Thursday, June 23, 2016

About Healing and Knitting

Crafting to heal

I have been quiet for the past month, grieving the death of my Mother-In-Law and the missed opportunity of one last visit which was scheduled for this July/ August.
Although miles away in England, she has been much of a mother to me during the past 34 years and I miss her dearly.  She is leaving a big void not only for my husband and children, but for me, too.
I could talk about her, there are so many memories.  Mum was always there without meddling, showing interest without trying to control; she walked that fine line ever so well.  Her favorite charity was Muscular Dystrophy as she had lost her eldest grandson to the disease and she had asked for donations to that charity at her death. I could share to try and paint you a picture of the person she was, but instead I want to talk about how I am coping during this past month.
Over the past years I have posted several articles (mostly on my facebook page)  on how the act of knitting improves brain function and mental health.  I can testify to this.
Knitting has helped me.
Following Mum's death I felt tightly wound and afraid to unravel.  Trying my best to help Tony and our children through their grief and gaining comfort by spending time with family and friends.
What helped me at least as much however was simply to sit down and knit, focusing my mind on the task and forcing my hands to oblige, creating something tangible, something beautiful...
There were the harder projects which forced me to focus, especially since I was changing the pattern to suit my taste and there were the easier projects when I could let my thoughts go and memories came flooding while my hands rhythmically did their work and let me find some inner balance.
There were a few lessons during which I focused and shared and took care that the pattern was understood.
So I am slowly finding my Inner Balance and Equilibrium...
I want to thank all of you for cutting me some slack during this time and thinking of me and my family (love is a great healer).

Here are some of the things I knitted during this past month (Click on the links to find more information on pattern name, yarn used and project notes).

Turkish Bed socks

A project of another kind

I also made this little pillow as a gift to my son's Mother-In-Law who just got her US Citizenship:

Materials needed (all available at AL Stickles) 

  • 1 pillow insert 15" x15"
    • 1 bandana
      • a couple of star shaped buttons

Thursday, May 19, 2016


My Spring/Summer Classes promise lots of fun and knitting satisfaction.

Get ready for summer with these accessories. 
Some of these knit up in no time at all and are small enough to take along wherever you go.
Please note that I am very flexible with the class schedule and if you are interested in a specific class, but can’t make it to the posted date, I can add a class on a day convenient to you or switch the date.  All classes are for a maximum of three students.
For all classes I am giving two choices of dates.
Wednesday, June 1st 11am-2pm

Wednesday, June 29th 11am- 2pm

#12 Skirt by Norah Gaughan  (Vogue Knitting) This is a fun flared swingy skirt worked seamless.  In class we will go over the pattern, practice unfamiliar stitches and get started.  No, you will not finish this in class, but you are always welcome to come back with additional questions or problems.
What you need: 920-1265 yards of Sport weight cotton yarn or other fiber of your choice and a US# 5 circular needle.  The $5 pattern is included in the class fee.

Average difficulty rating:  Easy
29 ratings with 1 very easy and 10 very difficult
20 ratings between 1-3.



Wednesday, June 8th 11am-2pm

Wednesday, July 6th 11am-2pm

Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas  This is a great low sitting summer sock to wear in your clogs, keds etc (NO, you do not need to go to bed in them).  I just finished a pair myself. They are knitted one at the time and the instructions are given for DPN’s, but this can also be knitted on two circulars.  Half of the sock is knitted flat, and then joined in the round.  You should get most if not all of the flat knitting done during class.
What you need: 170-175 yards of fingering or sock weight yarn and US# 3needles (either DPN’s or two circulars).  The $5 pattern is included in the class fee.


Average difficulty rating: Easy

850 ratings with 1 very easy and 10 very difficult
718 ratings between 1-4.

Wednesday, June 15th 11am- 2pm

Wednesday, July 13th 11am- 2pm

Leftie Shawl by Martina Behm So, you have been knitting socks lately and have a lot of pretty sock and fingering weight yarn left over?  This is a great pattern to use up and show off those leftovers.  You will learn how to do German short rows and get started on the shawl.  You will get at least 1-2 sections finished J
What you need:  At least 420 yards of fingering yarn for the MC plus leftover yarns of the same weight (Buy some unicorn tails if you want!)  US# 1 ½ -US# 2 ½ circular needle (depending on your tension and desired denseness of finished shawl).  The $5 pattern is included in the class fee.

Average Difficulty rating: Easy

1590 ratings with 1 very easy and 10 very difficult
1265 ratings between 1-3.

Wednesday, June 22nd 11am-2pm
Wednesday, July 20st 11am-2pm

Jersey Knit Bracelet by Vanessa Christenson  This is a finger knit and you should be able to finish this during the class.  Using your fingers instead of knitting needles may feel awkward at first, but you will get the hang of this.
What you need:  Three fabric strips of 1 inch width approximately 58 inches long. Jersey is a good choice for its stretchiness.  Alternatively you could knit three strips or use some pretty 1” wide ribbon :).  The pattern is free. 

Average Difficulty rating:  No ratings

All Classes are $55 and include the pattern when applicable. 

Additional help with the project is also included in the class fee.

Please call or e-mail me to sign up.      845-430-7619