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Friday, March 20, 2009


My thoughts have been scattered of late. I have been knitting - and spinning - and just trying to catch up on what seems to be things that have spiraled way out of reach.

The lesson I am learning from all of this is time. We certainly do not have enough of it ... spend much time complaining about it ... and waste most of it. Pretty eye opening and sobering.

All is not lost. While I want to save every dog that needs a good home - and the planet from implosion - and fellow humans from violence & disease - I know that I am one person who CAN & WILL make a difference, but I need help!

Enter .... EVERYWUN! This new FREE website helps terrific causes like "The Humane Society", "Books for Africa","Trees for the Future" & "World Vision". You learn interesting snippets on how to make the world better & you can play trivia games to learn even more. You can help plant trees by 'clicking' - or feed an animal ... or provide a book to a child that has nothing.

Today is a wonderful day to give a little something back .... do join EVERYWUN right now. While we each make a difference daily, we can change things for the better a little quicker if we do it together!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Duckie Illusion Scarf is finis!

Does this seem like the longest Winter or what??

Just when the snow & ice clear - a new storm is on the horizon. I like snow - don't get me wrong - but after a weekend with temperatures in the 60 degree f range ... snow & ice just don't 'do it' anymore.

Maybe I am just crabby. I started this winter (in November) with bronchitis. I am ending it (in March) with a sinus infection. Thank goodness - for meds!

All this has taken a toll on my knitting & spinning. I just haven't completed as many projects as I hoped I would so far this year. Hopefully, by tonight, I will be a bit more chipper and productive.

I did manage to complete the Duckie Illusion Scarf. I created it with pink & yellow Peace Fleece. It will be forwarded to Macuwita sni. I hope the person who receives it - likes it!

I did do a bit a carding too. Pedal Pushing Fairies is a pretty little colorway perfect for Spring!!!! With the sale of these battz - 20% will be donated to Muttville & 10% will be donated to Pittie Love Rescue. I just LOVE helping dogs!

Thanks, Stas, for sharing your wonderful fibers with me!!

Off to nap .... it has been a busy day!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Yikes ... it is March

March *is* here - and I will admit to being WAY far behind on stuff. Life really does slap you upside the head ... as if only to say "Wake Up!"

Sometimes personal & professional lives combine to create an explosion of atomic proportions! As the dust settles - one can only cling to what one knows best. For me, I am blessed to know that dogs are what I know best.

They are such an important part of my life and more often than not, people do not seem to understand the high value I place upon them. They expect nothing - yet deserve everything. They are my inspiration when I do not feel like dyeing, carding or spinning wool. They make me laugh and allow me to know "JOY!"

Just this past week, I "upped" The Knotty Sheep's year end donation to PittieLove Rescue from 5% to 10%. The recession is a part of everyone's life ... shelter dogs didn't create it, yet they are a victim of it.

So ... that brings me to Muttville. Senior dogs will always be a huge part of my life as they are some of the first to be discarded/abandoned. Etsy for Animals (search Etsy tags for teamefa) has chosen Muttville as their charity of choice for the month of March. In addition to the 10% I will be donating to PittieLove .... 20% of these batts & handspun yarns will be donated to Muttville! I mean, I am a wee bit partial ... but check out "Blueberry Paws" - spun from coopworth wool & chow doggie fur! Pretty??? YES!!

Well - time to get back to work. I will be working extra hard - for both the pit bulls & the senior dogs at Muttville. Yes, Diesel tries to help too. Given his large size ... he is, in reality, 86 years old. This saddens me ... but, he still has a glint in his eye and love in his heart. He also knows how lucky he is ... just as I know how VERY lucky I am to have him in my Life. Thanks for helping me with my fiber work Diesel ... you are the best! (My beautiful Cat Spindle is hand made by my wonderful artist friend, HaLLa!

(I love helping my fellow senior dog friends- no retirement for me!)

(Oops ... chow break ... I hear treats!)