I like to knit and crochet. I hear it’s the new hipster things, but I’d like to say that I’ve been doing this before it became “cool”. My mom taught me how to crochet years ago. She would do it at the ski lodge during family trips while the rest of us were on the slopes getting bruises on our butts from trying to learn how to snowboard (I have since switched to skiing and my behind thanks me). I usually called it quits early to go sit with her. I watched her methodically crocheting scarves and hats thinking it looked so difficult. But once she showed me how easy it could be I was hooked (heh heh, I’m so punny). It was only last year when I taught myself how to knit from YouTube videos and the myriad of free tutorials on the web.
My skills have only gone so far as learning how to make scarves, beanies and ear-warmers. I have no idea how to change colors in the same piece and I’m too intimidated to tackle more complicated patterns.
One of the first things I had to figure out was how to wind up my yarn into balls that would pull out of the center. If you’ve worked with yarn before, you know that you can pull from the center of the skein also, but after awhile the middle hollows out too much and things get tangled. I found that when you wind your yarn up into a ball it fixes that mess.
How to Wind a Center-Pull Yarn Ball
To wind your yarn start with a four to five inch tail that you will keep out of the ball.
Wind the yarn around your four fingers several times.
Remove yarn from fingers, turn and hold in hand.
Wind the yarn around that clump of yarn several times.
Turn and wind the yarn again.
Keep turning and winding until you used all the yarn.When you reach the end tuck it around a few strands of yarn to keep it in place.
Be sure to avoid the section where your center yarn tail is sticking out. You do not want to cover it up because then you don’t be able to use your yarn ball properly.
Note: do not wind the yarn too tightly or loosely at the beginning. Too tight, then it will be hard to tug the yarn out when using. Too loose, then the yarn ball base doesn’t form easily.
Knots of Love
I like to knit and crochet items as gifts for others and of course for myself, but after awhile it gets old to get the same basic knits. I enjoy contributing to charities and organizations with causes I believe in, but often times I don’t have the financial means to give much. I found Knots of Love, an organization that requests caps and blankets for “people who are battling cancer or other life-threatening illnesses or injuries”.
I found an amazingly simple beanie pattern on Ravelry and have been making beanies for them non-stop.
Are there any charities or organization that you like to give to? Or any easy knitting or crocheting patterns you use? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!