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Take Action and Never Give Up


Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.~~ Rumi

What I want, what I believe, what I think, what I say, what I feel, what I do have to be always in harmony to make my dreams a reality. I can. Yes, I can.

To will is power. My will has an immense power. When I believe in myself, when I believe in a goal or principal, I will execute it with perseverance, dedication, and zeal. When I engage my will, my energy will be invincible, unyielding, and invulnerable. Every challenge will become a pleasure. The energy of desire to prove to myself my ability will be stronger then any difficulty. That energy will nourish my soul and excite the mind and the heart. Working will become a delight. Dreaming a plan of action. Every mistake a lesson. Every criticism a new inspiration, a new creative idea and action. Giving up will not even be an option. Yes, when I want something bad enough, I will make it happen. Love. Dream. Take action and never give up.

Does the cooler air in the evening put you in the mood to start your Fall knitting in earnest? This amazing cowl may do the trick. Another Susanne (aka Sybilra) pattern cropped up in my radar today. Fun worsted-weight cowl with short-row knitting. Almendra Cowl is a truly gorgeous ‘beast,’–made up of almond shaped short-row sequences–with full rows in a contrast color in between. I really appreciate all the time and attention to detail that Susanne puts into each and every pattern.

Do you wish you had something new to inspire you? Look no further! Designed by Priscilla White-Rocker, Welcome Emily is a shawl featuring eternal symbols of the love that brought her daughter-in-law Emily and her son together–diamonds, roses, and hearts. It is sure to keep your lap warm while you eagerly knit each section.

I just finished a shrug earlier today which means I need a new project on the go. Little Man Button Loafers

and Suzy Sandal fit the bill perfectly. Sweet little sandal pattern with flower detail on the toe. Thank you, Chelsie Brady, for the adorable patterns.

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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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.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Know Where My People Are


It is not uncommon for our loved ones to lay their fears before us and we just don’t even know what to do with them. It can be excruciating to send the people we love off to school…onto to the field…off to college…into battle…or into territories unknown when all we want to do is hug them to our chest and never let them go.~~Hands Free Mama

There is something quite powerful I say and do to ease those fears. My teens face a lot of the world each day and new season on their own. It’s so much harder now than it was when they were younger! Nonetheless, I encourage daily communication as much as possible–a phone call, a text here and there–just so I know they are there and I do the same. The world is a crazy place. With so much unknown, we have each other and a PEACE that passes all understanding. They know I’m praying for them everyday. Today, I reminded myself the power that comes from knowing where my people are. There is great comfort in knowing someone is waiting for me.

The brisk mornings, warmer afternoons, and the changing of the leaves really turn my crank. Yet, I’m sad to see summer go for the unofficial beginning of fall. I love more sunshine, more camping, more stripping down and swimming naked in the river. Le Sigh. You’re just here for some free patterns, right? Use the coupon code SEPFREE to get a FREE copy of Banditos, good ’til end of tomorrow (Pacific time.) Before you know it, the free pattern will be gone, like summer.

Starting today is the Entrelacé Cabled Shawl Mystery KAL by Linda Browning. This shawl pattern is FREE with coupon code CABLEMKAL from September 1-8, 2014. Join the Tiny Knitters Group for prizes eligibility. Shown here is one of Linda’s lace beauties Lissome published earlier in the year.

Sometimes the highest and best use of a sock yarn isn’t socks. This beautiful Boreas Infinity Scarf lets you choose 3 different lengths all from one ball. You’ll love the color play of each of the eight Hakkaspett shades.

I love this Chameleon Hat!  It works up super, super quick and may be customized in so many different ways–Valentine’s hat, Team USA Olympic spirit, Pot o’Gold for St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Fling, May Flowers, Gone Fishin’, Red/White/& Blue, Splish Splash, and now for September–Friendly Skies (FREE pattern!) Maria Bittner, the creative designer, is going to see how many different versions she can come up with for this design. Of course, I’ll share with you as she unveils each and everyone of ’em.

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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Alleviate Poverty


It’s another gorgeous Labor Day here in Oregon. As you enjoy it, take a moment to acknowledge the working men and women who are leading the fight to support and rebuild the middle class. There’s a lot left to do, but by sticking together and standing up for working families we can get it done.~~Senator Ron Wyden

I wish I’d say we’re working to alleviate poverty instead of rebuild the middle class. They could be one in the same, but, one sounds like we aren’t including the poverty class. Don’t forget the ones (like my husband and I) that have lost almost everything they worked their entire lives for are still hanging on by a thread with not much hope for any type of retirement since we’ve had to live off our savings. We’re close to 60 and still struggle to stay clear of unemployment/disability benefits, I feel every bit of like I’ve been thrown to the wolves. How about reducing the regulatory burden on business owners and lower the cost-prohibitive corporate tax? Make it affordable for some of those jobs and monies to come home. Nuff said.

Today, I am thankful for all you do for your family, our communities, and our country. No matter what tools you use in your trade, it’s hard work that makes this country the greatest and most prosperous in the world. Have a very Happy Labor Day to hardworking kings and queens everywhere!

I’ve gotten up early this morning with a strong feeling of excitement and was eagerly waiting for a friend’s little 3-year-old princess to arrive. Meanwhile, I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I was to see all the gorgeous design projects came to view. My first pick-of-the-day is Donna Druchunas‘ dead-gorgeous Diamond Rings pi shawl. Another eye-catching beauty with a fascinating story. Brava! The pattern is FREE through September 6. DO NOT use Buy-it-now. Add to cart, then, click on Coupon Code (no code, but you do need to click on it,) and the price will be adjusted to 0.00. Be sure to check out her e-book coming out soon. You’ll get a discount coupon code to use on that. Thank you Donna for the wonderful gifts.

New sock design was loaded yesterday by Leah Oakley. Twisted Breeze Socks, Easy Breezy Pattern featuring swirls and zig-zag is FREE through September 6.  It’s one of those patterns that once you get started, you can tell where you are in the pattern just by looking at your knitting.  Wonderful, isn’t it?

It’s great for fingering or sport-weight yarn–solid (shown above) or striping.  Both look so different, yet, they are knitted from the same pattern.

Mixing the Grape and the Grain just went live this morning. You can get it FREE by using MGG coupon code at check-out, good ’til Midnight EST tomorrow, September 2. I am not sure why folks are against mixing knit and crochet. Is it not feeling proficient enough at both? I enjoy European publications for the very reason that they are willing to mix the two. I am glad Kari Wymer decided to design this lovely shawl.  Thank you, Kari, for your generous gift.

I’ve been wanting a two-color cowl for a while and use up some of my single skeins. Rolling in the Deep FREE pattern is perfect for the challenge. This stunning infinity scarf uses bold contrasting colors along with a contrasting pattern to create a fun and functional fall accessory.

Can you believe it is September already???!!! Hope you all have a relaxing Monday. 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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Toltec Wisdom in Modern Times


I was a nice innocent little child loving life and everything in it. I knew no color. I knew no hate, no fear. The block I lived on (surrounded by hundreds of congested families) was my entire world. I was happy. After reading this bill, I’m not sure I’d feel the same way if born into today’s world.

Here it is an elementary school–my husband once attended and spent many good summers running along the adjacent trail and playing in the school ground after school hours–now all fenced in like a jail cell. I find this sad, madly, passing by it every day, last week, with my husband and the teens.

I try to laugh at my worries, fulfill my dreams, and give support to my teens to fulfill theirs. Don Miguel Ruiz is leading me back to center once more. Thanks to his beautifully inspired truths in The Living The Four Agreements and The Five Levels of Attachment, I am breathing better and energy is on the rise.

I strive to expand the Toltec wisdom in modern times, to look at my attachments with new lens and new hope for releasing them, to find my true self instead of relying on others’ opinions on me, and bring peace, joy, and love as I travel along in this beautiful life. Life is good.

I know the days are still quite warm, but, Fall will be here before you and I know it.

If you are looking for something small to knit in the heat and be ready for Fall, check out this new free fingerless glove pattern, Simple Lines by Diana Jean Twiss and knit with absolutely fabulous Skacel HiKoo Kenzie yarn. The straight-forward pattern has been tested out by new knitters. Promising, isn’t it?

Do you heart classic yet modern fashionable accessory?  My handpicked-of-the-day FREE pattern Honey Stitch Cowl is just the thing for you. Too many textured cables? You may rest easy. Davina Choy, the generous designer, will show you how it can be done without a cable needle in her fantastic video tutorial here.

Doesn’t the stylish design of these Padded Moccasins make you want to jump in and try your hand at crochet?  Here’s your chance.  Thank you Country Woman Magazine for the FREE pattern.

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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(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)

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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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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