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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!

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.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Power of Positivity


The Person that commits his or her creative energy toward being of service to humanity, knowing that every action now moves the world at rapid speed and makes a profound difference, has set a course for personal and global illumination.~~Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts and Defy Gravity

I can. I can get stuck in the transition out of the negativity into the positivity by waiting for others to collaborate with me.  I choose not let others slow me down, or detour me, from being centered in beauty and in love. If I am not receiving the collaboration I am seeking from others to heal a negative state, I need to remove myself from the need of their assistance. Instead, go do something nice for myself. Recharge, refuel, rejuvenate–give myself the capacity to resolve negativity.  Follow my heart and inner guidance. I will find what I’m looking for. Do I really want to look back on my life and see how wonderful it could have been had I not been afraid to live it? I am the person I am today ‘cuz I believe. I’m not here to be average. I’m here to be awesome. (Shown below was from last week’s Thrilla Cyclocoss–a blast.)

Have you ever asked yourself: WHAT is keeping you away from a life of affluence and contribution?

The colder days are here. It’s just about time to start a new project. This Mega Cable will ward off the harsh winter cold while keeping you safely disguised from the lurking dangers of the wild woods. I didn’t know they make Size 50 needles?! It looks like one stitch is two inches. Imagine it would be done in an hour–perfect for a snow brideLoopy Mango Big Loop Merino–$155 a “bump.”  Guess I am spinning my own for this one.

Esther Sandrof–a self-taught left-handed crocheter and oddly a right-handed knitter–is wonderfully imaginative! Isn’t Pop scarf reminiscent of a dancer’s veil with the jingling coins along the edge?  I used to call it op-art in the 70s.  Another perfect pattern for variegated wool in my stash for ages.

Are you ready for some football? Fast and fun fair-isle Hawks Hat! Not a Seahawks fan? Substitute image and colors for your favorite team. 3 skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash–or any light worsted-weight yarn–are enough to make a couple of hats.

Have you seen the latest issue of Knitty Deep Fall 2014. It’s been out for a couple of days. I must say I am underwhelmed this time around. I do love the Krydda and Seattle sweaters, otherwise, eh. Maybe I just need to look again in a few days. Sometimes things that I overlooked or passed over look better on the second or third viewings. Do you have any faves?

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. (Below Photo Credit: Jean Marie, who used a tripod and a roughly 30-second long exposure, trying to capture some Northern Light magic two nights ago–no show. But, those shooting stars reflected in the lake and the light reflected on the rocks from the bright moon are stunning, aren’t they?)

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Think Before I Speak


“Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”~~Marcus Aurelius

OUCH. I don’t have to ask myself; it just comes glaringly and painfully to the forefront. Only wish I’ve remembered this earlier while conversing with a friend. As Jimmy Dean once said, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but, I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” I can’t take back what’s been said, but, I must think before I speak negatively. Here’s a MUST SEE 4-minute poetic video Why I Think This World Should Endabout who we are, who we were, and who we should be–went VIRAL all over cyberspace since beginning of the week. You may disagree with part or whole thought-provoking message. The world, indeed, is more technically advanced than any time. We have a longer life span than any other time in history. I have the world at my finger tips. It’s just up to me if I want to grab it or not.

Have you pick out a costume for Halloween? Add a bit of mystery to your look with a beautifully crocheted mask. Each of these three masks are made with the same pattern Masquerade Fancy Mask using different embellishments to complete their allure.

To celebrate the release of Leo Moon Scarf, Canadian knitwear designer Nat Raedwulf is offering the pattern for FREE, ’til midnight, September 13 (Pacific Time.)

Pioneer Peak makes a nice pattern for a couple of Christmas presents, doesn’t it? It will fit right into the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon too. Thank you, Lisa Woolridge, for sharing the beautiful design pattern, FREE ’til Sept 14. Use coupon code WHYNOT at check-out.

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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Be a Rainbow


Imagine, I’ve had so many rainbows in my clouds. I’ve had a lot of clouds, but I’ve had so many rainbows.~~Maya Angelou

Maya’s words touched me deeply, moving me from deep inspiration to laughter. In life, some rain must fall; when the rain halts, the sun comes back and a rainbow forms. Sometimes it’s just a matter of me looking for it. Seek out your rainbow. Better yet. Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud today instead of his/her down-time, spare-time, part-time, or sometime.

It’s been another hectic week here with my husband gone for a two-week business trip. Being a taxi-mom is exhausting. Yet, I am thankful for only one teen is taking a couple of classes this Fall in local high school. No more running to different rehearsals, performances, clubs, planning meetings… Less mileage this year, I hope. I do however enjoy some crafting time while waiting for one of the teens in school’s parking lot.

To celebrate Plucktember and Back-to-School, Back to Scholara knitted hat pattern–is FREE ’til midnight, September 9 Paris time. Just hit Buy it Now and then Use Coupon buttons. Price will automatically adjusted to ZERO. Cables and hats is a beautiful combination. Thank you, Julie, for sharing the beautiful pattern. I managed to snag a copy just now during the free promotion.

John and Jane are part of a new Knit-A-Long and will be FREE until October 1st. Use coupon code JJKAL at check-out. Be sure to join the KAL fun for more discount offers and winning lots of prizes.

Imagine, I’ve had so many rainbows in my clouds. I’ve had a lot of clouds, but I’ve had so many rainbows.~~Maya Angelou

Maya’s words touched me deeply, moving me from deep inspiration to laughter. In life, some rain must fall; when the rain halts, the sun comes back and a rainbow forms. Sometimes it’s just a matter of me looking for it. Seek out your rainbow. Better yet. Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud today instead of his/her down-time, spare-time, part-time, or sometime.

It’s been another hectic week here with my husband gone for a two-week business trip. Being a taxi-mom is exhausting. Yet, I am thankful for only one teen is taking a couple of classes this Fall in local high school. No more running to different rehearsals, performances, clubs, planning meetings… Less mileage this year, I hope. I do however enjoy some crafting time while waiting for one of the teens in school’s parking lot.

To celebrate Plucktember and Back-to-School, Back to Scholara knitted hat pattern–is FREE ’til midnight, September 9 Paris time. Just hit Buy it Now and then Use Coupon buttons. Price will automatically adjusted to ZERO. Cables and hats is a beautiful combination. Thank you, Julie, for sharing the beautiful pattern. I managed to snag a copy just now during the free promotion.

John and Jane are part of a new Knit-A-Long and will be FREE until October 1st. Use coupon code JJKAL at check-out. Be sure to join the KAL fun for more discount offers and winning lots of prizes.

Here is the perfect accessory for layering and those cooler days. Windown Pane Poncho crochet pattern is FREE ’til September 10th. Make it in almost any yarn (just adjust your starting chain and hook) or try it in a silky yarn or thread and pair with silky pants for an evening look!

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. (A quick-knit finished in Manos del Uruguay Classica yarn below for a sweet friend is being pampered in conditioner and soaking up the sun.)

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Here is the perfect accessory for layering and those cooler days. Windown Pane Poncho crochet pattern is FREE ’til September 10th. Make it in almost any yarn (just adjust your starting chain and hook) or try it in a silky yarn or thread and pair with silky pants for an evening look!

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. (A quick-knit finished in Manos del Uruguay Classica yarn below for a sweet friend is being pampered in conditioner and soaking up the sun.)

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Distorted Image: Success


The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.~~David W. Orr, Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World

I don’t agree with the fact stated. These people have and will always be here and around. The fact I do agree with, however, is that it is the perception of success that needs to change. Success in my culture is all about money and assets. I cannot force understanding, but, in due season, folks may find truth or they may not. One good way to navigate through these changing times is to surround myself around like-minded people who have similar values. This seems to be harder than it sounds in today’s culture. The image of success is a mere shadowed fraction of what success truly means. One by one, I must correct this distorted image–within my means–for my children’s sake. Will you do that for yours?

What activities do you like to do in the fall? I heart the Long walks, fall festivals–especially if they are fall fiber festivals–long drives to see the autumn foliage, knitting, spinning, and planning holiday projects.

I have been up to my eyes in finishing up a cardigan and not been online much as I would like. Yet, it doesn’t deter me from bringing to you this adorable Strawberry Crochet Ball. This pattern is FREE for 30 days, ’til September 24, 2014. Use coupon code STRAWBERRY at check-out.

Inspired by the cloud covered peak of one of Yorkshire’s three highest fells is Pen-y-ghent, a light, delicate triangular shawl in the beautiful Titus yarn. Very effective and beautiful design. The pattern is FREE ’til September 4. Use coupon code REDDIT at check-out.

The stunning cabled Greengage Mitts caught my eyes instantly and went right in the queue. I’ll be making a few pairs for holiday gifts. Again, thanks to the generous designer of Pen-y-ghent shawl above, Will Nelson, the pattern is FREE also ’til September 4. Use coupon code KNITIT at check-out.  Thank you, Will!

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. (Work-in-Progres–I may have a new sweater tomorrow. Can you feel my excitement?)

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Everyone’s Somebody


Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.”…[My dark side says,] I am no good…I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.~~Henri J.M. Nouwen

Everyone’s somebody. No one should be pushed aside. Why should I reject myself? I know what I’m worth. Let those who can’t decide bark all they want. I know what I’m capable of. The battle is won when I overcome the naysayers and speak positive thoughts into my life. Block the critics.  Walk away from these downers. Tell myself I did what’s right.  Life is good.

Today’s hand-picked is Mini Granny Crochet Teapot pattern by La Messer. It’s too cute not to include this FREE adorable cozy pattern in my fall project line-up.

Susanne has done it again. Through Thick and Thin–a new free garter-stitch scarf pattern has just been released. The difference in texture is achieved by switching needle sizes between triangles. If you’ve been wanting to try side-to-side, short-row construction scarf, this one’s for you. Super fun knit.

Fawkes Sawkes is Laura ‘s latest design pattern published. The interesting cable socks looks like firework, doesn’t it? Thank you for the freebie, Laura.

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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Everyday Beauty


I believe in making every day as beautiful as possible.

I believe doing things by hand has a special ability to make an ordinary day beautiful.

I loves knits that are special yet versatile,

memorable yet classic,

and as enjoyable to wear as they are to knit.

I swooned when the finished prototype first hit Wondrlanding’s Ravelry project page two months ago and couldn’t resist in offering my service to test.

I tell you…there was no shortage on testers.  Unlike any other test knits, it isn’t first come, first serve.  I waited for two long days before final selection was announced.  Being chosen was like winning a lottery.

Maura is a clever and fun, top-down with raglan sleeves pattern by Hungarian knitwear designer Ezster Sarkadi Nagy.  It was intended to show off pretty hand-dyed, variegated yarn’s values, but, without having the horizontal stripes widening the figure.

The seamless cardigan–with bold braided cables and lace panels embellishing center fronts–is oh so sleek and slimming.   It’s deceptively easy to knit, yet, creates a very eye-catching design.

The open-closed rhythm of the button-band emphasizes the vertical direction–bringing the eye up and down for a slimming effect–thus optically narrowing the figure and ensuring a flattering and sexy fit.

Knitted buttons make the closure special and give the cuff a nice feature/interest.

The neckline is formed by short rows so it is higher at the back and a bit lower at the front.

Only modification I made, with designer’s approval, was lengthening the sleeves.  I like my sweaters even in short sleeves--for layering effect–or full.  Nothing personal…3/4 length just not my thing.

MadelineTosh Pashmina knits up like a dream, creating a soft fabric with great drape.  Keep in mind this machine-washable yarn does grow after wash.

Five nights of relaxing and entertaining knit later…

I am a happy camper.

What brings you joy and makes you smile?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Freedom to Choose


the simple, serendipitous things really is the best.

Each day I have a choice. I may make the world better for those I come into contact with. Or I may make it worse.

From the mother with a cranky child in tow to whom I give my place in line at the grocery checkout, to the mailman/woman I smile at, to the husband to whom I give the benefit of the doubt.  All too often, it takes a Katrina, Hurricane Irene, a tsunami, Tohoku earthquake, Christchurch quake, a medical crisis, or a 9/11 to encourage me drop my guard and embrace my common humanity.

While others call it random acts of kindness or pay-it-forward, I call it the ministry of the everyday” or uncommon sense.  Whatever I call it, it’s the everyday opportunity to reach out to others and let them know how important they are.

How do I change the world?  One person at a time. One person at a time…

At this point in my life, I’ve noticed–for the 50-year-old me–I think more and more about my purpose here, the meaning of life, how I am going to make an impact. I had tea with a friend last week. We were talking about the fact that we may not all be Oprah; but, in our small way, we may positively affect another person. That is what it is all about, isn’t it?   On a small scale, one person at a time. Love, kindness, joy, inspiration. You all touch me.

I’m not a Pollyanna. I truly believe that with all my heart. It is what hauled me out of the depths of mood swings and has been God’s greatest gift…the awareness of purpose. I try to do at lease one good thing a day–even if I don’t get out as a person–I can be nice online too.  (Oh yeah, I made another Brainy Zany in wee size that fits a preemie/newborn….and it went home with my knitterly friend Sami yesterday.)

And that’s what it’s all about…Today, you and I connected. And if enough people do this, we can change the world.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Which Side is Up? Front?


Down? Back? Does it really matter?  Not with this unique fashion of the jazz age.  Orbitius!   Brainy Zany!  Yes, I know.  That’s not the name of the lovely pattern.  But doesn’t it just sound awesome?

Wrapped Hat is a super quick and “unlock your creative genius” test knit for Anne aka al-fa.  The best thing about this cloche is the fit: chunky weight and super cozy.   The cute, sassy toque knits up quickly with large needles and looks amazing with MadelineTosh Vintage in Clematis or any aran-weight yarn.

Knit in a richly dyed, lustrous alpaca blend–top down, in one piece–this Brainy Zany cloche hat is a perfect companion to a winter outfit and waiting for the ride. Warm and stylish, the pattern would look good for showing off some chucky spinning experiments.

My 1st one–reversible piece–came out nearly perfect, weighs 96 grams (or 150 yards) in Debbie Stoller Alpaca Love, Peacock Feather colorway.

Pretty swirls and blocks of color (if choosing variegated yarn) are produced when you use short rows to create the top of this hat.  Totally geeky, super fun knit I have had in a long while. It’s rhythmic once you get a hang on the side-way, short-row cable and ribbing design element. It was way too addictive to put down after casting on. The result is so sophisticated and intricate.

I used smaller needles than called for since I have a tinier head than an average person. It’s still a tad big, but I think that works for this model.

First one took about three hours to make as I needed to comb through the pattern for possible correction, modification, and suggested clarity/flow. As written, it is appropriate for virtuoso, genius knitters–some challenges for fearless rookies, apprentices.  Such can change should Anne decide to incorporate some changes.

I say everyone should make at least one. Me? I made another one in Dusk (plum purple) after spending a full day of recovery…practically doing nothing but trying to clear my eyesight.

This time I hardly need the instruction. In about two hours, a perfect versatile cloche is born (weighs 95 grams or 148 yards.)  This will be one of my main birthday and Christmas presents to relatives and friends this year!

As a bonus, I learned a new name for the Wrap & Turn in short-rows used in the pattern–shadow wraps.  Very useful. I already put it in good use in my fair-isle knitting.

I have added Shadow Wraps tutorial along with other short-row methods–plain, yarn-over, double-stitch, and Japanese short-row to my tutorials/utilities resource page.  Check them out if you are looking to try something different.  What new technique have you acquired lately…and are happy with?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Tool of the Trade


I use in order to produce multiple sizes when designing sweaters…

  • Marnie’s invaluable tutorials on using Excel to grade patterns, making schematics in Illustrator, and creating colorwork charts again in Illustrator.   I believe Excel (and maybe Word?) may be found on her website too.  If you start at the tutorial archives here, do a search on Excel, you should get all four parts on grading and pattern writing in Excel…and more.  My bare minimums for grading stage are square paper, white paper, pencil/pen, and eraser (that darn dog ate my eraser again!)   Using Excel and Word definitely makes life much easier when change is imminent.

In my schematic sketch for the cardigan I named Infinite Path, there is no waist shaping as 1) kids in that age aren’t yet shapely and 2) combination of cables and laces used in this design will naturally give me some shaping.

As you see from the schematic, the V-neck starts an inch above the sleeve openings.  For adult sizing, I will have it start an inch or two below though…unless I change my mind to have the neck somewhat a crew as shown below.

There are several things to say about my sweater prototype.  Firstly, I picked out a cable patterns for the back, fronts, and sleeves…then fillers. Next would be working up stitch and row gauges to determine cast-on number.   Initially, I concentrate only on stitch count.  With 5 stockinette stitches to an inch, I cast on 60 stitches for back piece.  To allow a child to move freely, I choose a 2×2 ribbed band for its elasticity.  Most kids I know do not like restriction.  The rest is to plug in my main-feature cable, pick out fillers–lace panels and extra purl stitches–in between.

Moving on to front pieces…this step took a bit longer as I had to see how the lace and cable work (mirrored for left and right fronts) at the shoulders pan out.

Finally, back neck shaping…short-row feature to build up a shawl collar came to mind naturally.  By doing so, I was able to add on the needed button-bands seamlessly and flawlessly.

As much as I prefer knitting in round, the prototype was worked in pieces to save time…just because I am not totally sure about the outcome.  For example, will the look and shape of the lace fillers complimentary to cable panels?  Do they flow fluidly?  Is it good idea to incorporate so many different patterns in one design?  Again, it is because I am dealing with cable and lace here.  If this were a stockinette design,  I would knit it in round, in a heart beat.

So far, it has been smooth and easy.  My projection of the knitting time is surprisingly short (~10 hours including math work.)  It is because of the child size and the needle size (US7, 4.5 mm) used.  It took only 1.5 repeat of the cable to fill up the back panel–very helpful.

Only after I picked up the stitches for sleeve opening did I start to spend time thinking about how to distribute the decreases and what I am going to do about the band and collar.  That’s it for now…I will be evaluating, improving, and re-mapping for prototype #2. A big Thank-you goes to my accommodating 36″ life-size model…never peep a word of complaint/disagreement throughout the whole shooting process. Hope you find this helpful and come back for next Design-Along post.

With the help of my friend Myria taking my 10-year-old with her most of the day–joining my home-school friends on the Leapers and Creepers tour at High Desert Museum, Hubby and I had a grand lunch this afternoon–in supporting of our teen’s high school music programs–at its annual fundraiser sponsored by Outback Steakhouse.   Awesome lunch.  The home-made bread was to die for.  Great raffle prizes too.  I’m truly happy for all those lucky winners 😀

It was a fantastic spring day in winter. A run to the dump–dropping off load of wine bottles–on a Friday afternoon was…actually delightful 😀  So, what is/are your tool(s) of the trade?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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