Inspirational Littles and Love

There is something so very sweet and perfect about the way my middle little carries herself when no one’s looking, and shes just being her.  She’s this perfect combination of reserved and fiery honesty when shes in a room full of people- when I grow up I want to be more like her.  But, when shes just thumbing through her books with her earbuds in, and she forgets the rest of the world is around, maybe watching, she becomes this calm old soul and her whole being reflects it.  Naturally she has the fairest porcelain complexion, pale rosy cheeks and as she sits on her bed eating the Strawberries she so sneakily brought into her room, I see it.  She is the most perfect Valentine colorway, just as she is.  Her Carmel colored hair and heathered blue gray eyes with golden rings and one quirky chocolate colored fleck – its a breathtaking combination on its own, but add those pinks?  Stunning.  Watch out world, shes smart, sassy, confident and gorgeous- and only 8.

So just like that, I immediately turned from her doorway, went strait upstairs and wrote my new colorway inspiration down- because most of my inspiration comes from the beauty I am surrounded by.

So these, which we named: My Sweet Valentine, were inspired by my very sweet little.  Wish to see them?  Sure you do

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Perfect, right?

When I called Lydia to give her my descriptions of each colorway I was thinking about, I didn’t plan for her to nail it on the head so perfectly- but she did.  Down to every last detail, and I am SO in love with them.

These sweet skeins were broken into mini skeins and are still available in the shop. Of course we each kept one, to knit into our Memory blankets, or turn into heels or toes of socks.  And I am so excited to knit with them, because, every time I look at them, I’ll think of my little.  It’s good for this Mama’s soul.

Of course we dyed more skeins up for our collection, and I’ll insert those pics here- some inspired by love stories, stolen kisses, and romantic gardens

And I love them just as much as the others.

Some people call themselves “Maker” because they sew with needle and thread, hand dye yarn, or make intricately stitched knitwear.  Some because they are “makers” of beautiful stories or music intended to rustle something in your deepest soul.  Others bear this name because they inspire others to see their life dreams, and make them a reality.  No matter the path that gets you there,  you find yourself inspired by something that allows you to be a “Maker” of something.  What is that inspiration for you, I’m curious.

Until next week,

Happy making, everyone!

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Oh! Memories Blanket

Back in August of this last year, Lydia and I decided that we really wanted to create a blanket pattern for a Mini Skein Club we had up our sleeves for the Oh! Loops shop  .

We created the Oh! Memories blanket pattern because we liked the idea of having a little bit of something special from all of the projects we have ever knit for family and friends, as well as bits and bobbles we have received from this amazing knitting community, all together in one cozy, wrap yourself up in comfort project.

Our Oh! Memories blanket pattern has directions to complete three different size and weight mitered squares.

You can download your free digital PDF here:

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I hope you all enjoy this pattern as much as we enjoyed creating it for you!

Happy knitting everyone!

Make Twenty In January

Three days ago all of us brought in a new year.  Out with 2015 and in with 2016.  Some of us did it with Champagne flutes clinking and others a new show on Netflix.  No matter how you chose to spend December 31, 2015, at midnight we all said farewell to one year and welcomed a new one.  For me, a new year is a new list of possibilities.  I love that.  I love that we are given a new chance each and every twelve months to allow ourselves to embrace a new change.  It’s good.

This year, my husband and I attended a fantastically fun game night at a dear friends home.  We played card games I’ve never played before, ate new to me foods that were AMAZING, and laughed the night away with both new and dear friends.  I even met a real Prince this year, and he and his soon to be bride were incredibly sweet and so fun to be around. I’m not sure my evening could have been more perfect.

Usually each year I make a list of goals that I want to accomplish over the course of the next twelve months.  This year, I didn’t do that.  Instead, I wanted to focus on a small few things and allow myself to work through them on a month by month basis.

So, what does that mean?  That means that each month I will pick something that I want to do each day for 20 minutes, for the whole month.  Then, when the next month comes around, I will give myself the freedom to change what I want to do or to keep it the same for the next 30 days.

This month, I chose spinning on my little Turkish drop spindle.

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I realized that I hadn’t picked my spindle up at all the previous year, and I wanted to change that.  So this is my first twenty minutes of spinning I finished Friday afternoon after Lydia and I recorded our latest podcast episode.  I am so in love with it.  I love the color, and how sweet it all looks just like this.  It’s perfect.

I’m using a braid of Yarn Love Juliet Roving.  It is 4oz of a 75% Merino and 25% Nylon blend in the Scintillating Sari Colorway.  It is drafting beautifully and is a complete joy to work with.  I will definitely be spinning some more of this in the near future!

SO, I’m curious.  What are your goals this new year?  Is there something that you would love to push yourself to do for twenty minutes every day?  I would love to hear if there is.

Until next time,

Happy making!