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Knitting as a Lifetime Hobby

Knitting is truly a practical craft. Whereas woven cloth has to be cut, shaped and styled, all of this can be done with the yarn when knitting it. Actually, the need to convert yarn into a fabric and shaped garments was responsible for the very invention of knitting.

How long ago was that? A pair of knitted woolen socks found in an Egyptian tomb may date back to the fourth century B.C.E. About 3,000 years ago, in Arabia, different-colored yarns were used to form designs. Men, not women, established the craft as a skilled profession.

Knitting has never been so easy as it is today. Patterns are available with instructions for practically every known garment. Modern styles call for stitch designs that simply beg you to have a try. With only a few lessons, the beginner can learn elementary essentials, and the use of thick, chunky wool makes for quick progress.

Tips for Beginners

But how can you go about learning how to knit? The knitter’s craft itself is very simple, requiring only a set of knitting needles, a ball of wool, cotton, silk or linen. A single loop is made on the end of the fibre that is being used and from this loop the stitches are cast on to the needles, the basic action of the craft consisting of transferring the loops from one needle to another; ‘weaving’ the new set of loops transferred on to the second needle from the first set of loops by passing the point of the second needle through the loop, wrapping the fibre over the point of the needle, and then passing the loop over the fibre wrapped round the needle. By working across the back of the loops a purl stitch is produced, knitting and purling being the foundation stitches out of which the most simple and elaborate patterns are created.

Yes, knitting is a rewarding and practical hobby. The pleasure it gives is no doubt one of the reasons why it has lasted so long and spread so far. Another reason is its providing a variety of clothing. Knitting has a unique past, it is a practical hobby for today and it has a promising future. So why not make it your hobby too?

Romantic Destinations in Greece for Couples

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You are just too tired of the routine, and you are thinking about a place to go to for a vacation with your loved one. Destinations are uncountable, and you are torn between heading East or west. Moreover, you are thinking about whether to go to somewhere where the ice covers the place, or to an island to enjoy the sun with your partner. In this article, we will be talking about the best romantic destinations for couples: The Vine, Watehopper Corfu, and Sailing Yacht Dreamaker. Moreover, they are all located in Greece.

The Vine

Carmencitta-MAgazine-Romantic-Destinations-in-Greece-for-Couples-2This is one of the greatest little wine bars you can find in Greece, a relaxed atmosphere roams all over the place where there is something different which catches your eye no matter where you look. In addition, there are a Lot of little games offered so you can keep yourself amused. However, you won’t need them because there is a lot going on with the décor that can keep you entertained for hours.

Waterhoppers Corfu

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You and your loved one can enjoy your first diving experience here. We assure you that it will be wonderful. First, they give you a quick lesson about diving on a little amphitheater. Then, they gear you up and sit you down on the beach. Over there, you slit a bit farther in the ocean and put up your oxygen tank.

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A boat trip with the one you love around the coast, is undoubtedly the best way of seeing the hidden treasures of this beautiful Island. In addition, it is a great way to escape the hot, dusty, and noisy roads in order to approach the pristine turquoise beaches by water instead.

Read this before visiting japan

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Visiting Japan comes with some rules and customs, which you need to better understand so that you don’t feel like you offended Japanese people.

A bow to show respect

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Bowing, for Japanese people, is considered something that has to be done whenever you see someone you know and you respect, to show how much respect you have for them. The length of time the bow needs to endure depends on the second person. For example, if he or she lasts only for 2 seconds, you need to last for that time also.

While on the table

Carmencitta-Magazine-Japan-3.Table manners are an important aspect of Japanese customs. There are a few things you need to know before dining with them. First, if you are invited to a dinner party and there were drinks available, wait before you drink so that someone takes the lead, make a speech to welcome guests, and then raises the glass. Second, the small cloth you receive at restaurants, is not used for your face, but for your hands and just your hands. Finally, you should say “itadakimasu” which means “I will receive” before eating.

Do not offer tips

Carmencitta-Magazine-Japan-4When it comes to tipping, Japanese people find it insulting. For them, any service you ask for is covered by the price they give you.

The slippers

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Remember to always take off your shoes when you are planning to enter someone’s house, business, or company. Usually, there is a pair of slippers waiting for you at the door. In addition, do not use at home the same slippers you used in the bathroom.

Public Bathhouse

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These are available in a large number in Japan. They can be found in small areas in Japan, as well as large areas. They are used if you have already showered, and feel like you need extra minutes soaking in hot water.

Was It Murano for Glass Blowing?

The earliest evidence of glassblowing was found in Iran, Chogha Zanbil – an ancient complex, 2nd millennium BC. The invention of glassblowing occurred with the establishment of the Phoenician Roman Empire in the 1st century BC.

On the eastern borders of the Empire, the first large glass workshops were set up in the birthplace of glassblowing Lebanon by the Phoenicians (the ancient forefathers of the Lebanese). Phoenicians were the ones to teach this craftsmanship to the world.
 Ennion was the most famous and gifted of these craftsmen. He came from the coastal city of Sidon. Like many other crafts, this craftsmanship became interrupted after the war.Today, Lebanon is left with only two kilns- Sarafand and in Tripoli.

How to start Roller Skating

Roller skating can be anything from a sport to a hobby to a great way to get in shape. This article will guide you through how to roller skate so you can achieve your goal whether it be having fun or losing weight.

Roller skating has a lot of pros and cons that should be considered carefully before you ever strap on a pair of skates.

Benefits
  1. It gives you about the same workout as jogging.
  2. It’s an aerobic exercise that gives you a complete body workout.
  3. It releases endorphins which can improve your overall mood.
  4. Regular skating can help you lose 9kg.
Risks
  1. Roller skating was ranked 14th out of the 15 most dangerous sports.
  2. The rate of injury among skaters was estimated to be 3.4 injuries for every 1000 people.

 

Pick Your Skates
  • The first thing you’ll have to do is assemble the right equipment. There are 2 main types of roller skates: inline and quads skates.

Inline Skates: Often called rollerblades, have 4 or 5 wheels in a row.

Quad Skates: These skates have a wheel in each corner attached to a boot.

Safety Equipment

 

  1. Padded shorts.
  2. Knee pads.
  3. Wrist Guards.
  4. A helmet.
  5. Maintain your skates properly so they do not malfunction while you’re skating.
  6. Be sure that your skates fit to prevent an injury to your ankle.
  7. Find a flat, smooth place to skate.

Starting
  1. Place your feet in a V shape.
  2. Start skating by pushing one leg away from the V. Follow that foot with your other foot.
  3. Loosen up.
  4. Find the foot that you favor most and lead off with that one.
Stopping

 

  • Stopping on a quad skate is pretty simple because it has a toe stop, which is the ball shaped part on the front of the skate.
  1. Tilt your skate until you’re pushing down on the toe stop.
  2. Press it slowly against the ground.
Turning

 

  • Lean in the direction you would like to move and let your feet follow you.
    Roller-skating is a fun and beneficial exercise. Remember to take the correct safety precautions and don’t forget to enjoy it!

 

Palm Springs “Arrive Hotel Lands”.

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Thanks to its close proximity to Los Angeles, Palm Springs continues to be a hot famous spot for holidays and vacations. Recently, the new “Arrive” hotel has appeared on the scene with its cozy atmosphere and proximity to restaurants, coffee shops, and ice cream shops.

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The hotel property includes nine buildings with profiles mimicking the surrounding mountain ridges and giving nod to the mid-century architecture.

It emits a relaxing vibe which is steered through the use of natural pallets of rustic furniture. It features steel, wood and concrete. The project’s main focus was the energy efficiency and sustainability.

Outdoors, there is space for guests and is located around the pool. The courtyard which wraps the hotel brings a welcome presence to the neighborhood.

The hotel’s main aim is to give guests a local experience with its offerings. A pool side that fascinates with its sun view, a modern southern California cuisine at their special Reservoir restaurant and exciting nights by the pool and fire pits.

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Its guest rooms are smartly designed, and come with outlets in which you can charge all your electronic devices.  However, the tech-savvy hotel also lets you check in at the bar and lets you interact with the crew via text message. you can ask for room service, housekeeping and many other services only via text message, how easy!

The hotel rates starts $179 per night and it depends on the season. Reservations can be online via the hotel’s official website.

Palm Springs is an original, sophisticated area that can definitely be a remarkable destination for all tourists and luxury lovers.

If you are planning for a relaxing, well-spent and a distinctive vacation this summer, don not hesitate in checking this hotel out. It is a combination of ultimate serenity, art and sophistication.

The Cave Hotel, Yunak Evleri

In Cappadocia’s magical landscape of fairy chimneys, in the ancient village of Urgup, is a unique cave hotel carved into a mountain cliff, the Yunak Evleri.

This hotel includes 7 cave houses, 40 rooms dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries and a 19th century Greek Mansion.

Yunak Evleri is an inspiring hotel – an ideal base for exploring Cappadocia’s elaborate underground cities, hidden cavernous churches and enchanting rock terrain.

 

The Legend of The Wedding Rice


Have you ever wondered when you were a child and attended weddings with your parents, why people throw rice at the newlyweds as they went out of the church?

Until this scene became something usual and you stopped asking. You grew up and attended several weddings, some did not throw rice after the ceremony.
After doing more research, we found out that it’s a custom dating to ancient Rome and is done to wish the spouses good luck, fertility and abundance in their new life as a couple.

 

Food is always a popular option, because it symbolizes an abundant harvest. Seeds and nuts symbolize fertility, because from a small seed, a large plant grows. Grains like wheat or rice were thrown at the newlyweds in old times so the couple would be prosperous and have many children to help them farm the land.
In other countries, different foods are thrown during weddings. For example, in Morocco, newlyweds are showered with figs and raisins to ensure a fruitful union. Italians traditionally throw candy and sweetened nuts. In Korea, the groom’s father throws red dates at his new daughter-in-law to attract fertility. In France, they prefer wheat, while in other European countries they even throw eggs!
Even today, some people think raw rice can explode in birds’ stomachs and for this reason, some churches allow it and some not because they believe that throwing seeds of rice would kill the birds. In other cities, the custom is simply forbidden outside courts and churches because of the nuisance of picking up the rice and because it can cause falls and other accidents.

Probably you have talked to some of your girlfriends who were showered with rice at their weddings and are still married. They told you it’s uncomfortable and even painful to feel the grains falling on their heads, faces and the worst part, inside their clothes.

Whatever the story is, don’t you think that this tradition is good to hold on to, still get showered with rice and candies too perhaps? 🙂

 

Best Places To Visit In The USA

Finding places to visit and things to do in the USA is a hard task due to the fact that the United States of America is a very large country. This is why, we are going to list the best places to visit in America, in case you decided to take a vacation with your friends or family. Keep on reading so we can guide you through the top 5 places to visit.

Grand Canyon

This is the most picturesque location in USA. You will feel small next to the enormously giant rocks and mountains that border you from everywhere. You have two options: Hike the Bright Angel Trail, or raft the Colorado River. Either ways, you will have the time of your life.

Maui

If you are looking for beaches and parks, this is your spot. Go to Maui if you want to escape every day’s stress and routine. In addition, make sure to try the island’s food, it will satisfy your taste buds to a great extent.

Yellowstone

This is a great spot for nature lovers. You will find pools, geysers, hot springs, and hiking trails that go for miles. In addition, if you are an animal fan and lover, make sure to pay visit to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in order to learn about the wildlife over there.

 

Yosemite

In Yosemite, you will find famous landmarks such as Half Dome and Glacier Point. Those spots are great for camping. In addition, this is a good way to spend 2 days with your family members where all ages will enjoy their time.

 

San Francisco

All of you, exploration lovers, head to San Francisco, and go discover its neighborhoods, where in each one, you will find something unique, and different from the others. In addition, you can see the famous red bridge you see on televisions.

Skiing On Your Mind?

Skiing is a hobby that most of people are into. This hobby includes two gliding metals that are worn in the feet and used to glide over snow from a hill top to its bottom. However, in many countries, snow is a rare thing to be found or it is only seasonal. This is why, we have gathered for you today, the best places and countries to visit when you and your friends are planning for a skiing trip.

France

France has been one of the top skiing destinations all over Europe. The reason for that is the multiple opportunities and the plenty facilities that are available over there. Slopes are uncountable, not to mention the very beautiful resorts that are available near every slot. The most important and famous slot is the French Alps where every facility is available helping you enjoy your vacation to the maximum.

Canada

Canada is usually always on top when it comes to resorts. In fact, Whistler is known to be the best place for a vacation. Moreover, due to its uncountable vast forests and mountains, Canada is a perfect skiing destination.

 

Bulgaria

This is the best cheap ski destination in the world. The country has been working for years to generate the most beautiful ski slopes in the world, and the result was great! The prices remain cheap and the resorts over there are excellent.

 

 

Switzerland

This is one of the most amazing alpine countries due to the uncountable number and variety of terrains over there. Throughout the country, breath taking scenes and lakes await you.

Austria

Of course, this is a choice no one can forget. We have all heard of people going to Austria in order to practice the hobby of skiing. It’s one of the most idyllic skiing destinations in the world and offers beautiful ski towns and traditional villages to explore.

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