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The Joys of Knitting

8th June 2020

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Knitting; a craft that has been around for centuries – this mysterious art of using sticks to tie knots – who thought of that?! It turns out no one even knows yet, still it’s a hobby that makers of all ages and generations enjoy. A hobby that is so versatile with so many positives that go beyond what you’d think. Everyone’s motivations to knit are different and here are just a few. 

Reasons to try your hand at knitting

Scarves and starfish

Beautiful garments 

The obvious one – being able to create your own clothing really is an amazing skill to have. You will never be stuck for inspiration with thousands of free knitting patterns you can find online as well as the tutorials and stitches you learn to create fabulously unique items of clothing. And it doesn’t stop at clothes – knitting homeware accessories like cushion covers, even bags and little trinkets to gift to friends and family. 

Slow fashion 

The joy of making your own clothes has benefits beyond having a fabulous wardrobe but with the time and effort it takes for you to craft an item, you’re removing so many extra steps that high street fashion brands take to have such a fast turnover of new items. Knitting timeless pieces of clothing is the perfect way to start your journey towards a slow fashion lifestyle. 

Mindfulness 

This is one of the most popular reasons for one to pick up the knitting needles. Once you’ve picked up some basic knitting stitches, you quickly work rhythmically. It becomes a mindless task to focus on while still keeping your attention on knitting and giving your mind a rest from the life stressors around you. It’s a great form of self-care at home! 

Knitting for charity 

Knitting really is a great way to support charities in ways you may not even expect! You can knit blankets for animal rescue shelters, hats for premature babies that you can donate to hospitals. Support breast cancer charities by buying and making their patterns, or knitting hats for the homeless. There are endless ways you can support a charity through knitting

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The community! 

The knitting community is a fun place to be a part of! Sharing your makes with fellow knitters, supporting indie designers through buying their patterns or learning from makers’ tutorials. The LoveCrafts community does all of this both over on Instagram but also with their own community hub for you to share your recent makes and browse what others are making. It’s not just for knitting but crochet, stitching and more! 

Want to try knitting yourself? Win a beginner’s kit! 

LoveCrafts are giving away the perfect knitting​ beginner kit. This is everything you need to make this simple scarf. This is two balls of this super soft, super cosy yarn​ and a set of knitting needles.

Prize: Knitting Beginners Kit

To enter simply complete the Gleam widget below, all entries are optional and each one completed will gain you more entries into the random draw.

LoveCrafts Knitting Beginners Kit (AFFT)
  • ashleigh allan 8th June 2020 at 8:58 AM

    Great prize!

    • Susan beck 2nd July 2020 at 1:09 PM

      Love to win lovely prize

  • Tracy Nixon 8th June 2020 at 11:16 AM

    Fab I love my crafts!

  • Sandra Fortune 8th June 2020 at 11:33 AM

    Love this thanks for the chance nice crafty prize

  • Heather Haigh 8th June 2020 at 11:55 AM

    I love trying out crafts, and sharing the ones I can do with my family and friends.

  • mrs janet humphrey 8th June 2020 at 12:53 PM

    looks wonderful for these strange times thanks for the chance

  • Emma Jackson 8th June 2020 at 1:15 PM

    Lovely, it’s the perfect time for a new hobby x

    • Hazel 10th June 2020 at 12:01 PM

      Would love to learn to knit

  • pete c 8th June 2020 at 1:33 PM

    many thanks – I dont think I’d be very good but I would love to have a go at learning

  • Claire Nutman 8th June 2020 at 1:51 PM

    Wonderful competition many thanks, so theraputic this would be lovely….

  • Solange 8th June 2020 at 2:21 PM

    I love knitting.

  • Rich Tyler 8th June 2020 at 3:14 PM

    Count Me IN!

  • ADEINNE TONNER 8th June 2020 at 5:17 PM

    Oh yes please i’ve always wanted to learn how to knit

  • Maurice Haigh 8th June 2020 at 5:44 PM

    I want to learn

  • Sheena Batey 8th June 2020 at 8:22 PM

    I would love to get my daughter knitting and this would be ideal

  • fiona waterworth 8th June 2020 at 8:33 PM

    I have always wanted to learn to knit, but never knew how to start

  • Lisa Wilkinson 8th June 2020 at 9:48 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway

  • Ellie Spider 8th June 2020 at 9:50 PM

    I recently started trying knitting because of the lockdown – decided to try a new activity – this looks a great kit 🙂

  • Katie B 9th June 2020 at 12:06 AM

    Love knitting! This would be great to teach my step children how to knit!

  • Becky Yeomans 9th June 2020 at 5:41 AM

    Fantastic, would love to try knitting and get the hang of it,

  • michelle o'neill 9th June 2020 at 6:00 AM

    i enjoy knitting x

  • Laura Pritchard 9th June 2020 at 4:14 PM

    This looks like such a relaxing & rewarding hobby!

  • Michele 10th June 2020 at 12:27 AM

    Such a relaxing hobby,definitely takes your mind off of the stresses of the day.

  • Ursula Hunt 10th June 2020 at 10:32 AM

    Knitting is supposed to be very relaxing, perfect pastime for me

  • Charlotte isobelle 11th June 2020 at 1:56 PM

    I love crochet so would love to try knitting

  • Kristyn Harris 11th June 2020 at 7:10 PM

    This would be perfect! I’d love to learn who to knit!

  • Fiona jk42 12th June 2020 at 10:22 PM

    This looks like a fun knitting kit.

  • Ruth Harwood 13th June 2020 at 9:18 AM

    I know this would be fun to pass the time during lockdown and so useful come winter if it turns out at least close to ok!

  • Helen 13th June 2020 at 11:46 AM

    Hope this might become one of my favourite things 🤞

  • Susan Smith 14th June 2020 at 10:19 AM

    A fabulous giveaway, i can knit but not a great knitter

  • Lisa Foley 16th June 2020 at 3:34 PM

    Such a wonderful prize!

  • Patricia Avery 17th June 2020 at 6:54 PM

    I used to knit many years ago but life, a career and family got in the way. I’d love to take it up again now I’m retired

  • Alison Johnson 18th June 2020 at 11:09 PM

    This would be great to get my hand back into knitting again. I haven’t done any for about 20 years.

  • Lyndsey cooksey 19th June 2020 at 6:14 PM

    This looks like a fabulous kit! I love knitting and haven’t done since my children were little. It would be lovely to take it up again.

  • Susan Willshee 21st June 2020 at 10:15 PM

    I’d love to try knitting but I’ve always felt a bit overshadowed by my mum. Give her a ball of wool and some needles and the next thing you know you have a completely matching outfit

  • Margaret Gallagher 22nd June 2020 at 9:22 AM

    Will bring so much joy and love Thankyou

  • belinda porter 25th June 2020 at 11:04 PM

    knitting has helped me so much it helps with anxiety thank you for the give away

  • Eileen Hindley 26th June 2020 at 11:09 AM

    Great prize – Love to knit 🙂

  • Maria F 2nd July 2020 at 7:15 PM

    Would love to learn how to knit!

  • donna jones 3rd July 2020 at 11:34 AM

    lovely giveaway count me in

  • Sheila Reeves 4th July 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Would love to try to knit something like a scarf

  • Harry PRICE 4th July 2020 at 12:33 PM

    Always wondered if I could learn to knit?

  • Jenny Rogers 4th July 2020 at 3:06 PM

    I used to knit a lot, I need to get back into it.

  • Susan B 5th July 2020 at 2:14 AM

    A creative and calming way to spend a little leisure time.

  • Helen Tyler 5th July 2020 at 9:03 AM

    I haven’t knitted for years and even then I never managed to actually produce anything useful. I’d love to get back into it. This kit would be perfect!

  • Emma England 5th July 2020 at 9:04 AM

    I have always wanted to learn to knit. My mum was always knitting when I was younger but she has bad wrists now and can’t teach me. This beginners kit looks awesome.

  • Mel Pennie 5th July 2020 at 9:41 AM

    Have always fancied learning to knit so this would be a great start for me!

  • Adrian Bold 5th July 2020 at 12:47 PM

    My partner would love this. Thanks for the competition – fingers crossed!

  • Kim W 5th July 2020 at 4:31 PM

    I love that scarf. The only thing I’ve ever knitted is a jumper for my fiance, now my husband of 37 years! It turned out too big. So I think I need the beginners kit to start again lol.

  • Sheri Darby 5th July 2020 at 5:31 PM

    I would love to knit

  • Kim Neville 5th July 2020 at 5:38 PM

    great for relaxing

  • Tracy B 5th July 2020 at 7:32 PM

    Brilliant giveaway, perfect for a knitting novice

  • lynn neal 5th July 2020 at 9:17 PM

    Love to make things for my family!

  • AJ 5th July 2020 at 9:22 PM

    I’d love to give knitting this a go!

  • Su Brett 5th July 2020 at 11:09 PM

    I used to knit about 30 years ago would love to give knitting another try

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