Knit

Make the Most of the End of Summer

In some parts of the country you creative types are already looking at worsted weight projects and toasty slippers. But down here in far South Texas, we are still in the thick of summer. Wherever you happen to live, there is still time for a few last weeks of tank wearing weather.

To help you (and me) out, I did a little research to seek out my last summer pattern. Whether you choose to sew or knit, here are a few simple patterns that are ready to go.

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“Yarn is Oxygen for My Hands”

You may already be aware of this lovely lady but just in case you’re not… Melody Hoffman of Mandarine’s is a knitting pattern designer and natural crafter. Her designs all have the spirit of the outdoors. She also sells naturally died yarn in small batches that work beautifully with her patterns.

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The Spincycle

Well, it took me a while but it is finished… The Spincycle Poncho. This was an incredible easy knit but with moving twice and renovating 2 houses, I wasn’t able to pick up the needles very often. This is a great beginner knit and is a free Ravelry download. I used a handspun looking yarn that I scored at Tuesday Morning. If you are diligent, you can find some very interesting yarns! What is your next project? Mine is going to be an orange sweater knit with gorgeous Madeline Tosh yarn. Yum!!

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Teaching Kids to Knit

I have been knitting for several years now and truly love doing it. I hadn’t really thought about teaching Malcolm to knit until I started reading and thinking about what is involved in the craft. There is so much more to it than just making a scarf or a sweater. The following is an excerpt of an article on children and knitting:

“What occurs when a child sets about to knit? Needles are held in both hands, with each hand assigned its respective activity. Laterality is immediately established, as well as the eye’s control over the hand. From the outset, the child is asserting a degree of control over his will. The right needle must enter a rather tightly-wound loop of yarn on the left needle, weave it through and pull it away, in the process tying a knot. Only a steady, controlled hand can accomplish such a feat, so the power of concentration is awakened — indeed, there is no other activity performed by seven or eight year-olds that can evoke such a degree of attentiveness as knitting.” – Discover Waldorf Education: Knitting and Intellectual Development: The Role of Handwork in the Waldorf Curriculum from the Millenial Child Blog

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