With all of the economic turmoil that is taking place all around us, it can be a little scary for those that have a job. It seems that it is hard for companies not to feel the pressure of making fewer sales due to decreased consumer spending. What seemed to be an issue only in the financial sector has definitely snowballed into many other industries. This has led to companies in many of those industries feeling the dire effects of slowed consumer spending. This means that many of our jobs could be in jeopardy and we need to be prepared. We must keep ourselves afloat financially in the event that we get that dreadful tap on the shoulder or meeting from the human resources department letting us know that we will be losing our job.

Maybe you’re looking for something to keep you occupied. Knitting is good exercise for the hands and brain, and will keep you active and focussed even if you can’t do other forms of activity or exercise.

Not Goth — how about alternative knitting? There are books galore that take you beyond basic Order knitting. Knitting with Wire, Knitting Over the Edge, Knitting Mochimochi, and Pretty in Punk are just a few over the edge books to get you started.

Spiritual practice. Rely on your spirituality daily. Have none? Explore developing your own. Here are possibilities: praying, listening to nature, practicing yoga, belonging to a 12-step group, participating in worship knitting services, meditating on sacred writing, or keeping a journal.

Today, everything can be accessed on the internet and it is considered an essential medium for communication as well as being a great place for financial opportunity. It is easy to find creative ways to make money and earn some extra income doing what you love to do. A quick web search is all that you need to start exploring several avenues for success.

Hand knitters who try machine knitting for the first time often have problems acquiring the new skill set. For instance, casting on stitches to a machine is an entirely different process. On the Addi Express Machine, you weave your stitches over and under alternating pegs on your machine. Once you cast on, it’s just a matter of setting the device to knitting flat or in the round (flat or tubular pieces) and turning a handle to crank. Most knitting machines create pieces in stockinette stitch (knitting on one side, purling on the other on a flat piece).

A sock knitting machine looks complicated at first, and takes perseverance and patience to master. But once you’re on a roll, you can create countless design combinations in various colors and sizes.