Monthly Archives: September 2014

A Handmade Holiday at TS Arlington

Sep 29, 2014 // by admin // Blog, creativity, crochet, handmade holiday, knitting, Yoga // No Comments

Last night was the first in a three-part series of Handmade Holiday workshops at Tranquil Space Arlington. We had a great time exploring the art of crocheting with a mix of new to experienced crocheters. We refreshed knowledge, worked to build muscle memory with our hooks, and practiced reading patterns while making face cloths and spiral scrubbies. Midway through we took a yoga stretch break to open up wrists, hips, shoulders, and backs.

Jenny, Danielle, Roula, and Stephanie were a blast (see their creations in the photo – counterclockwise from top left).

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Want to join in on the fun. The next workshop in this series (no prior crochet experience required and attendance on September 28th is not a prerequisite):

October 26th, 7:30 PM–9:00 PM—(Not Your) Granny’s Squares—Basic granny square pattern. Granny squares are back in style. Sew a few together to make a stylish and warm scarf, throw for the couch, reusable market bag…the list goes on and on. $5 suggested donation for the Tranquil Space Foundation.

The workshop will include a short yoga stretch break midway through to help release wrists, hips, shoulders, and back. So, wear comfortable clothes, grab your hooks or sticks, and join us to start on your Handmade Holiday!

E-mail Lisa (lisacalandriello@tranquilspace.com) with any questions. Preregistration is not required; however, if you would like to preregister, contact the business at 703.829.6428 or via e-mail at info@tranquilspace.com.

Creative Awakenings Crochet Corner

Sep 29, 2014 // by admin // Blog, creativity, crochet, handmade holiday // 2 Comments

September 28th was the first in a series of Handmade Holiday workshops at Tranquil Space Arlington. We explored the art of crochet by making a basic crochet stitch sampler or spiral scrubbies. handmade holiday 1

Here’s my pattern for the Basic Crochet Stitch Sampler (be kind this is the first crochet pattern I’ve ever written):

Size:             8×8 inches (or desired size, just adjust the number of foundation chains)

Yarn:            Dishcloth or other cotton yarn

Hook:           H/5.0 mm or I/5.5 mm (or other preferred hook size)

Gauge:          For this pattern, gauge isn’t important. Find the hook that gives you the texture and stitch size that you prefer.

Pattern notes: This pattern uses rows of single, half-double, and double crochets through the back loop only to create a textured facecloth and gives the time to practice the three foundational crochet stitches. For rows of hdc and dc, the turning chain counts as the first stitch.

To change the texture, experiment with crocheting through both loops or alternating BLO on one row and FLO on the next.

Abbreviations:

ch                chain

sc                 single crochet

hdc              half-double crochet

dc                double crochet

BLO             back loop only

Pattern:

Ch-25 (or enough to obtain desired width)

Row 1           sc in BLO of 2nd ch from hook and in BLO of remaining 23 chains, ch-2 (turning chain) and turn work (in all even numbered rows, turning chain counts as first stitch)

Row 2           hdc in BLO of all sc in row 1 (24 stitches), ch -1 and turn work

Row 3           sc in BLO of all hdc in row 2 (24 stitches), ch-3 (turning chain) and turn work

Row 4           dc in BLO of all sc in row 3 (24 stitches), ch-1 and turn work

Row 5           sc in BLO of all dc in row 4 (24 stitches), ch-2 (turning chain) and turn work

Repeat rows 2 to 5 four times or until desired facecloth size is achieved. Do not fasten off. Do not turn.

Edging           sc evenly along all four edges. Weave in ends.

The spiral scrubbie pattern was obtained from Crochet Patterns Only blog. Find the pattern here or on raverly.com.

For more information about the Handmade Holiday Workshop Series at Tranquil Space Arlington, click here.

Sunrise at the Lincoln Memorial

Sep 26, 2014 // by admin // Blog, creativity, DC, Photography // No Comments

Last Saturday, myself, a few friends, and dozens of amateur and professional photographers went down to the National Mall to take pictures of the sun rising over the Capitol and the Washington Monument. We all then turned around and took pictures of the beautiful glow the sun created on the Lincoln Memorial. The sun only comes up in this position twice a year–during the autumnal and vernal equinoxes. Here are a few of my favorite images, which made getting up so early completely worth it (more to be posted in my photo gallery in the next week).

Hope you enjoy these too! Happy Autumn!

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Handmade Holiday Workshop-This Sunday, September 28

Sep 24, 2014 // by admin // Blog, creativity, crochet, knitting // No Comments

A reminder, this Sunday, I’ll be hosting the first in a series of Handmade Holiday workshops at Tranquil Space Arlington. I’m excited to share my love of needle crafts and handmade gifts with the Tranquil Space cOMmunity.

Details: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM; wear comfortable clothes as we’ll have a yoga stretch break midway through; $5 suggested donation for this month’s charity – Whitman Walker Clinic

Bring your existing project (knit or crochet) or join us in a crochet-along to make a basic facecloth. For those without supplies,  a limited amount of starter crochet kits  will be available for a $10 supply fee payable to Lisa. Each kit includes 2 crochet hooks (an H and an I), 2 skeins of washcloth cotton, interlocking stitch markers, and a darning needles (to weave in those pesky ends).

For more details and to preregister, click here. If you have any trouble registering online, ask at the studio front desk or send an e-mail to info@tranquilspace.com. Advance registration is not required.

So, wear comfortable clothes, grab your hooks or sticks, and join me to start on your Handmade Holiday!

Variety of crocheted items

A Handmade Holiday Series at TS Arlington

Sep 15, 2014 // by admin // Blog, creativity, crochet, knitting, Yoga // 2 Comments

Variety of crocheted itemsLooking to bring a more personal touch to your holiday gift giving this year? Been harboring a desire to explore needlecrafts, but didn’t know where to start? Join me to explore needlecrafts and begin to work on gifts in preparation for a Handmade Holiday.

This series will help to kickstart your exploration of the needle arts or help you find more needlecrafters within the TS cOMmunity. All needlecrafters are welcome (knitters and crocheters).

For those new to needlecrafts, Lisa will help you with the basics of crocheting (and can answer basic knitting questions too). If you don’t have supplies, Lisa will have a handful of basic supply kits at the first lab containing 1 each: size H crochet hook, skein of washcloth cotton, interlocking stitch marker, and darning needle (to weave in those pesky ends). (Supply fee of $10 to be paid to Lisa.) Lab participants are welcome to bring their own supplies too.

Interested in working on projects with others in the cOMmunity? Patterns for a crochet-a-long will be provided as follows:

September 28th, 7:30 PM–9:00 PM—A Day at the Spa—Face cloths or face scrubbers, pair with some body wash or scented soaps for a thoughtful gift.

October 26th, 7:30 PM–9:00 PM—(Not Your) Granny’s Squares—Basic granny square pattern. Granny squares are back in style. Sew a few together to make a stylish and warm scarf, throw for the couch, reusable market bag…the list goes on and on.

November 23rd, 7:30 PM-9:00 PM—Keeping You Warm—Simple coffee cup cozy, mesh cowl, and basic hat. Pair the coffee cup cozy with a reusable cup and some hot chocolate for a quick, simple, and thoughtful holiday gift for your child’s teacher or a friend.

Participants are asked for a  suggested donation of $5 to support the studio’s charity of the month:

September—Whitman Walker Clinic

October—Tranquil Space Foundation

November—Wounded Warriors Project

All workshops will include a short yoga stretch break midway through to help release wrists, hips, shoulders, and back. So, wear comfortable clothes, grab your hooks or sticks, and join us to start on your Handmade Holiday!

E-mail Lisa (lisacalandriello@tranquilspace.com) with any questions.

Click here to register, although advance registration is not required.