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A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Aug 27, 2012 // by admin // Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation, self-care // No Comments

my ravellenics project – triangle shawl

This month has been incredibly busy, but I haven’t been at a loss for knitting projects. I’ve spent a lot of time knitting. The month kicked off with a knitting get together during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 summer Olympic games, where I started the colorful triangle shawl to the left. My friend Eve invited members of her local knitting group to watch the opening ceremonies and kick-off the ravellenic games – knitters and crocheters starting projects that would be finished by the completion of the closing ceremonies.

Knitting during the opening ceremony of the 2012 summer Olympic games

 

 

 

I had such a great time hanging out, knitting with these ladies. Many of which had begun an intricate lace shawl – the Rock Island. It’s a gorgeous triangle shawl, but a little too complex for me at this point. So I made another basic triangle shawl, that’s simple yet pretty (and when I wore it to work, quite warm). Many of the knitters finished their projects.

Eve in her completed Rock Island Shawl

 

 

I finished mine too and wore it to work that week.

my completed triangle shawl.

 

This shawl is an extremely basic lace pattern, which has driven me to begin to work with more complicated patterns (yet still simple). My next project is a little more complicated, but still a relatively simple pattern.

the start of diamond lace yoga knee socks

 

 

My friend Christine  and her husband are moving. Christine and I did our yoga teacher training together and connected over yoga and accounting. I’m in the midst of working on a pair of diamond lace yoga knee socks for her (22 rows and a seam left to finish the pair) and immediately when they are finished, I will be making a pair for myself, I’m loving them so much. (I’ll post more about this pattern, once I finish my pair.)

It’s been a busy month and as I start moving into gift making season, there will be lots more activity in this knitting corner. I love my knitting creative playtime and am excited to find more time for it.

What projects are you working on these days?

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?

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.

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?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

May 6, 2012 // by admin // Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation, self-care // No Comments

In the midst of everything that’s been going on in my life and my lack of time on my personal computer, I’ve found the time for creative playtime. And most of this creative playtime has been used to learn some new techniques in knitting, as I embark on making some new projects. At our last knitting get together, Eve taught cabling 101 to Melissa based on the project she was working on. And a couple months back, I met with Valerie for an accessory consultation (since I’ll be making her some arm warmers). I finally came up with a design for those and I’ve spent time this last couple weeks, working on a prototype (and it’s mate) and learning some new techniques for them.

the prototype arm/wrist warmer

This is the prototype for those arm warmers, with a cable down the outside and an actual thumb gusset.

my first attempt at magic looping and cabling - a cute wrist cuff

I also wanted to learn how to magic loop (a technique that enables you to use a long circular cable to knit small rounds). So I took my learning is stages, I first did this wrist cuff where I played with magic loop and took my first shot at cabling.

Then I started the bigger project, the prototype arm warmer, whose mate is currently in process (with no pattern, making the mate has been a little tricky). I envisioned the end game and then played it by ear. I ribbed it a bit, then began to work the cable into the pattern, and eventually (after watching several how-to videos on YouTube), I started to work the thumb gusset. It was really satisfying to be able to create the design and to incorporate these new techniques with a new method of knitting in the round.

close-up fo the cable and ribbing

my first attempt at making a real thumb - pretty happy about this gusset

Valerie’s arm warmers will be about 2 inches longer, but they will look similar to this and I’m thinking I will be using a similar pattern (once I write it down) for the arm warmers for a couple of my cousins for Christmas.

my progress on the prototype's mate

I have had so much fun designing these and learning the new techniques. Now, to get the motivation to wrap up the other outstanding projects I have, so I can spend a lot more time playing with them and then be able to start some new projects for myself.

Creative playtime is so much. I encourage you to have some sometime soon.