Elyse’s Knitting

Indie Dyer Spotlight

I achieved STABLE long ago (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy). If I stopped buying yarn now I’d have enough to knit with for years. The problem is, yarn is pretty and soft and colorful, and I am absolutely not going to stop buying it. Yarn is my happy place…er, thing. Yarn makes me joyful. I like knitting with it. I like squishing it at the yarn store. When I need to relax mentally, I look … Continue reading Indie Dyer Spotlight

Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Elyse’s Gift Ideas for Crafters!

My turn! I’m taking over today’s edition of the Stuff We Like – Holiday Gift Guide 2020! So many crafting hobbies are supported and nurtured in local small businesses, and your favorite crafter probably has a favorite store. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gift ideas for the knitters, crocheters, and crafters in your life.  Just click that image above or click right here, and take a look! If you need more shopping ideas, we … Continue reading Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Elyse’s Gift Ideas for Crafters!

My Knitting TBR

I manage two TBRs in my life, my everyday reading TBR (which seems to be getting taller every day) and my knitting TBR. My knitting TBR is a little different. I buy knitting books when I intend to make projects from them, but I’ve also found that sometimes just flipping through a pattern book and admiring the photos of finished projects can be incredibly soothing. This month I wanted to share the books at the … Continue reading My Knitting TBR

Elyse’s Knitting: Stash Busting

First of all, this is not a post about stuff you should be doing during quarantine. Unlike any jackwagons advocating we completely transform ourselves mentally or intellectually during quarantine, I personally see this as a traumatic time and it’s really important to be gentle with ourselves. This post is just about what helped settle my anxiety brain right now, in hopes that maybe it would help someone else, too. As I’ve mentioned many times, knitting … Continue reading Elyse’s Knitting: Stash Busting

Learning to Knit and Keeping in Touch

The news is bleak right now and a lot of people are self-isolating to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Those things combined can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness, and if you are feeling them, trust me, you are not alone. I’ve had to turn off the news almost entirely and have been talking more with my friends around the country than I have in years. I’ve also been knitting more to keep … Continue reading Learning to Knit and Keeping in Touch

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

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