Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Dec 29, 2011 // by admin // Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation // 2 Comments

my yoga socks in Glass Slipper - Cotton Bam Boo yarn by Classic Elite Yarns

This is the second part of this week’s Yogini’s Knitting Corner. One of my favorite projects to make recently has been yoga socks, an idea suggested by Kimberly (who happens to be in the pink socks below). And I’ve been asked a few times now for the pattern that I’ve used, so I wanted to share it here. I found a pattern for Easy Peasy Yoga Pilates socks and made some modifications that have made them fit my feet and ankles a bit better. Here’s my final pattern:

Kimberly's yoga socks in Provence Pink - Cotton Bam Boo yarn by Classic Elite Yarns

Yoga/Pilates Socks

US  Size 5, 9″ circular needle
Classic Elite Yarns Cotton Bam Boo (knitting weight DK – so any sock, fingering, or DK weight should work)

This pattern can be used to make socks for regular and wide width feet. Numbers in parenthesis indicate the wide width modification.

CO 42 (48)
Round 1: knit all stitches
Round 2: purl all stitches
Round 3: knit all stitches
Rounds 4-31: *k2p1, repeat from *
Round 32: 21 (24) k2p1, bind off 21 (24) loosely in k2p1 rib
Round 33: *k2p1, repeat from *, turn work
Round 34:  *p2k1, repeat from *, turn work
Round 35: *k2p1, repeat from *, CO 21 (24) and rejoin work
Rounds 36-78: *k2p1, repeat from *
Round 79: knit all stitches
Round 80: purl all stitches
Round 81 knit all stitches
Round 82: purl all stitches
Round 83: bind off loosely in knit

Make your second sock and you are ready to wear these on and off the mat. Increase or decrease the amount of rounds between 36 and 78 based on how high you would like the sock to come up onto the calf.

If you have any questions about the pattern, feel free to comment. I’m a novice pattern writer and I’ve been doing my best as I write patterns to have them make sense.

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do. Happy Knitting!

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Dec 27, 2011 // by admin // Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation // No Comments

Kimberly in her Provence Pink Yoga Socks (made with Classic Elite Cotton Bam Boo yarn in Provence Pink) - look forward to the pattern in a post later this week.

These last two weeks have been incredibly busy, and so I’m a bit behind with all things blog related, but it has been quite a couple weeks in knitting. I’ve been enjoying finishing some quick projects in preparation of the holidays. I’ve also started some new ones and invested in some books to help me learn some new knitting techniques. I’ve spent a lot of time knitting in the round and have determined that I do prefer circular to straight knitting needles, even when knitting flat. Here’s a sampling of some of what I’ve finished in the last couple weeks, modelled by those who received them:

Sabine in her vertically striped infinity scarf (made with S. Charles Collezione Venus yarn)

Jackie in her wrap (made with Lionbrand Homespun and Fun Fur yarns)

 

Aunt Mary in her horizontally striped infinity scarf (made with S. Charles Collezione Venus yarn)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon in her wrap (made with Lionbrand Homespun and Fun Fur yarns)

My mom in her horizontally striped infinity scarf (made with S. Charles Collezione Venus yarn)

You can see that it’s been quite the last copule weeks in knitting. And although the holidays have come and gone very quickly, that is not the end of my project cue. In the next few weeks, there will be more wrist warmers, scarves, and yoga socks, plus stepping out of my comfort zone to try sweaters, blankets, and maybe even some baby accessories. The next few months will be busy and I am excited to continue to share my and my friends’ knitting projects.

Have you expressed your creativity lately? What projects do you have on the horizon?

It’s tea time… again…

Dec 26, 2011 // by admin // Blog, tea // No Comments

I’ve been having tea time at least four or five times a day now as the weather continues to get colder, loving that there are so many low-caffeine and caffeine free varieties to choose from. And I’ve been trying and incorporating into my tea rotation at least one new or different tea every week. There are times though when I need a good caffeine kick to get me going. In those times, I go back to black tea. So, following on the mint, white tea, and herbal tea editions of tea time, this week’s tea time features some of my go to black teas… Numi Aged Earl Grey, Mighty Leaf Tea Orchid Oolong, and Taylors of Harrogate Pure Assam Tea.

Numi Aged Earl Grey (loose leaf black tea) – Fair Trade Certified Assam Black Tea, organic Bergamot.

The canister this tea comes in is a pretty shade of cyan, which is immediately stimulating to the eyes. Then you open the sealed bag of tea leaves and get smell the strong scent of bergamot. It’s what makes earl grey tea, what it is. This was the first black tea that I’d had in a while. And I was (not-so) pleasantly reminded that especially with black tea, you want to avoid over-steeping. This tea definitely gets bitter with over-steeping. It took me a while to take a liking to earl grey, but once I did, I definitely look for opportunities to drink it. So whether I’m drinking my earl grey like this, or in a tea latte from Starbucks (flavored with a few pumps of vanilla syrup, which adds an amazing flavor to it), I find myself coming back to earl grey and I am happy that I have this in my cabinet for when I have a craving.

Mighty Leaf Tea Orchid Oolong – a peaceful floral balance of the finest full oolong tea leaves with soft notes of fruit.

One of my colleagues suggested that I give this Orchid Oolong tea a try. She said it’s one of her favorites because of the smooth flavor. I don’t typically go for Oolong, but there is a first for everything, right? At a formal meeting, this tea was one of the options and I jumped on the chance to give it a try. I have to agree with my colleague. The tea has a very smooth flavor. It’s also very light. I’m not sure if oolong falls into the official category of black teas, but I decided that’s where I would categorize it. The tea has a wonderful flavor and a light taste. It’s a tea that I don’t see every day in the grocery store, which makes it that much more of a special treat for when I can get it. I can definitely say that I’ll enjoy more of this whenever I have the opportunity.

Taylors of Harrogate Pure Assam Tea – a rich, refreshing Indian tea from the Brahmaputra Valley.

This is another one of my conference tea finds. I attended an accounting conference a few weeks ago and this tea happened to be the afternoon caffeine boost I would need to make it through the day. It’s suggested that it’s best enjoyed with milk, but that’s not how I enjoy it. I enjoy it in it’s pure black form and from time to time with a little bit of rock sugar (as I’m enjoying it right now). I sometimes mix it with a little peppermint tea (but that might just be for this time of the year). This is a classic black tea. I appreciate that simplicity. It’s been a go to when I go to the annual accounting conference and I expect it will continue to be so.

Have you had tea time recently? What are your favorite black teas?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Dec 13, 2011 // by admin // Blog, creativity, knitting // No Comments

loving my vintage-look wrist/hand warmers

It’s been another fun week in my knitting world. I had three knitting artist dates, lots of discussions about my knitting projects and my friends’ projects, and started and completed some more gifts – hand warmers and a couple infinity scarves. I’ve also been enjoying wearing my vintage-look wrist/hand warmers (I cannot wait to make myself a second pair).

my donation for DCJCC's Handmade for the Homeless (7 scarves & 1 wrap)

This week, I also met up with my friend Miriam for lunch, where we talked lots about knitting, yoga, and vegetarian/veganism. Miriam’s Jewish Community Center does an annual Handmade for the Homeless donation program. The program encourages donations of hand knitted or crocheted hats, scarves, socks, and slippers for the homeless in the DC area. I spent a lot of time earlier this year making lots of scarves and when I found out about the program, thought it would be great to contribute some of them. It’s a great feeling to contribute to such a good cause. I hope to be able to contribute again in 2012.

I had such a great time knitting this week. Here are pics of my completed projects:

infinity scarf - doubled - made with S. Charles Venus yarn in Shade 54

wrist/hand warmers in Lion Brand Homespun

I also completed an mobius-infinity scarf that I’ve been working on for my friend Julia. She’s modeling it here worn two different ways.

Julia in her new mobius-infinity scarf - here it's doubled

 

 

 

here Julia's wearing the scarf tripled for extra warmth with her coat.

Alison was working on an infinity scarf in a really nice green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eve was working on the sleeve of a balero sweater.

 

 

 

 

I also had a creative morning, knitting with Alison and Eve again.

This week was a great week in knitting. It was great having another knitting get together with Alison and Eve. And I’m thrilled that I finished several projects and I started two more infinity scarves. As I finish up more gifts, I’m looking forward to sharing more pics and more creativity next week.

How have you expressed your creativity in the last week?