York

This is pretty amazing for me, but I actually managed to get all of my vacation photos edited in less than a week, usually I’m way behind on my photo editing. I guess I just had such a great trip I was excited to see how all my pictures came out.

First, I landed in Yorkshire, in the North, to visit with some friends of ours. Even after almost a full day of travel, just the view of this pretty patchwork of farmland was definitely worth it. We spent the weekend in York, “the walled city.” I’d like to tell you all that I was immersing myself in the history and amazing architecture. But, truthfully, we went on a pub crawl. Speaking of which, I have never in my life seen so many people, so drunk, so early in the day. And I don’t mean a little buzzed, I mean completely shitfaced, at three in the afternoon. It was hilarious, and a great, fun atmosphere. I just love all these little narrow, winding streets which are now an outdoor mall. Of course we did walk past the Minster, which is beautiful, on our way from the oldest pub in the city, to have another drink at the birthplace of Guy Fawkes (see got some more history in). And then I was very excited to go out for some good Indian food, because we definitely don’t get much of that in Eastern North Carolina.

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Jon and I woke up hours before our friends the next morning, miraculously not hung over, and took a walk around the city. We started along the River Ouse, walking through a pretty park and walking trail along the river bank, as we watched boats going by.
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Next, we came to Cliffords Tower, a thirteenth century castle sitting atop a mound which would have given views of the nearby rivers.

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Finally, we made our way back to York Minster, built in the fourteenth century. This is probably one of the most amazing churches I’ve seen, even compared to the churches in Italy. Not only is it huge, but the gothic decoration is incredibly detailed and dramatic. Even today, it dwarfs any nearby buildings.

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Busy Week and Etsy Treasury: Oktoberfest

I have a lot going on this week. I just got back from a trip to England and Scotland, which was amazing. Expect several blog posts about it in the next few weeks. So I’m trying to get back in the groove of things here, timezones, a pile of dirty laundry, and what was I working on a week and a half ago? I’m getting my garden ready for fall, new flowers on the front porch, and all the yard work I put off while it was so humid all summer. I want to make more jam and pickles before the season for summer fruits and veggies is over.
Also, I’m starting to ready for an Oktoberfest themed cookout we have every year that will be in a few weekend, things like deep cleaning the house and I’ll start cooking a few days ahead of time. I even make preztels from scratch. Last year we got rained out by a hurricane, so hopefully that won’t happen again, but if it does then it will just be Jon and I with a bunch of beer, chicken wings, and pretzels, watching Netflix.

Oktoberfest

 

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Yoga Breakthrough and Etsy Treasury

 Yesterday I had a minor breakthrough during yoga; I finally felt comfortable in fish pose. Most people don’t find this to be a particularly difficult pose, but my lower back doesn’t bend. When I was a teenager, I had back surgery for scoliosis, and my lower 6 vertebrae were fused together. Mostly this is a great thing, I would otherwise have a crooked spine. Also, I’m less likely to have back problems in the future as I age. The downside is that I do have reduced flexibility. In reality it’s almost never an issue, my body has compensated and my hips are more flexible. But there are a few poses, not necessarily difficult ones, that I feel uncomfortable in, or just get no benefit from.

 Yesterday, during a yin class (deep stretching), I tried it with the blocks in different positions than I had previously, and was able to finally feel some benefit and gentle stretching in my middle and upper back. It continually surprises me how my body keeps getting stronger and more flexible, in addition to the mental benefits. This is also a great example of how yoga translates to life, accepting your weaknesses doesn’t mean accepting defeat.

Do you practice yoga? What are your favorite type of classes? What do you struggle with?

Fish Pose

Momentum Yoga

Yoga

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  I just love all these yoga goodies I found on Etsy, and I actually have and use the planner stickers, if you’re into planning I highly recommend that seller. What gear do you feel is essential to your practice?

Autumn Dreams Cowl: Free Pattern

  This is a project I designed about a month ago, when I was dreaming of cooler weather in the middle of a heat wave. The colors of the yarn just screamed “fall” to me. I actually don’t have too many scarfs, which is unusual for a knitter, and no drapey cowls. So, I thought this would fit in perfectly with my wardrobe for fall, and would elevate a simple outfit of an oversized top and yoga pants (Yes, I am one of those people who thinks leggings are pants). I’ll try to add some pictures of the scarf on me, when the weather is finally cool enough to wear a scarf.
 It is a great travel project because it only requires 1 ball of yarn and is a pretty easy pattern, but the color changes in the yarn and the bias knitting and dropped stitches keep it interesting. It would also be a good pattern for a relative beginner, looking to venture beyond basic the knit stitch. Or for Christmas gifts because the drop stitch knits up so quickly.
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One size, 10.5 inches wide, and 76 inches in circumference, which is long enough to loom around the neck twice.
1 ball “Shawl in a Ball” yarn by Lion Brand, I used the “Calming Desert” color way, and either 5.5 straight or circular knitting needles.
Special Techniques: Drop Stitch
If you’ve never worked in drop stitch, here is a tutorial video I found on YouTube. This tutorial uses 3 wraps per stitch, and my patten only uses two wraps per stitch.
Co 51 sts
Knit
K, kfb, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k
Knit, wrapping yarn twice in each st
Knit, working the first wrap in each stitch and dropping the second
Repeat this 4 row pattern until your scarf is 76 inches long, or whatever your desired length is.
Cast off, and loosely sew the two ends together. I didn’t block my scarf, I like the drapey, scrunchy look of it.
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/autumn-dreams-cowl
As always, I’d love to see pictures if you make this scarf, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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Back to School Clothes, 2016

Even though I haven’t been in school for awhile, I still love shopping for new clothes every fall

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lace trimmed bamboo slip or sleep chemise  - ICON lingerie range - made to order

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Oversize Tunic / Asymmetric Blouse / Extravagant Shirt / Oversize Party Top / Long Tunic / marcellamoda - MB374

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For fall fashion I’m loving burgundy, olives, navy, greys, and browns. I love long loose layers that are comfy all day. I still love the boots, leggings, and oversized top look. Plaids and menswear fabrics, and dark floral boho prints. What are you loving for fall?