Monday, September 21, 2009

Current inspiration: yarn and chakras.

Sounds like a strange combination, but that's because I'm actually referring to two separate projects that have been going down in this crafty little household. I'll start with the yarn, because it's part of a very exciting bit of news I have- I learned to knit! I've been wanting to take this on for quite some time, and I finally attended a meeting for a local knitting group headed by my friend Andrea, who so kindly taught me everything I needed to know in order to start my first project. It's a scarf! Or at least it will be when I'm finished. I'm hoping to complete it before the cold winter months ahead.

The stitches are really loose, because A) I got the wrong size needles for this yarn and B) I'm very new at this. But it's fun, and it makes me feel good to try my hand with a new medium. I won't lie, it really stressed me out when I first started to learn. But now that I've got the hang of it, I have found that knitting can be rather relaxing.

And now heading back to my comfort zone, I came up with a new design to try out on my polymer clay pendants. It's a variation on my rainbow bubble pendants, but my inspiration for these came from the colors of the chakras.

I started doing yoga about 3 months ago, and I really can't emphasize how much better I feel after only a few months of practicing this ancient art for a mere hour per week. I have noticed major improvement in my balance, flexibility, and muscle control. I'm definitely not claiming that yoga can cure everything, but I really do think it makes a difference to incorporate deep stretching and body alignment into your routine. The sudden change in the way I felt made me wonder if all the talk about chakras may actually hold some truth.

I've been reading a little more deeply into the whole idea, and I think it's safe to say that I'm thoroughly interested, because the chakra colors have made an appearance in my work.

To find out more about the chakras and what they stand for, check out this site.

I made five of these pendants, so I came to the conclusion that it was okay to keep one for myself as a nice little reminder to keep my life in balance.

As you can imagine, that happens a lot around here. That's pretty much the whole reason I started making jewelry- I love to wear it!

In school-related news, I'll be leaving in about 30 minutes to go to my first reading session with the young child I'll be tutoring this semester. I'm SO excited! But right now I've got a question for you, my lovely blog friends. What's been inspiring you lately?


SheezKrafty said...

Yoga is a wonderful beautiful thing :) Hmm...I think the prospect of turning 30 is inspiring me in a weird way. It's made me reflective over life and who I've become which, in turn, reflects what and how I create :)

I hope your tutoring session was great! I would love to hear about it!!!

Christie Cottage said...

You will love knitting. You can knit and watch television and you won't feel as though you are "wasting" time LOL

The pendants are cool. You deserve one!

Have a wonderful day!

Brigid said...

I like the chakra pendants! I've done a little yoga here and there, but I've been interested in going regularly. I can do it free with my Y membership. Maybe I'll actually go this Saturday.

Are you coming to STICKS tomorrow? I'll be there with my crocheting most likely. I can only find one knitting needle. :/

Pili said...

Yay for learning to knit!!
I learnt when I was pretty little, my mom taught me, but I haven't really done any knitting for a looooong time!

And the chakras necklace is so nice!!

vegkat said...

There is no such thing as the "right" needle for the "right" yarn. The purists will say so, because that's what patterns say, but every project is different. There is a never-ending combination of yarn, needles, techniques and patterns that make everything unique! I never use patterns, so I don't have to pay attention to the "rules". It's much more fun that way! :-) Congrats on learning; have fun making all kinds fo awesome warm things!

audreyscountrycrafts said...

Those pendants are great!! I've just started an ArtFire shop and that has inspired me to start painting again. It's been awhile, but it's nice to get back into it again.

Wasted Wishes said...

I've studied the chakras for a few years, and I agree! It's very interesting and it's amazing how a little meditation and concentration can change your body and how you feel about it. I love those necklaces.

Margaret said...

I've done yoga a few times. I really liked it. I bought a few DVD's, because I live so far from a class. I plan on starting up again after the baby is born.

I taught myself how to knit. My first project was a scarf too. I don't do it very often though. I am more of an instant gradification type of person.

lollywood said...

Yay, I was so glad to see you blogging again today and commenting on my posts! Thank you! I love Halloween and I do remember your Halloween section. I didn't get there til around 4 on Saturday so it was pretty picked over I think! I remember the little pumpkins! :) Those pendants are really neat and to know the background info on it makes them even more meaningful. I can't wait for Indie and to see you and everything you've been making! :)

I've got so many ideas in my head, I made out a list of things I want to get done for Indie to see what people like, so I know in the future if I want to make more. I keep making stuff and wanting to wear it, so I've made a few extra things, too.. Haha! It's the perfect advertising though!

I BLEED PINK said...

I've been wanting to learn how to knit for awhile. I just don't know if I will have the attention span to do it.

Also, thanks for the heads up on the estate sales, I would have never even thought about something like that.

Ink Obsession Designs said...

I wish I could knit. I always feel like that would be something good for me to do when I'm sitting down. I always feel like my hands need to be busy and that may help! :)

Suzanne said...

I've tried crocheting (I couldn't even get it started with the slipknot), but not knitting. You go girlie! I so love the chakra pendants! I also have another motive for being here (I had fun doing this, so you may enjoy it).

I nominate you for the "Honest Scrap" award. If you wanna do it, do it. If you don't, don't. View mine and the instructions at:

Keep on creating kick ass stuff!


sfauthor said...

Nice posting. Do you know about these chakra books?

apparentlyjessy said...

Congrats on learning to knit! Every year I try and knit a new winter scarf, and every year I have to give it to my mum to fix and finish, cause I always stuff it up! I think its too relaxing then I loose concentration and pick up stitches. lol

My favourite class at my gym is Body Balance, which is a class that includes a mix of tai chi, pilates and yoga. It's very relaxing, and I always leave feeling really good.

Love your new pendants, the rainbow colours against the silver looks great! I bet they will sell well :)

Rheea said...

I've always wanted to try yoga but really didn't have the time. I got some video tutorial on it instead (and haven't got the time to watch!) lol. I haven't been practising my piano lately too. Guilty.. :( Time to balance my life!

Latest inspiration? Let me think...spiderman, wonderwoman, batman? Ha! When you mentioned that you like superman, do you meant the old man version? lol.

Those pendants look really cool. I think they will look great as earrings (I'm so into big earrings lately).


une petite said...

it's soooo nice !

alexkeller said...

i love the pendants! not long ago i was making prayer beads for a woman and read all about chakras, too. i love reading about new things - well, new to me!

cabin + cub said...

knitting is so fun and relaxing... i knitted so many scarves once i learned. and that is pretty much the only thing, i can knit to this day!

hmmm.. have been contemplating about yoga... i have only tried it once. but it was fun!

devonrose said...

I'm excited for you about learning to knit! I need to relearn it, my mom showed me years ago, but I did'nt have enough patience back then to keep at it.

I'm excited to hear about your reading session! Hope you had a great time:)

Melody Sage said...

Yoga is amazing isn't it? It's cool you're exploring chakras. I always thought they were purely metaphorical until I experienced a kundalini rising while meditating. I yelped out loud I was so surprised!

Rose said...

I agree about yoga, although I did Pilates (a little easier). I havent done it for quite a while, but when I was doing it i found more strength too and felt great afterwards.
Cute pendants too.


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