Namaskaram - salutations

Namaskaram - salutations I dedicate my blog to the enormous art lovers across the globe I love knitting so much that I have started a blog for knitting.Knitting is a job that I will like to go on.Through knitting I breathe life into many people's life. It is knitting time. When I want to relax I do it with knitting. I am a knitting buff.I love to do knitting on various topics. There is no way that you can stop me doing knitting.I am born with a flare for knitting.My face brightens once I touch the knitting needs.The electronic media has helped knitting to travel across the world.Every stitch made will talk about how knitting has influenced people.I have done some and would like to share it with you. Some patterns have been taken from free knitting sites. Some designs have been created by me. Many a times I have modified the patterns to suite my requirements. Finally I can say that I breathe knitting, I talk knitting, I walk knitting - a total knitaholic

Thank You

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Monday, February 25, 2013

TB - Grey-yellow - peach

I decided to clean my stash and hence took three colors grey - yellow - peach. For a long time I wanted to experiment with Intarcia knitting [ different colors]. This one is a vertical one.hence created this tote bags as we can use as many left over yarns as possible. The other side of the bag is in grey color[sorry forgot to take the snap]

close up view

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hexagon coaster - yellow n green

Finally I was able to conquor to use the metal hooks. Just recently purchased the anchor threads from madura coats that are normally used for crochetting. Chose hexagon motif # 30 from Beyond the square - crochet motifs.

I used Tulip size zero - 1.75mm.I picked from my stash TK8 cotton pearly yarn from china a multi color of green and yellow yarn for the center.Then used art 4054 [th 20] of madura coats and did 3 motifs each in color yellow and green. Did 7 motifs toally. Then sewed all the pieces with a blunt sewing needles. It looks adorable as green is my favourite.

All these yarns were purchased from Tina - Chennai. The chinese yarn costed rs 25/- per ball of 10 gms and the anchor yarns costed rs 40/- per ball of 20 gms for yellow and rs 80/- per ball for the green yarn.Sharing you some pictures

another version

Saturday, February 16, 2013

29 tips for avoiding knitting pain

29 Tips for Avoiding Knitting Pain

wow I found this useful tip , thought of sharing

  1. Make sure that you take frequent breaks! - Diana K.
  2. Don’t rest your arms on a surface, like a table top or the arms of a chair; this puts pressure on the nerves in your arms. - Ann B.
  3. When you get to the end of a row of a bigger project, rotate your wrists once counter clockwise and once clockwise. If it is a smaller project, do the same thing after 5 rows. - Becky C.
  4. Make sure you take breaks, support your arms and use a hand brace. Take stretching breaks for your fingers, wrists and arms. - Linda R.
  5. Keep your back straight and your shoulders down. - Brianna
  6. I wear a wrist brace at night to guarantee a pain-free day of knitting when I wake up. - Robin
  7. I squeeze and release a small rubber ball a few times to relax and ease the tension in my hands and fingers. - Anna Marie G.
  8. Stretch, stretch, stretch. Hold arm straight forward, palm down, pull fingers of hand up and back gently with opposite hand. Repeat with other arm. Then palm up, push hand/arm down and back gently and repeat with other arm. Also make sure to get up and get the blood flowing in your legs and buttocks! Do some stretches while standing. And don't forget to drink plenty of water. Keep hydrated. - Kay
  9. Take a break every 30-45 minutes and do some hand/wrist stretches. - Cynthia W.
  10. Drape a warm rice bag/heating pad around your neck and shoulders. This relieves tension build up. - Helen
  11. Avoid painful fingertips by using flexible thimbles on each index finger while knitting. - Jeannie M.
  12. Flex your fingers every so often and make sure to put your knitting down for a few minutes. Make sure your elbows are supported to avoid pain or too much muscle tension. Free movement of your arms, I think, is crucial. - B.J.M.
  13. Keep hands nimble by using a squeeze toy, like a can of very thick putty. - Wil B.
  14. Shake your hands out to loosen them up after knitting awhile. - Jessica K.
  15. Put a pillow or throw on my lap when I settle in for a long knitting session. - Mariann F.
  16. As soon as you feel a tingling in your arms, stop and do something else for a few minutes - change the clothes in the washer to the dryer or do any chore that only takes a few minutes. - Mary T.
  17. Stretch your fingers with a rubber band (fingertips together, rubber band around the outside and push against the band by opening up your hand). - Jennie
  18. Set a timer for every hour and make sure to get up, stretch, get a drink or take a bathroom break! - Becky R .
  19. Support your arms on a pillow to relieve any pull or strain in your shoulders. - Joyce D.
  20. Change the way you hold your needles to reduce tension. For example, avoid knitting with long needles; they can be too heavy and can cause more stress on the hands. If your project requires longer needles, make sure they are interchangeable ones. If you have a lot of stress in your hands, try switching to the Continental knitting method; this is proven to be easier on the hands. Lastly, alter the way you hold your yarn. For knitting: I call my hold the hook / chop stick method. My right hand looks like I am holding a crochet hook in the underhanded position, and my left looks like I am holding chopsticks with the yarn as the top stick and the needle as the bottom stick. For crochet, same thing, except the left hand has the yarn as the top stick and I hold the work in the bottom stick position. - Jessica N.
  21. Cut off the tips of a pair of battery-operated warming gloves and wear them as crafters gloves while knitting to reduce pain. - Merri Orgeman
  22. Work in an area that is warm. Lots of folks have craft areas set up in basements or garages that don’t have sufficient heating. Being cold just makes your muscles tense up that much more as you work. - KittenWithAWhiplash
  23. Wear fingerless craft gloves that have a good, supporting wrist band while you’re doing your handwork. if your fingers numb or your wrists hurt, use your fave pain relief cream and rub it on your wrists. - Ritainalaska
  24. Before knitting, and as often as you feel necessary, put your fingertips together and push them against each other, as if a spider is doing pushups on a mirror. Also rotate wrists often to loosen them up. Having a comfortable place to rest your arms is also important as well as making sure you maintain good posture. - Beverlee C.
  25. Comfortable chair, good lighting, frequent breaks to stretch shoulders, neck, arms and fingers and wooden needles! - Lynda B.
  26. Two things that have helped me: concentrating on learning to crochet/knit in a more relaxed way (not keeping tension in my hands and arms and paying attention to position), and using a proper chair that supports my back, neck and arms.- Nancy
  27. Do daily exercises using rubber putty and a tension band. - Lena C.
  28. I use Voltaren rub. - Diane
  29. Tiger Balm muscle rub is very nice to use on your sore spots, even Bengay helps! Also, those Ace wraps for wrists work well. - Joann



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