Saturday, December 20, 2008

Easy Knitting Instructions for Beginners

by LindaLS

Posted here are some easy knitting instructions for beginners. I think when people try to learn to knit they choose the wrong pattern and the wrong supplies.

A beginner is naturally clumsy because they are not comfortable with using two needles. So why make it more difficult for yourself by choosing small size needles and tiny yarn to learn with?

It is also best to use the basic knitting stitches, just knit and purl until you are use to knitting. Once you learn these two stitches you will find everything else is just a variation of the knit and purl stitches.

First find a pattern with the some basic knitting instructions; a small flat item really is best. Try a dishcloth, potholder or a square for an afghan. These are all good choices for that very first project. The needles size 8 or larger is easiest to handle. Do keep them about 14 inches long or shorter. I love the new kids needles that are about 7 inches long.

To help you there are many videos and graphics online. If you don’t understand the written instructions do check out some of these videos. It also helps to read the written instructions and than watch the videos.

(1) Slip Knot: Wrap yarn over needle from front to back, over the working yarn, and through loop, pull taut but not tight.

(2) Cast On:
  • With needle in right hand, wrap tail over left thumb and working yarn over index finger
  • Insert needle up through thumb loop, then draw a loop from working yarn through loop
  • Release thumb loop, tighten loop on needle by pulling tail forward

(3) Knit stitch: Hold needle with loops in left hand
  • Insert right needle
  • Wrap yarn around it, draw yarn through to form new stitch
  • Transfer stitch to right needle

(4) Purl: With yarn in front of work
  • Insert right needle into front of stitch, yarn over and
  • Draw new loop through

(5) Cast off or Bind off: Begin by knitting two stitches loosely
  • With left needle pass first stitch over second stitch and tip of right needles which leaves one stitch on right needle.
  • Knit next stitch and repeat process.
  • Continue until all stitches but one are bound off.
  • Break or cut yarn and draw end through stitch

With these few knitting basics to get you started, you will be well on your way to becoming a knitter. These few basic knitting instructions are the foundation of any project you will ever knit. Take your time; understand these few items and you will be able to knit anything you want.

Linda Spangenburg draws on 35+ years from her knitting and crochet business experience, both as a teacher and craft business owner. She is the author behind "Looney for Looms" where you will find patterns for loom knitting. We hope you found the information here inspiring enough to try a craft home based business? You can find more free information about knitting and crochet for profit at

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tiada Lagi...

You guys.... Manja's gone! She collapsed and passed on at about 1:11 AM.

Just as she breathe her last breath, we heard this song playing in the background. DH and I couldn't help but burst out crying together.
Tiada lagi kata cintamu
Takkan lagi ku bersama mu
Biar ku simpan semua
Kenangan ku bersamamu

RIP My Dearest Friend

Goodbye Manja. I love you!


p/s I'm too distraught to write more, sorry...

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Why Handmade? 3 Reasons Why Handmade is the "Hot Gift"

by Kim Christopherson

That's it. I had to have it. If I had to go to 10 different stores, line up at 4 AM on "Black Friday" or go online and bid far more than my pocketbook would allow, the hot toy of the season was going to be mine. I pictured my daughter's face opening it up. It would be the picture-perfect moment when at last she would tear open the toy she had begged for all season. A year has now passed. Now what was that toy? I honestly can't remember… and I'm sure she can't either.

Now rewind to that same Christmas. I also made her a pillow with her own name on it. I do remember carefully selecting the fabrics. I remember feeling so "gitty" when I found just the right color choices that would coordinate with her bedroom so perfectly. Everything that made her room hers, I found! I remember the night I put her to bed and ran to my sewing room so excited to get started on my project. I would hope she'd love it as much as I loved making it for her. Watching her elation as she opened that gift was 10 times more enchanting than seeing her set aside the "had-to-have" toy a few short hours later. She was captivated by the pillow, and happy to ask, "Mommy! Mommy! Did you make this for ME?"

The "D-I-Y" phenomenon is here and more and more people are choosing to give handmade gifts to those on their gift-giving lists! So why give handmade this holiday season?

1.Because It's Cost-Effective

More often than not, you can make something for less. Of course there are exceptions, but this works well when you have a holiday budget to stick to. I recently made some chalk-board mats for my nieces and nephews. Can you believe I was able to make 9 of them out of 1 yard of fabric? Talk about a bargain! Another friend of mine made purses for all of her girlfriends for their gift exchange. I also like to write down my gift-giving list early, and then think of how I can make several of the same gifts for a group of people- such as favorite teachers. In assembly-line fashion, I can purchase all I need at once, lay out my materials, and thrust into the project at hand. Before you know it, I'm finished with something that was not only enjoyable for me to do, but cost very little in relation to purchasing something at a store.

2.Because It Can Be Personalized

When I make a gift for someone, I always keep in mind what is important to them or about them. Whether it's a name on the gift, remembering their favorite colors, or making something of a sentimental nature, a handmade gift is one way of showing you care. Handmade gifts can be very unique and different. Countless times I've been so impressed with those who can create the same project, yet individualize each one to make them special to the one they are giving it to. Whether it's something that has been knit, sewn, painted, or glued, you can make the right gift for just the right person.

3.Because It Can Become a Treasure

I still have a crocheted blanket my grandmother made for me when I was a child. Seeing this reminds me of her love and dedication to our family. I can imagine the excitement she must have felt while making it. In retrospect, I don't know if I ever showed my full extent of gratitude when that gift was given. Oftentimes, that may be the case. But looking back, my heart is filled with thanksgiving as I recognize the hours that must have gone into something so extraordinary.

Do I still purchase gifts for family and friends from the stores? Of course I do. But while acknowledging that making handmade gifts does take more time, for me giving a gift that is handmade is very fulfilling to both the giver and receiver.

Kim Christopherson is the owner and creator of YouCanMakeThis. Find hundreds of downloadable patterns and "how-to" eBooks for your home and family. Sign up for the YCMT newsletter and receive a $75 ebook bundle package for FREE!

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Barely Breathing


It felt just like a car has ran over me and I'm left on the road, still breathing in a pool of blood.

It all started since 1 December and there's no signs of it stopping.

I'm fed up. Tired. Frustrated. Annoyed. Angry!

I feel like giving the middle finger to everybody.

Kill me already!


p/s Edward Cullen, where are you?!