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Smiles, Treasures & Springtime Fun!

Enjoying simple moments.

Sometimes they occur with needle and yarn, pencil and paper, sand and salt water.

Always with Ohana in tow.

There are moments where you have to look for moments to enjoy, really look! I am there with you Dear Reader as hard times try to elbow in and take over the day. That is when you have to dig in your heels and make your own fun, make your own smiling moments.

I have one to share today with you! It was one of the 5 Shares I posted last week. I received a few emails mentioning they started reading, clicked on a link and almost missed this fun activity! So in the hopes of giving you something small and simple to do that will yield little happy treasures I share this:

 Spring is finally sprouting here where I live! How about with you? I enjoy springtime for many reasons, and one is perhaps an odd tradition I have kept since just a little kindergartener that has evolved in to something so much more than as it started. I’d like to share that with you today and invite you to join in on a swap that stems from it…CLICK TO READ MORE IMG_0886

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Adventures: Hither, Thither and Yon

Aloha My Friends!

How dearly you have been missed! I have found myself quite all over these past few weeks. I don’t think I can catch you up in one post, so I won’t be trying that today. Instead I will give a wee bit of words and pictures in the post and a bit more in the podcast as I share some finished things! Let’s begin with a blast from the past…exactly a year ago today!

11Oct2013To start, this was my view on October 11, 2013…Kekaha, Kauai, Hawaii.

I had gone for a run in the morning instead of afternoon/evening as was my norm. This is what I wrote in my journal

“It seemed like a great idea to run at different times in the day, to savor Kauai as a whole instead of just afternoon memories. I can not fully wrap my mind around the idea that this time next year my view will not include the sights and smells of Major’s {Major’s Bay has a trail that is along the ocean and in the woods that I ran each day}. I hope my new adventure has me excited…doing and seeing new things, making new friends, going new places…fighting the urge to be homesick.”

Ahh! I do miss Kauai, but I was spot on with the adventures being exciting! Want to hear about them?

It began with flying out to meet Barb, a dear friend and incredible knitter, spinner and human. As you can see, our together time was filled with smiles. Isn’t that just the way it is with knitting pals? She and I enjoy the outdoors so a large portion of time spent in company together had us out and about adventuring by foot.

The Knitting Pipeline Maine Retreat was a bit earlier this year and so the weather was so much warmer for me. Wanderings through Kennebunk/Kennebunkport were highlighted with sunshine, gentle breezes and smiling faces. The town had a delightful village feel and with so many instances of bumping in to other knitters from the retreat out and about during our free time I felt like a local! (No, I didn’t eat the lobster, but I did make friends with one!)

Nice locals were everywhere

During the retreat I took a morning session of Susan B. Anderson’s class on toys. We all began in the class together casting on a wee little bunny. I share in-depth quite a bit about the experience in the podcast. In short Susan makes learning not only fun, but addicting. You want to learn, make and do…and her kindness makes you want to do it well and show her! The class gave me great confidence, Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) have been something I have been not used much after the coconut incident, but using size 4mm and a worsted weight yarn I was feeling like a champ!

Adjusted things and pleased with the results! An incredible teacher filled with some amazing students

I would like to take a moment and give a HUGE MAHALO NUI LOA to Unicorn Crafts and Opal Yarn for providing such beautiful pattern handouts for Susan’s class. I show you all these in the podcast. In short, that are a treasure. I plan to email them directly to thank them. I encourage any other retreat attendees to do the same. These were quality pattern handouts, rich in colour and formatted so well the least i can do is thank them…but I also plan to look around to see what products they sell! Unicorn Books and Crafts and Opal Yarn have won my patronage with these gifts! The patterns are worth adding to your library, check them out here.

I was delighted to share dinner one evening with a sweet group of amazing ladies, Angie, Missy, Kristie, Kelly, Barb as well as Susan and Auntie Paula. The Ramp was a fun place with a breathtaking view. Dinner was filled with laughter, stories and beautiful women sharing delightful stories. It is one of my favourite memories.

I got a little crazy when left to my own devices... Can not even express the joy behind this photoSmile: And share a book! We were Instagram NINJAS!Missy and I knit in the sun

There is so much more to share and show, which I will, but not all at once today.

So I leave you with my “stoked selfie”–I am showing you one of the most famous houses in Kennebunkport. Recognize it?


Enjoy the podcast! And look for updates this week to include: More On Maine, Pattern Chatter, Beautiful People: An Interview With Stacey Trock, Washcloth Mania (hundreds HUNDREDS  have come in! I have been spending hours with the family doing inventory and prepping items to send to Haiati…YOU ALL ARE STUNNING!) , a Free Pattern Friday, and some amazing things to come! ,–and by “amazing” I mean hold on to your knitting needles!


With Mel {Video #4}


Grab your knitting and enjoy a bit of stormy weather! The beach is beautiful no matter what the conditions. Don’t worry, I found a spot to keep you safe and dry.

So let’s do this together!

Of note: there is a wee bit of wind noise initially, but it dies out once we sit down to chat!


With Mel {video 1}

Aloha All!

The podcast has begun a new season!

Today we find ourselves on the shores of Southern North Carolina, past Kure Beach by Fort Fisher.

It is beautiful!

Today I also start a new feature where we knit together! You may have read on the SinglehandedKnits Post you saw I shared some things to gather in order for us to knit together.

Here you go:

2 or 3 ply yarn I am using Coper Corgi’s Stormy Marsh

Size US 6 circular needles (or needed for gauge)

notecard or paper to jot down the instructions if you need

Gauge: 18 sts by 38 rows in garter after soaking and blocking

The instructions are shared in the podcast, the first of three parts. I hope this will be fun! A little something that we can do together and have in common for our knitting. Be sure to let me know how your progress goes! What yarn you are using and what do you think of it?

Stormy Marsh is lovely and the blending of green and grey is making me happy! The Mac ‘N Cheese  on her site is pretty sweet as well! I think I may try some new colours!

Well enough blathering from me in words…

Why not sit with me on the beach and then head with me to see some beautiful butterflies?