Scarves have become a huge fashion accessory and of course the styles of them change each year.
As a knitter who loves to find easy patterns that are quick and fun to do, I came across scarves that you knit called a "Snood". Basically this is similar to an infinity scarf where there are no ends, but is not done as loosely as an infinity scarf. The idea behind a SNOOD is that you can also quickly put it over your head as a hood, basically a scarf and a hood in one... SNOOD.
They are also known as a COWL SCARF
So in fact the snood is a very useful and also fashionable hat. It will keep you warm and the wind off your neck and head. If you prefer to work from the printed patterns such as the one above, that is awesome, but personally I love to work with either a kit where everything is included or get my supplies and follow a visual pattern such as on You Tube as below. If you want a super fast project and something other than a simple scarf that you wrap around a few times, then try knitting a snood!
I love this video because she doesn't speak and puts on relaxing music. If you look around the internet you will see there are many different sizes of snoods to make. Some are simply small enough to be a neck warmer or quick hat, but I personally love the size she makes in this video.
I am always looking for easy and quick knitting patterns that I can do while watching TV or listening to music as she does in this video. I have taken knitting back up after many years away from it as a way to de-stress and keep my blood pressure down. To do this I have come away from seriously complicated patterns which require too much attention and counting for me, in favour of simple and easy patterns that show results quickly.
As I was researching the SNOOD, I also came across a kit you can get on Amazon that includes everything you need. This is a great way to get started with knitting or if you are picking it back up after a number of years away from it. These snoods, make great gifts anytime of the year. You could make it out of lighter cotton knits for the nicer weather just to keep the chill off on cool days and evenings.
The above link is to a kit that includes knitting needles, and thick merino silk yarn. You can get the kits in different colours, but worth checking out if you are looking for an easy project. The instructions are full of pictures to make it easier to get started. These are super cozy and I think I actually prefer them to a typical scarf. I can use it as a hat and keep my neck warm at the same time.
Are you Inspired to Knit Yet?
Hopefully this inspires you to pick up those knitting needles and get started. With you tube there are loads of videos to get you started if you are new to knitting, but if it is a hobby you once loved but then life and electronics got in the way, I hope you will try it again. It is super relaxing working with these bigger yarns as you can see results quicker.
Knit a Snood for a Great Christmas Gift
Get started now and stock up on colorful yarns that you thing people on your list would love. Keep warm and look great at the same time. So give Snood knitting a try.
One of the easiest and best ways to knit a dog sweater fast is with a knitting loom. You can get these in most craft stores and it would be best to get a few sizes. You could measure your dog circumference to get an idea of the right size.
What I like about this style is that it is not fitted and you can simply adjust where to put the button based on your dogs size.
I found this great video below on just how to knit a dog sweater with a loom, and it is really detailed the video. So get your supplies and get started! I love any project that can be completed fairly quickly.
I Thought this was the cutest little sweater. You could make a few in different colors or you could take it one step further and sell them at craft shows or online. You could create an adjustable button area so different sized dogs can wear it. It keeps the chill off them and is easy to wear.
Using a loom is one of the fastest ways to create knitted products. I love either way. I just like to find easy projects that don't take a lot of intense concentration, and something I could do in an evening while listening to music or watching TV.
So, if you have been toying with the idea of a doggy sweater for your next project, you could use needles but if you want something quickly a knitting loom would work best.
I love the color on this doggy! She is showing 29cm diameter plastic loom for her materials which equals 11 inches. I have found a set below that is good value online and includes this size.
I found the above supplies on Amazon. Just click on the pictures to find out more. I have been finding many great deals online. Its not that I don't like my local craft store, but sometimes you just get totally different things online such as the doggy buttons which I thought were adorable.
The loom kits usually come with hooks, but it can be nice to get a stand alone one too.
This loom knitting reminds me of "corking" when I was a kid using a old wooden spool with 4 nails in it to make long knitted tubes to create all kinds of crafts. The looms are obviously larger and all I can say is that the hook is super important and you don't want to use too thick a yarn or it will get bogged down.
So check out the video and get inspired to knit a dog sweater and then try different embellishments to make it more personal. You could embroider a name or a picture. There are so many ways to make this sweater unique. Have fun!
It doesn't take long to accumulate excess yarn. It just seems to grow and those plastic shopping bags full of the leftovers from your projects or great deals you couldn't pass up just seem to multiply in the corner.
Eventually all the corners of your home are taken up with leftover yarns that still have life left in them for another project one day and you simply don't want to throw them out. You can donate them to seniors homes and to some craft stores that help supply any knitters who knit for charity. But if you want to keep what you have, then you need to get organized. Sigh!!
Take an afternoon or a day depending on whether all your yarns need to simply come out of bags or if they somehow had a square dance and all got tangled up, in which case you may need a pot of coffee to get started and roll up your sleeves!
Figure Out Just Where They will Live
Figure out their place, whether it will be a crafting room or a corner of the closet. Once you see the space you can afford, then you need to get creative with the storage. I fell in love with this idea of hanging closet storage, as this gets your yarn off the ground and you will be amazed at just how many can fit in one of these.
I love this!! If you click on it, you will see this is on Amazon, and is less than 10 dollars! It will house many balls of yarn and there is pockets for your knitting patterns and some needles. This will get them off the floor. I would personally use this yarn storage idea for the yarns you are not using at the moment. But the best thing about this unit is that you can see pretty much right away just what you have and don't have so that you don't duplicate (I am guilty of this!)
If you have a lot you could separate them by colors, or gauge, or size, and then get a second one for even more. So if you can afford some closet space, you can utilize the vertical space in the closet without taking up to much width. This is an awesome idea. So take the yarns you are not using now, and stash them in something like this to keep them clean and separated. No more bags on the floor!
This particular closet organizer is a bit more money but it can house a lot of yarn too! It also has drawers where you can stash your accessories, such as needles, sewing supplies, your patterns and more. It would definitely have a neater and organized look and not take up too much room in a closet. Using the vertical space or the height makes perfect sense when it comes to storing any craft supplies. It doesn't have to be labeled "craft storage" to be used, just get creative with clothing organizers.
If you can spare the room, or if you are blessed with a craft room, you can get these corrugated put together shelves that can house your yarn one skein deep so that you can see them all right away. If you have a lot of yarn you are not using right now, storing them is the best way to keep track. You would be surprised at just how quickly each project of yarn with accumulate and somehow tangle.
Once you have your yarn supply sorted, it is time to organize the yarns you are using for your present projects. I really love this portable case above. As you can see in the picture you separate the yarns and feed them through the hole in the top and the yarns stay clean and untangled forever! I usually work from my knitting bag or the ball rolls around on the floor and collects cat hair, lovely.
Stop Getting Pet Hair on the Yarn!
So, when you are done knitting or crocheting for the day or evening, you simply keep everything in here and stash in the closet or beside the couch without the worry of it getting dirty or tangled.
Dollar Tree Ideas
If you are on a tight budget you can head to the Dollar Tree or Dollar store and find pretty cheap baskets that you could sort your yarn between and stash. You can also get stackable baskets that would make it even easier to store smaller amounts of yarn but vertically. You can then see them and know just what you have.
Get into the Habit of Storing Yarn after Each Project is Done
As soon as you finish a knitting project, get into the habit of storing the supplies right away. If you ended up with a few straggly bits of yarn leftover, throw them out right away. Its these straggly bits that start the tangle process! Take a quick look at your leftovers and decide if they are worth keeping. If they are find them a home right away, this helps to curb the tangled mess.
If you are wondering why I suddenly showed you a picture and a link to undies storage, think outside the box! These drawers can usually fit under the bed, which is another great place to organize knitting supplies as well as crafts and even out of season clothes. If you organize it right. Purchase organizers designed for socks and undies and you can also use them for balls of yarn.
Yank them out from under the bed or open a dresser drawer and you can see right away just what you have without digging. This is just another idea for yarn organizers.
Hope this post has got you inspired to get organized. You will feel better and it will feel like Christmas when you come across supplies you didn't realize you had! Happy Knitting!
Since I take a little while to knit things, I decided that even though it is February here and snow everywhere it was time to think of summer!
I was trying to think of things to knit for the summer since I am loving my knitting time, and have found that cotton yarns are quite easy to work with, as long as you don't pull the stitches too tight as they don't have the same give as wool. Keeping that in mind, there are so many cool projects you can create using these summer weight cotton blends and this gorgeous tote/bag would be perfect.
Check out the video to see if you don't get excited! It is also a good time to try out circular needles. Don't be afraid of them, once you get used to them they are awesome to work with. Maybe get some supplies ahead of time such as stitch holders and markers so you don't have to stop your project half way through.
Cotton Beach Tote
Since this is knitted on circular needles there are no pieces to sew together afterwards (always my problem, need to get more experience with that part). You don't have to make it exactly as shown, you can use the same weight cotton yarn in different colors or simply stick to one color if you prefer a solid shade and don't like to fumble with changing colors.
Use as a Market Tote Too!
This doesn't have to be just for the beach, it could be for those Saturday Garden Markets for fresh fruit and veggies, or for whatever you need. You could also like it if you wish and use as a purse. Either way I thought this not only looks good but is an awesome project to show off your knitting in the summer months.
If you love the idea of totes, or bags, check out one of my first projects, which was a knitting bag, that I created with knitted strips.
You can get Red Heart yarn products online at Amazon many times in bulk. This is the main color she uses in the video. I plan I making mine this solid color so will purchase the same total amount in one color. I personally am not quite ready for the changing of colors. I also thought this would look good in a yellow for the summer, just thinking out loud!
I like the Bamboo needles they are a nice change from the metal, plus they are perfect for cotton knitting. Make sure you get circular needles with 24 inches as this is where your tote will be hanging from and you don't want to be crowded.
Circular knitting needles take a little getting used to, as at first it feels like the work is falling off but it is not and you will find your knitting more flexible than regular needles.
You can Wash and Wash Cotton Yarn
The beauty of using 100% cotton is that it is not only durable, but easy to wash, but DON'T put it in the dryer, lay it flat somewhere to dry if possible. I would carry some plastic bags in it for wet things if possible, but totally enjoy creating a knitted tote/beach bag that you can show off this summer.
I know this blog is about easy knitting projects, but I came across this great idea for re purposing sweaters that I simply could not ignore!
I love creating crafts, any crafts, but I also love reusing and re-purposing things to be new again, and I have a few sweaters that have seen better days. I usually donate gently used clothes I am finished with but I have some sweaters that have holes or thin parts and really are not any good to anyone, so instead of throwing them away I came across this video on how to simply upcycle.
Upcycling - Trendy and Chic
"Upcycle" is a trendy word, not even sure if it is a real word as my spell check keeps flagging it! But it has become a trendy way to re-purpose things to get a second life out of them and also saves a few dollars but even better, is just how unique an item you can create for just the cost of your labour.
Your new recycled scarf will not be like anyone else's out there. You are not buying yarn that everyone else is buying, you are putting together a piece of artwork! Maybe that is a little over the top, but who else would have one just like yours? You can create yourself a knitted scarf in an evening or afternoon out of sweaters that were simply jammed in the back of your closet or collecting dust on a shelf.
If your favourite sweater has seen better days, you can still wear it as a scarf. In this video she uses many different sweaters for colour and pattern, but you could just use one and turn the squares around as you sew them to add interest in the pattern.
Sewing Machine or By Hand
This works best using a sewing machine on zigzag but you could do this by hand while watching TV or listening to music in the evenings. This is when I do my knitting projects, to wind down from my day and to stay off the computer in the late evening hours as it was interrupting my sleep.
If you have read any of my blog posts, you can see that I love to find easy to knit patterns and ideas that don't require constant counting of stitches or anything to intricate. I could handle more complicated knitting projects, but I choose not to!
This is even another step into simplification! You don't even have to knit the item and you can end up with a gorgeous scarf!
Check out the video, and see if this doesn't get you thinking about those old sweaters you have or your kids have, especially if you live in a colder winter climate as I do! If you simply don't have any sweaters you want to cut up check with the thrift store.
I have a friend who works in our local Salvation Army thrift store and they do get bags of clothes that they simply cannot resell and have to throw away. You could ask if they have any sweaters they are throwing away that no one can buy or use and then gently wash them and get to work on your upcycled scarf!
If you are looking for a hobby, or a way to de-stress but don't want anything to complicated, consider knitting!
You may have seen complicated looking sweaters, or those friends at work who have been knitting for years and show up with beautiful pieces and feel intimidated by those projects. Don't! You can get started with minimal materials, and instruction. I myself, over the years have learned many knitting techniques, but when it came to creating things I always tend to revert to simple and easy!
It might just be my stage of life, or I simply don't want anything to complicated. I came off the evening computer marathons so that I could sleep better, and I found that adding a hobby to those evening hours was the best thing I did. But if it was too complicated then I wouldn't feel relaxed as I do this hobby in the evening hours to relax and feel ready for sleep. So if you have been following my blog at all you will see many of the projects I have done or have found to do are pretty basic but don't look plain.
I learn best with visual aids such as with You Tube, or CD's or something with pictures! This kit includes everything for the beginner to get started and to take it one step at a time and enjoy this great relaxing hobby!
With this kit, you get to choose your colours, and everything you need for the project is in the kit including a CD.
Once you get the hang of it, you can create all kinds of knitted products for yourself or gifts, you are not restricted to scarves (although I have done a bunch of those!). Right now I am knitting squares that I will sew together for a pillow cover for my couch.
Learn the basics and simply have fun with this hobby. This kit is online and affordable and this way you have not invested a lot of money if you don't like it but I am sure you will like it! It would also make a great gift idea for anyone on your list this year.
Are You Intimidated by the Hobby Store?
Then getting a kit or supplies online is a good way if you don't feel comfortable in a hobby store. I remember going into a hobby store that had rows of yarn, wool, needles, and I didn't have a clue. Once you learn the basics you will also find that online offers a lot of variety!
If you are new to knitting or have taken it back up after a long siesta from it (that is me!) you may not have accumulated a lot of supplies and needles, but don't worry... you will!!
I have a perfectly good case that an entire set of knitting needles lives in, that a relative gave me, but I have to admit, it is a pain making sure they fit in the elastics and in the right order. I know my clean up and knitting style, things have to be easy to grab and accessible. If things are tucked away too well I may not bother getting them out. Lazy, yes I know, but I also know me. So I have been on the lookout for ways to store knitting needles. You can purchase storage which would be a great gift idea, or you can also make them. Below is a video on how to make knitting needle storage using Pringles Chips Containers!
Check it out!
I thought this was such a cool idea for the crafty knitter out there! It shows that you don't have to spend a lot and you can not only recycle and reuse but it would be fun to show off or to give as gifts. This would personalize your craft space for sure, and at least look great on a shelf if you are lucky enough to have a room for your crafts or at least a corner.
Make the Bottom Soft
I personally would add some batting or even some left over yarn that really is not enough to use for any projects to line the bottom and to protect the points. This way you can keep the needles with the numbers facing up where they are easy to see. Simply plop the needles into the tin and they are ready for next time.
I presently have any wool I am using in my lined homemade knitting bag (click the link to see how I made it) but I am sure that will be my next problem as I don't like to throw anything out. Storage has to be easy access but also look good.
More Complex But Cool Sewn Bag for Knitting Needle Storage
If you enjoy sewing, you could make a zippered bag to house your needles and some supplies as well. These are great for travelling if you love to bring your knitting with you. She sews this bag with boxed corners to make it more robust and give it a boxy shape. Check out the video below. A great way to use up leftover fabrics. You could even do patchwork to really personalize it.
Keep Them Safe
There are different ways to store your knitting needles, and store them you should as they can be dangerous in the wrong hands, i.e.: kids and grandkids. I had a bad habit of simply leaving them and works in progress on a side table in the living room so I could pick them up while watching TV, but after a while that table will get unorganized and dusty, so having a place for everything is a brilliant idea.
Purchase Knitting Needle Storage
If you don't want to go to the trouble of making something and want something easy and accessible there are affordable alternatives online that make it easy to keep them safe, organized and easy to find. Below is an affordable simple case that will house needles as well as crochet hooks.
This case is quick and easy and will keep your knitting needles separate but easy to find.
I used to have one of these years ago, and let it go when I was downsizing and didn't think I would be doing much knitting. I do wish I had hung onto it, but they are an affordable option that not only takes care of the needles but your ongoing projects, patters and yarns. Would also make a great gift idea. What I really like is there is separate storage for the needles, where you can see them easily. You don't have to go digging for them.
Another DIY Knitting Needle and Supply Storage Idea for the Traveler
If you want your supplies more mobile, for example you travel and love to take your works in progress with you and all the associated supplies needed such as holders, and sewing supplies, I found this video on using plastic sleeves for binders. This way you only have to carry a binder and it can hold everything you need for your accessories. This would work for many craft ideas.
You need to get the ones with some sort of zipper for closing, and then you can store them in the binder. This is an awesome way to keep track of all your supplies large and small.
Using Plastic sleeves as pouches in a binder works well as you can see. I couldn't find any at my local business store, but I did manage to find some online below. This idea could work for any craft that involves a lot of smaller suppliers that you like to keep separated and easier to carry than a tool box. I love this idea. You could recycle any binders you have at home and decorate the front of it. I love this idea for those smaller bits and pieces such as in the video.
Hopefully this blog post was not too long winded, but I love finding ways to make my crafts and knitting easier to handle. It can get stressful when all your supplies end up all over the house. The more organized you can keep your things the more mental creativity can be spent on your creations.
Organize Your Supplies to Preserve Mental Creativity!
I also love to draw and paint, and I learned this lesson long ago. As I have taken up knitting to get me off the computer in the evenings, my supplies have started to accumulate. So it is time to take action. As I was researching ways to store things, I try to imagine me using them. Everyone is different, but for me it has to look good and be easy to access. It can't be too far tucked away or it won't come out!
Enjoy your knitting journey!
I am always on the look out for simple designs that will get me back into knitting. I am personally not a fan of anything to complicated or intricate as my purpose for knitting right now is relaxation and to distress. After a bout of insomnia I was told to stay away from the computer after 6pm and find something else to do.
I used to knit years ago when my kids were little and came away from it, so I am back and finding things I can knit while listening to music or watch some easy going TV. You don't always have to use knitting needles, I came across this rainbow loom and found a really cute video for trying this quick and easy knitted Christmas Stocking. Check out the video below, and I also have a link to the rainbow loom if you want to try it yourself.
These are really cute, and would be a great project to start right about now so you have lots of time to make a few for the holidays.
Use as Gift Wrap
They don't have to be simply for hanging Christmas Eve, you could make them to house a gift to family or friends. Something they could keep instead of throwing away or recycling as with wrapping paper.
Embroider to Personalize
If you want to make your Christmas stocking more personal, you could embroider a persons name, or a cute picture. I embroidered a cute little cat on my kids stockings when they were little. Just makes them a bit more personal. I wish I had come across this style of knitting back then as I painstakingly created them on 4 needles! I am going to try a this method instead to use for family this year including our pets.
I love finding new tools and ways to knit that are simple, fun and you see your knitting grow quickly. This way interest is not lost. This would make a great first project for anyone who doesn't knit or is thinking of learning, or for kids interested in crafts.
As you can see in the video, it is a young girl teaching the craft and a really good looking Christmas stocking comes out of it. You could get more complicated and knit one using round needles just like making a real sock, but this is a quick way to ease yourself into the craft. I used to do this type of loom knitting when I was a kid. Back then you had to make your own with a wooden spool and nails! (yes I am dating myself). But there are really cool products on the market now that are an affordable way to get back into a bit of crafting.
You don't have to use a rainbow loom, you can get a set of simple knitting looms to create different size projects. Most craft stores sell these now, but you can also get them online, and in different sizes.
If you are just starting to collect supplies for knitting, then having a set of plastic looms around means that you could simply change it up and create 3D projects such as Christmas Stockings, scarves, and more. These are a fun a different way to get into the world of knitting.
When I first saw these plastic looms in my local craft store, I didn't get them because I thought all they could really do is knit round things. But I was wrong. I came across this book that shows you so many ways to use these simple looms to create all kinds of great knitted projects, such as pillows, scarves, bags and more. I was amazed.
My goal is to just have fun with projects. I am not quite ready to dive into the world of intricate patterned sweaters or something that takes months to produce. Time is limited for many people who just want to try something and not lose interest or worry about mistakes.
This is my next project, once I have finished my 6th scarf ready for our Ontario winter!. I would like to try my hand at this type of knitting which will also give your hands a break from the knitting needles. As long as you have a good hook or metal crochet hook to life the first stitch over, this can be a lot of fun. The stitches look good too.
So, if you are looking for something a little different to try from the traditional knitting needles, give this a go. You could use up your leftover yarns on smaller projects, and your projects grow right before you eyes, which is what I love because I tend to be impatient. Have Fun!
If you read the title and thought "what?" now I have heard everything, I was surprised too. But this technique shows you that you can get super creative with knitting and it is not limited to traditional needles.
If you have ever stopped by my blog, you will know that my main interest in knitting is finding simple, easy and fun ideas to get back into knitting for stress relief. I don't want anything to intricate if possible, so that I can simply relax, knit and enjoy music or TV. I don't want to have to worry about 10 different colours or heavy counted patterns. So in my search I have come across many really cool ways to get creative and have awesome looking products for yourself, friends, gifts or even to sell at craft fairs and shows.
Check out the video below to get inspired by using that big fat comb that was in style years ago or get one at the Dollar Tree.
You can find these at dollar stores, or discount stores. Or you could simply get creative and take a strong comb you no longer use and get rid of a few teeth. It depends on how thick a yarn you use too. So if you have tinier combs you could use lightweight yarn to look more like a woven product.
Combs, Shoe Boxes, Get Creative!
You could use old combs, or cut teeth out of the edge of a shoe box, or a piece of wood. As long as there are teeth and a way to work the yarn and be able to lift the stitch up and over, it can work. So if you are looking to try something a little different than needles, give this a try. It is very similar to loom knitting but knits a long piece which would be great for scarves or create pieces you can sew or weave together for later, such as with my knitting bag example. I knitted pieces and then wove them together and stitched them to create something a little different looking.
YouTube is a great place to get some inspiration if you are stuck such as the video above.
Try weaving a Blanket?
You could work on these comb knitted strips and collect them using all your leftover yarns (say similar weight if you can) and then once you have created a good sized collection, lay them out on the table and then weave them together and sew where them meet and around the edges you could add fringe or anything that inspires you, or even bling and buttons as in my knitting bag project..
There are so many ways to knit now. For me these ideas are something that fulfills my idea of simple, quick and fun and "de-stressing". I love seeing something grow from my hands quickly and this works! So give it a try and have some fun.
Have you ever received a knitted dishcloth as a gift? I did, and at the time had only ever experienced fabric dishcloths, I didn't even know what it was until it was explained to me. I thought it would not be very absorbent and would stay went and stinky, but this is not the case.
I used to help a friend out with a catering business and when it came time to do the dishes she always had a stack of these knitted ones, so I thought why not. What got me was just how well they worked. The knitting bumps on the cloth acted like little scrubbers to help wash dishes and then when done they rinsed out very well and dried quickly as they were somewhat porous.
Not only are they useful but they are super easy to make. Yes you could simply knit a square but it won't always lay flat, so I found this pattern that starts in a corner and creates the dishcloth on a bias or angle which also creates some interest.
The most complicated part of this pattern is increasing and decreasing stitches and that is not hard. I found this video that really shows just how easy it is.
They Clean and Dry Fast
If you knit in a slightly looser fashion as above, you can see just how useful these are and are a perfect way to use up leftover yarns. The pattern around the outside also adds to it, and they can look good hanging on your faucet or side of sink. They can be thrown in the washer or simply run some dish soap and warm water through them after use and rinse and then hang over the faucet to dry.
They simply don't get stinky! I find now that most people tend to have a dishwasher that the dishcloth has to be washed more often as it is not getting that exposure to the sink full of hot suds when you do dishes by hand. But these are really easy to clean and absorb spills on the counter and you can make them quickly.
Great use for Leftover Yarn Projects
If you are looking for something to use your leftover yarns for, this is a great project. It fits into the EASY category, and can be done simply relaxing to music or watching TV. This also is a great way to get your practice in if you have been away from knitting for a long time as I was.
So, if you are looking for some easy projects, then get rid of those old beater cloths and replace them with brightly knitted dishcloths and put your leftover yarn to good use!
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.