Monthly Archives: March 2012

Springtime in DC

Mar 25, 2012 // by admin // Blog, creativity, Photography // No Comments

Springtime is one of my favorite times in DC. The flowers are blooming, the cherry blossoms peak, and the trees start filling out again. This spring I’ve found myself capturing the season with my iPhone lens, as it’s so handy, using it as an impromptu opportunity for some creative play, which is oh so important to me. Here’s a collection of spring through my iPhone lens (hopefully soon there will be some through my regular camera lens too)…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is definitely beautiful in DC. I only wish that I had the time this year to find my way down to the Tidal Basin to visit the cherry blossoms there at their peak. And I’m hoping soon for an expedition to the National Tulip Library, before spring turns into summer and the tulips have faded away. I hope to have more images to share soon, from more impromptu creative playtime.

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Mar 24, 2012 // by admin // Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation // No Comments

me in my completed bungalow hat... a self-portrait

This past week has been incredibly busy again – work, yoga, keeping up with friends, keeping up with my apartment. So this post is a little late, but better late than never. Last weekend was filled with lots of creativity. My saturday included a little bit of photography mixed in with a shopping expedition in Georgetown and my sunday was knitting and art journaling. Needless to say, I’m just getting around to writing about my creative play now.

Melissa's Kindle Cozy - she was about an inch and a half away from completion when we packed up.

I spent a good part of my sunday knitting. The morning leisurely started in my favorite coffee shop with Eve and Melissa – chatting, enjoy sweet treats, sipping teas and coffees, and knitting. Melissa brought a fun small project – a Kindle cozy – that inspired me to make an iPod cozy (pics to come next week).

Eve's sweater

Eve brought the sweater that she’s been working on. It’s been incredible to watch her progress. She was working on the second of the two front pieces.

I spent my morning working on my bungalow hat. And I made incredible progress, so much progress that when I arrived at Teaism (meeting up with my friends, Valerie and Christine, and our other art journaling group) to begin art journaling, I set out my materials and then I took out my knitting needles and went back to work on my hat.

my art journaling space at Teaism - it looked like this the entire 3 hours I was there

As I’ve noticed in the past, I find that when I get together with my friends that it’s important to do what you need. And last weekend, I wasn’t feeling like working on my pages, I felt like playing with my needles. So, instead of art journaling, I knitted and chatted, while my friends journaled. It felt right and I had a really great afternoon. And the result was that, I finished my hat the next day.

the top of my finished bungalow hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

the bottom side of my bungalow hat

 

 

I really love the hat. I’m still trying to figure out if it’s truly my style. I think I just have to find the best way to wear it. This first bungalow hat is my prototype. I learned some new knitting techniques making this hat and I can’t wait to make the next one, where I can refine the skills and refine my gauge.

Last weekend was a great chance for creative play and I can’t wait to share my newest project and continue to work to finish up the projects I have started – leg warmers, my niece’s blanket, and my mom’s cape.

 

So, when did you last have some creative playtime? When is your next time?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Mar 16, 2012 // by admin // Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation // No Comments

So, I definitely feel like I’ve been slacking with my knitting corner updates, but I think I’m back in business now. Last week, I finished my uncle’s 2011 Christmas gifts and am happy to say that he loves them. The exact text I got was “I needed a shorter dress scarf. That’s perfect. And the hat is cool. I don’t have one like that. It makes me feel really hip and young.” I don’t think I could be happier about something I tried on a whim – the hat – and I’m so happy he likes the scarf, too.

Although my niece’s blanket is still in production, as are my leg warmers, I have had fun lately starting two other projects. First is this cute bungalow hat. I found the pattern in the Spring 2012 issues of knitScene magazine and couldn’t resist trying it. So last week, I started it. After working out some kinks and learning how to knit short rows, I am having some pretty good success with it. Here’s my progress thus far:

Bungalow Hat in Berroco Remix in Strawberry

I’m hoping that I’ll have this finished over the weekend. It’s been a fun and fast project, now that I have the hang of the short rows and have figured out how to create the faux seams. And I think it will make the perfect gift for a few people that I have in my 2012 project list (the first one is mine though).

the wrap I made my cousin, Jackie

When I left the bungalow hat at the yoga studio last week, it forced me to work on something else, and although I had two started projects, I found it necessary to pick up a third. I began the cape/poncho that I discussed with my mom over Christmas. She loved the wrap I made my cousin and wanted something similar. I ordered the yarn over Christmas, but hadn’t had a chance to work on it. On Friday night, I had a phone consultation with her and then started her white wrap. Here’s my “sketch” of what I expect it to look like when it’s done:

my sketch of my mom's poncho, I found a fun app (Doodle Buddy) that I'm having fun playing with (I'm fully aware it is a little child-like).

What I learned from starting it, is that I need to order more of the fun fur yarn. The design of this compared to my cousin’s wrap, will require a lot more yarn. I am happy to recognize this now. I’m pretty excited about this though, because I think I want to make something similar for myself with other fun fur and homespun yarn that I have in my yarn stash. These kind of capes will be nice ways to use up the stash.

the start of my mom's poncho

 

the start from another angle

I’m also considering making a simple shrug (rectangle with two sides seamed for arm holes).

I have fun designing, as much as I have fun following patterns and learning new stitches. I’m looking forward to an upcoming creativity gathering with the girls this weekend, for knitting and chatter and hopefully, wrapping another project.

What are your latest projects? Have you had any creativity gatherings lately?

Another Afternoon of Art Journaling

Mar 15, 2012 // by admin // Art Journaling, Blog, creativity, self-care // No Comments

Before I have another afternoon of art Journaling with the girls this weekend, i thought it was time I caught up on my last afternoon from two weekends ago. Valerie and I got together again to chat and catch up over some tea and our art journals (plus some crispy kale that I brought to snack on). This time we met up close to my place at my favorite coffee shop, Buzz, where we agreed we seemed to have the most space we’ve ever had to journal. We started tearing, taping, gluing, and talking.

part of our spread, and we could really spread out

more of our spread, i was reveling in being able to spread out

Valerie and I are both in journeys in our careers and it’s been great to be able to get together and just relax and chat. I didn’t really have a theme for the pages I created and honestly, I didn’t “finish” any. This time I seemed to add bits and pieces, but nothing was a complete picture.

the start of my pages

playing with layering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i sandwiched the envelope underneath a magazine page

the pages i started, i feel like there's more to go before these will be finished

And I realized when I was packing up, that not finishing any pages was completely okay. I played with layering and decided that I would possibly revisit these pages on my next afternoon with the girls. I also realized that one of my favorite things about art journaling is how it has connected me with others who have similar interests. I’ve made friends through this activity and that has made art journaling that much more meaningful. For me, it’s not just about the images on the page, but about the social aspect. So when I’m not given permission to chatter, it’s almost like my creativity gets stunted and i don’t feel as connected to my journal.

I’m so looking forward to the next social afternoon, where I can catch up with the girls, see where everyone is in life, share magazines, and maybe finish those pages that I started. It’ll be another afternoon of creative playtime, after a morning of creative playtime (I have a knitting morning planned, too) and I can’t wait. And if all goes well, it might be part of a long weekend of creativity, the cherry blossoms are starting to bloom and I think it’s time to break out my camera and find inspiration in nature again.

Do you have creative playtime? Do you prefer being creative by yourself or when surrounded by others?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Mar 9, 2012 // by admin // Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation // No Comments

It’s been a little while since my last knitting corner and that’s really been because I’ve been focusing my attention on three larger projects, so there wasn’t much to write about. I have finally finished one of those projects – my uncle’s 2011 Christmas presents.

Basketweave scarf - approximately 50 inches long - made with Berroco Remix yarn - pattern from Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting

Seed stitch hat - made with the same yarn - pattern #90446B from Lion Brand

I finished the scarf and with so much yarn leftover, I decided I would take a shot at making a hat, and I loved the fact that it only took about 7 hours. The Seed Stitch Hat was quick to make and I think worked really well in this yarn. I am not sure if it’s the right size, I may have made it too big, so as I mailed it to California, my note said, “I hope the hat fits and is your style. If not, please donate it to charity.”

I love knitting and I’m happy to be back on track with both fast and slower paced projects. My niece’s blanket is 64 rows away from completion, my leg warmers have another 9 to 10 inches to go, and now I’ve got another metro project, a really fun hat that I found a pattern for in Knitscene magazine. Progress pics of that one will be along next week, along with featuring some of my friends latest projects. It’s nice to be back on the creative track as we get ready to spring forward.

Are you working on any fun craft projects? Any pattern resources that you can recommend?