Posts by nikkivandecar

Major Life Change

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Life Strategy! | 0 comments

 

Things are very busy over here. A quarter of my furniture is gone, another quarter will vanish in two weeks, and I will follow after it a few weeks after that.

I’m moving home.

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Zen & Sereknity

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Knitting, Life Strategy! | 0 comments

 

It was complete chance that I got a chance to speak with Bernadette Murphy, author of *lots* of books, including Zen and the Art of Knitting and, most recently, Harley and MeOver the course of our conversation, I learned that while Bernadette and I have very similar feelings about the spiritual power of crafting.

The thesis of SereKNITy is that the act of knitting or crocheting is meditative, is peaceful. This seems, well, fairly obvious (unless you live with a knitter or crocheter, and then you know that it also includes a lot of cursing and ripping out. But set that part aside). Of course knitting and crocheting are peaceful activities. But in her memoir Zen and the Art of Knitting, Bernadette dives more deeply into the questions of why and how.

 

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Ley Lines

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Knitting | 0 comments

I’m a little bit obsessed with ley lines. This is Maggie Stiefvater’s fault (though I blame her, perhaps unfairly, for many things, including my daughter’s insistence on calling seals capaill uisce).

Ley lines are energetic tracks arcing across the world. They are often dotted with historical landmarks–Stonehenge is for sure on a ley line. You might have heard them referred to as fairy roads or corpse roads.

Here’s my understanding of them…you know how when you’re walking in a wide open space, with no particular direction or destination in mind, you’re just walking, and you feel like you ought to walk that way. Your body is at ease when you walk that specific path.

I believe, when that happens, that I’m walking a ley line.

I’m always trying to incorporate magic into my crafting, and when I saw Joji Locatelli’s Ley Lines, well…there was just no way I could avoid knitting it, and I wasn’t going to let all that ribbing deter me.

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Slow down, recharge, and appreciate the small, meaningful details of everyday life.

SereKNITy is a collection of more than twenty-five knitting and crocheting patterns united by one all-compassing idea: finding peace. 

 

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