Skip to main content

Paige's Highlights

So, be ready for a theme!  Knitting and Crochet!

1. Bernat. Their home webite with LOADS of free patterns, tutorials, and knitting/crochet help!  Seriously, they have dozens of patterns for hats, scarves, sweaters, toys, and house items.  If you're interested in knitting and crocheting for charity (afghans for homeless and battered women's shelters, preemie baby hats, chemo hats, or fund-raising patterns) try
For both, you have to sign up to access patterns and such, giving them your e-mail but beyond that, it's easy as pie and you get GOBS of resources.  Basically, they look like every single one of their "free pattern" hand outs that you see in the yarn section of the store are available for free online.

2. Knit and Crochet Today.  A PBS TV show and a website.  They have lots of free patterns, great ideas, and links to some of the contributors' blogs and websites.  The lead gal, Brett Bara has a blog here on blogger...Check it out at Manhattan Craft Room.

3. Continental Knitting.  I've always knitted "standard" or "English" but have recently discovered "continental" or "German" knitting via Knitandcrochettoday.  Here is a GREAT series of web videos giving instruction on continental knitting by Jeanette White.  The plus side to retraining myself: less wear and tear on your hands (i.e. no arthritis at like 50) and faster knitting! :)

4. Ravelry.  It's a hybrid between knitting project websites and facebook for knitting and crochet.  TONS of patterns--some for free and some to order.  LOADS of ideas, tips, blogs, and news from fellow knitter.  "It's a knit and crochet community!"


Popular posts from this blog

Looking back and Looking On: 2016 reflections and 2017 dreams

The blog has been quiet these days, but we've been busy behind the scenes.  At times, it feels like I get nothing done but keeping the kids alive and us semi-fed with healthy food, but we have been steadily plodding forward.  Here's where we've been. The Year of Simplify: 2016This past year really had me getting serious about taking stock of my life-how I spent my time, what was important to me, what I actually wanted to see and bring into my house.  I was getting pretty exhausted from working my 5th (yikes!) year on night-shift, raising two small children (with a third on the way!), and having "to-do" or "should-do" lists as long as my arm.  My home felt cluttered and overwhelmed as we were in-between two places for the past few years.  The extra space between two locations hadn't reaffirmed the "stuff purge" as I felt like I always had more space.  All in all, was juggling too much; I felt overcommitted--with work, with hobbies, with to-d…

Where have we been?!?!?!

Yes, blogging land, it has been a while.There's been a lot of transition for us in our little homestead, and nearly a year ago, we returned to the suburban life for the current time.Have we given up on our dreams of wide open spaces and green acres?  Certainly not.Is homesteading still something we love or would love to do? Definitely.Here's the thing. Homesteading is what you make and how you define it.  If you expect me to be a purist, you are far from mistaken about me.  My life is far from purist.  Bits and pieces of life are combined into a recipe that is of my own making and best suited to my own life priorities and goals. Do things sometimes get a bit mis-mashed and messy?  Yes.  But it is always worth re-tweaking and making something unique, beautiful, delicious.It's all in your priorities and goals.
 For me, having a manageable sized garden and quantity of produce is high.  Along with short commutes. And less stress.  And possible early retirement.  And extra time …

Taming the Consumerism Beast: My Minimalist Christmas

As we enter the holiday season, I have consciously been trying to be more mindful of the choices that I'm making and the example I'm setting.  Unfortunately, the holiday season has become part and parcel with excess--excess food, excess buying, excess debt, excess stress.
I want to do better.
The past year or two, I've been gradually shifting towards simplification and minimizing my life.  My schedule has been too busy, my home too cluttered, and my life just too stressed. And if we're honest, the holidays are no exception. We are consumer-minded, we don't budget for generosity, and we are wildly selfish, but carefully disguise this as generosity to our already well-provided for families, friends, and children (global perspective, people). 
I want to teach my children better.  And the only way I can accomplish this is to lead by example.
I want my children to learn that Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, not over-indulgence. 
I want my kids to remember that Chr…