HYGGE AND KNITTING, TWO WORDS THAT BELONG TOGETHER…

Knitting and Hygge are two words that belong together simply implying what Hygge is all about. As Meik Wiking – CEO of The Happiness Research Institute has said, “Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things.”

 

If you haven’t learnt how to knit before then now is the time to do so. Knitting is back in fashion from knitting simple tea cosies to bed throws and even recycling old sweaters into new ones.

The web has an abundance of sites with some giving tutorials on how to knit and others giving you a choice of many free patterns to start your knitting.

Once we come out of lockdown I am sure the ever popular knitting groups will thrive again. A very popular one is called Stitch and Bitch and there is also a great book from Amazon at £10.99 Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook – The Stitch ‘n Bitch Handbook by Debbie Stoller covers every aspect of knitting and the knitting-together lifestyle: the how-to, the when-to, the what-to and why-to. Writing with wit and attitude, Debbie Stoller explains why young women are taking up knitting in droves and covers everything you need to know to get your knit on – from the tools of the trade to casting on and binding off to getting fancy – all with step-by-step illustrated techniques. Then it’s time to pick up the sticks: at the heart of this book are forty stylish patterns that are as hip to wear as they are to knit, as good for beginners as they are for purly pros.

Another popular one is UK Hand Knitting where you all meet for a natter while knitting your favourite jumper. Just click on your area on their map to find your nearest group. Some great sites for knitters include The Daily Knitter where you can find lots of Free patterns and  Knitting Help which has free tutorial videos to help you knit.

According to Wikipedia, Knitting is a method by which thread or yarn may be turned into cloth or other fine crafts. Knitted fabric consists of consecutive rows of loops, called stitches. As each row progresses, a new loop is pulled through an existing loop. The active stitches are held on a needle until another loop can be passed through them. This process eventually results in a final product, often a garment.

Knitting may be done by hand or by machine. There exist numerous styles and methods of hand knitting.

Different yarns and knitting needles may be used to achieve different end products by giving the final piece a different colour, texture, weight, and/or integrity. Using needles of varying shape and thickness as well as different varieties of yarn can also change the effect.

Yarnspirations sell Hygge yarn which is extremely soft and drapey, despite its quick-to-stitch bulky size. The base yarn is twisted with a fur end, which adds a lovely texture that is wonderful to work with, and snuggle up in! This gorgeous braided cable knit throw comes with a free knitting pattern. Just head to Yarnspirations website.

The Independant wrote that “There is an enormous amount of research showing that knitting has physical and mental health benefits, that it slows the onset of dementia, combats depression and distracts from chronic pain.” “In addition to its calming effects, knitting a quilt or a pair of mittens can distract from chronic pain – as focus is turned elsewhere. And the repetitive movements required to create a pattern release calming serotonin, which can lift moods and dull pain, according to the findings.”

A brilliant book if you are new to knitting is ‘The Complete Beginners Guide to Knitting: Everything you need to know to start to knit’, by Sian Brown, Lou Butt, and Janine le Cras on Amazon for £10 From lavish fashion trends to homemade gifts, add a hand-crafted touch to your garments, gifts and decorations. Start by choosing your yarn and needles before getting to grips with casting on, knitting, purling, ribbing and casting off again. Once you’ve mastered the essentials, you’ll put your newfound skills into practice with a range of creative project patterns that are perfect for newbie knitters. Get all the essential tools and materials before mastering simple stitches, Easy to follow patterns . Add a professional finish to your projects with pockets, hems, buttons and more. Refine your knitting skills while creating great gifts, garments and decorations. So pick up your needles today, and you’ll be an expert in no time at all!

ENJOY YOUR COFFEE THE ECO FRIENDLY WAY…

Many of us are trying our best to Eco swap many things in the house and home as well as food and drink. Now is the perfect time to start your Eco swap with your daily drink of coffee.

Ditch the plastic pods for compostable pods with the Dualit, Grind and Blue Goose.

They have three types of compostable pods, including the organic Ethiopian and Colombian blend which are made from corn starch. This may be able to go into your food waste caddy but check with your local authority first. They take 90 days and break down through industrial composting, but cannot be placed in garden waste. The Indian Monsoon box of 10, is £2.90 from Dualit. They also have a selection of teas in compostable capsules.

The Dualit EcoPresx Aluminium Capsule Recycler is a clever device which extracts coffee from used aluminium pods which can then be spread on the flowerbeds. Then you simply put the empty capsules into the recycling bin. It is compatible with all aluminium coffee pods and cost £13.00 from Dualit.

Grind coffee pods are compostable and 100% plastic-free. When composted, they’ll break down in weeks – but even in landfill they’ll break down hundreds of times faster than their plastic cousins. Great coffee, doing good by the planet. All of their coffee is certified organic by the Soil Association. They source our beans directly from smallholders around the world – empowering them to grow their farms, invest in their communities and continue to farm some of the best coffees in the world.

Grinds compostable Nespresso pods letterbox refill pack is from £13.50 and a great way to get your top up in lockdown. You can subscribe for refills in letterbox-friendly packaging, with free UK delivery. Change, skip or cancel your subscription at any time, hassle-free, with a gift subscription from £27.00

Blue Goose have, ethical coffees in plastic-free packaging. their award-sinning speciality coffees help you create wonderful barista-quality coffees without the guilt, whether you enjoy their Nespresso compatible eco pods or their new bean and ground coffees in compostable pouches.

Unlike aluminium and plastic capsules that can take 200-500 years to degrade in landfill, Blue Goose’s plastic-free, compostable Nespresso pods and lid can be put into your food waste bin and they will be processed into compost of liquid fertilizer without around 12 weeks depending on the facilities used by your local council.

Try there Eco Coffee Pod Collection gift pack, full to the brim with our 40 speciality Arabica coffee pods, for £18.

HOUSEPLANT WEEK 11th JANUARY – 17th JANUARY 2021…

Houseplant Week this year is 11th January – 17th January 2021.

Enhance your decor and lift your home with houseplants.

Indoor gardening is great. Not only does it make our homes look great, but houseplants also have health benefits that you might not even know about. From improving the air we breathe to help lift our moods during the darker nights of winter.

Every year during the second week in January, lets celebrate houseplants.

#HouseplantWeekUK celebrates the best in indoor gardening and helps you choose the right plant for your home.

Share your photos and videos on social media using the hashtag – #HouseplantWeekUK

Source : Awareness Days