Saturday, July 19, 2008

Slow Down

I was reading the Pea Soup blog the other day and she mentioned a movement called The Slow Movement. Well being that my natural state of being is slow I had to look it up! I love what the movement is all about!

That lead me to more research on all things slow. I stumbled across this site called Slow Down Now which is done tongue in cheek but has some valid messages I found. Do less slowly. Do one thing at a time, slowly and well.

Doing more investigating I came across this:

"Slow hobbies have never been hotter. The number of knitters under age 35 is up 50 percent since 1998, and two-thirds knit to reduce stress. "Studies show that the rhythmic, repetitive dance of the needles can lower heart rate and blood pressure, lulling the knitter into a peaceful state," according to In Praise of Slowness. Among the knitterati: Uma Thurman, Courteney Cox, and Debra Messing. "

(I will have to look up where I got that quote.)

Yes knitting is one of the slow hobbies. It will only do you good!

Now the big task is to do only one project at a time....well that isn't happening for me! But, the idea of doing one thing at a time, slowly and well seems to allow me to concentrate completely on the task at hand and not feel overwhelmed by all the projects that are waiting for me.

Are there types of knitting that are slower than other types? Is sock knitting the fast of the slow? Is lace knitting the slowest of the slow? What do you think?

What is the type of knitting that you do that makes you slow down and relax?

My favorite knitting is cables (if I have to follow a pattern). Most enjoyable for me though is just picking up the needles and some yarn and starting without a game plan. Usually it ends up being a bag of some description because sizing is no issue at all.

Want to join a group and slow down? Join us on Thursday nights at 7 at Kniterary or better yet check out one of the Wednesday Lazy Days of Knitting and book a day off the fast life to slow down and knit. Check in the classes page on the web site. Next up is the felted accessory bag. Be sure to call the shop and register for the class soon!

Remember to slow down and knit!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Cloths for the Cure

Vickie has designed two dish/face cloths (depending on the weight of yarn you use) for the Run for the Cure. Full instructions are available at Kniterary and Hedgehog Stitchery. The proceeds will be put toward her team - One Degree of Separation.

If you aren't in the Whitby area click on the images and you should be able to print the images. We will use the honour system, please go to Run for the Cure and make a donation to Vickie Hartog in Toronto. Thanks in advance for any donations. And, please, if you do make a donation and don't mind, let us know by responding to the blog.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ciao Sock Yarn

Ciao Sock Yarn
Originally uploaded by kniterary
Just received yesterday!!

Lovely and soft! Ciao Sock Yarn from Italy!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

July Update

Hello Kniterarians!

Happy Canada Day!!
Can you believe that it is July 1st already??

Nothing like some knitting at the cottage or in the backyard to make July complete wouldn’t you say? There is not much I like better that relaxing under the trees in my backyard at home with a project on the go.

And what do I have on the go?? I continue to knit Nutkin socks in the Celebration Sweet Sheep yarn.
I have started the second sock. I am putting the finishing touches on a knitting bag for me. I knit it with recycled Sari Silk and Debbie Bliss Donegal Chunky Tweed. Slowly but surely I am knitting 2 shawls one out of Malabrigo Lace Yarn and the other out if some Dye-version Party Ribbon. I am also about to felt a bag that was inspired by left over Cascade 220 and Ella Rae Classic and Norval Morriseau. ( Pics of Nutkin to the left and Donegal Tweed & Sari silk to the right.)

Enough about me….Share your projects with all of us on our Ravelry group Kniterarians!

Birthday greetings go out to Wendy and Justine who both get 20% off one purchase this month. If you have a birthday this month let me know and I will send you a discount letter!

Classes this Month:
Wednesday, July 9th, Lazy Day Knitting Sculpted Tree 11 AM – 4:30 PM
Beginners 7 PM – 9PM
Saturday, July 12th, Finishing Class
Wednesday July 16, 7 – 9 PM Koolaid Dying 7 – 9 PM
Wednesday , July 23rd 11Am – 4:30 PM Lazy Day Felting
7 PM – 9 PM Xmas in July Sweater ornament
All Thursdays Sit N Knit 7PM – 9PM

Sales: All July :
40% off all in stock King Cole DK Merino Blend (that makes it $2.98 per ball!)

30% off all in stock Eden Madil Bamboo, Jaeger Trinity Silk, Laines du Nord Mulberry Silk and SRK Perth

Knit on Kniterarians!