If you’ve spent any time doing art or crafts you’ll know what I mean by “potentialities” when you look at this picture of Fetal Yarn. I call it that because it is yarn that has yet to be born as Something (other than yarn).

Could it be a sweater? It’s a little thick for that and there’s only enough for a baby sweater. That would be one sweaty miserable baby in a thick wool sweater. So no.

How about a hat? Potentially the same problem…the hat would be too hot unless you live in below freezing temperatures.

What about mittens? Maybe, but there’s a lot of yarn here for just one pair of mittens and I’m not sure I want to make two or three pairs.

A purse? Yes! That is my plan for this yarn. But will it survive the knitting gestation period to be born as purse, or will I change my mind along the way, as I have done with knitted projects before? [link] Only time will tell.

Dealing with Uneasiness

Are you familiar with the vague feeling of angst and anxiety that you might feel after getting a bit of bad news, or being nervous how another person will respond to a difficult situation? You try to live your life as usual, but something in the background doesn’t feel right. What do you do?

An angst-filled flower.

An angst-filled flower.

Recently I had this problem. And I watched myself deal with the unease. I saw myself look for distraction on social media. I felt the urge to play a video game (urge resisted). I found myself in a yarn store browsing (aka, retail therapy) but managed to buy nothing. I knitted, which calm me enough to think, “I should write about this.” And then I sat down to write, which is another way I offload tension.

But I learned a new way to cope today. As I walked down the street I wished for the people around me – strangers, all – to have happiness, peace and love. I do this sometimes anyway, but today I noticed that wishing others peace made me feel more peaceful as well.

I offer this suggestion, with the hope it might help you some day.

Pinecone Portraits

Pinecone and its mom

When I was a child, I had no siblings. My parents were usually busy. We didn’t have color TV till I was 9. The VCR came later, as did the computer and video game console (Atari!).

I spent a lot of time climbing trees, listening to music, and jumping off the porch onto a crib mattress. On road trips I stared out the window and created imaginary worlds in my head.

Pinecone and its mom

Maybe this is why it’s easy for me to create my own entertainment, as I did this one day when I accompanied my husband and child on a golf course. The thing that struck me was the pinecones. I picked them up and admired them, then decided to take pictures of each pinecone with a nearby tree, which I decided must be its mom.

Pinecone and its mom


You could do a whole book of these.

Why Can’t People Just Be Decent?

This quote below by Chogyam Trungpa sums up what really bothers me about the current governmental crisis in the USA.

“If you are a warrior, decency means that you are not cheating anybody at all. You are not even about to cheat anybody. There is a sense of straightforwardness and simplicity. With setting-sun vision, or vision based on cowardice, straightforwardness is always a problem. If people have some story or news to tell somebody else, first of all they are either excited or disappointed. Then they begin to figure out how to tell their news. They develop a plan, which leads them completely away from simply telling it. By the time a person hears the news, it is not news at all, but opinion. It becomes a message of some kind, rather than fresh, straightforward news. Decency is the absence of strategy. It is of utmost importance to realize that the warrior’s approach should be simple-minded sometimes, very simple and straightforward. That makes it very beautiful: you having nothing up your sleeve; therefore a sense of genuineness comes through. That is decency.”

Most people dislike it when a “spin” is put on any bit of news. And this quote explains why. It is just not decent to put a bias on what IS. But it is a very human tendency to add Story on top of Facts. We all do it to some degree. Seeing that we are doing it is the first step to cutting back on the habit.

There’s this awesome pyramid chart that feels related to this topic. The closer to the top of the pyramid, the more “decent” you are being.

What do you think?