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Wild


To be human is to be wild.

Wild is the strange pull and whispering wisdom.  It’s the gentle nudge and forceful ache.  It’s my truth, passed down from the ancients, and very stream of life in my blood.  Wild is the soul where passion and creativity reside and the quickening of my heart.  Wild is what is real.   Wild is my home.

Today, I choose to step into it.  My primal self.

  • Be courageous.
  • Stand up and show who I am, authentically and completely unapologetically.
  • Be fearless in my ambitions, goals and decisions.

These energies will then spread into the world and boost the human race…for one drop may indeed raise the entire ocean.

When I peel back the layers of what I think I should be doing, what is it that I really want to be doing?  When will I revisit those things? Is everything else really more important?  Tiny time-fillers.  Do they ultimately matter?  Why is it that I become sick before I learn about what I truly, individually, need on a deeper level?   Today, I listen to my soul cravings.  They’re wild.  And they’re my truth.

What do you crave?  How do you want to feel?

#2 of the temperature knit is underway (shown two images up,) recording hi and lo of first 5 days of the year.  20 wedges made with 8 more to be added over next two days.  Each circle is ~7”.  It may grow to a 9” square.  Once the first square is completed on Sunday, math work would be more accurate.  To make it work, I need to add 2 fillers–good place to embroider in the year and perhaps the city.  I envision the throw be about 5’ by 7’ when finished.  What do you think of this modified Easy as Pi(e), another free pattern by Knitty.com here?

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Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Anxiety Relief Meditation


Meditation keeps me sane in a sometimes insane world.

  • First, I find a quiet place where I won’t be disturbed for next 13 minutes.  (not as easy as it may sound, mind you…at least not around me) 
  • Second, find me a comfortable position to sit.  Most times, I just lay flat on the floor.
  • Now that I’m ready, press PLAY.

Well…did you follow along?  How are you feeling?  Calm?  Peaceful?  Safe?  Uplifting?

Another common relief I find regularly is playing with fiber.  This is not spaghetti squash.  Just yarn in Wilton Cake Gel, lemon dye bath.

I needed some quick dyeing for a project ‘cuz the high temperature around here has dropped to the 30s in a day.  Why does it matter, you ask?  Read on.

Have you heard of a “temperature,” “sky“, and/or “weatherconceptual knitting scarf?  The outcome is totally dependent on the weather observation.  Each day, you knit a stripe in color that matches that day’s sky/weather.  At end of the year, you would have a spiffy 5-foot-long scarf.  This has been in my “queue” since 2011.  It has taken this long to move up to the plate.

If your temperature stays relatively constant, choose corresponding colors based on moods (chart linked.)  If you’re trying to diet in 2014–pick 3 colors and change your rounds when you lose weight, gain weight, or weigh the same.  The latter could be more challenging as you’ll have to step on a scale every day around the same time.  None of these flies?  No problem.  Just choose other motivator(s).  I choose blue for cold, red for hot, etc., but, you may pick anything appeals to you, whatever in your stash. Choose an easy hat pattern–there are tons of ‘em and free–on Ravelry.  Knit, crochet, weave, or full/felt goes.

Same idea fits easily into a hat, a sock, a mitten, a square, a blanket…one round a day, one color for each 10 degrees…Initially, I picked the high at 3 p.m. each day, wherever I may be.  Chances are the color changes won’t be too dramatic so less ends to weave in.  On the other hand, if you select 15 or more colors as I do, the gradient effect would be glorious.

After the 3rd day, I decided to just take the high of the day to simplify my life.  Less is more, right.  (Yeh…secret is out the bag.  I love BACI.  No if or but.  Just LOVE ’em.  24 boxes for Christmas.  Beyond sweet!)

At a snail’s pace, it takes two months for a hat.  Six hats a year for gifts.  What a cool chemo hat this would make, don’t you think?

Rebecca aka socksformumtook started taking pictures of the Colorado sunrise every morning on May 12, 2012, used various motifs from Mary Jane Mucklestone’s 200 Fair Isle Motifs and modified her Fair Isle Sampler Hat…

What a stunning beauty she has grown up to be (as of December 31, 2013.)

I am madly in love with Alice’s double-knit option to record hi and lo temps.

Weather underground is a good site for looking up historical, present, and forecast, recorded temperatures in case you miss them on any given day.  It goes back to January 1, 1942 for my area.  However, it only went back to 2011 when I did a search for my birth place outside of the U.S.  Guess it takes time for the site to build up its historical database.  Do you know of other useful site(s) for tracking historical weather data?

Two heads are better than one.  Since the kick-off of A year of Temperature/Mood Scarf/Hat/Patchwork Blanket-Along for Ravelry 52in52-2014 member group challenge, the list of possibilities/ideas grew exponentially by the hour!  I am still charting, planning, prepping, and constantly changing/shuffling color orders.  This is what my 2014 Almanac looks like…4 days into it.

To accomplish my initial sizable project, instead of a row a day, mine goes like this:   2 rows first 2 days, 1 row on the 3rd, 1 row on the 4th.  Repeat the sequence.  Did you see a problem with my sequence?  If you do a lot of color work, you would spot it immediately.  On the 4th day, the designated color is quite contrasting from the day before.  Changing color strand on the backside would create an eyesore line of dashes on the public side of the project.  Image below is the backside of the fabric, but, you see the dashes between Lavenderish Wisteria and Royal Purple I am talking about, don’t you?

That just doesn’t fly with me.  Oh, no.  Solution?   With public side (aka right side) facing me, pull cable all the way to the left.  Attach new color strand and knit away.  Voila.  No dash.

Now, have I lost you in all these knitting gibberish?  Or have I convinced you to knit/crochet along?  You gotta admit giving a temperature scarf to an out-of-town friend–with his/her year of local temperatures–is nifty, cool.  If a sky scarf isn’t for you, maybe you can think of knitting, spinning, or even sewing/felting something else to represent your life on a daily basis.  By the way, if you have young kids, this is a wonderful project for teaching weather, temperature, charting, tracking, and more.  The sky’s the limit.

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Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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

Winter Knits/Crochets: Freebies


In life, I realize there is a role for everyone I meet. Some tests me. Some uses me. Some loves me. And some teaches me.

But the ones whom are truly important are the ones who bring out the best in me.  You are the rare and amazing being who reminds me why it’s worth it.  Thank you.

The past few months have been a whirlwind of changes in both my teens and my personal life.   But, one thing remains constant.  I am STILL knitting, spinning, wet felting, designing, sewing, and working to open an etsy shop.

After taking a 3-month break, I am now back to share my daily reflection, random thoughts that I find interesting, and not to mention my crafty obsession.  More on my fiber adventure tomorrow.  For now, I want to enable you with new projects.  What’s best?  They are absolutely free!

  1. You gotta check this Snowflake Stranded Shawl beauty out.  Use coupon code Snowflake for your free copy.  Deborah Tomasello, the generous designer, wants to give away as many patterns as she can!   I’m not sure how long this is good for so grab it while you can.
  2. Autumn leaves cowl is another freebie.   Use coupon code MyNewCowl at check-out.  The offer is good ’til January 5.
  3. Hat with Small Lacy Diamonds in Size Adult is up for grab–complimentary–’til January 31.
  4. 33 Blocks Sock is free for winter duration.  No coupon needed.
  5. The elegant Rhombix scarf is free ’til January 12
  6. Cirque Cardigan is a part of Lace Ice ebook, free through March 15.
  7. Get your free pattern code when you sign up for Lucy Hague’s newsletter.  Her Celtic shawls are absolutely fabulous, fun knits.

Where did the last week go?  I actually enjoyed the days where my fingers didn’t hit the computer keys.  How did you spend the holiday?

Friday evenings are da best!  I go to the library room of the house and start creating.   TGIF!  (Shown below is one of my three 12″ by 12″ knitted blocks for a local community project to a Rosie Bareis 2014 fundraiser, a fun and elegant piece to show off lacy details.)

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Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Welcome 2014!


As hard as it is to believe, 2014 is here.

In a world where so many folks focus on the bad instead of the good, the ugly instead of the beautiful, on scarcity instead of abundance, fear instead of love…

I’ll dare to do things differently. I’ll dare to smile when others frown, to believe when others doubt and to love when others fear…

Wishing you all a Happy New Year all the way from Central Oregon.

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Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Owl Eyes on You


A fun cabled cozy to protect your iPad from scratches.

The seamed cozy is knit in the round, bottom-up.   It’s machine-washable chunky wool-blend yarn.

I had to re-start a few times to get the right feel, texture, and stretch.

Flap and crocheted eye-circles are alpaca blend while the beak in Shetland Tweed.  This owl makes me happy.

Just ‘cuz it’s on the inside, it doesn’t mean it’s not important.   Adding the finishing touches is important to me. Its main purpose is to give a nice inside look, cover the seams, and add some stability.  Plus, the edges are nice and clean.  This lining is all hand-sewn.

Some folks ask me why I sew/knit my own things when I can just buy ’em.  I usually reply that I like to express myself creatively; plus, designing is part of who I am.  The truth is there’s a secret pleasure behind Do-It-Yourself.

Whooooo gives a hoot?  If you’ve ever made something that someone complimented, you know what I’m talking about.  It’s the pleasure and satisfaction of pronouncing these six words: Thank you, I made it myself.  It simply makes me feel proud to be wearing/using something that no one else has…and that I made it.   I feel so happy to show off my beautiful creation each time.  It’s like an energy high.

Such a special cozy order to fill for a wonderful knitterly friend.  Thanks for your contribution to my fundraising cause for the local high school music programs, Andy 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Creativity Starts


Creativity starts from a belief.  An idea.

This ad sponsored by ADCOM–made by Florence Ki of Junior Chamber InternationalPetaling Jaya, in Malaysiais remarkably creative and full of animation.  I applaud the magnificent minds that made this creative project.  It makes me nostalgic.

I do have an brilliant idea.  It may not make my nation proud, but, who cares.  I am darn proud of myself for taking action.   Not everyone will to be happy about it.  I will do it anyway…simply to live, collect moments and not things.  Play big.  Act accordingly.

Make your ideas happen, my friend.  All you need is a belief.  It’s never too late.

Optical Spectrum–Organic Waves and Rosettes–was one of those ideas I let it played out, a couple of weeks ago, using a quarter skein of Caron Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) and a skein of Red Heart Boutique Treasure in Size 10 needles.

A goal is not always meant to be reached.  The idea was served simply as something to aim at.

A great way to spend a violent wind-storm afternoon.  Once conditioned and rinsed, the points were blocked out…organically.

A nice wrapped scarf started out with a single idea of a classic fan & feather stitch…with random changes…into a wing-like, similar to this last one but totally random on short-rowing.

Another jazz/swing knitting success.

I do hope my teen’s flute mentor will like it as I do…it’s my Pay-It-Forward to her for all that she does for my child.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Landfill Harmonic


A slum built on a landfill.  Someone refurbished a violin shell found in landfill and the idea of making instruments from rubbish resulted in Landfill Orchestra.  Absolutely incredible video will make you weep.  The human spirit soars…music rising out of the landfills of Cateura, Paraguay.

The most poignant statement for me in the clip is “People realize we shouldn’t throw away trash carelessly. We shouldn’t throw away people either.”   Brilliant and beautiful.   It’s lovely to see the faces of these young people walking together with their instruments.  They could be anywhere in the world.

Never underestimate the power of music!  Where there is a will, there’s a way.

Nothing stands in the way of vision and the human spirit.   Peace and joy.  Happy Hanukkah, my friend.

Coming up next will be my free-spirited “optical spectrum” fiber play…stay tuned.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

Do or Do Not


There is no try.  Kill fear by taking action and build on that confidence.  A real decision is measured by the fact that I’ve taken a new action.  If there’s no action, I haven’t truly decided.

Ideas alone don’t bring success.  The habit of putting ideas into action is now.

There is never a right time. I can ‘t wait until condition is perfect or put off tomorrow what I can do today.   The most difficult time to take action is the very first time.  After the ball is rolling, I’ll build confidence and things will keep getting easier.

I know. The longer an idea sits in my head without being acted on, the weaker it becomes. However, acting without thinking would make me look like a doer, instead of a thinker. A good idea will grow stronger; stupid ones will go away.  I prefer to wait a week before acting on it.

Instead of stimulating the amount of ideas, I much rather set the target to filtering my ideas internally before polluting the environment.  I will start my creative motor mechanically.  I will sit down and write, put pencil to paper, brainstorm, doodle…By moving my hands, I’ll stimulate the flow of ideas and inspire myself.

I will be a doer, seize the initiative, and live in the present.  Today, I’m taking positive steps to creating a new mind space based on this very solution. Cheers!

The dress coat I mentioned earlier is being dried (will be a long while as it’s heavy, dense…and very cold out.)  It gave me time to think and came up with a solution.

Through a seamstress’ lens, the pocket needs to be relocated from bottom to where the white napkins are placed. But, “How?” you ask. Of course, steekand “patchwork, I tell you.

Where’s that pair of magic scissors?  lol

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

Every Second


Every second that I live, I am never going to get back.

I am never going to get to change what I said, didn’t say, did, or didn’t do.

Live how I want to live.

Act how I want to be remembered ‘cuz I never know how long or short I am going to be here.

Do it today for tomorrow, I can never tell what happen!  Just do it!

Blessed are the weird folks–poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours–for they teach me to see the world through different eyes. ♥

One of the greatest diseases of the human race is doubt and fear.  That is not to disregard other diseases, but, doubt and fear rob more people of more life than all the diseases of the world put together. Great minds often spend the greater part of their lives failing but their ability to take something out of the failure has ultimately created the world I live in.

Everything I would ever need to be prosperous, successful, and powerful is within me.

Failure could be a wonderful catalyst for change ‘cuz it has the potential to make me a wiser, better, and smarter person.

All I need do is to step out of my comfort zone and deal with the challenge.

That’s what I did last month with my knitting–especially with the second faux fair-isle one–testing out another one of Anne Lernout’s interesting construction, fun design piece as shown in one of her samples below

I challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone by 1) casting on both shoulders, two-at-a-time to keep changes symmetrical at best, 2) by re-skeining each ball to keep color repeats on each same–that I discovered was impossible with  my irregular stitch tension, 3) randomly alternating different colorways and adding garter rows to get a color to “pop,” and 4) adding a buttonhole on outside and inside bands for closures.

Keeping ‘em symmetrical in both colorways and garter-rows took additional effort.  It slowed down the speed in an epic way.  To give you an idea as to how much time it added to the second version…Blue Lagoon was knitted up in 4 days (spread over a 2-week duration.)

The faux fair-isle one took a week to accomplish.  Not sure if I would do that again…but, I must say, I am quite pleased with the effect.

What do you think?  Which one of the Amandine cardigans do you like best?  The pattern is available for purchase.  Be sure to swing over to Anne’s blog and see a series of Amandine and Amande for yourself.

Today, I choose to boost my motivation!  This may be my chance to finally live my dreams.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

Days Like this


I can’t really see where I am going.

I have just enough of the road in front of me–and through my side mirror–to know I’m probably still on the road.

If I drive slowly and keep my headlamps lowered, I’ll still get where I was going.

Sometimes crafting–knitting, crocheting, sewing–is like driving through fog.

I much rather move through the fear rather than around it.

It help me forget the upcoming cold, windy, wet, dark winter that seems to go on forever.

There’s rarely a benefit to charging into a situation trying to control the outcome.

There’s a time and place, but, there aren’t many places and rarely a time.

At the root of most of my disasters was a deep fear, masquerading as something else.

Fear rarely names itself.  Instead, it points fingers.  It slings spin.  It runs for the hills.  What am I afraid of?  Losing my pride?  I am a culture that hide my fear.  When I hide, I don’t connect.  I shoot myself in the foot ‘cuz what I want most is security.  Security comes through connection.  The long way around will never change my character.

So today, I choose to be strong.  I will face my fear…instead of faking my way through it.  I won’t run.  I just show up.

I will stand here with both hands in my pockets and live in the fear.

I will move through my fear instead of around it. I will find grace to help with my every lonely need.

In a brief fit of inspiration one summer day–a good way to recharge the batteries–I whipped up these baskets in no time

…only took a couple hours to crochet up–to hold balls of yarn for knitting two socks at a time or a fair-isle project.

It turned itself into kinda an art piece…and looks nice. Don’t you think?

Would you squeal like a pig to find it under the Christmas tree this holiday season?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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