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One Nation


Historian and star of the amazing BBC series Coast Neil Oliver has written an open letter to the people of Scotland. It is just brilliant:

I will lay my cards on the table from the start: I will be voting No. I have no economic argument to make. Frankly, I am sick and tired of hearing people argue the toss about the pound, pensions and the rest. I am voting No because for me, the offering by the Yes camp lacks nobility and humanity. Even more importantly, it lacks class, far less any kind of panache.

People living in a fishing town in Cornwall have more in common with the inhabitants of a fishing town in Fife than either population has with the folk of a town in the Midlands. They have a shared experience and a common history of coping with lives shaped by the sea. The coast is another country – the fifth country – and it unites us and binds us like the hem of a garment.

The differences that are discernible as you travel around Britain are regional ones – made of accents and architecture, geology and geography. I am all in favour of people having the power to make decisions about their own patch: but I am utterly opposed to the idea of breaking centuries old bonds in order to make that happen.”

A voice of reason. A perfectly executed opinion–which for me–speaks volumes. At the end of the day, it’s all one piece of land which is an island. Why creates borders for the odd few that say I’m Scottish ‘cuz I was born in the north of the island? For goodness sake, there are far more important things in this world to sort out and make a better place to live in than a piece of land. No Vote wins narrowly: Yes campaign will be demanding new referendum within 10 years. Yes vote wins narrowly: that’s it. Lets aim to work together with the hope of creating a better fairer future, with a distinct “lack of class.” I love everyone.  We have to start somewhere.   Or is the WM machine too big and greedy to change?

Droplets of rain–poured down from the sky–splattered against the window and met the ground with a calming noise as if it was the sweet nectar of life that made Mother Earth radiate early this morning. When the world started to break down, the conditions in the atmosphere changed, and the light doesn’t reflect through moisture the way it used to, I tend to look up after it rains. It’s time to knit me some rainbow sorely missed. Here’s a staple piece on every breezy evening. The Dewsdrop & Petals shawl–with long striping or gradient color changes–would make a stunning fabric loosely draped for a very flattering effect. I am also tempting to dye a single-color ombre that runs the length of the yarn from lightest to darkest for this beauty. How does it sound?

Any Dracula enthusiast? May I present to you, by Sue Stratford‘s Knitted Meerkats, The Count Meerkat? Mwahahahaha! Recalling two years ago, I nearly dropped the morning cup of chai latte laughing. It is made using a double-strand of Debbie Bliss Angel and Rialto 4-ply for his cape and accessories. So luxurious and perfect for Halloween decor/cuddly toy, isn’t it? If you like this FREE pattern, get the book for the rest of adorable creatures.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to fit it all in this month. Since I spend a lot of time plotting more projects than I could ever knit/crochet (and have the stash building up to show for it,) I have been thinking about making a few leaves–perfect, small project for my Tunisian Crochet fans. The flower string is intended for joining the leaf to a mobile or as a toy for the pram–reachable by a child to touch and to enjoy the colors. I’m using it for embellishment for wrapping presents, dressing up trees, lampshades, scarves, hats, slippers, boots, etc. Possibility is endless.

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A Great Revelation


You don’t have to believe, judge, delete, or act upon your ‘negative’ thoughts. Just notice them. Observe with fascination. They soon pass like clouds into nothingness and silence, leaving no trace. They are not your enemies, and ultimately, they are not even ‘negative’. They are just thoughts. They are innocent clouds in a vast sky.~~Jeff Foster

Innocent thoughts?! Oh my. Now there’s a novel concept. Some thoughts are like tsunamis. It is great to write down the most ‘triggering thoughts.’ Who and what caused them?  What is the essence of the tsunami-thought? Then sit, try to be still, and see how that person/situation is simply triggering an aspect of me. There are only trigger points, in situations and persons, that cause this tsunami. It takes ‘guts’ and a lot of love to heal dark aspects. I must practice to meet everything as it is.

Today is the first day of your next project Whether you’re facing a chilly office or a frosty morning, these Autumn Diamonds gloves deliver warmth with style!

Add a dose of cozy style to your living room with the Herringbone Stitch Pillow! Three skeins of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick–a super-bulky yarn–works up with excellent stitch definition. Warm, soft and easy-care, this brightly-hued pillow will enhance your decor with a pretty pop of eye-catching texture and color. I am making a rectangular-shape pillow with stitch pattern on both sides, using Vanna’s Choice Yarn. There are many possibilities with this easily adaptable design/pattern.

Tired of solid color blankets that fade and look old and worn out before their time? Don’t know what to do with all of your mini-skeins and leftovers. Knit an multicolored addition to your decor with the Rounding the Square. It is an easy way of explaining the in-the-round square. “Don’t let your preferred fixed-circle markers get trapped forever inthe knitting.” It made me laugh. The versatile blanket is sure to add cheer and happiness to any setting especially in the cold winter months.

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I Am Already Found


We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be.~~Anne Lamott

I’m loving this quote especially when I feel like pushing, hustling, and stressing over not being who I want. I must focus on the fact that I am who I am meant to be–now! Stop trying to fit it and please everyone. If I’m happy with me, that’s what matters. All I have to do is let go and realize that I was already here. Stand in front of myself, open my eyes to see, and appreciate me as magically an unique individual. Today, I am crazy, wild, and happy.

What do you love most about Fall? I love knitting (and wearing) the Rock Quarry Stole, featured in Interweave Knits Fall 2014! This linen stitch stole will stand out amongst the contrasting fall scenery.

I’m struggling to NOT CAST ON all the projects I see! I want to knit and crochet so many things right now. Lately, I love cute, easy patterns and bet you do, too! Check out this old Traveller’s Hat, a nice slouch design. The stitch pattern is nicely masculine and keeps the knitting more interesting. Black and gray stripes–with a line of blue–may work for my teen boy.  What color combination are you going for?

Are you a Star Wars fan? Here’s an awesome Death Star pillow from Star wars movies.  The father of all pillows is fun yet functional. Don’t we all need one in our lives?

Brand new Old and New Shawl pattern by Iris Schreier will have you raiding your stash and casting on this fun project that only need 2 balls of yarn! It has the benefit of allowing you to be budget conscious without compromising on style.

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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.

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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?)

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Day of Laughter


Only in their dreams can men be truly free. ‘Twas always thus, and always thus will be.~~Tom Schulman/Dead Poet sSociety

It’s been a month now since his passing, but, he’s not forgotten. I remember. Lets honors ‪Robin Williams‬ by creating a DAY OF LAUGHTER (petition here) and raise awareness for depression and mental illness.

The video (below) doesn’t just prove that Robin Williams was great, it shows how he was GREAT. This is what making a difference looks like.  I got chills and tears at the same time.

Have you seen this drawing that has gone viral around the net? Maybe it’s ‘cuz I can’t draw to save my life that I am absolutely ASTOUNDED by this. The artist took views through just a few pencil marks to the jaw-dropped, amazing final product that is worth waiting for. It’s incredibly realistic. He’s so missed. Thank you, Heather Rooney, for your magical touch.

Up here in the high desert and nearby cities, tree leaves are starting to turn into red and yellow. I love the smell of those pumpkin pies and Autumn is coming soon. Here’s another great piece to knit for Fall. Sausalito Estonian Rib Headband warms the ears while looking stylish on these chilly days. The Estonian Rib design imitates entrelac knitting, but, is much easier to work. One ball of each Crystal Palace Sausalito and Mini Solid makes two headbands easily.

The picture doesn’t do its justice. TENDRES BOURGEONS are delicate and feminine socks that will make your feet look nice and lovely.  The many small details result in a refined and original look.

This delightful Fair Isle Swing cardigan and matching hat were designed in 4-ply Blacker Swan yarn by Tina Barrett. She was asked to make it in all sizes from newborns through to bigger children.

With raglan/top-down construction, the beautiful design may easily be adapted to suit an adult size. Would you wear one?

Do you crochet? Are you a fan of dragons? Fierce Little Dragonbut friendly–amigurumi is really good for any dragon character from books. They are universally loved. It’s on the wish list of every boy I know to protect ’em. Thank you, Lucy, for the fantastical creature 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.

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Clarity


In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.~~Buddha

So simply yet so difficult. What matter most in having this three important things in life is living with peace of mind and happiness in life. Heaven and hell are states of mind. I choose to be mindful, always cultivate the peace of mind and joy in my heart. Recharging only possible vibes and simplify.

To celebrate the Tour of Britain, download Cavendish Cycling Mitts pattern–especially designed for cyclistsFREE with coupon code TOUR1, good ’til close of September 14, 2014. What a nice tribute. Perfect for a cool morning ride. Go Cav!!! Thank you Miranda Jollie for the adorable gift.

One Bad Ombrégroan for the pun–but the cute slouch hat is rather fun. The pattern is FREE ’til midnight (Pacific Time,) September 15th. Click Buy It Now; then Coupon Code (no code needed.) The price will adjust to FREE. Excellent way to use up scrap sock yarn or mini skeins–not that any of us have ANY of that sitting around our stash, right?

Baby Tunisian Diamond Afghan blanket pattern describes in full (no abbreviations) how to make a small blanket one square at a time. Only a basic knowledge of crochet or knitting is needed. The photos illustrate the blanket made with Robin double knitting yarn, but, you may use your own favorite yarn and hook. Gauge isn’t important. However, the measurements may differ.

In celebration of fall season in Kansas, Fifty Four Ten Studio is offering The Home Pillow knitting pattern FREE through Sunday, 9 p.m. Central Time, September 14. Use coupon code FALLHOME at check-out.

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America Remembers. The World Remembers.


“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

While the speech was given nearly 140 years earlier, last line of the Gettysburg Address is so relevant in terms of ‪September 11‬. I will never forget where I was that day as I turned on the television and heard the tragic news while my husband was in Naples, Florida and my three children sound asleep upstairs in their rooms. Thirteen years ago this morning, our nation was shaken as 2,977 innocent men, women, and children perished in the September 11th deadly terrorist attacks on American soil. I will never forget the horrific events of that fateful day, nor will I forget those lives lost, the countless loved ones they abruptly left behind, nor the strength, courage, and resolve that united an entire nation in the days and years that followed ‪September 11‬. Today, I celebrate the heroism of those who put themselves in harm’s way to help their fellow citizens. America remembers. Our nation and the rest of the world remember.

I also keep in mind those who have continued to work around the clock to keep our nation safe and secure from future terrorist attacks-–from our local emergency responders to the members of our Armed Forces. They put their lives on the line and take risks every day for us–we owe ’em and their families a tremendous debt of gratitude.  SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 changed the lives of every person in this world.

Life is a series of joys and sorrows. I can’t dwell in either of those states; like a shark, I have to keep moving to stay alive. Move on, but, not to forget. Move forward into love and joy. Today, I remember that freedom is worth defending and my values worth protecting. In the face of new threats and challenges, may we draw unity and shared purpose from the resilience our country showed in its darkest days. America is the brightest beacon for freedom in the world. No one will keep that light from shining.

I will never forget seeing what hate can destroy…I will never forget seeing what love can heal…~~Steve Maraboli

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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.

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Stop Thinking Too Much


Action is the foundational key to all success.~~Pablo Picasso

Sometimes the decision is confusing. Another day, another walk. I have to stop thinking so much sometimes and go where my heart takes me. Engage the mind.

Autumn is definitely on my mind!  Here’s Twig & Branch sock pattern which is FREE ’til September 21, first day of Autumn. What’s more? You may enter a contest to win another free pattern. Details are on the pattern page.

What could be nicer? A lovely baby sweater Baby Wren pattern is FREE, good ’til September 14. Use coupon code LOVELYSEPTEMBER at checkout.

Do have a hard time “finishing” something? This may be the answer you’ve been waiting for. A worsted-weight shawlette, Dragon Scale Shawl pattern is FREE ’til September 14. Use coupon code UNDERCOVER at checkout. This is lovely for children and adults–mother/daughter shawls.

This darling little bugger will delight all ages. Make this little Love Bug Amigurumi as shown then make a few more in other colors for added fun. Crochet thread isn’t just for doilies!

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