I finished all the earth-toned warps and still in keeping with using up stashed yarns, went shopping in the bins in the laundry room for both of these projects. On the Flip, we have a wide scarf in “Shawl in a ball” in Healing Teal, and on the big Jack, a rug from black carpet warp with Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick in the Lakeside Stripes colorway. It looks like the water in one of Monet’s water lilies paintings. As much as I love the look of the earthy, “Imagine” warp, I don’t know if I’ll do that again. It was a tough project to weave.
I like both these projects, so that makes it fun work. I’ve got the big loom working better than it was before, I rotated the hooks on shaft four and fiddled with the brake on the warp beam, and he/she seems happier too. You can see from the pic of the warping board that this is a short one, it’s just 105″ long. It is 28″ wide, and I planned it, with some shrinkage, to work as a runner or on a yoga mat as an extra cushion. We’ll see how that goes. So far the most dramatic result of the experiment has been the pain. Yes, either because of using the warping board on the couch and/or then thinking that since it was a short warp, I could get it on in a day, I have done something awful to my back and have had pain all through my hip to my foot. So that has kept me on naproxen, some Chinese salve I found in a drawer, and a heating pad for the last two days and is limiting me to work on the Flip loom. Don’t worry, I have a plan for next time. I’ll either use the reel or properly hang the warping board. I just wanted to try an idea I had about using the Homespun.
I entered in a give-away on My Yoga Online and won 2 pairs of Pluggz. The give-away consisted of a drawing from all who responded to this question on the MYO forum, the question was: How do you ground yourself?
I responded: I keep grounded by slowing down, focusing on one task at a time and reducing media inputs. And… my name was drawn! So now I get to try a really cool product that I never would have heard of otherwise. I was going to get 1 pair for Scott and 1 for me, but their men’s sizes stop at 12, so that means I get both. He doesn’t really wear flip-flops anyway so he wasn’t exactly heartbroken in case you were concerned. So far I like them, I’ll give a full review in a week or so.
Scott has our Chinook, the boat, not the dog, up at the Center for Wooden Boat’s weekend boat show. She looks great with all the other wooden boats and it is a fun crowd. There are some classic Lake Union Dreamboats. The weather has been great (fingers crossed) and the little kids are all attracted to our boat. If you are in Seattle make sure to stop by and see her. We’ll be there periodically and a friend will be showing her the rest of the time.
I was reading the blog at Yoga Journal and saw a post stating that beginning a yoga practice has been shown to help teens with eating disorders. This is according to a recent study quoted in Time Magazine. The Time article sums up by quoting the researchers, who “suspect that yoga may help by reducing the obsessive concern about weight associated with eating disorders. They write, ‘Food preoccupation may be reduced by focusing attention on yoga poses.”
IMO this misses the point. If “focusing attention on yoga poses” is all that is required, then focusing attention on Sudoku or knitting should work just as well. To me, a major point of yoga is that it makes me feel more connected to my body and appreciative of my body as it develops in strength and flexibility. In addition, many yoga poses are specifically geared toward balancing the body’s glandular system and I could add that yoga can have psycho-spiritual benefits as well that might relieve an over-concern with food or appearance.
I enjoyed the article because it made me realize I have been neglecting yoga in favor of activities that burn more calories, but Yoga has intangible benefits that may outweigh its actual calorie burn. I will have to add more yoga to my rotation.