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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

5 POUNDS gone!

I did it! I did it!

Lost 5 pounds! Nope, don't mean weight ... I mean stash! Remember when I said I couldn't treat myself to any new yarn-yummies or patterns until I unloaded 5 pounds of stash? ... AND this could mean both from knitting yarn odds & ends as well as spinning some of the flock of fleeces I have snoozing in the studio ... just waiting to become something grand??

Well --- 5 pounds has been USED! Most of it went to charity knitting ... some ended up in skeins ... but either way - it does a body good to help others as well as to destash. Like losing any 5 pounds - I feel like I can move a lot easier - more lightly.

My last spinning endeavor went to my new "Yarn Collections". Geared towards the charity knitter who wants to dabble in handspun without emptying the piggy bank! Check out Fall.

AND - I did start a lace project too. This yarn came to me via another project - but, that project will come in time as they all do. After a slow start ... I am loving the German Shawl.

As the US winds down to Labor Day ... I just can't wait to just spin & knit in more comfortable temps!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Nothing new in my world - You??

This week has flown by - I am not sure where it went. That troubles me as I am truly trying to savor the moments ... but this week, I don't remember them.

My mind is fuzzy with a cross of a 'summer cold' & allergies. DH is feeling the same way - so we are stumbling thru the daily jobs, chores & animal care. I am happy to report that at least I did some dyEing & I completed a pair of sox for Macuwita sni!

This weekend - it is supposed to be HOT once again. I am in the process of starting a shawl .... only if my fuzzy brain can figure out what ' 2 left twist (knit the last stitch from behind, leaving it on the left needle, knit the second to the last stitch & drop both stitches off the left needle' means. I am thinking that the last stitch should be knit thru the back loop?? Anyone??

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sock Yarn Diet

I started & frogged the lace shawl I was working on. Guess after all my 'worstedness' - my fingers just didn't want to play with lace weight at this time. Of course, watching the Olympics out of the corner of my eye didn't help. Oh well ....!

Stasia recently sent me a link to Sparkpeople (clickable link on my left side bar.) What a FABulous FREE resource of all things diet & exercise! I have already lost 2 pounds ... and hope to lose MUCH more!!

Of course, this means I share my excitement! For me ... a "Sock Yarn Diet!" Until further notice all my Painted Toes Sock Yarns are 10% off. Hurry ... these yarns are part of my "Spots & Shades" study - and, as always, they are one of a kind!! AND this sale can end at ANY time!!

So... do shop - and do join Sparkspeople .... it is a great day to treat yourself to OOAK yarn and to grab hold of your Life! WhEEEEE!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Shelter Dogs are the Best!!

Shelter Dogs are the Best!!

But, what they go through, the stress they deal with, is truly h*ll on Earth.

My mind can not grasp the fact that someone would 'throw their dog away' - because it has become a chore, or an inconvenience. It gets back to what I said in my last post ... moments are either a chore or a gift, it is all a matter of perspective & attitude.

I recently purchased 2 books: "Shelter Dogs by Traer Scott & " One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter" by Marilee Geyer. Not for the faint of heart or those that believe that their disposable pet will find a forever happy home. Geyer's book notes that only 20% of those who enter the shelter system get adopted. Somehow, I feel *I* have a better chance of winning "Powerball" than most animals do making it out of a shelter alive.

As I continue my journey on this Planet ... I am beginning to realize that shelter dogs are playing an increasing importance in my Life. At this time ... only the Universe knows why. I know my heart will be broken, I know tears will be shed ... but, maybe, just maybe a few dogs & cats & all the others who make their home at a shelter ... will find their forever families soon if I work harder.

Which leads me to how YOU can help!
** Don't purchase a cat or dog from a pet store. Puppy Mill Awareness Day is September 20th. Yes ... those little kittens & puppies are adorable in those windows ... but, stop & think of their mothers ... who have to produce litter after litter and live in conditions that are just plain wretched.

**Volunteer at a shelter ... socialization is key to the animals ... see what is on their 'wish lists' ... is it food, $$ for medical treatment, toys, blankets??

**Shop at establishments that give back. There are plenty of artists on Etsy that do ... search EFA (Etsy for animals) in the 'tags' OR go directly to the EFA Shop! Not only are the artists fabulous - they also work long & hard to fight for & protect animals around the world!

EFA will be celebrating their first SHOP Birthday in September!! Do stay tuned - it is going to be a blast!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Jump start my week

This is a bold statement: "I have decided to change my life."

The craziness still exists but instead of fighting it - I accept it. Yes - you heard me right, I accept it.

There is no 'slow down' in the near future, there is no 'extra hours' in which to 'fit in' something/anything. There is only 24 hours in a day (or 1440 minutes or 86400 seconds.) Each hour, minute, second - can be a gift or a chore - it is all a matter of perception & attitude.

My attitude embraces the craziness ... I just hope my body can keep up!!

I started the Faceted Gem lace shawl this weekend. I haven't used such skinny yarn in such a long while ... should be an interesting journey!!

I also carded Clouds in the Tides - super lustrous spinning batts blended from dorset wool & mohair!!
Seriously ... these babies are pure luxury at an affordable price! Woo-WHOO!

So - while my world keeps spinning along .... I accept the pace at which it twirls ... being Dizzy is going to be fun!!

Accept your day today ... with all its craziness. I just *know* there is a lesson to be learned for each of us!