Currently :: October 11th

Doing | I have been doing a whole lot of letting go. I'm not sure what it is, but something has just clicked in my brain/body. I'm done being completely stressed out about pretty much everything. I am slowing learning that things are what they are and if I can improve it, good, if I can't, move on.

Thinking | The husband's new job seems to be going well. He works four 12-hour shifts then he is off for four days. Shifts are 6am to 6pm and switch to 6pm to 6am every month. He just started his month of night shifts this week. It's a little strange.

Reading | Oh lord... uh yeah. Not much. I've been reading up on my tarot book, but that's about it.

Watching | All the things! I desperately wish that TV networks would space out when shows return for the "season". Every Fall I struggle to figure out what to watch, what to record, what to skip. I know, I know... #firstworldproblem.

Eating | September was pretty hectic and eating well was, unfortunately, not a big priority. We ate quite a few frozen pizzas and hot dogs. Hopefully, I can get myself organized again and being doing meal plans.

**Recipe I think you'd like: Frito Chili Pie from the Pioneer Woman. Husband and son wanted chili so I made this. They didn't eat it with the chips, but I threw some in a bowl, topped it with chili and gobs of cheese! By itself, it still made a nice tasting chili.

Weather | A little bit of cool weather, a little bit of warm weather. Definite prayers for all those living in South Carolina with too much water and those living in California with too little.

Work In Progress | I'm working on a Heirloom Chevron Throw.

October 10th | Show Me Your Favorite(s)

October 10th | Favorites

The Sun, The Moon, The Star

When I first received my deck, I immediately shuffled through them to just look at them, feel them. These three cards stood out to me and still do now.

This tarot challenge is hosted by @blackandthemoon via Instagram
Tarot deck | The Wild Unknown

October 8th | Tarot Challenge

October 8th | How do I accomplish this? 

 The Hermit | solitude, meditation

The idea of being a "hermit" is not supported in our society... but in the realm of tarot they are the most celebrated & valued creatures. Through mediation, solitude, & stillness they bring wisdom to all. When this card appears it's time to step back from the business of day to day life & focus on your inner realm. Become more self-aware. If you're intrigued by meditation, start now. Spend time by yourself. Your inner fire is ready to be lit... it will shine for all to see.

Well alrighty then. I hear you loud and clear. And it's very appropriate as I have actually been trying to mediate. It's proving pretty difficult for my anxiety ridden, never sleeping brain, but this card just reinforces my desire to keep practicing. Maybe this will lead to some amazing breakthrough on that goal I need to make a decision about soon.

October 7th | Tarot Challenge

October 7th | What goal should I focus on? 

Justice | With tails entwined, two cats look directly at you...  waiting for you to choose between them. Which is right and which is wrong? The justice card implies a weight or heaviness surrounding a choice you have to make.  Now is not the time to shun the concept of divine balance or karma. All of your choices affect your life and sometimes lives around you... both now and in the future.

I'm uncertain of my upcoming choices of goals here. I'm sure they will become clear soon enough.

Clementina Sweater

Last week it finally began to feel like Fall around here. I've had this Clementina pattern for a while, but never made one so I figured now was the time!

I can't remember what I originally bought this I Love This Cotton yarn for, but I really liked working with it. It's brightly colored, nice and soft. 

The pattern called to slip the last stitch of every row while holding the yarn in front of the work. It created the most beautiful edges!!

When I am making a project, I usually end up getting slowed down by sleeves. I hate using double pointed needles (dpns). I always end up with gaps, that knitters called laddering, where the needles come together.

So I decided to try using two circular needles to knit in-the-round for the sleeves. ERMAHGERD. This is the way to go for me. Once I got the hang of it, I finished the first sleeve and then went on to not only start but also finish the second sleeve on the same day! This is a big deal for me. 

The pattern is very easy to follow with basic stitches that give it very cute details. It goes from newborn to 6 years and it's only around $5! It took me a while to make it, but I was just so busy in the month of September that I barely had time to sit down and work on it. I made her a cute little beanie to match it too!

Now I have no idea what to work on next!!

October 6th | Tarot Challenge

October 6th | Where am I Physically? 

Daughter of Cups | creative, emotional 

Creative energy abounds from the daughter of cups. She's romantic, artistic, and easily inspired by her surroundings. A true dreamer by nature, she struggles to stay grounded or to deal with any harsh realities that come her way. Conflict of any kind is very disturbing to this gentle creature. 

Hmmm... well I'm not sure what I should take from this, but I think it's leaning toward "creative dreamer"  = lazy, get off your ass. Or maybe it just means that physically I'm a creator. I sew clothing, I knit items, occasionally I take photographs.

Tarot deck | The Wild Unknown

October 5th |Tarot Challenge

October 5th | Where am I Emotionally? 

Mother of Wands | domestic, vibrant, family, warmth 

The mother of Wands is a vibrant woman and happy mother. Family comes first in her world - she's very protective of it and is the dominant parent within the home. Though proud and determined, she has enough grace and beauty that you'd hardly notice her forceful nature. Oftentimes she has overcome great pain or trauma in her life. It's important not to be on her bad side.

This card made me a laugh. I am very emotionally invested in being a mother. Especially at this time when we have so much going on, I do whatever I can to make sure my kids are well and successful. And not just my own kids either, I feel like I've adopted all 145 band kids.

Tarot deck used | The Wild Unknown

October 4th | Tarot Challenge

October 4th | Where am I Spiritually? 

Six of Cups | memories, childhood, joy, nostalgia 

A card of beautiful implications, the Six of Cups focuses on the magic and innocence of childhood. The roots of years past are alight with color and vibrancy... look back upon them, get lost in your memories. Old friends may surface and seek you out. All reunions will be joyful. Enjoy simple pleasure and wonder in all areas of your life.

I can remember my mother reading tarot cards when I was a child. Maybe that's where my interest in them comes from now. Spiritually, I don't identify with one belief, I respect aspects from many. 

Tarot deck used | The Wild Unknown

October 3rd | Tarot Challenge

October 3rd | Where am I mentally? 

 Nine of Wands | strength, stamina, confidence 

As nines usually imply, your journey is near completion. But on this final stretch you find yourself growing weary, with doubt and fear running through your mind. The nine of Wands asks you to rely your confidence and realize how far you've come. Lift your eyes and take a few more steps... soon all your hard work will start to pay off.

Oh well this sounds promising. It also sounds like what I've been telling myself is right. There is a light at the end of this tunnel and maybe the tunnel isn't as long as it once was.

Tarot deck used | The Wild Unknown

October 2nd |Tarot Challenge

October 2nd | Show me your significator 
 Mother of Pentacles | Capricorn, Earth sign 

I did not plan this and found it kind of awesome that my card is also my theme for October. 
I also found it awesome that I had already decided to focus a bit on myself for October too. I have always been in love with Autumn and felt more myself when this season rolled around.

Tarot deck used | The Wild Unknown

New Beginning

I have decided that I have no idea what direction I want this blog to go in. September was crazy. I feel like a went through it with my eyes closed because it all happened so quickly that it is now over and I'm not sure what went on.

It's no secret to those that actually know me that I am spiritual, but have no religion. I believe aspects of many religions, but can't wrap my mind around others so I'm just me. Recently, a friend of mine tagged me in a photo on Instagram that was a challenge for the month of October. A tarot challenge. Now I know many of you think this is witchcraft or devil related, and that's fine, but it's not, in my opinion. I've found them to be seriously accurate in their meaning in the past. I've had a couple of sets of tarot cards for a few years, but only occasionally pull them out. I thought I'd give this little diddy of prompts a try so I can learn and be more open to possibilities.

So honestly, this space will become more knitting, more beliefs, more me. Maybe....

October 1st |Theme for October 
 Mother of Pentacles | domestic, loving, patient, confidence, firm foundations

*Tarot deck used | The Wild Unknown