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Inspiration from a quiet place

Nighttime is quiet, other than the low hum of the diffuser, which large amounts of steam escape through the pin-like hole on the top. Drops of eucalyptus oil swirl around inside.

I’m awake, too miserable to sleep. The coughs come quickly, yet profusely. I look across the room, dimly lit by the one lamp on the table. My reader sits awaiting that next page to turn. My knitting sits beside it.

It’s 3:00 am, the clock tells me. Far from time to get up. I twist my neck to the side, take in a deep breathe. Ouch. Will this night ever end? Eventually, I hope to sleep. In the meantime, it’s me, my thoughts and my iPad.

Ever have those sleepless nights where it’s your own worries, a cold, or other ailment that keeps you awake? It’s probably the best time to reflect. Take a moment to think of all the things that inspire you. Clearly, it’s the quiet house that makes your mind go crazy, your thoughts to run wild.

I rally around those thoughts, and wonder what next year wil look like for my design business. My writing. What inspiring thoughts can I have that will be effective in creating the inspiration for the (master) plan.

Do you know what I mean?

I can feel the cough subsiding, the essential oils doing their thing. My eyes are getting tired, but now my mind is moving.

2016 feels like the year to up the anti with my business. Create another facet to the ever popular Dishcloth Diva, me. Reaching into the vaults, or my computer archives and pulling out those patterns I love so much and recreating them. Repurposing them, if you will. Inspiring to be that next superstar in the fiber industry.

Oh wait! I am!

Or maybe writing that next novel, memoir, or industry type of book. Spinning tales of my yarn business, how/why it’s led me to where I am.

Sigh…it’s time to close the iPad, turn off the lamp and attempt to get some sleep. It feels like a good time to say, thanks for being my loyal fan, my reader, or however you have come to me. I appreciate you. I know we all have inspirations. For me, apparently, they come in the middle of the night.

Night all!



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Booksigning a HUGE Success

You know, for years I sat and pondered what I would be when I grew up. That became a daily thought; one that could make or break my day. I wanted to do something I could be proud of, as well as, my family be proud of me. I went through years of jobs, some good, some bad, but only to lead me to where I landed today…

Dishcloth Diva has been a dream come true for me. I think it finally hit just this morning, as I sat behind the big table loaded with dishcloths and chocolate. Strung on a clothesline, my dishcloths hung behind me. I was feeling a bit anxious as my knittsters arrived one by one, and even those that don’t knit were kind enough to stop by and buy a copy for themselves. My hope is that they find time to sit down and learn to knit, because that morsel of time you take for yourself will bring much comfort to your day.

Ask me how I know…

Tears run down my face as I write this. I know it’s official…I’m an author. Author of something I love to do. Something I’m passionate about. Something I can be proud of; the photography and patterns are all mine. I truly believe that when you find your passion, you run with you. Whether it leads to something like this, or just self gratification. It’s all the same in my book.

Please enjoy a few photos of my never-to-be-forgotten first day…

 So, as I always say,

Knit On!


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How do I count thee (Knitting) ways

I’m so blessed to be able to attend so many knitting group during the week. I mean, who wouldn’t like to get away for a few hours, enjoy wine, coffee, dessert, dinner, and great company?

I look forward to these groups whether it’s Monday morning, Monday evening, Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning, or every other Friday morning, my calendar is filled.

Monday Evening lovely ladies & baby

Sweet baby girl just wasn’t having the sock monkey hat (hence, the blurry photo)- Monday Evening group
Hannah sporting her cowl-Monday evening group
Nadia sporting her very cute hat-Monday evening group
Yarn Crawl September 2012

The yarn crawl was fun back in September. I got to drive. “Sure no problem, I’ll drive.” I said. The car kept going and going up the mountain, and going up the mountain. “It’s just west of Denver.” They tell me. We kept going and going. If you know me at all, I’m a horrible traveler, unless I’m a passenger in the car, knitting. I guess our little drive to “just west of Denver,” took a bit longer.

Priceless! And YES, we got Lots of it!

Cute little shop tucked away in a shopping center

The perfect Lantern Moon find.
My girls!
Stopping off at the coffee shop on our return, I couldn’t leave without this. Right?

But all the whining aside, we had a fun time.

More pictures of my lovely knitting friends coming in future blog posts. I just can’t count the ways…there are so many of them.

So, as I always say,

Knit On!


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Dishcloth Diva – Knitting one dishcloth at a time
Do you have any idea what it feels like when your publisher sends you an email saying, “time to review?”
Let me tell you, It’s the most heart pounding, tear jerking, euphoric moment one could ever experience. I downloaded the PDF file, opened it up and just stared. 
In aw. 
Was this really happening? I’ve been working on this project for a year. Dreaming about this project for as long as I’ve been knitting, about 10 years.
Dishcloth Diva features a foreword from Kay Gardiner of Mason-Dixon Knitting, a declared fan of the humble dishcloth.
You can order directly from my publisher’s website and get the print copy, as well as the digital copy, for one price. Digital available now, Print will ship when available (soon). 

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. ~Theodore Rubin 
Couldn’t have said that better myself…

So, my friends, I’m honored to be able to share with you my love for this craft. It keeps me content on a cold day, it gives me comfort when I’m alone, and it allows me to dream while I create the next diva-like dishcloth. 
My hope is that it does the same for you.
So, as I always say,
Knit On!
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WIP Wednesday

Seems like the perfect thing for today. There is always something this hasn’t been finished. There’s not a day that goes by that a project is waiting to be completed.

In this case? A dishcloth set…

Dishcloth are (obviously) my thing. This particular one will go into my Etsy shop, in the “front window”, for everyone to see. It’s bright lemony colorway lends itself to sunshine, lemon pies, and summertime. 
Happy Wednesday to all my fabulous friends!