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Chew On That, Monsanto!


How cool is this? I naturally like this.🐝 Three 15-year-old Mighty Girls from Cork, Ireland, have discovered a way to use bacteria to dramatically increase the yield of several basic food crops–a discovery which could have a major impact in addressing food scarcity while making agriculture more eco-friendly by reducing the need for fertilizer. Congratulations to these young scientists!

Using homemade equipment, they carried out germination and growth experiments over 11 months. They analyzed the performance of more than 9,500 seed samples, recording over 120,000 manual measurements in 125 experimental sets. Based on their extensive experimental results, the girls succeeded in showing statistically that two strains of Rhizobium bacteria can significantly accelerate the rate of crop germination.  These results have significant potential for increasing yields of food crops and reducing losses due to adverse weather conditions. They also offer opportunities for reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture by reducing fertilizer usage. Brilliant Irish girls, aren’t they? I just hope someone in the real world picks this up and actually applies what these amazing 15-year-old girls have discovered. Lets see some actual field trials to verify their findings in an uncontrolled environment.

We are reaching the beginning of autumn, the temperature is fluctuating a lot the past few days. So, be careful not to catch a cold like I did! Nonetheless, this is the best time of the year–to be wrapped around lace shawls like an overflowing scarf. Easy as Pie says right in its name how simple it is. It looks nice and beach-y in different gauges and fiber contents. A super satisfying knit with lovely zig-zag border.

I’m spinning some fine lace weight to do another one with beads and can’t wait to get it underway. So excited. Hand-dyed Romney locks from Iron Water Ranch is to die for. Be sure to check out the family-run booth at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival next weekend if you plan to be in Canby, Oregon. You won’t be disappointed.

Sweater weather is finally here. Though the trend (article here) for Fall sweaters is BIG, I much prefer a lightweight sweater with clean, architectural lines, and a simple drape. Fileuse is just the right piece to take me through those crazy transitional days of autumn. Besides, as a spinner, who wouldn’t geek over these adorable, little Saxonies?!

Musing here becomes the cyber equivalent of a sticky note! You know–when my sieve-of-a-brain can’t recall what project I wanted to start next? These soft-and-silky Baby Girl Mary Janes booties are as cute as the classic pairs I grew up in. Knit in the softest cashmere blend, they would make a perfect foot covering for a baby. I’m making a bunch for charities. (Look for the pink download arrow and click on it. Pattern download instructions are here. Make sure you do not have a pop-up blocker on.)

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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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Being Real


A meaningful life is not being rich, being popular, being highly educated or being perfect It’s about being real, being humble, being able to share myself and touch the lives of others. It is only then I could have a full, happy, and contented life. Let the big wild day begins.

Even though the calendar still says it summer, fall weather has been creeping up on us here in the high desert. With fall’s arrival, the holiday season isn’t far behind. Here’s some ideas for fall knitting and gifting. Fair Isle and Intarsia/Duplicate Stitch charts for a series of apples–full, half, quarter-missing & bitten. They would be very nice on a towel border and I could gift that along with a warm apple pie for a special friend. What would you make of it?

If you’re looking for smaller quick knits, I really like Baby Bootie Slippers. So adorable. It’s a good way to use up worsted yarn leftovers.

More garter stitch and stripes to love. Choose your favorite colors, yarn weight, and cast on for RestEndColor knitted shawl that will warm your shoulders and a bit more. Used this helpful tutorial to assist you work out what the double stitch thing is all about, very helpful. I love the German short row method, no wrapping, no holes, no drama! Very neat result–definitely my go-to method doing short rows.

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. (Back-side peek of a quick-knit finished in Manos del Uruguay Classica yarn below for a sweet friend.)

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Toltec Wisdom in Modern Times


I was a nice innocent little child loving life and everything in it. I knew no color. I knew no hate, no fear. The block I lived on (surrounded by hundreds of congested families) was my entire world. I was happy. After reading this bill, I’m not sure I’d feel the same way if born into today’s world.

Here it is an elementary school–my husband once attended and spent many good summers running along the adjacent trail and playing in the school ground after school hours–now all fenced in like a jail cell. I find this sad, madly, passing by it every day, last week, with my husband and the teens.

I try to laugh at my worries, fulfill my dreams, and give support to my teens to fulfill theirs. Don Miguel Ruiz is leading me back to center once more. Thanks to his beautifully inspired truths in The Living The Four Agreements and The Five Levels of Attachment, I am breathing better and energy is on the rise.

I strive to expand the Toltec wisdom in modern times, to look at my attachments with new lens and new hope for releasing them, to find my true self instead of relying on others’ opinions on me, and bring peace, joy, and love as I travel along in this beautiful life. Life is good.

I know the days are still quite warm, but, Fall will be here before you and I know it.

If you are looking for something small to knit in the heat and be ready for Fall, check out this new free fingerless glove pattern, Simple Lines by Diana Jean Twiss and knit with absolutely fabulous Skacel HiKoo Kenzie yarn. The straight-forward pattern has been tested out by new knitters. Promising, isn’t it?

Do you heart classic yet modern fashionable accessory?  My handpicked-of-the-day FREE pattern Honey Stitch Cowl is just the thing for you. Too many textured cables? You may rest easy. Davina Choy, the generous designer, will show you how it can be done without a cable needle in her fantastic video tutorial here.

Doesn’t the stylish design of these Padded Moccasins make you want to jump in and try your hand at crochet?  Here’s your chance.  Thank you Country Woman Magazine for the FREE 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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A Whole Lotsa Suede Soles…


When I saw the price of pre-made slipper soles, I bought instead a 1/2 pound bag of suede remnants by Tandy Leather Factory at JoAnn for $2.40 (used a 40% discount coupon.)

I do prefer leather over other options.  It’s wonderful and most practical to be able to wear the slippers to the yard without having to put on a pair of shoes.

All the punching with the rotary leather punch is a killer on the hand.  I haven’t been able to find one that is less strenuous.  Some folks complain about the punch merely indenting the surface.  Mine however does punch through the suede–not pushing out a hole completely–it works for what I need.  Don’t spend $10 for the tool if you do only one pair of slippers.  A hammer, nail, and some patience would do the job too.

The cutting, punching, stitching up the soles with artificial sinew is quite time-consuming

The teen’s Uggs Wannabe boots by Cocoknits are now complete…with Organic Element 1″ Wood Purple (#2725)  by Blumenthal Lansing.  I am still in awe how pricey buttons are–$3.25 for a pack of two!

Next Finished Project is these frugal felted clogs for Father’s Day present. I LURVE the new color Heather Green!

It took two full-cycle in the washer to get them felted to size

and another hour of manipulating by hands–shaping and stretching on a 88° day–to fit hubby’s 12.75″ soles.  Keep them tight initially as it they will stretch out over time.

Once dried, there will be suede sewn to their soles.  Maybe this time, the clogs will last for six years! The shoes really talk…it re-affirm how far my knitting/felting skill has come.  Practice does make perfect.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for (drumrollplease)

These are a quick project, but, difficult to get them to look as good as the pattern picture.

I had to pull out parts several times at first.

Pattern called for 2 skeins.  Me?  I used one skein for each pair and had leftovers. Granted, Paton’s typically generous with their yardage than labeled. For the pattern as designed and written, one skein is more than adequate…until you do two-color and/or large version of the loafers.  Perfect project to use scraps… Just keep the yardage in mind.

I made two of the loafers and they both turned out too “baggy” for my small foot and one medium-size intended as a gift.

On the first one, I knitted in Size 8 circular needles in Patons Classic Wool Royal Purple, held strands double.  Each sole weighs 23g or 52 yards; each embellished tap 2g or 4.5 yards. The whole pair weighs 112g or 250 yards.  If you don’t have two circular needles in your stash, don’t go out and buy a new set just for this project.  I knit this pair using magic loop.  Everything worked out just fine, at one 2-hour car sitting.

I wanted the ridge edge to show and knitted a knit row flat after cast on, instead of connecting in a round

The second pair in Royal Blue was knitted on two Size 6 circular needles. Each sole weighs 21g or 48 yards, each e+mbellished tap 2g or 4.5 yards. The whole pair 106g or 237 yards. It’s still baggy as knitted version. So, I felted it again.  It’s something to think about if you’re a loose knitter.

Without doing an actual swatch and much experiment, I’d presume the recommended Malabrigo Worsted yarn is lighter weight than Patons wool used here. I will definitely play more to get a knitted pair just right as pattern.

Revisiting a classic Cole Haan with a clean and sleek knitted pinch penny is just too sweet to lose my affection.

Quality is everything and style, like the sound, is smooth and sophisticated.

It captured the essence of the 20th century spirit with beautifully designed and well-made shoes for the dapper gentleman and lady.  A bit more versatile, IMHO.

Inspired by a passion for innovation and beauty, from authentic handcrafting to the fast-forward excitement 0-degree perspective, Julie thinks of every angle and give each its own design element.

Her level of detail sets Malabrigo Loafers a part on trend fashion, downtown-style that people love to own.

That’s a wrap, folks.  Yep, correct.  Felting are done.  It’s time to divert my attention back to a sweater in progress…Listen to the silence.  Never has it sounded so sweet.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Alice in Wonderland – the Rabbit Hole


I have to add my BRAVA! to the chorus!  Here is an awesome knitted loafer pattern to make for your special guy (or gal!)  They look great with jeans or khakis, or even shorts.

That’s how I comfort myself by knitting when I hit the wall.  Another pattern has sat silently for over a year!  It’s better late than never.

Even down-sizing the needles and knitting the small version, it still turned out big.  No biggy…I like a felted look just as much as the knitted sample.  Modern, stylish, casual comfort to wear on days when you’re working from home or on a day off.  You will love these!

I am thrilled down to my toes.  Another huge success!  Totally seamless too!  The instruction is super easy to follow, fun to knit up… and produced another adorable, cleverly constructed, fashionable pair of penny loafers for roughly $5 (yarn was discounted!)  It makes my heart go flibbet.  Love love love love.  Do I need to say why?  This Royal Purple pair will be presented to the teen’s flute mentor as a small token of our appreciation for her enormous heart.

In most cases, I have no problem following a knitting pattern.  However, the mathematical mind wants to tear everything down, step-by-step, to grasp the design concept.  Julie’s use of short-row shaping is ingenious, like Bev Galeskas has done for these clogs but IMHO better improved.  It’s definitely not a project for beginners.  If you really want to and are fearless, it’s doable.  Remember to have faith and just follow the line-by-line instruction to the letter T.

I plan to sew leather circles under the ball of the foot and heel, as that’s where my slippers usually wear thin first.  Now, where are the heavy-duty sewing needles and threads?

Next pair in Royal Blue was knitted in two circular Size 6 needles.

The knitted version is still roomy for my US 5 to 6-shoe size.  Much better regardless.  It’s going too to the washer for felting tomorrow.  More specifics and modifications to these wonderful slippers to come.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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To The Two Important Men


I often ponder my dad whom I’ve lost in early 80s and the role he played in my early life.  He wasn’t a good provider but a fearless disciplinarian.

If I did something bad, all my mom had to say was wait ’til your dad gets home tonight.  That in itself was plenty of punishment for the crime committed at that time.  Now I am old(er)…perhaps he was a wise man who was rather influential in my child’s years.  His strength.  His discipline.  His confidence.  Even his drinking, gambling, and smoking…it didn’t cost him a penny, yet, priceless to me to this day…they have changed my life and enabled me to grow into a person I hope he’d have been proud of.

If I never become anything more, I’m content to be his daughter.  If I do accomplish all that I want to in life, know that all the credit belongs to you, Dad, the very person who brought me to this world and molded me into the person I am today.  You have always been right about all the advice you gave me even though it angered me sometimes–it got me where I am right now.  Albeit the loss of all the photo albums, along with other family possessions in a robbery in the 80s, your image is engraved to my memory.  I miss you dearly.

Ten years later after my dad’s passing, I was blessed to meet my soul mate, my best friend.  Now can I spin a beautiful story about my squeeze…somehow, the truth always seems to come harder.

Fibers spilled across my space, painting a world of my creation– that, I can do.  But somehow it’s infinitely more difficult to put how much I love my hubby into words, to capture all the thoughts whirling around in my head and set them down for him to keep for eternity.  Words just aren’t good enough.  Happy Father’s Day!

And yes, I’ll felt these giants to size to keep you toasty, hon, even on 80-degree days this week 😀  That’s how much I LURVE U!

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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