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I am Left Handed But…

I am left handed but I learned how to knit right handed from the beginning. I have never knit left handed, I have always knit right handed. Beings that it was what I learned from the beginning, and I learned how to knit at the age of 10 and never knew anything different I figure I will keep knitting right handed.

Beings that I was born and raised in the era I was born and raised in, being left handed has really never been a big deal for me. It never affected my schooling or any other aspect of my life. I grew up knowing that 9 times out of 10 I was the only lefty in my class or among people I knew, and when it was mentioned I was always like “yeah, And?” or “Your point is?” so for me it has been really no different than someone having blue eyes and I have green or someone having brown hair and I have blonde. I am different that my left hand is my dominant hand, but I don’t see it as being any different as the difference in hair, eye or skin color.

When i learned how to knit, at the age of 10, my grandmother who was right handed taught me, so she taught me the way that she knew which was the right handed way. That is the way I learned, and that is the only way I know how to knit. While I know that there is left handed knitting and continental knitting out there, I have been able to adapt to being able to knit as right handed people knit, and for me it is normal. Studies have shown that lefties tend to be more creative, better at multitasking, and are more likely to be geniuses. The creative and multitasking parts I know are true for myself, and the creative part definitely comes out in my knitting. Even though I knit like a righty I more than make up for it in creativity.

Baby Items, Knitting, Yarn

Must have More Yarn

Hey Everyone!

While I was out today, I stopped at the Joann Fabric and Craft Superstore near my house. I was looking for thread, for a project I am working on. The thread I had was not a good quality, so I went to look for a better quality thread to use for the quilt I am working on. While I was there, I had also picked up a couple more colors of thread that would go with what I am working on, and wouldn’t just be black or white.

In addition to the thread I picked up 5 skeins of Red Heart Yarn for sweaters, and two skeins of kitchen cotton for dishcloths. The red heart yarn I am going to be using for sweaters, and the dishcloths are for me.

I have been off of work most of the week, and I am starting to go a bit stir crazy, and there were a few items I needed to pick up at the grocery store, so I went to Joann’s while I was out. I just needed to go somewhere and do something.

Before I start any more sweaters or hats for kids, I am going to finish my mom’s Christmas present which i am still working on, and I have a baby gift for one of my cousins to get knit up, and then sent up to Canada before the end of May. Knowing from past experience it can take a while for packages to reach their destination in Canada, being shipped from the US, so I want to get the baby gift up there before the baby arrives in June.

Knitting, Knitting for Kids in Need, Knitting Projects, World Vision Knit for Kids

Answering the Call to Knit

Hey Everyone!

Welcome to another Charity Project Monday post. Since I completed my last sweater this past Thursday I started another size 6 sweater. Since starting this latest sweater, I have made it to the front sleeves.

For the sweater that I am currently working on, I am using Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Aruba Blue and Calliope. I had purchased this yarn at my local Joann Fabric and Craft Superstore. I love the yarn selection this store has.

I work on sweaters for kids in need, because it is the passion, talent, ministry, and call that has been put on my life, to be used to do something to help those in need. Helping the poor is something each of us should do, I love being able to use knowing how to knit to do something constructive with my life, and I also love being able to blog about it, and share it with you all through my blog, facebook and ravelry. I know that knitting for kids in need will always be a part of my life.

Knitting, Knitting for Kids in Need, Knitting Projects, Yarn

Putting some Thought in to the Future

Hi Everyone!

I know that as of late, all I have been writing about here, have been my Projects of the Week. It is in part because I have been busy working on gifts for friends.

Over the last few years, with the tough economy I have thrown myself into knitting for children in need. It has given me something to do besides just sitting at home being bored.

I have often thought about how I could take this to the next level, and reach more people, and what I am going to do with my life, career wise. I have been told that I should sell what I make, and go into business for myself, but there is one huge problem with that for me anyway. I am not business savvy, and to do everything the legal way, gives me one huge head ache, and almost makes me cry. Not because I can’t do it, but it would take away from the whole point of me knitting, and selling it for a profit. Knitting, for me is a creative outlet, and when you tie it to business, legalities of owning a business and taxes, you can forget about it, its not me.

If you are wondering what I, ideally would like to do, I would like to work with people, and tell them about the knitting, sewing and crocheting projects that are out there that help children in need, here at home and around the world. I know that the few people who have told me that I have inspired through this blog, my facebook page and through posting on ravelry, that there are people out there, who would get involved if they had a pattern, and where to send the finished projects, while others have donated yarn, and financially to help these causes, and that helps those of us who craft these projects, to keep on making more sweaters, hats, blankets, and other projects for children, those who are sick, and the elderly.

From the standpoint of a knitter, having yarn donated to be used for these projects, has really helped out. I would love to be able to partner with a group, to help continue making it possible for the individuals and groups to be able to continue to craft projects, and make it possible to reduce the cost to them to be able to do something good for others. The cost of yarn itself, is prohibitive for many to get involved, even if they know how to knit or crochet. There are many who know how, and would love to get involved but could not afford to buy yarn to keep up knitting projects, so they don’t bother.

I have often thought about what it would be like to work with knitting/crocheting groups as part of a non profit organization, where we work to get affordable (or even free to the knitters/crocheters) yarn for the group members to use, and then send them off to the appropriate charitable organizations (like world vision) or working at a retreat center, and working with groups that come in, and hosting knitting/crocheting conferences and such.  So it is so just in idea phase, and I have no idea how that would work out or come to fruition, but it has been on my mind, and on my heart lately, and I thought that I would share it with you all.

I am definitely a crafting, hands on type of person, and being able to share what I do well with others, and learn from their knowledge and experience is important, to me anyway.