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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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Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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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.)

Thank you for stopping in and sharing my blog with friends. It brings me great pleasure to take you along on my journey of self discovery, self love, and crafty adventures! Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects. As always, they are FREE(Kicking off Octoberfest for the fun weekend, right here, right now.  Come join us.)

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Is It Time for Wool Yet?


I have very poor impulse control when it comes to test knitting for Connie.   Flashing some intricate ginkgo leaves in front of me is just asking for it.

Sure I could have continued with projects already on needles, but, it’s just a cowl…how long will that take to knit up?

And so!  I have whipped my winnings–Noro Silk Garden (131 yards or 59 grams of colorway 228C)–into a cowl.

I wanted to incorporate a little of my own, hand-dyed batts for the contrast rounds and leaves.

It didn’t take long to spin up 11 grams (43 yards’ worth) of Bluefaced Leicester fiber and plied with one of my KCL spindles. Nice thing for me about spinning and plying on a spindle…there is no need to set the already balanced 17-wpi yarn. I made up the 2-gram (or 5 yards) shortage with Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere (Seaform 123.)

With an absolute want of wintry knits, I will need to hit the stash and make another fashionable one–but an infinity scarf that can be wrapped around the neck at least twice–before the temperatures dropped too much.

I love making ginkgo leaves. This one is so much fun to knit up, yet, different than any one I’ve made before. I just LOVE the quick, mindless knit. Highly recommended. What’s on your creative plate?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Fall Knits…and it’s FREE!


Lee Meredith is having a pattern giveaway! Check out her blog for which ones.  I just got Biratu, with lots of yummy cables.  I have taken a class with Lee earlier in the year (February 2) and actually got the concept how this is done…but, it’s always nice to play with Lee’s clever designs.

Thanks for the thoughtful gift, Lee.

Here is a peek of my spinning for a knitting project which I will share in full next time.

It’s raining…I must rustle up the stuff off the back porch…now

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Life’s Three Choices


I only have three choices in life.

Give up.

Give in.

Or give it all I have got.

Today, I dare to be brave.  I am on the brink of my breakthrough.

Featured knit is Princess Lace Beret designed by Vera Sanon of SunfunlivingKnits.  It’s super easy, fun, and fast knit.  I ended up with two…this modeled one in Zitron Trekking XXL Duett went to my teen’s school fundraiser for her music programs.

The second one is in my superfine merino 2-ply handspun and Wilton’s cake dye.

 I cranked both out in three days.  Only change I made to the design was extended 1-cord tip to 1.5”; in knot, it’s 1” long.  Also, I switched the t2b and t2f symbols to reflect respective visual slants (while the key legends are written correctly.)

This makes a beautiful gift.  I highly recommend it.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Goodbye November. Hello December!


Oh Joy!  I’m feeling very festive today.    What I love most about BEND OR is its charm, beauty and its friendly happy people.  Here, for your enjoyment, is the condensed 15-minute version of yesterday’s Christmas Parade.

When you don’t have enough, swing by my dear friend Kristin’s blog and see coverage I missed (especially the beginning of the parade.) ♥¸.°´° ♥.¸¸.•°´°▪♥ღ

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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The Way the World Works


There’s always another storm. It’s the way the world works.

Snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, sandstorms, and firestorms.  Some are fierce and others are small. I have to deal with each one separately.  For now, I need to keep an eye on today…not what’s brewing tomorrow.

This was how it looked yesterday.

What comes next…this is today.

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event.

I went to bed in one kind of a world and woke up in another quite different.

If this is not enchantment, then where is it to be found? ♥¸.°´° ♥.¸¸.•°´°▪♥ღ

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Do What I Am Afraid Of


Always do what I am afraid to do.

 I want to be here for a long time…

So I am going to do everything I have to do to be here. ♥¸.°´° ♥.¸¸.•°´°▪♥ღ

I will tell you more of the two finished lace work and their gorgeous yarn/fiber soon…when they are dried and modeled.  Stay tuned 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Energy Flows


“Energy flows where attention goes.”  Should I try to change my beliefs?  Replace them? Ignore them? Just pay attention to them from a higher consciousness?  And how does knitting help with any of that?  (More on the finished knit later…)

Handstitching is a way to be a witness to myself as I fumble around through my life. I use knitting, spinning, weaving, sewing et al to see, gently, my blind spots. ♥.¸¸.•°´°▪♥ღ

It’s sad to learn a few days ago my long-time idol–textile goddess, artist for the last 30 years–Judith MacKenzie’s spinning studio (along with the community theater and several businesses in downtown Forks) had been part of a fire. There was considerably more than $25,000 worth of Judith’s equipment in that studio where she taught and stored her spinning wheels and looms.

This is just what I’ve been waiting for: a mechanism to donate.  It will be so good to give back to someone who has given me (and a lot of folks in the world.)  The auction page for raising funds to rebuild Judith’s studio is live!  It looks like some great stuff is going up.  Check it out.  Besides the gorgeous fibers and spindles, I’m eyeing on that Timbertops Leicester Spinning Wheel!

Christmas is just around the corner 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Do or Do Not


There is no try.  Kill fear by taking action and build on that confidence.  A real decision is measured by the fact that I’ve taken a new action.  If there’s no action, I haven’t truly decided.

Ideas alone don’t bring success.  The habit of putting ideas into action is now.

There is never a right time. I can ‘t wait until condition is perfect or put off tomorrow what I can do today.   The most difficult time to take action is the very first time.  After the ball is rolling, I’ll build confidence and things will keep getting easier.

I know. The longer an idea sits in my head without being acted on, the weaker it becomes. However, acting without thinking would make me look like a doer, instead of a thinker. A good idea will grow stronger; stupid ones will go away.  I prefer to wait a week before acting on it.

Instead of stimulating the amount of ideas, I much rather set the target to filtering my ideas internally before polluting the environment.  I will start my creative motor mechanically.  I will sit down and write, put pencil to paper, brainstorm, doodle…By moving my hands, I’ll stimulate the flow of ideas and inspire myself.

I will be a doer, seize the initiative, and live in the present.  Today, I’m taking positive steps to creating a new mind space based on this very solution. Cheers!

The dress coat I mentioned earlier is being dried (will be a long while as it’s heavy, dense…and very cold out.)  It gave me time to think and came up with a solution.

Through a seamstress’ lens, the pocket needs to be relocated from bottom to where the white napkins are placed. But, “How?” you ask. Of course, steekand “patchwork, I tell you.

Where’s that pair of magic scissors?  lol

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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