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Another Afternoon of Art Journaling

Feb 6, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Art Journaling, Blog, creativity, self-care  //  1 Comment

Saturday's art journaling workspace... a.k.a. a table at Starbucks

This last weekend was quite busy and quite fun. It involved a trip to Potomac Mills, an afternoon of art journaling, and a morning of knitting with the girls. After a morning of some retail therapy with Alison (check for a post later this week on that little expedition), I met up with Valerie for an afternoon of art journaling.  The girls are meeting up later this month and due to some scheduling conflicts I won’t be able to attend, so we set aside some time at the beginning of this month to catch up, tear some images, and do some journaling.

The afternoon was pretty icky, so it was nice to be seated inside with a cup of hot tea and good company. And unlike my last afternoon of art journaling, I was completely ready to get to work on pages. I tore some images and articles out of one magazine, but then, I started to put some pages together. Today, I was ready to find inspiration and start pulling a mis-mash of images collected from previous afternoons together. I found myself pulling together ideas of where i want to be, searching for my personal style, and reminding myself of some of my intentions for the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a really fun afternoon. I expressed my creativity, caught up with a friend, and stayed warm on a cold and rainy Saturday. I even had an accessory consultation (check out my yogini’s knitting corner for the details). I really enjoy my mornings, afternoons, and evenings of creative play – knitting, art journaling, cooking. For this particular Saturday, it was a really nice way to spend the afternoon and I’m really looking forward to more afternoons of creative play coming up soon.

When was your last afternoon of creative play?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Jan 25, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation  //  No Comments

arm warmers made with S. Charles Collezione Venus yarn

This last week, I’ve done a bunch of knitting. I finished the arm warmers for my colleague’s daughter, who was a great arm model (see the pics). I’ve spent some more time working on the baby blanket, there is still a ton to go, but it’s coming along nicely. I’ve also gotten further with my uncle’s scarf and started a pair of leg warmers for myself.

such a great arm model, don't the arm warmers look great?!

It’s been a quieter week as I haven’t finished many projects, but I keep moving along with the ones that I have in process. Here’s a sneak peak at the progress on those other projects.

still a lot more work to do on this baby blanket

 

 

 

 

 

baby pink leg warmers - in process

 

basket weave scarf for my uncle

 

I’m looking forward to finishing these in the next few weeks, so I can move forward with a few other projects on my 2012 project list. And there are more knitting creative gatherings on the horizon too, so hopefully I’ll be sharing some more of my friends’ projects too.

Do you have any projects on the horizon? What are you working on this week?

Another Afternoon of Art Journaling

Jan 18, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Art Journaling, Blog, creativity, self-care  //  3 Comments

my workspace for this afternoon of creativity

This past weekend was another weekend full of creativity. I spent my Sunday morning knitting with the girls and then I spent my afternoon sharing in creativity and art journaling. I have to say, this weekend I didn’t do much journaling per se, but I did share in the creative energy.

me and Valerie (we've been meaning to get a pic of the two fo us for the last 6 months, so finally, we did!)

 

 

 

 

 

I met up with my some of my friends and fellow yogis – Valerie, Julie, Carol, and Rachel. And we were joined by Rachel’s friend Christina too. I spent the first couple hours we were at Teaism tearing out lots of images and phrases from magazines. I had been running low on pics and phrases, so this opportunity to collect more was exactly what I needed.

the table

a close-up of my workspace - yes, after i collected my images, I shared in the creativity by working on the baby blanket.

I had such a great time. I really enjoyed  sharing stories, getting to know these ladies even better, and being creative together. It was such a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and a great way to spend the second third of my three-day weekend.

our collection of magazines

Have you shared creativity lately? When was the last time you enjoyed this kind of social time? Me – I’m can’t wait for my February creative gatherings and hoping to get a little creativity in every day until then.

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Jan 17, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation  //  No Comments

my latest finished projects - my designs (infinity scarf and wrist warmers in S. Charles Collezione Venus yarn)

These last two weeks have been quite busy and I haven’t done as much knitting as I would have liked. I did have fun completing some projects and getting together with my friends for a morning of knitting creativity again. I finished a pair of wrist warmers and my infinity scarf. I love them for indoor wear (they aren’t so warm that I can enjoy them outside).

This last weekend, I also started on what will be a really important project – my first baby blanket.

my first baby blanket (Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn in Fresh Lilac Ombre)

 

 

 

I’m excited about this latest project. It is going to be a lot of work – 40″ x 40″ when finished and it takes me 15-20 minutes per row. I’m excited to see how this continues to evolve.

My morning of knitting was a lot of fun too. Alison, Eve, Melissa, and I met up at our local coffee shop. It’s so fun that our knitting group is beginning to grow. And we all worked on one of our latest projects. I started my first baby blanket.

Alison worked on a scarf for her dad.

 

Alison also did the finishing on two projects. This is her purple cowl. Totally cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa was working on a some yoga socks. I realize I need to try out the pattern she used.

 

 

Eve was back to her sweater. I cannot wait to see it when it's finished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Melissa finished the first half of the pair.

 

 

 

 

It was such a great morning/afternoon. So much fun with the girls and looking forward to our next get together. And I can’t wait to share more photos of the baby blanket and another project or two that I hope to start in the next week. Such a fun and creative morning, looking forward to having more very soon.

When was your last creative morning? When is your next?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Jan 3, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation  //  4 Comments

The holidays have come and gone and this last week has definitely been quieter in my knitting world. I spent the better part of the last week out of town with my family and didn’t have nearly as many opportunities to pick up my sticks. I’ve been focused on two different scarf projects since I had been away for the holidays.

Basketweave Scarf - made with Berroco Remix Yarn in Ocean

I started this scarf which will be a belated Christmas gift for my uncle. I’m having fun working on it, and thoroughly enjoying knowing that I will mail it in the next couple of weeks. I found the pattern in the book – Chicks with Sticks, Guide to Knitting. It’s a simple basketweave pattern and I love the yarn. 

Last week, I also started an infinity scarf for myself. I had so much fun making Sabine’s vertically striped infinity, that I wanted to make one for myself. This is the start of that scarf. I’m hoping to have this finished by the end of the month so I can wear it a bit this winter.

vertical stripe achieved by knitting 4 rounds then purling 4 rounds

 

My vertically striped infinity in S. Charles Collezine Venus yarn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also had the opportunity to meet up with my friend Alison yesterday and we knitted for a bit at the Barnes & Noble cafe. It was a nice was to spend the afternoon. I spent some time working on the basketweave scarf. I’m looking forward to having more time during the evenings this week to knit and getting further along with both of these projects. I also am beginning my thesis project for my advanced teacher training – Yoga & Knitting: An exploration of mindfulness, meditation, and creativity. Over the next few months, I’ll begin to share more about that here. I’m excited about the thesis project and can’t wait to share as I delve into the topic.

How have you shared your creativity recently? Are you working on any new projects?

Intentions for a new year…

Jan 2, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, self-care  //  3 Comments

Cheers to new beginnings! Happy 2012!

I made the decision towards the end of 2011 that I wouldn’t make any new year’s resolutions. I decided that instead I would set intentions for the new year. Intentions of things that I would do or strive to do throughout the new year, rather than things that I resolve to do. My intentions span all areas of my life – work, yoga, family, life. So here goes, in 2012, I intend to:

  • be present
  • be kind
  • let be and let go
  • smile
  • laugh and laugh at myself
  • not take myself so seriously
  • live
  • love and be loved
  • have fun
  • attend yoga classes and/or practice yoga at home at least 4 times a week
  • eat 5 fruits and veggies a day
  • be compassionate towards myself and others
  • pay off all non-mortgage debt
  • set long-term goals for my careers in accounting and yoga
  • pen two or three blog posts every week
  • complete my thesis for my 500-hour certification – Yoga & Knitting: an exploration of mindfulness, meditation, & creativity
  • visit my family in NJ as often as I can
  • take care of myself
  • fail, as failure plants the seeds for success
  • grow up
  • grow old gracefully
  • be my authentic self
  • embrace my creative side
  • continue to knit and art journal regularly with my friends
  • break the patterns that do not serve me
These intentions are not in any particular order. This list will grow and evolve throughout the year. Some of these intentions are goals with tangible end results and steps to achieve. Some of these are attitudes for me to embrace. And some of these are reminders. My intentions are never fixed and while the “goal-orientated” intentions may come off the list over the year, many of these will stay on the list indefinitely. I look forward to continuing to look back at these intentions and see how they evolve over the next twelve months.
And these are only my intentions. Check out the intentions of some of my friends: YogaTwistOnLife and Adventures in Vegetarianism.
Did you set any intentions or resolutions for the upcoming year?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Dec 29, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   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 Yoga Lisa DC   //   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?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Dec 13, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   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?

Another Afternoon of Art Journaling

Dec 12, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Art Journaling, Blog, creativity, self-care, writing  //  No Comments

the finished cover of my 2012 planner pad

I spent today enjoying a lot of creative energy with two artist dates – art journaling and knitting – and my bi-monthly book club meeting. (Check out upcoming posts this week to hear more about the knitting circle and book club meeting – The Four Agreements.) After a morning of knitting followed by a much needed manicure, I headed into the Penn Quarter to meet up with some friends and fellow yoginis at Teaism to art journal.

Jessica, Julie, Valerie, & Julia

Danielle, me, & Hilary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

we really spread out at the Teaism in Penn Quarter. (this is completely normal for us.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also delivered Julia's new scarf to her. Here she's modeling it doubled.

We settled in, spread out, and got to work. As usual, we each did what worked for us. There were images collected for future use, creations of 2012 inspiration pages, and lots of catching up. Me? This afternoon, I spent my time decorating the cover of my 2012 planner pad with inspiring words and images. (I’ve left the back to be done sometime in 2012.) I “laminated” it with clear contact paper, so it should be able to withstand getting beat up in my purse over the course of the next 13 months.

As always, I had a great time. But then again, it’s hard not to, when the your afternoon is filled with great company and good conversation.  And before we left, we picked dates (to be confirmed) for our first couple get togethers in the new year. It was a great way to spend the afternoon.

When was the last time you shared inspiration and creativity? Have you found your inspirations for the year ahead?

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