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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.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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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!

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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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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Life’s an Adventure


Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do children as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.~~Helen Keller

Is it good to risk than doing nothing at all? I am convinced that the true spirit in me chose a daring adventure over nothing. Nothing in nature is guaranteed or ever stays the same. Nature lives, thrives, changes and functions into a variable future.

I prefer to go forward into life–even the deep yet fascinating mysterious unknown aspect of it–than spend any time at all avoiding anything, danger included. Learning, growing and healing are adventures. The security I know arises from within me. Life’s an adventure. Dare it.

I woke up to a cool morning. It’s a great time to start making Fall projects, isn’t it? Get ready for more crisp fall days with these amazing mitts! Autumn in the Ozarks knitted pattern is FREE through September 20.

For all Whovians, how would you like to celebrate the new series of Doctor Who–with a brand new Doctor–with some Who-themed projects? Insulate! Hat and Insulate! Mittens are both very high up on my to-knit list right now–both are FREE.

Decorating for Halloween is always so much fun. Are you ready for some Ghost Coasters? The crocheted coaster pattern is FREE at Red Heart (North America) site.

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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Everyone’s Somebody


Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.”…[My dark side says,] I am no good…I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.~~Henri J.M. Nouwen

Everyone’s somebody. No one should be pushed aside. Why should I reject myself? I know what I’m worth. Let those who can’t decide bark all they want. I know what I’m capable of. The battle is won when I overcome the naysayers and speak positive thoughts into my life. Block the critics.  Walk away from these downers. Tell myself I did what’s right.  Life is good.

Today’s hand-picked is Mini Granny Crochet Teapot pattern by La Messer. It’s too cute not to include this FREE adorable cozy pattern in my fall project line-up.

Susanne has done it again. Through Thick and Thin–a new free garter-stitch scarf pattern has just been released. The difference in texture is achieved by switching needle sizes between triangles. If you’ve been wanting to try side-to-side, short-row construction scarf, this one’s for you. Super fun knit.

Fawkes Sawkes is Laura ‘s latest design pattern published. The interesting cable socks looks like firework, doesn’t it? Thank you for the freebie, Laura.

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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What May Happen


…when things fall apart.  I can learn what I like and what just will not do.

I can pay attention in a whole new way.

I can find reserves I did not know could be mine.

I can discover who my real friends are.

I can let the past go.

I can let tears come up for old sorrows.

I can give love a chance.

I can say no without thinking or second-guessing.

I can find myself tender and new.

I can learn what it means to know nothing.

I can tune in to my kids and really be there.

I can produce extraordinary results under less-than-ideal conditions.

I can find out I am more resourceful than I think.

I can be disappointed.

I can come to realization that is not the end of the world.

I can let myself be needy.

I can tell the truth.

I can surprise myself and be surprised.

I can survive.

I can learn.

I  can grow

How you like ’em socks! Just thought you’d like a tour…a tidbit of my dull, summer days.   That’s my favorite part of moving around…

In one of my rare, more lucid moments, I had a splendid  idea of making some Toe-up, two-color brioche socks–that aren’t just tubes–in circular concept from 2010.    Plus, I’ve been inspired by talented Kirsten forever with her “engineering” mind and creations.  Be sure to check out her spectacular mitten and sock designs!

I finally made me some brioche socks…two years plus later.  It’s never too late. ♥.¸¸.•°´°▪♥ღ

What have you done this summer that’s outside of your comfort zone?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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You say Apple. I say Eple.


Secret no more.  After sharing a glimpse of my Blue Lagoon Amandine cardigan earlier in the month, I took on another test-knit pair of fair-isle socks–Eple (blogged here) from Andrea Rangel.

The top-down, heel-flap pattern is Eple (Rav Link.)  This is a wonderful training wheel project for first-time stranded color knitting and duplicating stitch work.  Stranding is when I carry the colors along, the entire time, with frequent changes.  Some folks experience their stitches tightening up with their work–stranded knitting versus one color–this is a terrific knit to improve your stranded, color work skills.

No modification as designer wished.  But, wait…I am sneaky (rather clever, I feel.)  I did play with needle sizes to get the tailor-fit result I desire and knit 2 rounds (instead of 1) between first 4 toe-shaping decrease rounds.

  • Estonian cast-on with 1.75mm
  • Switch to 2.0 mm for 4 rounds past ribbing.
  • Switch to 2.25 mm for 14 stockinette rounds
  • Switch to 2.50 mm for fairisle work
  • Switch back to 2.25 mm for 50 stockinette rounds before heel flap.
  • Knit 38 rounds for foot length before toe shaping.

I love this yarn–it’s really squishy, it’s incredibly bright.  Even though it’s a fingering weight and small needles, it knit up rather quickly, two-at-a-time with two circular needles.

A couple of tips on stranded color knitting…Once you get it down, evaluate your system of switching.  Which hand you employed to hold your yarns in depends on which color is used more frequently.  Too often, we hold each color at different tensions and, over a sweater project, switching may lead to uneven results.  It’s better  to continue holding the same color in the same hand throughout.  If colors change through the pattern, then adopt the pattern color in the left hand and background in the right as most often that results in the pattern color being the dominant color, i.e., shows a tad more than the background color due to the relative positions of those colors during the stranding process.

It isn’t always necessary to wrap, weave, trap the carried color frequently.  But I do…a personal choice.  Weaving on a frequent basis results in a denser fabric which may be an advantage in some cases, disadvantage in others.  Doing shorter floats takes more time; over an entire sweater, it does make the going slower.  (Click on image below–link to my flickr page–for yarn and dimension details.)

Another reason to think about its use is that the trapped yarn often shows through–sometimes no problem at all when the colors are close in value, but, other times really shows up to the point of distraction.  The pattern (and yarns) are wonderful.   Buy the pattern just for the golden tips on producing stranding work smooth and beautiful.

My ability doesn’t do them justice.  What is your favorite fair-isle knits?  Here’s a boy knitting in the round, in rib, but flat (which I don’t do.)  Children knit their bit as part of the wartime effort.  That’s some advanced knitting for such a little one…and a boy to boot!   Inspired??  I sure am.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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