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Humans and The Arts

Since the dawn of time Humans have been learning the Arts. Early man covered themselves for warmth with animal hides (early fashion). They made symbols on cave walls (early painting and storytelling) then came fire, and all hell broke loose. As we rush through history to modern times, Humans have learned many crafts. It would be a daunting task indeed to master them all.

But in that time Arts and Politics have rarely met. You could argue the point by saying politics shaped the human race and therefore dictated the Arts as well.

When they let us have computers, we found like minded crafters further apart. Since we couldn’t talk to our maiden Aunt twice removed on our maternal great grand mother’s side, we couldn’t ask her to teach us! The online knitting, spinning, crocheting, weaving ect….. communities were born! People could talk to each other around the world. As the world became more complicated we looked for support in our crafts and our communities.

I myself have a lot of different hobbies, but they all involve at least one stick and some string. As I got older and more disabled my hobbies became my life, my therapy, my love. I poured my heart and soul into everything I did.

When I first found the knitting (crocheting, spinning) communities, I was very scared to get involved. But I told myself if anyone on this planet would understand a lunatic like me, it would be those communities. I have never been interested in anyone’s religious beliefs, politics, or gender. All I am interested in is Art. I know that I live in the past a lot. But that’s just me. I have never discussed my religion, sex or politics with people who are not involved in my day to day life. I was raised that these things are not discussed in public, that these were private matters. Not to be discussed in public.

Most of these things were further enforced by my profession. As a Nurse, I was taught to be understanding of other peoples beliefs and privacy. To be respectful at all times. There are rules and boundaries that should be upheld. And Lord, if you love your job, NEVER EVER discuss religion or politics at work. Or make socially inappropriate comments about anyone else’s appearance, size or sexual orientation.

It really hurts me to see people that were friends yesterday, are now enemies due to their beliefs. I have friends who have different beliefs than I do, but that has nothing to do with our friendship. We’re friends because we have our Art in common. That’s enough to talk about for me. I don’t think it’s my business to know everything about them, if they feel they need me to know more about them than that, they will tell me if not, I don’t pry into it. I don’t judge people, its not my job.

My job is to share my Art with anyone who would like to hear about it. My hope is that we as a species will someday learn to live together. So, I will continue to share my blogs and my yarns* with you. But I will not discuss politics, religion, race, creed, color or sexual orientation. Also I will not date anyone from work! So don’t ask!

“All we need is Love”

I think that was George, but it could have been Paul! Can you tell I was a Beatle Baby!

*Now buy some yarn and go home and create!

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No Researching This Week

Hello Everyone! It’s been a rough couple of weeks, not gonna lie. Finding my positivity at times like this, is sometimes very difficult. You see I live in a lot of pain everyday, so I guess you could say I’m used to it. Sometimes even I, the queen of positivity, gets depressed. So I have pretty much gotten nothing done lately.

I have been doing a lot of spinning. I also got my first 4 oz. of fiber for SE2SE. It’s a Black Welsh Mountain sheep. It’s on the endangered list and originally came from the UK. But, there are farms here in the states that also raise them. His name is Cai, not sure if I can share his picture, but his fleece is very black, and apparently he enjoyed rolling in the hay quite a bit. Once I get the fleece washed, I’ll share a little more about him.

I took the advice of Betsan Corkhill and started a crochet Mandala. I’m using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in a size 5, with a 2.00mm Crochet hook. It takes a lot of concentration to make some of these. This is an advanced pattern and is going to get a lot bigger before it’s done. Usually people use a lot of scraps to make these things. I’m only using 2 colors, it will be a gift for a friend and those are her favorite colors.

I think I’m coming to the end of this bout of depression. I really needed to get some work done. What are some of the things that you do, to help get yourself out of what I call a blue funk? Please share comments on my website, it’s the best place to reach me. I don’t always get comments left on Facebook or IG. So please share in the comments here. Thanks.

I will be back again real soon, so remember stay positive it really does help.

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The Gentle Art of Healing 4

The following was posted on Regain.us. Please contact them or a therapist for help. This is provided for information only.

I think it provides some incite into the colors we are drawn to. Why someone would prefer a certain color yarn over another. I thought it was interesting, I hope you do too.

What Is Color Therapy, What Is It For, And Is It Right For Me?

Updated September 04, 2018

Colors are all around us. They’re in the natural world, in the homes we live in, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the entertainment we watch. Colors aren’t just meaningless parts of our environment, either. They can change the way we feel and react to different situations. Color therapy uses these powers of color to heal, energize, and soothe us.

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What Is Color Therapy?

Color therapy is an alternative therapy that uses colors and their frequencies to heal physical and emotional problems.Color therapy is also known as chromopathy, chromotherapy, or color healing.

What Is Color Therapy Used For?

The goal of color therapy is to correct physiological and psychological imbalances. For instance, if you’re stressed, color therapy can help soothe you so that you can regain your psychological balance. If you’re depressed, color therapy can be used to invigorate you and give you increased energy.

When Did Color Therapy Start?

Color therapy has been around at least since the time of Ancient Egypt. Egyptians believed in the power of light and used different colors of light to promote healing. Color therapy has continued to be important in some cultures. Even in Western societies that tend to prefer modern, institutionalized medicine, natural healers have continued to use colors to help people improve their physical and emotional health.

Although Western medicine doesn’t accept color therapy as such, Western researchers are studying the scientific properties of colored light and the light frequencies within it. Color therapy hasn’t ‘earned’ a place in Western medicine yet, but there’s a strong possibility that it might when all the research results come in.

Colors And Chakras

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Eastern medicine is the source of many of the so-called alternative therapies in the Western world. In Indian philosophy, the chakras are considered the centers of spiritual power and energy within our bodies. There are seven chakras, and a different color represents each:

  1. The Root Chakra, located at the base of the spine, is represented by red. This chakra has to do with our grounding and connection with the Earth.
  2. The Sacral Chakra, located 2 or 3 inches below the navel, is represented by orange. This chakra is said to be associated with reproduction, the kidneys and adrenals, and pleasure. It is the mind-body chakra.
  3. The Solar Plexus Chakra, located between the navel and sternum, is represented by yellow. This chakra is associated with the pancreas, liver, digestive system, and gallbladder, as well as positivity, empowerment, and well-being.
  4. Green represents the Heart Chakra. It’s associated with the heart, lungs, and immune system. It’s associated with energy, the nervous system, mental focus, compassion, and empowerment.
  5. The Throat Chakra is represented by blue and is associated with the thyroid and metabolism as well as peaceful expression.
  6. The Third Eye Chakra, located between the eyebrows is represented by indigo and associated the pituitary gland and pineal gland and influences our sleep cycles, self-esteem, clarity, wisdom, and intuition.
  7. The Crown Chakra, located at the top of the head, is represented by violet and associated with the pineal gland, light sensitivity, sleep cycles, dreams, clarity, and spirituality.

Methods Of Delivery For Color Therapy

The alternative healing practice of color therapy relies on the delivery of the light frequencies of color to the body. The light either goes into the body through the eyes or via color therapy equipment.

Through Eyes

One way to take advantage of light therapy is to view the color simply. You look at the color for a few minutes. That’s all there is to the delivery. What you need to be careful with are the colors you choose. Green is considered the safest color. Red and orange may cause you too much excitement and agitation.

I can’t help this, that’s excitement in @GG’s case. ( Love You, shout out)

Color therapy is individualized as well. What works to help you might make someone else feel worse. For example, if you have a lot of anxiety and need to calm down, blue might be a good color to use. If someone else were depressed, though, blue wouldn’t be a color they should use in color therapy.

Via Color Therapy Equipment

There are various kinds of color therapy equipment. Some of them can be made easily, while others can be ordered for a color therapist’s use. This equipment uses the projection of colored light. Sometimes, the color is projected on a screen, and you look at it. The light comes from specific light bulbs of no more than 500 watts. With color therapy equipment, the colored light can be shone on your skin as well using modern and sometimes high-tech equipment that allows the hue and intensity of the color to be dialed in precisely.

Psychological Effects Of Different Colors

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Colors affect our mental processes and can change our mood. Each color has a different effect, so different colors are used for different mental conditions and mood problems. The following list describes how each of the main colors used in color therapy affects us and what they can do for you.

Green

Green is the most balancing of all the colors. Color therapists usually consider green the safest color and typically start color therapy with it. When you’re feeling sad, hopeless, or depressed, green can improve your mood. However, it’s important to have a pure green color, as a light green can cause you to tip into anxiety.

Green is said to enhance the emotions of love, joy, and inner peace. It can bring you hope, strength, and serenity. Green is said to increase your wisdom and facilitate change and independence.

Blue

Blue is a color that must be used with extra care, as it can zap your energy if you’re feeling low. Blue does help you express your feelings, though, and is related to your inner truth. Blue is a cold color that can be used to help you become more peaceful and relaxed. Primary blue is often used in therapy settings used for meditation and relaxation.

Blue can also be associated with wisdom, creativity, loyalty, and spirituality. Too much blue or blue that is too dark can lead to sadness, depression, and a feeling of emptiness. Light blue promotes serenity. It can also be used to help with insomnia.

Yellow

Yellow can be used in color therapy to bring energy and encourage action. This color can make you feel happier. It can bring out your intelligence and wisdom. Too much or too-bright yellows are associated with betrayal, cruelty, and deceit. It can remind us of our mortality. Yellow is the most intense color in the spectrum.

Orange

Orange signifies abundance, pleasure, well-being, and sexuality. Orange may be used to stimulate different organs in the body for physical healing. It revitalizes you and gives you increased mental energy. It can increase your feeling of connectedness between your mind and body. However, color therapists usually avoid this color for you if you’re prone to anxiety.

Red

Red is even more stimulating than orange. It influences emotional issues like financial independence and physical survival. It’s mostly used for physical healing because its emotional effects can be extreme. Color therapists avoid shining red on your head, as this can cause intense agitation. Infrared can also be used by a skilled color therapist if done so with caution. Neither red nor infrared is used for someone who has severe mental conditions.

Purple

Purple is most strongly associated with beauty, spirituality, and bliss. In color therapy, violet is often used on the forehead and neck to initiate feelings of calm and relaxation. However, it’s recommended for use anywhere on the body.

I was really interested in my color choices and the colors in my stash. I thought maybe the reason some projects end up on time out is because of the colors in it. Either way it’s definitely food for thought.

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The Gentle Art of Healing

Hi everyone !!! Sorry for the long break, but it was well spent on research for my new project. As some of you may know:
I am a 60 y.o. Crafter/ Maker & a retired Nurse. I am trying to start a movement involving the Ageing & the Young, Disabled and Mentally and Physically Handicapped. I want to use crochet, knitting, ect. as Art Therapy. This is not something new, it has been in use overseas for years. It has never been widely used in America. Possibly because of our Healthcare systems, Insurance. I don’t think my Insurance will cover my next yarn purchase, or my next set of needles or hooks. It would be great if it did, but we need to stay in reality. This is the first part of a series of articles I am writing. Your comments are greatly encouraged, in fact, if you have an opinion give it good or bad. I read them all, and answer if appropriate.

I am Physically Disabled my Partner in Crime is Mentally Handicapped. We have both found relief from our illness’ through our art. I know many other crafters who have found the same thing. There is a very calming influence that comes over you, it can be very mesmerizing. I call it the”Aahh” moment, I’m sure some of you know that feeling, it happens while your crafting.
The problem is the fact that the ‘Arts’ covers a wide variety of activities from painting, pottery to playing music, concert and museum visits and walks in the park. Some involving physical exertion, others mental and creative stimulation, social contact or a combination of all.

The importance of Therapeutic Knitting or Crocheting

  • Accessible
  • Low cost ( most of the time)
  • Portable

A tool for controlling symptoms such as :

  • Isolation
  • Loneliness
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Decreased Confidence

Feelings of Worthlessness as seen by society or even your own family.

  • Fear
  • Worry
  • Stress
  • Lack of a rewarding Occupation
  • Change of Identity – Sometimes enforced

Common across the board include the Young,the Retired, People with Injuries or Illnesses.

In order to work well, all these issues need to be considered. Social activity groups can offer a lot of support, that’s why knitting & crochet groups are so popular. Groups lead by people who not only have a knowledge of the activity, but also understand how it could help the persons health, can increase the benefits of the activity. Activities need to fit into the ‘real life’ of each participant or they won’t be continued!

Attending a new group for the first time is not that easy, either. Most people will tell you it’s difficult. Social activity groups make it a little easier because at least you have a common interest with others and potential topics of conversation. However, for those who need it the most, it remains a challenging thing to do, so they may opt out unless support and a planned introduction are offered. If you know someone who could benefit from one of these groups, offer to take them, offer to teach them. Many libraries around the country offer classes or a “Stitch and Bitch” Group for free. LYS’ offer classes and groups for a nominal fee.

I have been in touch with the Author and she has given me permission to use this information. This isn’t new stuff, she has been here and discussed this before Medical Professionals as far back as 2007 I think(my numbers could be wrong). If you are interested in learning more she has a website: stitchlinks.com . Imagine what kind of world we would live in if all our government officials were required to take a class or two. I hope those big black trucks aren’t coming!

This is the first of a series of blogs, I would really appreciate you commenting. Let me know if I should continue along this road or not. Thanks

stitchlinks.com Knit for Health and Wellness, Crochet Therapy by Belsan Corkhill
Following on Patreon: Rachel Smith(WoolnSpinning) & Beth Smith ( a wealth of info on spinning, weaving, Sewing)

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To Knit or Crochet..That is the Question

Whether tis nobler. HUH??

I have already told you of my love for spinning. But what do I do with my yarn? I think its a project oriented thing with me. I look for the project then see how to make it. Then learn it.

I have to say if it’s a new to me technique, I challenge myself by picking the hardest project I can find. Then I really learn the technique, because of the challenge. I like to push myself to the limits. Sometimes it’s about the challenge, Other times I have to have the item.

Unfortunately, that leads to a lot of WIPS! If I get bored or frustrated the project goes on time out. This is the first year I have decided to finish some of these WIP’s. I have 3 blankets, 2 pairs of socks, a doll, a shawl, and a partridge in a pear tree!

Honestly though, don’t we all have a pile of WIP’s on time out? Come on now be honest? I would love to hear about your WIP’s ? Why did they go on time out? Why did you start them? Please leave me a comment and let me know, I have always wondered why we do this.

Let me know

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I think I finally got It!

Turns out, the making of a website is really hard for people like me. ( very ADD) There are so many decision that need to be made.

I will never be a web developer!

I been a lot of things and a lot of places in these years. but I have finally found my place.” I dream of a simpler life : a nice piece of Land, with a cute little house. It’s got a wrap around porch, where my rocker sits. It’s got an old red barn full of life, and pastures with sheep and a horse or two grazing.”

I can see it so vividly in my mind. but when I open my eyes it’s not there. I know I will keep searching for it. but,at least in the mean time there is fiber!

I love fiber, all kinds of fiber. I love feeling it and looking at it. I love mixing it with other fibers to get the blend I’m looking for. I love it natural, but I love dyeing it too. I feel like the Mad Scientist– with my gloves, apron, respirator!

When I was a kid in Art Class, I never liked the paint color out of the tube. I always had to mix it with a bit of this or a bit of that before I got to the color I wanted. I’m the same way when I’m dyeing fiber, a bit of this a bit of that. And then

I get to spin it!

There is all kinds of time to think about things when your spinning. First is deciding what your spinning for, thickness or Angelically thin. But I also get another chance to play with the colors within the yarn I’m making. Then as I spin my mind slowly drifts off to my happy little house and my rocker.

One of the side effects of spinning is you end up with a lot of yarn, I have more than I will ever be able to knit or crochet with, left in this lifetime. I’m not planning on going tomorrow or anything, but still. How many blankets, shawls, sweaters, socks, ect… does one person need. And those sheep keep producing more!

So now you see why I finally took the plunge. My son does computer coding and design for a living, I asked him to help me, he said oh no not HTML! Whatever that is, kidding I know what HTML is I just wanted him to do it for me, that’s all.

I hope I finally got this right. Leave me a comment if it is working!

Sharyn