Saturday, December 22, 2012

Getting Warm and Fuzzy Feelings about Knitting

Several years ago when I made my New Year's Resolutions, I didn't really make resolutions.  I made a list of things that I wanted to learn that year.  The three things were to re-learn French, learn how to knit and learn to play the guitar.  None of those things happened.  I bought countless books on each subject and still own most of them.  I think I finally got rid of the guitar books because I put "try to learn violin" on my Fifty before 50 List.  So, I've ditched the guitar idea for violin.  But I do still have my knitting books and the projects that I started seven years ago.  Now, I can't even remember how I began them!! 
"Learn to Knit" is number 48 on my Fifty before 50 List.  There's a website called Wool and the Gang that was started by Lisa Sabrier and Carolyn Main.  The website has knit kits that you can buy to create your own fashions.  They have knitting kits that would be good now for the winter.  But, if you're in the southern hemisphere, they also have kits for summer projects that include cute little lighter weight sweaters, bra tops or a tank top.  For me, I would probably have to start a summer project now for it to be done by the summer!! 
If you don't want to learn how to knit, the online store carries unique ready to wear knit items that are made by knitting artisans in Peru.  After visiting the website and reading about the company and their philosophy, I have fallen in love!
They are another company who is allowing women to do something that they are skilled at to be able to earn a living and support their family.
The company calls itself "ethical, traditional, inspirational, recreational and totally original".
They would like to create a "global school of wool".  I love the idea of passing down traditions and skills from generation to generation.  This website gives me warm, fuzzy feelings in more way than one.  So, if you're in the need of wool gifts anytime soon, check them out.
And if you're like me and you'd like to learn to knit, they also have video tutorials.  Maybe I can watch one of their videos to remember how to finish those projects above!!  I'm pretty sure it was just a basic stitch because I remember being confused trying to go back and forth between the knit and purl stitch--if that's even what it was!  It's been a while.  Or, check out their blog, which has gorgeous pictures and free patterns.  I really want to learn to knit now.  Now, if I could just find some free time.
Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Wool and the Gang.  All opinions are 100% mine. 

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