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Keep Moving On


Regardless of what has happened to you or what you’re going through right now…know this truth with everything in you ~ you are going to get through this. Hold on to your dream!! If you’ve lost your job or house; run out of money; your relationship is on the rocks; or you’re sleeping in your car and you feel that God has turned his back on you…hold on to your dream !!! This setback is only a setup for your comeback. Dig in and come out swinging with a vengeance. Fight a good fight. Being happy, healthy, and prosperous is in your DNA. No matter what happens to you…never stop looking for ways to enjoy life and express gratitude for the fact that you’re still here. You have another new day to appreciate life. You were born to win. Ain’t no stopping you now. You have got this!! Believe that your life can and will get better…because you have something special. You have GREATNESS within you!~~Les Brown

Who doesn’t need this?  It enlivens my spirit.  No matter what–just keep moving. Move on.

Labor Day is that funny weekend that still feels like summer, but, typically kick-starts the fall schedule. Are your kids back in school? Are you back in school? Are you just relieved that the nights are cooling off and you can finally wear your favorite sweater again? Another thing about Labor Day Weekend: it means September is here!!  September is simply one of the prettiest months of the year, isn’t it?  It also means my knitting needles and crochet hooks will be occupied in full force.   What’ll be on your plate comes fall?

Erica Jackofsky (aka Fiddle Knits) is leading another mystery knit-along Bonnie’s Wish MKALThe pattern is FREE ’til November, 20, 2014.  That’s right–not a typo.  Simply add the pattern to your cart.  Click on Use Coupon Code and type in BONNIE and checkout.  Price will be adjusted to FREE.  Peridot is one of Erica’s gorgeous designs published recently.

The talented Kim Guzman is offering a FREE pattern through Kimane Designs HERE during her Labor Day Sale. You must add the pattern to cart first. Click on Apply Coupon and enter the code KIMANE (all in CAPS.)  Kim has written a few books especially on Tunisian crochet and tutorials on YouTube–which are great. Kim’s very helpful in the Ravelry Tunisian groups. My pick (show below) was Evalise.  Now, it’s your turn. What would it be?

In celebration of the holiday weekend here in the U.S., “Step in Time Pillow” knitting pattern is FREE ’til Monday, Sept 1st, 9:00 p.m. CST. Coupon code at check-out is STEPINTIME (all caps.) Thank you Fifty Four Ten Studio for a quick gift-appropriate knit.

Lucille Shawl–one-skein wonder– is FREE ’til tomorrow, August 31.  Such an elegant and beautiful shawl design. Take advantage of Anniken’s generous offer now.

These should keep you and me busy for a while. 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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In All Her Glory


Here she is, modeled at last, my Flutter Up to Jewel (posted here.)  Should you consider knitting her, be forewarned that there are various emotional phases you might find yourself experiencing. I have documented them as follows for your simple pleasure:

Stage 1. Excitement. During the creative/sketching stage, you will spend large amounts of time anguishing over deciding which yarn to use.

Stage 2. Concern. Upon close examination, pattern may appear more tricky than expected.  I compared my “tinked” pattern to No. 20 Edging from “The 1850 Knitted Lace Pattern Book” of Victorian Lace Today and thought it’s a pretty close match.  Some modification and math work will be required.

Stage 3. Happy. You are finally underway. All concern experienced in stage 2 will have been forgotten as your modified pattern is genius and simple. You will delight as the beauty of the yarn is expressed in the simple lace pattern.

Stage 4. Concern. You realize that there is an awful lot of borning knitting in the 20-row repetition. During this stage, you might find yourself wondering if it is worth the effort for basically a simple scarf.

Stage 5. Happy. You have now grafted the ends together and realize how fun intentionally elongating the cowl to an infinity scarf can be. The mystery of wrapping (number of times will depend on how many stitches you cast on) is intriguing. The drape of the fabric begins to look quite elegant and you find yourself staring at your knitting. It’s completely understandable why legions have knit cowls and infinity scarves.

Stage 6. Excitement. It’s done. It’s beautiful. You are thrilled to have a cowl and can’t wait to wear it!   Warning:   During this stage, you might also start planning your next one.

I feel the need to go out–for a cup of Chai Latte–to be enjoyed with a lot of attitude.  I am totally exhausted after an afternoon at the library

and a long night of First Friday Art Walk (more of that to come in a few days.)

How was your day?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Flutter You Up to Jewel


Originally, I named this Succubus ‘cuz it literally sucked the life out of me…not that the 20-row pattern is difficult to memorize or stitches many. Still, it took me way longer than it would have, a lifetime later…Silly, I know.

I started this project some early spring, about six years ago, brief duration after moving to Oregon…and ran out of this luscious silk/mohair blend yarn, only half the way through. That was pre-Ravelry, pre-blogging time of my knitting life. No documentation. No progress photograph. No pattern notes written down. No yarn label saved. Every time I went on a road trip, I would look for its mate, even a close match…with all the leg work, running around from shop to shop, city to city, state to state…not a single solution.

My faith started to waiver when I became restless, seeking to fulfill a need to finish. I came close to giving up on it completely and start afresh…give it another life, sharpen a pencil and do the math. When I showed it to my Thursday Weekly Knit-Up circle and chatting about possible alternatives with sweet Jewel in January, a Eureka moment struck.

Why not transform it into a donning cute, infinity cowl/scarf? With functional buttons to add interest and give an option of wearing the double-wrap cowl as a scarf? At the end, after unventing one-repeat of the lace pattern, I decided to go with simplicity–by grafting both ends together–and let the lace work shine its glory.

Less is more.

Finally wrapped it up on my way to Portland, dropping off older teen at her best friend’s home in Newberg this morning.

The scarf still needs a final finishing touch when I get home in a week. I will steam block the piece to give it drape (but not overdoing it)…stretch slightly to set stitches. There will be another…this time maybe in gorgeous Arcadia yarn by The Fiber Company, soft around the neck and drapes like a dream. The only challenge is choosing from the amazing range of colors.

When my best friend calls to make afternoon plans, I know just the scarf to wear on our girls’ day out. The soft lacy pattern adorning this dreamy scarf give it a gentle feminine flair that’s perfect for a casual-cool outfit. The rich tone-on-tone red hues (not as bright and orange-y as pictured) will add a wink of beautiful, cheerful color to my stone-wash denim or a causal cardigan. Looping this look around me as I head out the door, I’d smile in excitement for my stylish adventure! Do you have a favorite accessory piece, knitted or otherwise?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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