Changes

As the New Year begins, many of us feel the need to change things around a bit. This year, I decided to make a resolution, too. You see, lately, I’ve felt a touch stressed out with blogging. Writing two posts a week takes a surprisingly large amount of time, and that eats away at my crafting time. I want to create new patterns, and in order to do so, I need more hours in my working days. To get them, I have decided to only post once a week. This way, I still get to enjoy blogging while gaining more time to create, and maybe even learn new things.

In other news, Craftsy has decided to scale down on indie designers. Several patterns stores owned by indies have been forced to close, and those that survived, only got to keep a small amount of their collection available through Craftsy. I was among the few that survived the cut, but my pattern store was greatly affected by this. For now, I am only allowed to offer one pattern through Craftsy. This is a huge loss of income for me, and I am obviously quite upset about it. Craftsy is a big marketplace, and it saddens me to see them disregard indies in such a cruel way.

Though some things change, some things remain the same. I will continue to publish a weekly blog post starting next Wednesday. Featured products may not be the focus point of our posts, but will still be available. Newsletters with special offers will go out every Friday, and I’ll try to get myself acquainted with Instagram stories, too. Next Wednesday (not tomorrow, but a week from now), I hope to launch an orange addition to our Pretty Basics Knits, so stay tuned!

Until then.

Love,

Heather

Health Benefits of Knitting

Knitting is one my favorite things to do. I can’t think of a nicer way to spend a day than to snuggle up on the sofa, dig into a fresh ball of yarn, and binge-watch Once Upon a Time while knitting. I know I’m not alone with this. Taste in yarn and TV-shows may vary, but deep down, all knitters are alike. We all just want to binge on Netflix and knit nice things. Sometimes, it’s nice to pause and remember all the reasons why knitting is good for you.

Knitting has many benefits. It helps you relax, and gives you a sense of accomplishment through creating a knit garment or accessory. These are the things we all know, the things that make us love knitting so much. Along with these obvious good points, knitting can affect our health in many ways. The internet is full of articles on the health benefits of knitting, but two posts caught my eye today. I was feeling a bit under the weather again, and all I want to do is to knit and knit. Before I can do that, I need to get through today’s work. One of the things on my to do -list was a blog post. Instead of turning to Polyvore for an outfit post, I wanted to write about something that holds more meaning.

I’m willing to bet a ball of yarn that many of us are coming down with a cold right now. Fall is the time for not only warm sweaters and scarves, but also flus. Getting sick is pretty much inevitable, and knitting can help cope with an oncoming flu. It helps wind down, gives you the perfect excuse to stay under warm blankets, and offers you something to concentrate on other than an itchy, achy throat or a runny nose. Nice people over at littlethings.com have listed a whole bunch of reasons why knitting is good for you. Among them is one thing that I personally have found to be true.

I’ve struggled with a panic disorder for as long as I can remember. Knitting helps deal with both panic attacks, and related anxiety. It lowers blood pressure and gives the brain something to distract itself with, thus reducing the symptoms of anxiety. Quite often, those suffering from said condition tend to self-medicate with alcohol or substance abuse. Knitting can be more helpful, and it most certainly is a healthier option!

Allfreeknitting.com has also listed a number of reasons why knitting is good for you. Unlike many others, they point out that knitting can help improve self-esteem. I strongly agree with this. Knitting forces you to learn new skills all the time, and learning has a positive impact on the sense of self worth. Seeing a finished item that you made yourself can also really boost up your confidence.

Knitting has helped many people through dark times. Working with yarn-related projects is rewarding, and it can even bring stability to a difficult life situation. Making crafts or knitting patterns, even dyeing yarn can turn into a profitable business! More important than that is still the fact that knitting isn’t just a hobby. It’s a way of life that brings both happiness and peace of mind.

I hope I haven’t bored with this post too much. Next time, I’ll show you the featured pattern for next week!

Until then.

Love,

Heather