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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.)

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(Kicking off Octoberfest for the fun weekend, right here, right now.  Come join us.)

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

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

Life Is


to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything you’ve held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the silt of it. When grief sits with you, its tropical heat thickening the air, heavy as water more fit for gills than lungs; when grief weights you like your own flesh only more of it, an obesity of grief, you think, How can a body withstand this? Then you hold life like a face between your palms, a plain face, no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you I will love you, again.~~The Thing is by Ellan Bass, author of Mules of Love

This poem. Extraordinary, isn’t it? These words hit me squarely in my heart. I feel ’em deeply in my bones. Such a beautiful reminder that life is worth living even when it’s hard, messy, and even seems hopeless.

I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things with a renewed fitness routine in August, but, am disappointed to admit I didn’t do well at all. It’s a new month (and a new day.) I’m so ready to really dig in and do this thang!

Are you keeping cozy and warm today? I’m thrilled to spot this pretty lace-weight shawl FREE pattern–Blue Moon Crescent–just released today. Simply a delicate beauty.

You might have made Panda Silk DK Fan Shawl once or twice since 2009. The shawl features fan-shaped modules with eyelets. It can be worn as a shawl or triangular scarf. Today, Gail Tanquary of Crystal Palace Yarns has updated the shawl design in fingering yarn–and the pattern is FREE. Panda Silk has excellent drape and is silky soft to wear. Check it out if you haven’t knitted with it.

Shawl isn’t your thing. How about a sweater? Skeleton Key by Andre Sue is a a bottom-up, seamless, raglan, color-stranded sweater. The pattern is FREE. Cast on this week and you may have it to sport around town in time for Halloween celebration.

In honor of Plucktember, Pine Tree Place infinity scarf/cowl pattern is FREE ’til the end of September. Use coupon code plucktember2014 at check-out.

As all diehard Game of Thrones fans know, winter will be here long before you and I know it. Are you crazy behind the different characters and their personalities? Just imagine you’ll staying warm and comfy with House Targaryen Banner blanket while watching the show. The crochet pattern is FREE.

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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Keep Moving On


Regardless of what has happened to you or what you’re going through right now…know this truth with everything in you ~ you are going to get through this. Hold on to your dream!! If you’ve lost your job or house; run out of money; your relationship is on the rocks; or you’re sleeping in your car and you feel that God has turned his back on you…hold on to your dream !!! This setback is only a setup for your comeback. Dig in and come out swinging with a vengeance. Fight a good fight. Being happy, healthy, and prosperous is in your DNA. No matter what happens to you…never stop looking for ways to enjoy life and express gratitude for the fact that you’re still here. You have another new day to appreciate life. You were born to win. Ain’t no stopping you now. You have got this!! Believe that your life can and will get better…because you have something special. You have GREATNESS within you!~~Les Brown

Who doesn’t need this?  It enlivens my spirit.  No matter what–just keep moving. Move on.

Labor Day is that funny weekend that still feels like summer, but, typically kick-starts the fall schedule. Are your kids back in school? Are you back in school? Are you just relieved that the nights are cooling off and you can finally wear your favorite sweater again? Another thing about Labor Day Weekend: it means September is here!!  September is simply one of the prettiest months of the year, isn’t it?  It also means my knitting needles and crochet hooks will be occupied in full force.   What’ll be on your plate comes fall?

Erica Jackofsky (aka Fiddle Knits) is leading another mystery knit-along Bonnie’s Wish MKALThe pattern is FREE ’til November, 20, 2014.  That’s right–not a typo.  Simply add the pattern to your cart.  Click on Use Coupon Code and type in BONNIE and checkout.  Price will be adjusted to FREE.  Peridot is one of Erica’s gorgeous designs published recently.

The talented Kim Guzman is offering a FREE pattern through Kimane Designs HERE during her Labor Day Sale. You must add the pattern to cart first. Click on Apply Coupon and enter the code KIMANE (all in CAPS.)  Kim has written a few books especially on Tunisian crochet and tutorials on YouTube–which are great. Kim’s very helpful in the Ravelry Tunisian groups. My pick (show below) was Evalise.  Now, it’s your turn. What would it be?

In celebration of the holiday weekend here in the U.S., “Step in Time Pillow” knitting pattern is FREE ’til Monday, Sept 1st, 9:00 p.m. CST. Coupon code at check-out is STEPINTIME (all caps.) Thank you Fifty Four Ten Studio for a quick gift-appropriate knit.

Lucille Shawl–one-skein wonder– is FREE ’til tomorrow, August 31.  Such an elegant and beautiful shawl design. Take advantage of Anniken’s generous offer now.

These should keep you and me busy for a while. 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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Elevate the Mind


We always have the potential to rise. Rise out of our slump. Rise out of our negative thoughts. Rise out of our comfort zone. Rise out of our complaints. GET UP AND RISE…Rising is a choice that’s one powerful thought away.~~Kris Carr

This is my daily mantra! POSITIVE is what needs to come out of me with every word I say to others.

Elevate the mind and the body will follow!

Today’s handpicked project is a super easy to make Breezy Shell Tank, constructed in two simple pieces which are then stitched up the sides. The color change at the bodice and the short slit up the side add to the visual appeal. If you haven’t knitted with Patons Silk Bamboo, I highly recommend it.

Classic Elite Yarns Magnolia is one of my newest favorites! I love how soft and squishy it is. And the sheen–it’s to die for. You can only imagine how much I love this week’s newly published Josephina, knit in 3 colors of Magnolia. I love the combination of lace and stripes that Amanda Rios put together!

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 is another wing bathing in the sun, in my unconventional way of blocking.)

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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