Forgotten Favorites: Cupcakes and Other Cute Things

CityofLeedsRose:

I tend not to favourite things on Ravelry. …..I just end up adding to queue. …and then every so often go back, read and sometimes take them off the queue. :)

Originally posted on lunarstar5x5:

Sometimes I forget what I have favorited on Ravelry long after favoriting the item because I won’t look at my favorites for a long time. That’s what makes it especially fun to just look back on my favorites, because at one point I really loved it so it’s like a pleasant surprise that I will probably love. Currently I have fifteen pages of favorites, so that is a lot of love to get through! Here are some of my favorites I forgot about from Ravelry that I want to share with you. Check out my other favorites here.

Apparently over the years I have favorited a lot of cupcake items. Not that I am complaining about that, but I honestly did not remember or even realize that I liked cupcakes that much. This must have been a part of my life that has always been under the surface that…

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The long tea time of the soul

CityofLeedsRose:

One day I will knit a Pi shawl. Till then I will admire other people’s work. :)

Originally posted on Knitting to Stay Sane:

The Pi Shawl has started to be more or less an annual knit for me. I finished my first one four years ago, and now I’m nearing the end of my fourth one. Eventually I’ll have to start giving them away, or else find a way to integrate them into my decor, or (gasp) stop knitting them, but I confess I don’t plan to stop knitting them any time soon. There’s something appealing about how easy they are to get started, and how simple they are to execute. I finish one, feel relief that I got to the end of it, then a few months later start asking myself what colour I want the next one to be, and then here we are.

I love wearing them wrapped all around my neck and shoulders like a loose cowl, and they’re great transitional accessories in spring and fall for that very reason…

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Cool, man (look what I found!)

Originally posted on Woolwinding:

When I go shopping, I like to splash out. I like to spend, flash the cash, put my hand in my wallet,  undo the purse strings, give my last penny, spend money like water, blow everything, waste my inheritance – and anything else that Roget’s Thesaurus can come up with.

In this case, I splashed out all of 50p.

wooo!

Well, it had been marked down from £1 – how could I walk away?

This book is a gem. I wasn’t knitting when it was published, so somehow it passed me by, but I do remember Jackie magazine – not that my mother would let me have Jackie, oh dear no, far too silly, I had to borrow it from school friends on the quiet – and I think they used the same illustrator:

old knitting book

It’s the incidental details that get me – love the chairs – and what the heck is…

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For Good

CityofLeedsRose:

Not read the book but the quote also resonates with me. After a busy week I’m looking forward to knitting a few rows of my jumper :)

Originally posted on Out of a Great Need:

knittingforgoodI read the book Knitting for Good last night and would like to share a passage that resonated with me:

“When I was finally comfortable enough with knitting that I no longer had to concentrate on every movement my fingers made, I discovered that after completing a few rows, the chatter in my mind dulled to a whisper.  As I was used to a mind full of lengthy to-do lists and things to remember, this newfound respite took some getting used to.  While I had been a fledgling practitioner of yoga and meditation, I was gob-smacked by the way knitting–even more that meditation–connected me to that inner rhythm that I had been trying so hard to find.  There was something about the way they both allowed me to bring myself to the present, to just hang out and get comfortable (instead of trying to relive the past or jump ahead to the…

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Finally finished!

But it so needs to have the hell blocked out of it,  my Glasgow Rose shawl. The colours in the yarn is beautiful.

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I know that the picture doesn’t do it justice but you can see what I mean by blocking.  That’s going to be a job on a day when I have plenty of time to devote to the task. 

I’ve also finished one sock.

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I know I need to cast on the other one. May do that tomorrow evening so it can travel for the rest of the week.

Tomorrow I’ll read a book that I’m half way through whilst on the bus.

So another project is finished.  One more wip to drag out of the pile and attempt to finish it. I’m also working on a crochet project. I’m learning a few new techniques which is good. YouTube is being so useful to me right now! :)

Once finished and delivered I’ll blog about it. Till the next time have a good week :)

Blessings

How embroidery is helping women in Pakistan stand up to honor killings and inequality

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

Khalida Brohi (TED Talk: How I work to protect women from honor killings) grew up traveling between two very different parts of Pakistan: the bustling city of Karachi, where her parents moved so that she and her sisters could go to school, and a small village in Balochistan, where her family has its roots. Brohi got a modern education, and also developed a deep reverence for her tribal traditions. Those two threads often tangled — especially when it came to the treatment of women.

As a teenager, Brohi watched as, one by one, her childhood friends entered arranged marriages, sometimes against their will. When she was 16, she received word that a close friend had been murdered by her family in an “honor killing.” She set her mind on starting a movement to stop these practices. But as it gained momentum, it also spurred a backlash.

“We were challenging centuries-old customs in…

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