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A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Mar 9, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation  //  No Comments

It’s been a little while since my last knitting corner and that’s really been because I’ve been focusing my attention on three larger projects, so there wasn’t much to write about. I have finally finished one of those projects – my uncle’s 2011 Christmas presents.

Basketweave scarf - approximately 50 inches long - made with Berroco Remix yarn - pattern from Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting

Seed stitch hat - made with the same yarn - pattern #90446B from Lion Brand

I finished the scarf and with so much yarn leftover, I decided I would take a shot at making a hat, and I loved the fact that it only took about 7 hours. The Seed Stitch Hat was quick to make and I think worked really well in this yarn. I am not sure if it’s the right size, I may have made it too big, so as I mailed it to California, my note said, “I hope the hat fits and is your style. If not, please donate it to charity.”

I love knitting and I’m happy to be back on track with both fast and slower paced projects. My niece’s blanket is 64 rows away from completion, my leg warmers have another 9 to 10 inches to go, and now I’ve got another metro project, a really fun hat that I found a pattern for in Knitscene magazine. Progress pics of that one will be along next week, along with featuring some of my friends latest projects. It’s nice to be back on the creative track as we get ready to spring forward.

Are you working on any fun craft projects? Any pattern resources that you can recommend?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Feb 8, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting  //  No Comments

So, it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted and that’s mostly because it’s the same three projects that I’ve been working on. Blankets, in general, take a while to make and when working three projects at a time, it is difficult to get anything finished – the benefits and drawbacks of multi-tasking. I have had a great couple weeks though – I got together with my friends to knit a few times (okay, with Alison two or three times and then the rest of the girls for our monthly knitting gathering) and I had a yarn accessory consultation with my friend Valerie. After making my friend, Julia’s scarf, and my mentor’s yoga socks, I told Valerie, I’d be happy to make her something too.

Julia's scarf... my first "commissioned" project

my mentor's yoga socks

the yarn for the accessory consultation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the winner... Classic Elite Cotton Bam Boo in Providence Pink for a set of full length arm warmers

Valerie asked me for full length arm warmers in one of my favorite yarns. As soon as I finish at least two of my outstanding projects, I’ll be getting to work on these for her and probably a pair for myself in a different color. I can’t wait to design these and get them started.

I also got to have a morning of creative play – knitting with the girls. It enabled me to get some more work done on my bigger projects. I’m much further along on the blanket for my niece than a week ago. See the progress below:

 

 

 

this picture: I had 152 rows left to complete

this picture: I have 100 rows left to complete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I’ve been busy with the blanket, my friends have also been keeping very busy. Eve worked on her very intricate sweater when we met up to knit on Sunday. Alison has been working on a few different projects, the scarf below is one of four that she has in process.

Alison's infinity striped scarf in Berroco Bonsai yarn (colors 4155 and 4103)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When was your last afternoon of creative play? What’s your favorite activity for those kind of afternoons?

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?

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?

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?

Holiday Cookie Party… baking cookies at its best.

Dec 10, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, Events, food, knitting  //  No Comments

our finished treats

Today, I had the pleasure of attending my friend Alison’s annual cookie baking/exchange party, hosted by Alison and her roommate Julie. The afternoon was spent enjoying a variety of appetizers, snacks, sweet treats, and libations.

appetizers, snacks, some sweet treats, and libations

Some of us chose to bring our cookies, some just to bake at the party, and some to have fun mixing and creating the sweet treats from start to finish. I mixed my cookies at home and baked them when I got to the party.

We had a great afternoon, enjoying our treats, chatting, and relaxing. And we all got to take home some of everyone’s sweet creations. Here are the results of our baking endeavors…

Alison's Peppermint Meringues

Julie's Toffee Bars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marie's No-Bake Oreo Truffles

Casey's White Chocolate & Peppermint Studded Chocolate Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mindy & Jen's Coconut Raspberry Tarts

My Chocolate Fudge Cookie Bites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a really great time this afternoon. It was great to meet new people, catch up with good friends, and share some of our favorite holiday cookie treats and for a few, test drive new recipes they found. I’m looking forward to enjoying these treats over the next few days and sharing some of them at my book club meeting tomorrow. And I’m hoping to do more holiday baking in the next couple weeks.

Are you doing any holiday baking this year? What are your favorite holiday sweet treats?

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.

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