Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Winter Knitter



Yes another winter is upon us which means the knitting needles are out.  Actually, I wanted to teach myself to crochet so I have done a couple of crochet projects as well.

So far I have completed:


2 Pavement Scarves (crochet)- pattern link
The brown one is my first attempt at crocheting.  I was very please with the turnout and decided to make another for a gift.

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Works in Progress:


Ten Stitch Blanket
Easy knit but this will take forever.  I needed so instant gratification hence the chunky quick scarves above.

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Entrelac Scarf
I think I have mentioned that I am the slowest knitter ever.  This scarf is taking me forever.  About an hour for each row and I am only halfway done... deep sigh.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Zentangle What?


The postman dropped off the fall non-credit schedule of classes for the local community college a few days ago.  Now that I am an emptynester I have been seriously considering some personal enrichment courses because guess what, I actually have some time on my hands.  There are so many different courses to take and I put stars by quite a few of them that sounded interesting.  One in particular caught my eye as I perused the drawing section.  

As a quick tangent let me explain why I typically skip the drawing section.  Well it is because I suck at drawing and consider myself the most artistically uncreative person in the world.  In my former mindset (thanks to a discussion with my coworker) I always had the perception that drawing classes were for those who could already draw, and were super artsy, AND creative, AND could pick up their tool of choice and create an immediate masterpiece.  Flawed thinking.  They have the classes so you can learn. They teach you techniques and how to see things and how to do things and drawing-y stuff.  Duh!!!  These geniuses even have intro level class for people like me.  My flawed thought process has been corrected and the drawing section looks like some pretty cool stuff.

Back to the course catalog.  I saw a class called Introduction to Zentangle.  What in the world?  What intrigued me first was I had never even heard this word in my life.  Then the description talked about inspiring creativity and developing mindfulness.  Me-oooh-oooh-me-me-please-me!!  Sounds like a perfect basic start.  Me being me I googled it and yes I am going to give it a try.  Doodling!!  I am going to learn how to doodle.  Probably the most basic start EVER!!

The class isn't until Oct 2 so I may do some YouTubing and give it a shot before that.  But I can at least say I am excited to try something completely different in an area that I have never explored before.

 Yay me!!  I am learning that I don't have to be an expert at everything.  I am learning that just trying something new counts for something.  Excited.


EDIT:  3 hours later and I just checked 2 books out of the library and am probably going to order some supplies.  


PREPARE FOR ME TO UNLEASH ME INNER CREATIVITY










Monday, April 10, 2017

$50 of Hair Products

Always more hair stuff to buy.  I am not a product junkie however I go through ebbs and flows with my hair care regimen.  This is terrible because it has led to inconsistent results.  Recently I was talking to another natural lamenting about how I haven't found my holy grail products.  She recommended trying a whole product line a time since the products are made to work together.  Makes sense.

My first product line in this experiment is As I Am.  I had used the Double Butter previously and liked it so I figured let's start there.

4 products.. FOUR  came to $49 and change.  Tears, but its an investment.

Here is my haul:
Twist Defining Cream
DoubleButter Cream
Leave-In Conditioner
Coconut Co-wash


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1 month later I an thrilled there is a good amount of product left in each of these. 



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The jury is still out on these.  While I am not disappointed I am also not jumping for joy that I have used these.  I am going to give it a little more time before I make a final judgement on any of these.

Until next time,

TakiJ

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Anybody Out There

Wow... has it really been this long since  I have posted something.

YEP

Happy New Year!  Better late than never.

In all seriousness I have missed my blog.   Blogging was always a fun outlet for me and now that I am in a different place in my life I thought it would be a good time to start it back up.  A lot has happened in the past few years.

So what's it going to be about.... anything, everything, something, and nothing.  Just sharing my journey with you in hopes that maybe you find something useful to help you with your journey.


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It appears I have lost my signature.  I will get around to creating a new one.

Until then,

Takij


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Finished Something- Glacier Bay Scarf

Finished a scarf that I started last year.  I decided I wasn't allowed to start anything new without finishing something.  This pattern was pretty simple.  It seemed to initially take forever but once I remembered the pattern and got back into the swing of things (a year knitting hiatus makes you rusty)  it was smooth sailing.

This is the Glacier Bay Scarf knitted in Red Heart Super Saver Mulbery Mix.  I lot of k2tog and yo but it makes for an interesting zig-zag piece.  To the scarf collection it goes!!

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