March 13, 2018

What Kind of Craft Blogger are you?

Here's a quiz for you (craft) bloggers out there...

  • Do you have a knitting blog?
  • Do you have a more general blog? (example: crafts, home decor, marriage, kids, etc.)
  • Do you have a more personalized blog or is it more of a professional blog?

Moving on..

So you have a blog.... that maybe fits in those categories or doesn't... either way please join in this quiz... if you don't have a blog, do you have a website that you run? (or do you read blogs? You can join in...)

  • How did you get started (examples: your favorite website... Aol? Myspace?)? What is it about for you? Do you have Social Media accounts in the same subject manner?
  • What do you write about? Are you in it for the money? What are the speific topics that you try to write about?
  • How to you come up with your article ideas or topics? How do you measure the success rate of each post? (example: you aim for this many pictures or videos)?
  • How long do you spend on each blog post?
  • Do you have a list of social media networks that you ping after each post is written?
    • Which ones?
    • How long does it take you to ping each one?
    • Have you seen an increase in your traffic?
I would love to hear from each reader about their blogging experiments, even if they are not bloggers (they can just be readers of blogs)!

So answer as best as you can including your experience!

I look forward to hearing from you!


March 6, 2018

When asked what you do for a living?...What do you say?

Conversation has started..Have you ever said "Knitting" when someone asks you what you do for a living?

The typical conversation's topic is usually about where you work. Well, since the baby bummers, more people are used to working well into the retirement age. Also, as you see both older and younger people working together, you see...these 2 ages are working together, but you see housewives are doing crafts at home!

But there are still many people who believe that housewives work from home and it's not raising children. I will confess that I have done this twice. I thought this would be raising children, but the Lord did not bless me in this wife.

However both my husbands preferred me to work from home so I did. And I will confess from home that I am I am a mother to 3 cats and I couldn't love them any more. They are my babies. Okay, enough about me!!! Back to you! Take a minute to add to this post at the bottom and tell me your answers!

I know many people will disagree with the way I lead my life, and that's okay! However, lets keep the constructive consideration to a minimum, and focus on your life and all about YOU but you are welcome to add to this blog and tell us your story!

I am anxious to see who read this post and answered all the questions! So, get to work!!

March 4, 2018

Becoming a Blogger Again!

I've come from no blogger and then back again. I seem to spend a lot of time researching and checking for spelling and grammar mistakes... and correction them! Now that I have said that, I will surely make a few! LOL

Anyway, I am now striving again at this blog awesome.. not just for my readers, but instead for me as well.

I am excited at the coming blog posts and I hope to have a more consistent schedule.

Well, I have a lot of blogger research that I have downloaded information that I need to sort out so that I can make this progress for you...and you! That being said, I'm going to get to researching and hopefully making more progress.

Hopefully more to come very soon! Keep reading and be sure to let me know if you have any crafts or home topics you would like me to write about! Thanks! Michele

March 10, 2016

My Knitting Articles on Hubpages

Michele Kelsey's Knitting Articles on Hubpages

Check out my knitting articles on Hubpages! I have published articles there about free knitting patterns and other valuable information. I try to be useful to other knitters who read my articles. Please feel free to read them all and comment on them with your opinions! :)

Thank you and have a great day!

Michele Kelsey

Michele Kelsey, author, "theflirtyknitter"
- Wife, mother, published author, and knitter who aims to provide fellow knitters with valuable free knitting information and patterns. I love knitting, doing most of my work for charity and for those I love.
- Website:
- Twitter Handle: "flirtyknitter"

Simple Garter Stitch Scarf for Beginners

Free Scarf Pattern by Michele Kelsey

This free knitting pattern is super easy and will keep whoever receives it very warm. You can make it one stranded, but this particular one was double stranded. I made it for my husband when we were dating. The link below will take you to the specifics of the pattern, the materials I used, and some learning videos to teach you how to knit if you do not know how yet.

This pattern is very simple as it only uses the Knit (K) stitch, which is why it is called a "Garter Stitch Scarf." Even someone who is an experienced knitter can make this in their sleep practically as it is so simple and fun to do! However, it is ideal for a beginner or anyone who just know the basics or hasn't knitted for a long time!

Please enjoy it, and all beginners should feel free to play around and adjust this pattern as they learn and grow as knitters! My only request is that you do not profit from my pattern in any way financially.

Link to Pattern:

Video: How to Tie a Slip Knot

Knitting: Learn How to Easily Tie a Slip Knot by Michele Kelsey

February 18, 2016

Knitting a Romantic Project

I love giving my spouse things that I've knitted. We aren't an overly spontaneous romantic couple, but he does occasionally surprise me. Typically my surprises are more along the lines of things I do, like organizing, cleaning or decorating something that he really appreciates.

The reason I do this is because he is to me at least a typical guy in that he knows what he wants or needs and will just go out and buy it. So when I knit for him I have to plan ahead. 

For me this means finding out what item he would like me to knit him in advance. He also likes to pick the yarn color and type at the store. I actually think it's kind of cool that he is interested in my favorite hobby. 

So my process for knitting something romantic typically goes like this:

Step one: ask my husband what he would like to have knitted and let him choose the yarn. 

Step two: work on knitting his project when he is out with friends or at work so that he doesn't know how much time I spend on it or even if I'm working on it. 

Step three: finish the project and hold onto it for Valentine's Day, our anniversary, his birthday or Christmas if those days are coming up in the near future. 

Typically by the time one of those holidays comes around he has forgotten that he asked me to make him something and he is surprised by the end product because he didn't know I was working on it behind his back. 

He is usually surprised by the end result and he always loves whatever I have created for him partly because it was made with love and partly because he forgot he asked for it and how much he wanted it. 

In this picture you can see a cowl that I made him for Christmas last year. We bought the yarn together and he knew what he wanted me to make, but I made it in private and he didn't know what the pattern would look like. When he opened his Christmas gift on Christmas morning he was shocked at how soft it was and how beautifully it had turned out. Now he wears it all the time and it's one of his favorite accessories!

Every time he wears it he gets a complement and he loves to brag that his wife made it for him! Everyone always says that it looks so soft and he takes that opportunity to explain what type of yarn was used (baby alpaca grande). 

This is just one example of something I have noted for the love of my life. What have you knitted for someone you love? Do you have ongoing projects for that person? Do they tell you in advance what they would like you to make them? Or do you just surprise them with something special made with love?

I've written several articles on Valentine's Day that have knitting patterns for free. I'd like to share them with you because you can use them for any occasion:

January 17, 2016

What Do You Do While Knitting?

Are you a multitasker? I am! I typically don't just knit and listen to music unless there is a blackout, which we get a lot of in Oklahoma.

I've always enjoyed watching my favorite shows on DVD or on Netflix while I knit. Typically I only watch shows that I have seen before that way I don't really miss anything by keeping my eyes on my knitting project. 

I can also talk on the phone or talk to a friend that's at the house at the same time that I am knitting because to me when I am knitting a garter stitch scarf it is mindless work. I love it. 

I think it's great to have found a hobby that I can enjoy while doing something else that I enjoy at the same time and not be distracted. 

So what do you do when you are knitting?
By multitasking do you ever make mistakes when knitting?
Do you ever knit in public or in a group?

Would you like to learn how to make simple but stylish coasters? Check out these patterns of mine for beginners!

Keywords: knitting, multitasking, blackout, Oklahoma, television, DVDs, Netflix, garter stitch scarf, telephone, talking, distraction

January 7, 2016

Can You Have Too Much Yarn?

I'm sure many people especially husbands would say yes. I would say maybe but doubtfully.

The thing about yarn is you never know what you might need. Let's say you find an awesome pattern you want to try; well, you may not need the exact color but more than likely you'll need the brand, the correct amount of yarn, and/or the yarn type. 

I have a monster collection of yarn yet I still have to buy yarn to meet my desires when I find a pattern I love. at times. For example, I started an afghan recently and had 2 skeins of yarn to use for it (the same color). Since it required using two strands of yarn when knitting at all times, as you can imagine, I ran out of yarn quite fast! Of course, this meant I had to buy more!

On the other hand, I have gone overboard more than once when building my yarn collection. Usually this happens when I find a beautiful and awesome deal for a huge amount of yarn on Craigslist or eBay. I get worried someone else is going to snatch it up, so I buy up!

I think one of the reasons that husbands don't like their wives buying too much yarn (of course, I'm being sexist here lol) is that there just isn't enough room for all that yarn! Also, men don't like seeing craft materials lying around the house that never get used! Too often we just get sick of one hobby, so we abandon it without ridding our home of the clutter!

So consider your self discipline and your space and I bet you will know the answer to that question!

So, answer this:

Do YOU have too much yarn?
How much space do you really have? Do you have space for the yarn you have?
Have you ever gone overboard buying yarn or any other craft materials?
Have you ever found an awesome deal on yarn that you couldn't pass up?
Do YOU abandon projects or hobbies?

Give me your opinion! It may just help me in my next persuasive argument with my husband as to why I need more yarn (which we absolutely have no room for). LOL.

Want to learn more about yarn? Read my article about the 10 Best ways to buy yarn!

Keywords: yarn, yarn collection, husband, pattern, color, brand, knitting, overspending, hobby, bulk purchases, Craigslist, eBay, crafts, clutter, space, deals

Learning a New Knitting Technique

I must admit or rather confess that learning new knitting techniques is not a strong attribute of mine. Since I mostly learned to knit from a book, I felt like I struggled enough with just the most basic stitches and elements involved in knitting.

Because of this, I am very slowly branching out to learn how to do new things. I attribute my lack of confidence in the way that I learned to knit - by a book and pictures rather than a person. 

My advice is that if you want to knit, you can do it, easily! But learn how to knit by watching videos or getting one on one help from a local knitter (often small yarn shop owners are happy to help!).

What techniques do you know in the knitting world?
How did you learn them??
Which were the hardest for you to master?

Want more help in learning how to knit? Check out the videos in this article for valuable information!

Tags: Knitting, learning, techniques, basic stitches, videos, local yarn shop

December 23, 2015

Christmas Crazy Knitting

Boy, I really wasn't prepared for Christmas this year! I normally make everyone gifts but I ran out of time!

My husband is the hardest to knit for because I'm constantly making him things. He's recently become fond of coffee so I whipped out a cozy for his mug yesterday (my first cozy).

As soon as Christmas is over, I'm getting started on stuff for next year so this doesn't happen again!

Do you homemake all your Christmas gifts and if so why?
Did you get all your knitting gifts done before the holiday or did it creep up on you? 

I make gifts for several reasons. First, we don't have the money to buy gifts for the holidays. Second, people tend to be impressed and appreciative that I took the time to make them something special. There are probably more reasons but finally, I don't usually want knitted/crafty stuff around my house adding to clutter. Our home is more minamilist and chic; not crafty and girly. I also enjoy knitting for others. 

Why do you knit and what do you do with your completed projects? How many do you keep? Are you involved in a charity where you can give your projects away? Do you knit year round and keep the stash of projects for birthdays and Christmas? Tell me all about your experiences!

Want to make quick gifts such as coasters? Here's the links to free knitting patterns for beautiful custom coasters that you can make in a day!

Tags: Christmas, gifts, homemade, handmade, knitting, husband, coffee, cozy, mug, new year

December 20, 2015

Knitting for Someone Special

With Christmas being this week and me having a busy year, I am so far behind on knitted gifts. I typically spend the whole year planning what to knit for who based on their favorite colors and what they might like.

I had a few gifts made this year that were ear marked for other people but at the last minute I am changing who gets what so that I can have everything done in time! I am usually very organized and plan a lot so I feel rather flustered this week! 

Hopefully I will get it all done in five days! I may not blog much but know my fingers are busy!

For more ideas on how to net for someone special check out this article for those hard to buy for people!

Tags: Christmas, gifts, last minute, year, planner, organized

December 6, 2015

Using a Variety of Colors to Knit

There are many ways you can use more than one color when knitting. You can begin with a solid color and switch colors mid-project. You can also use a skein of yarn that already has a mixture of colors dyed into it. Another way to use multiple colors is to start your knitting project with two or more strands - each one being a different color. The point is to have fun and to add variety to your knitting projects. 

Another consideration may be to knit with complementary colors such as purple and yellow. If you are knitting for a sports fan or a member of a sports team you might consider using that teams colors and your knitting project for that person. 

It's also nice to find out what colors the person you're knitting for likes and doesn't like. The last thing you want to do is to spend time creating a beautiful project that they will not use. A perfect example is my sister-in-law who hates pink. 

Learn how to buy yarn so that you can get the color that you want by reading this original article written by me:

Keywords: colors, knitting, project, yarn, variety 

December 1, 2015

Learn to Knit from Websites Online

There are some really great websites and even cell phone applications out there that can teach you how to knit in no time! is one of the best there is out there. They provide videos and step by step lessons. Of course, YouTube is a great resource when one is wanting to learn how to knit. However, some people make their videos too fast to understand or they talk too fast for you to demonstrate what they are doing on your own. Be sure to branch out online in order to find the best learning resources for you!

In regards to knitting websites another thought is to write down the names of knitting websites that offer free knitting patterns. I have a booklet full of these websites where I have found patterns that I love and want to refer back to.

Keywords: websites, learn to knit, online, cell phone applications, how to knit, teaching, knittinghelp, knitting help, videos, step by step, lessons, YouTube, knit, knitting, learning resources

For more information and a few original free knitting patterns of mine, check out this link:

November 28, 2015

Learn How to Knit with Videos

There are a number of YouTube videos that can teach you all of the different steps in order how to learn how to knit. I personally taught myself how to knit from books, which I would not recommend. However, I can't say that all videos are the best either. I have found that many of them go too fast and I cannot understand what they are doing or where the yarn is flowing exactly. When I made my first video, I really wanted to focus on making sure the audience could easily do the task I was teaching.

I did this by going thru the steps and using my words as an instructional tutorial. I did this slowly and clearly the first time through. Then, I ran through the steps a second time very quickly just to show a summary of what you should have learned from the video.

Has YouTube help you with your knitting? Which videos and particular were useful?
The following link has 4 YouTube videos that teach you knitting basics. You can easily learn how to knit just by watching the short videos. Also I plan to start a series of videos myself and my first video, how to tie a slipknot which is the first step in knitting, is provided in this link so check it out:

Keywords: YouTube, videos, learn how to knit, knit, knitting, knitting books, teaching, yarn, video, audience, instructional tutorial, summary

November 26, 2015

Video: Learn to Tie a Slip Knot

Check out my first YouTube video!

A knitting tutorial on How to Tie a Slip Knot 

This is my first YouTube video, so it is far from perfect. I went thru a couple drafts; it was difficult trying to film my own hands lol. It also was hard, because my iPhone and iPad suck up so much memory (I rarely use my computer) so it would not support a long video - it had to be super short. That's okay, because I think that's what viewers want to watch anyway - a short and sweet video that teaches them what they are wanting to learn how to do (in this case - STEP ONE IN KNITTING: Learn How to Tie a SlipKnot)!

You can find this video along with four other videos created by others which will teach you knitting basics in the following article:

Whose videos on YouTube do you find most helpful and why? What have you learned by watching videos on YouTube? Although it isn't perfect what do you think of my first video?

Keywords: knitting, video, slipknot, slip knot, tutorial, learn how to knit, beginner 

November 24, 2015

Why Did I Started Knitting?

I've always enjoyed volunteer work; it fulfills me. I used to write letters to soldiers stationed overseas who did not receive mail from home. However, the website I used decided to start charging the volunteers who wrote to these soldiers, and I thought that was just wrong. My mother had a heart attack and was stuck at home, not working, for a while. She is a busy body and went stir crazy. She found us an organization at her church called Threads of Compassion that would keep her busy while she rested. 

This charity accepted knitted or crocheted scarves as a sign of comfort for women who suffered from sexual abuse. I was really not a great knitter at first, since it was so new to me, but once I figured out how to garter stitch, I really enjoyed just producing one scarf after another until I had a huge pile. I presented my stack of scarves at our monthly meeting and truly enjoyed the thought that they would go to someone in need.

Why did you start knitting? Do you knit and crochet? If so which one do you prefer? Tell me all about your personal journey into the world of knitting! I look forward to reading all about it! :)

If you don't know how to knit then read this article and you will find five tutorials which will teach you the basics so that you can make an easy project. 

Keywords: volunteer work, knitting, stay at home, threads of compassion, charity, knit, knotted, crochet, crocheted, scarves, sexual abuse victims, needy, meeting, garter stitch

November 22, 2015

I Taught Myself How to Knit

In my knitting club, all of the women crochet rather than knit. I found that it was easier to learn how to knit than it was to learn how to crochet. I did try, but I just found it more comfortable to knit like I knew how. I didn't make the learning experience easy on myself either. 

Rather than watching You Tube videos that would teach me easily, I taught myself how to knit by reading a book and looking at pictures. Just learning how to tie a slip knot, cast on, knit, and bind off were hard enough without adding purling to the mix. It seemed like no matter how hard I tried, I could not understand how to purl.

It was so much easier to learn by watching! And there are many professional knitters who share their talents and skills happily. 

How did you learn how to knit or crochet? What are your recommendations for a new knitter? What did you struggle with when you learned the craft?

Take a moment to read these articles I wrote on how to make coasters and you will soon know how to knit if you don't already know how!!

Keywords: knitting club, knitting, crochet,  easy hobby, comfortable, teach me, YouTube videos, knitting book, slip knot, cast on, bind off, purl, self taught knitter 

November 20, 2015

I Taught Myself How to Purl

must have read my intro book a hundred times trying to learn how to purl. I only knew how to knit, and I wanted to add a little variety to my garter scarves, especially since all of the women in my knitting club would crochet these beautiful elaborate scarves, and I would only have my plain garter ones. It seemed that no matter how I did it, when I tried to purl, I would end up with two backwards loops on my right needle rather than one neat looking loop as I should. 

Finally, I watched an introductory You Tube video that showed me how to purl. I had to watch it several times, but I realized where I had gone wrong. I was not putting the yarn in the front of the needle when I was trying to purl, but rather I was keeping in the back as I did when I knitted. That was my problem. Once I fixed it, it wasn't a completely smooth ride, but I basically mastered the purl stitch over time.

If you struggled to learn how to knit like I did then this article will be helpful as it has many videos that teach you how to knit along with free knitting patterns for beginners:

Keywords: purl, knitting, how to, garter, scarves, knitting club, crochet, video, yarn, knitting needles

November 6, 2015

My Kitten and My Knitting

Each month I keep a stack of completed scarves together so that I can donate them at my monthly knitting meeting. I had a cabinet in one of my bedrooms that I began storing them in. When we got our new kitten (now a year and a half old), we kept her in that room mostly so she would stay out of trouble and so that we could get her and our current cat used to each other. I guess she felt safe in that little cabinet, hiding, and found comfort in laying in the basket with all of my finished scarves in it. 

I guess she also had some free time on her hands and some kitten playfulness to get out too, because I soon discovered she had pulled the yarn in various places on my scarves, making huge loops and basically messing them up. Of course she did not get punished and I went ahead and donated those scarves with a note of apology. I just hoped that those more experienced women in my club could fix those mistakes with their skills.

Want to make a small project that your pets can't destroy? How about a coaster set? Here are three free knitting patterns for coasters that I created. Enjoy!

Keywords: kitten, cat, pet, knitting, scarves, kitty, donations, loops, playful, donated scarves, mistakes 

November 3, 2015

What is My Favorite Yarn?

My favorite yarn is Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn. Why is this my favorite yarn? Well in many ways I still consider myself a beginner. Worsted weight yarn is easy to work with. 

It's a tad rough in a finished product like a baby blanket or washcloth. However, if you use large needles, it makes the knitting project loose and softer. This type of yarn is easy to slide around the needle with. I can work so much faster with worsted weight yarn. 

Would you like to learn more about yarn and how to buy it? This article will teach you about 10 great ways to purchase yarn at reasonable prices without skimping on quality:

Keywords: yarn, red heart, favorite yarn, super saver, cheap, worsted weight, beginner, easy, product, rough, washcloth, baby blanket, large needles, knitting project, loose, softer, type of yarn, easy to slide, needle, faster

October 28, 2015

My Husband Helps Me Knit

Bryan actually participates in my hobby because it is my life! He usually weaves in the ends, blocks any projects that need it, helps me track what row I'm on, and helps me find the right recipients for my projects as well as helping me organize all my knitting stuff. It's great to have a partner who helps!

We have started buying fancier yarn and it needs to be spun/wound up. We bought a yarn winder and this weekend that is his big project - to wind the yarn. 

Of course he doesn't do everything on the timeline I'd like, but I appreciate the help and try to be patient. I know that I'm lucky that he even cares about my interests. :)

Do you have anyone that helps you with the finishing touches?
Are you a part of any knitting group?
Who in the past has helped you with your hobby?

Want to learn the ins and outs of buying yarn? This article I wrote should help a lot!

Keywords: husband, helper, knitting, hobby, gifts, organize, partner 

October 24, 2015

Who Gets Which Knitting Projects?

After years of giving my friends and family more scarves than they will ever be able to wear in a lifetime, I decided to start making coasters, blankets, bookmarks, and dishcloths-things like that-things they could use.

They really loved the fact that I was branching out in my homemade gifts. It seemed like the people who were hard to buy for or who wouldn't wear a scarf loved coasters. My aunt who is a librarian loves books and reading so bookmarks suited her well. Those cooks in my life like my dear husband love the dishcloths and potholders I make. 

You can find something easy to knit for just about anyone. Even people who don't fall into those categories appreciate the thought of a washcloth featuring their interests and hobbies. 

When have you been creative in knitting a gift?
Who did you make it for and why was it a challenge to come up with a homemade gift for that person?

I'm always looking for new ideas when it comes to gift giving so I look forward to hearing what you've accomplished! :)

This article on how to make a specific dish cloth may help you in deciding what to make for whom:

Keywords: knitting, projects, Friends, Family, scarves, coasters, blankets,  bookmarks, dishcloths, useful

October 23, 2015

Why I Enjoy Knitting Dishcloths

Dishcloths are a great project to knit. They are typically simple and easy to knit. They can also be personalized. Usually when you are making someone a gift you know them pretty well. You should know their interests. For example if you have an uncle who is a football fan, a grill cook, a photographer or a drummer, you can find easy patterns that have footballs, grills, cameras and drums on them. 

Not only do I print appreciate the fact that I can find a dishcloth for just about anyone but I also appreciate the fact that given a little bit of time to search on the Internet I can find a free knitting pattern for the dishcloth that I want to make. It may take a little bit of time and effort to narrow down your search for the right item but I guarantee you that eventually you will find it. 

After doing this several times you will get the hang of it and you'll have a list of websites that offer free knitting patterns for dish cloths that you can return to when you need to make another one. One example is ravelry. If you create a free account and search under the advanced search setting you can search for free patterns and then in the top search box enter whatever interest or hobby you are searching for. 

One great example is my husband. He does have a vast array of interests but when we first met I did not know a lot of them. I knew he loved motorcycles so I was determined to find a dishcloth that had something to do with motorcycles. I found a free dish cloth with a Harley Davidson emblem on it and made it for him. When I later learned how much he loved to fish I made him a dishcloth with a bass on it. He loved and appreciated the fact that I listened to his interests. 

What challenges have you faced when trying to find the perfect homemade gift for someone in your life?
How did you achieve success?
What would you do differently now?
Where is your favorite place to find free knitting patterns for dishcloths?

You should try making one today because you can make one in one day; they are that simple and fast. Plus all of the ones that I have found our easy using only the knitting basic stitches of knit and purl. Sense I consider myself somewhat of a beginner still I have found dishcloths like this to be a quick and easy project. 

I did create the pattern of the butterfly below, but have not published it yet. However, I made a similar dishcloth of a baby cradle/stroller so check out these articles for the free knitting pattern!

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October 22, 2015

A Health Benefit of Knitting

There are many health benefits associated with knitting. One big one is relaxation and peace. Once you become a knitter you may find you can throw away that Valium and find comfort in this hobby. Lol. So try using your talents as a knitter and test the theory that you may have just found a way to relieve your stress!

While of course I was joking about anti-anxiety medication there are health benefits associated with knitting. I am no doctor so I can only express my experiences, but I know that I am a multitasker and I went through a period of time when I needed to take a break from something that used to take up a lot of my time. 

I discovered that volunteer work fulfilled this void in my life. I turned to a church group who was knitting and crocheting for a charity called Threads of Compassion. At this exact moment in my life my mother had a heart attack and was forced to slow down in her job and take a leave of absence to calm her nerves and recover. By the way she is doing well now and she is 10 times the busy body that I am!

We joined the charity together and we learned how to knit together. I know that when I wasn't around to scold her she still found it difficult to just sit around and watch TV and knit. Eventually she followed doctors orders and got back on track and returned to work quitting the hobby. 

My path was a bit different and I still had the time to devote to knitting for this charity. Over time I did quit going to the group meetings but I did not quit knitting for the charity. I found peace in a time of my life that was chaotic in the art of knitting. 

I know there are many health benefits to knitting both confirmed by doctors and by those who knit. How has knitting benefited you? Do you know of any health benefits of knitting? How does knitting make you feel? Get personal and share your experience with the joy of knitting!

Are you suffering from anxiety or just boredom? Consider taking up this hobby! In this link you will find some tutorials on how to begin knitting so that you can start today! 

Tags: health benefits, relax, peace, comfort, knitting, talent, relieve stress 

October 17, 2015

Knitting on a Rainy Day

When there's a weather event, whether it be a snow storm or just a rainy day, knitting is a great way to pass the time. Not only does knitting give you a way to relax, but it is also a way to be productive. It can help make you feel like you accomplished something even though you were stuck at home all day. 

This doesn't just apply to bad weather but it can also apply to sick days when you are stuck in bed. I mean how often have you had a 1 to 2 week illness that made you stay in bed making you incredibly bored?

Maybe you are experiencing bad weather right now or a sick day right now. If so you may want to pick up the hobby of knitting even just for a day. You may be thinking that you don't have time in one day to complete a project and you don't want to leave something unfinished lying around. Luckily I have three knitting patterns here for you that you can complete in about 30 minutes each. It doesn't get much easier than that. If you don't know how to knit I've also included detailed instructions that will teach you how in a manner of minutes. So even if you are suffering enjoy the time off and try out this hobby!

For those of you who do knit, what projects do you work on on your days off? How much can you accomplish in a day? Do you know of patterns that you can accomplish in an hour? Please share them below for those who are a little timid when it comes to knitting projects! After all if you are talented or have found something valuable why not share it with someone else? Thank you for your contribution!

Tags: knitting, rain, weather, snow storm, relax, productive, accomplishments, stuck at home 

October 13, 2015

Why People Knit

Did you know that some people knit to cure boredom? This most certainly can work because knitting is an endless hobby as you learn new techniques as you go and find new patterns on a daily basis. Where are you in your knitting journey? Are you a beginner or have you learned many new techniques? Share your experience! :)

Other people knit to find a way to express themselves as they become talented enough to create their own designs. I can relate to these people as I have created knitting patterns but I do prefer to offer them for free. There are probably hundreds to thousands of websites that offer free knitting patterns so anyone could find a pattern on just about anything if they just know where to look. 

Some do it to make money and others do it to bond with other knitters. Etsy has become the main online store for knitters who sell completed knitting items or particular knitting patterns that others want to buy. It is extremely popular but I choose to look for free knitting patterns and offer free knitting patterns because there are still so many of them out there. Do you sell on Etsy? Provide the link to your store in the comments section below and that way readers can check out your store and see if there is anything they would like to purchase. 

Why do you knit? Do you work for a charity? Do you knit for someone special? Are your holiday and birthday gifts knitted to save money? Do you knit things for your home or your pets or just yourself?

The reasons are endless! Share yours today!

Do you have a soon to be mother in your family or an upcoming baby shower to attend? Check out this dish cloth that you could make in a number of colors and fashion into a cute baby gift by tying a ribbon around it and placing it in an adorable basket. 

Tags: knitting, boredom, talented, creative, make money, reason to knit 

Knitting and Insomnia

Insomnia is a tough condition to beat, especially if you have tried everything! No one wants to create a fight club because of it, so here's a suggestion: knit! Garter stitching is simply knitting every row. Once you know how to do this you can multitask and/or knit in the dark. It's a great way to clear your head and wind down in order to sleep. 

If you suffer from insomnia and don't know how to knit follow this link and it will provide you with five short and sweet videos that will tutor you. You will soon learn the basics of knitting. 

Want a starter project? Consider a scarf. After mastering the videos cast on about 20 stitches. After that all you have to do is nit each row back-and-forth until you reach about 65 inches. When I learned how to knit this is all I did. I made around 100 scarves in this manner. The reason I am offering this free knitting pattern or guidelines if you want to call it that is because it is mindless knitting that you can do while you are trying to wind down and sleep. 

Tags: knitting, knit, sleep, insomnia, garter stitch, multitasking, wind down, self help 

October 12, 2015

Being Sick and Knitting

Well today I found it fitting to write about knitting. A short version of my life is that I am a housewife/mother. However, like anyone I get sick (more often than a normal person but opposite of my DH - he seems to be a carrier of sickness but NEVER gets sick). 

This was supposed to be a celebratory weekend but I have had either food poisoning or the stomach flu for over 24 hours. Usually I can garter stitch a scarf when I'm sick in bed but not this weekend. I'm barely able to just watch tv. I can usually always find time to knit but this is a rarity. Sometimes you just have to stay in bed and let it pass. :)

Have you ever been in a situation where you couldn't do your hobby because you were sick? How long were you sick and what did you do to pass the time?

If you are sick and a bowl tonight try knitting something quick and easy like a coaster set. This article contains three free knitting patterns for you!

Tags: housewife, mother, stay at home mom, SAHM, knitting, DH, husband, sick, flu, garter stitch, scarf, tv, knit

October 11, 2015

Finding Strength Through Knitting

Sometimes life can be overwhelming. Heck, even the smallest task can seem overwhelming. 

But if you can break down the situation piece by piece, you will find you can accomplish anything. 

Often when I'm struggling to complete a task that is stressful, tedious or overwhelming, I do a small knitting project. This gives me a sense of pride as I know now that regardless of the task I can accomplish it.

It may be as simple as knitting a coaster or a bookmark. The easiest project I ever did was a doll blankie for my niece. Lol. I've created three very easy coaster patterns for you to knit so check out this article:

Tags: struggle, life, knitting, task, doll blanket, easy, comfort, simple, accomplished, stressed, overwhelmed, strength 

October 8, 2015

A Must-Have Guide for Beginners

I found this useful link on tumblr...

Have you found any useful beginners guides for knitting on any of your social media networks? If so please submit the link to the comments below and I will share them? Thanks! :)

For more beginners help check out this article which has five videos that teach you how to knit:

Tags: Beginners, guide, how to, knitting

A Bubble Bath and a Knitting Project

I used to think I could knit anywhere. But I tried to knit while taking a relaxing bubble bath and it just doesn't work for me.

For one thing, you have to keep some slack and this will mean that your project will get wet.

Also, you can't really juggle a paper knitting pattern in the tub and if you are using one off your phone or tablet, well, you definitely don't want those to fall in the bathtub!

Finally, usually part of your arms and hands get wet while soaking in the bath and you don't want your ball of yarn to get wet.

So, there may be a way to take a bath and knit, but I have not found it yet. When I do, you'll be the first to know! :)

If you do figure out how to knit while taking a bubble bath you will probably need a project that is about half an hour to an hour long to complete. The free knitting patterns of coasters in this article take about 30 minutes each so they are perfect. Check them out and see if you can complete them. Let me know your progress and what you think of the patterns. I appreciate feedback and can handle constructive criticism. 

October 3, 2015

Cheapest Way to Buy Knitting Yarn

Did you know that small yarn shops not only have designer yarn but also charge a fortune? 

Now if you are talented and know how to use the most expensive and fine yarn, before purchasing at a store consider checking online sources such as eBay or Amazon.

Often Walmart carries clearance yarn, so frequently you should check that out.

Keep in mind the bigger the Walmart super center, the bigger the variety and quantity of yarn. eBay often has great deals on huge lots of yarn.

I have had much success buying yarn that way. Hobby Lobby has sales every week and also has a clearance section so check it out!!

Where do you usually buy your yarn? What kind of deals have you found? What type of yarn do you usually buy?

This article will go in detail about the 10 best ways to purchase yarn so check it out today!

Tags: Amazon, clearance, eBay, hobby lobby, knitting, sales, shopping, Walmart, yarn