Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You Don't Have Time?

Knitting is fun, knitting is good - 
If you've never tried knitting, well, I think you should!

Lately, I've seen lots of links to articles, like this one and this one, about the health and mental benefits of knitting. For those of you who keep sharing them on Facebook, thank you. Also, have you not been listening to me and my knitting friends? We've been telling you these things for years, as you have said things like, "I don't want to knit," or "I can't knit," or "I don't have the time to knit." To these latter things, I say, "Phthhhbt!"

You can check out the links to the articles, or not. Either way, this is why I knit:

Colors playing together for the sole purpose of making me happy. I like that.

The stitches:
Sometimes cables...

Sometimes lace...

Sometimes I really have to think about what I'm doing, and sometimes I don't have to think about anything at all...just yarn over needles and drawn through loops until I have something pretty!

Love:
Love for  sweethearts, for children, for grandchildren...all right there, in the tangible form of stitches working together to make something soft and lovely (or fun!). Also, the love of creating runs through my veins, and that love of making something from almost nothing just seems to calm my soul...it is magical! Even during the knitting, before I have a finished sweater, watching the stitches emerge from my needles is simply mesmerizing!

Most of all, knitting calms my mind, heart and soul. The simple repetition, the same as it would have been for my mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, etc., is meditative and helps to short circuit the worry I am so very prone to. After all, who can think about bills, or worry about health, or even fret about housework, when her hands and brain are busy creating beauty? Throw in a couple of very pretty buttons, and it's all good...

So, there you have it. This is why I knit. It's good for me! What are you doing that's good for you?

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health (as soon as you have left your excuses behind)!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Photos...

A couple of posts ago, I told you that it was all about the babies...and it was. Still is many days, in my world of knitting anyway. But, somewhere in that post, I showed you a photo of a sweater that was less than stunning. Let me clarify...the PHOTO was less than stunning. The SWEATER was (and still is) GORGEOUS!!! And, may I just say how excited I am to knit a "Little Sister Dress" for an actual little sister? I am simply delighted!

It's just that I live in northeast Ohio, and it is fall, and I don't like to go out in the rain for all that perfect, natural light that makes for good photos. Since I don't have an indoor studio, that means that I sometimes settle for less-than-stunning photos...it is what it is. 

But last week, there was sunshine, and better photos followed, like this one...

...and this one, too. These buttons are just killing me with the cute!

In my Prettyanna kind of way, I hope to be able to catch a few more rays here and there (for my photos - I am well beyond my personal, sun-worshiping, golden-tanning days), even through our darkest of seasons. If I am unsuccessful, please forgive me...I'm working within the limitations of a northeast Ohio seasons-of-darkness, but I'll do what I can. 

How are you coping with the onset of the cold-and-dark where you live? Or is it turning summer for you, there in Australia? Whatever's going on in your weather, and in your world, I hope there is knitting.

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Knitting with a Heavy Heart

Knitting a prayer shawl and mourning with a friend today. She has lost her son. I have no words, but I have knitting. I will knit for her, I will cry with her, and I will pray. It feels like so little, but it is what I must do. 

The blog will return with its usual knitting content on Saturday. Until then, hug your loved ones. We just do not know the hour or the day that will be their (or our) last.

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health. 

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd;
--I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
--he leads me beside peaceful streams. 
--He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
--bringing honor to his name
Even when I walk 
--through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
--for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
--protect ans comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
--in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
--My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love
--will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will live in hte house of the LORD forever.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Seven Silly, Stripey, Sets of Socks

You know me. I knit. I knit socks. I knit lacy socks. I knit funny socks. I knit stripey socks. I knit socks like it's my job...and I love it! I'm smitten with hand-knit socks...especially for Christmas...and these seven pair of stripey, Christmas socks are simply stupendous! (If I do say so myself...and I do!)

I was so excited to have them done...one pair for every member of the Pretty Family*...that I headed right out to the front yard for a photo shoot! I took pictures of them neatly folded...

...and in the bushes, on sock blockers...

...and on the clothesline. 

As a matter of fact, I posed them several ways on the clothesline, and I used my fancy photo-editor to play with the images. Here's another shot...

It's possible that my neighbors are planning an intervention. Of course, if they cure me, who would entertain them? That's right. I am live entertainment, 24/7. No interventions necessary. Just get me some sock yarn...and lay it right over there, that's right. Now, walk away slowly, with your hands where I can see 'em, and nobody gets hurt. That's right...

Hmmm, maybe the neighbors are right. Maybe I'll knit a sweater next...maybe. 

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!

*Pictured are socks for Snake, Dollface, Mork, Mindy, Pop Pop, Pretty and Peanut!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

All About the Babies...

Last time, I told you how Connie is all about the beads lately. I have not fallen into my bead stash (yet), because I am currently all about the babies! Knitters, you know what I'm talkin' 'bout, right? Sometimes it's all about the babies, 'bout the babies (no kitties).

Cats: (Gasp!) What?!? I think it IS about the kitties!

Pretty: No, it's all about the babies, 'bout the BABIES!

Cats: No, the KITTIES!

Pretty: NOOOO!!! It's all about the BAAA-BYYYYYS! 'Bout the babies...

Cats: Pretty, you have two cats and no babies...

Pretty: I know, but I am knitting for babies...unless you'd like me to knit YOU a sweater...

Cats: Nope. Nevermind. Step away from the cat! I guess it IS all about the babies, 'bout the babies...

Pretty: That's what I thought.

Thanks for stopping by friends! And remember, no matter what the cats say, it really is all about the babies in my current knitting season!

Knit in Good Health!

Projects pictured above include the following:
It's All About the Babies, Baby's Snuggle-y Friend, Christmas Baby Hat (I'm working on writing up the button-on, or off, bow!), Gender-neutral Baby Blocks, and Neopolitan Baby. It IS all about the babies!