Saturday, March 28, 2009

It's not blue this time!!!

Realizing that almost everything I knit in the last year is blue, was quite a revelation!!! I love color, but obviously blue must be the favorite. Although all of my knitting is for others, somehow I must believe in my heart that blue is their favorite color also. Perhaps it's the soothing feeling of blue, light blues, sky blues, ocean blues, cloudy, dusty blues, that draw me to this hue. Whether it is bright, jewel or muted my hands and mind are relaxed and calmed by blue.

Today was a wonderful day. Took a pilates class and then dropped quilts off for the local Project Linus group. The group was meeting at a quilt and knit shop nearby.

My students have been working on these quilts over the years, a little bit at a time. Each quilt passed on to the next student who stitched a row of blocks together, added a border, layered the fabrics or hand stitched ties. I could not tell you the number of students who touched these quilts, it could be in the hundreds-many hands make light work.

Project Linus is a great organization. Today's meeting was my first, but definitely not my last. Women and young girls sat and sewed squares or labels and crocheted and knit blankets. Many hands make light work! I ended up spending the afternoon-enjoying the company and feeling of giving. Today is a wonderful day.

Oh by the way, the blanket I worked on was multicolored, jewel tones with a bit of blue and I purchased yarn for my next project!!! Purple, it's not blue but pretty close.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Finding Beauty

Stress can be deadly. I'm talking about the bad stress, negative thinking - over scheduling, everyday life that happens-illness, loss of loved ones, loss of job, money problems, confrontations, loss of faith and list can go on and on. I think it's crucial that we learn how to deal with stress, I believe that having the skills and knowing and practicing stress management techniques adds to the quality of life. I spend much of my time teaching these skills - in my classroom and though knitting and hypnosis.

The way you see things (cup half full or half empty) will make a difference.

Finding beauty in the world fills the cup.

Sharing images from my last trip to the west coast.

Enjoy isn't that rainbow, unbelievable!!!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Discovering New Things

They say that keeping your mind sharp, reading, following your interests, learning new things and activity (mental and physical) will increase your chances of having a healthy mental future. This week I read an article refering to a study that suggests knitting "may" delay memory loss!!!!

The study comes from the Mayo Clinic

It's so nice to know that my hobby will help me in the future as well as giving me joy now.

Special Olympics

What a great Idea!!!! Knit or crochet for the Special Olympics. Donna, Mary and I made these scarves

And to my delight a group from the organization walked in the inaugural parade-proudly displaying the beautiful scarfs.