Elyse’s Knitting

Knitting and Role Playing Games or Crafts with Cthulhu

I’d been interested in RPGs (role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons) for a long time, but the few times I’d joined a group to play it didn’t really work well for me. First of all, I was almost always the only woman. Secondly, I wasn’t a very experienced player and I felt like I annoyed the other players because I had to spend a lot of time looking things up and asked a lot … Continue reading Knitting and Role Playing Games or Crafts with Cthulhu

Elyse’s Knitting: Advent Knitting

Last Christmas, I saw a meme that said “It’s the time of year when I put away my regular anxiety and take out my fancy holiday anxiety,” and, man, do I feel that. The holidays are always a challenging time of year for me (and a lot of other people). The season can come with a lot of obligations (family, social, work, school) and it’s easy to get burned out. For the past few years … Continue reading Elyse’s Knitting: Advent Knitting

Knitting for Anxiety and Pain

I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to get a little bit personal in this column. Since I began knitting about ten years ago, I’ve used the craft to address my anxiety. Specifically I have PTSD, and I’ve found that certain anxiety-combatting techniques, like mindfulness, don’t always work well for me when I’m feeling panicked: I’m already hyper vigilant during an anxiety episode due to the trauma part of PTSD. Being mindful often makes … Continue reading Knitting for Anxiety and Pain

Elyse’s Knitting: Yarn Clubs

Hide your wallet, crafty friends, because this post is gonna get spendy. I’m here to tell you about the wonder that is yarn clubs–a way to be surprised by exclusive colors in your favorite yarn brands through the mail. It’s pretty much my new favorite thing. First of all, I will confess to having achieved SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy). If I stopped buying yarn today, and lived to be one hundred, I’d probably … Continue reading Elyse’s Knitting: Yarn Clubs

Stuff You Should Be Stitching: The Holidays

December is upon us, which means if you’re like me, you’re frantically knitting last minute gifts for the holidays. The ones you knew you were going to make back in, like, April. But you waited until now. Because you make bad choices. Luckily for you we’re here with some last minute gift ideas, holiday décor and just plain fun patterns to work on if (unlike me) you planned well and have time to spend crafting … Continue reading Stuff You Should Be Stitching: The Holidays

Crafting for a Cause

My normally mostly-under-control anxiety went through the roof last week. I bit my nails, picked my cuticles until they bled, and caught myself pulling my hair when I was sleeping. I lot of people I know seemed similarly overwhelmed and distressed at what has been going on at the southern borders of the United States, at what’s going on pretty much everywhere. My anxiety peaks when I am experiencing something emotionally distressing and I feel … Continue reading Crafting for a Cause

Stuff You Should Be Knitting: OMG It’s Almost December

It’s that time of year again, when crafters have a few scant weeks until the holidays. Fueled by coffee, Netflix and bitter, bitter tears we knit and crochet into the night, desperate to finish last minute gifts.  We bind off on the 23rd of December. Fuck weaving in ends. People can weave in their own goddamn ends. Not like I’m speaking from experience. Determined to still get a project or two complete before the holidays … Continue reading Stuff You Should Be Knitting: OMG It’s Almost December

Stuff You Should Be Stitching: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman has been my favorite film so far this year, and it’s clearly resonated with a lot of romance readers (and women in general). For this edition of Stuff You Should Be Stitching, I’m focusing on Wonder Woman-themed awesomeness. Now, you might have noticed that this column title changed from Stuff You Should Be Knitting. That’s because I’m going to try and focus more on cross stitch, needlepoint, sewing, and crochet as well. I’ll … Continue reading Stuff You Should Be Stitching: Wonder Woman

Stuff You Should Be Knitting: Color

Spring is officially here and it’s time for another edition of Stuff You Should Be Knitting where we link to some awesome free patterns on the interwebs. For me, spring is an excuse to bust out all the colored yarns and work on some bright, happy projects. If you like to knit with color, then Stephen West is the designer for you. His projects are a little on the wild side and totally addictive to … Continue reading Stuff You Should Be Knitting: Color

Stuff You Should Be Knitting

It’s time for the winter edition of Stuff You Should be Knitting. Here in Wisconsin it’s miserably cold (like -25 with the wind chill), so I’m all about warm, bulky projects. The best part? All these patterns are free! Let’s start off with the Pussy Hat–a pattern that’s gone viral among the knitting community. The Pussy Hat is a pink, cat-eared hat that many women participating in the Women’s March on Washington DC will be … Continue reading Stuff You Should Be Knitting

Knitting Pattern: The Barista Cowl

In addition to his duties as chief cat wrangler and household chef, Mr Elyse works a day job as a barista. With winter imminent he asked me if I would make him a cowl or scarf to keep him warm when he worked the drive through window. As this presented an opportunity to buy new yarn, I of course said yes. (Side note: yes, this means my husband makes one badass caramel latte, ladies and gentlemen. … Continue reading Knitting Pattern: The Barista Cowl

Stuff You Should Be Knitting

Fall is upon us, as is evident by the Pumpkin Spice Latte emerging from hibernation. It’s actually getting chilly here and leaves are starting to turn, which means it’s the perfect time to start on fall knitting. In this quarterly column I’ll be bringing you links to some of the coolest FREE knitting and crochet patterns I’ve found online that tie in with the season. For me, fall is all about scarves, cowls, arm-warmers, and … Continue reading Stuff You Should Be Knitting

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