Category: Musings

Rhythm for Your Soul


Are you feeling distracted, out of sorts, can’t concentrate, need to get back to the normal daily rhythms of life? You are not alone.

Since mid January we have had a White House that runs on the Chaos Theory. A Senate that is either talking all night, voting in the middle of the night or creating news in other ways. And we have even had the Justice Department involved in law making.

Then there is the news media trying to react, or stay in front of all of this. We have the power of the people protesting on the Mall, in the malls, in airports, in Congressional offices, and the media covers all of this. Is it any wonder our heads are spinning? Hmmm, Spinning….

I was once a production hand weaver. To build up any speed you have to get your hands and feet to work together in an even steady rhythm. One night I sat down to weave while listening to a Jazz festival on the radio. I was all over the place; wrong foot, wrong hand, dropping the shuttle, a mess. Finally I leaned back and said “what is the matter with you?” During my timeout the music came to the forefront and I realized my problem. Slap to the forehead, “you can’t weave to a syncopated rhythm.”

So if you are not adjusting well to this new syncopation of our daily lives and the turbulence has you out of sorts, some thoughts…

First, change the music. Then collect your knitting and maybe a few knitting friends. For we know that knitting is therapeutic, but group therapy is much better. Soon you have the clicking of the needles, the yarn sliding through your fingers and the song of your pattern running around in your head.

Whether it’s the gentle clicking of the needles, the swoosh of the spinning wheel, or the swish-thwack of the loom, getting back to basics shifts you into more comfortable patterns. Whatever activity you use to calm yourself, I try to include two things in every day, gratitude and lots of laughter.

Smile, relax and knit,





Where Are My Keys?

Keys photo cropped



When people come to the counter to check out and they gather themselves to leave, often their keys are nowhere to be found.

There could be a few reasons for this. Some people come in with a definite purpose. They are looking for a particular yarn, or they need help. Those keys are an afterthought the minute they walk in the door.

Others step over the threshold with the “Oh, Yarn Shop” and the keys are the last things on their minds.

I have noticed that the difficulty in finding the key ring is directly related to the involvement, intensity and length of time spent in the shop. I have always thought that most things were lost through distractedness. If we have not trained ourselves to habitually, mindlessly put our keys away in the same place every time and we encounter a diversion in our road, chaos ensues.

Of course there is another explanation, if you’re a believer. Because no matter how often we converse with the Knitting Goddess, the Knitting Gremlins will spend a lot of time in our shop. They take pleasure in moving things, hiding things and in general just messing with our knitting.

Then one day one of our “Searchers” at the counter said, “Your keys go missing in the yarn shop because they don’t want you to leave.” Hmmmm, I’m sensing a conspiracy. No matter, there are far worse places to have to spend a little more time than a yarn shop.

By the way, where are your keys?

Smile, relax and knit,


Mind Over Matter

For many of us knitting helps us to relax; easing the day’s tension. Well this season of “Political Theater” must be keeping our needles smokin’. I know some people knit early in the morning, some in the evening, while others fit knitting time in throughout the day. Yarn meditation is healthful no matter when it is practiced.

I also began to think about something I wrote many years ago, so I decided to share:


I don’t matter

And I don’t mind

They are matter

And I mind

But I am matter

And they don’t mind

When everything matters

Nobody minds

But when nobody matters

Everything minds

I don’t mind

And it doesn’t matter

I don’t matter

And I mind

If you don’t understand what I’ve said

Don’t mind

It doesn’t matter


So try to matter today, if only in your own mind. Be good to yourself and make time to knit.


Smile, relax and knit,


Snow Day


Snow day photo.1 cropped and resized

What do you do with a snow day? Here you are with many, many inches, possibly feet of snow or perhaps sleet and freezing rain. The Weather Service has said to stay off the roads and you of course comply.

Now what do you do? Did you see this coming and bring work home with you? Is it a “free day”; an opportunity to try that new pattern you’ve been dying to start? Do you make another cup of coffee, turn on the movie channel and try to finish the project you are currently knitting? Or are you a good “Do Bee” and use this time to clean and do laundry? Is it a good time to reorganize your Tupperware or your dresser drawers?

If you have kids home, then what? I don’t have any so my experience is based on childhood.

Most winters the living room table was used for jigsaw puzzles and then we had the game closet. Growing up on a farm, chores have to be done regardless of the weather, but most Sunday afternoons my father, brother, sister and I would be at the kitchen table playing board games or cards. I knew how to play Canasta and Pinochle long before my feet could reach the floor. Who am I kidding, my feet barely reach the floor now! My point is that we did these things together, not in our own rooms, on our own devices.

Of course, if it’s just snowing, get out in it and have some fun. Just stay off the roads.

Smile, relax and knit,