Baby Knitting

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A friend is having a baby!  Which means I get to knit baby surprises!  I will reveal the finished project later, but I am having fun creating it!  Have a list of things I want to get done for her, it’s been awhile since a brand new baby was arriving!  If anyone has any retro 1940’s style patterns, shoot me an email!

Happy crafting!

50% off the most “wishlisted” Craftsy online classes!

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To celebrate their 1,000th online class, Craftsy is giving you the chance to get 50% off the most commonly ‘wishlisted’ classes! That class you have had their eye on for a while might just be on sale.  This sale starts February 9th.  Just around the corner.

I had a previous post about this awesome website.  Read it here and check out the list now!

I love this site and hope you do too!

Craftsy Sale

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Between the busy holiday season and the first flowers of spring lies the perfect time for creativity. Celebrate with BIG savings on supplies at Craftsy, at up to 50% off! Get great deals on art supplies, fabric, yarn, baking tools and more. Sale ends tonight, so browse the sale prices now before the best products are gone!  I am definitely taking advantage of this!  Ends tonight at midnight…

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Crafting On

This is the pattern I am working on right now, Drachenfels by Mairlynd.  (My progress will be noted below).

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I found this pattern on Craftsy.  This is an excellent site for crafters like myself.  Great online classes for all different types of arts and crafts, patterns, ideas, etc.  You can buy whole kits or just the patterns themselves, and not just knitting.  Seriously, when I say all types, I mean all types.  A sampling of some of their current classes:

Craftsy was founded by 4 tech guys; John Levisay | Founder & CEO, Josh Scott | Founder & COO, Todd Tobin | Founder & CTO, and Bret Hanna | Founder & VP of Engineering.  According to their “About Us” page:

“Craftsy was founded in the spring of 2010 by four tech guys who wanted to create a new high-quality approach to online learning, and it launched in May of 2011. Our founders hoped to create a convenient education platform that captured the magic of a live classroom, including interaction with an expert instructor and fellow students.

Some of the first months were spent building a video player that would deliver the kind of in-class experience they dreamed of. After the founders first gave wine tasting and economics classes a whirl, John’s mother-in-law, an avid quilter, suggested trying quilting instruction, and from there, it was history!”

Sites such as Craftsy really inspire me.  I love learning new techniques and having a community of people to ask questions and share triumphs with!    If you haven’t discovered this site yet, you really should!

So for the update on my progress…here is where I am at with the scarf.  Setting a goal to have it done by the end of the month, and yes, it’s for me! (If my image is showing upside down, I apologize….for some reason is wants to post like that!)

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Your Brain On Knitting

Our brains are fascinating creations.   We have this complex computer system in our head essentially running our entire body.  Most of this is done with neurons.  Neurons are nerve cells that transmit nerve signals to and from the brain.  The pathway along which information travels through the neurons (nerve cells) of the brain is a neural pathway.  Some of these pathways are hard wired from birth…breathing, hunger, heart beating, etc..  Many are formed as we experience life.  Driving the same route everyday to work is a good example.  We tend to stick to what is familiar because of these neural pathways.  If we change up our route, it seems unfamiliar until we make it a habit, basically developing a new neural pathway, and soon that new route is the familiar one.

The more we do and experience the more we learn and grow.  For the most part these learnt experiences are beneficial to us, even if at the time it doesn’t feel like a positive experience. After it is over we often express how we learned from the experience and have grown to be a better person as a result.  Some experiences in life have taught us “bad habits” however, such as emotional eating, avoiding confrontation, etc…  So we need to do something new and different to change these pathways and develop new ones.

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Your brain grows and strengthens through forming new neural pathways, an effect that can be achieved by learning new skills–like knitting.  Knitting not only creates new neural pathways as we develop the skill, but also keeps your neural connections growing, banishes stress, and improves our moods.  It causes dopamine, the happiness hormone, to be released by helping you lose yourself in an activity.  Your brain can only focus on so many things at once, so when you occupy it with learning a new skill like knitting or figuring out how to perfect that sweater sleeve, it doesn’t have space or energy to dwell on the things causing you stress and anxiety.  How cool is that?  These are the things I think about when I work with kids and knitting.  Forming those positive pathways early!

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Don’t worry if you are a winter knitter and stop for awhile.  Those connections do not just disappear during the summer.  May take a little bit of practice to make it familiar again, but you don’t lose the skill.  So banish the blues and pick up the needles.  I can attest first hand it does a brain good!

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