Monday, June 23, 2014

192: Yarnover Girls! Notes

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The Yarnover Truck stopped by for a weekend visit at the local quilt show.

Summer Mindfulness Retreat in Camarillo, CA: July 25, 2014. $50 to attend. We are taking names for the wait-list.
Game plan:
Limited to 10-15 people
Mindfulness lessons, meditation, self-hypnosis training by the ocean.
Road trips to local yarn shops.
Road trips to local high-end outlet malls.

Info is here. Come have a fun weekend by the sea of meditation, mindfulness, and shopping with your fiber-buddies! We are going to have a mellow, fun, relaxing few days together to feel good and hang out.)

(PSSSST: Dizzy Blondes may be bringing some yarn to Camp Cog!)

Philly Camp CogKnitive is still in planning stages--no date yet. Hotel and other suggestions welcome.

We are up to 11 people.

CFR 6 is coming! Oct 11. 2014!
More information here! Sign-ups for people who have already attended HAVE BEGUN! Sign ups for newbies begin JULY 1st!

Celebrating our listeners who have joined the CogKnitive 25 – , 50 –, and 75 – Bear Clubs for MBP. You can see who they all are right here. Great work!

Have YOU completed 25, 50, or 75 bears for Mother Bear Project? Send me your snail and a link to your Ravelry projects page, and CogKnitive will send you a special wristband to celebrate with you.

Add yourself to our CogKNITive Listeners Map.

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What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Not yet finished:
The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller .
One Row Lace Scarf
The Blueberry Waffle Socks in colorway Witchwind from Forbidden Woolery. The pattern looks like this:
CO 56
1-1 rib for 2 inches
row 1-2: knit
row 3-4: K2P2
The Linen Stitch Cowl
CO 288 stitches--really, you need to CO an odd nuber to really make this work.
5 rows in ST St
K1, yarn to front, slip 1, move yarn to back. Slip as if to purl.
When enough rows, do 5 more rows of St st and bind off.

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The Leftie

Tutorial for the After-Thought Heel is here.
The Yarnover Truck ladies are vendors at and Friends of the CogKnitive Fiber Retreat and I am delighted to promote their fine products!

Dizzy Blondes: 
No spinning, due to sinus issues.

Manage your body without letting its size dominate your self-image. If your body feels wrong, fix it, but that does not mean self-hate is okay.Meanwhile, ignore the jerks--they should not have the right to drag you down, so don't let them.

Put a Lid On It:
See the Pinterest account for the Kale salad recipe. Homemade strawberry freezer jam is done for the year. More strawberries are on tap in my freezer to make the canned jam later this summer. Freezeing fruit is a fine way to help break down cell walls and make fruit more easily crushed for jam.
Currently in season: cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, early apricots.

Aw Shoot!
Weight loss has slowed as I add muscle in my upper body. I've reached a moment in my plan where other people are telling me how different I look. Ah, the payoff of sticking with the program for a few months.
Runners World tells me that I could train for a half marathon. They have some good training schedules at

Summer Running Essentials:
Please remember to hydrate you and any running pals.
Important facts:
one gallon of water weighs 8.3 pounds
Any mammal can carry only up to one quarter of its weight.

Ruffwear backpacks for dogs.

Something I Really Like:
Amy Herzog's Fit to Flatter program. I had the ladies of the Yarnover Truck do my measurements.
Icracked--get your Ipod/Ipad/IPhone repaired after all!
Mophie--a charger that is also a case for your IPhone--and a GOOD case

Retzlaff recap! I did not take my wheel this year, and I enjoyed the sensation of lightness, since I did not have to haul it around.
Andy's Candy--pecan-coffee-dark chocolate toffee is fantastic. But no link. ;-(
The lesson in how to fit a Western saddle for Roxy/Tirion Du and saddling the fence. Dogs + pony = some tense moments.

A visit with the ladies of the Yarnover Truck. Their schedule is here, but you can also get it emailed to you and like them on Facebook.

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The wall of Trunk Show, with new featured indie dyers each month.

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Here is the fantastic shawl crocheted from the Trunk Show collection.

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The socks under discussion.

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And the lovely sweater with a fantasy life all its own.

Camp CogKnitive is coming (see above). July 25th!
CFR6 is on Oct. 11, 2014.
Meditation camps in planning/possible: Philly, DFW in TX, North Carolina. Let me hear what you think!

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