction and Non-Fiction Books for Knitters and Crocheters

Not all “knitting” books are about knitting — some of them contain, besides a lot of knitting by the author, life lessons learned and wisdom earned at the hand of their knitting endeavors. In this post we’ll look at some top knitters who are not only great writers as well, but also seeming as close as an old friend who can impart pearls of wisdom for your life when you need it most. With a good sprinkling of humor as well, of course!  Non-Fiction Books  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (Yarn Harlot) A favorite knitter and writer for many, this Canadian has blogged...

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Slow Knitting, Slow Crochet, and Mindfulness

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Slow Knitting, Slow Crochet, and Mindfulness

Have you ever sat in silence or with some soft background music and really took your time to work on your knitting or crochet project? Then you’ve felt part of what slow knitting and slow crochet is like. What is slow knitting and slow crochet? Slow knitting has been described by Hannah Thiessen as an approach to knitting (and crochet) that has an emphasis on making knitting/crochet a meditation, a passion and a unique necessity. She further goes on to write in her book Slow Knitting: “For those of us who knit, our fiber purchases add up, too, and quickly...

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Why Knitting and Crocheting While in Self-isolation Can Help You

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Why Knitting and Crocheting While in Self-isolation Can Help You

With the world in constant movement — and at the moment it feels like constant crisis — it’s important to take time to unplug from news feeds that run 24/7, all the social media channels, and to find an oasis of calm away from any anxiety you might be feeling.  Knitting, crochet, and other crafts can be the perfect thing to take your mind off the current crisis while you find yourself in self-isolation. Not only does this time of self-isolation give you a chance to dig into your stash and take out that yarn you’ve been saving for later...

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