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Monthly Archives: September 2009

  • Celebrating Yarn at Citi Field

    Jack on the field

    Last week was the third annual Stitch N' Pitch event, which was held at the New York Mets' new Citi Field. For those of you who haven't yet visited the field, it is very impressive. It was a beautiful night for baseball, yarn, and a good time. There were over 500 knitters and crocheters who came out for a night of fun and excitement. We were represented on the field before the game, on the jumbo-tron, and even spoken about on the Mets broadcast. It was nice to see how many people, especially men, in the stands knitting and crocheting. Even though the Mets didn't win, a great time was had by all. I am very proud to be a part of this committee that unites yarn lovers from all over the tri-state area. On behalf of the entire Stitch N' Pitch committee, I would like to thank everyone who came out and supported us!

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  • Quick Tips for Avoiding Crafting Pain

    Crocheting or knitting for long periods of time can cause discomfort. Here are a few tips to avoid crafting pains:

    • Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. Proper posture reduces strain on your back and shoulders, allowing you to sit and move your arms more comfortably.
    • Use proper lighting. Eye strain can cause headaches and make you feel fatigued.
    • Take frequent breaks. Stop for a moment between rows, roll your wrists, and relax. Walk around the room to stretch your legs.
    • Use wrist-friendly tools. Stress Relief Gloves and Ergonomic Crochet Hooks or knitting needles can help alleviate minor wrist pain.
    • Use circular needles when knitting a large number of stitches. The weight of your item will be equally distributed over the circular cable, and the work can rest on your lap instead of weighing down your needles.

    If you experience serious or prolonged wrist pain, consult a physician.

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  • Five Great One-Ball Projects from YarnCraft

    Cable BagIn the special 50th episode of YarnCraft, our bi-weekly podcast, Liz and Zontee answer your questions! From entrelac to invisible seaming, this episode is full of great tips you don't want to miss.

    This episode's Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life features lots of one-ball projects, perfect for fast gifts or stash-busting. Here are five fast patterns to get your fall crafting started:

    To listen to the entire episode, click here [MP3]. For more information about the podcast or this episode, visit the YarnCraft blog. Join the YarnCraft ladies next week for an all-new episode featuring fantastic fall and Halloween crafts.

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