Free to Be (stitching)

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I still haven’t figured these things out…wrist warmers, texting gloves, call them what you will. They are fairly simple to make, a quick and easy gift that ended up turning into a high sales item. I was actually very surprised.

I am terrible at following directions…I used to get in trouble at school because of that, so, goes to say, it’s something I never really out grew. I love pattern books, don’t get me wrong. But often times I use them only for inspiration and to get a beginning idea of how to shape an item, then it’s off to the races! (which is probably why my thumb holes look kind of screwed up)

I’m also the kind of person that doesn’t much like following a map, either. If I’m going on a trip I like finding different things, “off the beaten path”, not so much being stuck on a time line and planning every little detail. I’ve tried it both ways and have found the pre-planned ones never go nearly a well as the out of the blue surprises. And, so I am with traveling and stitching. Sometimes it’s a bust, but more often than not, it is freeing, exciting and fun.

By Yarn Zen Fibers

Many years ago, I was outside playing kickball with the neighborhood kids. My grandmother called me inside and quickly informed me that "Young ladies do not play with boys!". And she sat me down beside her and taught me my first set of crochet stitches. I do not recall my age, exactly, but do remember I was still in my single digits. Today I am very much grateful for her passing this skill down to me. It has saved my life in so many ways. I have used it as physical and emotional therapy more times than I can count...

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