Let’s win with knowledge and new skills

By: Aleksandra Kožul, Director of Corporate Communications, Novaston

Knitting is a skill that you easily fall in love

These days, we encounter concepts such as fear, responsibility, coronavirus, solidarity, panic, illness, distance, communication, nature, virus, punishment, reprimand, chance, problem, anger, fury, love, missing. We are all equally affected, confused, in fear of “what will happen”, “what will be the day after tomorrow awaiting us”. We are afraid of losing our jobs, cutting wages, losing the roof over our heads. Researches encourage us to survive in this fear, the media reports that millions in the world are already in the streets, that we are yet to expect a reduction in earnings and layoffs in our country, that many businesses will be affected.

In the sea of blackness and uncertainty, many have discovered that every problem is also a chance. That every negative change has its better side. Those who have the fight in their veins, not surrender, have begun to discover new skills, channelling their strength, energy and knowledge into how to win the “corona”. That is why in this text we are talking to the masters of their crafts, in order to reveal to you that there is always an option, that we can always learn something.

Chef Dejan Jovanović – Dhanur, cook: By studying history and spiritual literature, as well as through independent experience gained through life, we are able to witness the fact that human freedom is limited by the conditions that the surroundings and circumstances impose. Yet man is given the power to take an attitude toward all adverse events, creating habits, behaviours and attitudes that are indisputable for his or her own well-being. The current situation in the world and in our country should warn us to reconsider our decisions regarding health and healthier lifestyles.

Cooking as a creative process, reveals the meaning of yoga and meditation on a significantly different level, requiring a high level of focus, dedication, love and desire to present to the one you cook for the essence of interwoven elements of creation, nourishing his or her being at all levels of existence.

The Japanese achieved significant results by experimenting with water. By playing different sound signals, they saw that the water behaved differently in relation to the music they played. Hard rock music threw water crystals into a chaotic, unconnected image, classical music arranged them in a harmonious order and in the end the prayer “Om” merged them into an ideal connected structure with the strongest energy image. Our body is made up of over 80% water. Everything we bring into it has a certain energy and vibration, activating the crystals of the water inside us, causing harmony or chaos and directly affecting our emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual well-being.

There is a saying in Bengal that says “If your wife is angry today, then you better go to a restaurant to eat.”

The energy with which we prepare food directly enters the structure of the foodstuffs and thus reaches the one who consumes it. In Orthodox monasteries, monks cook food all the time, using prayer as the main mediator. In India, in addition to prayer, which is used during cooking, the food is dedicated to God before the start of the meal and thus becomes spiritualized. Prashadam-consecrated food. For them, love is the most important cooking spice. Imagine eating food prepared with such energy every day. How do you think you would feel?

In traditional countries, shared meals are considered the most important, everyday ritual that enriches the many dynamics of family relationships. A moment of exchange of ideas, emotions and experiences, within an intimate family circle at a joint meal, connects all members on a deeper level, while strengthening the bonds that already connect them. Love is the last and highest instance to which human civilization can raise, and I wholeheartedly recommend that you try the steps of cooking with love as you stretch your wings to infinite heights. I want you to dive as deep as possible into the world of cooking with your heart and to feel the beauty of giving that it carries within itself.

Indijska tortilja PARATHAChef Dejan Jovanović-Dhanura’s suggestion: Indian tortilla PARATHA:

In a deeper bowl, mix together 500g of black flour, a teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of oil, a teaspoon of baking powder. Slowly add warm water until you knead bread dough of medium hardness. Leave it for about 30 min. Make balls 6 cm in diameter and roll each ball with a 4 mm thick disc. Bake in oiled pan on high heat, until you get a tortilla of golden-brown colour.

Valentina Vujačić, key account manager, Halo oglasi: Knitting is a skill that you easily fall in love with, it takes over the mind, occupies the hands and engages the creative potentials that are present in all of us. To some extent, it can help divert thoughts from the current situation with the coronavirus, because we are different and react differently to stressful circumstances.

Any hand knitter will agree that the beauty of knitting is in the ineffable pleasure you feel when you take some yarn and, with your own two hands and with two needles, according to your own idea and design, you shape an object that you can wear with pride (a handbag, a cloak, a pair of gloves, a sweater, a cap, a scarf – possibilities are endless).

There is a Chinese proverb that says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” The same principle can apply to other activities, as well as to gaining new knowledge. If you don’t know how to knit, but you wish to learn, the right time to start is when you’re ready to dedicate enough time and energy to learning. If you know the basics of knitting and you wish to improve on it, you can master new techniques through perseverance, practice, and learning from mistakes.

Nova veština pletenjeMy mother taught me to knit when I was 10 years old. It’s best if you have the opportunity to learn hand knitting from your mom, granny or some other female family member who is willing to pass on her knowledge. An effective way to learn knitting is taking part in workshops organized by yarn or haberdashery stores, where you can also choose your knitting tools and materials. Most of us are spending more time at home at the moment, so it is best to take advantage of the numerous opportunities offered by the internet. YouTube has a large number of channels in English, Serbian and other languages with knitting tutorials – for beginners as well as experienced hand knitters. Pinterest is a place where you can find inspiration for future projects and an excellent source of information on trends. Besides knitting blogs, a large number of yarn manufacturers and other platforms offer free instructions for making clothing and other items.

The blog Cloopko is the fruit of my desire to share ideas in the form of instructions on how to knit items which I like and gladly wear. One such item, in the context of sustainable fashion, is a spring handbag made from cotton ribbons. Handbags knitted or crocheted using recycled cotton ribbons have been in vogue for several years. Although such handbags are somewhat heavier than your average handbag, one should take into account that they are made from unused materials for t-shirts from the textiles industry.

A WORD OF ADVICE: Before you begin working on a chosen object (whether it’s your own idea or you’re following some instructions), it is recommended that you first knit a sample from the yarn you intend to use. Even though manuals and tutorials describe materials and tools for knitting: the type and width of the needles, as well as the width and composition of yarn, it is recommended that you knit a sample approximately 10x10 cm in size in order to count the stiches and rows (per 10 cm of width or length of the sample) so that you can adjust the number of stiches and rows if necessary. This will also allow you to make sure that the chosen yarn is appropriate for the intended object (I have sometimes abandoned an idea after knitting a sample).

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