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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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Where I Stand: Admitting You Need Help

For a long time before I started therapy I thought I was a horrible, evil person full of anger & hate for other people.
I put people close to me on pedestals & compared myself to them (which only ever made me feel bad).
I never saw other people’s faults only my own.

In the introduction to this series I said that I reached a point where I felt I had no where else to turn.
This came about as I…

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Back To Basics: Casting Off

Casting off is easy once you get the hang of it (as with most things!)

The video below shows the basic way of casting off which I always use.
There are other ways of casting off which, once I master them I will add to this post as an update in case you’re interested.

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Where I Stand: Intro

The last 2 1/2 years have been hard work for me personally.
I have been investing in myself in a way I never thought I would because I reached a point where I felt I had no where else to turn.

I started going to therapy sessions once a week in April 2012. My last session was this week which was incredibly liberating & terrifying at the same time!
My life will never be the same & I am so grateful…

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Back To Basics: Casting On

To begin a knitted piece you need to cast on stitches.
As with everything there are several ways to go about this & each knitter will have their own way.
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