Sunday, November 18, 2012


Well, Thanksgiving is soon upon us. For me, it means my parents visiting me in New Jersey and eating in a restaurant but it is Thanksgiving all the same.

After Thanksgiving, I will be completing the Yarn Craft Council's certified instructors program at FIT which I am so excited about! I am hoping it will give me more inspiration to create my own patterns and make me a better teacher for my middle school knitters.

Alas, the cold season is upon us, which means I need to think of more warm knits to keep me and everyone else warm!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Felt Autumn Garland

 While I was home in Ohio during the NYC hurricane, I used some of my time to create this festive felt garland. It is super inexpensive to make, all you need are stencils to cut out the shapes and embroidery thread to sew the details. It does take several hours to complete, especially with all the cutting and sewing. (I think is took me around 15 hours, no joke!) But it is worth it in the end, especially if you need a fun and inexpensive way to decorate your apartment that expresses your creativity!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Power Outages

Well, it seems as though things are moving along in the New York/New Jersey area but it is still a challenge. I am still in Ohio but my roommates in New Jersey were still without power and gas as of yesterday. According to PSE&G, part of the substation was underwater and they need to dry it out before they can re-establish power.

I am grateful that I was out of the state when all this happened but I realized that I need to think about what I would do if this happened again. I am going to start putting together a food rations kit with nonperishable food and water when I return to New Jersey. I am a bit nervous about returning but hopefully things will be more in order at the beginning of next week.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

Well, the rain has not let up since yesterday and it is putting me in a mood. I suppose that I am lucky that I currently am not in New York City and that I am in Ohio. My train travel has been delayed for a day and I am wondering what the situation will be like when I return.

After speaking with a few friends in or near the city, it sounds like things are okay except for some power outages and flooding in some of the subways. They are trying to re-establish bus transportation tomorrow. My recommendation to anyone watching the news is not to believe any of it. Yahoo is the worst one I've seen, saying the damage is devastating. As far as I know, businesses are planning to re-open on Thursday and some of the drug stores are already open. When did journalism get so bad? I'm so tired of the negative press all the time. These companies should be ashamed of themselves,

Friday, August 24, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Knitting Lessons NYC

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Haven't posted enough...

Ack, I am so sorry to anyone following this blog that I have taken sooooooo long since my last post. It is always the challenge of posting when your schedule changes. For awhile I was literally teaching for 8 hours a day and on top of that lesson planning which made my life crazy bonkers. Luckily I have more time right now to knit my own projects so I will try to post more stuff soon. Hope everyone's creative life is well and hope everyone is having a great summer. :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Unfinished Work

Alas, I did not have time to photograph the fair isle cowl that I have been working on. It is going to be an interesting piece because the diameter is only about 14 inches while the lenght is going to be around 24 inches. The fair isle is quite beautiful but when I wear it, you won't be able to see all of the pattern because it will be bunched up.

It definitely will be an elegant winter piece but since winter has left the New York City and the surrounding metropolitian area, I probably will not be able to wear it until next season. While the weather has been a balmy 70 degrees of and on and quite sunny, I hope that it is not ungodly hot this summer. Then I will have to rethink knitting patterns for warm weather!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Fair Isle Story Continues...

So I am about half finished with my fair isle cowl. The stitches are working up nicer since I stopped pulling the second color of yarn behind every front stitch of the first color. I realized after a while that this makes the stitches lumpy and uneven.

My next goal after I finish the fair isle is to knit this blissful blue top from the lion brand site. Only I will knit it in beige. I need a feminine top for work this coming spring and to improve my experience working with lace as well.;utm_medium=Emails;utm_campaign=Weeklynewsletter;utm_content=P-BlissfulBlueTop

Aside from that, there is not much new right now. In fact, to be honest, I really don't even know what to write. I will try to post images of my cowl in the next few days and hopefully that will make up for my temporary lack of inspiration with the written word.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Knitting Fair Isle; Making Peace with the day

My fair isle cowl was horribly neglected this past week. I was able to knit some on Friday at Starbucks, but that was the total amount of my knitting accomplished this week. Why is it so challenging to find time to sit and be still?

While talking to a friend on Sunday, I revealed that the only time I really felt calm was when I was a student  on the islands in Greece. There was no media, no billboards, only the sound of Aegean Sea rolling in and out and the smell of gyros from the local kebab shop.

This week at school, the students had to read a fable called the Fisherman and the Businessman. It describes a Mexican fisherman and an American businessman, their meeting on an island, and a look at what each person finds important in life.

I am trying to be like the fisherman, but it is an ongoing challenge in our ever complicated and media driven society to pull away and find the voice within. This week I will try harder to slow down, breathe and make peace with what each day brings.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Learning to Slow Down

Well, it is quite cold here on the east coast. In some respects, I have to say that that is a bit of a comfort to me. All the warm weather has left me a bit disoriented and troubled, questioning what exactly is going on with the planet at this point in time.

I am still in the process of knitting my fair isle cowl. It is a stop and start process. Since sitting still and knitting seems like such a luxury for my over active mind, it often gets set aside while I think about cleaning my apartment, looking for ways to increase my income, and sewing buttons on coats and sweaters.

My goal for this week is to slow down. I always seem to be thinking that I should be further ahead, more successful, and getting more done, but when I get so hung up on these things, then nothing gets done. Or as Jean Valjean said in the musical version of Les Miserables, "Another day, another destiny."

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Paying attention to the details

This week I found myself doing knit repair work. And as I sat doing this, I fantasized that I was travel around Africa on a safari, or sailing across the ocean to Hong Kong, or traveling to Antarctica. I often find myself in this place, where I am restless for adventure in spite of my daily activities.

I often forget that these day to day activities are what eventually build the foundation of big adventures and dreams. While doing repairs may not directly lead to traveling to exotic places, the ability to be still and mend things helps to focus energy and see the steps needed to build goals and dreams.

So this week I am paying attention to the details and seeing what insights I come up with.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Taking small steps to reach your creative goals

Last week I talked about thinking bigger in terms of our art and life. As such, this week lent me to thinking about giving ourselves praise for the small, everyday accomplishments that may often seem to go unnoticed. As artists our work needs an audience. However, very often we find ourselves at points in our career where we lack an audience or a community in which to share, nurture, and develop our creative work. We could call this a creative dry season, when we are wondering when our work will flower and be acknowledged by the larger community.

I have struggled during many creative dry seasons, searching for a community and friends to acknowledge my work and achievements. And the ironic thing is, the more desperate I am to find acknowledgement, the more I seem to alienate those that may take interest in what I am doing. It is during these dry periods that we need to congratulate ourselves for the small, daily steps we take to nurture our artistic life, whether it be a first draft, a first note, a first step, or for me, the first stitch.

My goal for this week is to do one small creative action that will take me closer to my creative goals (which include better developing this blog, creating my own knitting patterns, and getting certified by the craft yarn council.) Feel free to share with me any small victories of you own this week, and have a creatively abundant week!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Think Bigger

In my never ending quest to find the people, places, and things that are going to help me grow artistically, I had this thought come to me out of the blue this week. This little idea popped into my head, saying "You're thinking too small." "Thinking too small?," I thought. "What does that mean?" For me that means that I am not setting my goals high enough. It means I need to stop limiting myself to opportunities that don't require much experience or many qualifications.

How often do we think too small in our day to day lives? How often do we choose what is safe and easy because it provides us with a predictable outcome?  All of us are meant to set the bar higher and dream bigger. This means if you want to run a marathon, do it! If you want to write a book, do it! If you want to paint, sing, or dance, then just do it! It is easy to get caught in limiting ideas of what is possible. Often people will give what seems to be well meaning advice, such as that's only for the young, rich, healthy, etc. I beg to differ. I think if you can see it in you're mind's eye, you have the answer inside of you on how to achieve it. It might take some stumbling along the way, but anything is possible if you believe in yourself and your dreams, no matter what age you are.

In the spirit of thinking bigger, I am posting an image of a soft, knit, city sculpture that I created from Anna Hrachovec's book Knitting Mochimochi. If you are looking for some cute and funny patterns for soft sculptures, I recommend checking out her site

And remember THINK BIGGER!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Felted Lunch Bag

Well, here it is, my felted lunch bag off the lion brand yarn website. I am now watermarking my photos because I found my photos posted on other websites and if they are going to end up other places, I want people to know that they're mine.

Other then that, not much is new here. The weather has been quite cold, but no snow here on the East Coast. I often wish that I had more time to travel to more rural places. Being in an urban environment is great for meeting other artists, but one also needs to experience nature as often as possible. I think it is important for keeping one connected to what is real. With "reality" TV, Facebook "friends" and everything else that to some extent seems to draw us from what is tangible and concrete, a good walk in the forest is what one needs to keep him or herself connected to him/herself, the earth, and other people.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

So it's been forever since I last posted....

Hello blog community!
Well, it has been a millennia since I last posted. (Well, maybe not that long, but it sure seems that way.) I suppose in essence, it makes it a good time to reflect on the year behind us and my hopes for the year ahead. I have been knitting a lot, maybe in essence to keep some sense of place in a world that changes too much too fast. I've been working a lot with developing new skills in the knitting arena, and right now I am working on a fair aisle cowl off the lion brand yarn website.  The link for the pattern is here:

In addition, I recently completed a felted lunch bag pattern (also off the lion brand website, As soon as I get photos taken, I will upload images of the bag.

As for my hopes for this year, well, I for one am hoping that people feel a greater sense of abundance in their lives this year. This is something that I need to work on in my own life and a lot of it relates to gratitude and mindset. In addition, I also hope to regularly post blog updates! I still have an attachment to this little blog, and my goal is to update once a week if possible.

Anyhoo...please feel free to comment about your hopes and goals for the year, and have a blessed and super abundant week and year!


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