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Gentle Peace


Don’t let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace~~Dalai Lama

May a gentle peace be yours throughout this day. It’s easy to fall into the cycle of trying too hard to do too much, too quickly because of worldly demands. Even if the world outside is not a gentle place, I may still be gentle within me. Breathe. Live it. Celebrate it. Life’s a dance.

It has been feeling like fall for a week, with schools in session and a chill in the air. I am so glad to have some ‪‎knitting‬ time today even if it is only for a short while. Indoor Flyer is my dogs’ favorite toy. They adore it, especially the ones knitted in Red Heart’s Glow-in-the-dark yarn. It’s a riot–great for an amusement ride. Get your pattern for FREE. Use coupon code Katan at check out, good ‘til September 26, 2014.

Inspired by the grape vines that saturate the Walla Walla Valley’s Wine Country, winding cables and plump bobbles travel up the length of this pretty cabled scarf, mimicking the end-of-summer grapes ripening on the vines. First Crush is a versatile scarf that may be worn buttoned up to keep your neck warm or worn with just one buttoned edge, creating a draped shawlette that rests just off the shoulders. The pattern is FREE while it’s being test knit.

Squeeeeeee. The Perfect Pouch! It’s magical–perfect for shopping, stuffed with plastic or nylon shopping bags. Perfect for carrying plastic doggie doodoo bags I need for trips around the neighborhood. Perfect for boys and girls. Clip the pouch onto the purse, belt buckle, backpack, or laptop case. Carry it in the car or leave it handy by the door. This is an everyday pouch; adorable and practical. It’s an addictive quick knit and a fabulous STASHBUSTER. Mine are being felted. Super fast knit. The pattern is FREE ’til end of September.

Whovian Rage. Police Box Afghan is going at the top of my To Make For Me! list. This Tardis blanket is the best looking crocheted version I’ve seen yet.   Imagine–more than a few teens and adults will fight over this!

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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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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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.

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

Know Where My People Are


It is not uncommon for our loved ones to lay their fears before us and we just don’t even know what to do with them. It can be excruciating to send the people we love off to school…onto to the field…off to college…into battle…or into territories unknown when all we want to do is hug them to our chest and never let them go.~~Hands Free Mama

There is something quite powerful I say and do to ease those fears. My teens face a lot of the world each day and new season on their own. It’s so much harder now than it was when they were younger! Nonetheless, I encourage daily communication as much as possible–a phone call, a text here and there–just so I know they are there and I do the same. The world is a crazy place. With so much unknown, we have each other and a PEACE that passes all understanding. They know I’m praying for them everyday. Today, I reminded myself the power that comes from knowing where my people are. There is great comfort in knowing someone is waiting for me.

The brisk mornings, warmer afternoons, and the changing of the leaves really turn my crank. Yet, I’m sad to see summer go for the unofficial beginning of fall. I love more sunshine, more camping, more stripping down and swimming naked in the river. Le Sigh. You’re just here for some free patterns, right? Use the coupon code SEPFREE to get a FREE copy of Banditos, good ’til end of tomorrow (Pacific time.) Before you know it, the free pattern will be gone, like summer.

Starting today is the Entrelacé Cabled Shawl Mystery KAL by Linda Browning. This shawl pattern is FREE with coupon code CABLEMKAL from September 1-8, 2014. Join the Tiny Knitters Group for prizes eligibility. Shown here is one of Linda’s lace beauties Lissome published earlier in the year.

Sometimes the highest and best use of a sock yarn isn’t socks. This beautiful Boreas Infinity Scarf lets you choose 3 different lengths all from one ball. You’ll love the color play of each of the eight Hakkaspett shades.

I love this Chameleon Hat!  It works up super, super quick and may be customized in so many different ways–Valentine’s hat, Team USA Olympic spirit, Pot o’Gold for St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Fling, May Flowers, Gone Fishin’, Red/White/& Blue, Splish Splash, and now for September–Friendly Skies (FREE pattern!) Maria Bittner, the creative designer, is going to see how many different versions she can come up with for this design. Of course, I’ll share with you as she unveils each and everyone of ’em.

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

Alleviate Poverty


It’s another gorgeous Labor Day here in Oregon. As you enjoy it, take a moment to acknowledge the working men and women who are leading the fight to support and rebuild the middle class. There’s a lot left to do, but by sticking together and standing up for working families we can get it done.~~Senator Ron Wyden

I wish I’d say we’re working to alleviate poverty instead of rebuild the middle class. They could be one in the same, but, one sounds like we aren’t including the poverty class. Don’t forget the ones (like my husband and I) that have lost almost everything they worked their entire lives for are still hanging on by a thread with not much hope for any type of retirement since we’ve had to live off our savings. We’re close to 60 and still struggle to stay clear of unemployment/disability benefits, I feel every bit of like I’ve been thrown to the wolves. How about reducing the regulatory burden on business owners and lower the cost-prohibitive corporate tax? Make it affordable for some of those jobs and monies to come home. Nuff said.

Today, I am thankful for all you do for your family, our communities, and our country. No matter what tools you use in your trade, it’s hard work that makes this country the greatest and most prosperous in the world. Have a very Happy Labor Day to hardworking kings and queens everywhere!

I’ve gotten up early this morning with a strong feeling of excitement and was eagerly waiting for a friend’s little 3-year-old princess to arrive. Meanwhile, I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I was to see all the gorgeous design projects came to view. My first pick-of-the-day is Donna Druchunas‘ dead-gorgeous Diamond Rings pi shawl. Another eye-catching beauty with a fascinating story. Brava! The pattern is FREE through September 6. DO NOT use Buy-it-now. Add to cart, then, click on Coupon Code (no code, but you do need to click on it,) and the price will be adjusted to 0.00. Be sure to check out her e-book coming out soon. You’ll get a discount coupon code to use on that. Thank you Donna for the wonderful gifts.

New sock design was loaded yesterday by Leah Oakley. Twisted Breeze Socks, Easy Breezy Pattern featuring swirls and zig-zag is FREE through September 6.  It’s one of those patterns that once you get started, you can tell where you are in the pattern just by looking at your knitting.  Wonderful, isn’t it?

It’s great for fingering or sport-weight yarn–solid (shown above) or striping.  Both look so different, yet, they are knitted from the same pattern.

Mixing the Grape and the Grain just went live this morning. You can get it FREE by using MGG coupon code at check-out, good ’til Midnight EST tomorrow, September 2. I am not sure why folks are against mixing knit and crochet. Is it not feeling proficient enough at both? I enjoy European publications for the very reason that they are willing to mix the two. I am glad Kari Wymer decided to design this lovely shawl.  Thank you, Kari, for your generous gift.

I’ve been wanting a two-color cowl for a while and use up some of my single skeins. Rolling in the Deep FREE pattern is perfect for the challenge. This stunning infinity scarf uses bold contrasting colors along with a contrasting pattern to create a fun and functional fall accessory.

Can you believe it is September already???!!! Hope you all have a relaxing Monday. 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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(still doesn’t do MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook, a smartphone, and a little bit of texting!)

No Expectation


Expectation always hurt.  It’s why I try not to expect anything from anyone.  No expectation.  How?  How do I do this?

Not easy, is it?  How do I separate wants from needs?  At the end of the day, expectation of others is almost always a killer.

Goal is another.  Goal is good.  Relationship or otherwise.  But, what brings on disappointment is expecting those goals to come true, especially of others.

What matters is knowing “Hey, I was the BEST I could BE today.  I was honest, sincere, compassionate, and loving.  Anything I get from these actions is icing on the cake.”

Time is like an ocean, I can only hold a little in my hands.

Why not just love my life, be happy, and keep smiling.

Feel it.

Live it.

Love it.

And Enjoy it.

That’s Life.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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

Art Nest


For every bird a nest.

This knitted nest is hopeful and positive.

While the nest may have emptied out, it holds so many new possibilities.

Who would have thought you could knit a nest?

Have you leave weeds on the ground to mulch?  If you have, you might have seen robins, on a hot day, pick up some of those weeds to build a nest.  I have never seen a look of more gratitude than from that robin.

If you knit, crochet, or a fiber crafter, try placing leftover tidbits of your yarn in suet cases

and place out for the birds to soften their nests.

String, tissue, and thin strands of material would work magic too.  I imagine all those orphaned birds would love your good deed.  It is the most gorgeous creation and I’m never too tired of looking at ’em.

I have been mindlessly knitting away at these nests, designed by Julie Weisenberger.

Super decorative yet functional.

I was racing to get ’em knitted up and shipped out

so didn’t have time to “stage” for other practical uses such as holders for candies, airplants, trinkets, knitting notions…

even photograph props for babies in an enlarged version.

It’s so fun to stretch and shape each one of them uniquely.

I did eight of ’em in Size 7 needles.  Each nest uses 5.5 to 9 grams of recycled hemp yarn.

For a more open, airy, organic effect, I knitted two in Size 8 needles and “hard” stretched ’em opened.

I hope you love these amazing nests in recycling hemp yarn as much as I did.

Be sure to have a towel on your lap when knitting with rope-like yarn.

Check the nests out in person at Twisted if you are in Portland area. It would be a wonderful holiday decoration with endless possibilities.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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