Three Surprising Causes of Crafting-Related Pain – and What You Can Do About Them

By Jamie Arnold

Staff Writer,

It’s no secret that winter is prime time for crafting. Cooler weather as well as a run of holidays give knitting and crochet enthusiasts plenty of excuses for whipping up cozy mittens, chunky scarves and other unique stocking stuffers, often on short notice. Marathon crafting sessions can result in some of our best work – but they can also lead to lingering pain in the hands, neck and upper back.

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Help for the Holiday Cables Throw By Bonnie Barker Guest Blogger/Designer

By Bonnie Barker, guest designer/blogger

I have a confession:  I love the look of knitted stitches, but I don’t enjoy the process of knitting. I guess I’m a crocheter—heart, body & soul—for better or worse! This is why I am so very excited about designing crochet patterns that mimic knitted stitches. The stitches I incorporate into my patterns are based upon the most fundamental crochet stitches: single, double, and treble crochet; slip stitch and chain. If you already know these basic stitches, you will be able to learn these new stitches, and I dare say learn them quickly and easily. I have personally taught these stitches to children as young as eight years old. One of my students who has significant learning disabilities recently won a blue ribbon at our county fair for a scarf she created using one of these Aran stitches.  Continue reading “Help for the Holiday Cables Throw By Bonnie Barker Guest Blogger/Designer”

Yarn in the Car

It’s time for holiday travels! If you’re lucky enough to be traveling somewhere, and have another pilot, then there’s plenty of yarn time in your future!  I’ve pulled together a list of all the things I travel with in the car when going on a longer holiday trip.  I’ve forgotten most of these at one point or another, and hope this list helps keep you crafting! Continue reading “Yarn in the Car”

After the Thanksgiving meal – the “411” on stains – from the Yarn Guy

After the Thanksgiving meal is over, there is always the inevitable “ton” of leftovers that need to be packed up and put away before the day is complete. Of course, some leftovers go home with you in plastic bowls. Others will travel home with you on foam plates covered with plastic wrap or foil. That being said, the leftovers I want to focus on are those that will travel home with you on your favorite knit or crochet keepsake. Dare I say it, “stains!??

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Avenues for Creativity –

At Red Heart we are all about keeping the creative juices flowing. One of our goals is to help you do the same. We not only give you hundreds of new FREE patterns each year on our site, but we like to share other avenues for inspiration. One place I like to visit is  It doesn’t matter if you knit, crochet or just do crafts, with over 84,000 patterns there is something for everyone.  This site allows you and others to showcase your designs and offer them to others for free or a fee. You will find there are designs from many different countries too. Continue reading “Avenues for Creativity –”