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  • Grandma Leila's Caramels

    caramels for blogGrandma Leila’s Caramels

    Combine the following in a saucepan:

    1 cup white sugar

    1 cup brown sugar

    1 cup butter (must be actual butter)

    1 cup agave nectar

    1 cup heavy cream (plus 1 more cup of cream to be added once it is boiling)

    Cook together until it boils. Once it boils, slowly add 1 additional cup of cream. Turn heat down so that it boils gently, stirring every three minutes until it is a caramel-y color, about 30 minutes. If you stir it constantly or cook it for too long, the caramels will be too hard.

    After 30 minutes at a rolling boil, remove from heat and stir in 2 teaspoons of good quality vanilla. Pour in a buttered loaf pan. Let set and cut into squares. I have had to make these several time to get them to be just the right texture. Experiment a bit before you plan to give them as a gift.


    The type of stove you have will effect the cooking time of the caramels. I have a gas stove and it takes 30 minutes. Try cooking them for 30 minutes the first time and you will know whether that is too much or not enough. If it is too much the caramels will be too hard (like lozenges) and if it is not enough they will not set up enough to cut and serve (except in a spoon). You can reheat those that are too soft and cook them a bit longer in an effort to reach the proper caramel consistency. These are not the easiest things to get right but once you do, they are the BEST!

  • What to Wear for Yoga: The Perfect Yoga Top

    What to Wear for Yoga Tops

    Welcome back to our series about what to wear for yoga. We hope to assist you in choosing the proper clothing for your yoga practice so that you can feel confident in the studio and stop making excuses for not going.

    Yoga is meant to bring balance and peace to your life, to invigorate and strengthen your body. Your clothing should allow you to move freely, breathe deeply, and focus fully on the direction of the teacher and the movement of your body. If you are constantly adjusting your clothes or worrying about how you look, you are not wearing the proper yoga wear. Today we are talking about choosing the perfect yoga top.
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  • Be Limitless in 2014

    limitless in 2014 by beckons yoga clothing Happy New Year!

    Each year at this time we talk about goal setting. Some years back I decided to set an intention for my year, rather than merely setting goals. My original theme was Open to Receiving (you can read about it by clicking the blue link). I put no limitations on it and had no expectations. Initially I was thinking I was open to receiving love. But because I set no further directives, I began to receive all sorts of things: love, gifts, raffle items, wonderful advice, and new opportunities. I kept that theme for three years. Now, I am very comfortable with receiving. That is no longer an issue in my life.

    After some intense thought on the subject, I have determined that my theme for 2014 is: Limitless!

    Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds. - Napoleon Hill

    I know that I am the one limiting my success and growth. Fear, expectations, insecurities, doubts, all limit me. I am happy to open myself to new opportunities, the next big thing, new friends, new challenges . . . to be limitless. Join me and let's see what happens. Please share your limitless experiences on the Beckons Yoga Clothing FaceBook page.



  • What to Wear for Yoga: Choosing the Right Fabric for Yoga

    Beckons Yoga Clothing choosing the right fabric for your yoga clothingTraditionally, yoga clothing is made from knit fabric using cotton, bamboo, nylon or polyester, along with lycra (spandex) for stretch and shape retention. There is no right or wrong fabric as long as it enables maximum movement and is comfortable. Fabric is mostly a personal preference.

    Natural Fibers: Many people choose organic cotton, bamboo or other natural fibers because the fabric is more comfortable due to its breath-ability and hypoallergenic nature. Natural fiber garments tend to transition out of the yoga studio better than made-made fibers. With the increase in chemical sensitivity, some people feel uncomfortable in, or are allergic to, man-made synthetic fibers such as nylon or polyester.

    Man-Made Fibers: If you sweat significantly during yoga and are concerned about sweat spots, you may want to choose nylon or polyester with moisture management. The moisture management enables the sweat to be wicked off the skin and escape to the outer surface of the garment for fast evaporation. Continue reading

  • Afraid of Cashmere? Here's How to Care For It

    Beckons Yoga Clothing cashmere scarf and beaute neck sweaterI have heard a lot of people say that they do not wear cashmere because they do not know how to care for it. No need to fear. Here’s what you do:

    Washing cashmere: Even though the care label reads "dry clean only," it is best to hand wash cashmere. In fact, it will actually make it softer over time. Use a mild detergent like Woolite or baby shampoo. Press out the excess water, but do not wring the sweater. Instead, lay it flat on a towel and reshape it as it dries. It takes days to dry. To lessen the time, you can spin off excess water by putting the sweater or scarf into a large salad spinner.

    Storing cashmere: Never hang a sweater (of any kind) on a hanger. This creates shoulder dimples and distorts the overall shape of the sweater due to gravity. Instead, fold it nicely in a drawer. Because moths love to eat cashmere, like they do wool, throw a cedar disk into the drawer. You can purchase cedar disks at Bed, Bath and Beyond or Target.

    Wearing cashmere: There is nothing quite like cashmere. Unlike wool, it does not itch or irritate the skin. Instead, it is very soft and luxurious. You can wear cashmere casually with jeans or to an elegant event with a velvet long skirt.

    Enjoy a touch of cashmere today and purchase a striped one-of-a-kind, made-to-order recycled cashmere scarf or Beaute Neck Cashmere Sweater from Beckons.

  • Comfort & Joy Cashmere Sweater Scarves DIY or BUY

    Beckons Yoga Clothing Cashmere Scarves group photoAre you tired of giving run of the mill gifts?

    Do the holidays stress you out because you are trying to get the perfect gift for everyone on your list?

    A short time ago, I stepped away from the madness of standard gift giving. I made a commitment to give only consumable gifts and then, chose to do my best to make them. At present, my cousin (front row on the left) and I (one in sunglasses with crazy hair, blowing in the wind) create our Christmas gifts together. We assemble gift bags of our favorite things for our favorite people; personalized just enough to make it extra special. This year the bags will include:

    Homemade tomato soup which we canned when tomatoes were in season
    Blackberry jam that we harvested from our backyard bramble
    Spiced and roasted almonds
    English toffee and buttery caramels from Grandma Leila's famous recipe

    and our best gift yet: a one-of-a-kind recycled Comfort & Joy cashmere scarf.

    The crazy photo above was taken last weekend at our family's craft retreat in Wyoming. This year, Cousin Kris and I set out to make cashmere scarves for everyone. We raided all the Goodwills and ARCs in Denver for cashmere sweaters, cut out all the 10" stripes we could and created piles of colors. We let everyone choose 12 stripes (with design assistance) and then, sewed them together. All the women above are pictured wearing the scarf they designed and we made. It was the funnest Christmas gift creation we have ever done. Below is a photo of the stripes in piles ready to be put together.
    beckons yoga clothing cashmere scarf components made-to-orderDIY or click here to BUY 

    Want to make your own? Here's how:

    What you need:

    6-8 cashmere sweaters
    rotary cutter, ruler and cutting pad (from a hobby or sewing store)
    or sharp scissors and 10" wide cardboard rectangular patterns (templates) of various lengths
    sewing machine


    1. Go to the local Goodwill or ARC and buy bright cashmere sweaters in the colors you want for your scarf(s). I recommend 7-8 different colors per scarf though you will want 12-14 stripes of color in each scarf (there should be some repetition). If there are holes in the cashmere, just cut around them. Usually, the store will give you a good discount if you find holes in the sweaters, so it is not a bad thing.

    2. Wash the sweaters in warm water and dry them in the dryer. You DO want them to shrink (or felt) a bit. This makes them super soft and cozy and removes stains and dirt. NOTE: cashmere does not shrink as much as wool.

    3. First, cut off the ribbing at the bottom so that the sweater lays flat.

    beckons yoga clothing cashmere sweater blown apart4. Then, cut 10" wide stripes out of the body of the sweater as long as you like or can get. As you can see from the above photo, I am cutting two stripes at a time 5" long toward the bottom and two more 7" stripes above that. You can open up the sleeves and usually get at least one 10" wide stripe out of each sleeve. You will want to cut stripes wherever you can find a 10" wide piece of cashmere to cut, hopefully without holes. You want the length of the stripes to vary so that you have variety in the scarf. There are quite a bit of scraps with this project, which you can use for future projects or to patch holes you did not see until the scarf was done.

    5. Arrange the stripes in the order you want them to appear in the scarf and pin the stripes together, making sure that the right sides of the cashmere are pinned together.

    6. Using a regular straight stitch on your sewing machine, stitch the pieces together, making sure to backstitch for 1" on each end because you will have to trim off some of the edge. Because the stripes are all different colors, we picked one thread color to use throughout the entire scarf. The contrasting thread is fun.

    7. Once all the pieces are stitched together, lay the scarf out and find your narrowest piece. Trim the edges of the other strips to match the narrowest piece. We have had to cut off up to 1" before, so do not worry.

    Because cashmere does not typically unravel, you do not have to finish the edges and your scarf is complete.

    Care instructions: Hand wash in cool/cold water with gentle soap, lay flat to dry.
    Beckons Yoga Clothing DIY Cashmere Scarf


    If this sounds like too much work, we can make it for you. Click the above "CLICK HERE TO BUY" button and we will make your one-of-a-kind Comfort & Joy cashmere scarf. In the "comments" section of the check out page, give us three to five colors you would like to see in the scarf and perhaps colors to avoid, and we will make one up in plenty of time for Christmas. We are low on greens and will do our best to follow your color choice. These scarves are supremely soft and beautiful, versatile and warm. Price: $63.00.

  • Ana Bogusky Wearing Beckons Grace Hemp Sweater on Her Blog

    Ana-Bogusky-beckons-yoga-clothing-hemp-sweater-one"I wear my sweater a bunch. It's so cute and warm and it fits right in my tote bag so I end up taking it everywhere!" —Ana Bogusky

    Thanks for including us on your blog, Ana! Here is the link to the post.
    Ana-Bogusky-beckons-yoga-clothing-hemp-sweater-twoAna Bogusky, a Boulder, CO blogger, uses her blog to celebrate folks like Beckons who make things here in the US. She shared these adorable photos of her wearing the Beckons Grace Hemp Sweater on her site http://mrsamericanmade.tumblr.com

    We truly appreciate Ana spreading the word about American made products.

  • What Do I Wear For Yoga?

    Beckons Yoga Clothing What to Wear for Yoga blogHas "add yoga to my workout" been on your to-do list for a while?

    Your excuse: "I don't know what to wear."

    I want to make sure this is not your excuse. I am here to help. If you know someone in this situation please forward this blog.

    This is the series introduction, the first blog in a series about what to wear for yoga. In this series, we will talk about basic requirements for yoga clothing, what fabric to look for in yoga clothing, choosing your yoga top, picking the perfect yoga bottoms, accessorizing your outfit and different clothing considerations for the different types of yoga. We hope this information provides you with some comfort in knowing you can step into a yoga class and learn without concern.

    The point of yoga is to encourage calmness, control and flexibility. So, naturally, choosing your yoga outfit should be stress free. Following some basic clothing guidelines will allow you to focus on your breath, movement and postures, not your clothing.

    Beckons-yoga-clothing-meditation-hoodie-jacketMain Requirements for Yoga Clothing

    Ÿ1. Maximum comfort. Enables complete freedom of movement; must be stretchy, preferably a knit fabric with lycra.

    2. Not too loose, so:

    —Teachers can see your knee alignment and make adjustments.
    —Your clothing stays in place when you are in an inverted position.
    —You privates zones are not revealed, out of respect for fellow students.

    3. Wear layers. It is important to begin with a warm, comfortable layer on top to help raise your body temperature to loosen muscles at the beginning of the class. This layer can be removed throughout the class as your body warms up. During Savasana (motionless relaxation at the end class), this layer will help prevent chills while you cool down.

    4. Yoga is practiced barefoot. Socks are not recommended because you need your feet to grip (Gripping socks made just for yoga are available.)

    Two Additional Tips About Yoga Clothing

    1. Don't fret about whether or not you are fashionable. Yoga is supposed to be about personal relaxation and introspection. Wear something that makes you feel good about yourself.
    2. Always try out some practice moves before you leave home. That way, you'll know for sure you can move freely in class.

    We hope this helps you feel more comfortable and confident in the yoga studio. Watch for the next part in the series: Choosing The Right Fabric.

  • It's Time for Pumpkin Cookies: Here is Our Recipe

    Pumpkin Cookies by Beckons Yoga ClothingPumpkin Cookie Recipe

    By Becky Prater (Adapted by Peyton Prater to use a whole regular size can of pumpkin, which is 1.75 cups)

    Cream together well:

    7/8 cup of butter
    1 ¾ cup of sugar

    Add to the above and mix well:

    1 can of pumpkin (1.75 cups)

    Then, add the following:

    3 1/2 cups of white flour
    1 ¾ tsp baking powder
    1 ¾ tsp baking soda
    1 ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
    ½ tsp of salt

    Heat oven to 375. Drop spoonfuls onto an un-greased baking sheet. Bake until lightly brown about 10 minutes.

    When cool, frost with cream cheese frosting:

    In a food processor, combine until smooth:

    8 oz. of softened cream cheese
    ¾ stick of butter
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 ¾ cups of powdered sugar

  • You Have to Love Fall for the Mums

    Pink mums inspire Beckons Yoga Clothing

    I love these gorgeous pink mums with yellow edges. Hooray for fall!

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