A New Obsession

Originally posted August 2, 2009:

I confess that I haven’t been doing much tarot lately, and that’s a shame, really.  I haven’t even been buying decks, can you believe it?  (Amazing, I know.)

No… I’ve been buying yarn… and crochet pattern books… and How-To knitting books.   And did I mention yarn?  Most of the time when I see yarn on sale (and it has to be a good sale), I’ll pick up a few skeins, because yarn can be expensive if you want to make anything more than a scarf.  But several times now I’ve purchased yarn with a project in mind. 

So, since I have all this yarn, I’ve been doing a lot of crocheting.  And just recently I took a knitting class to learn how to make garments.   I love to crochet because it was the craft my grandmother taught me, but afghans take so long to make.  (Yes, I know there’s plenty more to crochet than just afghans, but I seem to gravitate toward these.  Maybe that’s because that’s all that Grandma made.  We do have many old afghans around the house.)  And I want to make tops to actually wear, but knitted garments drape much better on the body than crochet does.  Thus, the knitting class.

I took the class with just one other person and the instructor, which actually worked out very well.  Talk about personal attention!  It was great because I had already learned the basics through books and YouTube, but I never had anyone to tell me if I doing something wrong, or to help me when I had problems.  So this class turned out to be just what I needed.  From here on out, I feel I can do most things learning through books and practicing a LOT.  That’s one thing I learned in that class; the only way to improve your skill is to knit, knit, and knit some more.

Anyway, let me get back on a tarot topic…  with my crochet I wanted to make more than just the afghans I’ve been gifting, something smaller so that I could see my results fairly quickly.  So, I designed my own tarot bag!  🙂    Yay!  This is the way to go!  I know what I like, and this way I can make it the way I want it.

I’ll try to post a picture if I can figure out how, but you can also see it if you belong to Ravelry.com, the most awesome knitting website I’ve found yet.  It’s listed on Wikipedia as a social networking site, and it is, but I use it mostly for the database feature.  You can keep track of your projects, yarn stashes, projects you want to do, needles and hooks, and your library, as well as all the other networking things, like friends, groups, discussion lists and the like.  But you can also search patterns from books, magazines, designers, and anybody who has something to add.

Which is basically why I began this post.  I want to post my tarot bag pattern, but it seems that I have to have it “published” somewhere, so what better place than here?  So, I’ll stop here and create another post just for the pattern.  🙂

Paulina Tarot Arrived!

Originally Posted February 17, 2009:

Today is a bit of a mixed day for me.  I was soooo excited to see the Paulina Tarot at my door when I got home from work today!  I haven’t looked forward to a deck like this for quite a while…..  since the Deviant Moon, as a matter of fact, which was about 8 months ago.  I just opened the plastic wrap, so I’m not going to comment on it yet (maybe later tonight), but I’ve been looking forward to this deck since I saw Paulina’s art on her website.

Unfortunately there was also a sad part of my day.  I’ve made the decision that I just cannot attend the Tarot School’s Reader Studio this year, even though I’ve already signed up for it.  (According to the website, I can cancel and forfeit just $50.)  There is just too much happening right now that affects the whole financial-aspect of the trip (remember my Five of Pentacles January?)  I’ve been giving it a LOT of thought these last couple of months, and I just don’t think I can swing it.  <sigh  …   weep>

Well, I think I’ll cheer myself up a little with my new Paulina Tarot!  Yippee!  (I’m just going to put in a little plug about how wonderful the Chase Amazon Visa card is!  For every dollar you spend on Amazon, you get 3 points.  For every dollar you spend elsewhere, you get 1 point.  After 2,500 points, you get an Amazon gift certificate for $25.  Woohoo!  I make my husband use his card for everything, and he’s only complained once that I’m always the one that takes advantage of the gift certificate.  heehee)

2 Responses to “Paulina Tarot Arrived!”

  1. Share Beiting Says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 9:25 pm eHi!

    I saw how much you love your new Tarot of Sweet Twilight and I too am completely in love with it! I got it over a week ago from Book Depository and can’t put it down = ) Barbara Moore is a friend and she mentioned a few days ago that Llewellyn got their stock in very early so I know they have it now, I would expect them to start selling copies soon!

    Also you mentioned the LWB…I loved it as well….and am usually disappointed with LoS LWBs….Barbara mentioned that Ric asked her to just look at the images and write what she “saw” in the picture…just to forget all about meanings etc….isn’t that cool? I thought the LWB turned out wonderful being done this way and her observations on the cards are fantastic!

    Thought you’d like this extra bit of info…

    Share

  2. EarthAngel2911 Says:
    August 8th, 2009 at 2:18 pm eShare,

    Thanks for that info. That *is* interesting. I too was totally impressed with this LWB. It’s a nice complement to the deck instead of being something you want to chuck in the garbage.

    Blessings,
    Karen

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