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A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Dec 6, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting  //  No Comments

This has been another really great week in knitting. I’ve made some gifts and a fun set of vintage look wrist/hand warmers.

ponchette made with Lion Brand Yarn, Homespun in Windsor

fun button closure for the ponchette

I made another ponchette, using a free knitting pattern I found on Lion Brand’s website. I modified the pattern by breaking the round after the final decrease round to make the neck opening a little larger. I chained a loop to wrap around this fun button that I found to make the neck closure. The button-loop closure adds a fun detail and some utility making it easier to get over the head.

vintage look wrist/hand warmers

This week I also completed my vintage look wrist/hand warmers (see below for my pattern), creating the pattern using a couple different ribbing patterns and breaking the round to create the thumb holes, which enabled this project to have no seams.  I had a lot of fun making these. And I found some pretty opalescent buttons as the perfect finishing touch.

It was a week full of creativity and fun projects. I’m looking forward to completing some other wrist/hand warmers this upcoming week, a fun mobius infinity scarf, and starting (and maybe finishing) a few more holiday gifts. Some fun ways for me to find a little bit of creativity each and every day.

How did you express your creativity this last week? How will you express your creativity in the upcoming week?

Pattern for: Vintage Look Wrist/Hand Warmers

US Size 4, 9″ circular needle
Classic Elite Yarns Cotton Bam Boo (knitting weight DK)

CO 49. Slip the st on the end of the right needle to the left needle, k2tog to join in the round. 48 stitches (you can make the tube larger or smaller, being mindful to maintain a total stitch count that’s a multiple of 4).

Rows 1 & 2, *p2k2, repeat from *
Rows 3 & 4, *k2p2, repeat from *
Rows 5-52, repeat rows 1 through 4 (if you want a longer arm, continuing repeating rows 1 through 4 until desired length is achieved)
Rows 53 & 54, *p2k2, repeat from * 

To create the opening for the thumb:
Row 55, *k2p2, repeat from *; at end of row, turn work
Row 56, *p2k2, repeat from *; at end of row, turn work
Row 57, repeat row 55
Row 58, repeat row 56
Row 59, *p2k2, repeat from *; at end of row, turn work
Row 60, *k2p2, repeat from *; at end of row, turn work
Row 61, repeat row 55
Row 62, repeat row 56
Rows 63-70, repeat rows 55 through 62

Row 71, rejoin round (closes the opening for the thumb)
Rows 71 & 72, *k2p2, repeat from *
Rows 73 & 74, *p2k2, repeat from *
Rows 75-78, *k2p2, repeat from *
Rows 79-82, *p2k2, repeat from *

Row 83, *k2p2, repeat from *
Row 84, bind off (cast off) *k2p2 (and complete finishing)

I finished them off with the pretty buttons, but consider finishing them off in a manner that best suits your personal taste.

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Nov 29, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting  //  2 Comments

This last week has been a busy week of knitting. I finished a couple more projects, started a couple more, and had a couple evenings knitting with friends.

my latest completed projects... another child's hat and scarf set

These are my latest completed projects – a child’s hat and scarf in Kelly Green.  And I started a pair of arm warmers/fingerless gloves for myself. I’m having fun playing with this new ribbing pattern. These are my new metro knitting project.

the start of my new pair of arm warmers/fingerless gloves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the last week, Alison finished some fun wrist/hand warmers, too. Aren’t they adorable? And they were a quick project.

one of Alison's finished projects... wool wrist/hand warmers

It’s been quite the productive week and I look forward to having more projects to share next week. I’m definitely in gift mode right now, but still finding that sitting with my needles and yarn continues to help me relax and calms/quiets my mind.

Are you making any presents for the holidays this year? What are your favorite homemade/handmade gifts to share?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Nov 22, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting  //  No Comments

easy yoga socks

I’m a little behind on my blogging, because I’ve been so busy with my knitting. In the last week, I finished the prototype yoga sock and then completed this pair. They were fun to make and I’ve already been able to wear them in the studio. I used a pattern that I found online. I modified the pattern a little. I chose to use a size 4 9-inch circular needle, and I used a Cotton Bam Boo yarn. The sock at the top is modified from the original pattern, starting the ribbing immediately at the bottom of the topside of the heel opening. I decided I like that fit better, so I’ll likely do that on my next pair. These were lots of fun to make and a great learning tool for me. I learned how to do ribbing, work with smaller circular needles, and bind off and cast on in the middle of a piece. I’m excited to use these techniques again for more yoga socks and on other projects on my project listing.

mobius infinity scarf

I also started a fun project for my friend Julia – a mobius infinity scarf. Here I’m playing with a checkered pattern, using ribbing, to add even more texture to the already interesting yarn. I cannot wait to show you how this looks when it’s completed.

And I’ve been amassing quite the collection of yarn. These are just a few of the new yarns I’ve picked up that I can’t wait to work with or work with more…

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been having a blast knitting over the last week, which has included a couple more knitting artist dates and some knitting for meditation and relaxation at home. I’ve got a whole host of projects that are in process and cannot wait to show you the results of these creative endeavors, plus showing you more of my friends’ knitting projects. And hoping for more projects to share next week.

How are you expressing your creativity these days?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Nov 15, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting  //  No Comments

Over the last week, I’ve had a lot of fun with knitting. This yogini’s knitting corner features the highlights from the last week…

I finished a few projects in the last week, getting a jump on my Christmas knitting list. Child’s hat and scarf set…

child's hat and scarf (using Loops & Threads Impeccable worsted yarn in Royal)

close-up of child's hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hat is based loosely off of a pattern I found on Lion Brand’s website. I used size 10.5 16-inch circular knitting needles and instead of using a garter stitch, I used a stockinette stitch for the main part of the hat and a garter stitch to make the brim, which I whipstitched in to place. The scarf is a basic garter stitch using size 8 needles, cast on 20 stitches and knitted each row until the scarf measured 48 inches in length.

And on Sunday, I got to have a knitting artist’s date with my friends Alison and Eve. (Artist’s dates are great ways to get together to socialize and share creativity and inspiration.) We spent nearly 5 hours at a local coffee shop – knitting, chatting, and enjoying tea and baked goods. Here are some pics from our morning…

Alison knitting... she's making a shawl

Eve knitting... she's working on a sweater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this is the panel of the sweater that Eve was working on

 

 

Eve is super organized... these are her knitting notions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my project... this is the start of my first pair of yoga socks

 

 

It was such a great Sunday morning – full of creativity, knitting, chatting, baked goods, and tea. I cannot wait until we can have another knitting get together. And I’m psyched to see how Alison and Eve’s projects turn out.

There’s more creativity and knitting in store in the next week and maybe next week, I’ll be able to show you how half of my first pair of yoga socks came out.

When was the last time you shared creativity and inspiration with your friends?

 

Another Afternoon of Art Journaling

Nov 13, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Art Journaling, Blog, creativity, writing  //  4 Comments

Today was quite the day. It started at Buzz coffee shop and a knitting artist’s date with my friends Alison and Eve (check out this Tuesday’s “A Yogini’s Knitting Corner” for highlights from the morning). It ended with an art journaling artist’s date with some of my fellow Tranquil Space yogis and friends, Valerie, Julia, Julie, and Rachel.

We spread out at a couple tables in the basement of the Teaism in the Penn Quarter, and began flipping magazines, tearing out words and images, and putting together our art journal pages…

Rachel finding what inspires her

 

Valerie working on some of her journal pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie creating her pages

 

Julia finding images and words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

that's me, working on my first layered pages

 

I had a lot of fun this afternoon. I tried out some layering techniques using magazine inserts that I hadn’t used before and revisited my 2011 and 2012 action items from last weekend’s workshop. Here are my results…

inspirational images... pages in process

 

 

 

 

 

inspirational image and a great article from Real Simple about 5 rules to be broken

 

 

 

 

my 2011 and 2012 action items (revisited from last weekend's afternoon)

 

 

 

 

 

inspiration in words and images

 

 

 

 

inspirational images and words of inspiration and affirmation

 

 

 

 

 

It was a great afternoon that was filled with positive, creative energy, great conversation, and great people. It’s always fun to get together to art journal and catch up. And at the end of our afternoon, we set the date for our December afternoon of art jounaling. I am psyched for what is promising to be another full day of artist’s dates.

When was your last artist’s date? How do you like to share inspiration and creativity with your friends?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Nov 7, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting  //  2 Comments

As you may have noticed, I’ve been doing a lot more knitting lately and I’ve been having a blast sharing the pics of my latest projects. So, my knitting corner will highlight my latest projects, favorite knitting supplies, and afternoons spent having knitting artist dates.

This weekend I finished this cute little blue ponchette. (Click here to check out the free pattern from Lion Brand.) This was my first attempt at making a garment. It was fun and an easy pattern to follow. This is my prototype and I did learn a couple things after I completed it. First, I’m going to modify the pattern so that the neck hole is a little bit bigger. It fits great around the neck, but I find that it’s a little tough to get over my head (maybe I just have a big head). Second, it could be about an inch and a half longer (I think i just measured it wrong).

This will be a fun top to wear over long sleeve t-shirts with jeans (like I am in this picture) throughout the winter months and I think it will be great when I’m cold in my office all year round. I’m also excited to try making this in other yarns. Those pictures to come in the upcoming months, but first there are hats, scarves, and yoga socks to make (my mentor asked if I could make yoga socks and truthfully my answer today is, no. But I can’t wait to try making  them, so today I found 6 different patterns and ordered the yarn and needles, so I could try).

I love this creative outlet. It’s the perfect complement to yoga, art journaling, and all the other things I do that help create balance in my life. And there will definitely be a lot more of this in the upcoming months and hopefully years.

How do you create balance in your life? What’s your creative outlet?

Another Afternoon of Art Journaling

Nov 6, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Art Journaling, Blog, creativity, writing  //  6 Comments

some of my finished pages from today

Earlier this year, I was introduced to art journaling when I attended an art journaling playshop lead by Kimberly Wilson. And I was immediately hooked. Although I don’t do much journaling on my own, I have lots of fun when I art journal with friends. So in September, my friend Valerie and I took up residence at the Starbucks in Clarendon for another afternoon of art journaling. And soon after, we have begun scheduling monthly artist dates to art journal and catch up.

the Sky Studio at Tranquil Space Dupont... i love this space, it was a perfect venue for the workshop

This weekend, Kimberly hosted another playshop and I couldn’t pass it up. It was another opportunity to be surrounded by creative, positive energy.  And it’s so much fun to socialize while setting goals, gauging where I want to be at the end of 2011 and where I hope to be going in 2012, reflecting on what we are thankful for, and thinking of more ways to incorporate creativity and creative activities into my every day life.

me with my spread of art journaling supplies, doing a little knitting before the workshop started

When I arrived at the Sky Studio, I set up my nest, equipped with blanket, meditation cushion, knitting, and all of the supplies I bought.

just some of the ephemora that Kimberly provided

Just like with the workshop I attended in July, Kimberly provided us some fun ephemora that we could incorporate into our journal pages.

the contents of my ephemora packet - thank you Kimberly!

 

The ephemora packets were full of so many fun things. (I can’t wait to work on a page where the leopard print ribbon resonates with my theme of the day.)

After we introduced ourselves and shared our reasons for coming to the workshop, Kimberly started providing us with our journaling prompts. The first prompt was to reflect on where we want to be or what we’d like to be doing by the end of 2011. I took this a step further and thought about where I’d like to see myself going in 2012. This is the evolution of my reflections:

the blank canvas I started the day with

sorting through and selecting words and images that resonated with me today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the backgrounds before I collaged over them

the finished pages - things i want to do the rest of 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also decided that I wanted to add some inspiration from nature…

inspiration from nature (framed with the tissue paper background from the next page)

inspiration from nature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone was having a lot of fun and finding inspiration and creativity.

my friend Valerie working on her journal pages

the other workshop participants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

me and Kimberly

Similar to the first workshop that I attended, we closed out the afternoon sharing our take-aways about the afternoon. It seems that we all found something therapeutic about our journaling experiences this afternoon. I enjoyed pulling words and images together again, in such a positive and creative environment. It was such a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Check out Valerie’s blog for her take on the afternoon.

I’m looking forward to my next scheduled afternoon of art journaling and definitely looking forward to future art journaling workshops.

 

Play-doh, legos, cars, and trucks… a little bit of child’s play

Oct 10, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity  //  2 Comments

my purple snail

Last week, I had the opportunity to take some time off from work and spent time up in NJ with my sister and my nephews. My trip kicked off with bookending my trip with yoga, which I so needed due to the long drive. Then I got two days of playing with my nephews (okay, so it wasn’t all play, there was lunchtime, dinnertime, naptime (theirs not mine), storytime, diaper/pull-up changes, a few pony rides (on my back, of course), helping with laundry, visit to the pediatrician for flu shots, trip to the grocery store… yeah, I think that was all.). It was a lot and it always tires me out – I don’t know how my sister does this all the time.

my purple snowman

I had a great time though and I had lots of fun. I watch my nephews and always think, to only have their problems. Joey is playing with a toy, Tommy wants to play with the same toy – they are learning the fine art of sharing. Tommy wants more cake for dessert, but there really is a cap on how much sugar he should have. Joey crawls something fierce and is slowly learning how to kneel, stand and walk on his own. The boys are full of so much energy. I do wish that I could bottle it up.

my nephew's multi-color worm

As I play with them, I try to remember what it was like to be that young. That was over 30 years ago. Yet, it’s funny, we play with some of the same toys. For as many little girls play with dolls, I used to play with legos, matchbox cars, sometimes play-doh, and strawberry shortcake dolls (okay, so strawberry shortcake is girlie, but I’ve always had an affinity.). I happened to love strawberry shortcake so much that I had even dressed up like her for halloween when I was in nursery school, big pink hat and all. Now, if only I could find those pictures, 3 year old me as strawberry shortcake, I am kind of curious how I looked back in 1981. I love having the opportunity to play with classic toys and some of the cool new ones that did not exist in the early 80′s.

This trip, I got to have some fun with play-doh. My nephew Tommy loves his play-doh and mixing the different colors together (that would be how I got the purply play-doh and do you see his multi-color worm). After being paged into the dining room to play play-doh, I sat with him for a half hour or so and started to play. I had some fun making snails and snowmen. I even attempted elmo’s head – and it was identifiable (no pictures though). I really enjoyed it. It was like being a little kid again, only this time, I didn’t care that my hands got dirty. And when we were done, I got the pleasure of cleaning it all up. It was a lot of fun. I haven’t played with play-doh in decades. The great thing about having nieces and nephews, and I’ll make the leap to your own children, is getting an opportunity to relive some of these childhood memories and sometimes, just act like a kid again.

As an adult, how many opportunities do we have to just play and to be free of worry and stress? To truly only have worries and stresses about when you get your next cookie or how come you have to share your toy and to be able to play, to just have fun and not think about paying bills, making ends meet, managing a balance between life, work, and everything else. Sometimes, I wish I could go back and just be a kid again. And I guess, well, I get my opportunity when I go to visit and play with my adorable nephews.

When was the last time you got to play like when you were a kid? Ever wish that you could go back and relive some of that time in your life? Maybe it’s today, that you’ll be able to go out and find time to play.

Creative Close-ups

Sep 5, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, photography  //  2 Comments

As I wrote a couple weeks ago, in addition to my passion for yoga, I have a passion for photography. And over the course of the last year, I’ve been working to rekindle my passion for photography. I’ve been seeking ways to encourage myself to take out my camera and go shoot. In July, I attended a DC Icons PhotoTour. It was so much fun and such a great opportunity to get out to take pictures with some guidance, that I signed for a second photo tour.

This past weekend, I attended an Abstracts of Adams Morgan PhotoTour. This tour was an opportunity to explore finding art in the everyday by taking creative close-ups. The “tour guide” provided us with some general guidance and photography knowledge. We got a refresher in the basics of composition, how to use depth of field, application of time value, and how ISO works. Then as we set out to shoot, the guide suggested that we pick a subject, so that we would have a focus as we walked around the neighborhood. I picked metal grates and railings. For some reason, I have always had a fascination with these. I also used this as an opportunity to build on some of my existing collections when I saw the themes, specifically bicycles, flowers, and doggies.

I took nearly 500 photos (the blessing and the curse of digital photography) and narrowed them down to the 28 that I posted on my photo galleries page (check out the Adams Morgan PhotoTour Photos).This post is a collection of my favorites from this excursion.

           

 

 

 

 

 

 Sunday was a beautiful day and the perfect day to go out and shoot. Excursions like this remind me of how much I love photography and

how much I love finding art in the ordinary. There’s nothing more ordinary then a sidewalk grate, bicycle, or railing. I can’t wait to get back out with my camera sometime soon on another photography excursion to find more art in the ordinary.

When was the last time you found art in the ordinary?

 

Another Afternoon of Art Journaling

Sep 4, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Art Journaling, Blog, creativity, writing  //  6 Comments

Back in July, I attended a wonderful workshop led by Kimberly Wilson where I learned about art journaling and had a wonderful, fun, and relaxing experience. One of the best parts of the afternoon for me was sharing in the positive, creative energy of everyone who attended, while we were doing our art journaling. Yesterday afternoon, my friend Valerie and I had our own “mini” art journaling workshop. We sat down at a Starbucks, spread out our combined art journaling supplies, enjoyed some sweet and decadent beverages, tore out words, images, and full pages from magazines, chatted up a storm, and created our journal pages.

That's me.

This is Valerie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent the first part of the afternoon putting together some new collage pages, using images, words, and pages that I’d collected since the workshop in July. I actually hadn’t done a collage journal entry since the workshop. I’ve found myself having more fun at home finding full magazine pages that I can just cover with my thoughts. And after I collaged yesterday, I found more of those pages and began to adhere them onto various pages in my journal to have pages all ready for my next urge to write. Figuring out the layout and adhering words and images that resonate with me to the cardstock background was so much fun and definitely relaxing. Although I didn’t use all of my “new” art journaling supplies, I did play with some of them and there are many leftover for use on future art journaling afternoons.

the first of two collage pages

the second of two collage pages of the day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Valerie and I chatted, I laid out the pages, taped and glued the words and images, and used markers and ephemora to enhance my thoughts. I was like a kid in a candy store during the back-to-school supply sale at Staples. I picked up fun things to use in my art journal (multi-color permanent markers, post-it tabs, etc.) and practical items for art journaling (double-stick tape, glue sticks, scissors, pencil case, etc.). My favorite markers are definitely my silver ones. They helped me create the fun silver border on the photo on the right (above).

our collection of art journaling materials

the rest of our collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I eventually joined Valerie in flipping through our combined collection of magazines (Real Simple, Fitness, & Self) for more words, images, and pages. I amassed a new collection of words and images that resonate with me for use in future collage journal entries. And I set up some new full-page backgrounds. This is the advanced preparation that I’ll appreciate the next time that I sit down to art journal.

Valerie and I spent nearly 4 hours at Starbucks yesterday. And we plan on finding the time to do this again next month. It was a fun and relaxing Saturday afternoon and definitely a great way to wrap up the first half of my long Labor Day weekend.

Have you tried art journaling? Do you like to do it by yourself or with friends? How do you like to prepare for your art journaling afternoon?

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