Dogs like Fashion too. OK, well maybe just the warmth of Fashion.

If you live in the North of the USA and have dogs (or cats for that matter ) that need to go outside on a blustery cold day you might need to think of ways to provide warmth for them inside and out.

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Tessie modeling her custom made sweater.

Number one option look online or in a pet store for a ready made sweater ,coat or bed. Or if you are handy with sewing, crocheting, knitting, maybe you want to try your hand at making something for your special canine or feline friend.  Several years ago I was presented with the need to make a sweater for a friend’s adopted greyhound. I was delighted with the opportunity, but not quite sure where to start. After researching patterns I ended up making my own. The picture of Tessie in the sweater I made for her is above.

Here are some places to start your search for free patterns:

I hope this gives you some inspiration. And if not, there is always Amazon or Pet Stores.  Have an enjoyable warm evening.

Crafting With Yarn Has Many Health Benefits

Taking part in hand crafts  involving yarn  is both rewarding and relaxing. It is a challenge to your mind, but not to the point that you would feel mentally exhausted. This makes it great therapy for de-stressing. It should come as no surprise therefore, that doing yarn crafting yields health benefits.

Read about the health benefits in the following yarnbasketblog post:

By . “10 Most Important Health Benefits of Yarncrafting” , Lionbrand Blog, May 20,2014. Web May 24,2014.  <http://blog.lionbrand.com/2014/05/20/10-most-important-health-benefits-of-yarncrafting/>.

10 Most Important Health Benefits of Yarncrafting  By Kathryn Vacillo
Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo is an expert in the area of using crafting to heal, having researched the topic extensively for her book Crochet Saved My Life. This is part one in her 6-part series for us on the topic of yarncraft health. Read her previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here
Yarn heals. Whether you prefer needles or hooks or a combination of both, crafting can soothe your body and mend your mind. Anecdotal evidence has shown this for decades and new research confirms it with science. The benefits people report are seemingly endless. Here are the top 10 yarncrafting health benefits.

 1. Knitting and Crochet Relieve Depression
Depression relief is by far the most reported and studied benefit of crochet and knitting. The repetition of the crafts has been shown to release serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. CNN recently reported that “in one study of more than 3,500 knitters, published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. More than half reported feeling “very happy.”
2. Crafting Reduces Anxiety
Yarncrafts helps with various forms of anxiety. It keeps your hands busy and mind focused …… Read More

 

Window Shopping on a HOT Day!!

I don’t know about you, but on some really steamy days when it is actually cooler in Florida than here in the Northeast, I like to spend the hottest part of the day in the air conditioned office just browsing the web.

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This is how I find some terrific websites that sell:

  • FabricConnecting Threads, Fabric Attic Store on Ebay (I’ve purchased several fabrics from this lady-excellent service, fast shipping, reasonable prices!!)
  • Burkholder’s Fabrics (purchase here frequently!)
  • Quilting kitsSun Valley Quilts -quilt patterns and kits as well as fabric, beautiful assortment.
  • Yarn- Chain stores –Michael’s, AC Moore, but also on a local level you can usually find beautiful natural, unique yarns such as Alpaca at a local yarn shop, (you will also be helping the local economy).
  • Books on quilting, sewing, crafting, etc. You can usually find these at any of the above listed stores or on Amazon.com at a reduced price, perhaps even by” going green “at yard sales.
  • Patterns for sewing, quilting, other crafts- most fabric stores carry these, but you can also look at specialty online stores, one of my favorites for purse patterns is Jackie’s Desighns (I have purchased some very unique purse patterns from this designer, excellent service and fast shipping!)
  • Plenty of  other craft items also , just use Google or Yahoo to search for your particular interest, and have fun browsing!

All this sets my imagination to working as to what project I would enjoy doing next. I also like to follow their blogs or join the newsletter list. This way I can keep up with their sales without any effort. Well enjoy the hot weather, the snow will fly soon enough! Till next time, have a good day!

“It ‘s Just Too Darn Hot to Knit/Crochet! ” No It Is NOT!

Many people think of knitting and crocheting as a winter or cold weather only activity because of the weight and warmth of the yarn. It doesn’t have to be that way.

There are so many wonderful lightweight yarns of luscious beautiful colors and textures out there. Cotton yarns and cotton yarn blends,  are some of my favorites, especially for knitting baby items like this hat I made for my granddaughter this spring. And the best part about it is crocheting and knitting are a take along hobby that is easy to carry with you. You can work on it just about anywhere!

kyleehatMedium weight cotton yarn, or “worsted,” makes an excellent knitting yarn for washcloths and dishtowels. There are a variety of patterns available, both free and for purchase, that allow the user to customize a project. Using a cotton yarn blend allows for strength and durability when making washcloths that will be used in the kitchen, and using pure, soft cotton allows for a lovely face cloth.

Finer or thinner weight projects that utilize all-cotton yarn or cotton blends range from socks and shawls to gloves and short-sleeved or sleeveless tops. Cotton sock yarn is generally blended with nylon to give it more stretch and durability, two qualities that pure cotton yarn does not have. Lace weight cotton yarn can make a gossamer shawl look as though it were made of spider silk. For this variety of knitting project, a type of yarn called “mercerized cotton” is used. This type has been exposed to chemical and heat processes to improve the shine and luster of the fibers, as well as increase their absorbency. Tank tops are generally made from mercerized cotton or cotton yarn blended with a more exotic fiber, such as silk or bamboo, to make the finished project feel softer.

There are also different types of yarn blends that can be used. Cotton blended with silk is common, although cotton can be blended in the manufacturing process with just about any other fiber. There has been an increase in cotton blends, leading those who are sensitive or allergic to wool to take up crafting again with new gusto. Hand-dyed yarns also provide a creative and colorful outlet for knitters. Cotton yarn can be purchased that is already specially hand-dyed from smaller, independent companies, or bought in its natural hue for dying at home.

So don’t give up a relaxing, rewarding hobby just because the weather has turned warmer. Get to your local yarn shop or large craft stores in your area such as Michael’s  or AC Moore just to name a few.

IF IT IS TOO HOT OUTSIDE FOR YOU TO VENTURE OUT….SHOP ONLINE AND ENJOY YOUR SUMMER WEATHER.

Source:
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-best-uses-for-cotton-yarn.htm

Summer Coming On-Good Time to Learn Crafts

 

Summer will be upon us before we know it. With summer ,comes vacation, and longer days with hopefully a little more time to relax.

If you have been wanting to learn to do some type of crafting, why wait?

blog_yarnSummer is a good time to learn to do different crafts. Take knitting or crocheting for example….with learning to knit or crochet now, you can make yourself a simple scarf or perhaps a simple knitted or crocheted purse to use this fall.

There are many nice beginner’s patterns out there as well as simplified instructions on learning how to knit or crochet. The manufacturers of yarns usually have a nice variety of free patterns based on your skill level. You will usually need to register with their website ,to use the patterns, but this is also free. Here a few of my favorites:

LION BRAND Yarnhttp://www.lionbrand.com/

BERNAT Yarnshttp://www.bernat.com/

These are just two fine examples of websites that offer so much and for free, what better a price in this hard economy.

Learning a new handcraft will give you something to do, especially if you like many others , will be vacationing at home this year due to economic conditions. You will be able to take pride in your own handiwork, and when someone admires your finished product you can proudly say, “Thank you! I made it myself!”

Thank you for visiting Jennie Salinda and stop by again real soon.