Thursday was a beautiful day for a visit to Sweitzer’s Countryside. My friend Fran and I had lunch at Mignano Brothers Italian Restaurant in Glen Rock, PA and afterwards took a drive through the country to arrive at Sweitzer’s. It was our first visit so we were impressed with the selection of their yarns, tools, and patterns. They also carried a variety of hand-crafted scarf pins. I immediately found one I liked made of leather that fastens with two screw buttons in the back. At $17 I thought it a bit pricey but it certainly is unique!
Cathy, one of the nice ladies at Sweitzer’s, explained their lessons policy. I can purchase a card for $40 that entitles me to 4 hours of lessons, crochet or knit. Then I just make an appointment and come in whenever it is convenient for me. I just love this arrangement! I’m a beginning knitter and am anxious to learn some new skills in that craft.
The best part came when Cathy took us into the sale room. I managed to find 9 balls of Tempo marked down from $12.50 a ball to $8.50. Tempo is a cotton blend yarn that has nubby properties. It is listed as size 4 worsted weight but varies along its length. I would characterize it as more of a DK weight yarn.
A couple of patterns come to mind for this: the Blue Waves Vest, the Hot Chilli Shawl Cardigan, or my very own Draped Sleeveless Jacket.
Draped Sleeveless Jacket
The Draped Sleeveless Jacket is just a rectangle with openings left for the armholes. If it is worked with more ease and the front is unbuttoned, it hangs nicely in a drape. I think that my new nubby, thin, cotton yarn would look great worked up in a more open stitch. I’ll start swatching some of these ideas today to see what breaks out!
A Time For Reflection*
I really look forward to the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. After Christmas, I joined a Meet-Up group for Guided Meditation. On those days, 7 or 8 of us get together under the eaves in a tiny Cape Cod house. The space where we meet is cozy and welcoming with floor pillows, chairs, wind chimes, and all manner of exotic objects to enrich our meditation experience. Our guide, Sandee, offers up a different technique each time, allowing us to try many various approaches to meditation. The meeting lasts for two hours but the time passes very quickly. We chat for about 20 minutes, try some scented oils, and then meditate for 40 minutes. Then we repeat the process. There is always time to discuss our impressions and to offer suggestions and resources for further study.
As a result of these meetings, I’ve begun a daily meditation practice. Using my MP3 player and some of the downloads of guided meditation or music that I have found through the group, I sit quietly every morning for about 45 minutes. This has made an amazing difference in my life! My aches and pains are disappearing, my mood is great, and I feel that I am really connected to my higher self. Meditation is difficult when you try to sit in total silence but I have found that having a soft voice or music as a guide is very helpful.
* Blue Earth Photo: Artwork by the Soul Connection Network