23 November 2015

monday's musing

"What I dream of is an art of balance." - Henri Matisse

At this time of year, I always get lost in the final mad dash to the last day on the calendar. This year, I am working to enjoy the time and find balance. Not really to do less, but to take joy and fully participate in all the many tasks ahead. Because I think I may actually finally have learned that I love to be busy and doing too much. 
This week, while knitting on deadline and working to catch up on everything, I am feeling the incredible joy of planning a Thanksgiving meal, in particular for a certain young foodie whose most favorite holiday involves the deep satisfaction of sharing good food with his family. I didn't always find happiness in doing the expected; I've worked to understand just how fortunate I am to have things expected of me by my loved ones. How empty life would be without any expectations at all.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!


09 November 2015

monday's musing

"Notice the small things. The rewards are inversely proportional." - Liz Vassey 

This is my meditation and my goal. This week, I will work to notice, take pleasure in, and be grateful for all of the small pieces of my life. The lovely fresh smell of sagebrush in the cold winter air, the incredible quiet of a snowfall, the smile of a loved one, a gentle sunset, a soft pillow, a perfect woolly swatch. Laughter.

Small bits of beauty. Everywhere.


02 November 2015

monday's musing

"The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life." - William Morris

And that is so very true. In my adult life, I've worked hard to take pleasure in the small things that make up the process of every day life. This is my biggest failing: being too concentrated on the goal, and not enjoying the journey enough. When I am running around like a crazy person, I often forget that life happens every moment, and that every moment is an opportunity to learn something new, or experience something in wonder, or appreciate a small but beautiful detail. When I forget to do this, life becomes less vibrant and beautiful, and my days take on the feeling of never-ending monotony, rather than being the celebration they should be. Mindfulness and meditation are important to my inner being and to my feelings of centered-ness or not-so-centered-ness.

This morning, I was covering a button and thinking about the little details and how very important they are to the whole. So today, I will try - every moment of the day - to recenter myself with the details of daily life. I will work to feel gratitude for my good fortune, and consider each trial as an opportunity to grow stronger. And however many times I fail, I will begin again one more time.

What makes you feel centered? Do you practice mindfulness? Do you meditate? Do you have a morning ritual that prepares you for the day? I'd love to know!

Just a quick note: today is the last day of my anniversary sale! For 19% off in my Ravelry pattern shop, use code


at checkout. Enjoy!!

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06 July 2015

monday's musing

“Prejudices are what fools use for reason.” - Voltaire

I'm baaaaaaack! And centering myself ever so slowly again after a wee bit of vacation. Have a fantastic week everyone!


04 April 2015

there is easter egg hunting!

Get ready for my 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
This year is a little different, but I think it's more fun, because I've split up the hunting into three different start times! :) 

Here are the specifics:
I will be uploading pictures of Easter Eggs into my pattern pages on Ravelry starting later this afternoon (Saturday, April 4). These pictures will have Ravelry shopping cart codes in them for prizes! Starting at 6pm PDT this evening (4-4), the codes will go live and you will be able to use them if you can find them! After the initial run of prizes has been used up, codes will go live again at 10am PDT tomorrow morning (4-5), and then again at 4pm PDT tomorrow afternoon (4-5). I've split them up so that there are several more chances to win this year. Some of the codes are single use (so make sure you find them first!), and some of them are multiple use codes. I realize that this is an international community, and apologize for bad timing for some of you; that's why I've split everything up this time into 3 tranches. The codes will expire at 10am PDT Wednesday, April 15. There is nothing to stop you from getting more than one of the codes. IOW, you could snag both the Grand Prize and a free pattern.

Here's a list of prizes that will be available at each time that the codes go live! Beware! Codes and placement of pics will change!

One Grand Prize: a single use code (meaning it can be used only once and by the first person who types it into their Ravelry cart and completes their purchases) for $30 to my Ravelry pattern shop (this needs to be used all at once-in one purchase; you can't use it a little at a time)
Two First Prizes: a code (that can be used by the first two peeps to type it into their Ravelry shopping carts and complete their purchases) for $20 to my Ravelry pattern shop] (this needs to be used all at once-in one purchase; you can't use it a little at a time)
Three Second Prizes: a code (that can be used by the first three peeps to type it into their Ravelry shopping carts and complete their purchases) for $10 to my Ravelry pattern shop (this needs to be used all at once-in one purchase; you can't use it a little at a time)
50 unlimited (because I feel like it!) Third Prizes: a code for $6.50 to my Ravelry pattern shop, which will cover the price of most any of my small shawl patterns. In other words: use the code and get a free pattern or get $6.50 off a larger purchase; one use per person (this needs to be used all at once-in one purchase; you can't use it a little at a time)

eta: All Easter eggs will be removed from my pattern pages at midnight PDT on Easter.

We've dyed the eggs and taken the pictures, and now it's time for the count down! Are you ready?


30 March 2015

monday's musing

“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important. It's hard to understand failure when you're going through it, but in the grand scheme of things it's good to fall down—not because you're drunk and not near stairs.” - Ellen DeGeneres

Today is March 30. Yes it is. Today is the day I set to finish my delayed 7 Small Shawls Y4 eBook. I dreamed a dream of completion, but I failed. I hoped to miraculously pull it out at the last minute, but the stars did not align, and I was not able to make those stars care one way or the other about how I was feeling about it. I do have a wee update, however. There are three shawls in the app process and when Apple approves them, they will go live as both app and pdf. The fourth and last shawl is in the process of being (possibly) resized for an additional yarn choice before it is ready for you. And then there is an extra fun bonus shawl (because I think you will love it!) that's a variation on one of the other shawls coming this time. If you are on Instagram (I'm RomiDesigns; come by and say hello!), you will be able to watch as things take shape. And yes. I will even come over here and post pictures. I've been MIA too long.

I failed to make the due date, but I did succeed somewhere else. I have truly begun to enjoy what I do again, and for some time, I thought I had well and truly lost that. The reason I am late this time is that the remaining projects in the eBook had to be great. I could have whipped up a bunch of mediocrity, but I decided to go for the gusto, and it is the best thing I could have done for myself (and I hope for you, too). With my rediscovered joy has come a flood of returning creativity, and it all started with my absolutely having to do a sweater for you all as a bonus pattern. It would have been faster to do a hat, but you know? I needed to give you all something special that everyone could wear and love. 

So Village Sweater Wrap was born from 4 skeins of A Verb for Keeping Warm Even Tinier Annapurna. 

I do so hope you are enjoying it!

I am very sorry to all of you who are disappointed, but the patterns will be coming soon, and they are great patterns. I couldn't do less and still live with myself. So...instead of all the patterns today, here are some sneak peeks!

There's lacy wavy asymmetry, done in Shalimar Breathless or Huckleberry Knits Cascara Silk. This one can be enlarged, as it is based on wedges. I'm kind of geeking out about how the waves line up in the chart. It reminds me of waves breaking on shore.

There's two color asymmetry with stripes and lace (in two sizes!) done in Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply or Dubai Knits Faith, Hope and Love. This was so much fun to design and knit! It was totally play time for me. I hope you love it as much as I do!

And there's a lace edging with a crescent shaped garter top in Yarn Sisters Black Pearl or The Yankee Dyer's Yankee Sole II. I so love the way this turned out: simple but lovely.

Believe it or not, until more recently than I care to divulge, I couldn't harness my brain to work out the edging on this one, even though it was all designed in my head and I had charted it (imperfectly, to say the least). It's a modification of the Sunspot pattern (from the Barbara Walker stitch dictionaries) that turns it into a knitted on edging. I kept staring at the chart and not really seeing it. This is the pattern that will have a two color bonus variation coming up just for the fun of it! That, and the fact that I love this lace pattern. It's another one I am totally geeking out on.

And for the fourth pattern? Here's a wee sneak peek of the unfinished item from Instagram. I could not just rush through this one. It needs to be perfect, Malabrigo Finito is one of my very favorite yarns, and it deserves to be born as a prominent part of this collection.

I am squeeing every time I pick it up. Look at the center cable! It's got an eyelet in the middle.

And there will be a 2nd yarn choice: Road to China Light! I know you will all love this one!

So...please bear with me to wait a little bit longer for fabulousness, even though it is late fabulousness.

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13 January 2015

monday's musing, better late than never edition

"And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth 'You owe me.' Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky." - Rumi

And with that, I wish you a love-filled and generous week!