Pink and Grey Should Ease Your Day

IMG_1350Hopefully, spring will be here soon. But, in the meantime, much of the country is still under buckets of cold and snow, bitterly waiting for the first blossoms of a flower to burst their way through the ice. In honor of that, I made up this little bear in pink, with a grey hat and mock sweater. The bear is made of Lionbrand’s Wool Ease, measures 12″ tall from head to toe, and is ready to ship today with a signed card by me. If you’d like to adopt this little bear, click here. There is only one.

A Basket of Bunnies

rabbit1So, with Easter approaching, I thought I’d lean in on some bunnies for a moment. Anyone out there building an Easter basket for a little one, could toss in stuffed animal you picked up at the store….or you could be all heroic and knit them an heirloom bunny! Sure! Why not?

 

 

 

IMG_0720_medium2I made my first bunny a few years back and he really seemed to be truly enjoyed, so with the pattern I had others send me their own bunnies from my pattern. These are great aren’t they? So, lets try that again this year. Let’s get some bunnies knit up, and if you can, this time I’d like to see your bunny in an Easter basket. So, click here to get the pattern. This will be fun!

 

 

 

sskcover“MADMANKNITTING -or- Slip, Slip, Knit.” The book also contains patterns for the teddy bear, the tiger, the bunny, and the bear with hat and scarf. For an immediate PDF copy, you can download it from Craftsy.  Or you can buy the PDF directly from me by clicking here. Just be sure your email address is correct. Will be available on Kindle and in paperback soon.

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A Bear of a Hundred Ravens

IMG_1343Here is a bear I worked up with some awesome hand spun, hand died yarn from “A Hundred Ravens.” Made out of wool, measuring 12″ from head to toe and an interesting array of pink and purple hues, this little bear is a one of a kind. With this being my last season, there will be quite a few bears like this, with only one in existence. He’s ready to ship today with a signed card by me. Click here if you’d like to adopt him. There’s only one!

 

sskcover“MADMANKNITTING -or- Slip, Slip, Knit.” The book also contains patterns for the teddy bear, the tiger, the bunny, and the bear with hat and scarf. For an immediate PDF copy, you can download it from Craftsy.  Or you can buy the PDF directly from me by clicking here. Just be sure your email address is correct. Will be available on Kindle and in paperback soon.

 

 

Take Notice Of Moments Of Love

IMG_1339If ever you should feel a horrid sense of destruction, if the world bothers you with its inability to feel compassion, if you leap towards moments of anger in confrontation, if you should ever desire the pain of your adversary, if you should ever condone the hardship of another because they deserve it, if you should ever cling to a cringe because it makes the day more interesting, then just take a peek at this picture. These are moments of love and compassion that we as humans fail to take notice of enough.

We love hearing the nightly news spew its bothersome stories of man killing man, we love hearing the….(God, don’t make me use this word!)….the “drama” that some people become involved in. Yet, rarely do we take notice of moments of love.

Never dismiss that. Never roll your eyes when you see public displays of affection, when you see people kiss, or hold hands, or just when you see the spark in two people’s eyes. When you see a grin, when you see a smile, a chair pulled out, an act of kindness, a door held open, a gesture of goodness, a hand held out to a dying man, a dollar handed to a homeless man, never ever dismiss that. Those moments seemed to pushed aside to remind us, that what sells in this tragic world is a reminder of it’s tragedy.

I know the world is a terrifying place. I assure you, I am fully aware of that. But, there is an aspect of balance that cannot be forgotten. That which we perceive usually prevails. If we constantly perceive darkness and destruction, then I promise you, that is what will prevail. But, if you try for a moment to recognize, acknowledge, reward and remember moments of love….then I’m sorry to tell you, but love will prevail. Horrifying fact, isn’t it? That what we acknowledge, what we recognize and perpetuate could become real……A sword that cuts both ways.

I’ve been blessed with the presence of two cats over the last couple of months. I feed them some of Mario’s food, and they rarely leave the property. I give them my attention and they? And they’ve taught me so much.

When the red one was injured, the grey one took to his protection. And when the grey one went missing, the red one went into a sullen state of constant staring. Thankfully, the grey one returned, and this is how I found them today. Held up, closed up, locked up in each other’s presence. It was a moment of love I experienced in a day of swarmed shoppers and aggressive drivers, of poorly mannered children, of news on the radio of impending destruction. I took notice and reminded myself boldly, that those of us who seek moments of love and recognize it will be blessed with it.

Those of us that seek out the pain of another will surely be burdened with the same.

I love this picture. Glad I could witness a moment in my own history, thanks to a couple of cats. Take a moment to notice love.

sskcover“MADMANKNITTING -or- Slip, Slip, Knit.” The book also contains patterns for the teddy bear, the tiger, the bunny, and the bear with hat and scarf. For an immediate PDF copy, you can download it from Craftsy.  Or you can buy the PDF directly from me by clicking here. Just be sure your email address is correct. Will be available on Kindle and in paperback soon.

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Patty’s Bear II

IMG_1335I have so much of this Omaghi Filati in Club that I decided to do another bear with it. Because the yarn is so bulky, this bear does end up a touch plumper than my other bears. He measures 12″ from head to toe, is made of a wool/ acrylic blend, and is ready to ship with a signed card by me. He reminds of the simple classic teddy bear. So, if you’d like to snag him, click here. There’s only one right now!

If you’d like the pattern for this bear, you could find it in my new book!

 

sskcover“MADMANKNITTING -or- Slip, Slip, Knit.” The book also contains patterns for the teddy bear, the tiger, the bunny, and the bear with hat and scarf. For an immediate PDF copy, you can download it from Craftsy.  Or you can buy the PDF directly from me by clicking here. Just be sure your email address is correct. Will be available on Kindle and in paperback soon.

 

Decompress

What can I say? It’s just shy of 8am, the sun is up, it’s a comfy 70 degrees and I’m inspired. I’ve been knitting and writing in such beautiful ways the last few days and I just wanted to blog for a minute and tell you how good I feel. People are enjoying the new book, past orders are getting filled, and I’m inspired daily to open new doors, to try new things.

Kara and I dropped my rent off a day early (whew!) then played cribbage for a few hours to decompress and let the stress fall off. And since then there has been such a weight off my shoulders. I slept for a full 6 hours that night :) Which never happens. I can’t sleep for too long. I get anxious, worried I’m not doing enough.

I love all the comments about my new book. And! I love all of the ideas, too. Especially the idea of an audio book. That had never dawned on me! Well, hell yeah, I’ll have to get busy on that as soon as possible! An audio book would be awesome.

I guess that’s it for now. Short post, I know. But, I wanted to let you know we’re safe for another month, I’m busy knitting and such, and that you’re all never too far from my thoughts. Now, let’s go! Let’s make it a great day! Let’s make my book about knitting a best seller! Wouldn’t that be fun? The rest of the world would have thought they’d lost their minds. Knitters have taken over! So, keep this dream of mine going. Snag a copy of my new book below and tell me what you think.

Have a great day everyone!

sskcover“MADMANKNITTING -or- Slip, Slip, Knit.” The book also contains patterns for the teddy bear, the tiger, the bunny, and the bear with hat and scarf. For an immediate PDF copy, you can download it from Craftsy.  Or you can buy the PDF directly from me by clicking here. Just be sure your email address is correct. Will be available on Kindle and in paperback soon.

Close To Me

It’s about 10pm in the evening. It’s been a long day and I’m quite tired. But I feel wonderful. I’ve spent the day sending out copies of the new book, knitting up a storm, writing some here, writing some there, and all the while sipping on lentil soup to keep my energy going. Awesome day.

I woke this morning knowing that I had the world with me, not against me, as you can sometimes feel when you place your life online. You run the risk of hearing, seeing, reading horrible and negative things about you, or watching your number of followers drop quickly when you say something.

But, not today. Nope, today I woke up knowing that the people that follow this blog truly care about me, they care about you, and they care about each other. For this is a community of people that are close to me. I care about all of you. I hear you, feel your own stories, and keep all of that close to my heart so that at one point, and hopefully very soon, I can turn and give back to the rest of you all that you have given me.

I am so close to my goal of selling enough pdf copies of my new book that I’m itchy. :) Seriously, only a few left to go to get rent paid. And to all of you that have already received yours, thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me get to this amazing point in my life where I get to peek into the next chapter and see a possibility. And! I hope to go to on kindle next week and in print on lulu and I’m hoping that all of you that have a copy already will be able to tell me what you think, if something needs cleaning, if something needs changing, if it’s missing something, or if it’s flat out pretty damned ready to go as is. This truly is a joint effort. You are all a part of the story, so I want your input.

So, with only a few, so very few left to go to reach my goal and finish up rent, I’ll ask any of you that have not snagged a copy yet to go ahead and get one, click below and snag one, and help out our story, help me give to the world a great tale of how we became a community.

Gonna hit my soup again. It’s a great way to crash into bed. Belly full of comfort, heart full of love, smile full of joy. :)

Thanks everyone!

sskcover“MADMANKNITTING -or- Slip, Slip, Knit.” The book also contains patterns for the teddy bear, the tiger, the bunny, and the bear with hat and scarf. For an immediate PDF copy, you can download it from Craftsy.  Or you can buy the PDF directly from me by clicking here. Just be sure your email address is correct. Will be available on Kindle and in paperback soon.

Why Are You Doing That???

I am so grateful to so many of you for your reaction to not only my book, but my recent videos. I’m really enjoying the videos and I’m certain that the more of them I do, the more comfortable I’ll feel being in front of the camera. But, it really is a lot of fun. The whole point is to eventually do the instructional videos I had mentioned in previous posts, so, we’re loosening me up in the meantime :)

Now, on to some important business. I am about three days away from paying rent, which I haven’t gathered yet. And considering I have not signed my lease for the next year yet, being late probably won’t be considered a good sign by my landlord and she just might not allow me to sign for another year. I’m not going to allow that. I just won’t. So, that’s why I’ve been pushing my book so hard. I need to get at least 100 copies sold in the next couple of days, so that’s why I’ve been all over social media basically screaming, “buy my book!” Because its vitally important that I get 100 copies sold over the next few days.

I was asked when it will be on kindle or in print and it’s a very simple answer: after the first of the month, after rent is cleared. See, if the book is downloaded off Craftsy, I get paid instantly, but with Kindle I won’t receive the royalties for at least 2 more months. And I just don’t have that much time right now. But, once rent is paid, the book will be uploaded to Kindle. In the meantime, I urge you to grab a copy of my new book so we can get rent gathered. It’s terribly inexpensive, and some of the best writing I’ve ever done is in there waiting for you to read and to be hopefully inspired by, and if you don’t already have my patterns, those are included in the new book, as well.

So, wish me luck, grab a copy of my book and pray we get 1o0 copies sold in the next few days. Pray! Thanks everyone!

sskcover“MADMANKNITTING -or- Slip, Slip, Knit.” The book also contains patterns for the teddy bear, the tiger, the bunny, and the bear with hat and scarf. For an immediate PDF copy, you can download it from Craftsy.  Or you can buy the PDF directly from me by clicking here. Just be sure your email address is correct. Will be available on Kindle and in paperback soon.

The “Slip, Slip, Knit” Interview

Phillip Champlain came over, ordered a pizza and said, let’s talk about your new book, “Slip, Slip, Knit.” I said, “Sure!” So, here is a very unpolished interview about my new book. Camera rolling, no hindrances. Didn’t realize the camera was on mirror so you can’t see my very cool Siouxsie T-shirt, but wait until the last moment of the video for a very cool outtake. I’d REALLY love for you to snag a copy of my book. Click below and enjoy the video!

sskcover“MADMANKNITTING -or- Slip, Slip, Knit.” The book also contains patterns for the teddy bear, the tiger, the bunny, and the bear with hat and scarf. For an immediate PDF copy, you can download it from Craftsy.  Or you can buy the PDF directly from me by clicking here. Just be sure your email address is correct. Will be available on Kindle and in paperback soon.

The Advice of Dragons

I’ve been truly busy pushing out orders and promoting my books for a couple of years now. And if it’s one lesson I’ve learned? The older you get you must do two things. One, you must take time off. You have to take at least one day to rest yourself, your mind, your body, your emotions, your intensity level. Otherwise, you will collapse under a weight of stress and physical problems. The other lesson I learned a few days ago, quite to my own surprise; an epiphany learned from a youthful face peering out from under a dragon.

I live in a section of Orlando quite infamous for its Asian population. We call it “Little Saigon.” For the blocks surrounding Mills Avenue and Colonial Drive the stores restaurants and culture are all distinctly Vietnamese, with a few other Asian cultures mixed in as an ironic minority. They have their own video stores with films only in Vietnamese, grocery stores specializing in ingredients they prefer to cook with, and even the Publix nicely in the middle of all it has signs that read “Parking for Publix Customers only” written in Vietnamese characters.

IMG_1280This last weekend was the Chinese Lunar New Year, and yesterday there was a huge parade in the neighborhood complete with all kinds of foods, information, and interesting wares to be peddled. So, I decided I was going to take a few hours and enjoy the whole event. I put my needles down, put the laptop away and went to see the parade.

IMG_1278The whole event was so enjoyable. Truly enjoyable. I broke down and had some kimchi. :) That stuff hurts! But, was crazy tasty and spicy. Then the dragon parade started, and as the dragons swooned and wooshed and undulated through the crowds, I saw that the performers, the dragon puppeteers, you could say, were actually young children. I saw their faces, ablaze with enjoyment and wonder; hopeful, surprised. Their eyes were bright with fun. They took what they did with such enjoyment and fascination that one could not help but learn a valuable lesson: never ever lose that wonder. Never lose that hopeful surprise in life. Never lose enjoyment in what you do.

I am so learning that lesson right now. I mean, I LOVE what I do. I truly do. And I’m such a blessed man that I get to wake up everyday and bust headlong into something you love. Hell, I start working before the coffee is even ready. Some days, you have to love something else and rest. :)

I’m very excited about my new book, “Slip, Slip, Knit.” I think I’ve done some really good work in that book, some really good writing that I doubt I’ll ever get to repeat ever again. It was a different time, a different place. And as we evolve as individuals, so does your craft. So, thanks for the support of my new book. The support of that book really does help me find new directions, new paths, new ways to explore the craft of knitting.

I’m hoping to get at least 100 copies under my belt by the week’s end. That would be a good indication that people really are as excited about this project as I am. And would help pay the rent! So, if you’d like to snag a copy of my new book, click below.

Here’s to taking a moment to breathe for a minute…..and never ever losing the wonder in what you do. Cheers!

Photos by Philip Champlain.

sskcover“MADMANKNITTING -or- Slip, Slip, Knit.” The book also contains patterns for the teddy bear, the tiger, the bunny, and the bear with hat and scarf. For an immediate PDF copy, you can download it from Craftsy.  Or you can buy the PDF directly from me by clicking here. Just be sure your email address is correct. Will be available on Kindle and in paperback soon.