The Sufficient Path – Tools Needed to Knit

Yarn

The most important, (and let me tell ya, the most addictive) part of knitting is the yarn.  Soft, sumptuous, and sometimes, reasonably affordable.  I have went home with a skein simply because of the color and the softness, with no project in mind.  She who dies with the most yarn wins!

yarn ballsSo, let me first say, you have been warned.  Go ahead, clear out a closet now.  You’ll eventually want the free space.  OK, I may be exaggerating a little.  Not everyone uses a whole closet.  Anyways, yarn comes in a variety of weights.

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DIY: Knitting for Yourself and Your Family

Have you ever wanted to knit, but thought:

  1. I don’t have any talent.  And it looks so complicated!  I could never do that.
  2. I don’t have time for that.  It looks fun.  Even relaxing!  But I barely have time to eat, much less knit.
  3. I don’t have any patience for something like that.

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I promise:

  • Knitting does not require talent, and starts out simple.  If you want to do more complicated patterns, go ahead.  Otherwise, you can keep things simple.
  • Knitting is the ultimate portable craft.  Small projects, like gloves, socks, hats, scarves, etc, fit in a purse and can make the wait at doctor’s offices go much more quickly.  Knitting can be done while watching TV, and at least you have something to show for your time on the couch.  It even travels well, whether your on a road trip or earning miles on an air flight.
  • Knitting does not take patience.  I would say I am the least patient person, and I often say that knitting keeps me from killing someone when I am impatient.  I don’t have the patience to wait.  Knitting fills in that time, and I stay happy.

So, how do I get started?

Stay tuned for my series on DIY Knitting!  This week, I will cover yarns and knitting needles – the basic items needed to start knitting.  Then, next week, I’ll post a simple pattern, and teach you to start the project.  By the end of September, you will be knitting and have a finished item to show for it!  Are you ready?

DIY Roundup & A Sneak Peek

This is our weekly roundup of fantastic DIY projects from this month around the web and a sneak peek  of the coming month here on The Surrendered Life.

February DIY Roundup

Easy DIY Cone Pendant Lamp

Over at Design Milk, they have a fantastic tutorial on making your own pendant lamp that looks very IKEA.  And it looks incredibly simple.

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Easy Homemade Butter . . . in a Blender

DIY Natural has a great and simple tutorial to make your own butter in your blender.  I have tried this with my Kitchen-aid, and let me say, it totally changed my view on the butter/margarine debate.  The taste was amazing!

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DIY Natural Shaving Cream

The Mommypotamus has a natural recipe for shaving cream.  Making your own household and personal care products is a great way to save money and eliminate nasty, toxic ingredients.

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Mini Tissue Holder

Make It and Love It has a cute mini tissue holder tutorial that I will definitely be adding to my to-do list of projects.

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March Sneak Peek

After a lot of thought, I decided on two concurrent themes for March.

First, every Sunday, I will post a series called Get Your Garden On.  We’ll cover how to get a garden planned, starting seeds, and prepping your beds for this spring.  There will be some links out to some great sources, and probably some sort of post on how to use technology to help your gardening.

Second, starting next Wednesday, I want to do a series on Lent.  Even though I attend a very non-traditional church, I feel that some traditions are worth observing.  I will be focusing on repentance, self-evaluation, and preparing to celebrate our Lord’s resurrection at Easter.

So, stay tuned!