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A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Sep 14, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation  //  No Comments

my yoga knee socks/leg warmers

Christine’s were this pretty pink

A couple weeks ago, I posted about yoga knee socks/leg warmers that I was making my friend Christine. After finishing hers and absolutely loving them, I decided that I needed a pair and made them for myself. I made mine in a gray/purple and I absolutely love them.

I used a diamond lace pattern that I found on ravelry.com and created my own pattern to get the right fit on the knee socks/leg warmers. Last Christmas, I made my first pair of yoga socks and I can say that I feel like I’ve evolved more than a bit with these. I worked increases up the back, above the ankle, that enabled me to wrap the lace all around the calf and get a nice fit.

 

see the lace pattern wrapping around the calf… a few more repeats and I would have a pair of thigh highs… hmmm…

About four more repeats of the lace pattern would have given me a pair of thigh highs. (it is entirely possible I may have a pair of diamond (or some other lace) thigh highs come the winter, since I love these so much.) I have recognized that I need to sew some elastic thread into the ribbing at the knee, since it stretches out quickly and in the next ones that I make, I’ll be doing more decreases around the top.

close up of the lace pattern

I wore these last weekend over some black leggings and I’m hoping to have them ready to wear this Saturday during some yoga training that I’m attending.

I have several pairs of these on my gift list, and with some more tweaks to the design, they will make great gifts. I have a few other projects in my cue to wrap up before I get to make another pair of these though. There are some arm warmers, a scarf, and at least one hat that I’m targeting finishing before I get back to these though.

I’ve been enjoying learning new knitting techniques and working on these and the other projects in my cue. Updates on those will come in the next few weeks. Knitting is one of the ways I like to express my creativity. It’s my creative playtime. And I can’t wait to have more time to work on those in process projects this weekend.

How do you express your creativity? When was the last time you had creative playtime?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Aug 27, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   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 Yoga Lisa DC   //   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 Yoga Lisa DC   //   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 Yoga Lisa DC   //   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 Yoga Lisa DC   //   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.

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Apr 16, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation, self-care  //  No Comments

my nearly finished iPod case - I still need to settle on the closure, it's a make-shift drawstring right now.

This last weekend was filled with lots of yoga and lots of creative play. On Saturday, I got together with Eve and Melissa again for our monthly knitting get together. It was a nice relaxing Saturday morning, catching up about life, and sharing about our new and old projects.

About a month ago, I got my new iPod, which no longer comes with any type of case or sleeve, so I made myself an iPod case. I used Classic Elite Cotton Bam Boo in Providence Pink for this and free-formed the pattern. I used a size 6 9-inch circular needle, a little ribbing around the top, some stockinette stitch, and a playful basket weave pattern. It was a lot of fun to make and I’m loving using it.

the start of Melissa's cable knit coffee cup holder

Part of our get together this week was a mini-lesson in the cable knit stitch. Melissa brought the pattern for her cable knit cup holder and Eve gave a quick tutorial. And Melissa caught on really fast. See her work here, isn’t it awesome? I’ve decided i’m going to use cable knit in the next set of arm warmers that I make, I think that they will be lots of fun and it will provide a nice detail.

Then there was the piece de resistance – Eve finished the sweater she’s been working on for the last few months. When I first met Eve she was working on the back of the sweater.

the start of the back of the sweater

 

It was incredible to look at, because it includes such an intricate stitch pattern. The finished back looks amazing.

the completed sweater - view of the back

And the last time that we got together to knit, Eve was working on the second of the two front pieces, identifying where the buttons would go, diligently counting rows and lining up the left and right side panels.

the left side panel with button holes marked

Here’s the finished sweater from the front, the result of hours and hours of hard work, it’s a great piece for a variety of occasions and definitely one of a kind.

the finished sweater - view from the front

 

 

 

 

The detail and complexity of this pattern are mind-blowing to me. I don’t know that I’ll ever be making things like this, but I do truly appreciate the effort that goes into making them.

Julia's summer scarf - the first 12% or so (7.5 inches)

For this gathering, I played around with my friend Julia’s new summer scarf, finishing the first hank of yarn to see how many inches it would give me – 7.5 inches to be exact in about 6 or so hours. The scarf will end up being about 60 inches when it’s finished, so several more hanks of yarn to go and well, a lot more hours ahead, but it is simple to make and I think it’s looking great.

a closer look at the yarn and the pattern

I think this is going to be a fun project to work on in between wrapping up my other in-process projects over the next couple of months. It was a great Saturday at the coffee shop and before I left I got a vanilla soy latte and the barista exhibited his own brand of creative play too.

A little bit of latte art with a heart on the top of the foamed soy milk. It make me smile. I’m excited about my next afternoon of knitting creative play with the girls, but before then, there will definitely be more knitting on my own. Because I believe that just like yoga, creative play is good for body, mind, and soul.

When was your last afternoon of creative play? When will be the next?

Fun in Frederick!

Apr 10, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, meditation, Yoga  //  No Comments

It seems like forever since I last posted. Life has been extremely busy lately, but this past weekend, I got a chance to take break and get away for the day – a mini-retreat. On Saturday, I made the trip up to Frederick, MD to meet up with a fellow yoga teacher – Thais – who I’ve been tweeting with. After months (literally) of trying to schedule, we were finally able to find a day that would work.

I met up with Thais at her yoga studio, Sol Yoga, we grabbed some tea at a local coffee house, and then walked around Frederick chatting about… well… yoga (and a bit about photography). I took some pictures as we were walking around the park. It was so pretty. Thais grew up in Frederick, so she was giving me the tour of her hometown.

When we got to the lake, we stopped and took some yoga pictures. It was such the perfect location that I had to have a picture or two in a yoga pose. It was fun being photographer and model – a little bit of creative play.

Thais in Vrksasana (Tree Pose)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

me in one of my favorite poses

 

 

 

Thais meditating under the cherry blossom

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cherry blossoms were just beginning to peak in Frederick, so I took advantage and captured some of them.

It was a nice walk and mini-”photo shoot” before we headed back to Sol Yoga to Spiritually Fly with Faith Hunter. This was the second class I’ve ever taken with Faith. The first was back in 2010 at Yoga on the Mall.

The workshop was great. It was exactly what I needed from my yoga practice that afternoon. It started with a dharma talk, followed by a little chanting, an invigorating flow (even got to practice my handstand), and a closing meditation before savasana. After the workshop closed, there was a lovely meet and greet with Faith – she was so approachable and easy to talk to. And everyone at Sol was so welcoming. I even got to stay for the teacher sangha afterwards. The energy was so great.

me & Faith

It was such a great day. I am so happy that I ventured out of the city. I had such a great day and found another place and people that I want to visit again soon. I’m also looking forward to “Spiritually Fly”ing again, which I plan to do in the upcoming weeks.

me, Faith, & Thais

 

 

 

me & Thais

This past Saturday was like a mini-retreat – such a great time, with great people, and all inspired by a yoga connection. I can’t wait to do it again (and the next time, hopefully without my allergies acting up).

 

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Mar 24, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation  //  No Comments

me in my completed bungalow hat... a self-portrait

This past week has been incredibly busy again – work, yoga, keeping up with friends, keeping up with my apartment. So this post is a little late, but better late than never. Last weekend was filled with lots of creativity. My saturday included a little bit of photography mixed in with a shopping expedition in Georgetown and my sunday was knitting and art journaling. Needless to say, I’m just getting around to writing about my creative play now.

Melissa's Kindle Cozy - she was about an inch and a half away from completion when we packed up.

I spent a good part of my sunday knitting. The morning leisurely started in my favorite coffee shop with Eve and Melissa – chatting, enjoy sweet treats, sipping teas and coffees, and knitting. Melissa brought a fun small project – a Kindle cozy – that inspired me to make an iPod cozy (pics to come next week).

Eve's sweater

Eve brought the sweater that she’s been working on. It’s been incredible to watch her progress. She was working on the second of the two front pieces.

I spent my morning working on my bungalow hat. And I made incredible progress, so much progress that when I arrived at Teaism (meeting up with my friends, Valerie and Christine, and our other art journaling group) to begin art journaling, I set out my materials and then I took out my knitting needles and went back to work on my hat.

my art journaling space at Teaism - it looked like this the entire 3 hours I was there

As I’ve noticed in the past, I find that when I get together with my friends that it’s important to do what you need. And last weekend, I wasn’t feeling like working on my pages, I felt like playing with my needles. So, instead of art journaling, I knitted and chatted, while my friends journaled. It felt right and I had a really great afternoon. And the result was that, I finished my hat the next day.

the top of my finished bungalow hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

the bottom side of my bungalow hat

 

 

I really love the hat. I’m still trying to figure out if it’s truly my style. I think I just have to find the best way to wear it. This first bungalow hat is my prototype. I learned some new knitting techniques making this hat and I can’t wait to make the next one, where I can refine the skills and refine my gauge.

Last weekend was a great chance for creative play and I can’t wait to share my newest project and continue to work to finish up the projects I have started – leg warmers, my niece’s blanket, and my mom’s cape.

 

So, when did you last have some creative playtime? When is your next time?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Mar 16, 2012   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting, meditation  //  No Comments

So, I definitely feel like I’ve been slacking with my knitting corner updates, but I think I’m back in business now. Last week, I finished my uncle’s 2011 Christmas gifts and am happy to say that he loves them. The exact text I got was “I needed a shorter dress scarf. That’s perfect. And the hat is cool. I don’t have one like that. It makes me feel really hip and young.” I don’t think I could be happier about something I tried on a whim – the hat – and I’m so happy he likes the scarf, too.

Although my niece’s blanket is still in production, as are my leg warmers, I have had fun lately starting two other projects. First is this cute bungalow hat. I found the pattern in the Spring 2012 issues of knitScene magazine and couldn’t resist trying it. So last week, I started it. After working out some kinks and learning how to knit short rows, I am having some pretty good success with it. Here’s my progress thus far:

Bungalow Hat in Berroco Remix in Strawberry

I’m hoping that I’ll have this finished over the weekend. It’s been a fun and fast project, now that I have the hang of the short rows and have figured out how to create the faux seams. And I think it will make the perfect gift for a few people that I have in my 2012 project list (the first one is mine though).

the wrap I made my cousin, Jackie

When I left the bungalow hat at the yoga studio last week, it forced me to work on something else, and although I had two started projects, I found it necessary to pick up a third. I began the cape/poncho that I discussed with my mom over Christmas. She loved the wrap I made my cousin and wanted something similar. I ordered the yarn over Christmas, but hadn’t had a chance to work on it. On Friday night, I had a phone consultation with her and then started her white wrap. Here’s my “sketch” of what I expect it to look like when it’s done:

my sketch of my mom's poncho, I found a fun app (Doodle Buddy) that I'm having fun playing with (I'm fully aware it is a little child-like).

What I learned from starting it, is that I need to order more of the fun fur yarn. The design of this compared to my cousin’s wrap, will require a lot more yarn. I am happy to recognize this now. I’m pretty excited about this though, because I think I want to make something similar for myself with other fun fur and homespun yarn that I have in my yarn stash. These kind of capes will be nice ways to use up the stash.

the start of my mom's poncho

 

the start from another angle

I’m also considering making a simple shrug (rectangle with two sides seamed for arm holes).

I have fun designing, as much as I have fun following patterns and learning new stitches. I’m looking forward to an upcoming creativity gathering with the girls this weekend, for knitting and chatter and hopefully, wrapping another project.

What are your latest projects? Have you had any creativity gatherings lately?

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