Book Review: Within

I just bought the book “Within” by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook after hearing about it on the Grocery Girls Podcast :

(you must watch them!  They are so awesome!)  The Girls even have a KAL set up on ravelry called the BFF KAL in honor of the authors.  You can pick a pattern by either and complete it by March 31st.  That is plenty of time and motivation.

http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/grocery-girls-podcast/3554158/1-25

This book is so good for just the photography.  I mean, really, you don’t even have to knit a THING.  Just look at the pictures.  But that, of course, is so silly.  I’m going to knit the sweater called Fireside which uses Cascade Eco Wool.  I’m still deciding on the color now but I’ve got a few squirreled away to pick from.  Imagine having yarn squirreled away.  Nuts, I say!

The book has 6 patterns inside and states that they will warm the soul.  Nothing sounds better to me then that.  You can pick from sweaters to cozy accessories.  The Hudson Shawl is making me drool.  The Entwine Scarf is a super bulky scarf that probably will be my best friend.  Quick knits always rule in my book.  A nice little feature included is there is a page with pattern stitch counts or schematics that is printed on a black page with white ink.  I am amazed at how easy it is to read on that background.  Well done!

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I had a fun time looking up each author on ravelry to see what other lovelies they have created.  I invite you to do the same!

-Here’s my Pot O’ Gold-this moment-

Knitting to warm my soul-y yours,

Shana

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My Knitting Pilates Muscles

The other day I thought I just can’t get myself going.  I really didn’t want to do anything exercise related like I normally do.  My normal videos just seemed kind of boring.  It was just so cold and windy outside that even just hitting the road sounded pretty hideous.  So I went on YouTube and stumbled onto this nice site call efit30 http://www.efit30.com/ that has people from Australia doing Pilates videos.  Just the sound of their voices brought me to a nice sunny place.  So they have introduced me to Pilates.  I like how patient they are with beginning moves.  If you can really really think about breathing and focusing on your muscles, it’s pretty cool.  (yes, I have trouble remembering to breath and move myself at the same time, I guess.) People have all of these muscles but sometimes we don’t use them or think of how to use them better.  Of course I can barely touch my toes and probably am the most unflexible person in the universe.  Hence my challenge.  It just got me thinking.

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I’ve been watching the Craftsy.com website a lot and have thought about signing up for some of their classes and so I took the plunge.  Plus there was a 50% off sale so win/win.  I was interested in flexing some different knitting muscles that maybe I hadn’t thought about just like my Pilates experience.  There’s just so much to know and put to work with knitting.  I joined a Sally Melville class and a Lucy Neatby sock class.  So far it has been so worth the cash.  Plus on a windy cold -2 degree day, what else can you do?  I love hearing people talking about knitting no matter what particular subject they pick.  Podcasts are my saving grace in winter.  Well, then and in the shower.  Whenever I see a big event that may be located sort of close to me for authors presenting their books on knitting I always want to attend but usually cannot make it happen.  To have these two authors right there and available for questions is unbelievable.  Hearing their personal opinions on techniques and types of patterns, you are guaranteed to pick up tips to get your knitting muscles going.  Lucy Neatby and her double points showed me some pretty cool tricks in just the first couple of minutes.   The instructors give you written direction, patterns, and technique videos that you can have at your beck and call forever.  Well, kind of beck and call.  They are pretty good at addressing questions you post.

It must have been just one of those days because when I thought of my projects that I’m knitting, I also had that bored feeling.  So I decided to jump on Ravelry to see what people were doing.  I ended up scrolling through people’s test knitting pattern sections and thought, Hey, I’d like to do that so I joined up with a couple of them and have been test knitting hats.  How cool is this!  I’ve had a really good time doing some different techniques that I hadn’t ever thought about doing and learned some pretty cool things.  Check out the twisted German cast on technique that I’ve just recently had fun doing:

Great video for twisted German cast on that I LOVE

I also got to chat with some knitting people which is a blast.  While there I also thought I had better give my notebook of projects a look.  I’m a bit guilty of forgetting to log projects in there when finished.  When I look back I think, geez.  I haven’t been good at all doing that.  How fun it would be if I’d really gotten ALL of my projects listed there.  Another muscle I forgot how to use.  Ravelry has so much to offer to us that I wonder if I will ever get it all figured out.  There’s ear-burning, KALs, PMs, and swooshes.  Lions, tigers, and bears…oh, my.  (hey, visit my project page maybe:  http://www.ravelry.com/projects/shanabanana

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Hey, exercise balls are also good at holding projects for you to take pictures of.  AND dogs like to watch.

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Maybe you can give me exercise advice for my muscles and my knitting?

Pretty sure I’ll be sore tomorrow-ly yours,

-here’s my pot o’gold-this moment!

Shana