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Changes Ahead


Instant replay of last night’s Nature of Words full-house performance

by my 17-year-old was mind blowing.

It was my first to hear songs written by her…reassuring to know there is life after flute…and french horn…

One that involves guitar playing, singing, song writing, and music composition.

Here’s a duet with her god friend. visiting from Newburg, OR.

A new path chosen…full of unknown…♥

If I want good things to happen to me or if I want to be happy, the hardest question I’m gonna have to ask myself is…Am I just showing up or am I going above and beyond?

Do I wait for things to happen or do I think outside the box and make things happen?

I’m gonna draw a line in the sand.  I can easily find an excuse or WORK to find a way.

I am ready to cross over so does my teen.  Are you?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Doctor Who…Party anyone?


It’s Doctor Who Day

…party time at Wabi Sabi.

Don’t blink.

You may just miss The Doctor.

and all the fun.

AAAAAAAAH…isn’t he super cute?!   Bow ties are always cool.

Here’s definitely the Dr. Who’s hat of the year.  I must knit myself one 😀

A dress to-die-for.

Folks with masks cannot be trusted.

It wouldn’t be a party without Daiek, of course.

I would love a cup of tea!!!  Seriously, I really want a cup of tea.  Somebody? Anyone?

I’m falling through space, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world.

I won’t go through life without a companion,

it will make me unpleasant.

Don’t always get to go where I want to go…

but I will always go where I need to go.

We had a blast watching the doctor regenerated and hope you did too.  (^_^)

“You could be anything…you could walk amongst the stars.  They don’t actually look like that you know.  They’re a lot more impressive.”~~’Closing Time’

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Everyday Everywhere


Have you ever wondered how to gracefully decline unwanted invitations?

I have been in such situations a few times.  Put on a Victorian dress with a girdle and do a curtsy while stating, “I respectfully decline your gracious invitation.”   Jokes apart , let’s be serious now,

I didn’t want to lie to them.  So I politely declined the invitations every time saying that I couldn’t attend.  Plain and simple…no need to elaborate.   After a while, they stop sending invitations.

Every day is a clean slate, a fresh start, a new beginning.  I choose the colors wisely.

Extraordinary. Inspiring. What imagination and uplifting ideas behind these whimsical images. Creative photography and photo-editing by this 14-year-old are amazing. Check it out.

Avonlea–a hat for dreamers, romantics, artists, and for those of us finding our own streak of charming independence–was originally released as a part of Twisted’s 2013 Mad About Tosh Club.  Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (in Smoke Stack colorway) is squishy soft and machine washable.  The slouchy hat is super fast to make in one-afternoon sitting.  Knitting the intuitive lace was quite zen.

Tosh Sock has such a wonderful handle and crisp that shows off lace and cable texture beautifully.  If you haven’t knitted with it, you should. 😀

Taking big leaps and being willing to go against the grain are the keys to success, fulfillment, and living an exceptional life.  I’m diving in…

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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To Knit or To Quilt?


16″ long from armhole to hem–twice my hip circumference~ 68″–in Size 4 needles, and light fingering-weight yarn. 56,000 stockinette stitches, over 840 yards.

With front and back separated, I am knitting two-at-time and added another 5,000 stitches to the sweater thus far.  4.5″ more to go, then sleeves…and I will be home free. Maybe one more day.

Thank goodness for the sewing and the family…to keep me sane. (>.<)

As the cliché goes, time has flown. Long weekend came and went.

There are plenty of inspiring out-of-the-box ideas to explore…love turning 3″ squares to 2″ wonky triangle-squares (or not so triangular shapes.) The 3-Dimension flying geese will give it some needed textures. Prairie-point pinwheels next…To knit or to quilt?  That’s the question. (^_^)

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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

Spiral Galaxy


Do you “Reddit“?  Have you heard of it?  It’s a website that connects people, stories, and wisdom better than any other website out there i.e. FaceBook.  I haven’t considered joining it until reading this article.  It’s a story based on a picture posted online of a Sikh woman with facial hair.  The post was intended to make fun of her.  However, what happens as a result is very enlightening and extremely heartwarming.  I hope to remember this article any time I fall into a bad habit of judging others.

Early in the year, I test-knitted Spiral Galaxy by Shannon Squire of Twisted, beautiful moebius in gradient yarn; specially designed for Twisted’s April Cowl Club.

First version, knitted with 5.5 mm needles, is in worsted-weight Schoppel-Wolle Gradient (Grays 1508.)  Cast on and finished it in a couple of hours.  It’s super fast knit. The instruction is clear and perfect.   However, the initial finished size was way off from the specs on pattern page.  It used only 62 grams with 34 grams left.  Measurement was 7” by 38” laying flat (19”x2) and unstretched–instead of 108” circumference.  When stretched it by hand, it measured roughly 44” circumference.   It was comfortable with wrapping it twice for my “short” neck and may be left alone.  However, my 17-year-old said she likes it a little more length and deeper.  With Shannon’s approval, I took out the garter rounds and added one more lace repeat to increase a total of 2″ in depth.

Second sport-weight cowl, knitted with 3.75 mm needles, is in Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Stärke 6 (Schokoladenseite 2092)–a one-skein wonder project.   It’s more than twice the stitches of the worsted moebius above.  Casting on and binding off both took forever.  Good thing I had a couple more weeks to get through the endless, mindless knitting. 😀 Starting out using 32” cable is a bit moiling; but, once the added rounds were in, it’s sweet to handle in a small hoop.  No matter how hard I blocked to deeper…it sprung back to 6”x66”–it wants to be lengthy than deeper.  But, I like it how it is…naturally.

The last one in lace-weight took the longest, of course, to knit up…yet my favorite one of all.  Knitted in Schoppel-Wolle Lace Ball (Fuschia 1536,) it triples the numbers in the worsted-version moebius.  Even with messing up half a round and ripping back 4 rounds to finish a purling instead of a ssk round, I finished it in two days.    Blocked dimension came to 6”x70”.  It’s absolutely stunning and luxurious next to skin.

Deceptively simple.  Super fun project, utilizing Cat Bordhi’s truly magical moebius cast on and one of my favorite I-cord bind off; plus a load of easy, beautiful knitting in between to keep the project interesting.   It’s a terrific gift making.  Test-drive ’em at the shop should you be in Portland area.  Both pattern and yarn (click on respective yarn referenced above) are available online and in the shop.  Just give it a try.  It can be addictive. 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Leftover


Yarn.   What do you do with ’em?  In a jar?

On a stick?

In a bowl?

Another great way to use up the leftovers is to create an eye-catchy fashion statement.  Would you wear this hair piece??  I certainly would.

Yarnball ornament?

Yarn-filled ornaments?

But wait…how about a cool window display?  It’s so easy and whimsy too, with just some styrofoam balls and fishing line!

If you make one, where would you hang yours?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Power Within


There’s a power within that can change my world. It’s all mine.

I own it. Whether I use it is simple.  I choose to.  It’s that easy.

All that “stuff” going on around me, the noise, the confusion, the chaos.  I can tune it out. Doesn’t mean I ignore those things as if they don’t exist?

The difference is in perception.  What I see in the world is a reflection of me.  Change the way I see myself changes the way I see the world. 🙂

I choose to make each day count.  There’s a power that allows me to pick up the paint brush each day and paint it how I choose.  A clean slate. Fresh start. Each day.

Though I stumble, rumble, and fumble a lot, it’s the only way to live.  So I’ll just keep going.  Always progress, not perfection.

Featured handmade today isn’t about knitting or sewing.

Last special–Sellwood Crocheted CowlTwisted had for 2013 Rose City Yarn Crawl a few months ago.

This wonder is designed by Megan Dalrympleo in Blue Moon Socks That Rock MediumWeight, colorway Ka-Pow!, pa-Tina!  The special-dyed yarn is available at Twisted, but, you’ll have to call or stop by in person.

It’s absolutely fabulous.

Beautifully textured, in perfect weight and drape.

I run into troubles hooking this up mainly because I didn’t have a sample picture to compare the stitches with. Once I conversed with sweet Megan in person and close-up picture received, it was much easier to comprehend. I had some own trials with missing a dc here and there and ended up to unravel the rounds over and over. Plus, this is a shop sample and new, I counted each loop, each round to insure correctness, thus, the reason why this project take a few days to finish.

On the repeat rounds, it moved along quickly and swiftly as the pattern’s set and embossed in my brain.  It flew intuitively and swiftly. The crocheted fabric felt fabulous, squishy on the neck double wrapped…sad to take it off and send off to the shop.

Be sure to “test drive” it while you are in the Portland area. ♥

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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