Why should you learn to knit or crochet?
-Amigurumi, Scarves, Coffee Sleeves are always a big hit. Friends will love that you made it yourself, and you will be beaming with pride. For those that actually appreciate a gift like this, you will get quite a reputation since they have a tendency to brag whenever inquired about their adorable scarf or legwarmers.
-It *can* be really cheap. Granted, if you go crazy with buying more supplies and yarn than you need, or start out with a bunch of artisan/hand painted yarns, you can easily spend $40 on a single scarf. It might be tempting to go overboard and buy the gorgeous alpaca blend on your first project, but for starters- get an affordable yarn and try to find coupons!
-Stitch-N-Bitches. SnB’s are essentially modern day “knitting circles,” and consist of women and men that get together at a park, coffee shop, yarn shops, etc. to just craft, brainstorm projects and socialize. Find a local SnB on meetup.com.
-Baskets of yarn are great décor. You know how when you walk into a space that has a bookshelf full of books it leads you to believe the person is well-read and cultured? Or someone with a shelf of nicely arranged wines makes you think they’re mature and have great taste in food? Seeing an adorable basket of gorgeous yarns next to a chair or in a windowsill will leave your visitors thinking, “Wow, this person is totally way cooler than I am, I wish *I* had their taste.” I’m serious.
-It makes movies bearable or at least productive. If you’re on a budget and watch most of your movies in-house, getting through 2 hours of SAW with hubbs (or wifey) will be that much better, and you can knit through the tension! I once had a large Prayer Shawl to knit for a friend and finished it through the three Lord of the Rings movies. Two birds. One Stone. Good times.
-Learning is easy. Your crafter friend will be overjoyed if you ask her for lessons (trust me). Anything you don’t know or need a refresher on can be found online at YouTube or another crafting website named below.
My favorite sites:
Lionbrand.com -Tons of free patterns and online tutorials, plus a great podcast.
Ravelry.com -A community of other yarncrafters with patterns, forums and tons of pictures.
Craftzine.com -Great resource for inspiration and patterns
Getcrafty.com -This was my first experience with the online crafting world (awww)- So nostalgic.
Crochetspot.com – Great crochet patterns
Hookandneedles.com – Online tutorials, ideas and an adorable layout.
MochiMochiLand.com – This woman is a knitting machine! She churns out some of the most adorable creatures!