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Monday, September 19, 2011

Colour Therapy


What does your favourite colour say about you?
Have you ever used a variegated yarn and felt a little agitated while knitting with say, the dull pink sections over the vibrant purples? Sometimes having some discord in your colourway can be a good thing to perk you up or keep your attention, but, amazingly, we are drawn to certain colours at different times depending on the needs of our body. You may find that when you are ill, you will crave certain colours for healing without even being aware of it.
The practice of healing with colour goes back to the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Colour therapy was used by sage physicians for healing, but interest these days is more psychological-focused. Colours influence our feelings and emotions, which, in turn, affect the health of our minds and bodies.
The power of colour is intuitive and personal – it is not an absolute. There are many factors at play when you are absorbing colour (which is all the time): light, mood, age, health, climate, season and memory. The good news is that colour can be used for healing in the form of food, environment, light and, of course, yarn.
Consider your mood and state of health the next time you choose your yarn colour. Make sure it is a colour that inspires positive feelings and arouses happy memories, even if it is a gift for someone else. Odds are, you are going to be looking at that colour for weeks until your project is complete! 

Bohoyarns "Dexter"
RED

Strength and courage, vitality and passion, confidence building, grounding, survival, stability, excitement, fertility
Use for: Stimulating circulation, infertility and shyness.



Bohoyarns "Archie Andrews"
ORANGE

Creative energy, revitalizing, feeds your inner child, joy, sex drive, purpose, experimentation, purpose, friendship.
Use for: Treating grief and ennui.



Bohoyarns "Wheels on the Bus"
 YELLOW

Mental focus, balances Ego, confidence, clarity, spirituality.
Use for: Digestive complaints, menstrual and hormonal issues, depression, low self-esteem and anxiety.



Bohoyarns "Shrubbery"
GREEN

Nurturing, love and relationships, balance and harmony, anchoring, prosperity, tolerance, development.
Use for: Memory and releasing past traumas, balance in relationships, claustrophobia, envy and nausea.



Bohoyarns "Travolta's Pants"
BLUE

Truth, communication and self-expression, tranquility, loyalty, peace.
Use for: Inflammation, emotional turmoil, coughs and sore throats, fever, agitation and terminal illnesses.



Bohoyarns "Doubting Thomas"
INDIGO

Calming, stimulates clairvoyance, understanding and perception, inspires order and structure.
Use for: Lowering blood pressure, combating infections, sinus and chest disorders.




Bohoyarns "Hendrix"
 PURPLE

Cleansing and detoxifying, restores perspective and intuition, boosts creativity, lifts spirits.
Use for: Headaches, strengthening the immune system and calming hyperactivity.
 



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Bloodlust Socks


These are a great cable sampler sock and the pattern is easy to memorize. The cables make them warm and cozy. The pattern is fully charted and also includes written instructions (made from the cuff down). These socks are named for a couple of favourite TV shows that are a little bit twisted, just like the socks.

This is a 4-page PDF pattern. $4.00 USD
The pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment.


Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius

Skills: knit, purl, cable, K2tog, ssk, grafting (instructions included)

Size: women's med (US shoe size 7-8) with some instructions to adjust

Yarn: 100 g, 400 yds (366 m) fingering weight sock yarn

Suggested Brand: 1 skein Bohoyarns shown in “littoral pura”, colour Dexter

Needles: 2.5 mm dpns; 3 mm dpns

Other Materials: stitch markers, tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Bodhi Tree Beret and Beanie


This lovely, oversized beret is warm and supremely comfy; floppy and sloppy, but also pretty. If berets aren’t your thing, try the cute little beanie style. Both hats are constructed from the bottom up. The unique cluster pattern is influenced by nature and I think you will find some enlightenment under these bodhi trees.

This is a 3-page PDF pattern. $4.00 USD 
The pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment.


Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius

Skills: knit, purl, k1fb, K2tog, cluster (instructions given)

Size: adult medium

Yarn: 100 g, 220 yds (200 m) worsted weight wool

Suggested Brand: 1 skein Cascade 220 wool

Needles: 4 mm 16" circular; 5 mm 16" circular; 5 mm dpns

Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Kinesis Hat


This hat is a cute newsboy style with a shallow, curved brim and a darling little pom pom on top. The pattern stitch is dense, warm and easy to work up. It is constructed from the bottom up with the brim, pom pom and band added afterwards. You probably won’t be able to make just one.

This is a 3-page PDF pattern. $4.00 USD
This pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment.

Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius

Skills: ch, sc, bpdc (back post double crochet), fpdc (front post double crochet)

Sizes: adult small-medium-large

Yarn: 100g, 220 yds (200 m) light worsted weight wool (you may need a second ball for the largest size)

Suggested Brand: 1 skein Custom Woolen Mills mule spinner 2-ply; 1 skein Cascade 220 wool

Hook: 5 mm (H)

Other Materials: 2 medium sized buttons (3/4”), tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Hodgepodge Earflap Hat



This adorable earflap hat was designed to showcase the amazing Knit Collage yarn. It is made from the bottom up with details added later. Adding random buttons is a great way to add extra embellisment and use up misfit buttons.

This is a 2-page pattern. $4.00 USD
The pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment.


Craft: knitting and (basic) crochet

Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius

Skills: knit, M1, K2tog, single crochet, pom pom and tassels

Sizes: adult small and large

Yarn: 125g, 35 yds (32 m) novelty yarn; less than 2 x 50g, 54 yds (49 m) super bulky wool

Suggested Brand: 1 skein Knit Collage; 2 balls Naturgarn by Viking of Norway

Needles/Hook: 10 mm 16" circular; 10 mm dpns; 10 mm crochet hook

Other Materials: assorted buttons (optional); tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook

Orbitus Hat


The best thing about this hat is the fit: lightweight and super cozy. It is simply constructed from the bottom up with ribbed bands and short rows (instructions given). This cute toque knits up quickly and looks amazing with Malabrigo Twist or any aran weight yarn.

This is a 2-page PDF pattern. $4.00 USD
The pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment.


Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius

Skills: knit, purl, short rows (w+t)

Sizes: adult s (m-l); shown in size medium which should fit most adult heads

Yarn: 100 g, 150 yds (137 m) aran weight merino wool

Suggested Brand: 1 skein Malabrigo Twist

Needles: 5 mm 16" circular; 5 mm dpns

Other materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Felix Hat


This is a great unisex hat that works up quickly with a variety of simple stitches to keep your interest. It is also a great pattern for using up scraps and being creative with colour choices. Line the inside with a square of fleece for extra warmth. This hat is constructed from the bottom up.

This is a 2-page PDF pattern. $4.00 USD
This pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment.


Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius

Skills: ch, sc, hdc, dc, cluster and decrease (instructions given)

Sizes: adult small-medium-large

Yarn: 150 g, 255 yds (233 m) worsted weight merino wool

Suggested Brand: 3 balls Mission Falls 1824

Hook: 5 mm

Other materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Felted Yoga Mat Bag


This pattern is written for both regular and deluxe sized yoga mats. It is knitted in one piece, in the round, from the bottom up and felted in the washing machine.

This is a 2-page PDF pattern. $4.00 USD 
The pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment.



Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius

Skills: knit, K1fb, i-cord (regular and applied), felting

Sizes: to fit regular and deluxe mats

Yarn: 300 g, 660 yds (600 m) worsted weight wool

Suggested Brand: 3 skeins Cascade 220 wool

Needles: 7 mm dpns; 7 mm 16" circular (optional but recommended)

Other materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Hypatia Beret and Beanie

 

Hypatia was a female Greek astronomer, mathematician and philosopher from Alexandria, Egypt who was murdered in 415 CE. The starry pattern on this hat is an homage to her. The hat is available in two styles: beanie with button tab and floppy beret. It is knit from the bottom up on circular needles with extrafine merino. The pattern includes both styles.

This is a 2-page PDF pattern. $4.00 USD
The pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment.
 


Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius

Skills: knit, purl, K3tog

Sizes: adult medium

Yarn: 100 g, 218 yds (199 m) worsted weight merino wool

Suggested Brand: 1 skein Manos Maxima

Needles: 4.5 mm 16" circular; 5.5 mm 16" circular; 5.5 mm dpns

Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook, stitch marker, 1.5” button (size is not crucial)



Titan's Stole


Keep Zeus at bay and bring out your inner demi-goddess with this stole inspired by Io’s wrap in “Clash of the Titan’s”. It is constructed by crocheting a simple shell and then adding strands of super bulky, low twist yarn. It can be worn a number of ways, but is always warm and fun to wear.

This is a 3-page PDF pattern. $4.00 USD 
This pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment.


Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius

Skills: ch sc

Size: one size

Yarn: 200g, 153 yds (140 m) super bulky yarn (thick n’ thin works best); 25g, 57 yds (52 m) worsted weight yarn in similar colour

Suggested Brand: 1 skein super bulky Woolly Bully by Estelle, plus 25 g scrap yarn, worsted weight

Hook: 4 mm (G)

Other materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Whirlpool Mittens


This amazing one page pattern is easy to follow and includes a colour chart. Make up a sweet pair of mittens to keep those fingers warm and practice your colour knitting. Makes a good first project if you’ve never tried stranded knitting before.

This is a 2-page PDF pattern including written instructions and chart. $4 USD
This pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment.

Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius

Skills: knit, purl, simple colourwork

Sizes: adult medium

Yarn: 100 g, 220 yds (200 m) worsted weight wool or hemp in two colours

Suggested Brands: 2 skeins Cascade 220 wool; Envirotextiles Hemp yarn

Needles: 4 mm dpns

Other materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook