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Welcome 2014!

As hard as it is to believe, 2014 is here.

In a world where so many folks focus on the bad instead of the good, the ugly instead of the beautiful, on scarcity instead of abundance, fear instead of love…

I’ll dare to do things differently. I’ll dare to smile when others frown, to believe when others doubt and to love when others fear…

Wishing you all a Happy New Year all the way from Central Oregon.

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Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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An Open Book

Often misconstrued, authenticity is not about being an open book, revealing every detail of myself without rhyme or reason.

It is simply the act of openly and courageously seeing what needs to be seen,

saying what needs to be said,

doing what needs to be done,

and becoming that which I am intent on being. That’s what I’m gonna be.

Shown here is Bridges Shawlette, designed by Shannon Squire of Twisted…terrific and fun to knit up.  The Blue Moon Fiber Arts Victoria ka-POW! pa-TINA colorway is perfect for showing off the design and vice versa.

I am a relatively loose-tension knitter.  In this one, I use recommended Size 6 needles without going down a size and got gauge on the stockinette swatch (at least I thought I did per pattern.)

However, I was unable to block the finished shawlette to the 24” by 84” size no matter how hard I blocked it.

It always sprung back to 64” by 18”…regardless, I really like the fabric as is now.

In order to achieve the 24” by 84” size per pattern, I suspect knitting with Size 7 needle may be the way.  There are 30% leftover yarn to cover such expansion.  Keep in mind the resulting fabric would be more open, drape-y than this sample.

Thank you to my fabulous models Caitlin and Elizabeth for such fun photo sessions!  Should you be in Portland area, stop by the shop and test drive this wonderful shawlette in person.

Here is what hubby made for dinner…and it was fabulous!   Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Inspiring Field Trip

A farm visit that explores how food is grown and how animals are raised is an ideal way for city folks to understand and connect with where our food comes from.

By learning how a farm works, inquisitive consumers experience the natural world in a new way and make a vital connection between social, ecological, and economic importance of agriculture in their lives.

Children come away from farm field trips forever connected to local food, farms, and ranches.  They get to create lasting, hands-on learning experiences.

Don’t feel left out, grown-ups.

You can create your very-own, delightful memories.

I managed to make some healthy snack/lunch for every one in my Thursday Knit-up group.

Thank you, Pam, for being such a gracious, wonderful hostess.

Should you folks be in Central Oregon/Bend area, be sure to stop by the shop All Ways Wild & Wooly for a no-sale-pressure ranch experience first-hand.  Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Above Life’s Turmoil

In the storm, I find peace.

In the midst of chaos, I  find calm.

Amid the noise, I find some quiet.

In times of worry, I am assured and given comfort…

For I am loved, blessed, and so very grateful, always.

Seamless Poema in The Fibre Company Arcadia (Wild Onion) is knit from the top down, featuring a pretty, elegant Aran lace pattern on the sleeves.  It looks like lace…cables…but the truth be told, it’s only a simple combination of YO, knit, purl, K2tog & SSK stitches.   Instructions are included for ¾ length and full-length sleeves.

Because of its top-down construction, the body is easily adjusted to various body types.   Besides adding one extra waist decrease, another 2” for torso, waist increase at every 10th row plus one extra increase, I included 1” short-row to front (4 wraps/turns,) matching tucked seam before border to hem and cuffs.  Don’t get me wrong when I modify a pattern, which I often do.  In no way a design flaw…I am just anal about my finishing.

I love Vera Sanon‘s elegant designs and rarely say no to test knitting whenever she posts and/or asks.  Her instruction is simple and clearly written, with great layout.  Should an issue arise, the designer is always available for Q&As…very supportive, thoughtful, and genuinely loving.  Here is a truly super woman of my time!  Besides working a full 40-hour-week as a school teacher, teaching workshops at yarn shop locally and in Las Vegas on weekends, she cranks out at least one new design a week (sometimes more!)

Don’t believe me?  Take time and browse through her 100+ design patterns here.  I am sure you will find at least one project that pleases you.

About the lovely, silky yarn…this is one of my few pet peeves:  Less weight/yardage than labeled.  I’m no mathematics genius.  Out of 7 hanks/50g each,  I should have 350 grams in all.  Right?  Yet, I started out 342 grams with 31 grams left in the last hank.  8 grams or 24 yards less than labeled. Companies like Stonehedge Fiber Mill would have sold this at 30% discount as “irregular.” Nuff said.

What are some of your pet peeves?

How are you doing today/tonight?  My knitting peeps and I had a fabulous field trip to Sisters, visiting The Stitchin Post

and having lunch in Clearwater Gallery.  Yep.  It’s true.  Open Door may not be on the main street of Sisters, but, that’s just one of many attributes that make it so delightful.  It’s a place where I instantly feel at home, thanks to the friendly welcome from manager and staff,

the beautiful decor and tantalizing aromas wafting in from the kitchen.  On my third day of fasting, I gave myself permission to order a cup of roasted carrot and ginger soup.  I was not disappointed!  Neither were my friends with their food.  A warm, inviting place that encourages me to slow down and enjoy meeting friendly residents of Sisters, peruse beautiful art…thank you for the GIFT to the community, Dan & Julie Rickards.

Rest of the afternoon was as exhilarating and adventurous as the first half of the day with Caitlin and my mushroom-guru friend Julie.

Hope you are surrounded by peace, lots of love, and happiness.  Sending you good vibes and warm bright light-from my heart to yours.

Sorry for a flood of posts…I’m catching up on a week’s worth of posts that didn’t go out as scheduled last week.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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A Knitting Fast

Day one of my dietary fast was good.  Yes, I had to sneak in a few celery, cucumber, and extra maple syrup intakes throughout the day.   What can I say.  I love food and the hunger pangs is a bear to fan off!

While on the fasting topic, it made me realize–every once in a while–I need to go on a knitting fast too. Some of you may be horrified to hear this.  I did not come to this conclusion easily.  It is certainly not the path of least resistance!

I am a terrible procrastinator and would sit down and knit before I clean or take the dogs and kids out to play.

I put my head into a different space and find stimulation and relaxation in other interests.

It is a shake up of priorities and how I spend my time.

When I see that knitting is becoming more important than my responsibilities and things are going undone, then I ‘ground’ myself for a couple of days so I may re-prioritize.

I have to do the same thing with Facebook, blogs, and Ravelry…though as I write this, the house is a wreck.  I fall into the trap of allowing knitting to be more important than other things I am interested in such as good reading, writing, painting, beading, sewing, etc.

I may be in a unique category…needing to wean off of my attachment to knitting.  It is like a cleansing. I get away from the mindset of my next project, thinking about yarns, etc. etc.

When I come back to knitting, I appreciate it in a whole different way.

I believe it is also good for my body.  Knitting can, overtime, be a source of strain and poor postural habits as so many of us know.

This fasting is not easy…it does take discipline.  A cold turkey fast?  No knitting.  No yarn touching.  No looking at knitted things.  No talking about knitting.  No reading knitting books.  No Ravelry.  No spinning.  No, no, no…I just can’t bare the thought. I am going nuts just thinking about it.  Excuse me, I have to go stroke some cashmere fiber to calm moi down.

Knowing when to stop, look around, and shift gears is part of being well-balanced.  Knitting is such a compulsion. Once developed the obsession, it can absolutely push everything else out of whack.  Yet, it is completely worth it.

With scheduled field trips to Stitchin Post on Thursday and Twisted on Saturday, yarn fasting will have to be delayed…

The seamless, top-down purple sweater Galaxiashown above–is my latest sweater #12 for this year, another fun design by Vera Sanon.  If you recall, I had to rip 18″ of it out to start over due to gauge misadventure.

I have modified it to a tunic, extended length to neckline and hem in back piece using short-row technique.  The single motif on a sleeve cap and on my hiney–another modification–gives it a playful touch to my lace top.

I couldn’t be happier…Silky Mirasol Nuna is fabulous to handle and wear next to skin.  You will see more of that in my knitwear, for sure.  What’s your favorite yarn for summer knits?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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An Old Life

How many folks reclaim yarn by taking apart old, unloved, un-stylish sweaters?

I’ve done it a few times.  The latest Size L1 bargain from Goodwill will be perfect for a summery knit. The sweater was substantial: 1260 yards/550 grams, light worsted weight-6 ply cotton/silk/bamboo yarn.

It’s a massive amount of work–un-seaming, ripping, frogging, tying into bundles that won’t get tangled, soaking to try to get rid of the kinks, rewinding, weighing, measuring, determining wraps-per-inch, and then finally making something new.  Labor intensive!  Don’t count on making it a day-job, people.

I have an old sweater made about 6 years ago that I hardly wear ‘cuz it has those awful wide, dropped shoulders.  11-skein-worth of Mountain Color Hand-painted, Hand-dyed Twizzle Yarns (85% Merino, 15% silk) in Wildflower colorway.  Guess what I’m thinking of doing.

Are knitters slightly crazy to go through this work or do we just love “free” yarn?

What habits are you creating for your child?

A couple of months ago, I fell and cracked my rib cage in my river trail walk.  For about three weeks, I pretty much kept to bed rest.  Good news…the bruising are gone and the rib cage has since healed.  Bad news?  I have gained unsightly amount of weights that won’t shave off, plus increased toxins level in my system.  Many of these toxins is causing me fatigue, intestinal issues, and constipation.  So, tomorrow, I will start the lemon detox cleanse, a natural way to relieve my body of the toxins.  Adding to my 12-oz filtered water:  2T fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 2T Grade-B organic maple syrup, and a pinch (1/10 t) of cayenne pepper.

If I sound a bit short and cranky, you know why.  My chant over next 3 to 5 days to keep me relatively zen:  I will feel healthier and lose the weight. Have you fast?  What did you do to minimize the hunger/craving?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Savor a Moment

Recognize these moments that I will look back on one day and miss dearly.

Breathe them in today.

Don’t rush them.

Sometimes when I pause to savor a moment, the hardest thing to do is not trip over the sadness of knowing it will not last.

I vow to enjoy them while they last.

On the creative front…these side-way-garter, jazz/swing-knitting gloves knit up quickly and require very little finishing.

I avoided grafting the sides of each finger together, simply by doing the 3-needle bind-off method.

They fit nicely and are not bulky to wear!

Since I like mine to fit snugly, I would use smaller needles and cast on more stitches to start the horizontal piece.

They’re perfect all-year-round “walking–the-dog” or “tail-gating” gloves.

It is in Zitron Trekking XXL (Green Hues and Purple Heather) and Zitron Trekking Undyed.

Super fabulous light-fingering yarn to work with, nice squishy fabric.

Wish I see it worn…

My approach to fiber art honors the connection I feel between my mind, body, and spirit. These aspects are inseparable and must all be activated in order to support the creative flow.  This type of short-row, color knitting is my happy, favorite projects.  It brings me joy and makes my soul feel alive.  What’s yours?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Blessed Morning Sparks!

Blessed Morning Sparks!

Awaken to a beautiful day and allow myself the opportunity to experience the beauty that surrounds me.

View the world with a different pair of eyes and realize my connectedness with the Universe and source.

Make my today a GREAT one!!

Smile always,

laugh often,

live healthy

and sprinkle happiness along the way…♥

Thank you all for writing me privately. I am thrilled to be back…with a special tribute to one of the finest women I’ve ever met. Grandma Bessie was a truly amazing woman. Although I’m still saddened that you’ve left me in December for heaven, I am fortunate to have the fond memories made during the twenty years that you were in my life. You are not gone as you live in my heart, forever, Grandma Bessie. ‘Til we meet again…you will never be forgotten.

Life is good…go make your today a great one too!!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Animals of the Forest

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”~~Martin Buber

The forests and jungles of Planet Earth support some of the most complex communities of animal life.  To satisfying my longing to be in the forest with some amazing creatures that inhabit forests, what do you think of bringing this wool rug into my everyday surroundings?  Cute?

I love it, but, can’t see how I may justify a spending of $500.   Instead, I am up for some re-engineering…into a hat and a skirt.  Care to join me?  Knit chart in PDF format here.  😀

Fall is my favorite season.

Haven’t you noticed?  My favorite thing about it is the colorful leaves.

I live on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range along along the Deschutes River and fall is a feast for the eyes.

I enjoy collecting beautiful leaves, hiking in the colors, and photographing on the river with the colors reflected on the water.  i am child-like enough to believe that God paints the world just for me and my family.   Awestruck wonder.  Autumn days are clear, calm and quiet at the meadow above Dillon Falls on the Deschutes River.   ♥¸.°´° ♥.¸¸.•°´°▪♥ღ

Another favorite thing about fall…is the homecooked, wholesome, comfort food.

What’s your favorite of the season?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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easy, simple, and absolutely delicious.  Insalata caprese.

Freshest scratch,  top-quality ingredients are imperative.  Mozzarella di bufala.

Organic heirloom beefsteak tomatoes

and cherry tomatoes medley.

Organic basil.

Traditionally served by layering the ingredients, then dressing with high quality cold-press olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper, I like mine toss altogether.

A perfect summertime pick-me-up dish.

To send it soaring, I add some balsamic dressing, 3-4 cloves of fresh chopped garlic, splashes of olive oil and Shibui SauceModena balsamic vinegar reduction free of salt, sugar and gluten.  Mix all ingredients and let the flavors marinate together.   It tastes delicious when the balsamic vinegar and garlic flavors soak into the cheese.  Just a little Sicilian twist to the caprese salad with a special zing.

Lately, I’ve eaten quite a bit of par-baked organic Ciabatta buns in the form of fauxbux sammies and caprese sammies, complete with dice-up bell pepper and strawberries.  Perfect picnic food.  Buona cena!

A wicked-busy day and weekend here…more cleaning and clearing.    Meteor showers over next few days…I wonder where I would be able to see it here in town.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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