Need something for the older kids to do while you’re attending to the baby? Get them finger knitting! It works great with both smooth yarns like Baby Coordinates and textured yarns like Baby Boucle, and keeps their hands busy while they watch TV
As a mother of 3 kids, I know all too well what it’s like to have “mommy brain” -- you know, those forgetful moments brought on by lack of sleep and mega-multi-tasking. Know what I mean? Give yourself a break and use stitch markers at pattern
Be social. As parents, it’s easy to neglect our own crafty needs. If possible, join or start your own knitting/crochet group. This ensures that even if it's only for one evening a month, you'll have time on your calendar set aside solely for nurturing your
Want to keep track of both how many rows AND how many pattern repeats have been worked, but can’t do it on a plain ol’ counter? No worries, there’s an app for that! If you have a smart phone, do a search for knitting or crochet
Take a break. If you find that working on your project is starting to feel like another task on an already overwhelming to-do list, then it's time to set your knitting aside for a bit. Being creative is supposed to help fill your emotional
Fresh, cloth diapers make a great blocking tool for smaller knit & crochet items. Lay your garment flat on blocking squares or a carpeted floor; pin into place; dampen diaper in the sink, then lay it on top of garment and let dry. That’s all there
It takes a village. Set up “stitch dates” with other parents, where the kids play while the adults knit and crochet. That way if one mom’s hands are tangled in yarn, there’s another mom there to hold any kiddo in need of a cuddle!
There’s a certain risk factor to knitting and crochet -- wait, make that “wrist factor”! A day of stitching can wreak havoc on your wrists, so make sure to stop every 20 minutes or so to stretch and shake them out.
In a knitted piece, it’s easy to mistake the bottom of the first stitch in a row for two stitches, causing an accidental increase. To prevent this, be sure that the working yarn is pulled down towards you when you begin a row, so that the
When working in single and double crochet, it’s easy to miss a stitch at the end of a row and accidentally decrease. To prevent that, give a slight tug at the end of the piece -- of you see a stair-step effect, then you know
What’s one thing that nursing mamas, knitters and crocheters all have in common? Sore shoulders from slumping over. Be sure to take moments throughout your day to stretch by holding on to both sides of a door frame and leaning slightly forward. It’ll make you feel
When knitting if you find you are casting on too tightly (making your first row “H-E-Double Hockey Sticks” to knit), use a needle a size or two larger when you cast on. Once you’re ready to start knitting switch back to the original needle.
Sometimes it’s necessary to take the same approach with your projects as you might with the kids. If you find yourself getting frustrated with your knitting or crochet, don’t be afraid to STEP AWAY FROM THE NEEDLES. I’m always “grounding” my projects until I’m in
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