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

A Balancing Act

“For me, when I am really hurting, the thing that helps is a complete lack of judgement combined with compassion combined with waiting it out combined with practical measures to prevent harm combined with practical measures to help snap me out of it. In all my years only one person has gotten that balance right.”  Written by a friend who knows whereof she speaks, the best, clearest comment I’ve heard or read on the topic of suicide. Her latest article here.

Be watchful of your loved ones in this time of stress and change. It’s easy, if you’ve practiced like me, in appearing happy and well when in fact I often am not. I will be and know how to manage my needs by reaching out, creating and recharging; many do not. Watch for the signs. Reach with love. We’re all feeling the strain these days–some more than others.

“If you want to prevent suicide, if you want to support your friends who deal with depression, reach out to them when they are at their best.”~~The Liberated Kitchen.

I’m not super steady. However, at least in my crazy, I know I’m loved. I’m welcome to “reach out.”  I’m trying every single day to stay in the moment. For many, the idealized “reaching out” is one of the most challenging and crippling painful steps to take. Insanely crippling. So, you are right on, Joy. The balance is precarious when I wish I am better.  As is the balancing act, I must walk every day.  Thank you for sharing your heart and soul, Joy.

Life is always brighter on the lighter side.  Try something new.  Be adventurous.  Imagine my pleasant surprise seeing Cassandra‘s new design released today!  I love stranded-knit hats. Charlotte–a charming fair-isle tam with a eye-catching star burst crown–is FREE FOR 1 WEEK! Just put it in your cart, click “Use a coupon code,” and the price will adjust to zero automatically.

Another free stuff is Samaak, a knitted shawl by an Oregonian designer, good ’til August 21st. Use coupon code RedFish at check-out. Thank you, Nance, for the lovely pattern.

Are you ready for Fall? How does Perfect Office Crochet Jacket sound? Perfect, indeed. Courtesy of Yarnspirations, the crochet pattern designed by Lorna Miser is yours free-of-charge.

Check out my Facebook page here for morer inspiring projects.  As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)


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