Get to know the best needle-free crafting expirience ever

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Just back from a City Tour to Leipzig, our bathroom full of stinky clothes which are soaked in museum sweat I notice we have a competition running: writing about freeneedling. Perfect opportunity for me to scream in capital letters „NOOOOOOO“ because I love this idea and had no time to grab hook or needle and experience the leisurely luxury of freeneedling (and I planned to write about Leipzig :-D). But this will not stop me to participate and to come forward with a perfect example of my personal laziness ability to relax. Here it comes my needle-free freeneedling alternative: Browsing patterns :-DDD

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Do you also experienced these moments when you crave crafting so much that you are nearly unable to decide what you want to start first? Where you run like a nervous chicken from yarn stash to sewing machine to the box of unfinished project back to the yarn stash? This is a moment which calls in my eyes for the needle-free freeneedling.

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For this lovely and time eating hobby you can use your phone or computer or grab all the crafting books you possess and immerse yourself in the world of wonderful stitch patterns, garment patterns or stories about fabric and so on. Although I really love to browse digitally on Ravelry or on Instagram and Pinterest, for me holding a real book in my hands is unbeatable. Buying books – I must shamefully commit – is a real vice of mine. Our home is cramped full of books and although we both (my husband and I) several times a year swear to stop buying books, it never happens. Since I read all books with mainly consist of letters on my e-reader I only buy books which have a lot of photos like cookbooks, books about art and most important about sewing, knitting and crochet.

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Full turn back to the beginning where I told you I would have loved to write about Leipzig… I may have bought two more crafting books there. 😱😂 And my needle-free freeneedling session was last weekend after the washing was done. The two new books I took home are a sewing book Romantische Kleider selber nähen (sewing romantic dresses yourself) and a knitting book – Cocoknits – the latter I wanted to buy for at least two years now.
So, I sat down with a hot drink and started to read about the Cocoknits method. And read a bit more and then the real experience started. I got excited about several designs in the book, a v-neck sweater, a V-neck cardigan, and a cardigan with pointed fronts.

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I directly run to my box of yarn scraps and envisioned a thick sweater made with irregular stripes either like this one from Laerke Bagger or more conventional stripes like this one. My brain worked in overdrive and I already calculated how much yarn I need for the thick striped sweater only to then ponder that I seldom wear handmade sweaters as I am afraid to wash them often (and I mostly wear a sweater one or two times and then wash it… to explain this, I walk a lot and so I sweat, sigh). Ok, the cardigan it will be. I fetched the book again and printed out the worksheet for the cardigan where all increases and stitch counts are spelled out and again dreamed about the yarn I would use. Only again – while I let my mind indulge in virtual cardigans – a change of direction happened. I reminded myself of the multiple unfinished knitting projects I have in my box of shame and so I picked up the new sewing book as I found it much more reasonable to sew a dress than to start a new cardigan (yeah, I know… I have exactly as much handmade dresses as handknit sweaters :-DDD). And ohhhh so many lovely patterns in there and the process of loving everything, wanting to sew all at once, searching for fabric etc started again.

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But this time it led to a real project and so we leave the carefree and relaxing area of needle-free freeneedling. <3

But honestly, for me browsing through books or online patterns is at least as much fun as starting something new. I love to look at all the wonderful projects accomplished designers invented, to admire intricate stitch patterns in crochet or knitting and to start hundreds of virtual projects myself. And I love to talk about all these possibilities which is one of the reasons I am so glad we have the #needleworkmonday community (and the live meeting we had on discord chat was sooooooo nice, I would love to see all of you there).

Addendum: you cannot buy the sewing book from Sabine Lorenz anymore as there are several mistakes in the pattern print out. The publisher is preparing a new and corrected edition (and hopefully they will send me the new pattern sheets).


Thank you @crosheille for initiating and @marblely for hosting the #needleworkmonday and the community builder team @lauramica, @romeskie and @kattycrochet I am so glad to be part of. If you want to see more beautiful projects with yarn, fabric, and most of all needles, follow @needleworkmonday. Or even better grab your needles and keyboard and join the #needleworkmonday community.

Ohhh, if you don't have a hive account and want to comment then visit my Wordpressblog Bliss and Blisters and write me there.

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Manually curated by EwkaW from the @qurator Team. Keep up the good work!

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Oh wow!!!! Thank you so much for your support and your work <3<3<3

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You're very welcome :)
Have a great day!

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Thank youuuuu and believe me, your support made my day a lot better (I had again an appointment at the dental clinic 😱, but all went well)

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Haha not that great of a day then :p
At least it's all good now :) (Don't tell your dentist.. 🍪🍪)

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Whoa, I envy you have the books you wanna read especially on needlework subject. You just choose you want to copy. I did that before just on 2ndhand bookstore. Now, more on Pinterest and FB postings.I love your freeneedling time.

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I also buy most craft book secondhand, I have a lot which are bought from libraries (that’s the reason some of these books have stickers on them :-DDD) But this vacation I indulged and bought both books new and fresh. But you are right I am very privileged to have this many books, but honestly I think reading is my most favorite hobby… I really read a lot.
Do you have favorite craft books (or sites on the internet) I would love to explore them <3

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Hi @neumannsalva,

I consider that browsing through magazines, books and web pages related, in my case, with fabrics is a way of knitting, since I imagine, everything I can create, it really is an absolute experience of relaxation. Besides, it generates ideas, which I use at the most unexpected moment without even thinking about it. I understand perfectly why it can be a moment of relaxation for you.

I didn't know Cocoknist, I will be looking into it, the cardigans look beautiful, I understand why you want to run to knit them.

On the other hand, the patterns of the dresses are really romantic.

Thanks for sharing, I always enjoy your contents.

Regards

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Oh yes, you are so right magazines are so lovely for crafting 😍😍 (but I buy them very seldom as they are quite expensive here, not much cheaper than a whole book, so I prefer to buy a book :-DDD) And also yes to all about inspiration. The books or websites are a kind of starting point and from there on our imagination can run free and we perhaps make something completely different than we at first saw in a book. But nevertheless it was the starting point for the thinking process.
And with Cocoknits, beware its only knitting no crochet. I am not sure if you also like to knit? Julie Weisenberger the woman behind Cocoknits has invented a new method to knit top down sweater and cardigan which do not look like raglan but like set-in sweaters. She has very euphoric reviewers … I am looking forward to understanding her method. (But first a romantic dress :-DDD)
Do you have favorite craft books/websites you could recommend?

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I understand you: I also really love books and have bought a lot of them. it's great to have a good library at home

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Yes books are amazing. I also love old libraries and bookshops <3 <3

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I missed the live meeting! 😭 I think that happened either during the time I was terribly ill or during the time when I got well, but was buried deep in the piled up deliverables in our homeschool and chores that needed to be done at home.

I also love collecting books. I'm not contented with e-books. Having a home with a library has been one of my lifelong dreams. Right now, I have a mini library in our apartment. My books and my kiddo's books are all cramped up in that little space. But that did not stop me from buying books on the recent Big Bad Wolf online sale. Haha!

I am slowly working on my box of shame. I made a little checklist of my WIPs and whenever I have the time, and the energy, and the will to continue a project, I get on with it.

This was such a refreshing needle free freeneedling. Great play on words! Well played! Haha

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Yes, so sorry you were ill and could not participate, but hopefully we will do this many times more and there will be more opportunities to get to know each other (and good that you are feeling better!!!).
ANd a double yes to the library dream - sigh - I always imagined one of these historical English manors with a huge library over two levels... so far no unknown billionaire relative came along to buy this house for us :-DDDDD And with the e-reader: I got mine from a good friend who never used the reader (it was a gift from her long time fiancé and I think she did not want to use it after they broke up) But for me it is heaven, I loooooove to use it as it even has a bit of light for secret nightly reading (when my husband wants to sleep :-D)
Big bad Wolf? I never heard of this shop but already googled and it looks amazing: bookshops are the best.

ANd cudos to you for being prolific with your box of shame. I am a bit lazy right now as I got a cold (from the dental clinic I think) and am cranky 😌

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You collect pattern books, it's great!!! plus you have a lot of material to work with... sometimes we have so many ideas in our heads that we don't know where to start. But you always make ingenious and beautiful things!

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Absolutely: too many ideas and possibilities:-DDDD And so nice I could make you smile.

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Yes, i would like many books like yours jajaja but to do amigurumis!!

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I love how you did your needle-free freeneedling alternative post! 😊

It relaxed me to read about you relaxing to all of those exciting and fun relaxing books 😄. I adore your cover photo!

Do you also experienced these moments when you crave crafting so much that you are nearly unable to decide what you want to start first?

My excuse reason for not crafting as much lately. 🤯

Your post is making me want to read more. I admit I mostly browse through the websites but I get what you mean about feeling and seeing the pages. I used to love looking through pattern books at the fabric store while my mom shopped around. 😍

This was an enjoyable entry, thank you for participating ~

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Uhhhh thank you for the compliment about the photo. I am sure you would laugh very hard if you could see how I make the photos. This photo I improvised again with a shoe as a tripod. And because the laundry (we have no cellar or washing room or so) was blocking our living room, the shoe had to precariously balance on the the wires of the drying rack :-DDDDDD
ANd the overflow of ideas can sometimes stop me too. There seems to be an universe of crafting possibilities and all ideas are crying at once: make me! I hope you will find time soon to let some ideas take roots and turn into projects <3 <3

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Oh wow that’s so hilarious and cool to know. I always assumed your husband was behind the camera :D

Yes so true! They do seem to cry out all at once. Thanks, I really hope so too ~

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I see your bookshelf of books and fabric and raise you this corner of my living room:

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There are actually more books than that but a bunch of them are packed now as I am going to switch apartments soon! LOL

So yeah I get that. I do. 😂

(this is Phoenix on my Fae account)

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Yes books which are cramped into every corner, I think we both may be addicted to letters :-DDDD But if you are moving soon I hope you have help with the the carrying, books are heavy beast (in my memory). Our last move was kind of funny and horrendous at once. We move only diagonally over the street and so thought it a good idea to carry everything from door to door. SO STUPID We noticed that it is much easier to transport a washing machine in a car than trying to carry it over a highly frequented main road... same goes for a lot of books. But the worst were the mattresses:-DDDD Afterwards we laughed, but during the process we swore to get rich so that someone else is going to carry everything.

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I am switching apartments but staying in the same building. So yeah I'm gonna grab one of the shopping carts that we have in the building that people use to carry heavy things like their shopping and hopefully that works for most of it. XD Wish me luck!

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I am thinking of you and hope the move goes effortless <3 Does the building has an elevator?

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Yes, thankfully! Or else I'd really be riding the struggle bus. 😂

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I think I'm new to knitting because I have a knitting book, the good thing is that it comes with everything from baby booties to amigurumis.

When I went to buy learning material to enter the world of amigurumis I only found magazines for knitting folders (decorative objects), blouses, jumpers, dresses, etc. and that didn't catch my attention.
Now I am interested in learning the different stitches but I prefer to wait a while because there is no more space in my room, jaja. Good vibes!

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Some books are really good and cover a lot of topics, like the one you started with. Here you can also find a lot more books on accessories, less on garments and even less on amigurumi. I think most people buy them online here.. And yes, I think we all need a rich patron who buys us houses with enough space for crafting :-DDD

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Ah, I had to buy CocoKnits immediately, I love the same patterns as you - also a very lacy top!
The UK supplier is in Bath - a town you would love for its combination of architecture, fashion, art and crafts (and nice teashops). I have been planning a visit there because one of my favourite publishers and books shop, Persephone Books, has moved there from London, now that I've found out about this yarn shop I have put a definite date in my diary!
Have you seen all the amazing accessories that CocoKnits have? I love the maker's board, so sensible!

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