There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.
18th Century poet Alexander Pope
There is a lot of truth in Pope’s words as ‘The Yarn Harlot’, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee writes:
It is some kind of miracle that all knitting is constructed of only two stitches: knit and purl. [Amazing when you think of it!] Sure, you throw in some yarn overs, and sometimes you knit the stitches out of order, but when it really comes down to it, knitting is simplicity. The most incredible gossamer lace shawl, the trickiest Aran, a humble sock … each are just made with knit and purl.
Know these two stitches; Rule the world.
DID YOU KNOW? – The world’s fastest knitter is Miriam Tegels of the Netherlands. She can hand knit 118 stitches in one minute.
Miriam’s record still stands in the Guinness Book of Records to this date. She knits in the continental style and maintains keeping movements to a minimum is key to her speed. Click here to see Miriam in action.
In line with large needles, mega balls of yarn, keeping fit etc, arm knitting is also becoming very popular. I have discovered a couple of different ways of explaining it and both have very wearable garments at the end.
I really want to have a go at this and will definitely be putting aside some time at the weekend.
With my total lack of coordination, I will probably be all left arms and feet, but I just love the end product and must at least try.
How about you have a go too and we can compare notes on Monday?
A number of articles I have come across extol the benefits of knitting, crocheting or any craft for that matter, to your health and happiness.
It is said that knitting trains the mind and improves cognitive function, creates a sense of purpose, relieves stress (although if your pattern isn’t working, it could very well add to your stress), improves concentration and memory, builds good habits, strengthens upper limbs, provides a practical way to take a digital detox, cultivates personal communication and builds interpersonal relationships.
I can relate to most of these, so perhaps the article written by Health Fitness Revolution has some merit. Read on and let me know what you think.
Well the weekend has come and gone and it is back to work for many.
I hope you all had a wonderful time.
Little Arthur came for a swim yesterday and he really enjoyed his paddle as we pushed him back and forth across the pool.
His mum and I also managed to sort a few patterns for him for this coming winter. As they come along, I will be showing them off to you all. I am having the time of my life.
Villagers living near the SOS Wildlife Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in northern India are knitting jumpers for elephants under the care of the group to keep them warm during a sudden cold snap.
Read on to see some of the largest, most colourful animal coats ever. They put my doggie jumpers to shame. There is also a link at the bottom of the story if you would like to help with this amazing project.
Just in case you are not on Facebook and haven’t seen the results of my little experiment, I did manage to do a couple of rows of knitting, but the noodles were so delicate. If I was a little too eager with my work, they broke and the whole piece collapsed in a sticky mess. Did you have a go?
I think this about sums my whole experiment up, except I never got close to a scarf
This is going to be a very busy weekend for Grammazoo. I am going to knit my pink pussyhat before it is over – now that is going to be a challenge, considering ‘Squish’s’ shawl is also going to need some attention.
But I also have to keep the major off my back. He is dying to see what I do with the two-minute noodles I asked him to buy last week. I have kept him in suspenders until now, but feel the time is right to try it out.
Did you know … the oldest pair of socks in the world is at the Victoria and Albert museum and comes from Ancient Egypt?
The socks were uncovered during an archeological dig at ancient Oxyrhynchus, which was a Greek colony on the Nile in central Egypt.