11 Reasons Why Everyone Should Knit

11 Reasons Why Everyone Should Knit

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When people think of knitting they stereotype it and just think it's an activity for old women and that is far from being true. People of every age can learn this helpful skill. When I was in high school many of my classmates turned to knitting. Even going into college I see people walking around with their knitting needles and yarn. Personally I think everyone should learn how to knit or crochet, this is why:


  1. It's relaxing

    After as long day it's nice to unwind and spend your time creating. Are you at knitting or crocheting the more my mom because your hands go through the motions, then when you look down…you end up with a creation all its own.

    2. It's rewarding:

    I taught myself how to knit and crochet all by watching YouTube videos. I was always so proud of myself after finishing each stitch, each row, each project. It's like taking an adventure because everything you make is unique.

    3. It's a good task for people who have anxiety or depression:

    For people with anxiety it is a nice way to calm down and relax. Knitting or crocheting is something you can control which is able to put your mind at ease. For people with depression it is a good way to feel some self worth and you can see the progress you make through every stitch.

    4. Good for the brain:

    No matter what you make you are always learning which keeps your brain extremely sharp. Even though as you get better you don't need to look at your work or you feel like you aren't thinking about it, you are. You are subconsciously telling your hands to go through the motions.

    5. You can do it anywhere: no matter where I go I always have a ball of yarn. With that ball of yarn I can stick a crochet hook or set of knitting needles in my bag. I also taught myself to finger knit one day when I didn't have any knitting needle. It is a good thing to bring with you when you might have to do a lot of waiting.

    6. The endless possibilities:

    No matter what pattern you choose or yarn you have each and every one of your creations has your own flare to it. Anything you can think of or Pinterest can be made in your own variation right at your fingertips.

    7. It's a conversation starter:

    I like to knit when I'm out and about, for some reason I am the most inspired when I see other people creating. I always stop and ask what they are making or where they buy their yarn. I would compare it to being in a club, where you meet someone who is also in that club and you have this unspoken bond.

    8. It's always original:

    No one will ever have the same headband you knitted or blanket you crocheted. Nor will you have to worry about wearing the same sweater or scarf as someone else. It's just like having your own brand because no one will make something just like you did.

    9. Anyone can do it: I'm not going to sit here and tell you it's easy and that it doesn't need practice but once you get the hang of it you will reap the rewards. It is as easy as going on youtube and watching someone how to do it. Like anything you can be as basic or as advanced as you choose.

    10. You are never bored: If I am ever bored and I am looking for a quick project knitting is my go to. I could never be bored because I have something to work on. Then about 30 mins later I have made about 3 baby hats, 2 headbands, or a scarf.

    11. It's fun:

    Having a sense of accomplishment or the reward of finishing something fully is overall fun. Even though you dropped a stitch here or your edges are not completely straight, it gives you something to do that is there only when you want to do it.

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    What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

    Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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    Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

    When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

    When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

    For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

    To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

    Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

    Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

    Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

    Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

    Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

    If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

    Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

    Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

    If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

    Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

    Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

    Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

    What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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    Things To Do When You're So Bored All You Want To Do Is Cry

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    1. Clean

    Not super fun, but will keep you busy.

    2. Netflix

    Find a new show to binge watch. Watched them all? Rewatch something you haven't seen in a while!

    3. Shopping

    Retail therapy can always keep you busy.

    4. Make a home cooked meal

    Spend some time in the kitchen and make something yummy! Even invite some friends.

    5. Visit friends/ family

    Pop in on some people you care about that you haven't seen in a while!

    6. Write

    Writing is something we all do and is a great way to express ourselves!

    7. Exercise

    Hit the gym or go for walk, do something to keep you nice and fit.

    8. Volunteer

    Go to an animal shelter, food bank, museums, or anywhere in your area that needs help.

    9. Look for a job

    If you're bored, maybe getting a part time job will keep you a little occupied. Plus it's extra money in your pocket.

    10. Draw/ do something artsy

    Even if you think you're a bad artist, drawing is something fun to do! You'll get better in time.

    11. Join an Odyssey Team!

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