A Fun Knitting Game

I posted this knitting game on social media earlier this week and it was so much fun! Give yourself 1 point for each thing you have NOT done. I’ll post a photo of my results below the photo of the game!

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Give yourself 1 point for each thing you have NOT done.

I got 4 points. Here are the 4 things I have not done:

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What was your score?

Hand Care For Knitters

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*Disclaimer - I am not a healthcare professional.  This post is not intended to replace medical advice.  This is my own personal experience and experiences that have been shared with me by others.  If you have a knitting related injury/strain/pain you should seek the advice of a qualified medical professional.

Now that Giftmas is less than 2 months away, and so many of us are racing against a gift knitting deadline, this is your annual reminder to take care of your hands this Giftmas knitting season!  For many of us, this is our busy season as we knit as much as possible finish all the gifts as before the clock strikes midnight on the 24th.  

Here are some strategies to help you make sure that you and your hands survive December.  There's also a cool infographic at the bottom of this post that demonstrates some helpful stretching techniques:  

  • Take a break: Knitting is meditative, I get it!  When I’m in the zone I can contentedly knit along for hours on end, which usually results in a sore hand and wrist the next day.  Remember to mindfully take breaks, walk away and find something else to do.  Sometimes I knit by the inch (as in I will knit a certain number of inches then take a break), sometimes I knit with a time limit (as in I will change tasks in one hour, or after this episode or podcast).

  • Stretch:  Stretching helps.  I find stretching to be especially effective when I do it in the evening or at bedtime since everything seems to seize up while I sleep.  

  • Warm water: Having a shower, a bath or even just washing some dishes in warm water seems to to help the pain and stiffness quite a bit.  

  • Wear a Brace: I hate this one, but it helps.  I have a brace for my right hand that restricts the range of motion and essentially forces me to rest.  It's a bitch to knit in, so I don't knit when I wear it, but that's probably the point.

  • Medication: I occasionally take anti-inflammatory medication to help with the discomfort.  Not very often though as I do not want to become dependent on them.  

Here are some things that other knitters have told me work for them:

  • Change your knitting style: I'm not bi-stitchual.  I only knit one way - I call it modified English style - the yarn is in my right hand, but instead of throwing it over the needle, I flick it with my index finger.  I have tried to switch to continental, but it doesn't work for me.  I'm set in my ways.  I envy knitters who can alternate easily between English and Continental.  If you try this, be careful about doing it in the middle of a project as your tension may change and so might your gauge.  

  • Change Crafts:  If you are multi-craftual, you can give your hands and wrists a break by focusing on your other crafts for a while.  Crocheting, sewing, writing, drawing, needlepoint, cross-stitch, spinning, dyeing...the fibre community is full of so many talented, multi-craftual people - we really are an amazing bunch of creative talents!

  • Avoidance: If there is a specific part of knitting that triggers your pain, avoid it.  Certain needles antagonize my pain.  I love to knit socks on 9 inch circular needles, but will have wrist pain for days afterwards.  If you have a trigger, try to avoid it.  

Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping your hands pain-free while you knit?  Let us know! 

2019 Strickplaner Review & Comparison

As promised, here is a review of the 2019 Strickplaner. I’ve compared it to the 2018 Strickplaner, and I love the 2019 edition more than the 2018 edition. You can see the review of the 2018 Strickplaner here. This video features one of our cats, Sammy, who loves to be the centre of attention and is hopefully not too distracting.

The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I purchased this planner with my own money and I am not receiving any consideration, financial or otherwise, in exchange for this review. When I love something I want to spread the love!

New eBook Alert!

The Juniper Collection has been released into the world...

Matching accessories have become kind a big thing for me. When I’m wrapped in the warmth of a comfy hand knit hat, a cozy hand knit cowl, and toasty hand knit mitts, I like them to match, or complement each other, either by sharing the same stitch pattern or being worked in the same yarn. When my knitted accessories complement each other it allows each piece to stand out without competing against the other accessories that I’m wearing. Matching accessories make me look more polished and put together, even on days when I might not feel very polished or put together. So, I’m on a mission to create sets of matching knitwear accessories in my favourite colours using my favourite yarns and stitch patterns.

The Juniper Collection includes socks, a cowl, a hat and mitts. I chose this specific yarn because it’s one of the softest, squishiest yarns that I’ve ever had the pleasure to knit with and it feels divine against my skin. Also this bluish/purple that Nicole (the dyer at Spinnacle) created, really reminds me of the juniper berries that were on the juniper bushes outside of our house when I was growing up.  

 

The Juniper Collection is being released in stages.  Juniper socks were released earlier this year, Juniper hat was released today (you can download it with a $1 discount by clicking here), Juniper Mitts will be released next Thursday August 23rd, 2018, and Juniper Cowl will be released on Thursday August 30th, 2018. 

If you purchase the collection today you pay $15 for all 4 patterns (each pattern will automagically be added to your library upon its release).  The price will increase with each new release.  If you've previously purchased Juniper Socks, the purchase price will be reduced accordingly.  You can find the Juniper Collection here. 

New Pattern Alert!

Lenity has been released into the world...

I love words; I’m a logophile. One of my favourite words (I have many) is lenity. Lenity is derived from latin. It’s a noun and is defined as ‘gentleness; kindness’. I love that it’s a noun; instead of describing something or someone as expressing gentleness or kindness, it is gentleness and kindness. It somehow sounds more permanent and tangible when it’s a noun. 

I also love knitting fabric that is on a bias, like this stitch pattern. It plays well with solid, tonal, variegated, and patterned yarns. The stitch pattern is much easier than it looks. There is a little bit of trickery in Round 16, but it’s literally just moving a marker and yet it makes the entire stitch pattern flow seamlessly along as you knit. 

Lenity is worked from the cuff down and cable pattern on the bias on the front & back of the leg, and top of the foot. This sock features an afterthought star heel with optional gussets, and a star toe. 

Lenity is available with a $1 discount until Monday August 13th, 2018 (no coupon code required).  You can find it here.  

New Pattern Alert! Meraki Edition

Meraki has been released into the world...

Meraki is one of my favourite words (is it weird to have favourite words?). Meraki is Greek, originally derived from the Turkish word merak and means “to do something with passion, with absolute devotion, with undivided attention; to put something of yourself into whatever you’re doing."  I think this is one of the most beautiful words in the world and perfectly describes the joy I feel when I create something from nothing like this new sock design. 

The goal is to hang onto that feeling of meraki and carry it with us throughout the rest of our day as we we go about our every day business of tasks and errands.  Meraki is contagious and if we can insert a little bit of that feeling in everything we do, we can infect the world with joy.  The world can use more joy.  I hope you knit this sock with meraki and feel joy with every stitch, joy that you can hang on to for the rest of your day. 

Meraki is worked from the toe up and features a delicate cable pattern on the top of the foot.  After a Fleegle-style heel, the stitch pattern continues on the front of the leg to the ribbed cuff.  Instructions are included for 4 circumferences and the foot length is customizable.  The pattern stitch is both written and charted, and the pattern includes a schematic. 

You can download Meraki with a 20% discount (no coupon code required) until Monday July 30th.  You can find the pattern here. 

Paradise Fiber Giveaway!

Congratulations to Kelly Olson!!!

The subscription box winner!!

The contest is now closed! 

Paradise Fibers and I are giving away their July 2018 Subscription box! To enter go to www.DanaGervaisDesigns.com/blog/paradise and comment with your favourite fiber. The winner will be drawn on Monday July 30,2018! Good Luck!

Paradise Fibers and I have teamed up to give away their July subscription box!  To win, all you have to do is comment on this post with your favourite fibre!  I'll choose a winner on Monday July 30th! I'll announce the winner on Instagram, Facebook, and I'll update this post!  

Good Luck!