Archive for January, 2008

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Baby Goodies

January 31, 2008

My boss’s daughter is a couple of months away from having her first baby. What better excuse for tiny knitting than a baby gift! So, I sat out to make what I consider the perfect newborn “take me home from the hospital in style” cap. I hate those thin little caps you get from the hospital. This one allows for a bit of growth, stylish coverage and it is made with yummy Debbie Bliss cashmerino worsted weight (soft as buttah yarn for baby knits).

The socks are meant for ages 3 to 6 months (I want to make a second pair with a smaller CO number for a more infant fit).

That is what I have been up to in the knitting department. I am still trying to get two scarves done but I am gonna have to CO for the Buccaneer Booty Socks because, I gotta. They are rockin’ cute!!

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What Cha Makin’?

January 29, 2008

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So, you may ask, “Dawn, what do you make for dinner when you have to work late, the young one has basketball practice till “?”, the two college boys  have multiple tasks of study and projects to complete, and you don’t know if your dad will dine with you or not?”.  Well, I will tell you; I make homemade Mac n Cheese, grilled hot dogs and fresh asparagus.  Mmmmm.  Quick, reheatable, and you can steam your own asparagus to your liking.  

Did I mention how much I love Nigella’s cookbook?  yeah, I did.  But it bares repeating.  

Peace, ya’ll (that’s a southern blessing *wink*). 

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a pause and some Yarn!

January 25, 2008

I just need to say this… I love Daniel Day Lewis.  I love this man.  He is brilliant as an actor but as a human being he oozes humanity.  I just saw him on Oprah (oooh, guilty pleasure) and in the middle of his interview, for no apparent reason, he paused to send condolences to Heath Ledgers family.  He didn’t even know him, never worked with him but you could tell it weighed heavy on his mind.  He had to take a moment to compose himself afterward.  I love him!  [I also loved Heath and his awesome acting–so sad]

**pause**

YARN!! 

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This is the yarn I bought to make the Buccaneer Booty Socks.  The drawers they are in I got at Hobby Lobby for $6!  my essential oils fit perfectly in it for work.  Yay!

Happy weekend, all!   

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Get Grounded

January 24, 2008

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  I read this passage this morning and just felt this connection.  Working with people in pain or people who don’t even know what living in a balanced body feels like makes you want to shake the world sometimes.  So read, re-read, connect, and meditate on this for a little bit today and see if you don’t get how important being grounded, in this moment in this time, really and truely is: 

In an alienated and “ungrounded” culture, where most values do not favor the body or its pleasures, we develop pain.  Our bodies hurt after a day at the computer or a day of driving.  The stress of competition and fast living do not give us a chance to rest and renew, or to process that hurt, to release it.  As we develop pain, we become, ironically, more resistant to grounding, for to ground is to be “in touch”.  Getting in touch means feeling that pain.  Yet this is the first step in making ourselves whole so that we begin to heal.   “Wheels of Life”  Anodea Judith 

So much is repressed, pushed down, denied.  We don’t know what we feel, what another feels or even if it is okay to feel at all.  People come in all the time and say, “oh, I have just lived with this for so long, I don’t even notice it hardly anymore”.  Pain is your bodies vocabulary, it is how it communicates with you.  If you don’t listen, it will act like a child who is ignored– it gets louder and louder and more obnoxious until finally it breaks something and you have to notice it.    

It is okay to live in your body.  It is okay to be grounded and connected to the earth.  It is okay to to touch someone and ask to be touched in return.   So feel what you feel today and try and understand where it is coming from so you can make the changes it takes to move toward healing.

Peace~ Dawn   

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Birthday at di Beppo

January 22, 2008

Ah, we had such a great Sunday. We went shopping and had a wonderful dinner with the boys and the girlfriend.

This week is slow at work but ultra busy here at the house. I am having spring-fever-itis! I am so sick of this crappy weather and my house is cluttered and I am going insane! so I am trying little by little this week to get things tidied up so come the first try sign of spring I can begin to purge.Knitting news: I have finished my odds ‘n ends project I just need to find time to make a couple of linings and then get them photographed. I have also started, completed, frogged and restarted a hat for my son’s [big} head 3, count ’em 3 times. Did you get that? I completed a hat 3 times in a total of 3 days and have had to frog them all because of his head! breath. . . I am half way done with it for the 4th time and if I have to super glue it on him– he will wear this bad boy weather it is to big, to small or full of holes.

Well, I feel better. I have more cleaning up to do so I better get to it.

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Winter Comfort

January 18, 2008

There are many ways to keep warm in the winter. Lets face it, some days need more comforting than others. Amaretto Hot Chocolate, mmmm.

Hope you have a fun weekend. We will be celebrating birthdays (my middle son turned 19 yesterday and my oldest will be 20 on Sunday). I think I need another drink. Excuse me. . .

“The name we give to something shapes our attitude toward it.”
–Katherine Paterson

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Creative Heart Seed

January 16, 2008

I contacted Kara, a fellow creative craft blogger, and asked if she would send me one of her Creative Heart Seeds and she did!Heart SeedIt is the prettiest seed I have ever seen.  It is about the size of a quarter.  I took my heart seed and made it into a necklace so I can take it with me AND show it off wherever I go.  I love it!  Thank you, Kara for such a pretty reminder of the creative spirit in all of us.  Namaste.Heart Seed Necklace