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Posts tagged ‘FO 2014’

Am I listening?


Even my normally cool-as-a-cucumber teen get unnerved when it comes to starting back school this week, feeling the jitters about the year ahead as a junior.

Since the kids were born, my husband and I worked hard to provide a safe haven for ’em–a place free from hurtful attacks on appearance, intelligence, and abilities. “But siblings are supposed to knock each other down and toughen each other up.”  I can just hear the naysayers say. I need someone in my corner–to have my back–to believe in me when I don’t believe in myself. When that person is someone who lives in my house knowing my every weakness and fault, it can be a life-changer. I believe my kids can do this for each other and for those learning how to live by watching us live. I am having this important conversation with my oldest daughter. Yes. The best thing I can do is teach MY children to cherish their siblings. This is when and how children learn love, care and respect others. This does not come naturally and I, as their mother, must recognize the role I play when I have been in the position of first teacher.

As parent, I try my best to listen to the rants, complaints, and whining of the less-dominant child. Watch how my children play and interact. Does one always win? Is one always the boss or bossier? My children are all different. Their birth orders differ. Their genders differ. Family finance changes over time–and commodities that belonged to the older one are now being passed down or shared–can make my kids think now one being favorite/spoiled.  More than ever before, I try to help my kids understand sibling rivalry and the dynamics of living under one roof.  How do you approach this sensitive topic?

Super-nice pattern from Tanis Fiber Arts this morning just in case you are looking for a new sweater cardigan pattern to knit. Lady Sunnyside is available for FREE this week with coupon code SUNNY. It has two options for the fronts–cables or lace. Which will you pick?

With college football season approaching fast, Football Beanie of Awesomeness by Joni Memmott/BriAbbyit is just perfect. The crochet pattern is FREE. And I’ll bet you can hook it up in two weeks, in time for the kick-off.

Don’t you love my new wings?  Visit my Facebook page here to see the unconventional way of blocking and for more inspiring projects.   As always, they are FREE.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Wisdom from the Heart


The world is nothing but my perception of it.  I see only through myself.  I hear only through the filter of my story.  I will live by my own choices and consciousness.  For then, my life is my own and I am truly free.

At times, I don’t see myself as much of a meditative person, especially since sitting around for long periods of time–focusing on mantra, image or contemplating spiritual concepts–seemed boring and useless to me.  Under stress, my attention is immediately turned toward crafting (lately, it’s quilting/sewing.)

Within a few moments of stitching, the body’s relaxed.  The mind is unfrazzled.  Free-hand doodling (aka free-motion quilting) with needle and thread, in the home sewing machine, is liberating–perfect relief from stress, slowing down the pace of the modern life.

The effects of this practical turning of attention were more than I could have ever expected.  “Cuz I experienced such relief from neck relaxation, naturally, my attention would turn to other areas of my body gradually, more and more over time–until I eventually began noticing subtle sensations at the soles of my feet and then the top of my head.  Anything distracts me is balancing.  When life is crazy, it’s good to take time to do something that relaxes me, finding a way of breathing artistic life into materials–whether it be yarn, roving, fabric, paper, paint, or pencil.

The more aware I became of the sensations in my body, the more life was working out for me.  Such that the particulars of life were transpiring in ways that made me aware of possibilities that I never thought possible for me.  Sounds weird?

It has everything to do with awareness of the sensations within the body structure–rather than imagining or focusing the mind on any thought, image or sound.  As soon as I was sewing or knitting, my whole body rejoiced as I suddenly recognized that–not only was I already used to practicing meditation–it was taking me way deeper into that practice, through crafting.

I have become consciously aware of subtle sensations in my body.  When an habitual thought occupies my mind, I can immediately recognize and experience its corresponding feeling.   In that recognition, the habit dissolves (most of the time, anyway.)

Today, I went through a strong purification process.   It felt as if my entire body was passing through a fire, and all the while, I smiled at the pain and tears as they arose and passed away.  It was a great day–with an irresistible Absolute Bag, designed by Marilyn Ulrich of Quiltworks–added to my wardrobe necessity.

“Wow, you made that?  How did you do that?  Where did you get that pattern, design, tool…etc?”  Is this something your hear a lot?

I consider myself blessed as I am surrounded by amazing textile artists, fabulous quilters who are very encouraging. (From left to right: June Jaeger, Laura Wasilowski, Jackie Gehring, and Rosalie Dace at Quilters Affair–Picnic in the Park with Jennifer Keltner)

Guild night was fantastic. I enjoy connecting with people and to learn skills passed down from other generations–skills my grandparents knew.   Next year’s challenge is officially out.  You will see a lot about that in coming months.

Crafting isn’t just good for the soul.  It’s also good for the body and mind.  Americans spend more than $29 billion a year on crafting—a figure that has remained pretty stable in spite of the wobbly economy.  Craft making is on a pendulum, indeed.  Do you have a crafting/meditation story to share?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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In the Nick of Time


I joined a Knit-Along two weeks ago and finished earlier this week my interpretation of Surry Hills, beautifully designed and gifted by Maria Magnusson (Olsson).

I truly enjoyed the modifying progress, experiment in MadelineTosh new Dandelion line using Needle Sizes 2/3/4, and the knit-along experience–seeing my non-cropped Free Spirited Centaurea Montana (click here for keys notes) vision to a pleasing fruition.

Like it?  It’s not too late to grab your complimentary pattern and join the Knit-Along here.  You don’t have to make it too hard. Enjoy today for the simple fact that YOU GET A TODAY.

Source: Maria Magnusson (Olsson)

Need another creative boost? Thanks, Kay Hopkins, for a fun/textured completely seamless top-down, in the round, with raglan sleeves and ribbing at cuffs, neck and hem.  Free offer of ROADS END (click here for free download) expires on June 20, 5 p.m. Pacific Time.  I’m milking over several of my favorite color combinations (or even in a monochromatic or neutral scheme.)  Of course, mine will be adjusted–modifying numbers for lighter-weight yarn and gauge differential. I just love knitting for myself, once more.  Don’t you?

Source: Kay Hopkins

Now for the geek/math knitters, how about a pair of brainy slippers?  Awesome but eerie, right?! Does it make your stomach turn? Perfect complement to the viral brainy hat we’ve all seen for a few years.  Get the complimentary pattern here.  Nothing to it. It just takes a VERY long I-cord. I am doing mine in smaller ~2-3 feet portions and then sewe the pieces on as I go.

Source: Heidi Arjes of Craftimism

Last pattern of the day is this adorable Fuss Free Baby Cardigan (click here for free download) by Louise Tilbrook.  Great use of odds and ends.  Perfect addition to my charty-knit stash.  What a sweet sweater design and beautiful gesture.  Thank you for the “gift,” Louise.

Source: Louise Tilbrook

My Ocracoke lace has been making its way around town today–having fiber fun–in celebration of Knit in Public Week.  Did you do something fun in public today?

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If you are unfamiliar with WWKIPD, read all about it here.

It’s a glorious day here in the high desert.

 

I’m thankful for another “today” and being alive.  If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Falling in Love


in love–with lace and knitting all over again. My needles have been busy…with more lace cardigans. Details are coming up soon.

I’ve been a bit spotty in my musing here for months, busy living life, hanging out on Facebook, fundraising for music programs and national archery competition, and cranking out quilts in between.

Have you been celebrating Knit in Public Week? Here at Handstitch Studio, “knit” means “do something fun with fiber” and what’s important is the IN PUBLIC part.

If you are unfamiliar with WWKIPD, read all about it here. Are you in need of some inspiration? How about a free E-MAG from Cooperative Press aka Shannon Okey? Get issue one of Knit Edge for free here. Freebie is set to expire on July 8. A ton more of free patterns is coming up next. Stay tuned.

Be fearless and creative. Perfection does not exist.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Delight of the Sight


The more I see

courtesy of Gary Miller Photography

and respect others good qualities

Snow-in on February 8, 2014

the more I open to and develop those good qualities in myself.

Curing fibromyalgia…impossible?  Read Liz’s story and learn how she healed herself from this challenging condition.  Thank you, Kelly the Kitchen Kop, for the post!

Love making more face and body cleaning pads–Go GREEN!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Go with the Flow


Before I can go with the flow, first I have to find mine.

Nerd War Tournament 10 Round 1 Challenge

I am thankful.  Period.

Snow-in on February 8, 2014

When I love and accept life the way it is, I have more power than when I resist and reject life.

Surrender to what is.

Accept reality for what is.  (I got kicked by this vintage crochet pattern instruction hard.  Took a few attempt and ended up doing my own interpretation. It’s fine if you don’t examine them closely. :D)

Learn to go with the flow of life and not against it.  Things will get and life will become a lot easier.  Resist nothing.

Another sample for a crochet class

Have a peaceful day, my friend, and remember to love yourself and be good to yourself.

Another sample for a crochet class

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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A Single Moment


In the end, I only regret the chances I didn’t take,

One of class samples for my crochet class started earlier in the week

the relationships I was afraid to have

and the decisions I waited too long to make.

Another sample for a crochet class

Don’t waste a single moment.

Class sample felted and awaiting needle embellishment

There’s something about participating. It’s almost my religion. If the world is still here in 100 years, people will know the importance of participating, not just being spectators.~~Pete Seeger.   RiP.

In honor of the Ravellenic games, Katy Swift is offering her patternscuff-down socks and shawl designs–for free through February 23, 2014.  At check-out, use coupon code playfulrav.

Another sample for a crochet class

When you make any of these patterns, I would love to see the finished pictures…please.

More crochet class samples plus felting and embroidered embellishments

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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