This is a great pattern for a self striping yarn and using up your stash!

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This hat is made with 1 skein of Noro Kureyon or Taiyo yarn with novelty yarns added for pizzazz.  This is a great pattern for using bits in your yarn stash if you’re not using Noro or another self-striping yarn as the base yarn.

Materials:
Size US 7 needles
Crochet hook

Directions:
Cast on 25 (child size) 40 (adult size) stitches with size 7 needles.

Row 1 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
Row 2 Purl
Row 3 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
Row 4 Purl
Row 5 Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end, knit twice into the last stitch
If you wish to use novelty yarns, add to rows 6 – 12 of each section.
Row 6 Purl
Row 7 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 8 Knit
Row 9 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 10 Knit
Row 11 Purl 2 stitches together, purl to end, purl twice into the last stitch
Row 12 Knit

Repeat rows 1 – 12 seven times (14 sections) for child size and nine times (18
sections) for adult size.

Finishing:
Bind off stitches. Pick up 60 (80) stitches along bottom edge to add hat rib. Knit 2, purl 2 rib until desired length and bind off.  Sew side seam. Weave strong yarn through stitches at top of hat and pull to gather tightly into chocolate kiss shape.

If desired, use bits of yarns incorporated into hat to make pom pom to add to the crown of the hat.

Here’s a PDF download of the Twisted Kiss Hat Pattern:

Twisted Kiss Hat Pattern

“Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,–
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”

Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15)

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This is the last sale of the year and just in time for all of your holiday projects!

Use the Coupon Code woolofbat to save 30% off your order at 7 Yaks Design.

Expires November 15, 2014

Get festive this Halloween – add a fun and stylish skull to a scarf.
If you’re like me, skulls are fun to wear any time!

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Scarf blanks are 6 inches x 6 feet long in super soft polyester.

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If you haven’t needle felted on fleece yet, Craft E Magee has a great tutorial to get you started!

skull tutorial

If you want to play around with a simple design, needle felting some yarn or roving is always a great start.

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Here’s a free PDF stencil to print and cut with an X-Acto knife to create your own scarf!

 

Skull PDF

Skull PDF

Fall is here, it’s finally time to take out your favorite boots and layer up – HOORAY!

Knit up a pair of snuggly boot toppers to get you though the winter. 

These are some of my favorite patterns, enjoy!

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These cabled boot toppers are the perfect versatile little accessory.  Fold them over the tops of your boots, wear them peeking out and slouchy above your boots, or on their own around your ankles.

Any way you choose to wear them, they will keep your legs trendy and toasty!

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This project is an easy one ball quick knit on size 10 needles.
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Add more warmth this fall and winter with legwarmers.  This pattern is ribbed with an easy central cable and twisted stitch accents.
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Long yoga socks are the perfect boot accessory – and they don’t migrate around your leg!
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Wellies

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I saved the best for last.  A fellow Cleveland native understands the need for comfort, warmth and style!  Our weather can be damp, sloppy and even bone chilling.  These boot liners are the perfect marriage of fleece and knitting, enjoy!

7 Yaks Design has created a leg warmer and yoga sock blocker for you too!

Leg warmer 2

 

PUMPKIN SEASON IS OFFICIALLY HERE!

Pumpkin drinks and products are showing up at the grocery stores and all the coffee shops are serving pumpkin lattes. 

If yopumpkin spice all the thingsu want to save a few bucks, making your own pumpkin dog treats is really easy!

 Here are 4 reasons to add pumpkin to dog treats, or canned unsweetened pumpkin, to their food:

  1. Whether your dog has the splatters, or she’s bound up like a straitjacket, pumpkin is the answer to her digestive woes.  Canned pumpkin is very high in fiber, which can help bulk up your dog’s loose stools or soften her hard ones.  And since dogs tend to love the taste of pumpkin anyway, it should be easy to get your pooch to take this “medicine.”
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  2. Fiber isn’t all that pumpkin has to offer. Pumpkin flesh and seeds are loaded with nutrients like vitamins A, C and E, alpha and beta carotene, lutein, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc.  Altogether, the nutritional benefits of pumpkin mean healthier skin, healthier eyes, a healthier coat and a healthier immune system for your dog.  That’s not too shabby for a treat that your dog probably will think is a delicious indulgence anyway.snoopy
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  3. Even if your dog isn’t in digestive distress, pumpkin makes a fine addition to his meals, adding bulk and fiber without a lot of extra calories.  Many dogs love the taste of pumpkin, so yours may gobble it down not only willingly, but eagerly.  You can feed him the same amount of food while replacing some kibble with pumpkin instead, thereby filling his belly and reducing caloric intake, a good strategy if your dog needs to lose a few pounds.  I find it’s nice to change up pumpkin with plain green beans so they don’t get bored when on a diet.  Heck, I get bored being on a diet, it’s always my downfall!
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  4. There is some evidence to suggest that pumpkin seeds are beneficial for urinary-tract health.  The oil of pumpkin seeds is rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, which may be good for urinary health, among additional nutritional benefits.  Pumpkin seeds are also rich in many of the vitamins and minerals described earlier, so even if the connection to urinary health is hooey, pumpkin seeds are still a doggy superfood.

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This wheat-free peanut butter pumpkin recipe from the Doggy Dessert Chef is fabulous!wheat-free-peanut-butter-pumpkin

 

Check out all of the free dog treat recipes at Bullwrinkle!  There are over 185 dog treat recipes on Pinterest too.

Angelina Spinning Fiber is terrific for blending with your favorite wool roving for added bling. 
A little Angelina will go a long way!  Angenlina is a great way to jazz up your handspun yarns or batts before you spin and add a little zing!

Angelina Collage

 

Elasticity can also be added to handspun yarns or batts with nylon fibers such as Snow Mountain or StarbrightFirestar will creates a shimmer in your yarn, similar to the addition of silk.  You will find that adding nylon will create a yarn with more memory, which is especially important when knitting socks!

All 7 Yaks Design fibers are hand dyed with professional dyes that are both lightfast and washfast for long lasting, fade resistant color.

Merino is a fabulous fiber for spinning yarn, wet felting and needle felting!

Merino Collage

The merino is one of the world’s most ancient breeds of sheep.  Merino fibers are extremely fine, enabling them to bend far more than traditional, coarser wool fibers.  This makes Merino wool feel soft and luxuriously gentle next to your skin.   But the merino’s fleece is built for extremes – breathable in summer, insulating in winter, yet exceptionally soft and lightweight.

Because Merino can absorb moisture vapor, it tends not to create static electricity, helping it to drape beautifully and be less likely to cling uncomfortably to your body than other fabrics.

• Softest and fineness of all the wool types
• Fine crimp
• Good elasticity
• Excellent loft

Staple length for merino is 70mm or 2.75”
23 to 25 micron wool

$2.00 per ounce at 7 Yaks Design

Elasticity can also be added to merino with nylon fibers such as Snow Mountain or StarbrightFirestar will creates a shimmer in your yarn, similar to the addition of silk.  You will find that adding nylon will create a yarn with more memory which is especially important when knitting socks!

All 7 Yaks Design fibers are hand dyed with professional dyes that are both lightfast and washfast for long lasting, fade resistant color.

The Domancic Method of Bioenergy Healing was developed over 35 years ago.  It is unique in its simplicity and effectiveness, scientifically validated and practiced all over the world.  It restores the health of adults and children – when other means fail.  Since 1993 Zdenko Domancic (Doe-MAAN-cheech) has been teaching his method at the Bioenergy Healing Clinic in Slovenia – the largest clinic of this type in Europe.

Bio-Energy healing is an effective, holistic technique for the treatment of physical illness, emotional blocks, mental obstacles and spiritual issues.  It is based on the understanding that each of us is a complex, interactive energy system.  If you could see yourself under a powerful electron microscope, you would see that you are made up of a cluster of ever-changing energy in the form of electrons, neutrons, photons and so on.

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When you are healthy, life energy – or chi, flows freely through your energy field, providing a sense of self-assurance, groundedness and a feeling of being in harmony with yourself and the world.

If you have been experiencing a significant amount of stress, persist in holding onto past emotions, or have developed a belief system that is out of alignment with your life’s purpose – the energy within your bio-energetic field will become stagnant or even blocked.  This stagnated energy tends to crystallize around core issues that you have not been ready to face, or simply did not have the specific knowledge or tools to do so.

Although you may remain unconscious of what is going on in your energy field, your enlightened mind is completely aware of what is happening.  To restore the balance, it will seek to make you conscious of the problem –  through the “alarm bells” of illness, depression, addiction, relationship disharmony or some other type of trauma.  You may become confused, lost or even fearful, as you search for a means to help you return back to health.

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I had the pleasure of attending a 4-day group clinic with Michael Ramsey of Gateway Healing, who studied in Slovenia with Zdenko Domancic.  It was a truly wonderful experience!  The other women in the group were all healing professionals including a massotherapist, Reiki healer and other energy work practitioners.  Over the course of the clinic with Michael, I also learned more about Reiki.

It comes as no surprise to me that Dr. Mikao Usui discovered the principles of Reiki.  Usui Sensei was raised as a samurai from childhood, specifically in the martial arts techniques of aiki.

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If you’re interested, the 5 principles of Reiki are:

1.  Don’t get angry today.

2.  Don’t be grievous – don’t worry.

3.  Express your thanks.

4.  Be diligent in your business – I will do my work honestly.

5.  Be kind to others.

…. Seems like a good starting point for everything in life!
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For me, the martial arts and energy work started in upstate New York with an introduction to the possibilities of both from Wayne, an Aikido martial artist.  I learned how to work with my energy, and how to channel my energy across spaces.  I know it sounds a bit ridiculous, but we would channel our energies back and forth between each other like a game of tag.
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To date my study of martial arts spans 14 years and includes Aikido, Kwanmukan Karate and Hapkido.  When you sink into a martial arts stance, you are attaching your body to the earth.  To hold the ground or to launch the body through space during a throw matters not, there is an attachment of the body to the planet, and from this you build your martial arts power.  At the conclusion of my group clinic with Michael, I felt once again grounded to the earth.  I have continued to work with my energy and feel stronger each and every day, and more importantly, I have a greater sense of peace!

Michael can work with you too!  Please check out Gateway Healing for an in person clinic if you’re in Ohio, and if you’re not, distance healing can take place – to anywhere in the world.
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The spiral is a spiritualized circle.  In the spiral form, the circle, uncoiled, has ceased to be vicious; it has been set free.

― Vladimir Nabokov

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The design of the swirl pattern is based on the symbolism of the spiral pattern.  This swirl pattern has long been used as the representation of constants,  movement and change.  On a personal level, it can represent the internal growth of a person throughout life, and the gain of new perspectives.

A person is constantly changing; spiraling down life’s many roads.  It has also been used to describe the movement of the universe, and archaeologists think this was its original meaning.  Ancients Celts used it to map the progress of the stars during an eclipse.  We find it remains constant in our modern lives as well, perhaps a hold over of ancient memories used to remind us of our need to adapt constantly and not remain stagnant.

I think ancient Celtic artists used the spiral symbol as a mind-altering creative process in which the act of creating a spiral in their work released their minds into a creative splendor.  Perhaps that’s why we see them dominate the Celtic world, out of a strong desire to step outside the physical and enter a gossamer domain, where dreams and intuition take hold of awareness.

 

Swirl Drop Spindle Collage

7 Yaks Design drop spindles are cut acrylic and oak.  It’s as much fun to watch the spindle as it is to create yarn… and it spins like a dream!  

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