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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou passed away today. She has been one of my heroes since I was a teenager. I came to know her as a writer first, and fell in love with her incredibly unique and beautiful way of expressing herself. Her poems were a huge influence and inspiration to me, and her books as well. There was no end to her capacity for creative brilliance.

That wasn't just it, though. She had SOMETHING. She had a palpable light; a tangible soul that could be seen beyond every limited human perceptual boundary. She was Spirit personified and exemplified, and in shining her light, she helped us all to remember our own light. In her strength, grace, and peaceful presence, we were inspired to find our own.

Thank you for your service to this planet and its beings, Maya. May you sing with angels, dance with goddesses, and dine with the ascended masters. Blessings to you on your journey!!!

Purple and Green Tassel Hat

I really need to come up with better names for my finished projects.  Sometimes I do; sometimes I come up with brilliant names for things, like when I made a Hexbreaker Shawl.  The pattern was actually called the "Divinity Shawl" by the pattern designer.  I knit it up just after having my third child, and it was a crazy time in our lives.  Not only were we adjusting to the new baby, but we had a terrible infestation of mice to deal with (NOT fun) along with some other general life craziness.  Why I thought it would be a good time to knit lace, I'm not sure, but that is what I did!

Anyway, by the time I had finished the shawl, things had calmed down, the mice were gone, and I had survived repeatedly ripping back to repair many mistakes I had made in the shawl.  Since it had magically coincided that life calmed down when the shawl came off the needles, I came to the oh-so-logical conclusion that the shawl had somehow broken the unnamed, unknown curse that had been afflicti…

May 2014 Socks: Start to Finish

I actually finished May's socks in two days, and didn't even think to take a picture of the cast-on.  My family and I have all been battling coughs and colds all week, so I have been in a bit of a fog.  Still knitting and crocheting a lot.... just doing so in a fog!

Nevertheless, May's socks are DONE!  I am really pleased with them.  These are intended as Christmas gifts for my oldest son.  He is a Gryffindor, through and through, and it really helps that he is obsessed with the color RED!  I know he is going to love those, and I can't wait to give them to him (but I will wait... until December!).

I believe this is my third pair created without a pattern, and I am the MOST happy with this pair.  Knitting without a pattern has forced me to work out some of the kinks that inevitably arise.  For example, with the first pair (March 2014 pair), I felt the heel flap was too short.  Now since it was for my middle son, I thought that would be a good thing, until I remembered h…

Owls for the Cure Blanket Square

So, I have this friend.  She is one of the most generous and giving people I know.  After recently losing a friend to cancer and knowing several other people dealing with cancer in their lives, she decided to take her grief and feelings of helplessness and put them into action!

Like me, she has a tiny Harry Potter obsession (its tiny; really!  We do NOT have a problem!) and decided to create a couple of patterns with owls in them to help raise awareness and money for cancer research.  The first pattern is finished and is for a blanket square (it would also make a nifty washcloth if you knit with cotton).  The pattern motif is of an owl wearing an awareness ribbon.  How cool is that?  You can use duplicate stitch to make the ribbon and eyes/ beak really pop (which I did; see photos below) or just leave it plain.

The BEST part about this?  100% of the proceeds go towards cancer research, so you can feel good about buying this pattern!  Please help to spread the word; tweet it, Facebook …

Gold Craft Ribbon Hat: Complete!

Here are the final photos for the charity hat I knit for Gold Craft Ribbon (meant to post this last week and got really really busy!)



Vegan Gypsy Goulash Casserole

One of my guilty pleasures is watching reality TV.... its sad, but there it is!  I especially love "Gypsy Sisters."  I was watching an episode recently where Kayla made a goulash for her family's dinner one night.  It looked really good, and I had no idea what I was going to make for dinner that night, so I decided to make my own version of gypsy goulash... veganized and gluten-free!


Vegan Gypsy Goulash Casserole

2 lbs. extra firm tofu
1/4 cup olive oil (and more if the tofu starts to stick to the pan)
1/4 cup Bragg's Liquid Aminos
1 Tbsp instant Vegebase
2 Tbsp vegan and gluten-free taco seasoning
2 tsp garlic powder
1-2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1 lb. gluten-free noodles, uncooked
1 large onion (or 2 small onions), chopped
1 can of diced stewed tomatoes
1/2 bag of frozen roasted corn (about 1- 1 1/2 cups)
1 small frozen bag of cauliflower (or 1 head of fresh chopped cauliflower)

Method:
-  Drain the tofu, and press any extra moisture out of it.  Break it up …

Slytherin Penguin Sweater Complete!

I forgot to post the finished penguin sweater, so here it is!  I completed it on April 23.  And now it will be shipped off to New Zealand for some Slytherin penguin out there!  ;)
Yarn:  Vanna's Choice

Crafting Dates:  April 13-23, 2014

For:  The Penguin Foundation Charity

Needles:  KnitPicks Interchangeables, Harmony

Slytherin/ Hufflepuff Interhouse Unity Y7, R6

Gold Ribbon Craft Hat: Cast-On

I recently found out about an awesome charity called Gold Ribbon Craft.  The charity aims to raise awareness of childhood cancer.  The way it works is, crafters create beautiful gold ribbon hats (knitted or crocheted) and they are sent out to celebrities.  In September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, celebrities will hopefully use their social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) to publish photos of themselves wearing the hats, thus bringing attention to this great cause.

This all came about because of a woman who has an incredibly courageous daughter named Bronwyn.  Bronwyn fought leukemia, and more recently had a successful heart transplant.  Please check out her page on Facebook; I tell you, this story is so incredibly inspiring!  It made me want to do something, ANYTHING, to help.  And so, I knit!

This morning I cast on for my first gold ribbon hat:
It was a delightful morning.  We've been crazy busy around here, running around almost nonstop, and t…