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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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Testing the Boundaries


At times, it seems to be exactly what I need.  Boundaries help me distinguish my property so that I may take care of it.  They help me “guard my heart with all diligence.”

I need to keep things that will nurture me inside my fences and keep things that will harm me outside.

In short, boundaries help me keep the good in and the bad out.

They guard my treasures so that people will not steal them.

They keep the pearls inside and the pigs outside.

In the past couple of years, I wanted to stretch my boundaries and build my skill set.

I wanted to push myself and try techniques I’ve never attempted or have been reluctant to try…from spinning, to yarn and fleece dyeing, needle and nuno felting, Shibori felting, steeking, illusion-knitting, brioche knitting, swing/jazz knitting,  designing, African flower crochet…and most recently, re-engineering/re-writing a cardigan.

In mid-August, I started Turn of the Glass using MadelineTosh Pashmina in Baltic.

It took 8 days from start-to-finish

and writing out instructions for Size 34 so my friend Sami may follow along.  (She ended up opting out as her hands were bothering her, plus she didn’t have her dream yarns to knit one like mine.)

The next one served as test-editing tool for sizing up the pattern to a Size 42 for my dear friend Kristin.  I reclaimed a bag of Aarlan Royal Tweed–a 70% Wool/39% yarn–from a sweater my mother-in-law started in early 90’s.  (Colors are richer, deeper as shown in modeled photos.)

Initially, I intended to just finish the remaining quarter of a sleeve up and gift it back to her as a Christmas present.   Hmmmm…I thought “Why?”  There must be a good reason why she didn’t finish it all these years and passed the unfinished pieces to me.  Being the most fashion-forward fashionista that my mother-in-law is, I am positively certain that she would not be thrilled to see the finished pullover under her Christmas tree.  Not one bit!

So off it went the extreme makeover.  What do you think?  Would she like the transformation?

It took me longer to decide on the horn buttons than knitting up the sweater.  Though they cost more than the yarn itself, I do love ’em on the cardigan.

By the way, if you have these Royal Tweed yarn in your stash, get rid of ’em or be ready to splice together breaking strands…often!

How have I grown in the two years?  Oh so many ways!

My gauge is more accurate and consistent throughout my projects.

I’m less fearful and more willing to try new designs and techniques.

I’m more capable of bringing design ideas to fruition.

I have more hands-on experience with mistakes to relate to my knitting peeps–which sounds really stupid, I know.

I can only relate what I know and be able to say “Oh yeah, I’ve done that.  I fixed it by doing this.” It comes a LONG way, personally.

Have you stretched your boundaries or built your knitting (or hobby you are in) skills through an unexpected outlet? 

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child!


If she were alive, earlier in the week would have been Julia Child, the culinary queen’s birthday.

With teenagers at home, what I probably, actually need right now is pencils, pens, papers, binders and such.

But, why would I want any of that when I could have some beautiful, sweet batterie de cuisine from Dehillerin– beating heart of the household?  Take a look at Julia Child exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. How I wish I were in Washington, DC, before September 3 to see the iconic kitchen in person.

“Cooking is really perfectly easy; it’s been done for thousands of years. If you love to eat, you will be a great cook.” said Julia Child during an interview in 2002.  This has been an inspiring quote in my journey, not only applicable for cooking, but, everything I do in life.

Maybe a wishful thinking…I love to knit, I will be a great knitter.

I may not be a great knitter…I do have a closet full of cozy hand-knits that not only brightens the spirit, but, provides serious health benefits.

Detours in life certainly lead me to discovering many places I never knew I loved.  Proud to say in my own way, I am failing forward and embracing detours!!!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Sheepless…Nuppless…Beadless Annis


a shop sample specifically requested by Knit-Purl.  What can I say? Great pattern, instant gratification, and a great use of beautiful 2-ply linen lace, in naturally-dyed walnut by Tactile Fiber Arts Studio.

It makes a wonderfully soft–even softer with each wash–organic summer scarf/shawl that is perfect to ward off chilly mornings or overenthusiastic air conditioning!

I didn’t think I would love to knit with linen but this was very enjoyable

and Annis was quick to knit up in an evening.   It just awaits patiently to be bathed and blocked for some fun photo shot  in the morning 😀

So a few weeks back, I got this yardage counter by Boyd.  I thought it would be fun to test it out on Annis.

Based on the scale, I consumed 37 grams or 248 yards for the project.  The Boyd gadget indicated 304 yards–a whopping 56-yard discrepancy!!!  Sheesh…what a disappointment.  Boyd is out.   My old fashioned scale and niddy noddy are here to stay 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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