Extreme Knitting

Julia Hopson of Knit Wits, Penzance, Cornwall ...

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A week or so ago I posted a photo of a woman who knitted with the world’s largest knitting needles (posting again today, just because I love it so much!)

Today I saw a woman knitting with big needles, but not nearly as long as the world’s largest needles! I remember seeing some fantastic things by a gentleman named  Ivano Vitali. Mr. Vitali knits on huge needles, with yarn he makes from paper. I think he is form Firenze (one of my favorite places in the world!), beautiful photos of Ivano and his work here, check out his website and here is a newsclip from Italy

My other big news is today is my sister in law and nephew’s birthday! This morning there was a Crazy Hail Storm. There has not been another storm like this one in ten years – exactly ten years ago today when my nephew was born! Such a special guy, and he has a very special mom, who share’s his birthday! Happy Birthday You Two!!!

Yoga Challenge – Today

Day 23 – Thursday, May 26, 2011 – This morning I completed the Kundalini Yoga Series for the Pituitary Gland. My back definitely is improving. I think I am walking somewhat more ‘straight up’. My energy level is better, less pain, and improved range of motion. I am feeling very grateful. I am curious if the key will be doing two extra hours of yoga, or if one extra hour a day will be enough. The shape of my back certainly is improving.

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Weekly Log

Julia Hopson of Knit Wits, Penzance, Cornwall ...

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Today I drove a friend to the doctor’s office for medical procedures. I brought along a baby blanket that I am knitting for another friend’s ‘soon to be born’ baby grandson. The pattern is called Basket Weave Baby Blanket and someday I will post photos, but for now I am relying on links. I was able to finish it while I was there. I also had the great pleasure of looking through Knitting Art 150 Innovative Works from 18 Contemporary Artists by Karen Searle. YUM! I recommend this book if you are interested in the art knitting movement. Your inspiration will definitely be stoked! I took care of my daily yoga challenge before I left the house this morning …

Day Six: Monday, May 9, 2011 :

• CLEANSING & PURIFYING THE LIVER • AS TAUGHT BY YOGI BHAJAN •  The Beads of Truth 1973 Issue 17

This set is said to help “compensate for our lack of simple walking, as well as work directly on the liver to cleanse and purify it.”

1. Sit in Easy Pose with the spine very straight. Inhale for 5 seconds. Exhale for 5 seconds. Hold the air out 15 seconds and pump your navel point up and out in rhythm (really pull it up high, and the push it out). Continue this breath pattern for 5 minutes. Relax.

2. Pavan Sodhan Kriya. Lie on the back with legs straight, ankles together. Inhale and raise legs to 60°, holding in position for 15 seconds. Exhale as you bring your knees to your chest. Hold the breath out for 15 seconds. Inhale and return legs to 60°, hold for 15 seconds. Exhale and lower legs back down to the floor, hold 15 seconds. FEEL GREAT! Do this 8 times. Relax for 5 minutes.

3. Sit on the right heel, with the left leg extended straight out behind. Let your eyes gaze up at the sky, head falling back. Your elbows must press at your sides, and your palms face forward. Long deep breathing, 5-1/2 minutes. Change sides for another 5-1/2 minutes.  I can not sit all the way up straight, due to my spinal fusion, but this posture does feel good and I should incorporate it into my regular practice.

4. Lie on back with feel 3 feet apart, arms at the sides, also approximately 3 feet apart. Keeping your arms and legs straight, raise them 2 feet from the floor. Deep powerful breathing. Hold until you shake. Relax.

5 Either sit on your heels, or in half-lotus, or full lotus. Lie flat on the back, arms at the sides, and relax in position with a long deep breath. After 3 minutes, gracefully stretch your legs out straight and relax. (I sat on the heels in Rock Pose. I have been practicing this posture daily for the past couple weeks. Somedays I can do it, other days I need to bolster my back with pillows. My flexibility changes day-to-day.)

COPYRIGHT YOGI BHAJAN, 1973 NOTHING CONTAINED HEREIN IS PRESENTED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. THE BENEFITS ATTRIBUTED TO THE PRACTICE OF KUNDALINI YOGA COME FROM CENTURIES-OLD TRADITION.

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