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Reflection


I’m still swimming in reflection, excitement, and gratitude.

From my family to yours, here’s to a firework-filled 2016.

I have so much in store and can’t wait to live, breathe, experience, explore, experiment, and share ’em! For today, I’m sending sending you all my LOVE!!

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure, once again after a long hiatus, to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty (mostly wet-felting, hand appliqué, and quilting of late) adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects. Don’t forget to sign up for Susanna IC Winter Mystery Knit-along. As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Think Outside The Box


with the body and brain?

How far outside the box should I sit? How did the researchers assess one’s creativity? How in the world does sitting outside the box bring about a bump in creativity?  I find science behind creativity fascinating–when it tends to happen, what fosters it, what inhibits it.

I have always been one who likes to bend the rules, a curious mind that needs to explore and understand how a process works. Maths and problem solving have always come naturally.

I wonder how many supervisors in a workplace will take note and stop expecting staff in “creative” posts to act like adding machines.

Now run along and create something…

If weather warms up tomorrow, I may just have some modeled shots of my two newly finished spring cardigans to show you.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Eleventh


Some folks are honored with the gift of freedom.

They are completely detached from stereotypes, the latest fashions and stipulations of society.

The rules of life for them require the highest of values–not based on what they are supposed to do and be–rather from inherent and sensible duty to their own nobility and poise.

Is there greater freedom than that? While walking alone on their own path, the best of humans are always silently accompanied by their equals. Just be assured, my sweet boy, I am and forever will be here for you…every step of the way and in every walk of life. Smile to life and to the freedom on the horizon, my brave son.

I’m dedicating this powerful clip to you. The words we speak have such an incredible power over our lives and a profound effect on us and those around us. Whether within our own thoughts, spoken or written, words have the power to transform the world we live in. May you (and I) use them with care.

You rock our world. Happy birthday, my son, my gentleman, like no other.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Beauty of Life


is while I cannot undo what is done, I can see it, underdstand it, learn from it and change…so that every new moment is spent not in regret, guilt, fear or anger, but in wisdom, understanding and love!♥

Happy Pi day…maybe I should cast on an EZ Pi Shawl to commemorate the day. Instead, I am working away on this sweater.

Pi day in 2015 is going to be so cool. 3/14/15. I have no idea if I’ll remember this three years from now, but I want to make hubby a cool Pi pie that day.

Did you have yourself some pie today? What’s your favorite?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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2011 Sock Summit


I can’t believe it’s been two years since the first one!  Get your mouse ready. Registration for the biggest sock knitting (and crocheting) event on the planet will open tomorrow, May 4, at noon (pacific daylight time).

I spent hours last night reading, re-reading, ranking, and rating the class and teacher lists and finally, after much hair-tearing, came up with a list (kept running into schedule conflicts with classes I most wanted to take…always seem to meet at the same time?! Do you have the same challenge?
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Portland is only a few hours away so surely I’m not the only one planning to attend? I’m giddy with excitement and completely overwhelmed at trying to pare down my choices. Anyone else? I’m all about hanging at the convention center to spin, drink, and eat…with a few road trips to Upstream Alpaca, Button Emporium, that fabulous restaurant in Wilsonville, strolling the vendors each day. What’s your plan?
COOL Rollerskating Fun
COOL Rollerskating Fun
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!


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Snow White


After the drudgery of winter, it’s so nice to feel the warmth of spring…only if it could make up its mind.
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I wound up over 850 yards, 500 grams of Cashmere/Wool blend aran yarn today…ready for sweater quantity dyeing (or, another sweater quantity knitting?)
Cashmere/Wool Blend
Just wish there is a safer way to do natural dyeing. Most people see natural and automatically think it = safe. The catch with natural dyeing is that the mordants I have to use to set the dye are SO toxic and nasty. What’s the POINT?!
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For now, I am staying with my food/cake dyes, Wilton’s icing gels, and Kool-Aids. So…what color should I dye these hanks? My heart whispers PURPLE…Solid or semi? Decision, decision. How to make your heart and mind work together? My head hurts!!!!
Summit Concert
Both teens were performing on the same stage at Summit High, first time ever!
Summit Concert
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!


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Moment of Silence


courtesy of kluc.radio.com

My heart aches every time I think about the sheer enormity of the earthquake and resulting tsunami happening in Japan and the Pacific basin. On days like today, when the bleakness becomes too much to bear and glitches aplenty, be thankful…be appreciative…be Pollyanna even if it’s for a minute! Reach Out! Do what you can to HELP. Since I’m not rolling in Benjamins, but, am rich in tasty yarn, a little knitting knowledge and other crafty goodness, I’ll be raffling off some goodies and services to help raise money for disaster relief. If you are a knitter/lace-lover and/or know someone who is, buy a pattern from designers (like one of my favorite lace designer Moni) who donate all or partial sale proceeds to relief efforts in Japan TODAY.
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Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!


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Spare Moment


between dropping off older teen at high school, then younger one at middle school (three times a day!) 4H Cooking and Sewing club meetings, and a sleepover…I test-spun yarn with the recently revived Bubinga Whorl Spindle with ebony shaft
Spindle Revive
shaft and hook broke off in the car trip to Portland
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and the newest member of my flock, ordered at OFFF last month and made to my specification by Steve Paulsen of Spindlewood
Yellow Heart Spindle SQM 3781
10 grams (or 0.3 ounce) in total weight
Spindlewood
Unlike my Turkish spindles, the weight of these top whorl spindles is near the top where I draft the fibers.
Luxurious Handspun 2-ply
86 grams/436 yards of light fingering 2-ply from LeAnn‘s luxurious batts
spun over last weekend and plied with my alpaca and hand-dyed domestic wool singles
and singles again from LeAnn‘s lavender batts

Spindling is such a fabulous, constructive hobby–spending spare time in addition to being creative and making something beautiful. Spinning fibers into yarn on a spindle is relatively easy but does require some practice and finesse…be patient.
Handspun Pink 2-ply Lace
2-ply from my hand-dyed merino singles and LeAnn‘s pink yummy batts
The growing shawl is closely approaching its finish line…with 8 longest rows remaining. Lets see if I’ll squeeze more spare moments out tomorrow.
Morning at Cascade MS
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!


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Total BUZZ Book-Signing Party


I went to a book party, hosted by generous Pam Moss of Baabaara’s Wild & Wooly for Symeon North, spinning goddess and author of hot-off-the-press GET SPUN. It was a total blast and a treat to see art-yarn spun. Now there’s someone who knows how to throw a party 🙂 Pam’s home and shop, as always, exude warmth and fun. The chocolate and carrot cakes, baked and decorated by Pam’s daughter Lynn, were very cool.
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Cake design and colors were inspired by the Art Yarn project spun and knit
by Pam herself, shown here

Sumptuous feast included cheese platter, fresh-cut healthy-choice veggies, chips and dips, thirst-quenching beverage, and other goodies.
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It’s a great way to celebrate Symeon’s new book. There were loads of books on hand and folks had opportunity to have their purchases customized…and lots of special visitors to Pam’s (like Barbara, Heather, Cara and her mom Vicky, MaryAnn, Sandy, Shirley, and Jennifer–sorry for the lack of pictures as I had quite a challenge with lighting!). How really thrilling it was to meet the author. It was a great way for Symeon to partner with Pam of BW&W and bring potential customers there.

Don’t Nancy Russell and Pam look GREAT together!
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Having your friend set up a book signing doesn’t feel like a Tupperware party, in the sense that you feel obligated to buy a plastic tub you don’t want. All the people who were invited to the party thanked Pam and Symeon profusely. I thought I got a special treat because Symeon was an author. I felt like I knew someone who knew a celebrity and I got invited to this special thing.
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Ann Thomas & Symeon North, the author
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LeAnn wanting Up-Close-and-Personal view of Symeon spinning wrap of Mohair locks.

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Glad to see Kristin made it out to the party, chatting with our homeschool friend Laura (who has happily spun up her first yarn this afternoon)

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Akiko, whom I haven’t seen since…before SOAR 2009!

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Echo getting her drink by the island

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Another homeschool friend Birgit knitting away her beautiful yellow yarn purchased
from our favorite shop BW&W

What a great way to share a celebration of a milestone in Symeon’s life, no different than a birthday, retirement, anniversary, graduation, or opening a new business. People like parties and, hopefully, Pam sold enough books to pay for the abundance of refreshments! If you don’t have Symeon’s book already, get one at (BW&W here.) Pam will ship it to you pronto.

GET SPUN is a detailed Step-by-Step Guide to spinning Art Yarns.
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YEP…these are real cocoons!
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Shown here are all designed and spun by Symeon North…actual samples shown in the book
I am off to give fabric, plastic bag, and coil spinning a try.
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Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!


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Spin Off Book of World Records


…for the finest handspun mohair was 28,225 yards per pound, set by Linda Mercer, a talented fiber artist who passed away earlier this year. What does it mean really? It is an equivalent of roughly 3105-yard singles in a 50-gram ball, hank, or skein! I dare say that’s finer than cobwebs spun naturally by spiders.

Here is a 2-ply I spun up this evening that equates to 8382-yard singles/pound or 461 yards of 2-ply (=922-yard singles) in a 50-gram ball, hank, or skein in comparison:
Handspun Color Gradation Green
Holy batman! I sure have a long way to go to master my fine lace spinning.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!


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