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5 Ways To Maximize Health Benefits of Knit & Crochet

It’s time for another addition of Yarn Work & Wellness! This month is Occupational Therapy Month. Contrary to the name, occupational therapy has little to do with one’s job. It’s a process focused on helping people who are struggling with physical, mental or emotional challenges fully participate in work, school, and social situations. According to…

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Yarn Work & Wellness: 3 Breath Tips for Crafting Comfortably

Many of us picked up crafting to carve out a little me-time in our busy days. It’s a significant gesture, taking a few moments for ourselves. Chances are, you’ve read about the additional health benefits of crafting. Maybe you saw our post last month, ‘Craft for Less Stress’! One of the most important benefits, which is also…

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Wool allergy? Consider these yarns, instead!

A significant percentage of Americans suffer from allergies. For the yarn crafter, there is no gloomier news than a wool allergy. While the allergy can range from sensitivity to more serious irritation, it’s always best to consult a physician to discuss further. If you know you’re sensitive, or you’re crafting for someone who is, we’ve…

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Yarn Work & Wellness: Craft for less stress!

As the first days of this New Year unfold, they are ripe with possibility. We envision our best selves stepping boldly into 2018! We make new goals, which speak to who & how we want to be as we embrace another trip around the sun. While all our resolutions will be as individual as we…

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Yarn Work & Wellness: Craft for good health!

Crafting your way to wellness. Anybody who has picked up a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook knows, once you start, it’s hard to stop! Sure, there’s the learning curve at the beginning, when casting on feels more like tying knots, when your tension is wonky and your piece loops in and out…

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Project Knitwell Offers Comfort Through Crafting

Knitting, crochet, and other kinds of crafting can have healing, comforting properties. Project Knitwell brings that exact form of comfort to those who need it. Lion Brand Yarn partners with Project Knitwell by donating yarn to their cause, so they can focus on helping people in need. In 2015, we published a booklet, titled The…

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The Charity Patterns of One Dog Woof

One Dog Woof Talks Charity Patterns ChiWei Ranck of One Dog Woof is one of the most brilliant minds in the blogging world. You loved her Humpback Whale, which nearly broke the internet. Now ChiWei is here to talk about her two charity patterns for Yarn Heroes – the Millbrook Slouch Hat and the Millbrook Chunky…

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Yoga Poses for Crafting Aches and Pains

We all experience the occasional ache from too much knitting or crochet. It’s nothing to be ashamed of — consider it a sports injury. Instead of suffering through, there are yoga moves you can try to alleviate some of the pain, and prevent further problems. Here are a few you can try. Be mindful of…

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When Knitting Leads to Pain

It began subtly, but over time the pain escalated in my right hand. After knitting, my fingers ached and were swollen. Given what I did every day—a lot of knitting, computer work, and piano practice —this didn’t strike me as unusual, but when I decreased these activities, the pain and swelling remained. I saw a…

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Crocheted Cuteness Incarnate: Crochet Cocoon and Cap

Greetings fellow yarn fanatics! While I’ve been enjoying a trip to Sweden, where fiber arts and crafts seem to be everywhere, I’ve been missing the blog tremendously… And so I was so thrilled to hear from the one-of-a-kind Kara over at Petals to Picots about this unfathomably adorable crochet cocoon and cap project! This project, which…

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