February Skill of the Month: Knit and Crochet!
Learning how to knit or crochet is on a lot of mom’s To Do list, and one of those things they never get around to learning. Well, this month it’s time to learn! Both knitting and crocheting are great practical skills that lend themselves well to being self-reliant. There’s nothing like wearing a pair of hand-knit wool socks or enjoying the feel of a cozy handmade afghan, and it’s a budget friendly hobby, unless you decide to delve into the world of exotic yarns and needles. A visit to Walmart or a craft store and $15-20 or so is all you’ll need to get started.
Blogger Kimber put together this list of reasons every Survival Mom should learn how to knit and/or crochet.
- Warmth: When it’s cold outside, you can knit or crochet a blanket, hat, scarf, sweater, socks, and gloves
- Clothing: even undergarments can be knit or crocheted, including feminine hygiene products
- Household products: towels and wash rags are easy to make and very useful around the house.
- Once you learn the basics, you will find that knitting or crocheting can be calming in a stressful time, soothing to others as they watch the rhythmic movements of the yarn and needles/hook.
- Adds balance to a stressful life.
Make gifts that keep on giving
- A baby blanket, for example, is a gift of love that will wrap that new baby in a hug for years.
- Hats for the homeless, chemo caps for cancer patients, bears for children of abuse, scarves for the Special Olympics are just a few projects that come to mind.
Cost Effective Hobby
- Yarn is relatively inexpensive depending on the fiber content, so the majority of your expense is your time.
Carry on a family tradition
- In this high tech, fast paced, want it now world, keeping this tradition alive is so important to future generations.
- Keeps your mind sharper having to focus on a project.
- Keeps fingers nimble for those who might be dealing with arthritis.
- Express yourself with a one of a kind project.
- Choose your own colors, yarns, patterns.
- Prayer shawls are great to give away to a person while going through a crisis. Pray for that person while making the item and let them know that they are wrapped in prayer.
So? What are you waiting for? You can easily learn how to either knit or crochet, or both!, on your own. I learned from a book, Stitch and Bitch, and whenever I faced the challenge of a new stitch or technique, I tracked down helpful videos on YouTube.
This is a skill you can start learning this week! If you already know one of these skills, learn the other, or tackle a new, challenging project.
If you’ve already mastered one or the other, share your tips, favorite patterns, or anything else in the Comments section.
Ready? Let’s go create something beautiful with yarn!
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