November 28, 2014

And then there was grace

I get distracted so very easily. Do you ever find that happens to you? Sometimes I think I'm more susceptible to it than the normal person. I'm going along minding my own business, when suddenly I don't remember where I was headed. Sometimes I don't even realize I'm off the road. I wish I was better than that.

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When I revamped my blog my goal was to focus on the little things. To remember in the small is where change is created, love blossoms, and life is lived. But given a few weeks into the first month and I've grown quiet again because I forgot all of that. Instead I once again find myself looking for big ways to make big differences and, lets be honest, that is never going to happen. So I'm quiet. Or I speak and then regret it. Nice prose, wrong topic.

At the book store today I was perusing the magazines looking for Artistic Blogging, which I couldn't locate. Instead I found bella Grace. The cover called to me, peace amongst the craze of colors. The words told me to pick the magazine up, "Life's a Beautiful Journey." And, oh my friends, this is the book which has called me back to the road I am meant to be on. Magazine, but really.... it's the size of a book.

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I'm still working through how to live small. There are so many big things in this life that seem to demand attention, and it's not that I shouldn't give them some but I need to figure out how to go about doing that without losing my own way. I am just grateful when we do lose our way there is someone or something which comes along like a road sign helping us find our path. If we just keep our eyes open.

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November 24, 2014

Tailored Shell Mitts

After searching the internet for the right fingerless mitts and not being able to make the other patterns I found work with the yarn I chose, I settled down and got busy creating a new one. I love the way these came out with the shell pattern through the majority of the yarn, and fitting the thumbs as well. It fits an average woman's wrist and is made with an Aran yarn, they are comfy, fitted, and warm.

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Yarn used: Plymouth Yarn Covington (Brown) (100 yards)
Hook used: G

chain 23, join to form a circle.

Row 1: ch 2, dc across, join in turning chain
Row 2: ch 2, * fpdc, hdc, repeat from * around, join in turning chain
Row 3: ch 2, * fpdc in fpsc, hdc in hdc, repeat from * around, join in turning chain
Repeat Row 3 once.
Row 5: ch 2, 1 dc in same stitch, * skip one space, sc, skip one space, 3 dc shell in next stitch, repeat from * around ending with 1 dc in the beginning stitch, join in turning chain
Row 6: sc in turning chain, * 3 dc shell in sc, sc in middle dc of next shell, repeat from * around, join in first sc
Row 7: ch 2, 1 dc in same stitch, * sc in middle dc of next shell, 3 dc shell in sc, * around ending with 1 dc in the beginning stitch, join in turning chain
Repeat rows 6 and 7 two times
Row 12: sc in turning chain, * 3 dc shell in sc, sc in middle dc of next shell * , 5 dc shell in sc, sc in middle dc of next shell, 5 dc shell in sc, sc in middle dc of next shell, repeat between * 3 times, join in first sc
Row 13: ch 2, 1 dc in same stitch, sc in middle dc of next shell, * 5 dc shell in sc, sc in middle dc of next shell, repeat from * 2 times, [ sc in middle dc of next shell, 3 dc shell in sc ], repeat twice, sc in middle dc of next shell, 1 dc in beginning stitch, join in turning chain
Row 14: sc in turning chain, 3 dc shell in sc, [ sc in middle dc of next shell, 7 dc shell in next sc ], repeat once, * sc in middle dc of next shell, 3 dc shell in sc, repeat from * two times, join in first sc
Row 15: ch 2, 1 dc in same stitch, sc in middle dc of next shell, sc in 3rd dc of 7 shell, skip all stitches to 3rd dc of 7 shell and sc in that stitch (thumb hole made), * 3 dc shell in next sc, sc in middle dc of next shell, repeat from * two times, 1 dc in beginning stitch, join in turning chain
Repeat Rows 6 and 7 five times.
Repeat Row 6 one more time.
Row 22: ch 1, sc around in each stitch, join in turning chain, fasten off.

Thumb:
Join yarn anywhere on thumb opening and sc around which will be 10 stitches.
Chain 1, sc around, join to turning chain
Chain 1, sc around, fasten off.

Weave in all threads.


Please let me know if anything doesn't make sense, or match up. Sometimes my notes make sense to my brain but not to others. I love it when you help me find those times, and appreciate the assistance in making the pattern more understandable.

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November 20, 2014

Sharing a great idea!

I had been looking for a great link to share with y'all, because words are scarce but inspiration is at your fingertips on the web. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to share, but I had seen a few things which peaked my interest a bit. Then I crossed paths with this awesome idea this morning. It was shared on Facebook and I ADORE it! Why wait until December? Why not start right now!! But if you need a few ideas of some little things you can do which WILL make a difference, here's the link to get you started.



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