Knitting and Health

Stephanie Mangino over at So Crafty brought this article to my attention.  “Learn to Knit and Improve Your Health!,” from, is an interesting article.  As a knitter, I believe, yes, knitting is good for your health, but I am biased.  At least I know it’s good for mine.

I encourage you to read the article.  What positive things has knitting and/or crocheting brought into your life?  What have you learned?  Is it therapeutic?  I’m interested in hearing your thoughts about this article.


Tricksy Knitter Charts

With my new found love of Fair Isle, I’ve recently discovered the Tricksy Knitter site which allows you to digitally create your own knitting charts, complete with color.

I’ve been playing around with the chart interface for a few days now.  I think I’ve gotten the hang of it.  It can be a little difficult to figure out, but once you get the hang of it, knock yourself out.

Here’s the first somewhat interesting thing I’ve gotten out of the site.  It’s not much to look at, and it’s harder to knit than it looks.  I’ve had to learn how to weave in long floats, which is good practice, anyway.  I’ll get around to showing off the final product in a hat.  Feel free to use and improve upon the chart. 

Fair Isle

I taught myself Fair Isle!  I can’t believe it!  Fair Isle has been one of my worst knitting fears since I started.  Two colors at once?  In each hand?  Seriously?!

I had the help of two books.  I took a crash course in Continental knitting courtesy of my trusty Maran Illustrated Knitting and Crochet book, and a Leisure Arts book called I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting Fair Isle by Sheila G. Joynes.  Very helpful.

The Leisure Arts book, as well as the Maran one, has picture details of each step needed to do Fair Isle knitting.  First pattern, with my results pictured here, is the beginner project in the Leisure Arts book.  I took me about a week to do.  I hunkered down during my time being trapped by Hurricane Sandy, and used it to learn this technique.  The results have been worth it.

I love Fair Isle.  I like it better than intarsia.  It has been a rewarding experience.

Project details?  I used Vanna’s Choice, cheap stuff, to practice with.  I would’ve loved to use wool, but I wasn’t going to spend a lot on yarn for a technique that I might not like.  Plus, I wanted instant yarn gratification.  The cowl bottom is sort of messed up because I read the first row of the pattern wrong, and, after starting three times on the cowl, I wasn’t about to start again.  I just rolled with it.

I can’t wait to wear it and show it off and progress on my Fair Isle adventure.  I want to knit a Lopi Icelandic Sweater (just enrolled in the Craftsy course) and explore more stranded Scandinavian knitting.  Fair Isle has opened up a whole new knitting world for me.