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  1. Louise Calabrese
    Nov 10 - 2:08 pm

    Jamie’s 6 minutes brought me to such a beautiful place and gave me such a wonderful relaxed feeling. It was hard to leave that place. Liat… how can I thank you for sharing Her with us. Thank you again for caring to help us make the most of our knitting time, our knitting projects. SUPER FANTASTIC !!!!! I’m so glad I found your link. It’s been such a change of life for me. I love sharing you with all my friends knowing they are going to benefit like I am.
    Keep up being who you are, and bringing the best of who you are to us. Actually, I’ll take not only the best of you… I’M JUST ENTHRALLED IN ALL OF YOU. ;) :) I’m keeping Jamie’s link in your folder too, so I’ll be able to reach her when I want. I know you are going to get tons of happy emails. CIAO BELLA MIA….

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 2:36 pm

      Louise, I’m overjoyed you loved the relaxing audio, and I feel so loved by your sweet comment! Thank you my dear, for being such a loyal and appreciative student! {{hugs!}}

  2. Joy Borthwick
    Nov 10 - 2:26 pm

    I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist myself and I help a large number of people however I never thought to use it to help people overcome blocks to knitting. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for posting this and I hope Jamie’s business booms!

    Joy Borthwick C.H. H.C. CHt

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:57 am

      Thank you Joy – your words reassure me that this was not a crazy idea! I’m so glad you commented.

  3. Sheree
    Nov 10 - 2:39 pm

    Thank you! I needed this. I keep wanting to try cables and just can’t get myself out of my comfort zone.

  4. Stephanie A.
    Nov 10 - 2:54 pm

    I’m afraid to try a sweater! I’m going to listen to Jamie’s audio and see what it does for me. I’ll let you know. :) Thanks for sharing!

  5. Pam Dunn
    Nov 10 - 3:06 pm

    Thank you so much! I plan to continue listening to this every night.

  6. Diana Reid
    Nov 10 - 3:23 pm

    I work with a clinical hypnotherapist. She has excellent results with her patients. I will try this. Hopefully it will help with me knitting continental … I knit English but after a while my shoulders and hands start hurting. I have difficulties knitting the continental way. Wish me luck.

  7. PK
    Nov 10 - 3:35 pm

    What a lovely thing to do for your knitting students! I have referred patients to a clinical hypnotherapist and do believe this is a great resource for help.

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:52 am

      Thanks! I wasn’t sure if people were going to think it was kooky, but I thought it was worth it just to see if I could help even one person. Thanks for your encouragement!

  8. Mercedes
    Nov 10 - 3:53 pm

    I admire lace shawls so much, but I’m afraid to tackle one. I also have an unnatural craving for Lifesaver Wint O Green mints!! Like a 1/2 bag a day habit. Anyway, thanks for sharing, I never even thought that a hypnotist may be able to help!!

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:50 am

      Haha that is a lot of mints! I KNOW Jamie will be able to help you, and you’ll have a great time doing the visualization work with her.

      What I love about her is that she helps you change whatever you want to work on, even if you think it might seem silly, like picking your skin or eating a half bag of mints a day! It doesn’t have to be something like quitting smoking. She takes each problem seriously and is amazing at helping you just obliterate those old habits. I hope you give her a call!

  9. joyce robinson
    Nov 10 - 4:18 pm

    i enjoyed that it has relaxed me so much i will listen to it every night before bed thanks says J.R

  10. Tamara
    Nov 10 - 4:40 pm

    I’ve already listened to just the beginning and my husband came walking through the living room. He started laughing and I shared with him the other areas in which Jamie has helped people and suggested that maybe she could help him with his sleeping issue. You know how men are about asking for help, we’ll see!

    Thanks for being open about your situations, Liat. I appreciate women, (and men) that are not afraid to share their challenges in life, because we know we all have them, it just depends on how willing we are to be vulnerable.

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:48 am

      Haha yes, I know. I hope he becomes open to the idea, especially if it helps you with your knitting and you share that with him! I know how hard it is for men especially to ask for help, but they deserve it as much as anyone. Let us know how this story pans out!

  11. Kathy
    Nov 10 - 4:40 pm

    Thank you so much. I have always been terrified of color work. I will be conquering that fear with the help of Jamie (and you for providing the information).

  12. billi cummings
    Nov 10 - 4:53 pm

    Thanks Liat! I’m going to give this a try!

  13. jacki
    Nov 10 - 4:55 pm

    I soo need the adio for waking up. I too work ay 9:00 am and find it soo hard to wake up i am usually late :-( i wish i had that audio clip you mentioned liat

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:44 am

      Hi Jacki,

      I’ll email it to you if you want! And because a few people requested it, I’ve added it to the post as well.

  14. Nancy Clark
    Nov 10 - 5:26 pm

    Thank you so very much!

  15. YarnyDragonfly
    Nov 10 - 5:44 pm

    I’m getting ready to start on my first sweater, so this is perfect timing! I know I will listen to it many times throughout the process. Thanks!

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:43 am

      Yes!! I’m so glad this came at the perfect time! I hope you have a relaxing and empowering time as you knit and do the guided visualization.

  16. Tina
    Nov 10 - 5:44 pm

    You’re the BEST, Liat! Thank you for yet another way to become a Knitting SuperStar!

  17. Marianne
    Nov 10 - 6:26 pm

    I am going to download this and will faithfully use it. I am also one that has lots of projects that I’d love to do but lack the confidence to even start. I have knitted a teddy bear, sent a picture to the designer and she was blown away. I have a lot of request from friends and family to make them once.. have been given many books of toys and various other patterns that friends would love to see me make. I am sincerely afraid that nothing I can make is going to be as good as that bear. I know this is silly, that I should get over it, but I look and even start projects. I just can’t finish anything!! I am so hoping that this will help. Oh I’d love to know how much she charges, I’m on a fixed income but would love to see if she could help with a few other issues.

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:42 am

      Yes!! This is exactly why we made this audio. I know she can help you! And her prices are incredibly reasonable. I think the phone consultation bit is free, so you can ask her first if she thinks she can help you. Your story about the knitted bear reminds me of Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird. She had so much success with her first book that she never wrote anything again – no doubt because of the fear of not being as good as everyone thought she was. I really would love to know if this audio helps you!

  18. Susanne Demaree
    Nov 10 - 6:28 pm

    Liat, I’ve told you this before, I learned of you early in your online career, and am so proud of you and how far you’ve come in such a short time. Offering an audio of this type says a lot of nice things about you. I haven’t listened to it yet, but will later tonight. Hopefully it will help me be more creative, as I am always afraid of changing the pattern directions. ie needle size, yarn, etc. I am very creative in my work life and get paid well for it, but I want to feel free to be me when I knit!

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:40 am

      Yes, you do deserve to feel free and creative when you knit – not only at work! I also sometimes have a creativity imbalance between my work and personal life – thank God for my little nephews who love to knit and always want to do it with me. That helps me bring my love for knitting and helping people into my personal life, and not just on the computer! I really hope you listen to the audio and enjoy it.

  19. Juice
    Nov 10 - 8:06 pm

    What a sweetie to think of us as some of us stumble along on our journey deeper and deeper into the knitting forest.
    Thank you again and again….Juice

  20. Nicky
    Nov 10 - 8:48 pm

    Sweaters and socks!!! Thanks for sharing; I really appreciate it!

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:38 am

      You’re welcome, Nicky! I’m excited you are going to give it a try!

  21. Lois
    Nov 10 - 10:06 pm

    I have just downloaded it, so I haven’t listened to it yet, but it sounds as if it would help with al lot of different problems one would have. Thank you so much for thinking of all of us. I’ll try to report back on the results.

  22. leslieileen
    Nov 11 - 6:15 am

    I used guided imagery for years and it helped me a lot. Although it’s been 5 or 6 years whenever I feel stressed and need to relax I just listen in my head to the first few bars of the background music of my tapes and can feel my body loosen up and a smile come to my face. This post has inspired me to transfer the tape (yes, actual cassette tape!) to an i-player so I can listen again to the whole thing at the bad times. And yes, I’m downloading this too — sometimes I’ve just overwhelmed by the 4 or more projects going on in dribs and drabs and depressing me. Thanks for thinking of us and to Jamie for providing it to us.

  23. Patricia McMullen
    Nov 11 - 6:33 am

    I downloaded the audio file to my iPhone. I plan to listen to it in the early morning for a few days and see how it effects me. I have had a lot of experience with guided imagery as a musical performer – it can really work, but have never tried it with my personal life.

  24. jandblogger
    Nov 11 - 9:37 am

    I’ve got lot’s of things to use this for…thanks for sharing your knowledge again. As far as knitting goes, I have fear of blocking and sewing pieces together…thus several unfinished knitted sweaters. That’s the first use for me.

  25. Jenyfer
    Nov 11 - 12:54 pm

    What a wonderful gift you gave us!! It was so relaxing and comforting! I downloaded it and will be using it over and over!! It’s wonderful!!!!!

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:33 am

      Hooray! I’m so thrilled that you liked this! Jamie is just the BEST. Happy visualizing!

  26. Cherie
    Nov 11 - 5:18 pm

    As Mr. Rogers used to say, “Would you be mine, could you be mine, won’t you be my neighbor?” I would kill to have you living near me, not only for your amazing knowledge, but for your generosity and thoughtfulness and great sense of humor. I have never finished a project that did not end in a rectangle, though I have knit pieces to umpteen different sweaters, even in lace, only to pull them out, because I’m afraid to seam them, and my tension never looks “perfect.” (Yes, I supposed blocking would help, but I have yet to try that.) I cannot wait to try this out! And if you ever feel inclined to share the “get your tail out of bed” audio, I, for one, would be thrilled! :)

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:28 am

      Cherie, you are too funny! You are SO ready to knit more than a rectangle, even if you have to go bit by bit. I hope you try the audio while thinking of your fears of seaming! It’s a fear that a lot of knitters share. Also, I have lots of videos on seaming! I know you can do it.

      As far as my “get-out-of-bed” audio goes, it’s kind of specific to me and my routine… but I’ll email it to you if you want to try it out!

  27. Denise
    Nov 11 - 5:22 pm

    What a lovely idea and you are so generous to share with us. I will try it soon – I use knitting as a kind of meditation anyway so using this audio to relax even more will be awesome. I have a couple of different knitting problems that need to be addressed, not to mention other personal issues. Thank you Liat!

  28. Bonnie
    Nov 12 - 6:39 am

    I downloaded the audio and want to thank you for sharing something that worked for you. This has prompted me to think about what I could ask Jamie’s help on outside of knitting, too. It was really helpful to see that it doesn’t help with exercise…but I could use it for my writing. Thank you for your generosity – and Jamie’s – in sharing this.

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:24 am

      Hooray! Bonnie I’m so glad you’ve decided to give her a try! I hope it makes a huge difference in your life.

  29. Bobbi
    Nov 12 - 8:51 am

    Thank you so much, Liat! You are so amazing. My knitting hero and friend. I am wanting to make a sweater…..have the yarn, pattern, needles, notions…..Now I believe I can come up with the relaxation and fearlessness to begin. And of course I always know I have your special videos and instruction to help me through too! Thanks to Jamie too!

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:14 am

      Yay! I really hope you love it! You totally deserve to feel relaxed and fearless.

  30. Jillian_R
    Nov 12 - 10:06 am

    Liat, You are amazing. I would never have considered this as a way to conquer my knitting fears. I have many socks and shawls I bought supplies and patterns for, and they sit in my boxes languishing away. Thank you for the great idea and I hope to try this tonight. Thank you!!

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:11 am

      Hooray! Thanks for being open to this idea. I knew it was definitely out-of-the-box thinking, but I had a feeling my dear readers would see it for the exciting possibility that it is. Good luck and happy knitting! Hugs.

  31. Tasksmith
    Nov 12 - 10:25 am

    You’re the awesomest, Liat! :-) Thanks for being an out of the box thinker. You rock!

  32. Diane Stearns
    Nov 12 - 12:40 pm

    The very day I found your blog I felt like I had struck gold and I ordered your e-book, How to be a Knitting Superstar. As I read the first several emails from you, Liat, it came to me that the Buddha was in your knitting and I emailed you to share that with you. I was pleasantly surprised to receive such a loving response from you. Life happened and I was not able to open any of your emails for almost 3 months, until today. I am sitting here in a pool of such grateful and happy tears able to tell you that you have just given me a precious gift, the gift of help with some issues for which I have felt so burdened. Just minutes before I sat down to check my emails, I was pleading for someone to appear in my life who could help me. And You appeared! And with just the perfect answer. I will be contacting Jamie as soon as I send this reply to you. Knitting – who would have guessed it would be so life-changing! Thank you, Liat.

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:09 am

      Diane, your comment moved me so much. I am so grateful that you reached out and shared this with me – I had no idea I was able to help you at such a tough time. I’m so glad you opened the email – I KNOW Jamie can help you. I love you!

  33. I'd rather not say who I am
    Nov 12 - 5:31 pm

    OMG – I have that exact same problem! With me, I pick at my lip until it bleeds. I have occasionally wondered if hypnotherapy would help, but haven’t had the … nerve?… to actually ask anyone. Now I know it can help, I’ll definitely give it a try! It’s time to end this 50-year habit!

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:04 am

      Yeah!! I’m so glad I posted this, then! I am positive that Jamie can help you. Hugs!

    • Anonymous
      Nov 28 - 8:53 pm

      I really encourage you to make an appointment with Jamie. I also picked my lips – for over twenty years. When I read Liat’s post, I had renewed hope. I had a wonderful phone consultation with Jamie, and she created a personalized audio file for me. This has been the most amazing, healing, incredible experience. Jamie made it possible for me to heal my lips! I am so grateful to Jamie, and of course, to Liat, for her courage and generosity in sharing her personal story (and very appreciative for the wonderful knitting audio file gift from Jamie and Liat too). Thank you so very, very much Liat. Please do not hesitate to contact Jamie for this or another change you want to make in your life.

  34. Selena
    Nov 13 - 8:22 am

    Thank you Liat, for sharing your story and to Jamie for providing a session to help us with knitting fears. I am a firm believer in hypnosis, as it helped me to stop smoking. I listened to the audio and already my outlook is better! I will continue to listen and reinforce the concept if you change your mind, you change your life!

    • Liat Gat
      Nov 13 - 9:03 am

      You’re so welcome, Selena! How wonderful that hypnosis helped you quit smoking. Hearing people’s success stories continues to amaze me.

  35. janel
    Nov 13 - 9:33 am

    Thank you! Your post was just what I needed “today”. I have downloaded it and look “forward” to making some changes that I know that are stumbling blocks for me. A sincere thank you!

  36. sallybode
    Nov 13 - 11:37 am

    I think people fear change because they don’t want to learn something new (fear of failure) and as human beings, we all have our lazy side (fear of work). But there is another fear which is positive, the fear of wasting one’s life and not experiencing wonderful things because of being afraid to try new things. Not all fears are phobias (negative fears) the last “fear” really is more a wise apprehension. It is the “ah-ha” moment. In our culture, we are programmed in many ways and this programming means we don’t have to think, solve our own problems. In knitting, if you are to succeed and finish project, you must become a problem solver. When I can’t solve a problem, it is usually because I am tired. Pushing past the tiredness is not wise, patience to know when to take a breather, is hard for me. I handle my problems with prayer.

  37. Bonnie White
    Nov 13 - 7:42 pm

    Really interesting. I would like very much to meet with Jamie a face to fence.

  38. Bonnie
    Nov 13 - 7:44 pm

    That Ian face to face.

  39. Naomi Ayala
    Nov 13 - 8:25 pm

    Thank you, Liat, for such a wonderful post; it was humbling to read. And thanks for being so open and for modeling vulnerability. I reached out to Jamie and scheduled an appointment. What an absolutely wonderful experience. Thank you, thank you. If it handn’t been for your post, I would’ve likely never heard about her. I encourage interested readers to reach out to Jamie. You will not be disappointed.

  40. Darlene
    Nov 14 - 11:46 am

    Liat, I really appreciated your sharing your problem with us. It was very courageous of you! And thank you for the gift of the knitting audio. What a wonderful gift it is and you are!

  41. Stacy
    Nov 16 - 9:00 am

    Liat – Thank you for sharing the fears and struggles you have dealt with. This is such an AMAZING thing to do for your readers. I am going to listen to this audio to see what it’s like. I’ve always been curious about hypnotism, especially because my doctor mentioned that it could help with my chronic pain.
    Your dedication to providing such incredible value to your people is inspiring. Keep it up. <3

  42. billi cummings
    Nov 18 - 10:59 am

    Well Liat, once again your help and insite has helped me! I listened to the recording for about 3 nights in a row. I needed to undo the bind off on a pair of socks I just finished but didn’t have the confidence to do it. After listening to the recordings I just gave it a try and voila, success. I kept telling myself that it would be too difficult for me and I would mess up the new bind off I just learned. I calmly tinked the bind off out and redid it LOOSELY and it turned out great! Thanks for the audio. You are an angel! P.s. I’m thinking about contacting her for some help in other areas of my life too!

  43. Robyn
    Nov 18 - 3:17 pm

    I have used hypnotherapy for helping to relax and fall asleep when the weight of the world seemed to keep me lying awake for hours at night. I found it very helpful and have recommended it to others. Someone asked me once how long the audio file was, and I had to laugh, I had never, ever heard the end. I was usually asleep peacefully by the time it got to relaxing the shoulders and arms…I will definitely listen to the one for knitting. I am afraid the wake up one is too late for me… I have to be up by 5:40AM to be at work by 7AM. Thanks for all you do!!

  44. eleventhhourproductions
    Nov 20 - 5:37 pm

    I swear this worked more on the anxiety attacks I had been having for the past few hours than any anxiety about knitting (I’m not a very anxious knitter). I can’t thank you enough for sharing this. I feel relaxed and calm and I am breathing now. I know I can select a Christmas sweater to knit for my daughter without getting stressed. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!

  45. Dana
    Jan 05 - 7:42 am

    Funny story. Several years ago I went to a comedy hypnotist show and the hypnotist made two girls forget the number 7, so that they thought they had 11 fingers. The next day I was teaching Sunday school about the 12 apostles, and writing their names down on the board. For some reason, I couldn’t figure out why I was short one apostle, until the kids yelled, “You forgot 7!”

  46. Gi
    Jan 21 - 10:05 pm

    Great post, Liat! I haven’t been around Knitfreedom (or any other Web site) for a while since I had a baby and was/am pretty busy, you really amazed me with your words. I downloaded the audio, will comment soon.
    Thanks :)

  47. Caryn Bloomfield
    Feb 18 - 7:31 am

    After many years of not knitting, I have finally gotten back into it. The patterns I’ve been finding lately look quite difficult to manage. In the past I had mad sweaters, but they seemed so easy then. I can make afghans and scarves and shawls, but the fear of making a garment and oh yes, socks with heels, I’m on hold.
    I love to crochet and knit, so I’m not stopping and hope to continue on my learning journey.

    • Liat Gat
      Feb 19 - 3:18 pm

      Caryn, I’m happy to hear that you’re getting back into knitting. I can totally understand being a little nervous about new patterns, but I do hope that you decide to give them a try.

      There’s lots of help here and on the KNITFreedom Forum on Ravelry to help you when you get stuck – or just to give you a little encouragement along the way.

      Happy Knitting!

  48. Arlene
    Mar 14 - 4:34 pm

    Dear Liat, thankyou for posting the hypnosis session. You have given so many people a gift -using your own personal story, exposure to self healing practices and your open heart. People don’t know how well self-hypnosis and meditation works and you’ve provided a simple no fear example that makes people comfortable with at least trying it. I just had to write you when I’ve read some of your blogs and feel we are kindred spirits in wanting to help people who are struggling with something. In reading about you I was impressed that one of your single desires is to “just help people knit.” As an RN my focus is for people not feel alone when they are struggling with something in their life. To feel someone has their back until they can do it for themselves. (not so glamoursly put but that is it in a nut shell. ) I am a psychiatric Nurse , a Biofeedback Thereapist and feel kind of driven to provide support so in the long run people will be able to help themselves. Feeling option less is such a fearful place to be. People don’t know what they don’t know! I use Holistic healing practices, biofeedback and self-hypnosis for dealing with emotions. I also use a technique called EFT- Emotional Freedom Technique. Believe me, I am not recieving any money or whatever for writing about this. I just really want you to know of another very effective technique. Its another simple technique using bio-energy and your mind to make change. I wouldn’t even write to you if I didn’t think it was useful. It uses accupressure points. Thought field therapy, EFT etc used to be very expensive to learn and an engineer Gary Craig posted the techinque on line so people can have the knowledge for free. If you’ve ever heard of EMDR- eye movement desinsitation – it has many similar ways in common. It is used by therapists to help with PTSD symptoms. I have my problems and this is what I have come up with. As the guy in the Hair Club commercial- I too am a client. At work I say to patients that think we as staff do so well and that they feel they can’t cope. You never know who should be behind or in front of the nursing desk. You don’t have to post this, I wrote it for you. Positive thoughts- (becasue I need them , too!) , Arlene
    BYW- I could not wrap my mind around how to do heels on a sock. Your technique has been so wonderful in helping me finally to complete a whole sock. You cannot imagine how much this has helped me. Really wonderful.

    • Liat Gat
      Mar 17 - 6:38 pm

      Hi Arlene,

      Thank you so much for sharing so much wonderful information . It’s always good to know we’re not alone.

      And I’m so glad that I could help you work through your first whole sock. Keep up the great work!

  49. Magali
    Jun 16 - 1:41 pm

    Liat, thank you for this.
    Hypnosis has helped me overcome some issues that were real stumbling blocks for me. But as for my worst knitting fear, I don’t know how to address it via hypnosis…my worst knitting fear, which is what stopped me from even attempting to learn to knit for years, is that I’m afraid I will run out of motivation to finish a project. I have learnt to knit now, largely to you, but there’s still that huge fear that I’ll never finish my cardigan I’ve started (and not touched for months bc the yarn was catching on my dry fingers despite loads of different creams). It’s the Shalom cardigan on ravelry and it hasn’t even got sleeves!

  50. Kelly
    Oct 16 - 5:47 am

    I can’t download the Wake up in the morning audio! I would really like to have it! Thank you

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