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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.

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(My modified version of Emerald Shoulder Shrug knitted in an afternoon.)

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Clarity


In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.~~Buddha

So simply yet so difficult. What matter most in having this three important things in life is living with peace of mind and happiness in life. Heaven and hell are states of mind. I choose to be mindful, always cultivate the peace of mind and joy in my heart. Recharging only possible vibes and simplify.

To celebrate the Tour of Britain, download Cavendish Cycling Mitts pattern–especially designed for cyclistsFREE with coupon code TOUR1, good ’til close of September 14, 2014. What a nice tribute. Perfect for a cool morning ride. Go Cav!!! Thank you Miranda Jollie for the adorable gift.

One Bad Ombrégroan for the pun–but the cute slouch hat is rather fun. The pattern is FREE ’til midnight (Pacific Time,) September 15th. Click Buy It Now; then Coupon Code (no code needed.) The price will adjust to FREE. Excellent way to use up scrap sock yarn or mini skeins–not that any of us have ANY of that sitting around our stash, right?

Baby Tunisian Diamond Afghan blanket pattern describes in full (no abbreviations) how to make a small blanket one square at a time. Only a basic knowledge of crochet or knitting is needed. The photos illustrate the blanket made with Robin double knitting yarn, but, you may use your own favorite yarn and hook. Gauge isn’t important. However, the measurements may differ.

In celebration of fall season in Kansas, Fifty Four Ten Studio is offering The Home Pillow knitting pattern FREE through Sunday, 9 p.m. Central Time, September 14. Use coupon code FALLHOME at check-out.

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Life Is


to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything you’ve held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the silt of it. When grief sits with you, its tropical heat thickening the air, heavy as water more fit for gills than lungs; when grief weights you like your own flesh only more of it, an obesity of grief, you think, How can a body withstand this? Then you hold life like a face between your palms, a plain face, no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you I will love you, again.~~The Thing is by Ellan Bass, author of Mules of Love

This poem. Extraordinary, isn’t it? These words hit me squarely in my heart. I feel ’em deeply in my bones. Such a beautiful reminder that life is worth living even when it’s hard, messy, and even seems hopeless.

I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things with a renewed fitness routine in August, but, am disappointed to admit I didn’t do well at all. It’s a new month (and a new day.) I’m so ready to really dig in and do this thang!

Are you keeping cozy and warm today? I’m thrilled to spot this pretty lace-weight shawl FREE pattern–Blue Moon Crescent–just released today. Simply a delicate beauty.

You might have made Panda Silk DK Fan Shawl once or twice since 2009. The shawl features fan-shaped modules with eyelets. It can be worn as a shawl or triangular scarf. Today, Gail Tanquary of Crystal Palace Yarns has updated the shawl design in fingering yarn–and the pattern is FREE. Panda Silk has excellent drape and is silky soft to wear. Check it out if you haven’t knitted with it.

Shawl isn’t your thing. How about a sweater? Skeleton Key by Andre Sue is a a bottom-up, seamless, raglan, color-stranded sweater. The pattern is FREE. Cast on this week and you may have it to sport around town in time for Halloween celebration.

In honor of Plucktember, Pine Tree Place infinity scarf/cowl pattern is FREE ’til the end of September. Use coupon code plucktember2014 at check-out.

As all diehard Game of Thrones fans know, winter will be here long before you and I know it. Are you crazy behind the different characters and their personalities? Just imagine you’ll staying warm and comfy with House Targaryen Banner blanket while watching the show. The crochet pattern is FREE.

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.

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Do Not Stop


It’s that time of year. The kids are starting school. Then, it’s sports, homecoming dances, and busy school social lives. The last thing they need to be worrying about is pimples, redness, ‪‎acne‬ scarring, and blackheads.  Topical skin care products (no matter how amazing), high-quality vitamin/mineral supplements, low GI organic with high essential fatty acids diet, and regular exercises don’t work against stubborn hormonal acne the 16-year-old has been dealing for a year. Her struggle with acne is primarily due to hormonal imbalances and STRESS (both consciously and subconsciously.)   Finally, she’s come to me for help. I must admit, I don’t have a magic wand or secret formula to cure ’em.  It will take me a while to figure out her hormones, how they relate to her acne, and how to eventually cure her cause.  It’s frustrating when she feels she’s tried everything–she’s eating super healthy organic food, taking helpful supplements, using top-quality natural skin care products, exercising and meditating daily–she still can’t get rid of the acne!  It’s better one day but worse the next.  Not only she feels hopeless, it makes me feel helpless by watching and want to give up.

No. I’m not giving up. “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”~~Andy Warhol This was my sign/encouragement–it was written all over the road I walked on. Someone’s definitely looking out for me. THANK YOU.

Excess sebum is just another symptom of a bigger problem within her body that’s causing it. Instead of getting rid of the symptom (excess sebum) by using harsh drugs and chemicals, I need to actually help her fix the root cause of excess sebum, acne, hormonal imbalance, the whole bit.  One thing I have her incorporated into her regular routine is drinking vinegar shrub in addition to slippery elm mask, Borage oil treatment, and rosemary/lavender/dandelion oil massages I give her.  “I don’t like it but I’ll drink it.” That’s the first day. Next day, I made a new batch, modifying a little and now she loves it.

Fresh lychees is da best!  (Soft outside and looks “bruised” inside?  Toss it.  It’s gone bad. Sadly, grocers sell them in packages. It’s a hit-and-miss. The last pack I got, only 6 or 7 were good ones.)

Have you a shrub of any kind? What’s your favorite? I am making peach shrub next.  I must digress.  OMG, ladies and gentlemen, how awesomely beautiful is this?!

Do you like Matryoshka dolls?  Yes.  You will like today’s handpicked free pattern: Nesting Shawlette.

If you are a huge fan of Victor Vasarely like me,  Vasarely Blanket, inspired by his work and optical illusions, is a must.  The pattern is FREE.

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. (WIP is near the finish line, woooohooo.)

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Anger and Change


Anger is a sign that something needs to change. I choose not to ignore it. It’s better to deal with the anger and work through it than ignore it and let it fester inside ’til I explode.

Today, I chose to take time to grieve and honor all of the emotions and be surrounded by my loving and supportive family through how ever long it takes.

Inspiring pattern pick of the day may have your name written all over it: Staggered Cowl. The cable and intarsia cowl pattern is FREE for a limited time. Seriously cool!

I’m waffling about reshuffling my plate to knit up San Francisco Wrap–a simple rectangular sport weight wrap. I have a ton of natural colored farm yarn and lots of colorful handspun. Oh my! The pattern is FREE ’til Monday, August 25th, 9:00 a.m. EST. Watching Simon Schama this evening going on about the British Empire meant that I zoned out until India came on. Oh my word, the colors! I let my emotions decide on color combinations, what I love, what is exciting and that includes using subdued colors with brights, clashing and harmonious colors. It’s not a science. It is an emotion.

Spring into Summer Blanket is an easy-to-memorize with a load of opportunities to play about with color. Lovely crochet pattern with excellent photograph tutorial. Thank you, Susan for the FREE pattern.

It’s another wonderful summer day of romping and rolling here in the valley visiting friends. Hope your day was full of bliss. Visit me on Facebook here for more inspiring projects.   As always, they are FREE.

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Tap into the Mind


You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lost it.” ~~Robin Williams

Deep down beyond all doubts, beyond all fears, I know I can accomplish everything that I put my mind to. Tap into that. I Can. This was the mantra I shared with my 16-year-old this evening. Life is good especially when I can have a quiet, relaxing day with one of my children and that I’m a mother, not a teacher, not a friend.

Presenting today’s knitting inspiration–Pink Onyx.  It’s a cute top in DK-weight yarn, currently FREE. Special giveaway from the designer: “For those who finished this pullover by 30th October, 2014, you have a chance to win for a free pattern of your choice from my designs! Update your project page with your best shot/s of this pullover on you.  Be creative, be artistic, have fun with your camera! Make sure you mention you enter this sweepstake. I will choose one winner and one runner-up by 5th November. A winner gets two free patterns from my designs, and a runner-up gets one.” I may make mine long sleeves.

Make your own bunny with this FREE crocheted pattern. The adorable amigurumi would brighten someone’s day, for sure.

Hope your day was just as fabulous as mine–spontaneous and fun (with PDXKnitterati and bikenewsgirl even though it was brief.) Don’t forget to visit my Facebook page here for more inspiring projects.   As always, they are FREE.

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Everyday Anew


Not every sky will be blue and not every day is springtime. So on the spiritual path a person learns to find this kind of happiness without needing nice things to happen on the outside. Rather, you find happiness by being who you really are. This isn’t mystical. Young children are happy being who they are. The trick is to regain such a state when you are grown and have seen the light and dark sides of life.~~Deepak Chopra

Maybe cleaning the clutter from my life may help me find the things that have been there all along. I do believe I possess that child-like innocence that helps me find happiness in the simplest things in my everyday life. And the sky is always blue. Every day anew…remembering my true nature is of utmost importance!

Today’s adventure in knitting–isn’t Kelcema adorable? It’s a quick knit. Thank you, Berroco, for the free knitted pattern.

You know how much I love cardigans and have way too many in my stash and in my favorites. The one I will knit soon is Beth Cardigan. Timeless and elegant. Though the complimentary pattern comes with instruction for only bust size 32″–with stitch gauge given, it’s easy to multiply out and adjust the size to your needs. I certainly have to do it on a regular basis to decrease the size of things. Some math work and try-as-you-go are required, for sure. It’s doable.

With the look of a vintage ski sweater and just the right warmth, the classic Moominblankie would make a perfect welcome for a holiday baby. The knitted blanket pattern is FREE.  I love that red heart infant!

I’m a collector of baby blanket patterns as I love knitting for charities. I can’t wait to crochet up Lorna Miser’s Hugs and Kisses Blanket!! Really cute and creative! Thank you, Yarnspiration for the complimentary pattern.

That’s all for today while I pack again for a road trip.  Visit my Facebook page here for more inspiring projects.   As always, they are FREE.

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Want to be Happier?


Try making my life a tad harder, preparing for Ravellenic games.  It’s epic.  I am on two teams, already!  Heehee.

Have you read Little House on the Prairie books?   Just imagine…scrubbing my menstrual flannels in a bucket, stewing up endless turnips, and chasing off the locusts.  Oh boy…my volumizing hair would surely have been greasy…petticoats grubby and encumbering…cuticles raggedier than my kids’ rag dolls.  Yet, the Ingall-Wilders were connected to their own lives.  Their every happiness and very existence were created from the work of their own hands.  Pa fiddled by the firelight while the girls knit themselves stockings with Ma sewing pantaloons.  Don’t forget…kids skipped school ‘cuz it’s time to boil maple syrup, harvest rutabagas, or cut ice from the lake.  I am full of envy.

My longing is no mere fantasy.  I’m actually happiest when accomplishing tangibly productive work–cleaning dishes and putting ’em away in proper places and stacking order, shoveling snow, replacing a shirt button for the boy’s jeans, cooking up feast, picking up hair from dogs and girls–rather than crossing virtual tasks off my on-screen to-do list.  I love seeking out activities that cultivate mindfulness.  The sense of oneness with my activity whether it is crocheting an afghan square, knit a sweater, or we felt.

The repetitive work helps me in two ways.  Counting chains/stitches and shingling fiber, a cognitive distracter,  distract me from stress while I’m doing the craft.   I get a great sense of accomplishment when there is a clear connection between my physical efforts and results.  My reward chemicals increases while the anxiety/stress toxins–heart rate, blood pressure, perspiration and all–drops.   This is a pretty nice cocktail, wouldn’t you say?!

Leisure turns out to be complicated and important.  But, any type of repetitive motor activity can calm the brain.  What do you do to ease the anxiety?  Will you be participating in any of the Ravellenic games?  Here is a pair of newly published Carved Heart Socks, perfect for Valentine’s Day gift, I plan to cast on for the kick-off ceremony and knit during the games.  Coupon code at check-out is Heart for your free pattern, good ’til January 8.

Kate Heppell of Shetland Story have made Love in Cold Climate FREE for the run-up to and duration of the Olympics as her little way of helping to raise awareness of the plight of the LGBT community in Russia, subject to terrifying levels of persecution, discrimination and abuse. You may read a little about this here.

Other candidates for the games are:

    • To Zola With Love, a prayer shawl worked up/designed by Kay Meador for a special someone in her life.  Free to Ravelry member. No coupon needed.

How’s that for starter?  I will show you my Ravellenic queues of JenJoycedesign by my dear friend next.  For now, Pin-striped Fingerless mitts is a free download to Ravelery member.  Grab a copy.  Sharpen your needles.  Dig in your stash.  Cast-on away.  Now, I must get to my daily walk.  Come back soon for more Ravellenic enabling.

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Wild


To be human is to be wild.

Wild is the strange pull and whispering wisdom.  It’s the gentle nudge and forceful ache.  It’s my truth, passed down from the ancients, and very stream of life in my blood.  Wild is the soul where passion and creativity reside and the quickening of my heart.  Wild is what is real.   Wild is my home.

Today, I choose to step into it.  My primal self.

  • Be courageous.
  • Stand up and show who I am, authentically and completely unapologetically.
  • Be fearless in my ambitions, goals and decisions.

These energies will then spread into the world and boost the human race…for one drop may indeed raise the entire ocean.

When I peel back the layers of what I think I should be doing, what is it that I really want to be doing?  When will I revisit those things? Is everything else really more important?  Tiny time-fillers.  Do they ultimately matter?  Why is it that I become sick before I learn about what I truly, individually, need on a deeper level?   Today, I listen to my soul cravings.  They’re wild.  And they’re my truth.

What do you crave?  How do you want to feel?

#2 of the temperature knit is underway (shown two images up,) recording hi and lo of first 5 days of the year.  20 wedges made with 8 more to be added over next two days.  Each circle is ~7”.  It may grow to a 9” square.  Once the first square is completed on Sunday, math work would be more accurate.  To make it work, I need to add 2 fillers–good place to embroider in the year and perhaps the city.  I envision the throw be about 5’ by 7’ when finished.  What do you think of this modified Easy as Pi(e), another free pattern by Knitty.com here?

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Anxiety Relief Meditation


Meditation keeps me sane in a sometimes insane world.

  • First, I find a quiet place where I won’t be disturbed for next 13 minutes.  (not as easy as it may sound, mind you…at least not around me) 
  • Second, find me a comfortable position to sit.  Most times, I just lay flat on the floor.
  • Now that I’m ready, press PLAY.

Well…did you follow along?  How are you feeling?  Calm?  Peaceful?  Safe?  Uplifting?

Another common relief I find regularly is playing with fiber.  This is not spaghetti squash.  Just yarn in Wilton Cake Gel, lemon dye bath.

I needed some quick dyeing for a project ‘cuz the high temperature around here has dropped to the 30s in a day.  Why does it matter, you ask?  Read on.

Have you heard of a “temperature,” “sky“, and/or “weatherconceptual knitting scarf?  The outcome is totally dependent on the weather observation.  Each day, you knit a stripe in color that matches that day’s sky/weather.  At end of the year, you would have a spiffy 5-foot-long scarf.  This has been in my “queue” since 2011.  It has taken this long to move up to the plate.

If your temperature stays relatively constant, choose corresponding colors based on moods (chart linked.)  If you’re trying to diet in 2014–pick 3 colors and change your rounds when you lose weight, gain weight, or weigh the same.  The latter could be more challenging as you’ll have to step on a scale every day around the same time.  None of these flies?  No problem.  Just choose other motivator(s).  I choose blue for cold, red for hot, etc., but, you may pick anything appeals to you, whatever in your stash. Choose an easy hat pattern–there are tons of ‘em and free–on Ravelry.  Knit, crochet, weave, or full/felt goes.

Same idea fits easily into a hat, a sock, a mitten, a square, a blanket…one round a day, one color for each 10 degrees…Initially, I picked the high at 3 p.m. each day, wherever I may be.  Chances are the color changes won’t be too dramatic so less ends to weave in.  On the other hand, if you select 15 or more colors as I do, the gradient effect would be glorious.

After the 3rd day, I decided to just take the high of the day to simplify my life.  Less is more, right.  (Yeh…secret is out the bag.  I love BACI.  No if or but.  Just LOVE ’em.  24 boxes for Christmas.  Beyond sweet!)

At a snail’s pace, it takes two months for a hat.  Six hats a year for gifts.  What a cool chemo hat this would make, don’t you think?

Rebecca aka socksformumtook started taking pictures of the Colorado sunrise every morning on May 12, 2012, used various motifs from Mary Jane Mucklestone’s 200 Fair Isle Motifs and modified her Fair Isle Sampler Hat…

What a stunning beauty she has grown up to be (as of December 31, 2013.)

I am madly in love with Alice’s double-knit option to record hi and lo temps.

Weather underground is a good site for looking up historical, present, and forecast, recorded temperatures in case you miss them on any given day.  It goes back to January 1, 1942 for my area.  However, it only went back to 2011 when I did a search for my birth place outside of the U.S.  Guess it takes time for the site to build up its historical database.  Do you know of other useful site(s) for tracking historical weather data?

Two heads are better than one.  Since the kick-off of A year of Temperature/Mood Scarf/Hat/Patchwork Blanket-Along for Ravelry 52in52-2014 member group challenge, the list of possibilities/ideas grew exponentially by the hour!  I am still charting, planning, prepping, and constantly changing/shuffling color orders.  This is what my 2014 Almanac looks like…4 days into it.

To accomplish my initial sizable project, instead of a row a day, mine goes like this:   2 rows first 2 days, 1 row on the 3rd, 1 row on the 4th.  Repeat the sequence.  Did you see a problem with my sequence?  If you do a lot of color work, you would spot it immediately.  On the 4th day, the designated color is quite contrasting from the day before.  Changing color strand on the backside would create an eyesore line of dashes on the public side of the project.  Image below is the backside of the fabric, but, you see the dashes between Lavenderish Wisteria and Royal Purple I am talking about, don’t you?

That just doesn’t fly with me.  Oh, no.  Solution?   With public side (aka right side) facing me, pull cable all the way to the left.  Attach new color strand and knit away.  Voila.  No dash.

Now, have I lost you in all these knitting gibberish?  Or have I convinced you to knit/crochet along?  You gotta admit giving a temperature scarf to an out-of-town friend–with his/her year of local temperatures–is nifty, cool.  If a sky scarf isn’t for you, maybe you can think of knitting, spinning, or even sewing/felting something else to represent your life on a daily basis.  By the way, if you have young kids, this is a wonderful project for teaching weather, temperature, charting, tracking, and more.  The sky’s the limit.

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