So much nothing…

I have been hyper focused lately on my physical issues and recently looked up and realized that I am so lucky to have these trials in my life. I broke my ankle on January 1st and 1 plate and 9 screws later found myself crying with pain, but also found that my husband, kids and so many amazing friends held me up and dried my tears for me.

I was such a mess in the beginning that I couldn’t even knit…horrors!!! Of course now it’s 3 months plus and my ankle is amazing for such a short time since I broke it.

Then there’s my knees…sigh! I just had a CT scan on my left knee to see what’s up (I can’t have an MRI as I have brain coils for 2 aneurysms more to be grateful for) and while I was waiting to get into the CT machine a lady was brought in who was just plain angry…actually really angry and frustrated about the time it was taking. The staff slipped her in front of me in a very sweet way and apologized to me, but there was no need really. This lady reminded me to breathe into life and swim with the current and I thank her so much!

Yes things have been pretty tough lately, but I have so much to be grateful for and when I allow that gratitude to be foremost in my thoughts things go so much better.

I have been knitting and bouncing around trying to write The Textures Of Nevada Shawl pattern while swimming up stream…it just doesn’t go well when I do that. I am now breathing and leaning into the process of knitting. Every stitch I make is a moment of my life and it’s all beautiful! I have to shout out to my friend, Jenny for being so patient and such a fabulous model! Jenny you ROCK!!!

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So with that I wish everyone a beautiful day filled with beautiful moments of joy!

Happy creating BBK

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A knitting lesson…

This last fall I had a special close encounter with 2 lovely people as I was making my deliveries for New Harvest Farm. You know…one of those times when everything just clicks and you get their jokes and they get yours…right? Kellan and Jessica have come into my life to remind me how fun life and knitting can be…thanks you two!!

They had their 1st knitting lesson on Monday and I forgot how much I enjoy passing along the knitting wisdom that was so freely given to me by others.

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We talked about all sorts of things and of course cast on a few times. Kellan knit when he was young and it was fun to watch the muscle memory kick in. By the end of the lesson Jessica was a real ace and Kellan even leaned in and helped her with her stitches.

Knitting is so much more than just making stuff, it’s the moments that are incorporated into each stitch, the laughter, working together and the joy of accomplishment!!!

With that I am off to knit a bit and create some moments! Happy creating from BBK!!

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A bitter sweet ending…

I always get the weirdest feeling when I finish a project, as if I am a bit lost. What to work on next?How do you feel when you finish a project?

The Textures Of Nevada Shawl has been delivered, photographed and completed! All 3 parts will only be $1.00 each until the end of March. Then the full pattern will be available and the price will go up at that time, so jump on board now for a real bargain!

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Cleansing my knitting palate…

I have been out of touch lately which has been primarily because of my broken ankle. My 8 1/2 month old pups, Oreo and Nibbler, were chasing a UFO that had landed on a rural road near my home. The sighting occurred on New Years day and I started to run after them and my foot was caught in a gopher hole and SNAP, crunch, OUCH, Continue reading

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Knitting the Stack It Up Hat &Wristers…

Happy New Year to all of you! I just finished knitting up an updated version of the Stack It Up Hat & Wristers in a single color version!! I love knitwear and don’t limit mine to the winter, but of course it is winter and this fun set is warm and cozy! It knits up super duper fast in the one color version…

 

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Stack It Up Hat & Wristers fast knitting project!

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Knitted Stack It Up Hat close up…

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Hand Knit Stack It Up Wristers with buttons!!

I loved using buttons on this version and they give the wrist warmers just the right amount of zing! Ribbon would be amazing as well!

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Hand knit, one color, Stack It Up Hat top…nice Huh?

So with no further fanfare I give you the Stack It Up Hat & Wristers in a single color! Perfect for that one special yarn you bought, but aren’t sure what to do with.

Happy New Year and may it hold all the magic you desire in each and every stitch!! BBK!!

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It’s a new pattern…

It’s a new pattern!! It’s unisex and it’s easy peasy!! I had a lot of fun designing this one and can’t wait to make a few more sets in other yarns. Originally it was published by Jimmy Beans Wool for their November Big Beanie Bag subscription and who knows they may have a couple left.

I enjoyed everything about this…the yarn…the knitting…the colors…the texture…sigh…how I love knitting!

I want to thank my friend Emily for modeling the samples on the spur of the moment. Emily is the Owner/Operator of Natural Selection here in Reno and I just adore her, as well as her entire family! It’s my favorite place to hang out, as there is always something new and exciting to learn, or see, or both!

So until next time I give you the “Stack It Up Hat & Wristers” and happy knitting to all and to all a good night! Hugs BBK!

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Autumn…

We recently had a mini weekend in Bridgeport California and it was magnificent! Now there has been snow and I think that we just squeaked in at the perfect time for some amazing views. I am just going to leave this here for a bit and hope everyone is getting into the spirit of the changing weather with some knitting! Knit on BBK!!

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Growing up with Sandy Jo…

I have been offline for sometime now and am slowly coming back to reality. It’s odd that even though I knew my Sandy Jo (Jo is the Scots word for dear friend) would leave her body behind I find I wasn’t as well prepared for her passing as I thought I would be. Really who ever is?

She had the unzipping party that she wanted! She was surrounded by her family and her closest friends and I am blessed to be amongst those she chose to spend her life with, as well as her unzipping. She decided quite sometime ago that she would unzip from her corporeal body freeing her spirit and that’s just what she did!

She had endometrial cancer and she gave it a real run for the money, but it beat her in the end. I think cancer sucks (she did too)!!!

Sandy and I met and became friends through our passion for knitting, as we both worked at Jimmy Beans Wool for a long time. We are both very grateful for JBW and the family that we have there.

We sang, laughed, cried, danced and held onto each other for dear life. You see we both felt broken when we met and somehow came together. Our friendship began healing us and was so much cheaper than therapy we always laughed!

Neither of us trusted women (we always worked with the less complicated male human and had both been betrayed by women quite a few times) and were very cautious at first, but the trust came as we realized how much alike we really are.

We accepted each other ‘As Is’ and grew to be soul sisters as our dear friend Victoria says.

Our relationship is rare and so very precious! It’s one that I wish for everyone to experience at least once in a lifetime. While we are now separated in the physical world, we carry each other’s love forever!

Sandy gave her daughter, Melissa to us and I just love Melissa and her family so much! This was huge for Sandy, as Melissa is an only child, so clearly we earned the trust of her heart. She knew Melissa would need friends and lots of support. We are not going anywhere M!!!

I would like to publically thank both Melissa and her husband Miguel for their service to our country. They served in the Navy and Miguel just retired last year; while Melissa retired to raise their children. You two are amazing examples to those around you and I love you both so much!

Of course I have been knitting through the pain of such a great loss and will be releasing a new pattern soon. That’s for another post, as today, Saturday the 18th of September, 2016 we are celebrating one of the most amazing women I have ever known.

Sandy Jo may you rest in peace until we meet again…I love you my soul sister!!!

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Home again, home again…

Jet lag…holy cow!! We traveled for about 36 hours to get home from Russia. We had a delayed flight in New York, so we didn’t make our connection in Los Angeles…and well phew we got home on Tuesday instead of Monday!

Today I feel almost human and am letting the amazing adventure sink in. I did have my first experience loosing knitting needles while traveling. They were Addi US 00 double points and they almost took my US 7 ChiaGoo interchangeables. In all fairness the 00’s were very sharp.

Now that I am home it will be back to work and I have several new designs in the works, so stay tuned! Here’s a bit of our last days in Russia and consider it ‘from Russia with love’ 🙂

As always, happy creating, loving, and whatever makes your heart happy! BBK

 

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Lithuania…

A small taste of Lithuania in no particular order…the beauty is everywhere!

Amber is an amazing thing and if it’s real it will float in a 10% salt solution, however, if it’s plastic it sinks. I am coming home with some of the real deal and inspiration galore! As always, have a fabulous creative day full of love and laughter! BBK

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