Simple Stitches

by Hannah K.

If you’re like me, you may need something to keep yourself busy while we’re all staying home. I’ve rearranged my living room three times, baked and ate a few dozen cookies, and sorted my bookshelves by my personal feelings about the author. If I don’t find something to keep my idle hands busy, I’m going to do something stupid. Like try to give myself bangs. I need to find a project that’s low stress but constructive.  Something nice and simple.

It’s time to turn to yarn.

If you’re also looking for an easy, low stress activity, let me recommend two of my favorite hobbies- knitting and crochet. Try either one! Try both! They’re not too difficult to pick up if you want to give it a go. They’re fun, accessible, and there are lots of people in real life or online to lend a helping hand when you need it. If you’ve tried knitting or crochet before, now is a great time to pick it up again.

Missing supplies? Low on yarn? Local stores may have online ordering or curbside pickup. Or get creative! Find an old sweater you can frog to reuse the yarn.  Maybe you have chopsticks or dowel rods you could use instead of needles. Look online for an arm knitting tutorial. There are tons of ways to get started with whatever you have on hand.

To help you with that, Sno-Isle Libraries has a wealth of knowledge available online.

We have a great collection of ebooks available to teach you the basics to both knitting and crochet. If you’re a beginner, you can use these to get started with your new favorite hobby. If you’re a seasoned stitcher, these patterns might give you a little inspiration.

I like to look for materials with easier designs. Like books that have ‘one-skein’ in the title, aimed at beginners, or those boasting ‘weekend’ projects. On my best days, complex projects like sweaters or afghans make me anxious. It’s too much of a commitment! Large projects take a lot of planning, and I’m just not doing that right now. These books are great for beginners or those of us looking for an uncomplicated project. Something simple and soothing. Also, these types of patterns generally require less yarn, so you don’t need to worry about matching dye lots or running out.

When I can’t decide what to make or patterns seem too complicated, I like to grab a stitch reference book. While most knitting and crochet books include a small how-to guide, these give you the absolute basics. I find a stitch that I want to try, and repeat it. That’s all! It’s an easy way to try something new without the pressure of a full pattern. You can make what feels right to you. If you’ve done a few rows and you’re tired of it- all good! You’ve successfully finished a project! Maybe you’ve made a scarf, or a coaster, or a dish cloth. Even a little sample of the yarn and stitch counts as a success. Congratulations! It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Digital magazines

With your library card, you have access to dozens of digital magazines with RB Digital. I’ve been exploring Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, and Knitscene to get some inspiration and drool over their beautiful projects. These magazine have plenty of patterns, but not all of them are simple. However, flipping through a magazine (physically or digitally) can be very soothing. These are well worth a browse!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s too much right now to plan complicated projects or delve too deeply into a convoluted pattern. Let’s keep things simple. Knitting and crochet are great stress relievers, and it’s always nice to create something cozy. Bring a little calm and comfort to your life.

Enjoy these recommendations for simple projects, and be sure to explore the rest of our catalog for other books that may spark your creativity. If you have any tips for a stress-free knit or crochet project, or if you have a favorite pattern book, let me know!

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4 responses to “Simple Stitches”

  1. Sarri Gilman says:

    ooo, I didn’t know we could get the magazines digitally- is there a way to do that on Libby?

    • Hannah K says:

      Magazines aren’t available through Libby, but you can access them through RB Digital. RB Digital has an app and a website to read any of the full issues they carry. There’s no limit to the number you can check out, and no due dates. There are even more titles that they’ve added recently, so you’re in for a treat!

  2. heavenhiker says:

    Thanks for sparking my creativity! I always wanted to start crocheting again, I guess now is a great time to begin!

    • Hannah K says:

      Fantastic! Feel free to reach out if you need a hand getting started. There are tons of fun things to craft! If you don’t find something to make for yourself, I’m sure you know someone who would appreciate a handmade gift 🙂

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