What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?


I think I do pretty well on all accounts…if you count knitting and crochet as meditation!!! you???

Originally posted on TIME:

1) Get out in nature

You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. (Actually, there’s research that says you do.) Being in nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, improves your memory and may even make you a better person.

2) Exercise

We all know how important this is, but few people do it consistently. Other than health benefits too numerous to mention, exercise makes you smarter,happier, improves sleep, increases libido and makes you feel better about your body. A Harvard study that has tracked a group of men for more than 70 years identified it as one of the secrets to a good life.

3) Spend time with friends and family

Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert identified this as one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives. Relationships are worth more than you think (

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Navajo Knitting (or Crochet) . . . Triple Strands From One Source.


Got a lot of response to this the first time-round. :D Just sharing it again. Navajo knitting, makes one strand of yarn into a triple strand, as you go. Easy-peezy!

Originally posted on G-Ma Ellen's Hands - Adventures in Crochet and Knit:

I have been going crazy with this method of tripling yarn.  It is ingenious!  I am posting this to show you how it’s done.  Later on, I will share some of the projects I have been working on using this method.  It is so great for destashing!  I have also been experimenting with knitting a triple strand of linen thread.  So far, I love it!

Knitting is shown in the video, but you can certainly use it just as effectively with crochet.

So, take a look and maybe tell me what you think.  I love it!  (Is this considered ‘upcyling’???)

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Ten Ways to Improve Your Fiber Art Photography Now


Some useful tips I need to re-visit! Hope they help you as well… thank you http://www.enneacollective.com/

Originally posted on G-Ma Ellen's Hands - Adventures in Crochet and Knit:


Ten Ways to Improve Your Fiber Art Photography Now


FEBRUARY 18, 2011


by Kristi Schueler

“Only other fiber artists truly understand the hard work, time and love that goes into each stitch. Sharing our work with an understanding audience generally means sharing pictures of projects via blog posts and various social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and of course Ravelry. If the photographs are not of good quality the excitement of the audience may not be what you expected. Below are ten ways you can start improving your fiber arts photography right now.”

Here are the topics covered.  Please, click the link below and have a read!  I believe good photographs are vitally important, even if it’s just to share on facebook.  This is a very good article, from which I learned a lot!

1. Know Your Camera

2. Tell a Story Through Your Photos

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Whit’s Knits: Seed Stitch Mittens and Hand Warmers – The Purl Bee – Knitting Crochet Sewing Embroidery Crafts Patterns and Ideas!


I know, you don’t want to hear it.  But, Old Man Winter will be here before you know it!  Best be prepared.  The Purl Bee, By Purl Soho is one of my favorite websites.  They often have picture tutorials.  This one shows how to make mittens!  It is so now on my list of things-to-do.  I am thinking a few of my girlfriend as well as my Mother and Daughter will think these are mighty fine gifts!

Many of us would agree, I think, that seed stitch is one of knitting’s most refined patterns, as elegant as Grace Kelly and as classic as argyle. But what may go a little under appreciated is the feel of seed stitch.

A firm seed stitch has a wonderfully satisfying texture, like warm pebbles on a garden path or like crisp kernels on a sweet cob of corn. In the dark, I’d take a swatch of seed stitch over stockinette any day! And so I thought, why not put the feeling of seed stitch literally at my fingertips?

Working the thumb hole even looks like something I could do.  :D

The entire pattern and helpful picture tutorial can be viewed here:  Whit’s Knits: Seed Stitch Mittens and Hand Warmers – The Purl Bee – Knitting Crochet Sewing Embroidery Crafts Patterns and Ideas!.

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Open Shell Crochet Cowl PDF Pattern by GMaEllenCrochetGifts on Etsy



Instantly downloadable PDF pattern available for sale with this link:  Open Shell Crochet Cowl PDF Pattern by GMaEllenCrochetGifts.

Sooo, I just have to brag a little bit.  I opened my email this morning to see that I had just sold a copy of my cowl pattern.  Nice!  I look further to discover that this customer lives in South Africa!  I am so excited to be reminded that a few of my creations are being recreated all over the globe!  (I really should get busy and write down more of my patterns, which seem to be hopelessly stuck in my head.)

Pattern notes:

This is the type of pattern you can adjust to fit any person/body type. 

One size fits most. Gauge is not important.
Pattern difficulty: easy – advanced

Stitches used:
ch: chain stitch
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
dtr: double-triple crochet

This particular piece was made with Caron’s Simply Soft yarn.  The color…I can’t say for sure, but there are sooo many fabulous colors to choose from.

I must include one more note.  I have forever bucked the idea of ‘blocking’ my work.  I make things to just be ‘done’!  However, I have since learned that some projects need to be blocked.  I began steam-pressing these cowls as they came off my hook.  It brings out the beauty of the lace, and the luster of the yarn.  Much to my delight!  (I guess you can teach an old gramma new tricks!)  Just remember, when you do this, it grows.  Luckily, for a cowl, it’s not a bad thing.  I must remember to update the photos on my Etsy page!

Now, for more bragging rights.  I am including here a stellar review on this lovely pattern:

Customer testimonial:

” You know what’s so special about this pattern for me? It’s superbly versatile. It doesn’t care what yarn you use, or what hook you use, as long as you use a hook one or two sizes larger to make the base chain. As long as you chain in multiples of six, it doesn’t care of you make a cowl, or wrist warmers, or leave it open and make a scarf, or make a small cowl for a child, or make it to fit your head, then gather it closed, and make an awesome hat. I’m just starting with this pattern, in a tiny practice piece, and I can already see the possibilities. Bravo, Ellen!!!!”

 It is true.  This pattern is so versatile, with some imagination you can create some very lovely pieces.  The cowl pattern is a fairly quick project.  They make perfect gifts, as a few of my close friends will testify!  *wink

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Should You Carry the Yarn Along the Side or Cut It? | Lion Brand Notebook


I found this article pretty interesting, and I feel it might lend some useful information to those who question this subject as often as I do…I knew that you could ‘carry’ your yarn as you work up your project.  But, didn’t really know about the ‘twist’ thing.  Read on:

Should You Carry the Yarn Along the Side or Cut It? | Lion Brand Notebook.

When working a pattern in stripes, sometimes you’ll see an instruction “Carry the yarn not in use along the side” (as with the Knit Shell Beach Washcloth shown…); other times you won’t see an instruction at all.

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Irish Crochet (Merletto irlandese di Asia Verten)la musica e Mina e Riccardo Cocciante Amore – YouTube

You’ve never seen Irish Crochet like this!  Take a look:

Published on Jun 11, 2012

Galina Verten. Asia: “I would like to share with you my art and love of my life — Irish Crochet. As a Fashion Designer I work for many years. It is my calling to create fashionable outfits. Few years ago I discovered Irish Lace. At first I saw stunning works of a Ukrainian designer Mirislava Gorokhovich, and I fall in love with her amazing works made with Irish Crochet Lace. 01:57

via Irish Crochet (Merletto irlandese di Asia Verten)la musica e Mina e Riccardo Cocciante Amore – YouTube.

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Handmade Crochet (and more) by GMaEllen


Handmade Crochet (and more) by GMaEllen.

So, this might seem silly, but I am blogging my facebook page today in an effort to get my visibility up.

Facebook sure isn’t what it used to be…

Anyone of my readers out there have a fb page??? I would love to have a look-see!  And perhaps follow you as well.

Won’t you have a look at my page, follow and share if you please!

Keeping it short and sweet this morning…gotta get to work!  Have a great day.

My cover photo

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Finished Project: the Mirth Cardi, from Interweave Crochet


Humble beginnings. Actually made a mistake in row 5…should have been triple-crochet clusters. I made dc clusters. :/ I don’t think anyone but you and I will know it! :D

Firstly, let me share the original blog post where I had started this beautiful project.  You will find all the information needed to make one yourself!

I used some 100% mercerized, combed cotton thread I had stashed away waiting for the perfect project.

The Mirth Cardi.  Designed by Jenny King.  Pattern in the Summer 2014 edition of Interweave Crochet Magazine

The Mirth Cardi. Designed by Jenny King. Pattern in the Summer 2014 edition of Interweave Crochet Magazine

A closer look:


Wishing I had a proper model to show it off for me!

















Well, there you have it.  Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend…







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k1p1 invisible bind-off tutorial


I need to remember to try this! :D

Originally posted on crankygrrrrrl:

this being my first real adventure in toe-up socks, i was a loss as to what bind off to use. sensational knitted socks didn’t have a recommended bind-off (did it?)…and i’ve read enough blogs to know that i needed something stretchy. a quick google search didn’t turn up much, although i did rediscover laurie b’s toes and heels webpage (it’s a fantastic collection of links for different toe and heel techniques…thanks!).

since you end at the cuff when you knit toe-up, the bind-off must be loose and elastic. it would be a tragedy to have (unintentionally) slouchy socks after all the time you put into it. i found a k1p1 invisible bind-off that i thought might work for me described in the twisted sister’s sock workbook. the wording was a little confusing, but i plowed on…and thought to put what i learned up on the ol’ blog to share…

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