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I think it is about time to gather and discuss good things in life. There has been far too much grief and sorrow going around that it needs to have a quarantine. It is easier to focus on the bad and with that we are quickly blind-sighted from the good things that happen. We mostly remember dramatic instances of our life rather than the calm ones. I would like to focus more on the tranquil moments and calculate how abundant life is with them. You should try it as well. I am sure that it will lift off heavy burdens and make you smile. It sort of reminds me and, to be honest, is exactly like the scene with Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music singing “My Favorite Things”. Other terms could be move, inspire, entice, squee…your choice.

Warm jasmine tea served in a favorite mug, breathing deep and feeling the lungs resonate with life, cats dreaming while their whiskers flicker from time to time, watching snow fall from a window curled up safe and warm, studying bird behavior at the feeder, a good pair of cozy, hand knit socks, a book that lingers because it is too good to finish, nonsense words put together whose syllables roll of the tongue pleasantly, burying feet in sand, the weight of good paper as you turn pages, the aesthetics of holding chopsticks, practicing calligraphy with various vials of ink, scrolls tied up with ribbons, the mesmerizing quality of fire, listening to chipmunks playing in fall leaves, primal screams in wide open places and in long corridors that echo, a good trance beat to let the body go.

I am always curious about what things make people smile. I think you can begin to intimately know an individual with this question. What moves you?

I guess I never gave updates really to the whole “tumor” issue. I am sorry I didn’t get around to it.
EVERYTHING is just FINE. No cancer cells to be heard of. Thanks again to everyone for all your kind comments and wishes. I believed they helped! It is nice to know people like you! (You know who you are..)

As a knitter I am constantly finding ways to complicate things. Like signing up for knitting a sock each month for a year (which I know I won’t do because deadlines give me the geebies), taking a simple pattern and plugging in tons of cables and lace to turn it into the pattern of mass destruction or never having the right tools to complete a task that then takes three times as long to do. I never learn my lesson and instantly regret blurting out my commitments.

I haven’t finished the Cobblestone Pullover yet…but instead have casted on for…the February Lady, a beret, a pair of mitts, a pair of socks, some handspinning, a baby sweater, some other baby paraphernalia, plus others that I have forgotten but they are in the travel bag somewhere. Knitter ADD (KADD) is striking everywhere.

I am at the point of setting up alters to bring in good concentration vibes that hopefully I can remember and complete:

house cleaning and organizing
finishing up loose end projects
dropping off recycling
dropping off donations
signing up for more photo storage on Flickr

Real life gets in the way of creativity and I need to find a happy medium between the two.

Hello and happy Wooly Wednesday!

What is Wooly Wednesday? Well, well my loves it is in fact the (1) midweek point (2) begins with ‘W’ to make the title quite alliterative and (3) a day in which I can dedicate to worship at the feet of this thing we call Wool.

Why Wool? It is warm and soft and comes from cuddly beings…need I say more?

From a previous post magically inserted for viewing pleasure there was an out of focus photo of little curious eyes peering from between wooden spokes of a wheel. The question that thus followed from my dearest orata was if it is a new spinning wheel. And to answer her question…yes, it has recently came into my possession under a lender contract from another dear, aimeed, and I am having a blast!

Obviously me and the camera will never agree on focus. Maybe it was the lighting or the fact that I turned off the flash? The unsteady hands of a too much coffee drinker?

The wheel is an Ashford Kiwi. It has been a great wheel to learn on, hurray! I am already plotting my next move and dropping hints to the DH for future purchase. He has been quite interested in the wheel and even asked for me to teach him! Still waiting for that time to come around. So, lost in fiberation…good good good good fiberations (o deary if only the tune wasn’t so catchy)!

Ah, the Wooly Wormhead Mystery Beret KAL. This is me casting on. We will see how far I get.

Saibh Signing out.


It has been a while since updating my little window here. I left you all with fearfullness, worries, stagnant place of being, tired…all of those things. I was in a pit of despair. Not where you would like to spend a holiday. No way indeed! Time had passed, has passed, things are UP! Clouds have parted and doorways have been opened. Okay, enough with the mush mush.

OBAMA has won, Bryan has made it through surgery and has been checked for cancer with NEGATIVE results and Autumn is here! What could be better?

I have been knitting hats like crazy. Trying to keep the craniums happy. Itching to knit new Christmas stockings (because we are actually going to have a “mantle” to place them on this year) and finally bought the correct size needle to start knitting the sleeves of Bry’s Cobblestone Pullover (by Jared Flood).


Took a walk this evening and was able to capture some snapshots along the way..

in order above: top left-the lyra hat, top right-blue slump, bottom left-koolhaas, bottom right-greyfell peeking thru the spinning wheel


So much has happened since the last post. On September 16, 2008 we found out that my DH has a tumor in his colon and that the doctor wants to do surgery immediately. We are seeing another doctor (an actual surgeon and part of the cancer team at the hospital). Times are rough here.  I am out of work so we only have one income to pay all the bills and believe me we are scraping by. Things are stressed because we don’t know any final outcomes whether there is cancer in there or not. Waiting is the hardest part of knowing. This past week has been hell. We live the day trying not to worry and ignoring the situation but still it is there poking at our stomachs letting us know it isn’t going away.

Seven years ago he went in for a colonoscopy and they found two polyps and an ulcer. They gave him medication in the form of cream but did not mention to him to come back in to get the polyps removed. This year we called the same clinic to make an appointment with them. They had no record of him having a colonoscopy done but record of an anesthesia given plus the medication cream. Strange. We were confused, upset, throwing blames but nothing could be done.

In hopes to raise some money I set up my first Etsy ( shop ever.

I have been wanting to do this for over a year and just haven’t had the courage to. We need money…I make art and knit. I can make money. I mentioned on Etsy that the money is being raised for medical bills during this time. I somewhat feel that people don’t really want to hear this or they might think it to be used as a sale pitch and I don’t want them to feel like that. I am only being honest in what I am doing. It is hard to even get noticed on Etsy without proper advertisement and I am not one to go around and brag and advertise much.

To try to keep my mind off things and yet still on things, I began knitting my DH a sweater. With every stitch there is a tiny prayer. With every row there is hope and love. I chose to knit the Cobblestone Pullover by Jared Flood.

I do have a finished project and also one being offered as either a pattern or handmade good on my Etsy site.

The Wood and Berry Cowl

I have two new FO updates! I feel more confident each time I complete a project. I totally owe it all to my knit group I meet with on a weekly basis. They keep me excited about what is being knitted and the various fiber-related topics going around. I think the knitting community is one of the best atmospheres one can grow in.

The first FO: these are very much elf socks. Made with Cascade 220 Wool. The socks are from Debbie Bliss’ Essential Baby Knits, part one of a two part pattern; “Top Notch Hat and Socks”. I call them “Jolly Green Bambinos”. I added some decorative embroidery plucked from the pages of EZ’s Knitting Without Tears.

The other FO: Knit from personal hand-dyed 100% silk (I believe was rescued and recycled from a sweater by orata) and using the “Apres-Ski Kercheif” pattern from Handknit Holidays…I give you the Green Woman Kercheif! I adjusted the gauge to knit with a finer yarn using size US6 – 5 sts = 1 inch.

Other mods:
Using my mentioned gauge work pattern until ~ 87 sts
Knit 4 rows continuing the increase on WS as established   ~ 91 sts
Next row: CO 40 sts using Cable CO method, turn and bind off those 40 sts, knit across row.
Next row: CO 40 sts, bind off across those and remaining sts.
Weave in ends..

and fingers…and my whole bloody hand! I don’t wear gloves while dyeing. A lovely specimen from Orata which has undergone a transformation. Said to be awesome! Pamper my head with silk! I am knitting the Apres-Ski Kerchief from Handknit Holidays with this lovely stuff. I can’t wait to finish it so I can break it in while hiking and finding Letterboxes.

Update: I got the art bug again!! This time my loverly women adorn/sprout their fiber addictions! Hopefully I can finish it up and make some prints, correspondence sets, etc. for Etsy!! I need to get my shop going. I am happy with this breakthrough!

If you want to destroy my sweater (woo woo woo..)
Pull this thread as I walk away (as I walk away..)
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Taking time out of my busy schedule to mangle and abuse yet another sweater. What a fine specimen this one turned out to be. Both sleeves unraveled beautifully in length. It was the front and back (probably due to my carelessness in cutting) unraveled in two yard pieces. I think they can still be used in emergencies. This sweater started to come undone at the sleeves (thanks Old Navy..grumble bah) but I loved the color too much to get rid of it. I am thinking of transforming the yarn into comfy house socks..thickly cabled or something like that. Maybe cooking up a little pattern to go with them. I am not planning on getting to these until late fall. I loved the stitch pattern of the sweater and am hoping to duplicate it for some other project (kept a small swatch to copy from).



And now for the manipulation! a FO undergoing some hopeful blocking, all that remains is adding buttons and wearing it in time for fall! I loved this scarf but would definitely make another using the recommended gauge. This scarf was made using size US6 needles and Caron Simply Soft Heathers; Autumn colorway. I changed the gauge to 5 sts per inch.

Name: French Girl Envy
Pattern: Lace Ribbon Scarf

In the Click

Rust Bunny Hops

Miss March Matinee

Callum's Kaftan

Calico Rock Cardigan

River Rapid Socks

Felix Cardigan



Turn A Square Hat
Penta Slouch Hat

2 0 0 9

Handspun Everglade
A Dad Hat
Armadillo Hat
The Color of Moss Hat
Cobblestone Pullover
Scratchy Wool Hat
Better Bucket Hat
One Day Beret
Riphraph Mitts I
London Ridge Beret
Meret (mystery beret)
Stock Sock I (CCWRYT)
Stock Sock II (NICD)

2 0 0 8

Apres-Ski Kerchief
Baby Raglan Sweater
eLoomanator's Diagonal Knit Dishcloth
Lace Ribbon Scarf(ette)
Mountain Laurel Leaf (earrings)
Lyra's Cap
Northwoods Lodge Mitts
The Slump (Blue)
Soap Satchel
Stella's Hat
Topknot Socks
Wood and Berry

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