Category: Knitting

Learn How to Knit in Less Than An Hour With (For Complete Beginners)



Anybody can learn how to knit (from start to finish) in less than an hour with just these two video tutorials. These are the videos that taught me how to knit, and I started off knowing absolutely nothing about knitting. In fact, I’d never even held a pair of knitting needles in my hands before. I was a complete beginner. I’d never watched my grandmother knit (or anyone else, for that matter), so when I say beginner, I mean complete beginner.

1. Every knitting project will require you to “cast on” stitches, so before you do anything, you’ll need to learn how to cast on. This slow motion video tutorial makes it easy for any beginner to learn how to cast on. It’s a good idea to practice casting on a few times before you go straight into knitting. I practiced casting on a dozen times before I moved on, but you don’t have to. https://youtu.be/RWLtMqP6Uz0

2. Once you have stitches on your needle, you can start knitting. The two main stitches you’ll use in any knitting project are the knit stitch and the purl stitch. While you can complete an entire project using only the knit stitch or only the purl stitch, they can also be combined to create a different look in your projects.

This single video alone includes all the basics that you’ll need to complete a project from start to finish. You’ll learn how to cast on, how to do the “knit stitch”, how to do the “purl stitch,” and how to bind off your stitches. Every knitting project requires you to “bind off” at the end. It’s what closes your stitches and holds the entire project together.

The video starts off showing you how to cast on stitches, although it’s a different method of casting on than what is seen in the first video. https://youtu.be/FTElKxZnt-o



20 Awesome (Free) Easter Crafts to Crochet 2015

Easter is coming up, and as promised, I’ve scoured all available resources and compiled a beautiful list of 10 free Easter crochet patterns for all of you who are filled with spring inspiration and have your hooks ready for all things Easter. Are you as excited about the upcoming warm weather and bright colors as I am?

1. Free Easter Bunny Crochet Basket Free Pattern Lion Brand
Oh my bunny-goodness! This crocheted amigurumi Easter bunny basket is beyond adorable. Just look at those perfectly floppy ears.

And the pattern, from Lion Brand, is not only beginner-friendly, but free too!

Some kid is going to have one very special basket to collect his/her Easter eggs in this Easter!

2. Jam Made free Crochet Easter Basket number 2
If it isn’t a colorful, floppy-eared bunny basket that would make you grab your hook n’ yarn, then perhaps this totally “awww!-worthy” basket, complete with a precious bow will.
The free pattern/tutorial is available from Jam Made.

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If you’ve got spring fever, then this granny square with a butterfly crocheted on top might be the perfect spring project for you. Imagine an afghan full of these brightly colored critters.

The free pattern, by Luana Gay Stoker is available on FaveCrafts.
I think a grey square background with multi-colored butterflies would be lovely.

4. Whiskers and Wool free crochet Easter egg pattern

These pastel colored Easter egg coasters are fun for Easter time, if you are a coaster-user. If you aren’t, these are almost enough to make you want to start using them!

The free pattern is available by Whiskers and Wool here. I love this blog!

5. Whiskers and wool Free bunny crochet pattern
These itsy bitsy adorable little bunnies really bring on the Peeps cravings!
Free pattern for these cuties, which are another Whiskers & Wool design. I told you that blog was fabulous!

They look like quick little fellas to crochet at the last minute, and could make fun gifts or Easter egg hunt surprises.

Note: The pattern is a download, so when you click this link and arrive at the Whiskers & Wool blog, be sure to click the “download” link, which you’ll find directly below the image as a caption.

6. Lady Crochet Free Easter egg Crochet Pattern
Forget those ol’ plastic Easter eggs and toss in a few of these bright, gorgeous crocheted ones for a change of pace!
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The pattern — offered for free by the lovely Inge at Lady Crochet — is a bit addictive, as the Lady Crochet warns. Once you finish making one egg, you may not be able to stop.

But that’s okay. Crochet away.

7. Free Crochet Chick Pattern by Drops Design Garn Studio

Crochet a bazillion little chicks to go along with the bazillion little eggs you just finished.

An easy-to-follow pattern is available on Garn Studio, for free by Drops Design and can be accessed here.

Note: This little fella does require some stuffing.

8. LucyRavenscar free chick crochet pattern
This is another little chick, although he is miniature (only 1.5′ tall!) but I think he is much cuter than the one above.

There’s a free pattern available at LucyRavenscar, so follow along if you’d like to create this cutie.

Just imagine a basket full (perhaps a *crocheted* basket full) of an assortment of different colored mini chicks! I’m thinking one in every pastel color — purple, blue, yellow, a light green, etc.

I always did believe the saying “good things come in small packages.”

9. Free Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy Lion Brand
Crochet this easy, precious, fluffy-tailed mini Easter bunny egg cozy using Lion Brand’s free pattern.

Remember, good things come in small packages?

The cutest egg cozy ever! Just slide an egg inside and hide. This cutie will make a very fun Easter egg hunt!

That’s this bunny – a good thing in a small package. I think I know a few adults and kids who’d both love an itty bitty bunny like this fella.

10. Free Crochet Bunny hat and Diaper pattern by sarah repeat crafter me

What Easter crochet frenzy wouldn’t be complete without such an adorable little bunny-eared hat?

Right?

But, try the hat and matching (too adorable!) diaper cover, too, and then send your many thanks to Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me for such an outstanding and free pattern because your little one is totally gonna rock this cute outfit!

Well, I hope these lovely free Easter crochet patterns have you as inspired as they have me, and if you’re like me, your hands are itching to be holdin’ a hook and strand of yarn right now! Spring is coming up (I know we still have quite a while) and boy do those ideas start going wild. I wonder if I’m the only knitter/crocheter who starts getting project crazy when a new season is coming up? I start thinking of all the new projects and garments I can begin making for the new season. Yet I typically don’t even get to complete half of them! Lol.

Do you guys do that too?

Oh, and tell me, what will you be crocheting or knitting this Easter?

Huge Craft Giveaway At FaveCrafts

Giveaway by FaveCrafts
Image source: FaveCrafts

FaveCrafts is like the ultimate online hangout for crafters. I’ve been quite the diligent subscriber to them due to their continous free patterns they offer for knitters and crocheters. Not to mention their array of projects and ideas for every other craft on the planet.

While I spend a lot of time browsing the FaveCrafts website, I don’t often enter the giveaways they feature. Mostly because I’ve never won anything in my life, and usually don’t have time to really get into entering any giveaways.

However, FaveCrafts feature some really amazing giveaways, and sometimes when I have spare time on my hands, I find it impossible to pass up entering. Particularly, the huge craft supply giveaway they have running right now.

The Ultimate Craft-tastic Grand Prize Giveaway includes craft products from the following brands: Fairfield, SpinRite, Clover, Sizzix, Little B, Simplicity, I Love to Create, DOW Chemical, Plaid, Cousin, FloraCraft, and Stencil1. Talk about a giveaway worth entering!

Head on over to FaveCrafts right now to enter the giveaway yourself, then you can come back to finish reading this post, if you want to.

The deadline is February 28, 2015, but you can enter the giveaway once every single day up until the deadline!

You can also earn extra entries by sharing the giveaway on your social media sites, as well as an extra entry by featuring the giveaway on your blog, like I’m doing right now. 😉

If you’re a subscriber of FaveCrafts newsletter, you’ll be notified of their bi-weekly giveaways via e-mail, so you can enter the giveaways as soon as they go live. I subscribe and get their newsletter to check out their free patterns and craft ideas every week, and that is how I knew of the giveaway that’s going on right now. For some reason, this time, I felt compelled to enter this one, and perhaps I’ll manage to find time to continue entering their giveaways from now on. Just the thought of winning a craft supply giveaway as ginormous as this one is enough to get my heart rate up a little!

Winning this kind of giveaway would really have any crafter all set for all kinds of new crafting adventures!

To see a list of all the giveaways running by FaveCrafts right now, you can click here and go through to find the giveaways you want to enter, if you would like to enter more than the one giveaway.

Being a lover of crochet, knitting, beading, and many other crafts, I basically stalk FaveCrafts everywhere online. I find a lot of awesome, free patterns and inspiration from their Twitter posts as well, so if you’re like me and want more, you can follow them there, too.

Now that my entries are all in, I’m going to take a crochet break myself. I’m working on yet another garment at the moment. I’ve only gotten as far as the chains so far! But will be starting the first actual row any minute now! Wish me luck. I’m really hoping this one turns out stunning.

Do you guys enter giveaways? Craft giveaways only, or do you enter all sorts of different ones? Have you ever won anything? I’d love to hear your stories! Also, if you guys know of other giveaways going on, go ahead and share those with me, too, if you like.

Oh, stay tuned for a post I’ll be doing on a shawl I’m currently knitting (yes, I’m working on two projects at once.) I’ll be uploading photos of the finished Io Shawl from Willow Yarns, and will also be doing a review sometime very soon (when I can finally finish the shawl.) The pattern has been the most frustrating, complicated knitting pattern I have yet to attempt, so it’s a slow-go, but I’m doing my best to get the beauty finished so that I can feature it here as soon as possible! I hope you’ll stay on the lookout for it.

109 Year Old Man Knits Penguin Sweaters

Almost as soon as he arrived at an aged-care village, Alfred Date was told by the nurses who knew of his ability to knit that the Phillip Island Penguin Foundation was in need of sweaters for animals.

That’s how the incredible 109 year old Alfie, who’s first attempt at knitting was a whopping 80 years ago — began his road to knitting loads of sweaters for little penguins. The following are some photos of penguins rocking hand-knit sweaters.
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Little penguin (Eudyptula minor) wearing a hand-knit sweater. Photo courtesy Lyn Blom of Phillip Island Nature Parks.

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The Penguin Foundation makes it clear on their website that this call for sweaters is “not a fashion statement,” but that penguins can actually be killed by an oil patch the size of a thumb nail. A thumb nail! Holy smokes. I didn’t know this.

When oiled penguins are admitted to the Wildlife Clinic at Phillip Island Nature Parks, a knitted jumper is placed on the penguins to prevent them from preening and swallowing the toxic oil before they are washed and the oil removed by staff, ” a statement on their website says.

The little bird sweaters knitted by Mr. Alfred and others helped save many lives of the Phillip Island penguins. The sweaters made it possible for 96% of the birds to be returned safely back to the wild, said the foundation.

You can watch the interview with Mr. Alfred here.

What an inspiration Alfred is! Not only to knitters and other yarn-crafters, but to humanity as a whole, if you ask me. We may not all be able to donate, say, monetarily, but everyone has their own thing they can do to have an immensely positive impact on the world. It may be your handy-skills like Mr. Alfred, or it may be that you’re able to donate cash. It’s true that every one of us have something special to give, whether it’s to help our fellow humans or animals. Mr. Alfred’s story warmed my heart so much that I felt compelled to share what was a beautiful reminder to me — that we all have something to give, even those who may feel like they’re too far along in life to bother.

While the Penguin Foundation no longer has a need for sweaters, they are asking for donations with their “Adopt-A-Penguin” project where for $75+, you can adopt a penguin.

The Penguin Foundation aren’t the only ones to recognize, and fulfill wildlife’s needs by use of knitting. Take for example, the Wild Care Bay Area’s Baby Bird Nest campaign where 3,568 little bird nests were knitted to keep the baby birds warm in 2014!

Click here to see a video of these adorable little fellas enjoying their hand-knitted nests, and being bottle-fed, which is totally aww-worthy.

Knitted Baby Bird Nests for WildCareBayArea.org Campaign  Image source: https://www.wildcarebayarea.org
Knitted Baby Bird Nests for WildCareBayArea.org Campaign
Image source: https://www.wildcarebayarea.org

These folks are another example of combining human compassion with handy skills as a way to help wildlife in need. Like the Penguin Foundation, the Baby Bird Nest group also ran a successful campaign to warm up baby birds by calling for knitted beds! How beautiful is that?

While the Baby Bird groups is no longer in need of bird nests, although their website says they do plan to start the campaign for more nests this year — they still have the free instructions for knitting the nests available on their website, if anyone is interested in knitting a basket for their own pets, or those of your friends. Just be sure to make them bigger since a cat is typically much larger than a baby bird. One of the most common requests I get, as a knitter and crocheter is pet beds, as shocking as that is. Even I am surprised to get the request so often.

I think the little nests the birds are snuggling up inside are so adorable, and quite a genius idea! I’d have never thought of this, and I can see these also being an idea to incorporate for other in-need animals as well. I can only imagine the love a cat would have for one of these cute baskets!

I also happen to know that during the cold winter months, homeless animals like cats need shelter, and a lot of animal-groups put calls out around winter time asking folks to provide shelter methods for homeless cats, if they can. I recall seeing one lady’s beautiful, hard work in this exact area last winter. Perhaps this is something we can add to our arsenal of tools to help warm our fellow furry friends.

She had made it her mission to put together little cat homes for homeless cats in her area. She used those large plastic tubs you can get at Walmart or any dollar store for around $5-$10, filling them with warm materials, including those silver “things” made to be placed in the windshield of cars (to help hold in heat to keep kitties warm). Leaving the lid on the tubs, she placed them around areas she knew to be common for homeless cats.

The effort, love, compassion and work that goes into doing something like this for animals (and our fellow humans as well) has such a lasting impact on my heart. It really inspires me, and I hope that it will inspire you too, and warm your heart to no end.

What are some ways you (or stories you know of) have donated your handy-skills or time and effort to help animals and/or humans in need? Please share in the comments. I absolutely love hearing uplifting stories like these.

This New Year’s (2015) Clearance & Yarn Sale on Lion Brand

Hello my fellow yarn-craftin’ folks,

It’s the very first Monday of the new year 2015 and I found myself caught up checking out on-sale yarns. Being that it’s a new year and considering that most of the most popular yarn and craft suppliers didn’t exactly have to-die-for sales on yarn on New Year’s, I figured there must be a good sale coming soon. As I was checking my e-mail, I had one from Lion Brand and sure enough! They’re doing a sale on some select yarns, one of those being the “Amazing Yarn 3-skein value pack” which is 75% off the original price right now:

Here’s a close-up of Lion Brand’s Constellation yarn from their Amazing Yarn line.

I can’t honestly say that I’m really digging any of the yarns I’m seeing on sale, and that unfortunately includes the Amazing Yarn. At 75% off, I have to admit, I was tempted, but just can’t find anything I truly love about the colors there, so I thought it better to just back away and wait for a color I actually want or need to go on sale. However, I did think of you guys, so the sale inspired me to share for folks who might happen to like the yarn.

They also have a 3-skein value pack for the Baby’s First Yarn listed for 50% off, and the two colors featured on their front sales page are beautiful. — “Sea Sprite,” which is a mist or mint green, and a peach color called “Twinkle Toes.” Both colors I really love.



Baby Soft Yarn, in a 6-skein value pack
is also 75% off

The “Lemon Drop” is a pretty bold, sunshine-y color! I actually like this shade of yellow, and I typically have a very hard time finding yellows and oranges that I think are pretty.

Bellini Yarn, in 3-skein value packs
are 75% off too.

Can’t say I’m loving the Bellini line yet either, but I’m pretty excited to see Lion Brand doing a nice sale! Perhaps they’re getting ready for new selections! I’m so ready for new yarn choices right now.

A 3-skein value pack of Cotton Ease
is 75% off, but the colors I saw available — greens — were not to my liking, although I have been hoping to pick up some from the Cotton Ease line at some point.

Now the Da Vinci yarn in Oceania, which is also a 3-skein value pack that’s 50% off did catch my eye. I am very fond of those beautiful color combos. I could see some very artsy creations being made from a skein of the colors they had available. My favorite from this line is “Oceania,” the green/blue color combo skein shown below:

They also have a gradient gray/black colored skein.

Festive Fur is also featured on the sales page, in multiple colors and for 75% a 3-skein value pack.


Joann does have Lion Brand’s “Fun”
yarn on sale for $1.57
right now, which isn’t half off its usual price of $2.09.

The pink color is gorgeous, but I never buy this yarn because it doesn’t come with much (only 85 yards.)

Caron Natura Acrylic
yarn is $1.72 on Joann right now, where it’s usually priced at $2.29.

It appears Lion Brand yarn is marked down on various other shopping sites, including some on Joann. There are several other small-ish yarns marked down a bit on Joann at the moment. Go here to see them all.

As far as ordering off Joann via the internet, I never do that unless I can get free shipping because their shipping fee (comes in around $6 for me) normally is just way too much when you consider your purchase being just a roll or two of yarn. That’s an instant $6 per skein/roll whereas if you went in-store, you’d save that & still be likely to find it marked down.

To shop their entire clearance page yourself here’s the link I found them on. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to get any emails notifying me of any other companies or manufacturers with nice sales today, but perhaps Joann and other companies will jump on the sale wagon soon!

Crochet in Fashion — Outdated or Here to Stay?

Don’t underestimate crochet’s widespread effect and adoration. Virtually everybody and their mama have owned or do own a piece of crocheted work whether it’s an afghan or a sweater.

While crochet and knitting and most all yarn crafts do have somewhat of a “grandma” reputation, I feel like the crafts aren’t always given the credit they’re due, and I’m pretty sure my fellow crafters would agree. I mean, you spend 6 months working on a small throw or a sweater. Knitting and crochet both require a serious amount of time and work, and not to mention all the brain work that goes into it.

But this is not a rant about the time and effort that goes into creating something with two sticks (or one hook), your hands and a tangled ball of yarn. I’m not here to convince everyone to dig out their old, itchy sweaters handmade by grandma (or the memories of said itchy, old sweaters) and start wearing them again with a newfound, but itchy appreciation. If you can’t appreciate a hand knitted or crocheted item, then that’s totally fine! I think sometimes us yarn crafters tend to expect everyone to be able to love and value our craft, but the truth is, some people simply don’t dig it, and that’s okay.

I am one of those folks who don’t have an eye for art. I look at a painted canvas and my mind starts slowing down. I still appreciate the time and effort that the artist put into their work, but I am not likely to want to hang it on my wall or wear it just because. So really, the same applies to me and my yarn works. I have to remember that not everybody has an “eye” for what I create, and I can be okay with that. I just have to remember it.

That aside, what I actually wanted to discuss is that crochet and knitting might be under-credited crafts when it comes to the reputation it gets. People always think granny when you mention knitting or crochet, but if you look around, the crafts are so amazingly timeless!

Knitted and crocheted items have literally seeped into every corner of the world, every culture and even most categories of shopping. In fact, the granny square is alive and well, even at the start of 2015, the granny square is still being seen in the form of garments and afghans.

In fact, just today (January 2, 2015), I flipped open W Magazine — which is being sent to me unsolicited despite my pleading with the senders to stop wasting paper and resources to send me magazines I never even want or read — and there was a red-headed woman dressed in a funky printed dress with a red, black, and white granny square tank top snugly over it. (MiuMiu)

On the right, the exact photograph I described from W Magazine — Designer Miu Miu.

So these timeless crafts are still as big as ever in our world, and here most of us yarn-crafters were thinking we were some of the only folks left on the planet who ran around with needles, hooks and a ball of yarn in our hand (or for some of us, purse).
Another example of crochet in high fashion. Image source: Helenrodel.com.br

Crochet and knitting shows up on the runway more often than chiffon. The holiday season always brings new fair aisle sweaters in a brand new color combinations to greet our eyes as many designers crank out new designs and patterns.
Another Helen Rodel example. Source: https://www.helenrodel.com.br/news/2014/11/29/helen-rdel-in-shanghai

Even Dolce & Gabbana are well-known for their crocheted pieces, although I can’t honestly say I’m a fan of D&G, and that definitely includes this grandma-tacky bag! And we wonder why crochet gets such a granny-esque air about it?

Yves Saint Laurent in crochet + mini pup = Epic!

Let’s face it, as far as knitting and crochet, those crafts are here to stay!

Lion Brand “Curtain Call” Cardigan WIP

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I’m back to my knitting project tonight! It’s one of those less-than-lovely days for me and knitting always soothes me and puts me in a grand mood, so I decided to pick it up for a few minutes before getting up and actually doing something that needs to be done tonight.
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I didn’t forget that I promised to update as I go while I’m knitting the free Curtain Call Cardigan by Lion Brand, so here are some photos. I had to rip out my work and start all over on this project more times than I care to share, especially considering this is practically the easiest cardigan ever to knit. I kept messing up my rows and couldn’t remember if I’d purled or knitted (and forgot how to tell the difference by looking at the stitches, but now I am well educated in that department.)

I’m not nearly as far into this cardigan as I’d hoped to be by now, but that’s because I had to put the needles down to hurry and finish up a few other projects, one being the little cardigan I crocheted for my niece… Those sleeves? Still not finished! I’m also working on a whole ‘nother crochet project — an octopus amigurumi — for my nephews right now and am hoping to be able to crank two of the suckers out before Christmas. It’s been such a slow process lately!

I’ve mentioned in previous WIP (which stands for “works in progress” in the knit and crochet world) posts that I have been knitting and crocheting like mad, and that I even take my projects with me outside the house so that my significant other can drive and I can try to get as many stitches in as possible! Lol. Trying to get things done before Christmas so that I can actually have them done in time to give them to the recipients. Yet I’m also spending every second possible working so that I can keep up with the insane expenses that comes around this time of year, so it’s quite hectic in my neck of the woods. I’m actually to the point of losing sleep now. If it’s not because I’m working over time for extra cash, it’s to get caught up on my crochet projects, so at the moment, I’m borderline deliriously exhausted. Ha. Ha.

More on the knit cardi, though. I wanted to include a tip:
As much as I hate to point out such a blatant flaw in my design, this is a good opportunity for my fellow crochet and knitters to be reminded of the importance of having enough balls of the same exact yarn with the same exact dye-lot. Now, scroll back up and it’ll jump out and hit you — where my first roll of gray yarn ran out, you can see a significant change in the grays used! I actually knitted and crocheted with this exact same yarn (both skeins rolled into one ball) forever and never noticed the shades were two different colors! My love bucket just had to notice and point it out one day as I was knitting. It still took me staring at the project for minute after minute before my eyes caught the change in colors! So, take this as your warning or reminder to always try and match your yarn. In this case, I went back to the store and picked up a brand new roll from the exact same brand and even the same yarn name (“heather gray”) and yet I still came out with two totally different grays! Lol. Who knew gray could vary so much.

I figure once Christmas comes to an end, I’ll get back to work on this cardigan and will definitely update with my progress pictures as I go! So far, I’m just going to leave this how it is instead of ripping out my work and trying to find a perfect match to the gray. In the long run, it’s just going to take away a lot of time (and some $) that I simply don’t have to spare. Time is everything right now! 😉

Oh, one more thing! Did ya’ll notice the adorable owl cup? My mom gave me that as a gift the other day, so I couldn’t help but show it off in my pictures as I was photographing the knitting project I’m working on. I love this cup! I really can’t resist a cute owl, and this isn’t the only own cup I own. My love got me an adorable one last year, so now I have one more to add to that collection. Cute, huh? My mom found it at Marshalls.

Thanks for all of you who have been visiting me and staying updated with my craziness and progress. I truly appreciate each of you who come by and love all of your comments!

Has anyone else worked the Curtain Call Cardi? Or Do any of you plan to try this pattern? I really like it and think it could look amazing in so many different colors and yarn types. I also love that it’s versatile and I can see that it’ll be super easy to tweak the pattern to add something original into it. I might just go for more than one of these since it’s so easy, and in that case, I’ll definitely tweak things a bit to add something else to the plain cardi.

Knitting & Crocheting with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

As I sit here, trying to finish up a few crochet gifts I’m working on for Christmas, the irritating symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome that I’ve been dealing with for many months now are roaring with pain.

So, as I was taking a break so that my hand could rest, I thought about posting about this, since I’m sure other yarn crafters experience carpal tunnel syndrome pain, too.
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In the time that I have been dealing with these symptoms in my right hand and wrist, I’ve actually found somewhat of a remedy that brings me a little bit of relief.

Aside from downright doping yourself up, the pain is something that’s pretty persistent, I believe. I’ve yet to experience a day when the irritation and sharp pain of turning my hand the wrong way wasn’t overly noticeable, but I have found that when I am taking MSM (Organic sulfur), I tend to have less of those sharp searing pain moments.

Turns out, I’m not the only one who has turned to the good ol’ MSM for relief in this area. Many people use MSM for joint pain and loads of other issues, but it appears there are others out there who also have noticed some relief when they were taking MSM.

So, I will share with you what it is exactly that I do to get relief. Keep in mind this isn’t a promise for total relief. As I said, so far I’ve only been able to get minimal relief to where the pain isn’t extreme.

Trying to participate in a hobby or craft that you adore while being in pain is hard, but nobody wants to give up their passion! I can relate now, to what people mean when they talk about how their pain can get in the way of them doing what they love.

As for the MSM, I’ve been using it for over a year, on and off. I’ve actually been using it even longer than I have been experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. I do notice that when I knit, the pain is far worse and when I let myself crochet too long (as if that’s possible, right?) it will be pretty sore.

So, instead of just taking a small scoop (about teaspoon size) of MSM at night, I started applying it directly. I tried just melting the crystals in water first, then rubbing the liquid on. I don’t recommend this method because it doesn’t seem to really stay on the area to be absorbed, but tends to run or get wiped off.

So, do what I did and simply add some to a small container of your lotion or cream. You can even combine a bit of warm water with olive oil (or coconut, or whatever your choice is) and allow the MSM to melt with the warm water before combining it all with the olive oil, and rubbing it on. I actually love that method and feel the most relief using it.

Others have said that high doses of Vitamin B6 really bring them relief. I’ve been a big B consumer for a while and that includes taking pretty high doses of all B Vitamins on some days and I don’t recall much relief, but perhaps there’s a more specific protocol to follow.

I should also mention that I’m taking amino acids, too. They have a lot of benefits and can help cartilage repair. There’s actually enough information I could share on that alone that it’d fill an entire series, but that’s what my other blog is for. 😉 However, I do feel like in the long run, I could be benefiting from using things like the amino acids. I’m hoping it will eventually repair itself.

So, what do you guys do when pain hits and threatens to keep you from doing what you love?

Are there any other yarn crafters out there who are also dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome? I’d love to hear your experiences and any home remedies you may have!

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