Knitting one of many hobbies in Human Civilization

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Knitting is something that has been pass down from generation to generation.  Furthermore Knitting gives a person more ideas to what else they can do with their hands other than being destructive.  Use your hands for creating beautiful things which they were probably meant for, many people have told me that knitting is very therapeutic which leads to a world of creativity.

Knitting as well as  crochet uses stitches, which are yarn loops that bind together, making rows to complete a project. The benefits of knitting stitches is the craft creates a softer, finer and smoother textured garment, unlike crochet. Knitting involves two simple stitches, a knit and a purl, that make for an elegant garment when finished. Crochet’s main stitches are a single crochet and a double crochet, which generate a wider range of smaller or taller stitches with holes between them. The crochet stitches give the appearance of an airy and chunkier garment when completed.

Needles are the metal objects used to manipulate a continuous strand of yarn.  knitting involves using two long, pointy needles that are the same size to make rows of stitches. The advantage of knitting is it creates projects using multiple needles for different garments. Some projects such as socks or hats require the use of circular needles or sets of four to five double-pointed needles. These needles give garments a more professional look than a crocheted item. Another benefit of using knitting needles is they are sized by numbers ranging from zero to 15.

Knitting’s techniques are another advantage over crochet because they provide a more detailed garment. For example, starting the first row of a knitting project, the yarn is cast on the needle one stitch at a time. Each stitch is worked from one needle to the other until the row is finished, regardless of how many different colors of yarn are used. Therefore, knitting provides an easier way to stitch or incorporate color patterns together.   Not only can knitting be performed by hand manipulating each stitch individually, it can also be achieved by knitting machines. Machine knitting saves a considerable amount of time, according to Fiber Images. Most knitting machines are embedded with 200 latch-hook needles that stitch up to 200 rows of knitting in a single movement. The knitting machines are a benefit to people who have no desire to knit or cannot knit. Crocheting, however, can only be completed by hand.

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So this new category I added will label anything when it comes to both Knitting and Crocheting because I plan to do some craft work on this blog.  If I find more crafting ideas to share with my audience then I will share it.  Right now its going to be quilting, Knitting, and Crocheting which will lead to more ideas and other crafting trades in the near future.
Any other crafting suggestions do feel free to leave a comment.

Quilting on the way

This upcoming year is going to be many for us all.

I want to see how many people will be following me in my journey of self worth.  I am going to work on myself and share the accomplishments that I achieve and one of those things are quilting and other handcrafted things.  I am going to be different than the typical woman that walks on the street, when I am on the bus I shall do latch hooking.  When I am waiting for the bus I will be knitting; if I am in line waiting for something I will be doing needlepoint. 

This is a great way of spending my free time and I will have something creative to use around the house.  In addition I can sell the items that I make for some extra money which is untax every year depending were I sell it like Etsy or Craigslist. 

So if you are ready to learn quilting or any other form of crafting done by hand you know where to come. 

What to the ethics of dating?

After reading articles on dating and what people views are in the world of love and happiness how can people take marriage seriously?  The questions that younger generations are asking go beyond the boundary lines of personal questions that go to far.

The recent article I have read is that men and women are asking a person’s credit score, what difference does a person’s credit score make?  In addition why does it matter if a girl is a virgin or not? Why do so many want to have one date then have sexual intercourse?

What happened to abstaining from sexual intercourse to date a person to know them as an individual and they in turn can learn you as an individual?  What can sexual intercourse do to make you learn a person well enough to marry them?  Don’t people stop to think that if you have sexual intercourse that your relationship will not last that long because then the other person loses trust in them the morning after they had sex?  I find having sexual intercourse before marriage means that you cannot be mature enough to marry nor loyal to having one spouse so, you are more than likely to have more than one sex partner.   In addition there is a hefty price of promiscuity, promiscuity from its root word promiscuous is clearly a bad thing. It means immoral, loose, licentious and wanton. This is not all, it is also necessary to factor the cost of promiscuity such as:
• Sorrow,
• Pain,
• Anguish,
• Disease,
• Unwanted pregnancy and
• The sense of guilt
• Damage to sense of self-worth
• Disruption of one’s progress in life, to mention but a few.

We need to factor these costs also. All considered, abstinence is the way of the wise and premarital and extra-marital sex is the way of the foolish. It is like water and beer. Water is the drink of the wise while beer is the drink of the foolish, even as it is popular. Sexual promiscuity may be popular or common place, but it is still foolish indulgence and can never be elevated beyond that regardless of the wording and grammar used to postulate it.

If we all elect to abstain from premarital sex, there would be enough quality marriages to ensure that nobody have to stay many years in need of unfulfilled sexual urges. It is because of easy sexual intercourse from people of easy virtue, prostitutes and loose morals that is hindering marriages.

Sexual intercourse between a man and a woman is ordained of God in legal and lawful marriage relationship.

Part of our responsibility on this earth is to learn to master our appetites and control our urges to enable us be turned into the godhood that is possible for all of us. Sexual and other sensations are serving purposes of testing our ability to grow. The fact that people get tired of having sex with their sex-partners is a pointer that it is not meant to be frittered away as part of fun getting. Sexual intercourse has a big place in the scheme of creation. Used within that bound, it is a beautiful experience even when you are not able to get the wow or blow-job of it. No sexual intercourse can compare to sexual intercourse in purity – within bounds of legal and lawful marriage or what Church people would call holy wedlock.

Regardless of what is said here, each individual know the price they pay. People should count their costs on this subject also so that adults do not stand by and watch a goat give birth with rope around its neck.

Many people have been able to survive the setback caused by premarital sex in their lives and still made good and sometimes great strides and thrived. One thousand times that number is not able to survive it. That choice to get involved in premarital sex changed the course of their lives for bad and they could not escape the price tag.

We have the power to choose what we would. But we do not have power to choose the consequences of our actions. This is called agency or freedom to choose. Our world is created by choice. We are in it by choice and each individual’s choices would shape their character and ultimately their destiny.

However, there is so many loose people in the world that finding one that does not have sex before marriage is very rare.   I do not see why people cannot suppress their sexual desires in order to make a strong foundation to a relationship that can lead to years of happiness.
First of all what is the sole purpose of dating?
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Among all people whom are placed upon this earth, dating has an honorable purpose—to help a young man and woman determine if they want to get married to each other. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you need to make wedding plans the moment you start dating. In fact, many people do not end up marrying the first person they date. At the same time, a person shouldn’t date if he or she isn’t ready to shoulder the responsibilities of marriage.  So if you have the intention of being married then you need to abstain from sexual intercourse during the time period of dating but, if you are having sex with the person then why get married?

If the one you are dating is pressuring you to have sex or sexual intercourse then you are better off without them in your life.   Says James 3:17: “The wisdom from above is first of all chaste.”  So if they do not respect you enough to not have sex then move on to someone else.
In addition one needs to ask themselves is this person right for me?  What are the qualities that you are looking for in a potential mate?  Does the person need to be spiritual-minded, Friendly, Trustworthy, Morally Upright and Goal oriented?  There is nothing wrong with the traits that are mention but, when you are more mature the traits should determine if the person is right for you.
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Know Yourself First

Before you can consider who might be right for you, you need to know yourself well. To learn more about yourself, answer the following questions:

What are my strengths? ․․․․․

What are my weaknesses or vulnerabilities? ․․․․․

What emotional and spiritual needs do I have? ․․․․․

Getting to know yourself is no small task, but questions like those above can get you started. The more you understand yourself, the better equipped you will be to find someone who will amplify your strengths rather than your weaknesses. What if you think you’ve found that person?

Will Just Anyone Do?

“Can I get to know you better?” That question will make you either cringe or leap for joy—depending on who’s asking. Suppose you answer yes. Over the course of time, how can you tell if your boyfriend or girlfriend is right for you?

Suppose you want to buy a new pair of shoes. You go to the store and find a pair that catches your eye. You try on the shoes, only to find that—much to your disappointment—they’re too tight. What would you do? Buy the shoes anyway? Or look for a different pair? Clearly, the better choice is to put the shoes back and look for others. It would make little sense to walk around in a pair of shoes that just didn’t fit!

It’s similar with choosing a marriage partner. Over time, more than a few members of the opposite sex may catch your eye. But not just anyone will do. After all, you want someone you’ll be comfortable with—someone who truly fits your personality and your goals.

Looking Beyond the Surface

To answer that last question, look at your friend objectively. Be careful, though! You might be inclined to see only what you want to see. So take your time. Try to perceive your friend’s true nature. This will take effort on your part. But that’s only to be expected. To illustrate: Imagine that you want to purchase a car. How thoroughly would you research it? Would you be concerned only about the outer appearance? Wouldn’t it make sense to look deeper—perhaps learning as much as you could about the condition of the engine?

Finding a mate is a much weightier issue than choosing a car. Yet, many who date don’t look beyond the surface. Instead, they quickly point to the things they have in common: ‘We like the same music.’ ‘We enjoy the same activities.’ ‘We agree on everything!’ As mentioned earlier, though, if you’re truly past the bloom of youth, you look beyond superficial traits. You see the need to discern “the secret person of the heart.”

For example, rather than focus on how much you agree on things, it might be more revealing to note what happens when you disagree. In other words, how does this person handle conflict—by insisting on his or her way, perhaps giving in to “fits of anger” or “abusive speech”? Or does this person show reasonableness—a willingness to yield for the sake of peace when no issue of right or wrong is at stake?

Another factor to consider: Is the person manipulative, possessive, or jealous? Does he or she demand to know your every move? “I hear of dating couples who fight because one person can’t stand that the other hasn’t constantly ‘checked in,’” says Nicole. “I think that’s a bad sign.”—1 Corinthians 13:4.

Issues such as those raised above focus on personality and conduct. However, it’s just as important to learn something of your friend’s reputation. How is that one viewed by others? You may want to talk to those who have known this person for some time, such as mature ones in the congregation. That way you will know if he or she is “well reported on.”—Acts 16:1, 2.

to be continued……

Organic Citrus Scrub

Things you’ll need

  • 1 tablespoon of Wild Flower honey
  • 5 drops of white willow bark tincture
  •  5 drops of goldenseal tincture
  • 5 drops of Echinacea tincture
  •  5 drops of ginkgo biloba tincture
  • 3 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon of orange juice
  •  2 teaspoon of cucumber juice
  •  3 tablespoons of English clay powder
  • 2 teaspoon of Grapefruit juice
  • 2 teaspoon of tangerine juice
  • 1 cup of raw sugar

Combine all the ingredients into a small bowl and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.  It does not matter where you store it for those 15 minutes then scrub you lovely face with your new facial scrub.

This mask works well on oily skin and this can also be used in the maintenance of oily hair for those who ant to control hair oils.

 

Kung Pao Tofu

 

Kung Pao Tofu

  • 1 block tofu, firm
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or olive oil
  • 1 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sambal Oelek (chili and garlic sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon Spicy Bean Paste (Korean hot sauce)
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 cup carrot, small diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, small diced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, small diced
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, small diced
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts or peanuts

Place the water packed tofu in the freezer overnight. Using tofu that has been frozen first will give this dish a meatier feel. Freezing makes the texture of tofu chewier, which resembles chicken. Thaw the tofu by leaving it out all day or in the microwave for a few minutes. Once thawed, squeeze the tofu between your hands over a bowl to catch all the water that will come out. It will feel like squeezing a sponge dry. The more water you get out, the more the tofu will absorb the flavors of the sauce. Slice the tofu in to bite-sized cubes and fry in the peanut oil until golden brown. Set aside.

Next, make the Kung Pao sauce. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well, then set aside. Adjust the sauce to your taste by adding more hot sauce if you want the sauce to be hotter, and less sugar to take away some sweetness.

Cut all the vegetables into same size pieces so that they will cook evenly. You can use all your favorite vegetables, these are just a suggestion. In a sauté pan heat the peanut oil and sauté the vegetables. Just be sure to add the thicker ones, like carrots, first and let cook for two minutes. Then the onion and bell peppers for another two minutes. Add delicate vegetables like zucchini last and only cook briefly or they will get mushy and lose vitamins. Add the golden tofu cubes and mix gently. Now add the sauce, a little at a time, until you get the desired coating. Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes to reduce the sauce and thicken it. For the final touch, sprinkle with macadamia nuts for a truly local flair, or peanuts. Serve over jasmine rice and enjoy!

I am not a vegan but, I do prefer foods that are healthy for my heart and body.  This new year I am going to make my plate colorful so, when I upload more pictures of healthy food ideas I am going to make it colorful because food has color.

Deep Treatment with Mayonnaise

Want soft shiny hair on the daily basis?  Well keep reading on to find out more on how to treat your hair the way it was meant to be.

  1. Deep condition your hair with mayonnaise. This is an easy way to get moisture and shine back into your hair.
  2. Smear real, organic mayonnaise through your dry hair. For the folks with oily scalp and skin, don’t rub it into your scalp or too close to your hairline. and make sure to really work it into the ends.
    • The amount depends on the thickness and the texture of your hair. Oily hair and scalps need less mayonnaise; drier hair will need more.
  3. Wash your hands, then wrap your hair in a shower cap or plastic bag. A towel on your head will also help contain it, though you’ll have to wash the towel afterwards.
  4. Keep it like that for about an hour. Rinse your hair, then shampoo it. Style your hair the way you normally do.

Tip

Hibiscus Paste Hair Treatment

  • Herbs are used to restore the healthy texture of hair. This time wash a few hibiscus leaves and place them into a medium-sized container. Pour a tiny amount of water in the container and let the leaves soak for 10 minutes.

    Then put these ingredients into a blender until you get a fine paste. Apply the treatment on your tresses and leave it on for 20 minutes. The last step is to wash your hair with lukewarm water. Enjoy the silky smooth feel of your hair.

Using the Mayo treatment alongside the Hibiscus paste will make you hair the envy of all people.

The most import…

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.

Most (I think around 60-80% or something) of our communication is non-verbal, i.e. through facial expressions, body language, gestures, etc.

So, rather than just listening to what a person says, it is also important to pay attention to the actions which accompany that persons words.

You can learn a lot about people that way.

Hamburg Germany at this time of the year

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This is the perfect time of year to visit the country of Germany which is to see the Hamburg Christmas Market. Every four to seven years its is run by one person who is elected to plan and host the Hamburg Christmas market.  This time of the year is very special for Germans and all people from all walks of life so, if you ever are in Germany come by the market to see the displays and stay for the fire works.

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Nice photos aren’t they but, even though if you do not celebrate Christmas you can go out and see the fire works which is something that is worth watching because fireworks in Germany are better than the fireworks show during the 4th of July.