9.30.2008

Knitters Tarot Tuesday Reading

Three of Pentacles or Coins

Our archetype hammers at his skill on a solid pillar, primitive, raw creativity, while

a couple stand by dreamily watching. By the sweat of our soul we produce some

of our greatest masterpieces.

This is a great card to draw for knitters or any artists. Your needles will fly and be

strong this week.

The Tarot is a deck of cards that originated over 500 years ago in northern Italy. Although the Tarot was first used in a game called Triumphs, it was quickly adopted as a tool for divination, and popularized by occult societies such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The early Tarot symbolism was deeply rooted in Medieval and Renaissance Europe.

Today, the Tarot is far and away the most popular tool for spiritual introspection in the West.

Enjoy your knitting this week!

May you needles fly as fast as dragonflies!

9.29.2008

Stitch marker give away drawing....

With my husbands impartial help,

And the winner is.......Marsha

Congratulations, and thanks for celebrating with me!!

9.25.2008

Quirky free knitting and crochet pattern links, with some misc thrown in

While checking my email I ran across a few things to share.
+++THE BEER SWEATER
by Melissa Martensen
for when you love your beer enough to want to keep it toasty warm
+++I fell in love with this knitted horse pattern by Lion Brand, correction!!
The credit for the pattern should go to Claire Garland, author of the charming and magical book, "Dream Toys," where the original pattern was published. Thanks to Kristina for pointing this out, and my apologies!



+++BUGKNITS Miniature Knitting by Althea Crome, amazing teensie knitted items.
+++Crochet Poo pattern by naidascrochet, yes, it says it is a "potty aid", we just used M&M's for the kids and all of the dogs, works great. Although I might like to use this at my workplace.
Your gonna catch flies by Tawnya Hopkins, is adorable, and the kids can count the flies, as the frog "eats" them. Just don't let the kids eat them.
I always like to have air fresheners around I liked this idea on Nancy's Arts, Crafts and Favorites, Homemade green air fresheners.
I think this is classy and looks fun to do:http://www.instructables.com/id/Hardware-Store-Bracelet/
This simple bracelet looks very upscale, but is inexpensive, classic, and easy.
Enjoy creating!!



9.23.2008

Knitter's Tarot Tuesday Reading

Four of Cups

 

The boy is sitting against a tree, which is often symbolic of being rooted yet

reaching higher. The cup the boy is staring at is being held by a cloud, out of a

mist a clarity comes, yet he is ignoring the other three cups that are sitting on

the ground, which may mean you are distracted from other things in your life.

As Knitters, this week we may be unusually focused on a particular project, this

is not a bad thing, you may have the concentration that is needed to tackle a

particular tricky project. Just be reminded of your other obligations.

 

The Tarot is a deck of cards that originated over 500 years ago in northern Italy. Although the Tarot was first used in a game called Triumphs, it was quickly adopted as a tool for divination, and popularized by occult societies such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The early Tarot symbolism was deeply rooted in Medieval and Renaissance Europe.

Today, the Tarot is far and away the most popular tool for spiritual introspection in the West.

Enjoy your knitting this week!

May you needles fly as fast as dragonflies!

9.21.2008

Blog Anniversary Give away

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I just realized that it is going to be one year since I started this blog!


To celebrate all of the fun I have had and the great people that I have met I am


offering a give away.


Comment on this post, and you will be entered to get a set of 5 knitting


stitch markers!



I will draw a name and mail them off to you!



9.20.2008

Tote bag or Organizer purse frenzy

Ok this is the link that started it!

This is the first tote I made.

And this is what is going on now....

I was in a slump for awhile, now I am in the middle of projects all over.

I am planning on making the handles on these bags different, some longer,

and I am adding a Velcro closure. Of course there will be organizational

pockets.

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9.19.2008

Natural Dyeing for your fiber

I have been interested in dyeing my fiber, or yarn I have spun, During my reading

I found two interesting books, if you want to know more about dyeing with

natural plants.

Natural Dyeing by Jackie Crook has some especially beautiful illustrations.

It goes through the basic premise of what you need, how it works and I like that

there are pictures of the yarn with various mordants.

I think this book is more inspirational, wets your appetite for what may be

accomplished with natural dyes.

Some of her examples are using exotic woods, and plants that are not available

to the general population of North America. Some are common, and the colors

we see are dazzling vibrant colors. It is inspirational and could be used as a

template for experimentation of plants in your area.

The photos alone are worth a good look.

Dyes from American Native Plants by Lynne Richards & Ronald J. Tyrl is a very

all encompassing dyeing book, from history of, supplies and equipment and

the process of natural dyeing, to a unbelievable list of 7 chapters of dyeing

plants. Each chapter covers a color, Purple/Red, Gren, Yellow, Orange, Brown,

Black, and Little or no Color.

The last chapter of the book entails a catalog of native dye plants, that includes

good pictures of each plant, where it might be located and other info.

I have never dyed any fiber, but this book had me wondering around my yard

and neighborhood looking at everyone's plants in a new light.

This book looks like it would be a great resource for anyone interested in

natural dyeing of fiber, or cloth.

9.16.2008

Knitters Tarot Tuesday

Ten of Cups

 

This is one of the most peaceful cards of the deck. The ten cups arranged in a

rainbow, the happy couple beneath and the children playing. It represents peace,

harmony, fulfillment, joy. The house is surrounded by trees and a stream, also a

sign of prosperity. This is only cup card in which the cups are not supported by

material means.

We should take up our knitting this week and fly, anything is possible, try to pick

up that cast aside article, or finish that UFO, or soar with a new challenging

project!

 

The Tarot is a deck of cards that originated over 500 years ago in northern Italy. Although the Tarot was first used in a game called Triumphs, it was quickly adopted as a tool for divination, and popularized by occult societies such as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The early Tarot symbolism was deeply rooted in Medieval and Renaissance Europe.

Today, the Tarot is far and away the most popular tool for spiritual introspection in the West.

Enjoy your knitting this week

9.15.2008

Wouldn't you like to be knitting here....



Thanks to MJHeartJesus for the photo
For more info on this area see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moeraki_Boulders

9.14.2008

Crochet change purse pattern, tutorial and Facts about the color blue

Coin purse that I made, this was simple and fun. Using the crochet basket

pattern, except keep going up on the sides until you can gather it in your

hands, then I added a row of sl stitch around, (to reinforce).

If the original hole at the beginning of the bottom was too big, just grab the

tail and stitch around it, pulling it tight, then backstitch to hold.

Then made a

tie by using the chain stitch, I threaded it, in and out around the top and

actually keep chaining until it was as long as I needed it. Then find a bead

with a hole big enough to put the tie through, to use to close it.

(this was

the hardest part, finding a bead with the right size hole)

Knot the ends together on the tie, and fill with change.

Here are some more crocheted baskets.

I seem to still be in my "blue" mode. I have to consciously pick out other colors.

Blue=sea, sky, and flowers.Blue is calming. It can be strong and steadfast or light

and friendly. Almost everyone likes some shade of the color blue. Blue is a primary

color, Primary colors are not a fundamental property of light but are often

related to the physiological response of the eye to light. Traditionally, blue has

been considered a primary color in painting.

Blue can mean sadness, "I've got the blues" or a type of music, contrary to popular

belief it is not called Blues because its lyrics are depressing but because its scale

is inclusive of the "dark notes" or blue notes.

Blue is used to symbolically represent the fifth, throat charka.

In Iran, blue is the color of mourning while in the West the something blue bridal

tradition represents love.

In the United States, it has been fashionable since the 2000

Presidential Election to refer to the Democratic Party as "blue".

In many diverse cultures blue is significant in religious beliefs, brings peace, or is

believed to keep the bad spirits away.

Blue in Hinduism: Many of the gods are depicted as having blue-colored skin,

particularly those associated with Vishnu, who is said to be the Preserver of the

world and thus intimately connected to water.

Several years ago (1993), the makers of "M&M's," added a new color to its candy

bag: Blue. Why Blue? Although they reported that this was the result of a vote

by M&M's fans it raises a few questions. It may very well be the last color left in

the bag after the novelty wears off. Blue is reportedly a appetite suppressant. Ha,

I have never experienced that while eating my "M&Ms".

Enjoy your blues...