10.30.2008

Yoga and knitting

I have started a Yoga class! I have taken yoga off and on for years. And tried a few kinds. Mostly whatever class I could find.

Yoga is a binding together of the body, mind and spirit. The ultimate goal is the union of the individual's consciousness with the infinite consciousness. Al though it can be practiced religiously each day, yoga is not a religion.

This one is Kundalini yoga.

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Kundalini, which incorporates mantras (chanting), meditations, visualizations, and guided relaxation. It focuses on healing and "purifying" the mind, body, and emotions. Kundalini yoga is designed to activate the kundalini energy in the spine.

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This is achieved with poses, breath control, chanting, and meditation. Kundalini yoga is beneficial in dealing with addictions, and many people find it a natural way of releasing endorphins just by breathing and doing the poses.

Kundalini yoga consists of poses combined with breath control, hand and finger gestures, body locks, chanting and meditation. You will practice precise postures; sounds and breathing that activate different parts of the body and the brain to produce specific results

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I like it very much, it alternates between postures with serious breath work with meditation and rest. I was surprised at how it got my heart rate up. My yoga neighbor warned me not to become alarmed when "my hands start to tingle". I'm glad she did, they did and we started sweating and chanting.

I forgot how much better I feel when I'm taking a yoga class. It is as if my muscles have been making "rocks". And I finally stretch and relax all of them.

Yoga classes are everywhere these days, I urge you to check one out. Usually any good yoga studio will let you take a complimentary class.

You can use MapMuse to find one in your area.

It is a great compliment to knitting, clears the mind, and then creativity flows.....

May your needles fly as fast as dragonflies...

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10.24.2008

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

May your needles fly as fast as dragonflies....

I'm doing a craft show this weekend, just going with the idea to have fun and meet some people. With the economy the way it is, I'm not expecting too much.

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10.22.2008

Stop and Listen

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 The above was taken in New Mexico

This is why spinning is a good thing.

+It makes you stop thinking 1000 thoughts all at once.

+You get a sense of achievement, after all, no one I actually know locally spins.

+You start really looking at yarn in a different way

+I like how I can admire the yarn I just spun as I am adding it to the spindle.

+People look at you really strange, if you do it in public, but everyone wants to ask you a question after watching for awhile

+You can take your spindle anywhere, well almost

+The creativity, spin thick or thin, or thick and thin. Ply odd stuff in, (see Pluckyfluff), dye it before or after, mix your fibers.....

+It's a challenge, especially in the beginning

+And it's fun

+When you are done and decide to knit it, knitting seems to go really FAST...

+I think it rocks the soul and lowers your blood pressure (I'm positive it must)

So get some fiber and  a spindle, or like I did for years, get a book and read about

spinning.

Oh no, I just ordered another spindle, I finally had to try a Jenkins Turkish Spindle, (see Marie at KnittedGems) after all, how much money did I save by not putting a wheel on my Christmas list!!

May you spindle fly as fast as dragonflies.

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10.21.2008

Knitter's Tarot Tuesday Reading

The Hanged Man

This is a great card to draw for a knitter, this week you can let go and expect a divine inspiration to flow from your fingers. Let go of what you are struggling with and you will see new ways to solve the problem lace pattern or sleeve you have been struggling with.

The Hanged Man is serenely handing from live tree by one foot, with a halo-like light around his head. He has sacrificed a desire for control over his circumstances in order to gain an understanding of, creative energies far greater than his individual self. In letting go, we gain a profound perspective

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



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10.20.2008

Alpacas, sheep and knitting, oh my..

Last weekend I made a journey to a fiber festival. Lots of fun.

I found some things to buy, tried out some wheels. My favorite wheel was a Lendrum. But I discovered something funny about myself. I went to, of course buy fiber and yarn, but I also was shopping for a wheel. I sat and tried quite a few. Everyone was so nice and helpful. I decided I liked the Lendrum best.

But......right now, I think I like spinning with a spindle. I am always trying to slow down. My job is so fast paced, and as I started trying to spin on a wheel, I just thought about how fast I could go.

Then I started looking at spindles and trying them out and it felt good and right. I discovered that I want a wheel, but right now, what I need is to spin on a spindle.

With that said check out my booty:

Yes, as you will notice, no yarn, so I better get busy with my spindle, giggles.

May your needles fly as fast as dragonflies...



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10.19.2008

Six things......

I've been tagged by a few bloggers and Etsy sellers: Indidi from Etsy, Curious Mess also from Etsy, and TracyLacy Trinkets , (shop here), thanks check out these creative bloggers and their shops. I am tagging some bloggers that have ETSY shops. I have decided to make this Holiday season one of Handcrafted items. In that spirit I am including a variety of Etsy shops, for your "window shopping" enjoyment.

If you have been tagged and don't wish to participate, just enjoy looking at the links. I know this is an especially busy time of year.

- Link to the person who tagged you
- Mention the rules
- Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself
- Tag six other bloggers by linking to them
- Go to each person's blog and leave a comment that lets them know they've been tagged

1. Love the color Blue.

2. Want to buy a spinning wheel.

3. Looking to buy and raise some angora bunnies.

4. Of course then I will need a carder.

5. And some dyes.

6. As you can see I am currently loving spinning and everything that goes along with it.

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Here are six of my fellow Etsy sellers, enjoy browsing:

1.For the love of Beads (blog) Rosebud's Lampwork Beads, Tuff enough to wear pink challenge for the Breast Cancer month! (shop)

2. Mia Rae (shop),Mia Rae (blog), quirky fun things.

3. Shell Mitchell (shop) Shell Mitchell accessories and design (blog), check out her fingerless glove, very cute.

4.Impawsible to Resist (shop) (blog) same name A great animal lover

5. Aromatic body oils (shop) Zaja natural blog (blog), nice soaps and natural body products.

6. Miss Millificent's World (shop) Miss Millificent's Blog, love this quirky artist!!

May your needles fly as fast as Dragonflies!

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Let them eat cake

Pick a Cake

 

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This is a fun list & just in time for the holiday baking season!   Just click on the name of the cake and bam the recipe appears!

Enjoy!!

 

'Night Before Christmas' Coffee Cake

'Real New York Style' Cheesecake Supreme

A Cake That's Fit For A Queen

Amaretto Italian Sour Cream Cake

Amazing Tropical Fruit Cake

Apple and Nut Cake

Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Apple Sauce Cake

Applesauce Fruitcake

Apricot Nectar Pound Cake

Baby Cheescakes Baby Cheesecakes

Banana Cake

Barron Family Cheesecake

Baumtorte (Tree Cake)

Becky's Pumpkin Cupcakes

Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

Broken Angel Cake With Chocolate Chips

Candied Fruit Cake

Carmel Coffee Cake

Carrot Cake with Hot Glaze

Carrot-Pineapple Cake

Cherry Cake

Cherry Cake Sauce

Cherry Cheesecake Cups

Cherry-Pineapple Dump Cake

Chocolate Angel Food

Chocolate Browny Cake

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Cookie Sheet Cake

Chocolat e Éclair Cake

Chocolate Ice Box Dessert

Chocolate Logs

Chocolate Lovers Heaven Triple Threat Chocolate Di

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Chocolate welington fudge pudding

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cake

Christmas Cake

Christmas choclate cake

Christmas Mixed Glace Fruit Loaf

Christmas-Comes-But-Once-A-Year-Chocolate Cake

Cinnamon Morning Delight

Coca-Cola Cake

Coconut Cake

Cookie Pizza

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Cream Puff Cake

Creamy Chocolate Cupcakes

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Decadent Chocolate Cake

Decadent Fudge Cake

Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars

Dream Cake

Dreamcicle Cake

Drizzle Cake

Earthquake Cake

Easy Cocoa Snack Cake

Easy Coconut Cake

Éclair Cake

Edie Ching's Cherry Cheesecake

Eggnog Cake

Extra Moist Coconut Cakes

Festive Pumpkin Gingerbread

Flower Garden Cake

Fruit Cake

Fruit Cocktail Cake

German Chocolate Upside-Down Cake

Golden Bacardi Rum Cake

Gooey Butter Cake

Gum drop cake

Heavenly Pecan Cake

Hedge Hog Cake

Holiday Cake

Holiday Poke Cake

Holiday Rum Cake

Honey Bun Cake

Honey Cake

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Hummingbird Cake

Ice-Cream Chocolate Roll

Jewish Apple Cake

Johnny Appleseed Cake

Lemon Cake

Lemon Poppyseed Cakes

Lemon Pound Cake

Linda's Yule Log

Mama's Homemade Banana Cake

Mandy's Cake

Microwave Scottish Pudding

Mini Fruitcakes

Miniature Cheesecakes

Mississippi Fudge Cake

Mississippi Mud

Mock Lemon Meringue Cake

Neiman Marcus Cake

No Bake Fruit Cake

Norwegian Gold Cake

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

Old Fashion Pound Cake

Old Fashioned Light Fruitcake

Orange Date-Nut Cake

Orange Slice Cake

Oreo Cheesecake

Peanut-Topped Devil's Food

Pecan Icing

Pennsylvania Dutch Pastry

Pineapple Heaven

Plum-Nut Cake

Pound Cake Pound Cake

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin log

Pumpkin Nut Roll

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Pumpkin Roll

Queen's Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Reese`s white cake

Reese's Brownie Cupcakes

Refrigerator Chocolate Cheesecake

Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Teacakes

Santa's Breakfast Cake

Self-Filled Cupcakes

Shirley's Chocolate Sheet Cake

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Southern Apple Cake

Swedish Nut Cake

Tiny Christmas Fruitcakes

Toll House Carrot Cake

Triple Chocolate Torte

Turtle Bars

Turtle Cake

Warcake

Watergate Cake

White Christmas Loaf

World War I Cake

World War II Cake

 

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10.17.2008

Featured Etsy seller

I found this Etsy seller selling something I have never heard of and thought was cute.

Baby Friendly Beads: Beads for Breastfeeding and Beyond

necklace I thought this was interesting. She custom makes and this would be a one of a kind present for a new mom.

She also has a 2nd shop Mama's Magic Studio

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I think both of these are so creative.

She also has a blog: Mama's Magic Studio

Happy Shopping!



10.16.2008

This and that....

A fiber festival I'm going to check out: http://www.southernindianafiberarts.com/index.html

A easy knitted wrap, I'm always looking for some quality TV knitting : http://www.joann.com/static/project/0705/P137004B.pd

A site I found to get your creativity going: http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/category/accessories

If you need a 09 engagement calendar take a look at Nicky Epstein's

Or a new knitting magazine to look at? Debbie Bliss has a new one out.

The girls at Mason-Dixon have a new book out: Outside the Lines

Bernat has made some glow in the dark yarns for that really spooky sweater?

How about some cool buttons that are made from the tagua nut, also known as vegetable ivory.

How about a knitting movie?? Wool 100%, check out the review

Some pretty socks in a stretch cotton, free pattern here, yarn used is Patons stretch socks

I like the needle gauge pendent here, and lots of pretty stitch markers.

I think this crochet circle bag pattern is cute.

Enjoy

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10.14.2008

Knitters Tarot Tuesday reading

Eight of cups

 

For knitting this week, the eight of cups can signify, a need to change your project, maybe advance to a more difficult one or technique. Or cast on to something new on your needles.

On the Eight of Cups, we see a man leaving on a journey. He has turned away from his old feelings (cups/river) to strike out on a new path. Sometimes moving on can mean searching for a deeper truth or reality. One day we wake up and realize that we have been asleep in our own lives - living a dream that no longer satisfies.

Some changes can be wearying. Endings are not always easy. One of the signs of a readiness to leave is lack of energy. When you feel tired and dispirited, you know that something is wrong, and it's time for a new direction. Reexamine your life and your priorities. You will find where in your life you need to move on.

 

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



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10.12.2008

Vacation knitting, spinning and hiking

Just back from Gatlinburg, TN. Lots of good weather, hiking, shopping and of

course spinning and knitting.

We could see the leaves changing every day.

The colors were inspiring

Got to hike everyday.

Had to knit some also, and spin some more...

Another day and more hiking.

It's good to take a nap.

And then some shopping here. Some nice fiber inspired by some wildflowers,

and some yarn for a shawl.

May your needles be as fast as dragonflies...




10.05.2008

Lazy Sunday

Lazy Sundays is a music video starring Saturday Night Live cast members Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg and airing on the December 17, 2005 episode of the show. It was the second SNL Digital Short to be aired. The film features Parnell and Samberg rapping about their desire to see the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and eating cupcakes (from the Magnolia Bakery).

See it here

My lazy sunday is a little different, a little spinning, yard work, coffee drinking,

and visiting with good friends.

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When I checked my blog messages I found out that I have been tagged by

Spin, Knit and Life.


It's "The 6 Random Things About Me" meme.
So here goes.
Here are the rules....Link to the person who tagged you.
Post the rules on your blog.
Write six random things about yourself.
Tag six people at the end of your post

Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Let the tagger know your entry is up.
6 Random Things About Me

1. I'm a little compulsive, I just realized this, why is it so hard to see yourself?

2. Love the color blue.

3. Want to have a Llama farm and be a Yoga and knitting teacher when I grow up, although I never plan on growing up.

4. Often think about shaving my head, think of all of the time and money I would save if I didn't do anything to my hair. Ditto with eating.  I could be knitting and buying yarny things.

5.Married to the Tattooed Man.

6. I love Whiskey, and have made it a mission to taste all variety's and rate them, hummmm...see #1 above oops.

I am tagging the following blogs, these are blogs I just came upon.

Please visit the blogs. I think you will find them very interesting. I do.

1. Geek of all Trades

2. Witchetty

3.My so Called Scrappy Life

4. The Great Gig in the Sky

5. Knit with Homespun

6. Red lipstick

I'm not real crazy about tags, memes , chain letters, you know that sort of thing. Although, it is a good way of getting traffic to your blog and also finding some really neat blogs.

May your needles fly as fast as Dragonflies....

10.04.2008

Felted Tote Bag

I think I will just make 5 of these bags. Here are my next ones.

Free Pattern Here:

I added some Velcro to close it.

 

I made these straps a little longer, (over the shoulder), You can't see the

embossed design in the felt, you can see the fern leaves in the brown

velvet. I added a closure tab with Velcro.

10.01.2008

Spinning tools

I have been in a creative frenzy.

And have decided I need to get back to my spinning....

Cross patch, draw the latch,
  Sit by the fire and spin;
Take a cup and drink it up,
  Then call your neighbors in.

There....that's better..

I started displaying all of my spinning tools on a table. It makes me smile as I pass

by.

Making a winter scarf for my girlfriend, good mindless knitting...

May your needles fly as fast as dragonflies...