Preparations

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Preparations for an afternoon to myself: a soothing drink, meditations to guide me into this space, and some yarn for my soul.  I have included the recipes of each so that, if desired, you can use them in creating your own time of care.

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2 Cups of Hazelnuts Soaked
5 Cups of Filtered Water
1 Pinch of Sea Salt
½ Cup Honey
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
Seeds from 1 Vanilla Bean
⅔ Freshly Grated Nutmeg
½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds (optional)
Cheesecloth

Fill the bowl of hazelnuts with filtered water until the hazelnuts are covered by at least an inch of water. Soak for 8 hours.

Drain and rinse the soaked nuts and place in a high speed blender.

Add the 5 cups of water. Blend until well combined and the hazelnuts are finely ground.

Let sit for 10 minutes.

Pour the mixture through cheesecloth to strain. (Set aside the solids to use later for baking.)

Pour the liquid back into the blender to add the spices and honey. Add salt, vanilla extract, vanilla seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon, and honey and blend well. Add chia seeds and let sit for 10 minutes and then blend again. Pour the hazelnut milk into a jar and refrigerate. I prefer to let the milk rest in the fridge for 24 hours before enjoying to let all the spices infuse the milk.

Shake well before serving. Serve chilled.

To begin to create new patterns one needs space, nurturing, and to be present. Breath brings space and nurturing, as well as bringing us to the present moment. Breath is the life giving energy so let us start there. Breathe. Be in the moment and embrace the opportunities to bring health and vitality into your heart, body, and mind.


First Meditation

Begin in crocodile pose: Lie facedown on the floor or mat with your right hand on top of your left and resting your forehead there.

Begin by simply breathing. Notice the breath as it comes in and goes out. Feel the movement of air through the nostrils, the expansion of ribs, belly, chest. Feel the rise and fall of your body against the floor. Stay with this awareness for 1-2 minutes.

Next bring awareness to only the breath. “Breathing in I know that I am breathing in. Breathing out I know that I am breathing out.”* Stay with this awareness for 1-2 minutes.

Next bring awareness to your belly. As you breathe in feel the expansion, feel the belly press against the earth, feel the waist area expand, the backside widen and lift. Stay with this awareness for 1-2 minutes.

Now bring awareness to the solar plexus area and mid ribs. Feel the expansion, feel the release as you exhale…. inhale…. exhale…. Stay with this awareness for 1-2 minutes.

Next bring awareness to the upper chest, armpit area, and upper back. As you breathe in feel the expansion, the welcoming of vitality and life giving energy. Breathing out feel the absorption and finally the release. Stay with this awareness for 1-2 minutes.

Return your awareness to only the breath. “Breathing in I know I am breathing in. Breathing out I know that I am breathing out.”* In…. Out….

Slowly open your eyes and push back into child’s pose and rest for a few moments. Enter into the freshness of your new day.


Second Meditation

Let us begin by laying on our back, face up, with calves resting on a chair seat.

Begin by simply breathing. Notice the breath as it comes in and goes out. Feel the movement of air through the nostrils, the expansion of ribs, belly, chest. Feel the rise and fall of your body against the floor. Stay with this awareness for 1-2 minutes.

Next bring awareness to only the breath. “Breathing in I know that I am breathing in. Breathing out I know that I am breathing out.”* Stay with this awareness for 1-2 minutes.

Next bring awareness to your belly, as you breathe in feel the expansion, feel your backside press against the earth, feel the waist area expand, belly widen and lift. Stay with this awareness for 1-2 minutes.

Now bring awareness to the solar plexus area and mid ribs. Feel the expansion, feel the release as you exhale…. inhale…. exhale…. Stay with this awareness for 1-2 minutes.

Next bring awareness to the upper chest, armpit area, and upper back. As you breathe in feel the expansion, the welcoming of vitality and life giving energy. Breathing out feel the absorption and finally the release. Stay with this awareness for 1-2 minutes.

Return your awareness to only the breath. “Breathing in I know I am breathing in. Breathing out I know that I am breathing out.”* In…. Out….

Hug knees into chest. Slowly and mindfully rock from side to side. Roll onto one side and rest for a few breaths before sitting up to begin your journey.

*Thich Nhat Hanh

These ribbed hats have a generous fit. This is great for growing kiddos or when you lose your hat and need to snag your spouse’s. The wool used is Chickadee by Quince and Co. and our family just loves it. It is relatively lightweight, incredibly soft, and most importantly warm and cozy. Perfect for Autumn outings.

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Sizes:

Large: fits most men
Medium: fits most women and older children
Small: fits most young children.


Yarn:

His (Large): 2 Skeins of Chickadee Yarn by Quince and Co. in Bark
Hers (Medium): 2 Skeins of Chickadee Yarn by Quince and Co. in Chanterelle
Little One’s (Small): 2 Skeins of Chickadee Yarn by Quince and Co in Honey

Needles:

Size 4 circular knitting needles Size 4 double pointed needles (for decrease)

Gauge:

17 sts to every 3 inches

Notions:

Measuring Tape Tapestry Needle


Size Large:

Cast on 132 stitches using cable cast on method. Join and working in the round Knit 11, Purl 11 repeat to end of round. Continue working rib pattern until piece measures 9 ¾ inches from cast on.

When piece measures 9 ¾ inches place marker at beginning of round and start working decrease as follows:

Round 1: (K5, SSK, K4, P5 P2tog P4) repeat to end of round

Round 2: continue working rib pattern with remaining stitches (repeat for even numbered rounds 2-16)

Round 3: (K4 SSK K4, P4 P2tog, P4) repeat to end of round

Round 5: (K4 SSK K3, P4 P2tog P3) repeat to end of round

Round 7: (K3 SSK K3, P3 P2tog P3) repeat to end of round

Round 9: (K3 SSK K2, P3 P2tog P2) repeat to end of round

Round 11: (K2 SSK K2, P2 P2tog P2) repeat to end of round

Round 13 (K2 SSK K1, P2 P2tog P1) repeat to end of round

Round 15: (K2tog SSK, P2tog P2tog) repeat to end of round

Round 17: (SSK, P2tog) repeat to end of round

Round 18: (K2tog) repeat to end of round

Break or cut yarn and using a darning needle thread through remaining stitches. Sew in tails.


Size Medium:

Cast on 126 stitches using cable cast on method. Join and working in the round Knit 9, Purl 9 repeat to end of round. Continue working rib pattern until piece measures 9 ½ inches from cast on.

When piece measures 9 ½ inches place marker at beginning of round and start working decrease as follows:

Round 1: (K4 SSK K3, P4 P2tog P3) repeat to end of round

Round 2: continue working rib pattern with remaining stitches (repeat for even numbered rounds 2-12)

Round 3: (K3 SSK K3, P3 P2tog P3) repeat to end of round

Round 5: (K3 SSK K2, P3 P2tog P2) repeat to end of round

Round 7: (K2 SSK K2, P2 P2tog, P2) repeat to end of round

Round 9: (K2 SSK K1, P2 P2tog, P1) repeat to end of round

Round 11: (K2tog, SSK, P2tog P2tog) repeat to end of round

Round 13: (SSK, P2tog) repeat to end of round

Round 14: (K2tog) repeat to end of round

Break or cut yarn and using a darning needle thread through remaining stitches. Sew in tails.


Size Small:

Cast on 114 stitches using cable cast on method. Join and working in the round Knit 10, Purl 9 repeat to end of round. Continue working rib pattern until piece measures 9 inches from cast on.

When piece measures 9 inches place marker at beginning of round and start working decrease as follows:

Round 1: (K3 SSK K3, P3 P2tog P2) repeat to end of round.

Round 2: continue working rib pattern with remaining stitches (repeat for even numbered rounds 2-10)

Round 3: (K3 SSK K2, P2 P2tog P2) repeat to end of round.

Round 5: (K2 SSK K2, P2 P2tog P1) repeat to end of round.

Round 7: (K2 SSK K1, P4) repeat to end of round.

Round 9: (K2tog SSK,  P2tog P2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 11: (SSK, P2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 12: (K2tog) repeat to end of round

Break or cut yarn and using a darning needle thread through remaining stitches.  Sew in tails.