A word from The Mango turned 3 today!

A word from The Mango turned 3 today!

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There is power in the creation of something- something soft, with loving intent- with gentle focus- there is so much power.  I believe in, and rely upon, the zen of knitting. Love this article and the people behind it.

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I EFFIN’ LOVE KNITTING YEAAAAA

True story.

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In preparation for moving my mother is cleaning out her closets and she found her mother’s knitting needles.  Very quietly, she sent them all to me with the understanding that nothing says “Thank you!” like a lovely pullover in periwinkle or maybe sky blue.
I look at these needles and smile because I know the miles of yarn that’s been across them was lucky enough to know my Grandma.  I don’t want to disappoint them with my amateurish purls, but I’m deeply inspired just handling each needle.

In preparation for moving my mother is cleaning out her closets and she found her mother’s knitting needles.  Very quietly, she sent them all to me with the understanding that nothing says “Thank you!” like a lovely pullover in periwinkle or maybe sky blue.

I look at these needles and smile because I know the miles of yarn that’s been across them was lucky enough to know my Grandma.  I don’t want to disappoint them with my amateurish purls, but I’m deeply inspired just handling each needle.

My Five Best Pieces of Advice, in no particular order:

Shut up and give thanks.

No matter the matter, don’t ever fake the funk.

Love is always a choice, always.

There is no way out of anything wouldn’t be expedited and made more comfortable by just being the bigger person.

When kissing, kiss with all the gusto your lips have got.

BONUS ADVICE:  When it comes to family, it’s more important to be nice than it is to be right.

My tea this morning~ made with REAL manatea! Makes me giggle when I sip…
Save the Manatee!

My tea this morning~ made with REAL manatea! Makes me giggle when I sip…

Save the Manatee!

What to do this holiday season for folks who have everything?  Why, do GOOD of course!  I’m vetting charities that I think will resonate with my parents because I want to give in their name this Christmas as they’re in the process of downsizing right now and have threatened me with harm should I make them another coffee mug or afghan…  This outfit is a contender.
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What to do this holiday season for folks who have everything?  Why, do GOOD of course!  I’m vetting charities that I think will resonate with my parents because I want to give in their name this Christmas as they’re in the process of downsizing right now and have threatened me with harm should I make them another coffee mug or afghan…  This outfit is a contender.

North Cascades Institute Field Guide 2013
Learn about the wide variety of programs for people for all ages at North Cascades Institute, including Family Getaways, Group Rentals, Youth Leadership Adventures, Skagit Tours, Graduate M.Ed. Program, Mountain School, Base Camp and our classes on the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest!

"To all those who have RISKED their own LIVES and FREEDOM in order to PROTECT ours, it is with sincerest GRATITUDE we SALUTE you!"

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With my heart, with my actions, with sincerest thanks~~

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1. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs is not one of them.

2. Never cancel dinner plans by text message.

3. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.

4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck.

5. Always use ‘we’ when referring to your home team or your government.

6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.

7. Don’t underestimate free throws in a game of ‘horse’.

8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

9. Don’t dumb it down.

10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.

11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.

12. Never park in front of a bar.

13. Expect the seat in front of you to recline. Prepare accordingly.

14. Keep a picture of your first fish, first car, and first boy/girlfriend.

15. Hold your heroes to a high standard.

16. A suntan is earned, not bought.

17. Never lie to your doctor.

18. All guns are loaded.

19. Don’t mention sunburns. Believe me, they know.

20. The best way to show thanks is to wear it. Even if it’s only once.

21. Take a vacation of your cell phone, internet, and TV once a year.

22. Don’t fill up on bread, no matter how good.

23. A handshake beats an autograph.

24. Don’t linger in the doorway. In or out.

25. If you choose to go in drag, don’t sell yourself short.

26. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature.

27. Never get your hair cut the day of a special event.

28. Be mindful of what comes between you and the Earth. Always buy good shoes, tires, and sheets.

29. Never eat lunch at your desk if you can avoid it.

30. When you’re with new friends, don’t just talk about old friends.

31. Eat lunch with the new kids.

32. When traveling, keep your wits about you.

33. It’s never too late for an apology.

34. Don’t pose with booze.

35. If you have the right of way, take it.

36. You don’t get to choose your own nickname.

37. When you marry someone, remember you marry their entire family.

38. Never push someone off a dock.

39. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she’s pregnant.

40. It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry; live up to it.

41. Don’t make a scene.

42. When giving a thank you speech, short and sweet is best.

43. Know when to ignore the camera.

44. Never gloat.

45. Invest in good luggage.

46. Make time for your mom on your birthday. It’s her special day, too.

47. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.

48. Sympathy is a crutch, never fake a limp.

49. Give credit. Take blame.

50. Suck it up every now and again.

51. Never be the last one in the pool.

52. Don’t stare.

53. Address everyone that carries a firearm professionally.

54. Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.

55. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.

56. Admit it when you’re wrong.

57. If you offer to help don’t quit until the job is done.

58. Look people in the eye when you thank them.

59. Thank the bus driver.

60. Never answer the phone at the dinner table.

61. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.

62. Know at least one good joke.

63. Don’t boo. Even the ref is somebody’s son.

64. Know how to cook one good meal.

65. Learn to drive a stick shift.

66. Be cool to younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.

67. It’s okay to go to the movies by yourself.

68. Dance with your mother/father.

69. Don’t lose your cool. Especially at work.

70. Always thank the host.

71. If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.

72. Know the size of your boy/girlfriend’s clothes.

73. There is nothing wrong with a plain t-shirt.

74. Be a good listener. Don’t just wait for your turn to talk.

75. Keep your word.

76. In college, always sit in the front. You’ll stand out immediately.

77. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for nine months.

78. Be patient with airport security. They’re just doing their jobs.

79. Don’t be the talker in a movie.

80. The opposite sex likes people who shower.

81. You are what you do, not what you say.

82. Learn to change a tire.

83. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.

84. An hour with grandparents is time well spent. Ask for advice when you need it.

85. Don’t litter.

86. If you have a sister, get to know her boyfriend. Your opinion is important.

87. You won’t always be the strongest or the fastest. But you can be the toughest.

88. Never call someone before 9am or after 9pm.

89. Buy the orange properties in Monopoly.

90. Make the little things count.

91. Always wear a bra at work.

92. There is a fine line between looking sultry and slutty. Find it.

93. You’re never too old to need your mom.

94. Ladies, if you make the decision to wear heels on the first date, commit to keeping them on and keeping your trap shut about how much your feet kill.

95. Know the words to your national anthem.

96. Your dance moves might not be the best, but I promise making a fool of yourself is more fun then sitting on the bench alone.

97. Smile at strangers.

98. Make goals.

99. Being old is not dictated by your bedtime.

100. If you have to fight, punch first and punch hard.

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This is wonderful advice… the kind of insight that comes of perspective and life experience.  Good stuff.

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Crazy love this Tunisian Crochet thing! So happy to have stumbled across it!  Works up quick and learning the variants seems rather intuitive.  Scarf is cute, needs blocking as it’s wool, but I think I might graduate to something bigger a la an afghan? 

"Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence. Of course superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage."

Elizabeth Zimmerman, from Knitting Without Tears (via fannishknits)

true story- capital T True, even… 

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Next up? Tunisian Crochet… I’m feeling lucky with this.

Next up? Tunisian Crochet… I’m feeling lucky with this.

Fabulous knitwear for the Tucson Comic Con~ we had a blast! Bought stuff we never knew we always needed, discovered comics that needed to be found, and high fived strangers with beautiful wide open smiles! YAY Saturday!

Were I ever to survive a catastrophic explosion, I would have to assume it was because I was The Chosen One… yeah?  Yeah.

"Anyone who takes the time to be kind is beautiful."

— Richelle E. Goodrich (via smile-while-you-still-have-theet)

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