Monthly Archives: July 2012

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Jul 30, 2012 // by admin // Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation, self-care // No Comments

Splendid Triangle Shawl - I like the lacy pattern, plus it's much simpler to make than it looks.

I’ve been quite busy with my sticks since I last posted. Knitting has been a productive and relaxing distraction from lots of things that I need to get done. I’m branching out in what I’m making, as I start to use my rather large yarn stash and begin to plan for holiday gift-making.

 

 

 

I finished another pair of baby booties, that I sent off to a friend for her son that will be born on Monday,and a triangle shawl that I gave to a close friend.

 

 

Splendid Triangle Shawl - pattern free from Lion Brand

I started a second shawl (pics to come next week) and designed the pattern for my friend Valerie‘s arm warmers.

 

Valerie's arm warmers... triple cable pattern with a reverse stockinette

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past weekend was full of knitting with friends. In the upcoming week, I’ll share more about those creative evenings.

Are you working on any projects lately? When was your last opportunity for creative play?

Adventures in Cooking… more smoothies

Jul 29, 2012 // by admin // Blog, food // No Comments

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I’m back to enjoying breakfast smoothies. Thanks to my weekly fruit deliveries, I’ve had a refrigerator filled with fruit goodness that I won’t allow to go to waste, so I’ve been playing with new combinations and enjoying some classic ones. Here are some of my latest smoothie recipes.

Note: serving sizes vary depending on the quantities used, but in general, most of these make enough for two servings. And for all of these, blend all ingredients and enjoy!

Cantaloupe Summer Smoothie

 

Cantaloupe Summer Smoothie – when I got two cantaloupes in my weekly delivery, it was a must to create something delicious with them.

- 1/2 a medium cantaloupe
- 1 peach
- 1 nectarine
- 1 orange
- 1 packet stevia
- water, adjust quantity to achieve desired thickness

 

 

Chocolate Mint Goodness

 

Chocolate Mint Goodness – a favorite blend that reminds me of the holidays, delicious with the perfect hint of mint

- Chocolate flavored hemp protein powder
- Spearmint or Peppermint leaves
- 1 packet stevia in the raw
- 3 nectarines (I had a bunch that I needed to use, so this was my chosen application)
- water, adjust quantity to achieve desired thickness

 

 

 

Going Green... again

Going Green… again – I’m getting back to my, almost, daily green smoothies. This is a particular blend that I’ve been enjoying.

 

- 4 stalks kales
- 1/2 peach
- 1/2 nectarine
- 1 banana
- 1 packet stevia in the raw
- water, adjust quantity to achieve desired thickness

This morning, I turned this into a bit of mint bliss, by adding some peppermint leaves to it.

 

I’ve been enjoying trying out new smoothie combinations. I look forward to enjoying some more new blends very soon. What have you been enjoying for breakfast? Do you have any fruit combos you’d like to share?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Jul 8, 2012 // by admin // Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation, self-care // No Comments

Now that one big project is done and successfully mailed, I have been having fun with some small projects, before I get back to work on the two other big projects that I have in process. With a visit to meet my friend Liz’s 3 month-old daughter on the horizon, I decided I would make an attempt at making baby booties. I searched for a while through many patterns and although I found several that I liked, there were a couple that I decided to try.

the completed pair

The first pair was this cute pattern that look like slippers. I modified the pattern slightly by using a thicker yarn and larger needles. It calls for a DK weight yarn and size 5 needles. I used Caron Simply Soft in lavender blue and size 6 needles. As a result, the finished pair came out a little bigger than newborn size, probably closer to 12-18 months size. I loved using this yarn though, because the booties are a little stiffer and hold their shape really well.

before these were seamed

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern was really simple, knitted flat and then seamed to achieve the cute final shape. I love them so much that I’m hoping to play with the pattern a little and see if I can translate it into a pattern for adults. We’ll see how that goes later this summer.

the finished product

 

the first of the pair, before I found the ribbon for the little bows

After I finished this first pair, which went incredibly fast, I attempted the second pattern that I found. I really liked the first pattern, but I feel like they are a little bit feminine and I wanted to find a go-to pattern that I was more comfortable giving to little girls and boys.

This was another pattern that’s knit flat and then seamed. I used Patons Stretch Socks yarn in Carmel Cream Stripes and size 4 knitting needles. The pattern called for size 1 knitting needles and a fingering weight sock yarn.

the soles of these booties, coordinating and just too cute.

The result was two booties that coordinate, but don’t exactly match and I like that the pair turned out that way. And booties that appear to be close to a 3-6 month size, rather than newborn. I found it so easy to knit up and they look like little shoes. The shape was exactly what I was looking for in a go to that’s good for boys and girls.

coordinating, but not exactly matching, because of the yarn

 

 

 

 

 

For this particular pair, I happened to find the olive green ribbon on my desk at work, which worked perfectly for the little bows.

I cannot wait to give these to my friend’s daughter. I am so happy with the results and am looking forward to making some more pairs of these to have on hand as gifts. I love the shape, I think they these will also make great adult slippers, so I am going to experiment with other yarns and needle sizes, plus modifying the pattern to see if I can make a pair for me. One more project to add to the to-do list.

I’m so happy to be making more time for creative play and these quick projects. More will be coming soon.

Adventures in cooking… tropical chia smoothie

Jul 2, 2012 // by admin // Blog, food // 2 Comments

smoothie ingredients

I know, it has been just about forever since I last posted to my blog and although it’s not an excuse, I have been busy with life, work, and yoga, and booting up my laptop when I get home has been one of the furthest thoughts from my mind. Although it wasn’t all documented, June was a great month, filled with lots of accomplishments, new projects, and getting back on top of my 2012 intentions.

I’ve needed to get back on top of eating my 5 fruits and veggies a day, so I subscribed to Washington’s Green Grocer. It’s like a CSA, but there is no sign-up fee and I can easily adjust what I get in my box each week by using their website – both adding or changing out items that I prefer not to have. For a girl that doesn’t like to make time to head to the grocery store, it’s great and it is helping me eat healthy again. Since i get enough veggies from lunchtime salads, I receive the weekly mixed fruit box (combo of organic and conventionally grown fruits). My first box came filled with bananas, mangos, oranges, and blueberries and I spent the next five mornings (all the ones I was in DC for) enjoying my Tropical Chia Smoothies.

Tropical Chia Smoothie - bright yellow and delicious

This is another super simple, yet incredibly delicious chia smoothie. The ingredients:

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups chia gel (2 tbls chia seeds to 1 cup water, whisked together and left in the fridge overnight)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 small oranges, peeled
  • 1 mango, peeled, pit removed
  • 2 packets stevia in the raw

I prepped the fruit (took about 10 minutes), loaded my Vitamix and that was it. It only took about 3 minutes in the Vitamix to blend and I had an incredibly delicious and nutritious breakfast.

I was excited about last week’s box (filled with blueberries, bananas, and grapefruits – I accidentally had declined to receive stonefruit, so no peaches or the like – i have since corrected that mistake) and when it arrived, I identified two new simple smoothie combinations. I’ve enjoyed a twist on this tropical chia smoothie, substituting a grapefruit for the oranges and frozen mango for the fresh. Since grapefruit is naturally more tart, it’s a little less sweet, but still delicious. And all the bananas aren’t going to waste, as I also enjoy Chocolate Chia Banana smoothies – 1 cup water, 1 cup chia gel, 1 banana, and 1 scoop chocolate Vega-One protein powder. It’s my version of my favorite Starbucks smoothie and I can’t get enough of it. I can’t wait to get this week’s box and see what new smoothie recipes I can come up with.

I’m happy with this decision that’s helping me get more fruits and veggies into my diet. How have you been getting your fruits and vegetables lately?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Jul 1, 2012 // by admin // Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation, self-care // No Comments

the finished blanket!!!

The month of June was a crazy month and my blog posting was “stunted” by lots of other things going on, including creative playtime. Some of that creative playtime has been spent finishing my niece’s baby blanket. It was an in process piece for a long time, and am proud to be able to say, that I will be mailing to her tomorrow. I knew I wanted to make her a blanket, the first ever blanket I’ve made and since it’s for her it’s that much more special.

It’s been quite and evolution…

the weekend I started the blanket and spent my art journaling afternoon working on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

the work I'd put in when I visited in February to help my sister out with my nephews and niece.

 

 

 

 

the completed blanket... about the size of a throw

 

 

 

 

 

the 8 row by 8 stitch basketweave that makes up the pattern.

 

I knitted in the border in too, which was a 1 x 1 ribbing (all the knitters who read this will understand what that means).

I’m really excited that I completed this and even more excited that it’s something my niece will be able to have for a long time.

This was a longer term project, because it is rather big. It’s good to have one of these every few projects, but I do appreciate the “instant gratification” projects too – the ones that take less than 6 hours and you have a finished piece. In the next week I’m looking forward to more creative playtime and I’ll be working on a few of those projects, that will work up quickly plus some other things that I’ll be posting about as I finish them up.

Knitting continues to be a creative outlet and a source of great relaxation. I’m excited about what I’ll be able to work on over the next few weeks and seeing the little accomplishments, as I finish pieces for friends and family.

Have you made time for creative play recently?