Beginner Knitting

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Knitting is a pass time that enhances our lives in so many ways ~ from the comfort of that first blanket on and for cozy nights, to the baby hat that welcomes a newborn into the world, knitting is a skill that beautifies the home and wraps us in the warmth and breathability of natural fibers.

 

Today, my thoughts turn to beginner knitters. We all approach new things in different ways, but it is common for beginners to come to their first class with a degree of fear and trepidation. This is supposed to be fun! I always say, “It’s O.K. It’s not going to blow up! Breathe. There’s a learning curve, like anything else, and it’s perfectly fine to give yourself permission to make mistakes.”

 

Mistakes create opportunities to learn additional skills: focus more on “seeing” stitches (& mistakes) as we go, developing the patience to rip back, learning to knit backwards (OMG!), or fixing a stitch many rows down. Whatever happens as you knit your beginner pieces, a year from now you will be amazed at what you can do, thrilled to be wearing and showing off your projects, and receiving compliments that you never expected.


 

Joy

MYFS Yarn Shop Manager

Benefits of Knitting

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There has been quite a buzz about the therapeutic value of knitting these days and, not surprisingly, a series of studies verifying the benefits. As a former Art Therapist (& one who also ran an occupational therapy department in a past life), I have long been aware of how our pace, senses, thoughts, experiences, and exposure to different mediums impact how we feel and how we express ourselves. For many years I had only been a Winter knitter, so it took me by surprise when I found myself knitting year round and stopped to ask myself why. It was one of those, “Well, duh!” moments as I connected with the fact that with my husband’s terminal illness, I had naturally gravitated to knitting as a stress management tool.

We now know that the rhythmic movements of knitting become a kind of meditative experience. Our blood pressure is lowered, and our heart rate slows. If we choose, we can be blessed with mindless moments where the absence of thought is a relief. For some, this is also a time when we feel at One with our Creator ~ a spiritual connection during which guidance for our life is received. For others, there is something magical about the tactile aspects of the fibers ~ those once-live-on-the-animal and now live-in-our-hands fibers that speak to us of farm, warmth, and creature comforts.

Whatever our reasons are for knitting, we can always be assured that what we knit will express who the sheep was, who we are as expressive beings, and at least one way we present ourselves to the world.

Joy Moody

MYFS Yarn Shop Manager

The Nash Island Story

The Nash Island Story

Like so many great Maine stories, this one begins with an island, a lighthouse, and the elusive alchemy of love.  In 1916, before interstates and easy communication, in a time when remote rural life was not powered by electricity and automobiles, when ships depended on a granite bound beacon to guide them over the shoals, a lighthouse keeper’s daughter found her place in the world.

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