While we stay inside .. Why not cultivate a hobby?

Greetings!
In this post I will focus on why it’s great to start up a hobby.
It’s easy to get bored during these times at home. Maybe you even feel unproductive as you scroll through your phone or watch episodes and movies back-to-back. Our brains like to move, so of course we can beat ourselves up when the day is unfruitful. It’s the little things that make us feel productive, such as crafts or fun projects we work on step by step. Knitting and crocheting are great ways to keep your mind busy, because they’re easy to learn, it relaxes the mind and the body, and it’s a good pastime while you’re off from school or work.

Knitting and crocheting may seem difficult to learn, but in actuality, it’s not that bad! You just need to find the right materials and the right source of learning. Once you get the hang of the weaving and the movements, it’s downhill from there.

Crochet or knitting also relaxes the mind and body greatly. After a long day, I find that crafting is my happy place. I love working on a project next to the fireplace, watching a relaxing show with my family and crocheting or knitting away. Time passes so quickly too! So if you’re looking for something relaxing but brain training at the same time, knitting and crocheting are for you.
As previously mentioned, it’s a wonderful way to pass the time when you’re not busy with work. It doesn’t take tiring effort either as other crafts do. You just need to stay on that steady pattern and before you know it, you’re done!

There are many reasons why knitting and crocheting are such popular crafts, and why it’s been something passed down from generation to generation. And don’t get me wrong, it isn’t necessarily easy. It takes time, patience, effort, and space. But trust me, it’s all worth it! And that’s why it’s awesome to cultivate a hobby. It helps you relax and it also gives you something to do while at home. Knitting and crocheting are great for that reason!

This crochet pattern is available at my Etsy Shop now!

Coming soon! I’ll be working on a series to teach how to knit and crochet. We’ll focus on the basics first. Then we’ll start advanced projects, and we will have fun along the way! We’ll work on beanie hats, then scarves, then blankets, and finally we’ll get into pot holders and coasters. I hope I can teach you all how to knit and crochet!

Check my Etsy shop and check my Downloadable patterns!

Zig zag blanket ( also work in progress ). This pattern will soon be available at my Etsy shop!

Snow hats!

Fair isle style hats are so cute! In this one I wanted to have a snow-like effect on the bottom. Imagine this hat and ski slopes! Fun! 🙂

More about this hat here.

This hat was made using crochet so it’s faux fair isle. I’m very happy to start designing and listing fair isle hat in my shop.

Pumpkin Spice!

Pumpkin spice is my favorite thing this time of the year. So every year I have to find a nice, soft yarn in some kind of orange color that resembles pumpkin or pumpkin spice.

This pom pom hat was inspired by my girls. They love pom poms on hats and I don’t make enough pom pom accessories, just to be honest.

I crocheted this hat using a wool blend of a chunky yarn and a size H crochet needle. It’s super fun to make! More about this hat here.

Enjoy the pics!

Unique Yarn from Italy and Germany

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Every time I look for inspiration I shop for yarn. Fortunately this time I had the opportunity to find this beautiful specialty yarn! Soon I will be designing fall and winter accessories. This yarn comes from Germany and Italy. I will be mixing them for fun color-texture combination. My goal is to end with very unique, soft, delicate, beautiful items to list in my Etsy shop.

 

 

About Knitting Needles

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a table, guide, cheat sheet to know which needle is ‘perfect’ for what kind of project? At least I think so. Here is what I think about this topic. Maybe you differ and if you do, leave me a comment so we can start a conversation, help each other and all those wonderful readers as well.

While I don’t claim that this is a ‘perfect’ guide, I do want to share my experience in this post.

My general categories are organized from BIGGEST to SMALLEST. I have added a note about the yarns that are best match for the needle sizes, again, just as a general guide.

15.0 – Afghan Blankets

Yarns that work best for blankets and this size of needles tend to be those with texture.

9.0 – 10.0 – Scarves, beanies

The yarn you choose will have an impact on the thickness of the scarf, hat or project. In general yarns with a mix of acrylic seem to work best here.

8.0 – Dishcloth, leggings, beanies and hats for kids.

The yarn that works best for dish cloths is cotton yarn. The yarn that works best for leggings, beanies and hats is any kind that has a mix of acrylic.

< 8.0 – Socks

Wow, there are so many awesome soft yarn qualities for socks in the supply stores! What I normally do for socks is read the label of the yarn and they typically have a note mentioning socks projects.

Leave a comment if you want to add to this list. Otherwise, I hope this quick guide was helpful to you today!

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