Archive for April, 2012

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Aromatherapy Eye Pillow

Aromatherapy Eye Pillow

Aromatherapy Eye Pillow

This is an aromatherapy eye pillow I made last night. I was feeling very emotional and inspired, full of gratitude and joy, and was looking for a creative way to express it. India came to mind, like so often, and discovering these scrap pieces of fabric and ribbon in my wardrobe made me very happy :)

The magenta coloured front side is decorated with a sparkly ribbon (bought at Bombay’s Crawford Market a few years ago), and I chose a simple but soft black fabric for the back. I didn’t use a pattern, just improvised as I went along.

It’s filled with rice, which I scented with a few drops of two of my absolute favourite essential oils: frangipani and jasmine (a memento from Chiang Mai, Thailand). So so delicious :)

I love everything about it, can’t wait to use it!

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Stripe Study Shawl Knitalong: Again!

Stripe Study Shawl

Stripe Study Shawl

Just wanted to let my knitalong friends know that I’ve started my second Stripe Study Shawl now! It’s such a joy to be knitting with soft yarn again :)

This yarn (Drops Loves You; 50% cotton, 50% microfiber) is very splitty, but I’d choose splitty over scratchy any day..!

Stay inspired, lovelies

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Stripe Study Shawl Knitalong: Week 2

Stripe Study Shawl

This pattern is so lovely to knit, I’ve really been enjoying it :) And yes, it has definitely helped me get over my dislike towards garter stitch — yay!

I started on the border several days ago, and since then it seems like I’ve been knitting quicksand… the rows are infinitely long, and the progress so so slooow…

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38 Similarities Between Vampirism and M.E.

Vampire

I find it absolutely heart-breaking that so many ME sufferers refer to themselves as ‘living dead’ people… Myalgic encephalomyelitis sure is a deeply debilitating, horrifying, painful and extremely difficult illness to live with, and although I don’t share their view about lifelessness (despite being severly affected by ME myself) I do understand where it’s coming from…

If macabre humour makes you uncomfortable or upset then this post might not be for you, so please stop reading now.

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Stripe Study Shawl Knitalong: Week 1

Stripe Study Shawl

Ten stripes done! I’m really enjoying this pattern :)

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Stripe Study Shawl Knitalong: Day 1

Stripe Study Shawl

Got the yarn and started knitting! I’m having sort of mixed feelings, because the colour of the yarn is delicious – even though it doesn’t look like in the pictures on Kauni’s website – but it’s also incredibly scratchy… even more than expected :( Svinto (steel wool) comes to mind… Keeping my fingers crossed hoping it will soften up after a wash. Patience ~*

Confession: I’ve never been a fan of garter stitch. This pattern however, might possibly change that. It’s surprisingly fun and interesting, so far :)

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Stripe Study Shawl Knitalong

Stripe Study Shawl Knitalong

It’s no secret that I’m ridiculously fond of watchalongs and readalongs, so you can probably imagine how excited I am about this – taking part in my very first knitalong!

This knitalong is an initiative by Crafts from the Cwtch and Misadventures in Craft, so please do visit their blogs for more details and inspiration. The Stripe Study Shawl pattern is designed by Veera Välimäki.

The yarn I’ll be using is Kauni 8/2 Effektgarn in colour EME (pinks and reds) and Kauni 8/2 solid black; both 100% wool. I’ve never used this yarn before, but chose it because when I was browsing finished projects on Ravelry I was absolutely stunned by how amazing the variegated colours looked combined with the geometrical shapes of this pattern. It’s reasonably priced, too.

Kauni 8/2 EME

I ordered the yarn online today, so it should be here in a couple of days. Can’t wait to cast on :)

Patience, grasshopper!

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Yarn Along #1

Cold Light // Pasha

I don’t have much to say at the moment. I’m sort of out of words, still bed/couchbound and running on extremely low gears because of the continuing health challenges.

Been spending lots and lots of time in quiet stillness, and also listening to Adyashanti‘s talks. In fact, I can’t really do anything else beyond that, without severly overdrawing my energy account… I gently keep trying, though; always hoping the situation will take a turn for the better one day.

Sometimes I do give in to the ever present eagerness, inspiration and longing to do something, even though I know there will be consequences. Lately, my sweet poison of choice have been knitting. The work in progress in the picture above is a hat, Pasha by Jane Richmond, in Debbie Bliss’ Andes (baby alpaca and mulberry silk yarn). I absolutely adore them both The picture unfortunately doesn’t do justice at all to the yarn; it’s the most gorgeous colour of moonlight, with a subtle shimmer and it’s as soft as a dream :)

The book I’m currently reading is Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth. I started it ten days ago, but I’m only on page 17 so far. My broken brain is making reading very very difficult, but I’m immensely grateful for every morsel.

Jenn Ashworth’s novel A Kind of Intimacy was my absolute favourite book among the ones I read last year, simply amazing! Or to quote my usually admirably eloquent soul sister: »It’s genius, but ooooooh I died!« Hehehe… Actually, it’s a story so well told and brilliantly written – not to mention a completely unforgettable protagonist – that I wouldn’t hesitate to list her as one of my top most favourite novelists, along with Maggie O’Farrell and Audrey Niffenegger. Yes, she’s that good! Do treat yourself; go buy her books, read them and enjoy :)

This post was inspired by Sarah (Crafts From The Cwtch), whose WIP Wednesdays/Yarn Along posts I really enjoy.