Just hanging out

I have a few of my "finished" afghans to really finish – weaving in all the yarn tails, try to remove as much cat and dog hair as I can. Some will get a good washing, others just a good shaking. Two need to be wrapped and then boxed and mailed.

I still have my sister’s afghan to work on. I haven’t felt like working on it, but I will get down to it tomorrow after my Reiki student leaves.

I have been making a lot of bead crochet bracelets. They need to be sewed together – some with bead and charm pieces holding them together, some just sewed up (hopefully) seamlessly.

I completed one tonight:

It took me 3 tries to get it right. The first time was sloppy so I tore out the center piece to start over. Then I got it right but realized it was way too big. So out went some of the center beads. I got it down to what you see. It could be smaller, but it won’t fall off my hand.

Are you all doing well and getting ready for holiday celebrations? William-Thomas and I don’t quite know when we will be celebrating with my family. Mom thought we might do Sunday instead of Christmas Eve. I am okay with that. That way I can be somewhere else Christmas Eve; perhaps with friends or just hanging out at home.

Peace!

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Ahhhhh….

I finished another afghan last night. All but a bazillion ends to weave in. I did start doing that, but then decided to just concentrate on the bits that were poking out where I added a new skein of yarn (in the middle of a row).

Here it is:

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I cropped out the ends 🙂

These afghans that have a new color every row are really a bunch of work to finish. You would think I would learn, I mean this is only the Eleventy-oneth one I have done like that now. And this one is a cotton/acrylic mix and you know how cotton just likes to poke out.

To recap: This one is made with TLC Cotton-Plus yarn, cotton 51%/acrylic 49%. The pattern is in a Leisure Arts pamphlet called Rippling Effects. Great pattern, but the materials list has errors. Buy more of the color that goes into the dk blue slot. If you think it over, there is one more row of that color, so it shouldn’t be less yardage/ounces (whatever) than the red.

Now all I have left (afghan-wise) is my dear sister’s granny square one. Good thing too because I am crazy go nuts over doing bead crochet bracelets. Want to see?

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I can really crank them out now. Before was agonizingly slow to even get a bracelet started. I am not joking this time either; bazillion and eleventy-one aside. When you first try do do bead crochet you think you need at least 2 more hands. Especially since I am using thread vs. crochet cotton. Have you ever tried to crochet using thread? Now add to that that you need to crochet in a round with thread and beads. One of my BeadLadies friends, Jean gave me a tip to do the first chain row without beads, then on the 2nd row add the beads. It works a lot easier that way, but still takes practice.

Of those 3 finished bracelets, two have similar center beads. I bought a strand of 20 of them and because they are marbled glass, they all have a slightly different color and design to them. I am going to work up a bunch to sell at a craft fair at “my” coffee house, The Coffee Grounds on December 2nd from 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. But beside those that I am aiming to sell, I am making some for gifts so count me busy right now: Sister’s crochet afghan that is started, but let’s face it – way more to go. More bracelets for gifts, get things ready for the sale, a bunch of Fetching(s) for gifts too — VERY VERY busy.

Peace!

Back in the saddle

I’m back in the (sock) saddle again.

ridged feather sock

Even though I finished that pair of red socks, that was just a finish-up an old project kind of thing. This time I started a new pair. My favorite mindless sock – a modified ridged feather from Sensational Knitted Socks. I am using some sock yarn I picked up on clearance at the Needlework Unlimited Outlet. Two balls of Meilenweit Fun and Stripes in colors that I seem to be wearing a lot lately. Fall colors! I am making these a bit longer than I normally do. Why? Who knows, just wanted to. I will still have bits left anyway because I have short feet.

I have also been up to bead crochet a lot lately. I had to re-teach my hands to do the stitches. One of those techniques that get rusty. I just finished this bracelet for a gift for a friend and I like it so much I am making one for myself too!

bead crochet tree spirit bracelet

The beads are an size 8 mix of matte and rainbow blue strung on polyester thread. Crocheted pretty tight. Bead caps and a center stone bead of black labradorite.

The charm is a Tierra Cast one, called Tree Spirit. I love it. Of course I had only one of those charms, and I had to both find out who manufactures the charm and then find out if anybody sold them so I could have one for my bracelet. I hunted on Etsy and found Dragynsfyre. I saw she had sold those charms before and asked if she still carried them. Yes! Great service. I found some beads she created that I added to my order and I am anxious to see them in person. She has some beautiful items on her Etsy shop so check it out if you have a moment or two or three…

The labradorite stone center piece I found at a local bead and yarn shop called Be-Ya-Gi (Beads, Yarn, Gifts). Great place. Not a lot of each but what they do have is very reasonably priced. The staff is friendly and helpful without being hovering. Great knitting and beading classes and such too!

Besides working on that sock I am working on other bead crochet items and need to get one brother’s afghan finished as the yarn has arrived and I don’t have any other excuses besides wanting to do other things too.

I hope you are having a good time getting ready for the holidays. I love this time of year!

Peace!

Jewelry for my group

I am a Reiki Master Teacher. I have been very blessed with many fine students who have helped me discover more about life and its meaning. Some of my students have become my/our best friends. What a wonderful benefit!

One of the things that I have discovered in my studies is that I sometimes have to really work at being out in public – that I have really been an introverted person who as made herself to be more outgoing. Being with other people is hard, not because I don’t like them, but because it is just an energy thing. Group work is something else though, it is never the four letter type of work that means hard or boring. By the way, for me, work has always been a good word – it means life. There are five of us (myself, husband, another couple and my "twin") that are my core group and the work we do is life and joy.

What makes us a group? I guess because we have declared it out loud to ourselves and to each other. Mind you, it isn’t one of those high school type groups where we whisper and talk about others and mock them. We mostly just mock each other and ourselves *grin*. It feels really comfortable to be with each other and we are family. We call each other for help and support which also includes bottom-line truth stuff too.

Anyway, twin & I were out shopping at a bead store one day and she found a pendant made out of Gaspeite. Pretty and it was calling to her (you bead and crystal and stone people know what I am talking about), so we looked up the metaphysical meaning to see why. It was a must have, but I talked her out of getting it because I thought it was too pricey. I figured we could find the stones on Ebay and buy it for the whole group. We also decided to include another metaphysical stone, Sugilite because of its properties, and Flourite because it went with the Sugilite, and because Flourite is another must have kind of stone.

Here are four of the bracelets, and four pendants. I don’t have twin’s set because I gave them to her before I took the photo – dang! As an aside, I realize that the jewelry doesn’t scream masculinity. However, my husband and my male friend aren’t afraid of wearing jewelry. Besides, this is more where it in private vs. out there in the big public kind of jewelry.

Here are the metaphysical meanings:

Gaspeite (Mint Green) is a recently discovered stone in the western hemisphere, found in 1966 and was initially a discarded byproduct of nickel sulfide mining. Emotionally, it reduces distress and brings assurance. It also reduces ignorance, particularly emotional ignorance. It also helps attracts friends and friendship. Aboriginals use gaspeite to bring visions and grant success. Metaphysically, Gaspeite is best known for helping to bring spirituality into every day life. It brings good fortune and helps prevent loss. Physically gaspeite has been used for heart problems, lungs, and gallbladder. Gaspeite is primarily related to the heart chakra. Susan’s note: I made the pendants to wear at our heart chakra, so each person would string it on the necklace of their own choosing.

Sugilite (Large dark purple & small opaque lighter purple), also known as Luvulite is a third eye activator. Opens the connection between mind and body. It attunes one to their mental body to see what is creating the physical problem and in doing so, gain the healing power necessary to balance the physical body. Helps spiritually oriented individuals deal with the sometimes overwhelming negative energies present on the planet. A stone to use for children to keep the innocence, wisdom, and magic of the child’s world as they grow into adulthood. Also used to re-awaken those qualities in adults. Helps one connect with their own inner light. Helps cancer patients release the old angers, resentments, fears, guilt, frustrations, sorrows, or insecurities that manifested the disease.

Enhances functions of pineal, pituitary and adrenal glands. Activates and balances brain hemispheres. Strengthens heart. Aids physical healing and purification of bodily systems. Emotional balancer, reduces stress. Brings higher spiritual awareness into physical reality. Enhances sensitivity. Strong protective qualities. Excellent for meditation. Enhances channeling abilities.

Flourite (small clear to dark purple – transparent/translucent) is here to teach us to be inter-dimensional. Used to advance the mind from one mental reality to the next. Aids in fighting mental disorder and gaining spiritual awakening. Balances positive and negative aspects of the mind. Cleaner, grounds excess energies and helps one work with large amounts of energy. Very focusing. Aids in increasing the assimilation of Life Force into the body. Source of fluoride, strengthens bone and dental tissue.

Strengthens teeth and bones. Improves absorption of vital nutrients. Beneficial for blood vessels and spleen. Grounds excess energy. Excellent for advancement of mind, greater concentration, meditation. Helps one grasp higher, more abstract concepts. Facilitates inter-dimensional communication. Powerful healer. Works with chakras and attitudes according to color of stone.

The color of fluorite (fluorspar) varies considerably. Common colors include colorless (transparent), green, and a wide range of shades of purple. Yellow and blue fluorite are also available. Less usual colors of this crystal include magenta, pink, red and black. The transparency of fluorite ranges from transparent to translucent.

Peace!

And a good time was had by all.

I did make it to the MN Ample Knitters meeting yesterday. We switch locations where we will meet. Did you ever try to come to a decision amongst very flexible people? Kerry is nice enough to make the decision for us each month.

This month we met at Needlework Unlimited at 5:30. Yeah, we meet after the store is closed. They are even kind enough to let us order in food and just hang out. It is like when celebrities have a store close so that they can do their shopping in private – sweet!

I don’t drive out to NU very often since I have become so enamoured of Borealis Yarns. So because this was a bit of a trip, I decided to really make a day of it. I planned out a strategy of leaving the house about 2:00, drive to the NU Outlet Store (only open on weekends) and then a trip to Bead Monkey before the AK gathering.

Here is what I got
even more sock yarn - 4 socks worh
4 socks worth of yarn.

I know I know, I had just posted how I already have enough for 20+ pairs – but but – this yarn was such a deal! Four socks worth of yarn for about $7.25 each pair. And I need some mellow yarn because I don’t want to be one of those crazy ladies with the neon feet. At least not all the time.

That shopping took almost no time. Next, off to Bead Monkey to purchase crimp tubes. Of course I came out with a lot more. I wanted to re-string my amber bracelet. The bracelet was one done up on elastic cord. I am not anti-elastic, but I wanted a more bracelet look this time, so I decided to string them on wire with a real clasp. When I was shopping around the stringing materials section, I found something called "wire savers". They are used to protect your stringing wire and make for a more professional/standard closure. Here they are in action:

wire saver

I added some cloissone beads at each end. I thought I would have to use them so that I could pass a doubled wire through, but it turns out I really didn’t need them because the holes in the amber beads were big enough. But I think it looks nice. I bought 2 more so I could make matching earrings, but now I realize that if I want to make a set, I need bendy wire to make the bead dangle at the end. – Sigh – I always seem to need to make 2 trips to get anything finished. Such is life.

Ate a quick late lunch early dinner and headed out to NU for some early shopping. Met up with Mary, tooled over to get something to drink before the meeting, then back to NU. A smallish group this month (I guess only 2 last month). But a good time was had by all.

Peace!