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Back To Basics: Finishing

There are a number of things I haven’t yet covered with the Back To Basics Series such as making button holes & picking up stitches but I have decided that as there is so much to cover it might be best to cover finishing touches now & move on to actually knitting.
I will be posting some easy patterns for us to knit together & if something pops up that I haven’t covered we can talk about it when we…

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Faith: New Wine 2014

Some of you may know that I have been to a Christian Festival for a number of years now called New Wine.
(See I’m back, holiday was fab! for an insight into my experience at last years festival.)

This year B & I have decided not to go & to alternate our holidays from now on which is why I am really excited about this…..

New Wine are live streaming their morning & evening meetings.
I’m not certain…

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Faith: Amy Grant “It’s Better Not To Know”

"It's Better Not To Know" Lyrics

This song is taken from Amy Grant’s album called “How Mercy Looks From Here” I have found this album so helpful that I will probably share a number of her songs here.
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Where I Stand: You’re Not Alone

There have been many times in the past when I have felt alone in my feelings because I did not share them with anyone.

Trying to struggle on alone can lead to depression & desperation & for some suicidal thoughts.

Thankfully I have not felt suicidal but I was feeling depressed.
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Back To Basics: Shaping

Ideally I would have more videos showing you how to create shaping in your knitting but I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had a chance to sit down & shoot them.

Instead I have written descriptions that I hope will be enough for the time being until I get round to shooting & loading the videos.

Increasing

When a pattern calls for you to increase the number of stitches there are a few ways…

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There have been so many times in my life where I have felt that I have strayed from my faith, lost hope & turned my back on God.
Each time I come to this realisation I pick myself up, turn myself around & try to spend more time focusing on re-connecting with Him.

I should imagine that I am not the only Christian to have experienced this!

Faith is hard because by definition there is no proof or…

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Where I Stand: Emotions

During my therapy sessions I came to realise that if I felt an emotion I didn’t like I would box it up & ignore it rather than deal with why I felt that way.

This meant I was carrying around a lot of emotional baggage that I was constantly adding to & it was weighing me down.

At first you don’t notice you’re doing it (that’s how it creeps up on you). I carried on through life with my subconscious…

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Back To Basics: Joining Yarn

This way of joining yarn has revolutionised my knitting. No longer do I loathe adding the next ball & weaving in ends because with this method I don’t need to!

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Where I Stand: It’s Good To Talk

Not knowing anyone else who had been to therapy or anyone in the profession I googled therapists in my town & came across this brilliant directory.
I looked at several profiles & made my choice mainly based on price & location.
The directory also shows an image of the therapist & I must admit to also choosing the therapist I did because they looked like they wouldn’t let me make excuses. I wanted…

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Back To Basics: Stitches

There are two ways to knit: Continental knitting & English knitting.
(Or if you’re American, German knitting & American knitting.)

The difference between the two is the way the needles are held as you knit.

I was taught to knit the English way & therefore I find this the most comfortable way to knit.
If you are new to knitting it is best to try both & decide which feels the most comfortable.

The…

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