Wire Wrangling

Sep 9, 2016 12:55:45 PM

Row Counter Abacus

 

The blog has been quiet for a couple of months, but I’m still here!  Summer was full of travel and adventure with the family. But now that school is back in session, I’m back in my studio and my inspiration batteries are recharged!

We crafty folk are painfully aware that there are “so many crafts yet so little time….”  And just like so many others, I’ve got more crafts I’d like to try (and supplies for them to boot!) than time to learn and do them.  So as I settle back into my studio for a season of creating, I decided to give myself a treat that would also kickstart my creativity. I gave myself 2 weeks of design time to experiment with a new skill I’ve wanted to try forever: Wire working.  

 

Fortheloveofbunting necklace Brenda Schweder

 

Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, I didn't have to start from absolute zero. Earlier this year I went to a conference hosted by Craftsy and met the most remarkable woman. I kept seeing her during the day, and couldn't keep my eyes off her magnificent wire necklace.  Of course she’d made it - she was a wire working instructor! I didn't know then that this was Brenda Schweder, instructor of Essential Wirework Techniques.  (Above is the necklace she was wearing, by the way - so sculptural and gorgeous - it’s the next project on my list.)


At lunch I snagged a seat next to Brenda and let her know how much I’d been admiring her necklace. I also confessed how much I wanted to start wire working but how intimidated I was by all the choices of tools and materials. Brenda was so kind and offered to help me get started. She even sent me one of her inventions to play with: Now That’s a Jig.  Her jig (as well as her videos and book) pretty much made my learning curve painless. The jig is an impressive invention, and it’s the only jig really capable of handling 16 gauge annealed steel wire.  (Take a look at Brenda's Etsy store to get a jig of your own and like the Now That's A Jig FB Page to get inspiration in your news feed. She also broadcasts three times a week [M, T and TH @ NoonCentral] from her jewelry FB page)

 

Steel Wire Jewelry

 

Not only did I watch her most excellent online class, but I devoured her book Steel Wire Jewelry as well. And then I watched her new DVD ABC’s of Wire Wrangling recently published by Interweave (available as an immediate download too!). Brenda is a huge fan of annealed steel wire. What's so cool about this material is that it's inexpensive and commonly available.  It was less intimidating for a beginner like me who didn't want to risk mangling expensive fine metals.  I also love the edginess of it. It’s unpretentious, yet solid and so strong. In my opinion, it looks even better when you ding it up. Like an artifact from an archeological dig.  It's got a primal aspect: Definitely not prissy bling.  According to Brenda it's one of the least allergenic metals as well. Composed of just iron and 2% carbon, there's no nickel (the usual culprit with metal allergies).


Wire on the jig

 

So armed with my jig and my learning materials, I set to work. I’ve had an idea for a while now for a row counter abacus that could be jewelry. But then at a moment's notice it could be conscripted for work in counting rows.  I wanted something non-fussy and simple that wouldn't snag knitted or crocheted material. I also wanted to be able to hook it into the project or dangle it from a knitting needle like a stitch marker.  I wanted a sturdy and elegant piece of utilitarian jewelry for knitters and crocheters alike.


Row Counter Abacus for knitting and crochet

After working through countless prototypes and ideas, this is what I settled upon. I've spent the last few days producing a limited run of this new row counter abacus and we've offered it for sale on the website. The beads move to allow you to keep track of 19 rows at a time. If I make more, it will be in other bead choices (any requests?). But for the near future, I'm going to get busy using my new row counter as I come up with some new knit and crochet designs!

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10 Genius DIY Lucets that will make you want to learn the skill

I'm having so much fun looking at all the DIY lucets people are creating for the 7 Day Lucet Challenge!

People are posting their DIY lucets to Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #7DayLucetChallenge, and the efforts range from super creative repurposing of found objects, to brilliant McGyver hacks, to masterful works of art!

Although none of these options may feel as good in the hand as a Wool Tree Lucet (Dennis spent years refining the design based on customer feedback), they all totally do the job.  Plus, they allow you to try out the skill before having to invest in a tool that you may not use after the challenge.

Below is a round-up of 10 of my favorite ideas so far for DIY lucets that participants have shared with the #7DayLucetChallenge tag.


First up:  FOUND OBJECTS

These require no extra work, just a little imagination in using something you already have in a completely different way.


Hairpin Lace Loom as Lucet

 

Hairpin Lace Loom Lucet

Amber posted her clever Hairpin Lace Loom lucet to Facebook and it got me thinking.  I use the AGeary Loom, and those lovely finials at the top of the prongs work really well for keeping loops on the tool!

 

Amanda's Weaving Shuttle Lucet

 

Weaving Shuttle Lucet

Amanda (acd101 on Ravelry) used a weaving shuttle to make her first lucet cord.  Absolutely brilliant!  I love it when a fiber tool can be used in more than one way!


Swiffer Duster Lucet

 

Swiffer Duster Lucet

Cordeliasbs on Instagram used the internals of a Swiffer Duster as a lucet!  It looks like those little tabs on the side would actually help keep the loops on the tool as well!


Extendable Camping Fork as Lucet

 

Camping Fork Lucet

Cordeliasbs also found these Extendable Camping Forks, and thought they might make a decent lucet.  I totally think they'd be worth a try, especially if you already have them around the house!  (Available on Amazon here - affiliate link.)

 

CLEVER HACKS

All of these solutions are cobbled together from other objects.  None of them appear to take that much time to put together.

Plastic Gorilla Lucet

Plastic Toy Lucet

Amber pointed out this wonderful lucet hack on Facebook.  This lucet was created simply by drilling the hole through the tummy of this plastic ape!!!  Totally whimsical and fun.

 

Twig Lucet

Twig Lucet

Here's one that will get you out into nature.  On your next hike or gardening session, just look for a twig you can cut down into a lucet.  Evelyn tried it and posted her results on Instagram. She says that she wishes it were more U shaped on top.


Ultimate McGyver Lucet

Ultimate McGyver Lucet

Kelly gets the prize for cobbling together the most awesome Lucet creation from common household items.  She used an inhaler, 2 crochet hooks, rubber bands, wire ties and a key chain ring!!!  (The only things she needs here is duct tape ;))


Sculpey Lucet

Sculpey Lucet

Sherry sculpted this awesome lucet out of oven bake clay. Such a great way to rapidly prototype different lucet shapes to figure out what feels best in your hand!

 

WORKS OF ART

These lucets are not necessarily simple and one of them requires very specialized equipment.  But they sure are beautiful. Big hat tip to the craftsmanship that went into them.

Laser Cut Lucet

Laser Cut Lucet

Laura at Croshay Design not only created a gorgeous prototype lucet on her laser cutter, she is offering the scalable vector graphics file so that other people with a laser cutter and replicate her design.  Just click on the link to access.


shrinky dink lucet

Shrinky Dink Lucet

Charlotte's shrinky dink lucet is truly a thing of beauty.  I just love the drawings she did on it.  I believe she used these instructions as a base for her pattern for anyone who would like to attempt a similar design, although she does say that she would have preferred flared sides.

 

Learn to Lucet

The most comprehensive guide to this ancient tool yet published!

Do more with the yarn you already have! Learn to use this ancient Viking cording tool to make strong and very sturdy cords that you can use in so many ways.

Make your knit and crochet projects even better. Use them to make drawstrings, lacings, buttons and embellishments for your knit and crochet projects. Also make jewelry, designer shoelaces, home improvement hacks and more with these strong cords.

Author Jennifer Hansen teaches you 6 fundamental cord types and give you full instructions for 8 fun, easy and useful lucet projects.

Learn more.

 


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Tunisian Crochet Giveaway

 

It's a wrap!! Today marks the end of National Crochet Month (AND National Craft Month). To celebrate, we're having a GIVEAWAY!

A big focus of National Craft/Crochet Month is reclaiming the time for doing the things you love and enjoy. We've all got busy lives. Sometimes it's really hard to squeeze in the time for knit and crochet!

I wrote a blog post earlier this month to share the process I'm following to make more time - How to Reclaim Your Knit & Crochet Time. Even though the month is over, it's never too late to simplify and organize your own craft life. Give it a read and let me know your thoughts are on the subject.

Which brings us to our GIVEAWAY.

Probably one of the most popular patterns I have ever published is my Stashbuster Blanket Pattern. One of the things that's been most satisfying for me is that both knitters and crocheters alike enjoy it. That's because it's Tunisian Crochet, which is a mix of knitting and standard crochet.

The project is fun because you do something really high impact with beginning level skills. For people who do that project and want more, there's my Tunisian Crochet class on Craftsy. It will help take your Tunisian Crochet skills to the next level.

To celebrate the end of National Craft/Crochet Month, we're having a giveaway to enable your current or future Tunisian Crochet addiction. We're giving away a spot in my Tunisian Crochet Craftsy class , a set of Tunisian Crochet hooks valued at more than $50 (a mini Denise set and an S Extended Tunisian Crochet Hook and a copy of my Stashbuster Blanket Pattern. (Over $100 value in total!)

To enter is easy! Just comment on this Facebook Post by Monday, April 4. Winner announced as a response to the winning comment!

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Don’t you just love it when you finally find a moment to knit or crochet? Then someone approaches you and says, “Wow that’s so cool that you do THAT!  But I would NEVER have time for that!”.  As if that’s all you do. You just sit around and knit and crochet all day. And it’s not like that person has never binge-watched a show on Netflix. Or sat around shooting the breeze with friends. Or taken public transport. And those were all opportunities to knit or crochet if that had actually been one of their priorities.

What we know, as knitters and crocheters, is that it’s all about prioritizing. It's about being creative in finding ways to fit this passion into our routine.

In my previous blog post, I shared the overhaul I’m making in my own (crafting) life. (It's a hefty read.) I'm feeling much more in control of my time and my destiny.  It’s all good stuff, but it’s profound and takes a commitment to make changes.

But there are certainly ways to fit more knit and crochet into your life even if you don’t need or desire a fundamental shift in how you're approaching the craft.


Here are 13 actions you can take right now to find more time for knit and crochet:

 

Always have a project bag packed and ready to go.  It's best to pick a mindless project. Something you can stash in your purse as you walk out the door.  That way, you’ll always have something to pick up and work when you’re waiting your turn. Or when visiting with a friend. Or shuttling kids around to different practices. All those stolen moments add up quicker than you might imagine into a project that’s DONE.  My advice is to make sure it’s a project that doesn’t need a ton of concentration. It should be something you can pick up, immediately understand, then put down without notice. You might find yourself ripping out all your work later if the project is too complex.  There are just too many distractions when you’re out and about.

 

Go digital. If your pattern is always on your phone, you won’t have any problem finding it when you need it. One of the things I like to do is email my current patterns to my kindle account. Or I just buy a digital book in the first place. That way I have access to my pattern whether I’m using the kindle app on my phone, or my kindle fire when I’m at home.  Works on iPad too.

 

Define your “me” time and make it a tiny ritual.  Name a number and give yourself that amount of time for knitting or crocheting - every day. Like brushing your teeth, cleaning the dishes, or  working out - it's just something you commit to do. Name a time and name a place.  Start out small: promise yourself just 15 minutes a day over morning coffee. Take the opportunity to ponder your upcoming day as you work a few rows. It’s the gift you give to yourself.  Take it.

 

Choose more “instant gratification” projects.  I have spent so much time designing projects.  Even simple design projects are complex because you have to write instructions for them.  That's a layer of extra effort and complication.  When a project is large, it can become a serious chore. I’m learning the profound value of simple projects, like the Virus Shawl I did lately.  Nothing is better for motivation than completing a fun project within a day or two.  One easy way to find these projects is by searching for “Hot Right Now” on Ravelry. There's always a big proportion of simple addictive patterns in the top 20. Pick a fast project, grab one of your stash yarns and just do it. Success breeds success, completion breeds completion!


Choose thicker yarn. The thicker your yarn, the faster your project will go. Search Ravelry for a project you’ll enjoy based on worsted gauge or thicker.

 

TV time = Knit & Crochet Time.  I think a lot of us are already doing this, but it’s worth mentioning that you should make sure you’ve got a perfect spot with enough light so that it's fun and not frustrating

 

Switch to audiobooks. If you’re a reader and you don’t know how to knit without looking at your stitches (see next bullet), this is a game-changer. I listened to the entire unabridged Game of Thrones trilogy on audiobook. Took me 6 months of reading and stitching!!  I enjoyed every moment.

 

Learn to knit without looking at your stitches. You’ll be able to knit in more situations, like while reading or at the cinema!  Some tips to get started.

 

Let other people drive.  Whether you choose public transport or just let a friend get behind the wheel, claim the passenger seat! We spend so much time getting to other places. If you're able, choose transportation that allows you to indulge in your creativity.

 

Swatch. WHAT?!?!  Did I really just say that?!  But here’s the thing. If you dislike swatching it, it’s probably not going to be mentally frictionless for you to pick up the project and work it.  Swatching is like dating before committing. Avoid projects that will bog you down, no matter how much you think that you should do them. This is a hobby you do for fun!!! Focus on what you are loving, not on what you think you should love.  


Knit Faster.  You won’t gain more time, but you might get more done. You don’t need a friend or a grandma who can teach you.  You can learn anytime you want with an expert.  Followers of Continental Knitting and Portuguese Knitting claim that their techniques are the fastest. (I'm a total proponent of online learning and yes, these are affiliate links!)


Stop buying new yarn.  You can ignore this advice if you don’t have stash, but so many of us do.  Learn to shop your stash instead of the yarn store.  New yarn is distracting and interferes with your focus.  Train yourself to buy new yarn as a reward for when you complete a project or get your stash down to a target size. Focus on getting better at selecting then completing projects that you enjoy.


Train the rest of your family to do housework.  (That is, if you live with family.) I do know that the common wisdom is to just lower your standards and accept more dust in the house.  But.... I really do love a clean house :). If your children are old enough to walk, they are old enough to pitch in!  And get a Roomba!!! (shameless affiliate link!! ) Mine has been a life changer! I’ve got clean floors all the time without lifting a finger and I live with a teenage son that is a walking tornado of disorder.

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Did I miss anything?  What’s your top tip for gaining more time to knit and crochet?  Please share in the comments below.


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How to Reclaim your Knit & Crochet Time

Mar 4, 2016 12:24:22 PM

Not enough time to knit and crochet

 

Disclaimer:  Grab yourself a coffee and settle in before proceeding, because this post isn't a fast read!  If you're just looking for a quick and easy list of tips to fit more knit and crochet into your life, you might want to take a look at 13 Helpful Tips for More Knit & Crochet Time instead.

 

I started this year with a quiet New Years Resolution to gain more focus in my life. Too much time wasted on social media, not enough time actually doing the things that mattered to me. The goal went way beyond knit and crochet and crafting, but of course it included them too.

I read the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. (Yes, it’s an affiliate link!)  Such a great book. It’s about maximizing your personal productivity and gaining better control of your time and of your life.

Profound stuff written in a simple and straightforward way. You can find all sorts of articles about it, from opinion pieces to TED talks. The ideas have a wide following.  But you don't have to sift through all that,  here's a great 2.5 minute recap of the entire philosophy.


So what does this all have to do with finding more time to knit and crochet?


We’ve all got tons of commitments and forces pulling us into millions of directions. We get sidetracked, trapped into ruts, overwhelmed…  We buy yarn that we forget about. Then that yarn grows into huge stashes. We favorite designs and projects on Ravelry or pin them in Pinterest. And then we never look at these things we loved again. We buy patterns we never follow, books we never read. All while dealing with (escaping?) our own complicated lives. Our responsibilities and commitments pull us in a million different directions. Very little time remains to pursue the things we do just for the love of it. The things that bring profound joy to our lives.  Passions like knit and crochet!


If I'm a designer and I don't get enough time to knit and crochet, it's GOT to be a common struggle.


In honor of National Crafting Month, I'm sharing a bit of the process that I'm using to regain control of my life.  What better way to celebrate than reclaim your focus and your time so that you have more time to express your creativity?

Don’t have time for this process?  You'll need to invest a few hours up front. And then you'll need to make a continuing effort to refine the process.  It’s been worth it for me, but that may not be what you're looking for.  For a more immediate and actionable list, take a look at my 13 Helpful Tips for More Knit & Crochet Time .
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Capture a list of techniques and projects that inspire you.

 


“A task left undone remains undone in two places - at the actual location of the task, and inside your head. Incomplete tasks in your head consume the energy of your attention as they gnaw at your conscience” - Brahma Kumaris

 

There is great power in making a definitive list of all the forces that have been pulling your attention.  It’s like a purge for your brain.  For knit and crochet, this "list" means having a central reference of the projects that attract you. Or at least having a well-defined and maintained set of references for these designs and techniques that have called your name.

Since this is the first step, it may feel like the hardest. It’s like chaining or casting on when you start a project and work the first few rows. It’s usually the most fiddly and seems the most difficult. You'll need to block out a couple of hours so you can do it right.

 (I know - I said I was going to help you find more time, and now I’m saying you’ve got to block out 2 hours to do so.  Believe me - I've had payback tenfold!)

Many of us already have created these lists. The problem is that they're scattered, unorganized, forgotten or incomplete. Have you ever pinned a design on Pinterest?  Or favorited a pattern or project on Ravelry? Do you know how many incomplete projects are floating around your house? Can you instantly recall all those craft tools you bought for projects not yet attempted? 

David Allen calls this "capturing" things so that they are not running amok in your mind.

How you capture your list is up to you. It's a good idea to use some of the lists you already have like your Pinterest boards or your Ravelry favorites - but those lists only manage a subset of your project ideas well. Some people work best writing things down on paper and keeping a physical notebook. For me, that seems like torture. I'm one of those paperless people and I use Evernote a lot to clip things when I browse online. I use it to photograph physical things to quickly add it to my central list.  I use it to capture audio notes when inspiration hits me. What’s important is that you use the tools you're most comfortable with. Also important is leveraging the lists you've already made by making them useful again.

Here's the idea: Identify then go through everything you have and decide whether you're keeping it or not.  What you do with what you keep is the next step.

Where should you look to identify all these knit and crochet-related projects?

•   Your UFOs (projects that you were once engaged with but lost interest)

•   Your books (especially bookmarked or dogeared pages) -  both digital and hardcopy. 

•   Your favorites in Ravelry  and Instagram (do you review them regularly?)

•   Links to items you’ve “saved” in FacebookEvernote or as a browser bookmark

•   Items you might have saved in Evernote or a physical file or notebook.

•   Swatches for projects never started

•   Your craft stash: yarns, tools, supplies that represent project goals. 

•   Patterns you bought but ever started

•   Online video tutorials you’ve saved but never sat down to learn

As you go through your online lists, delete the things that now seem just like noise. Delete the things you know you will never do or that no longer attract you.  Make those online lists valuable again.

Donate books, yarn, patterns and tools that no longer appeal to you. Rip up UFO's and swatches you realize you no longer need.  Transform your collection of supplies into something vital and inspiring.


Getting rid of something that doesn't excite you gives you more mental space to focus on what does.


[This advice may feel very familiar to those of you who read the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (<-- shameless affiliate link). I read it last year in preparation for my cross country move.  And I really did all these things. I'm a total fan. It was absolutely liberating.]

Now you've identified projects and pared down your collection of things. You've revitalized certain online lists so that it will be a pleasure to revisit them. You've created another to track your physical creative landscape and anything not already contained in your online accounts.


Next it's time to organize everything.


Process your list.

Now that you are managing these potential projects, it is time to categorize them in one of 3 ways:


•   Discard (didn't we do that in the LAST STEP?)

•   File as a Near Term Project

•   File as a Potential / Maybe Project

•   File as an Inspiration

 

I know, I'm telling you to consider getting rid of your things again. I just love getting rid of things, especially physical things.  I know this isn't for everyone. But I do want to leave you with the following thought.  These things have remained neglected for a reason:

•   UFO (unfinished object)

•   Untouched yarn

•   Dusty uncracked book

•   In-the-package-for-years craft tools

•   Duplicate hooks and needles you never use

Have they already served their usefulness in your creative journey?  If so, you're under no commitment to complete the project or use the item. Do you really need yet another commitment?! As Marie Kondo says, just thank those possessions for helping you get to the point you've reached and let them go. Donate or gift them to bring someone else joy and bring simplicity to your own life!

 

So what to do with the things to keep?


If I have decided to hold on to an item or idea, it goes into one of three virtual buckets.

Upcoming Projects:  Short term projects are those I queue to work on and I try to have as few of them as possible. A long list of short term projects soon becomes meaningless for me. These are the projects I'm spending mental and physical effort to complete.

Potential Projects: If I really like a project, but don't want to commit to doing it just quite yet, it goes into the "Potential / Maybe" category.  That is the first place I look when I try to identify what to do next.

Cool Stuff: Then there are the projects that touch something profound within me or that are instructional to me in some way. I don't so much want to do them, but rather borrow or expand upon elements contained within them. Those I file under the "Inspiration" bucket.


Take an honest look at your life and the type of knit & crochet you REALLY have time for.

 

Now take a look at the near term projects on your list.

Do you need a specific space and environment to do these kinds of projects? But do you spend most of your available crafting time commuting on a bus or sitting in kids' sports practice?  

If so, it’s unrealistic to commit to an Irish Crochet project. Maybe something small and portable like motifs you can join later would be easy for you. So would socks.   

Maybe your house is filled with kids, noise, dogs and non-stop distractions. Is there really any way you will ever be able to concentrate more than 5 minutes without interruption? Maybe you shouldn't be stressing yourself out by trying to knit lace from charts. You might get more joy from something meditative. Something you can put down without notice and pick up again without trying to figure out where you left off.  You can always knit lace when life gets more quiet. 

Identify your true crafting opportunities:

•   the time of day
•   the location 
•   the conditions


Make sure you are being very realistic about the everyday constraints of your life.

 

One of the reasons you may feel that you “never have time for knit & crochet” is because you’re picking the wrong projects.  


 

Take a look at your near term and potential projects.  Which ones are most realistic to tackle given the conditions of your life?

 

Match the things that are truly exciting you from your notebook to what you actually are able to do in your life.

You may find that many of the projects you want to do require learning a new skill. But you just never seem to have the time to sit down and lay the groundwork so that you can get started. Maybe those projects should stay in the "Potential" projects category. You could focus on queuing up more accessible projects for the near term.

After looking at your life, you may see that your best crafting opportunity is later at night. But at that time you're unwinding from a long day. You're tired, having a glass of wine and catching a tv show. You need projects that are fun to work where you don't need a ton of brain power. Are those the kinds of projects you’re queuing up?

Once you get your initial lists set up and functioning, they don’t maintain themselves.

Now this is one area in which I was seriously falling short.  Over the years I’d been saving links in Facebook and capturing content to Evernote like nobody’s business.  But I was effectively just throwing this stuff into a black hole.  I didn’t review these lists. I was actually afraid to because I knew they were out of control. It would be just another "to do" item to have to sit and sift through these artifacts of my distracted mind.  

Review your lists as often as you can to identify patterns, themes and associations.

I set aside a couple of hours one day and went through everything. I deleted things that no longer held my interest. I tagged and filed items in Evernote as I identified themes and associations. It was profound to realize my biggest source of inspiration was my own notebook. Recognizing the patterns between these inspirations helped me understand my own creative priorities.  And I continue to do it.

Make it a habit!

I'm using my lists weekly now to get my work done, to figure out what to do next. I refer to them when I have a design problem and groom them while I sift through them. They've become more than a habit, they're an empowering creative tool.

Set up your (virtual) space

 

This doesn’t mean you have to set up some idealized Pinterest dream space. Some of us have a favorite spot where we work, and some of us don’t have that luxury.  Most of the time, I’m knitting or crocheting at night while I share a movie or TV show with my family. I love to travel and I take a lot of long journeys. My knit & crochet "space" is made with the tools, accessories and environment around me when I'm doing my work.

Right now I’m struggling with getting my space right. I notice there’s a lot of time I could be knitting and crocheting and I'm not doing it because I don’t have the right lighting.  Knitting and crocheting is torturous for me when I can’t see what I'm doing. 

In the new house, my trusty floor lamp doesn't fit in the spot where I like to sit. I bought a Hug Light because a lot of knitters and crocheters rave about them, but it’s just not bright enough for me. (affilliate link - you might like it.)  I’m now considering one of those portable OttLites (another affiliate link). I've had so many students show up in my classes with them that just love them.  I'm still researching which one might work best for me. Whatever I end up with needs to be bright AND portable because those are MY personal requirements. (If anyone has a great recommendation, PLEASE comment!!) 

After you analyze your own situation, it may surprise you to realize that your biggest knit and crochet problem is, in fact, a "space" problem!

Whether you are stitching on-the-go or setting up a dedicated spot, you need to create the right space.  

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Wow.  This was a long post. Probably my longest.  

Let me know in comments if this was useful to you. It's something that I have been thinking about A LOT and I'm curious if it resonates. I'm also very interested in hearing your ideas on the subject.

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