Relaxation and knitting. This quote, sums it up beautifully…
“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
― Elizabeth Zimmermann
My very first Crafty Like Granny newsletter linked to an article about the health benefits of knitting and a recent study has shown that knitting, crocheting and jam making improves mental health.
With Christmas fast approaching, the week leading up to it can be overwhelming. Taking time out for some craft may just help.
Here’s some inspiration for you and your crafting journey…
Editor’s Note – These crafts and images belong to their original owners. I didn’t create them, I wanted to showcase their amazing work to you, my lovely readers. Please pin the images from the owner’s site.
Knitting In France Christmas Themed Knitted Socks
Socks are addictive and have Christmas colors are fun for this time of year.
Bogga at Knitting in France shares her latest sock projects.
Knitted Bliss Eucalan Lattice Cowl Free Knitting Pattern
Such a stylish design for a cowl. Julie at Knitted Bliss has shared her free Eucalan Lattice Cowl knitting pattern.
Fruity Knitting Podcast – Watch This And Relax
Andrew and Andrea do such a wonderful job of curating such fabulous segments for their bi-weekly episodes for their Fruity Knitting Podcast.
Just sit down, relax and enjoy all the knitting goodness they share.
This one has an interview with knitwear designer Marie Wallin.
The imagery from Shetland and the showcasing of her latest patterns are incredible.
How To Knit Graft Seam Patch Pockets
Karen steps you through her process to create knitted Graft Seam Patch pockets.
These were added to her gorgeous Vanilla Cardigan.
Lopi Tote Free Knitting Pattern from Hands Occupied
Such a fun knitted bag to carry all your knitted works in progress!
Heidi from Hands Occupied shares her free Lopi Tote knitting pattern.
Hexagonal Knitting Needles – Clara Parkes Reviews These Ergonomic Knitting Tools
Want to know more about ergonomics and knitting needles?
This is a really interesting read about non traditional knitting needles made by Indian Lake Artisans
Helix Knitting – How to
A fabulous way to use up left over yarn to create beautiful spiral shapes.
Nicole at Knitting For Charity shares Ginny Jovanovich’s guide to helix knitting.
As Knitters How Can We Spread Peace?
This post discusses ‘cultivating a practice of peace will extend to reach others’ and how can we as knitters teach/spread peace.
Worth a read.
Re-purposing Your Knitted Swatches
Love this idea to re purpose your knitting swatches into Lavender sachets.
Brooklyn Tweed steps you through how to make one.
Gorgeous design for winter Mitts.
Julie at Little Cotton Rabbits shares her finished Pinwheel Mitts project with simply stunning photography.
Editors note: Below you will find all the inspiration we found around the same time last year.
Our readers have told us they enjoy taking the time to go through these snippets of crafty goodness.
This Little Piggy Hat is just too cute 🙂
A Little Piggy Knitted Hat for a 6 month old. Cassie from Little Red Window has designed this adorable baby hat. Check out her free Little Piggy Hat pattern here
Crocheted Christmas Wreath
Crocheted Christmas Wreath with Santa front and centre and little Christmas Lights. This crochet pattern by designer Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me is simply gorgeous.
Easy Felt Ornaments Project to do with Kids
A fun crafty Christmas themed project to do with kids – Easy Felt Ornaments made with things you no doubt have in your materials box. Buttons, beads, scraps of material, fabric trim and felt.
Epic Cheese Platter for Christmas Parties
Do you have parties with friends planned before Christmas? The stunning photos of Umami Girl’s Epic Cheese Platter that can be put together in 15 minutes will wow your guests.
Knitting for a cause is not limited by your age
This feel good story, is a reminder that doing something for others isn’t limited by your age. Read about this 91 Year Old Man who Knits for the homeless
Recommended Knitting Books for Beginners
A number of suggestions for Knitting Books for beginners to take you through the basics but also provide inspiration. Love the Tea Cosies 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this week’s tidbits of inspiration. I’d love to hear your thoughts about knitting/crafting and mental health.
Until next week…
Yours in Craftiness 🙂