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The Seven Immutable Laws of Business, Knitting, and Life, According to Liat Gat

Here are seven things I believe in more than anything else.

These seven rules have helped me guide my life, monitor my actions, and let me know what I should do in tricky situations.

I’m sharing these rules with you today because it’s important to me that you know what I stand for. I think that the more we have in common, the more we can connect, and the more we connect, the more we can understand each other.

What follows are my Seven Immutable Laws. You can count on me to stand by them every day, whether in KnitFreedom, in my knitting, or just in everyday life.

1. Never Blame the Other Guy

This rule is all about taking responsibility for your actions, and never letting what you think someone else has done come between you and doing the right thing. This rule has helped me grow and learn when I run into difficult situations. See www.thework.com for my favorite method of turning this awareness back on yourself in the kindest and sweetest way.

2. Making Each Other Happy Makes the World Go Round

This has been an important rule for me when it comes to KnitFreedom. I make you happy, it makes me happy. It couldn’t get simpler than that, and I thank you for it every day.

3. It’s Not About The Money

Have you ever ruined a friendship or working relationship over money? I have. Have you ever felt nervous trying to get a few bucks? Thinking of ways people can help you out? I have. And I’ve learned that no matter what, life isn’t about money. It’s about people, it’s about goodwill, and it’s about putting money aside and making room for things that are real. Thanks to this rule, in any situation where there’s money involved, it’s trust, friendship, and generosity that will always win for me.

4. Be All You Can Be, No More

Life is wonderfully simple when you don’t have to be anyone you’re not. I discovered this rule recently and it’s been one of my greatest gifts. In other words, I say “No” when I need to, and “Yes” when I can. This rule makes it so that I have energy left to live my life when there are more things to do than there are hours in the day.

5. Give to Give (Pass it On)

This rule mostly has to do with goodwill on the Internet. It’s about sharing links, saying thank you, and never hogging resources or customers. Giving credit where credit is due. And most of all, it’s about being free and easy with the things I have when they can benefit someone else. Here’s one thing I can pass along to you right now. The idea for this post came from a great book I’m reading called The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz. If you are an entrepreneur or just creatively solution-minded, give it a read.

6. Don’t Leave Anything Up To Chance

This is one of my favorite rules because it makes life so much easier. In my work, this includes checking links before I send them out in an email, testing new coupon codes in my shopping cart, and always making sure there isn’t something else I can do before I mark a customer email as “done.”

In knitting, this rule means counting my stitches easily and accurately, seeing my row markers and decreases for what they are, and never trying to remember anything I could easily re-count or verify later. In my upcoming video post, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Knitters, I will cover seven easy ways you can leave chance out of it when it comes to your knitting success.

At home, the “don’t-leave-anything-to-chance” rule helps me never, ever spill anything on my computer (“Spill-free since 2003!” That’s my motto).

7. Everyone Deserves Help With Their Knitting

When I started knitting, I spent many nights alone and frustrated because I couldn’t figure out some knitting technique or pattern by myself.

I want something different for you! If you’re stuck on your knitting, contact me here on the blog, via email at happiness@knitfreedom.com, or on the KnitFreedom Facebook page (for fastest service) to get personal knitting help from me. I will always see what I can do.

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What do you think of my immutable laws? What are some of yours? Please share in the comments by leaving a reply below.

Resources:

Crocheted Number 7: Moogly Free Crocheted Number Instructions
Self-Discovery: Loving What Is by Byron Katie
Entrepreneurship: The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz
It’s Not About The Money (But It Sure Would Be Nice To Have Some More): Implementing “Profit First” strategies: Budget Alchemy by Amber Duggar
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I’m Back!

Hello lovely darling followers and blog readers,

Liat Gat here of KnitFreedom. I’m back!

Yes, that’s right, at long last, after a long, much-needed, and much-appreciated hiatus, I’m back at the helm of KnitFreedom and ready to take it wherever it’s going to go next.

I’ve already reached out to my Facebook followers (if you haven’t already “liked” the page, click here to do so) to see about what they’d like me to do differently now that I’m back.

How lovely you all are. Many of you said you’d like to see more videos, new patterns, and hear more often from me. Thank you so much for this – these are suggestions I can really use. And any others are really appreciated as well.

Starting November 27th and running for one week (with bonuses for early customers), you’ll be able to get one of my videos classes, plus FIFTY more handcraft classes and patterns (a $1011 value), at just about the cost of my class alone.

That’s right, Ultimate-Bundles.com is running a great handcrafts promotion and I was one of the lucky knitting instructors they invited contribute a class.

Of the variety of the classes included in the bundle, I’m especially excited about the Sewing School 101 class – I’m getting really into sewing at home and this class is right up my ally. (Oh yes, I can imagine a SewingFreedom website some day in the future…)

I’ll send you more info and a freebie from my bundle class coming up soon.

Love and hugs,

Liat Gat
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What To Do When You Have A High Instep – Tips for Using KnitFreedom’s Faux Heel Flap Toe-Up Sock Pattern

This tip is for sock-knitters who are making socks with high insteps. It explains how to easily use my pattern for Toe-Up Faux-Heel-Flap socks to make a bigger instep than you normally can with other toe-up sock patterns.

Where Is The Instep Of A Sock? How Do I Know If I Have A High Instep?

The instep of a sock is the part that goes over the top of your foot. If a sock feels tight over the top of your foot, it’s a sign that your instep is high.

To make socks more comfortable for people with high insteps, we need to make the sock bigger around the widest part of the heel (the circumference).

How much bigger? I like to add 1/2-inch (1.5 cm) to the circumference for people with high insteps. Add 1 inch (2.5 sm) for people with very high insteps.

But where to add this extra 1/2-to-1 inch?

Instead of changing anything about the instep stitches (which are normally left alone when making a sock heel), you’ll want to add to the heel stitches. That means making the gusset taller.

Skip the Explanation

If you just want to make the adjustments and don’t need to know how they work, I’ve specified all the changes you need to make in my Faux-Heel-Flap Toe-Up Sock patterns (worsted and fingering weight).

You’ll just need to go through the pattern and circle the numbers that correspond to your foot size and how high your instep is. Jump down the page to where I show you how to do that.

 
When you make a gusset taller on a toe-up sock, the first adjustment that happens is that you start increasing for the heel 1/4 to 1/2-inch sooner. By the time you get to the heel you’ve increased more than for a normal heel. In the pattern, this shows up in Section 2: Foot and Section 3: Gusset.

When turning the heel, you’ll see that you have more heel stitches to knit across. The pattern takes care of this as well – just make sure to circle the number that corresponds to your size and chosen instep adjustment.

Lastly, when working the faux heel flap, you will work more heel flap rows than usual as you decrease the sock back to its pre-heel width.

To download all of KnitFreedom’s free patterns (including 7 basic toe-up and top-down sock patterns), enter your email address below.

How To Choose Your Options in the Faux-Heel-Flap Pattern

1. Choose Your Size

Decide what size sock you are making. Sock sizing is based on how big your foot is around the ball of the foot.

To find out, measure around the ball of your foot. Now subtract 10%. This is the finished measurement around the foot you want for your sock.

For example, my foot measures 9.5 inches around the ball. So my finished sock should measure about 8.5 inches around. According to the finished measurements in the pattern, I would choose the size Medium/Large.

2. Choose Your Instep Adjustment

Decide whether to use the high-instep or the very-high-instep pattern adjustment. The high-instep adjustment adds 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) to the sock circumference at the instep. The very-high-instep adjustment adds 1 inch (2.5 cm).

3. On Your Pattern, Circle the Numbers that Correspond to Your Size and Instep Adjustment

Go through the pattern and, wherever you see parentheses or brackets showing numbers or stitches separated by a semicolon, circle the number that corresponds to your size and instep adjustment. The adjustments for the high instep are shown in {Italics and brackets}.

Sometimes there are fewer choices.

Voilá! A Perfectly-Adjusted High-Instep Sock Pattern

Thanks to Mrs. Sharpe for contributing the original high-instep numbers when this pattern was first requested. See her original comments on this post.

Hey, A New Blog Post? Is Liat Back? What Does This Mean for KnitFreedom?

Hi, astute and beloved reader! Literally I am back, because this is me. As for what this means… I’m just publishing this blog post quietly for now because I’m not sure what’s going to happen next. I’m just so happy to have a blog post for you that I’m going to leave it at that for today. Hugs!

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Liat Gat Takes Hiatus

I’m very sorry to tell you that I need to take a leave from KnitFreedom for the next few months, due to a family emergency.

In light of the new Lace class that I had planned, I know I’m letting you down. I was very excited to teach you.

Candy, our Customer Happiness expert, will still be here to answer any questions you have about our patterns and products. However, I won’t be able to answer your knitting questions or post anything new on the blog.

Thank you for your understanding. I will miss your enthusiasm for knitting and your wonderful questions.

Love,
Liat

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