Quick and Easy Knits

Posted on January 16 2020

Cushions knitted in Puddle by The Knitter's Yarn
Another year and a new decade beckons. With Christmas over and all the decorations put away, I love the idea of a completely fresh start so I am slowly starting to declutter my house. As a 'hoarder' I find the process a difficult one, despite my various books on the subject. In fact, I could probably do with decluttering my books on decluttering! I am currently limiting myself to 2 hours of clearing out each day so, at the current rate, I should be finished by this time next year! 

The beginning of the New Year with its grey days and long evenings is the perfect time to knit whilst watching some of the excellent films and series available. I enjoyed 'The Two Popes" last night and have 'The Crown' and 'Call the Midwife' on catchup - easy viewing whilst finishing various projects I currently have on the go.

If you feel like making some quick and simple knits over the coming months then take a look at our kits which come with pattern, yarn, needles and a handy project bag. All you have to do is decide which colour to knit. We are pleased to offer a 10% discount on all our Kits until 31st January. Simply enter KIT10 at the checkout.
Chunky button cushion knitted in Puddle from The Knitter's Yarn

Hand knitted cushions are easy to make and add a stylish look to your décor.
We have several styles available.
Ruff cable cowl knitted in Puddle from The Knitter's Yarn
This cable cowl takes just one ball of Puddle and is the
perfect neck warmer on these chilly days.
Cable wrap knitted in Puddle from The Knitter's Yarn
This cable wrap is one of our most popular designs
and looks lovely in all colourways.
Stripe and Cable Cowl kit available from The Knitter's Yarn
Bobble and stripe cowl knitted in The Knitter's Yarn No.2 4ply and Angora
Curlew garter stitch scarf knitted in Puddle from The Knitter's Yarn
Curlew Triangular Shawl knitted in Puddle
I have written in the past about how knitting can be good for your health and this week I received 'Knitting' magazine which included a booklet on "Knitting and Wellness' . The supplement was created in partnership with James McIntosh and Dr Thomas Ernst, authors of 'Knit and Nibble' which talks about how knitting helped James deal with his depression. James read a book I have mentioned in a previous blog, Betsan Corkhill's 'Knit for Health and Wellness' and he has discovered hand knitting as just one of many ways to practise mindfulness. His partner, Dr Ernst, is a senior consultant physician who uses mindfulness in a clinical setting for patients with chronic medical illness, including pain. Together they are founders of the art of 'Knititation' and they write about how to gain more from the knitting process including mindfulness, meditation and relaxation. 

I have to admit that sometimes I don't find knitting that relaxing. I have a tendency to knit quickly, often trying to get to the end of a project as fast as possible. That is why it is good for me to have different projects on the go at the same time, using different weight yarns and needle sizes. Knitting with chunky yarn and 15mm needles requires me to use a different, slower technique which allows for a more meditative state. What I lose in speed of needles, I gain in the thickness of the yarn so these projects knit up very quickly naturally.   

Changing the subject completely, we are all aware of the terrible bush fires currently raging through Australia and the devastating effect they are having on the wildlife. If you would like to help The Animal Rescue Craft Guild has a series of patterns for crafters to help surviving animals and they also have a priority list of requirements

Our monthly charity knitting group re-commences on Monday 27th January at 10.00am at the Granby Care Home in Harrogate. For those who are unable to attend, I thought you might be interested in reading more about one of the charities we support Knit-for-Nowt - a charitable service which supplies hand knitted, crocheted or sewn items to those who work with vulnerable children to help them heal.
Hats and Scarves knitted by The Knitter's Yarn charity knitting group
Hats, scarves, gloves and blankets knitted for the
Harrogate Homeless Project


 Wishing you good health and happy knitting in 2020.

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