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Travel Project

In knitting on October 8, 2016 at 6:53 am

Whenever I plan for a trip, I often plan my knitting project.  After all, every opportunity to knit must be taken.  So much travel time simply cannot be wasted!  This is particularly true, when you have a 18 to 24 hour flight to far away mysterious lands. 

One such trip was to India about 4 years ago.  That project was a complete flop and never even took off.  To start off, it was a crochet project and I was detached from the craft and the yarn was uncooperative.  Dubai is in my near future and I do not want the same fate.

Here are some tips I devised for selecting a long distance travel project:

  1. If I cannot do a needed technique in the pattern without a book,LEAVE IT (both the project and the book) AT HOME. The exception is if the photocopy is compact. Too much added weught is not good.
  2. The pattern should simple with just a tinge of difficulty.
  3. The project should be small-ish and practical. This means hats, socks, shawl…not sweater, tshirt, or blanket. 
  4. Ideally, the project should successfully completed at the destination during the trip.
  5. Project, both the yarn color and design, should be ideally inspired by the destination.
  6. The length of the stay, as does the itenerary, determine the size of the project to pack.
  7. Make sure TSA can identify the project and components so it won’t get confiscated. Seriously, plan to rock with wooden needles and small blade snippers.
  8. Make sure the project can fit in hand luggage or backpack / purse.

MSW: The Knitting Thesis

In events on September 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm

For 2 years, a sacrifice was made to further my education and become a social worker. I knew from the onset that I needed everyone to understand, just how incredibly wonderful knitting was.  I needed to make a case for its importance and relevance to therapeutic practice and relationships. I knew my purpose the moment I walked through the doors of my graduate school.  My classmates and professors alike, endured my incessant jabber about knitting saving the world and changing lives, one stitch at a time. I needed the science of this phenomenon though.

The process was not easy.  I read at least 50 articles and books combined.  Piles of related materials were created on one side of my bed.  This is where my writing action took place.  All that information was synthesized and connections made between the neurological basis of trauma and generating a relaxation response through the cadence of knitting needles.  Adolescents were the target population discussed because their brains are not yet developed. I believe there remains an opportunity for creativity to impact the perception and processing of the experienced trauma, and creating biological changes.

My writing journey only revealed how little research has been done specifically on knitting. There is only one knitting soldier at the moment in the entire world making strides to put knitting on the map in a scientific way.  This person is Betsan Corkhill. I thank her for inspiring me.  I salute her dynamic efforts and I would like to be a part of this change.

Posting about my this achievement on social media has afforded me the opportunity to be featured on Knitty City’s blog.  Read it and let me know what you think.

End of an era

In events, knitting on July 6, 2016 at 10:28 pm

LaCasita Yarn shop has been a place that I’ve frequented for at least 2 years. In this time, they became my family. I always joke and say that they are my Cheers because everyone knows my name. It’s been home. It’s far away, but always worth the travel.

On June 30, 2016, this 6 year old shop closed its doors. Goodbye world! There were festivities and there were people, but at the end of all that, there was no more shop.  Where else can you get vegan chocolate cake, mulled wine, and a skein of yarn?  Where else can I see Jennifer Lopez without the paparazzi? 

Salute to LaCasita for transforming lives and for making Brooklyn great. You will be missed.