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There is no doubt about it, the knitting craze has needled its way into pop culture and is here to stay. But for those knitters who have ideas that surpass the knitting patterns available to them, a new revolution in knitting is finally on the horizon. With Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting Design (Visual, an imprint of Wiley; January 2007; $ 24.99), today’s creative knitters can break free of pattern dependency. This handy book provides all the tools a person needs to create garments that match his or her personality, shape and style. Now you are free to stretch your imagination as far as the yarn.
Author Sharon Turner (Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting) starts off with the basics — such as checking gauge, using master patterns in multiple gauges, choosing appropriate yarn and calculating yarn yardage. Armed with these basic tools, you will be able to create your own unique designs. With color photos to guide you every step of the way, Turner provides pattern instructions for hats, sweaters, mittens and scarves and then moves on to a variety of ways to customize the garment, from changing yarns and shifting structures to adding creative embellishments. With a special reference that provides stitch patterns, garment sizing charts and pages to sketch designs on, it’s never been so easy to knit outside of the box.
This innovative book is the only tool knitters of all levels need to create something completely unique that matches their tastes. With step-by-step instructions each accompanied by a detailed photo, knitting ideas to life has never been easier. And the best part is you won’t need to wade through complicated text to get there.
Recent studies have concluded that up to 40 percent of all adults may be “visual learners” who learn faster by seeing and imitating, rather than simply reading. Teach Yourself VISUALLY Knitting Design takes readers on a visual journey from mastering basic designs and patterns to adding personal flourishes, to designing your own unique knits. The designs of the future are in your hands.
Knitting Design: Teach Yourself VISUALLY
By Sharon Turner
$ 24.99 U.S. / $ 29.99 CAN
293 pages; paperback
VisualTM an imprint of Wiley
Combining clear, step-by-step screen shots with minimal text, Visual guides are the ultimate resource for visual learners, who represent up to 40 percent of the world’s population. Written by top experts, the Visual guides are perfect for everyone who wants to avoid long-winded explanations and jump right into a new skill or hobby. Visual guides teach a wide range of topics — everything from computer graphics to guitar playing to knitting to dog training to mastering software to practicing yoga. For more information, visit wiley.com. Visual is an imprint of Wiley.
Whistle Away Your Anxiety!
Forgive me if I reminisce a little!
The other day I heard a song that I’d not heard for ages. It took me back a few years, I can tell you!
And while I was mentally reliving years gone by, I realised how relevant this song still is to us all today! Some things just never change!
I’m talking about a song called ‘I Whistle a Happy Tune’, written by the brilliant Rodgers & Hammerstein and sung by the British governess Mrs Anna Leonowens in the hit musical ‘The King And I’. The musical was based on the true experiences of Anna and this song explains how she dealt with her private fears when she found herself in new and strange surroundings.
She taught these techniques to her young son – and now I’m explaining them to you!
This is a song that was copyrighted way back in 1951 but, take a look at the lyrics below and you’ll see that it’s aimed well and truly at all of us anxiety sufferers!
See what you think:
Whenever I feel afraid, I hold my head erect,
And whistle a happy tune so no one will suspect I’m afraid.
While shivering in my shoes, I strike a careless pose
And whistle a happy tune and no one ever knows I’m afraid.
The result of this deception is very strange to tell,
For when I fool the people I fear,
I fool myself as well!
I whistle a happy tune and every single time,
The happiness in the tune convinces me that I’m not afraid.
Make believe you’re brave and the trick will take you far.
You may be as brave as you make believe you are!
©Rodgers & Hammerstein 1951
This could have been written especially for you!!
It sums up exactly what I’m always telling anxiety sufferers:
That if you behave as if you are confident (even if you don’t feel it inside) then you’ll trick your brain into believing you really ARE confident.
That your body language is important to the way you feel and how people treat you. Stand tall (‘hold my head erect’) and be counted!
That if you use distraction techniques (the whistling of a tune or such like) you’ll take your mind off any scary thoughts you may be having.
That people can’t always tell you’re feeling anxious even if you’re convinced they can.
That appearances can be deceptive (striking the ‘careless pose’). Look cool and collected and that’s how people will see you.
That positive happy thoughts (‘the happiness in the tune’) can usually override negative ones and help to reduce your anxiety levels.
That always having a ‘little trick’ in reserve (like whistling a happy tune, for example, even if it’s just silently in your head!) is an excellent stand by to have for those times when you need some extra help.
And we all know what a difference any of the above things can make to help you in anxious situations!
Have a think about how you deal with scary situations. Do you have a ‘happy tune’ you can call upon? If not, maybe you might find it helpful. Who knows, maybe you might find that actually it’s THIS song that stays in your head, ready for when you need it most!
Good luck, and happy whistling!
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