Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo is an expert in the area of using crafting to heal, having researched the topic extensively for her book Crochet Saved My Life. In this post she shares how crafts can heal when used as a social activity. She also introduces us to Yarndevu, a new resource connecting knitters and crocheters. Read Kathryn’s previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.
Knitting and crochet are often used therapeutically in group settings for substance abuse, pregnant women on bed rest and for those coping with social anxiety. There are several reasons why group crafting is so effective in addressing these challenges.
A primary reason why knitting and crochet are useful in group therapy is that the focus is taken off of the patient and put on the needlework itself. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, California offered a crochet group to pregnant mothers on bed rest to help them take their minds off of their stress and fears, while still allowing them to connect with other women going through the same experience.
People in therapy groups who are coping with grief, abuse and other difficult situations may find it easier to begin talking with others about a project they are working on before getting comfortable enough to talk about more personal issues. Even in less intense situations, it can be helpful to focus on knitting and crochet in a group. These activities are great ice breakers and relaxing at the same time.
After consulting with doctors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists, Colette discovered and perfected useful massages for her hands using a rubber bounce ball – the kind you find in toy dispensers at the supermarket!
We hope to see you at our booth on January 17th and 18th to receive a ball and learn the techniques for yourself!
Click here to see Colette talk about some of her massage techniques.
Now that the holidays are over, you might find that you have extra time to craft for yourself. Why not learn how to arm knit a cowl?
Arm knitting continues to increase in popularity because it’s so quick and easy to complete a wearable project; a scarf or cowl will take an average of 30 minutes to make! Once you get the hang of the process, you’ll realize how fun arm knitting is, and maybe you’ll want to try experimenting with different colors and styles.
In her newest tutorial for Lion Brand, Vanessa from the Crafty Gemini demonstrates the arm knitting process for you to follow along. She even includes some slow-motion shots in the video, ensuring that you’ll understand the process so that you can successfully create your own cowl with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in 30 minutes or less!
(editor’s note: The contest mentioned in the video is now over. Stay close, there will be more opportunities to win yarn from Lion Brand and The Crafty Gemini.)
Watch the video below!
Check out some more styles of arm knit cowls in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®!
|Arm Knit Cowl
Pumpkin, Raspberry, and Fig
|Quick Arm Knit Cowl
|2 Color Arm Knit Cowl
Claret and Hoosiers
Today, I’m excited to share 6 awesome crochet patterns from some wonderfully talented bloggers and designers. Some of you may be familiar with the works of these bloggers already, and if not – be sure to browse through and check out each site; I’m sure you’ll find something that piques your interest! All of the links below feature projects from crafters who made items with our yarn of the month, Heartland (which is now 20% off).
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This great #scarfie project comes from Sarah, the creative mind behind the blog, Repeat Crafter Me. So cozy for this time of year, Sarah’s Crochet Hooded Cowl works up fast with 3 balls of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, and the toddler version only requires 2. This project is quite easy to crochet and assemble, and Sarah has even included some lovely pictures to help you visualize the process!
Make matching sets for you and your little one with Sarah’s awesome patterns: Crochet Hooded Cowl
This tutorial is great for those who may feel intimidated by fair isle knitting; Christine does a wonderful job of making the pattern and technique easy to understand. With a beautiful snowflake/star image at the center of the hat, it’s the perfect winter accessory. There are plenty of colors in Heartland for you to choose contrasting hues that best suit your tastes. I personally like the red and white combination for a striking Christmas hat.
Watch Christine’s video below and get started!
It’s getting cold outside, so hats and scarves are a must-have for many of you at the moment. Since we’ll spend many days, weeks, and months piling on the layers to stay warm, why not have a bit of fun with your accessorizing!
Today, we’re sharing a crochet tutorial with you from Yolanda at the All Crafts Channel on YouTube. Yolanda will guide you through the adorably cute Lion Hat pattern, crocheted in our popular Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® yarn. Sizes for this hat can be accommodated to fit adult heads as well, so it’s not just for the children.
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The slouchy hat is a popular style of headwear loved by knitters, crocheters, and non-crafty types alike. Slouchy hats add style to your cold weather accessorizing and they’re great for protecting your hair from the harsh elements. If you want to learn how to make one of these highly sought after hats, we’ve got a treat for you!
Today’s tutorial is by Vanessa from the Crafty Gemini YouTube channel, and she’s going to show you how to crochet the Metropolitan Ave hat, one of our most popular slouch-style patterns. This easy-to-crochet hat is worked in one of our beautiful color changing yarns, Unique and because Unique is a bulky, category 5 yarn, the hat works up quickly — you’ll be done in no time.
So get your supplies ready and check out the video below.
When you think about the people who have made a lasting impression on your life, who do you remember? I remember my great-grandmother who made holiday dinners for twenty people in a house built for two. I remember every one of my teachers from first to sixth grade. I remember my mother’s best friend who taught me to knit.
Learning to knit or crochet is a lifelong skill and giving the gift of these skills is a meaningful, useful, special ability that has the power to change our lives and the lives of others. If you know how to knit or crochet, you probably are an ambassador for these crafts. Wouldn’t it be great if more people could create handmade sweaters, afghans and scarves? Wouldn’t it be great if more people could give their work to charity and to loved ones? Now’s your chance.
There’s a new website that’s launching in the New York City area that helps people arrange in-person meet-ups so they can either teach, learn or improve their knitting and crochet skills. It’s called Yarndevu and is described as “Rendez-vous for yarn lovers.” Right now you can sign up for a limited test in the New York area and be part of the first wave of people invited to the site.
If you’re interested in being a part of this or in learning more, sign up and tell your friends. The friends who don’t know how to knit or crochet will remember you for it!