A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Gentle Peace


Don’t let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace~~Dalai Lama

May a gentle peace be yours throughout this day. It’s easy to fall into the cycle of trying too hard to do too much, too quickly because of worldly demands. Even if the world outside is not a gentle place, I may still be gentle within me. Breathe. Live it. Celebrate it. Life’s a dance.

It has been feeling like fall for a week, with schools in session and a chill in the air. I am so glad to have some ‪‎knitting‬ time today even if it is only for a short while. Indoor Flyer is my dogs’ favorite toy. They adore it, especially the ones knitted in Red Heart’s Glow-in-the-dark yarn. It’s a riot–great for an amusement ride. Get your pattern for FREE. Use coupon code Katan at check out, good ‘til September 26, 2014.

Inspired by the grape vines that saturate the Walla Walla Valley’s Wine Country, winding cables and plump bobbles travel up the length of this pretty cabled scarf, mimicking the end-of-summer grapes ripening on the vines. First Crush is a versatile scarf that may be worn buttoned up to keep your neck warm or worn with just one buttoned edge, creating a draped shawlette that rests just off the shoulders. The pattern is FREE while it’s being test knit.

Squeeeeeee. The Perfect Pouch! It’s magical–perfect for shopping, stuffed with plastic or nylon shopping bags. Perfect for carrying plastic doggie doodoo bags I need for trips around the neighborhood. Perfect for boys and girls. Clip the pouch onto the purse, belt buckle, backpack, or laptop case. Carry it in the car or leave it handy by the door. This is an everyday pouch; adorable and practical. It’s an addictive quick knit and a fabulous STASHBUSTER. Mine are being felted. Super fast knit. The pattern is FREE ’til end of September.

Whovian Rage. Police Box Afghan is going at the top of my To Make For Me! list. This Tardis blanket is the best looking crocheted version I’ve seen yet.   Imagine–more than a few teens and adults will fight over this!

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Chew On That, Monsanto!


How cool is this? I naturally like this.🐝 Three 15-year-old Mighty Girls from Cork, Ireland, have discovered a way to use bacteria to dramatically increase the yield of several basic food crops–a discovery which could have a major impact in addressing food scarcity while making agriculture more eco-friendly by reducing the need for fertilizer. Congratulations to these young scientists!

Using homemade equipment, they carried out germination and growth experiments over 11 months. They analyzed the performance of more than 9,500 seed samples, recording over 120,000 manual measurements in 125 experimental sets. Based on their extensive experimental results, the girls succeeded in showing statistically that two strains of Rhizobium bacteria can significantly accelerate the rate of crop germination.  These results have significant potential for increasing yields of food crops and reducing losses due to adverse weather conditions. They also offer opportunities for reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture by reducing fertilizer usage. Brilliant Irish girls, aren’t they? I just hope someone in the real world picks this up and actually applies what these amazing 15-year-old girls have discovered. Lets see some actual field trials to verify their findings in an uncontrolled environment.

We are reaching the beginning of autumn, the temperature is fluctuating a lot the past few days. So, be careful not to catch a cold like I did! Nonetheless, this is the best time of the year–to be wrapped around lace shawls like an overflowing scarf. Easy as Pie says right in its name how simple it is. It looks nice and beach-y in different gauges and fiber contents. A super satisfying knit with lovely zig-zag border.

I’m spinning some fine lace weight to do another one with beads and can’t wait to get it underway. So excited. Hand-dyed Romney locks from Iron Water Ranch is to die for. Be sure to check out the family-run booth at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival next weekend if you plan to be in Canby, Oregon. You won’t be disappointed.

Sweater weather is finally here. Though the trend (article here) for Fall sweaters is BIG, I much prefer a lightweight sweater with clean, architectural lines, and a simple drape. Fileuse is just the right piece to take me through those crazy transitional days of autumn. Besides, as a spinner, who wouldn’t geek over these adorable, little Saxonies?!

Musing here becomes the cyber equivalent of a sticky note! You know–when my sieve-of-a-brain can’t recall what project I wanted to start next? These soft-and-silky Baby Girl Mary Janes booties are as cute as the classic pairs I grew up in. Knit in the softest cashmere blend, they would make a perfect foot covering for a baby. I’m making a bunch for charities. (Look for the pink download arrow and click on it. Pattern download instructions are here. Make sure you do not have a pop-up blocker on.)

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One Nation


Historian and star of the amazing BBC series Coast Neil Oliver has written an open letter to the people of Scotland. It is just brilliant:

I will lay my cards on the table from the start: I will be voting No. I have no economic argument to make. Frankly, I am sick and tired of hearing people argue the toss about the pound, pensions and the rest. I am voting No because for me, the offering by the Yes camp lacks nobility and humanity. Even more importantly, it lacks class, far less any kind of panache.

People living in a fishing town in Cornwall have more in common with the inhabitants of a fishing town in Fife than either population has with the folk of a town in the Midlands. They have a shared experience and a common history of coping with lives shaped by the sea. The coast is another country – the fifth country – and it unites us and binds us like the hem of a garment.

The differences that are discernible as you travel around Britain are regional ones – made of accents and architecture, geology and geography. I am all in favour of people having the power to make decisions about their own patch: but I am utterly opposed to the idea of breaking centuries old bonds in order to make that happen.”

A voice of reason. A perfectly executed opinion–which for me–speaks volumes. At the end of the day, it’s all one piece of land which is an island. Why creates borders for the odd few that say I’m Scottish ‘cuz I was born in the north of the island? For goodness sake, there are far more important things in this world to sort out and make a better place to live in than a piece of land. No Vote wins narrowly: Yes campaign will be demanding new referendum within 10 years. Yes vote wins narrowly: that’s it. Lets aim to work together with the hope of creating a better fairer future, with a distinct “lack of class.” I love everyone.  We have to start somewhere.   Or is the WM machine too big and greedy to change?

Droplets of rain–poured down from the sky–splattered against the window and met the ground with a calming noise as if it was the sweet nectar of life that made Mother Earth radiate early this morning. When the world started to break down, the conditions in the atmosphere changed, and the light doesn’t reflect through moisture the way it used to, I tend to look up after it rains. It’s time to knit me some rainbow sorely missed. Here’s a staple piece on every breezy evening. The Dewsdrop & Petals shawl–with long striping or gradient color changes–would make a stunning fabric loosely draped for a very flattering effect. I am also tempting to dye a single-color ombre that runs the length of the yarn from lightest to darkest for this beauty. How does it sound?

Any Dracula enthusiast? May I present to you, by Sue Stratford‘s Knitted Meerkats, The Count Meerkat? Mwahahahaha! Recalling two years ago, I nearly dropped the morning cup of chai latte laughing. It is made using a double-strand of Debbie Bliss Angel and Rialto 4-ply for his cape and accessories. So luxurious and perfect for Halloween decor/cuddly toy, isn’t it? If you like this FREE pattern, get the book for the rest of adorable creatures.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to fit it all in this month. Since I spend a lot of time plotting more projects than I could ever knit/crochet (and have the stash building up to show for it,) I have been thinking about making a few leaves–perfect, small project for my Tunisian Crochet fans. The flower string is intended for joining the leaf to a mobile or as a toy for the pram–reachable by a child to touch and to enjoy the colors. I’m using it for embellishment for wrapping presents, dressing up trees, lampshades, scarves, hats, slippers, boots, etc. Possibility is endless.

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A Great Revelation


You don’t have to believe, judge, delete, or act upon your ‘negative’ thoughts. Just notice them. Observe with fascination. They soon pass like clouds into nothingness and silence, leaving no trace. They are not your enemies, and ultimately, they are not even ‘negative’. They are just thoughts. They are innocent clouds in a vast sky.~~Jeff Foster

Innocent thoughts?! Oh my. Now there’s a novel concept. Some thoughts are like tsunamis. It is great to write down the most ‘triggering thoughts.’ Who and what caused them?  What is the essence of the tsunami-thought? Then sit, try to be still, and see how that person/situation is simply triggering an aspect of me. There are only trigger points, in situations and persons, that cause this tsunami. It takes ‘guts’ and a lot of love to heal dark aspects. I must practice to meet everything as it is.

Today is the first day of your next project Whether you’re facing a chilly office or a frosty morning, these Autumn Diamonds gloves deliver warmth with style!

Add a dose of cozy style to your living room with the Herringbone Stitch Pillow! Three skeins of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick–a super-bulky yarn–works up with excellent stitch definition. Warm, soft and easy-care, this brightly-hued pillow will enhance your decor with a pretty pop of eye-catching texture and color. I am making a rectangular-shape pillow with stitch pattern on both sides, using Vanna’s Choice Yarn. There are many possibilities with this easily adaptable design/pattern.

Tired of solid color blankets that fade and look old and worn out before their time? Don’t know what to do with all of your mini-skeins and leftovers. Knit an multicolored addition to your decor with the Rounding the Square. It is an easy way of explaining the in-the-round square. “Don’t let your preferred fixed-circle markers get trapped forever inthe knitting.” It made me laugh. The versatile blanket is sure to add cheer and happiness to any setting especially in the cold winter months.

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I Am Alreay Found


We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be.~~Anne Lamott

I’m loving this quote especially when I feel like pushing, hustling, and stressing over not being who I want. I must focus on the fact that I am who I am meant to be–now! Stop trying to fit it and please everyone. If I’m happy with me, that’s what matters. All I have to do is let go and realize that I was already here. Stand in front of myself, open my eyes to see, and appreciate me as magically an unique individual. Today, I am crazy, wild, and happy.

What do you love most about Fall? I love knitting (and wearing) the Rock Quarry Stole, featured in Interweave Knits Fall 2014! This linen stitch stole will stand out amongst the contrasting fall scenery.

I’m struggling to NOT CAST ON all the projects I see! I want to knit and crochet so many things right now. Lately, I love cute, easy patterns and bet you do, too! Check out this old Traveller’s Hat, a nice slouch design. The stitch pattern is nicely masculine and keeps the knitting more interesting. Black and gray stripes–with a line of blue–may work for my teen boy.  What color combination are you going for?

Are you a Star Wars fan? Here’s an awesome Death Star pillow from Star wars movies.  The father of all pillows is fun yet functional. Don’t we all need one in our lives?

Brand new Old and New Shawl pattern by Iris Schreier will have you raiding your stash and casting on this fun project that only need 2 balls of yarn! It has the benefit of allowing you to be budget conscious without compromising on style.

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Take Action and Never Give Up


Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.~~ Rumi

What I want, what I believe, what I think, what I say, what I feel, what I do have to be always in harmony to make my dreams a reality. I can. Yes, I can.

To will is power. My will has an immense power. When I believe in myself, when I believe in a goal or principal, I will execute it with perseverance, dedication, and zeal. When I engage my will, my energy will be invincible, unyielding, and invulnerable. Every challenge will become a pleasure. The energy of desire to prove to myself my ability will be stronger then any difficulty. That energy will nourish my soul and excite the mind and the heart. Working will become a delight. Dreaming a plan of action. Every mistake a lesson. Every criticism a new inspiration, a new creative idea and action. Giving up will not even be an option. Yes, when I want something bad enough, I will make it happen. Love. Dream. Take action and never give up.

Does the cooler air in the evening put you in the mood to start your Fall knitting in earnest? This amazing cowl may do the trick. Another Susanne (aka Sybilra) pattern cropped up in my radar today. Fun worsted-weight cowl with short-row knitting. Almendra Cowl is a truly gorgeous ‘beast,’–made up of almond shaped short-row sequences–with full rows in a contrast color in between. I really appreciate all the time and attention to detail that Susanne puts into each and every pattern.

Do you wish you had something new to inspire you? Look no further! Designed by Priscilla White-Rocker, Welcome Emily is a shawl featuring eternal symbols of the love that brought her daughter-in-law Emily and her son together–diamonds, roses, and hearts. It is sure to keep your lap warm while you eagerly knit each section.

I just finished a shrug earlier today which means I need a new project on the go. Little Man Button Loafers

and Suzy Sandal fit the bill perfectly. Sweet little sandal pattern with flower detail on the toe. Thank you, Chelsie Brady, for the adorable patterns.

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Power of Positivity


The Person that commits his or her creative energy toward being of service to humanity, knowing that every action now moves the world at rapid speed and makes a profound difference, has set a course for personal and global illumination.~~Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts and Defy Gravity

I can. I can get stuck in the transition out of the negativity into the positivity by waiting for others to collaborate with me.  I choose not let others slow me down, or detour me, from being centered in beauty and in love. If I am not receiving the collaboration I am seeking from others to heal a negative state, I need to remove myself from the need of their assistance. Instead, go do something nice for myself. Recharge, refuel, rejuvenate–give myself the capacity to resolve negativity.  Follow my heart and inner guidance. I will find what I’m looking for. Do I really want to look back on my life and see how wonderful it could have been had I not been afraid to live it? I am the person I am today ‘cuz I believe. I’m not here to be average. I’m here to be awesome. (Shown below was from last week’s Thrilla Cyclocoss–a blast.)

Have you ever asked yourself: WHAT is keeping you away from a life of affluence and contribution?

The colder days are here. It’s just about time to start a new project. This Mega Cable will ward off the harsh winter cold while keeping you safely disguised from the lurking dangers of the wild woods. I didn’t know they make Size 50 needles?! It looks like one stitch is two inches. Imagine it would be done in an hour–perfect for a snow brideLoopy Mango Big Loop Merino–$155 a “bump.”  Guess I am spinning my own for this one.

Esther Sandrof–a self-taught left-handed crocheter and oddly a right-handed knitter–is wonderfully imaginative! Isn’t Pop scarf reminiscent of a dancer’s veil with the jingling coins along the edge?  I used to call it op-art in the 70s.  Another perfect pattern for variegated wool in my stash for ages.

Are you ready for some football? Fast and fun fair-isle Hawks Hat! Not a Seahawks fan? Substitute image and colors for your favorite team. 3 skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash–or any light worsted-weight yarn–are enough to make a couple of hats.

Have you seen the latest issue of Knitty Deep Fall 2014. It’s been out for a couple of days. I must say I am underwhelmed this time around. I do love the Krydda and Seattle sweaters, otherwise, eh. Maybe I just need to look again in a few days. Sometimes things that I overlooked or passed over look better on the second or third viewings. Do you have any faves?

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