I agree with every one of your reasons for not selling your knitting. Your toys are lovely and too much time went into them to sell for charity. I used to sell at craft shows and special orders and became so frustrated with all the comments about the "high" price and the comparisons to Wal-Mart products And production knitting took all the joy from knitting. So I stopped and now knit only those items that bring me joy and then give the items away to specific people - Annette at the nursing home, Sara who recently lost her mother, R & H who are adopting a baby girl in January. That knitting is so worth it.
I wonder if your friend has something she does - sewing, canning perhaps? Maybe she can sell her stuff for charity. Then she could find out for herself what you are trying to explain.
Continue to find your joy.
I made the switch because of pain in my right shoulder. I watched some YouTube and Craftsy classes to learn the technique and practiced a lot. I would suggest making a blanket with just the Continental knit stitch so you would have an opportunity to learn the stitch. I found it quite awkward at first but prefer Continental to throwing now. It is so much faster and requires less hand movement - easier on my shoulder. I don't recall how long it took to make the change as my knitting is something I pick up and put down again. I have also learned how to purl Continental and found that even more awkward. I do use it for the occasional purl but if I have a pattern that how lots of rows of purl, then I use the Portuguese stitch.
Love that. I have saved the pattern to make one for myself! Thanks for posting.
My knitting became so obsessive I could not think of anything else. My husband said I knitted in my sleep. But I have realized that mine was an addiction and I have had to wean myself and limit the time I knit. A hurting hand / wrist also became a factor. Just beware that you can cause harm to your hand / wrist that could possibly lead to not being able to knit at all. And it would be very sad to give up something that brings you so much joy. Prayers, my sister.
I purchased two dowels that were the same size as the circular needle I was using. I created a point at each end and then knitted for about an inch before moving the stitches to the circular needle. I did this not only because I had many stitches, but I was also knitting brioche. The straight needle kept the stitches in place until the weight and length of the work was enough to keep the stitches from twisting.
Here is the hat I made . . . thanks to you for sharing the video. It was fun and quick knit. I haven't yet made the pompom but plan to do so.
Shades of green bubble hat
I watched the YouTube, downloaded the PDF and have the hat on the needles now! Thank you so much for posting this. I have had some yarn for six years that finally told me what it wanted to be . . . three colors of green . . . I can't wait to see it knit up!
Oh! Great job. I am going to make one of these! Regular worsted weight yarn? Needle size please.
Love the way that worked out. May have to try it myself!