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I’ve just added an instant “new classic” toddler sweater to the Ravelry Store.

The Botanical Argyle Toddler Sweater


on Ravelry! Pattern only $5.00 US.

Featuring the rich and beautiful colors of natural plant dyed, “Greenspun” yarns, this little sweater jacket is hip yet classic. A quick knit, this pattern features several fun techniques – including intarsia and duplicate stitch.

This sweet sweater is the companion piece to the Botanical Argyle Vest from my book Nature Babies. (Which, BTW, it looks like you can get for a song and a dance, a steal (ouch!) for less than sixs buck on Amazon.com – buy em up for all your crafting friends – Great Holiday Gift!  Includes upsourcing and recycling material, organics, and beautiful handwork (knitting, felt and sewing).

The yarn shown is Botanical Shades’ Worsted Singles with a put up of 225 yards per hank – which I first discovered several years ago at Rhinebeck. 2 Hanks of the main color are needed.

If you start it now, you still have time to finish it for the holidays!

ZafuYarn

Announcing Dates for the 2010 Mindful Knitting Retreat in Vermont:
Thursday March 11 to Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Once again, The Highland Lodge will be closing its doors to the public to transform into the Mindful Knitting Retreat Northeast.

Please join us for oh so much fun!!   For full details, visit the Mindful Knitting Retreat Page on the Tara Handknitting Website.

To make a reservation right now, because you are so excited and can’t be bothered looking at some web page, contact The Highland Lodge in Greensboro, Vermont via telephone(802-533-2647) or Email info@highlandlodge.com

Space is VERY LIMITED – please register EARLY!  See you in Vermont!

Wow, this year’s Mindful Knitting Retreat in Vermont’s North East Kingdom was WONDERFUL. The biggest yet – we filled every bed in The Highland Lodge. What a blast.  One of our participants –  Atomic Knits – did a much better job blogging than I ever could – check out Atomic Knits post here.

And – as a refresher, or intro, I thought I’d pop this up here today.

In this less than five minute video, The Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche, the head of the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage, teaches us the basics Mindfulness Meditation.  Have a look.  Perhaps consider watching this as you get started on your ten minutes of meditation a day (just like brushing your teeth – right Eric?!)

Enjoy – Happy Spring, Cheerful Knitting, Peaceful Meditations. – Tara

Your Brain on Knitting - Cast On with Brenda Dayne

Your Brain on Knitting - Cast On with Brenda Dayne

So, the hot water cozy download is not going as smoothly as expected. While you are waiting for the master knitter to try to figure out problems in HTML code (ie – big mess), you can listen to Brenda Dayne interview me on the current episode of CAST ON (http://www.cast-on.com/)

As I have told friends and family – if you are still wondering what it is that I do, listen to this. But it’s not just about me (just sayin’). This episode wraps up Brenda’s brilliantly themed series on ALCHEMY and we discuss what Mindful Knitting is, who I am, and why being present in the current moment is so much fun and so damn hard!! This show talks about the brain, creativity, sympathetic and parasympathetic brain reactions and magically makes it relevant to knitting. Bless Brenda’s amazing magic.

Have a listen, Let me know what you think.

Love and Kisses -Tara

Hearts and Heat Hot Water Bottle Cover

Hearts and Heat HoWater Bottle Cover

I LOVE my hot water bottle. I’m thinking I love it more than most people would, and possibly more than I should. I might not be able to live without it. When I’m cold, I zip it up inside my fleece vest. When I’m not feeling well, I let it soothe my aches – real or imagined. When I’m not sleeping well, I use it as a pillow under my neck, and when I want to feel cozy, I place it between the sheets at the bottom of the bed to warm my tootsies. True Love!

One thing about a hot water bottle – well it’s ugly and smells like rubber and it feels funky. So, it needs a soft, snuggly and washable cover to make everyone happy.

I made this cover many years ago when I was hanging out at my former yarn shop, Over the Moon. I was inspired by the color palette of the original 1824 Cotton from Mission Falls and the whimsy of

Mags Kandis – founder of Mission Falls and delightful fiber designer extraordinaire.

This piece is worked from the “top” – or the neck – down. You work the top ruffle and the ribbing flat (back and forth) on the circular needles. Then, join the work in the round, increase to the necessary number of stitches, and work in circular knitting. The checkers stripe and the heart motif are worked in Fair Isle style/knitting in the round. Once you reach the desired length, you just turn it inside out, closed up with a three needle bind off – and put the kettle on!

GET IT on my website, tarahandknitting.com at http://www.tarahandknitting.com/patterns/patterns.htm

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