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Purls of Wisdom: A Guide to Knitting: Knitting with a Disability
This guide is for those interested in starting to knit or improve their existing knitting skills.
Knitwear designer and teacher Lee Gant has gathered some of her most touching and inspirational stories about knitting that she has gathered from her years of working with students in the fiber arts community. It's a "Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul" style book about knitting, what's not to love?
This screen-reader friendly pattern for a pair of socks combines dry humor and accessibility to make one comfy and easy-to-knit pair of socks! Knitting patterns are often shared as inaccessibly hard to read PDFs, so it's a pleasure to share this accessible and free pattern from Julie Gardner on Ravelry.
This resource from the Arthritis Foundation shares tips for crafters of all kinds who have arthritis. Did you know that wool yarn is more forgiving for folks with arthritis? Find out why and more here.
Dr. Alan J. Lemley of Syracuse Orthopedics Specialists' Hand and Wrist Center wrote this short article about how knitting (and other needlework) can be considered an exercise for hands stiff with arthritis or other joint pain.
Whether or not you suffer from joint paint while knitting, hand stretches can help keep your hands feeling good so you can keep enjoying your favorite fiber craft. Watch this video from Love Knitting and see if these keep you knitting for longer or more comfortably.
This lovely resource comes to us from two self described "blind yarnies" who run a blog together. FingeringYarn is by and for visually impaired knitters, and the blog authors Ana and Crystal are always looking for patterns that are "clear to the ear and don't rely on pictures to make sense." You can expect to find written charts, submissions from other visually impaired knitters, product reviews, and musings on whatever subject strikes the fancy of these two spectacular "yarnies."
The Knitting Needle Guide offers a review list of the best ergonomic knitting needles for knitters with joint pain. If you know what you're looking for (wooden needles, square needles, triangular needles) but don't know what brands to trust, check out this well-reviewed resource!
Are you a low vision knitter looking for reviews of knitting products by somebody who understands? Crystal and Ana from FingeringYarn have published reviews on their blog about easy read row counter bracelets, the Ravelry iPhone app, and more. Crystal's latest review even has tips on how to order supplies via screenreader.
Available in large print from the Boston Public Library, "Knitting for Dummies" is a classic reference source for knitters everywhere. Learn how to do everything from a simple cast on, to increases and decreases, to cables in this accessible copy.
Audiobooks on Knitting Available through the Boston Public Library
In this audiobook of 22 short essays, famous author and knitter Clara Parkes reflects on the role of knitting in her life. She considers her childhood, relationships, and her love of the craft and contemplates some big questions about why knitters are driven to create the way that they do.
Best-selling author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, self proclaimed "Yarn Harlot," shares her observations on the world of knitting with this four hour audiobook available through the Boston Public Library. In this latest book, McPhee acts as a tour guide to the world of knitting, and her tongue-in-cheek sense of humor will keep you entertained as she tells you all about knitting culture and customs.
At Knits End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
Another book of musings by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, "At Knit's End" offers comforting thoughts for those knitters who worry that knitting has taken over their lives. If you enjoy stream-of-consciousness listening while you work on your latest project (or commute, or lay around in bed) consider this audiobook.
In this audiobook of essays, author Alanna Okun reflects on knitting as creation, appreciation of life, and the respect of tradition. It's not all so serious — Okun's sense of humor is apparent as she explores topics such as the commonly quoted "curse of the boyfriend sweater" and the struggles of crafting in the digital age.