13 January 2015

monday's musing, better late than never edition

"And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth 'You owe me.' Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky." - Rumi

And with that, I wish you a love-filled and generous week!


06 January 2015

Musing for a Monday of a Tuesday

"Put one foot in front of the other." - the Winter Warlock

And that's just what I'm doing. The holiday flu is pretty much gone, the kids have (unwillingly) headed back to school today, the tendonitis in my wrist is better, and all the leftovers are eaten. I just wish the house were clean!

Time to start the new year in earnest.

Have a fantastic week, everyone!


31 December 2014


I sit here in front of the fire, my latest knit finished, blocked, sewn and edges woven in. 2014 was a tough year for me, and I had thought of grand plans for 2015 resolutions. But it's difficult - with a heavy cold and a house full of people recovering from flu - to care at the moment. And that's when the obvious hit me. Striving for perfection is, in itself, a frustrating proposition. In the real world -  that place with colds, flu, kids who don't do what they ought, last minute things that come up, houses that get dirty, and laundry that needs cleaning, dogs that break their legs or run away - perfection is not an option. So I decided to do something different, and not to care that the first day of the year will likely be spent between the bed and the stove, and without the possibility of accomplishing great and noble deeds.

In 2015, I resolve to learn something new every day. It doesn't have to be a big thing, just a new thing. I resolve to remind myself every day of at least one thing that I am thankful for. I resolve to do at least one solely frivolous thing every day; no one can thrive by only working. I resolve to take chances. I resolve to do my best, and when I don't do very well, learn from it and do better the next time.

Most importantly, if I fall short, I resolve to get up the next morning and start all over again.

Happy New Year everyone!


11 November 2014

veteran's day musing

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson 

Many many thanks to those who have served and are serving now. 

Have a great week!



08 November 2014

the winner! and more club sign-ups

I am excited to announce that, as the 2nd commenter, Michelle is the winner of 3 Skeins or Less (from a random.org number generation)! Michelle - just pm me your snail mail address address on Ravelry and I will send the book off to you. Congratulations!

Also, today is the second round of sign-ups for my Pins & Lace Club! Hop on over to my site at 2 pm PST today; there aren't many spaces left! I hope you can join us for 2015. :)

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03 November 2014

monday's musing & a give-away

Tis better to give than receive, is it not? I think so. That's why I'm giving away a copy of Tanis Gray's book, 3 Skeins or Less! Leave a comment by midnight, PST, November 5 (Wednesday) for a chance to win!
It's a great little book with some fantastic patterns, including my Tanis Shawl. I really loved every minute of designing and knitting this one. The yarn - Heavenly Fingering from The Uncommon Thread - was truly truly heavenly down to the last stitch.

Tanis, the woman, was an absolute pleasure to work with. Tanis, the shawl, has a beaded asymmetrical spine that moves seamlessly into the border.
The wide lace border is fairly heavily beaded with 6/0 seed beads placed with a crochet hook.
And Tanis is finished with a beaded picot bind-off.

By Tanis Gray
Interweave/F+W; $24.99

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28 October 2014

monday's musing

"There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality." - Jonas Salk

I know I'm a day late, but today felt like Monday anyway. Here's hoping tomorrow brings good things! (Like maybe the person who stole my 11 year old son's phone will bring it back? I can hope.)

Have a great week!