Friday, September 24, 2010

Inspiration from a Weaver

This is a beautiful, short film of Frederico Chavez Sosa, a master rug weaver in Mexico.

Watch it and be reminded that it takes time to learn how to do something well. There's also gorgeous fiber dyed from natural plants, beautiful rugs, and an artist who really enjoys his work.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Chanting 101

I'll be teaching Chanting 101 in October at Yoga Among Friends in Downers Grove, Illinois.
Look over here to read about the class and see my yoga website and blog!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

A One-Skein Scarf

Fall is here: I'm knitting with autumn oranges again. This happens every year, without my noticing.

And so enjoyable to be knitting lace again. No worries about fit or gauge. This is the Shetland Triangle by Evelyn Clark from WrapStyle. Such an easy pattern that you can memorize it and knit it while visiting someone in the hospital or driving from Chicago to Boston. (I've tested both).
Made from Isager Alpaca 2. One skein, on a size 2 needle. Next time, I'd go up a few sizes in needle size: the shawl is right for the recipient, who requested a scarf, but not a flowy and open as I'd like to see this pattern. And why not: you could get a beautiful shawl out of one skein of this alpaca-wool mix, and the feel and color are luscious.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Random Beauty: A Japanese Garden for the Nurses

A garden for the nurses and staff at a hospital in Pittsburgh.
Very peaceful. I love the idea of a Japanese garden: spare, quiet, elegant. And even the water is made of stone.
The work seems invisible, though I'm sure that it takes many hours and many people to keep a garden looking this beautiful. We were intrigued by the thought of adding a Japanese river rock pond to our backyard, underneath the tree where nothing will grow. One more view, this of the entrance to the garden.