Someday maybe I’ll write a book about The Importance of
Focus and the Power of Distractions.
After all, it is what you focus on that determines almost
And allowing yourself not to be distracted or carefully picking
a good distraction can sometimes be the smartest thing you could do.
I believe The Power of Distraction can be very powerful. For good OR for bad. Some distractions can be bad, sure, but some
are very practical and can be very wonderful.
Distracting yourself with TV when you’re sick can get your
mind off how bad you feel. A night out
at the movies may distract us from the difficult week at work.
Focus on living within your means, and you create a
debt-free reality. Focus on what the
Joneses have and your discontent can tempt you otherwise.
A Sunday drive can distract you from something crummy that
happened, displace it out of your brain and help you get over it. And if an ice cream cone happens to join you along
the way… well, that may just be a necessary bonus. :)
Focus also determines your reality. Perhaps it is their choice of what they focus
on that make the optimists so positive.
They continually focus on what they have, not on what they lack. Half-full.
(Personally, I tend to be a bit too cheerful for some… !! Some of it is in my genes, but also perhaps it’s
because I am constantly thinking in relative terms. Compared to X, Y isn’t so bad. It could be a lot worse. That sort of thinking.)
In the Winter, when I am lying on my back on an ice pack, I
also have a sock full of hot dry rice on my tummy, warming me so I don’t turn
into a popsicle. (!!) Now I feel delicious warmth when I consider
the one, and bitter cold when I concentrate on the other. Both are true at the same time. How I feel actually depends upon which
one I focus on.
When I am in pain, however, my focus is usually totally on
that. If it’s a lot of pain, it is just
in your face. It is truly the
pits. And pain is such a thief. Pain can not only steal all your attention, but
your joy, your energy and your very essence.
Not that it can’t be helped sometimes.
Sometimes it just is. Pain
stinks. Thank heavens the pain-filled times
in my life are not very extreme.
And not just pain.
Sometimes it's just what happens in life, and it's horrible.
But if I can shift… If
I can be *distracted* by something, then I am a few degrees freer. Freer from pain, or freer from temptations, or
freer from my crazy brain...
And the greater attention I pay to what my focus is, and the
more aware I am of the distractions I allow or choose, the more I am
rewarded. It helps you live with
intention, doesn’t it?
I think that’s why the Bible says, focus on things above,
not things here on the earth. It knows
that something is going to occupy our brain, so why not make it the good
And I believe that to a great extent we actually create
the reality we live in. So, as much as we
can, why not make it a wonderful one??
Knitted lace is so beautiful, that I was drawn to it
I saw it and thought, I want to learn how to do that!
(We need to pay attention to those feelings, right?)
And the prettier and finer the yarn, the better, to me. I love Rowan Kidsilk Haze, for example. It makes such delicate lace. And of course, I love that mohair
But you don’t have use that yarn. You can start anywhere. You can try some sock yarn from your stash,
some inexpensive lace yarn from Hobby Lobby, or buy some fancy gorgeous yarn
from your LYS (local yarn store).
Or…. just use some leftover worsted weight yarn, like Red
Heart, for starters.
In fact, with any new pattern it would be a good idea
to do a test run with bigger needles (say, US8) and worsted weight yarn. That way you can try everything out under the
easiest possible conditions and get familiar with how it goes.
(See how I avoided using the word “swatch”??
Aren’t you impressed??
The beauty of lace is what’s not there... The holes.
And beautiful but simple lace can be made with only knits,
purls and 2 other stitches: the K2tog
(knit two together) -- a simple decrease, and the YO (yarn over) -- a simple
The increases make the holes, and the decreases keep your
stitch count the same on each row. And
the combination of the two can create really beautiful patterns.
Here is a simple lace pattern that would be good for
In 2007, I went to my favorite yarn store in Austin,
Texas: Hill Country Weavers. And they gave me a free handout called
Scarf-a-licious, which had 10 different scarf patterns on it.
I just love yarn stores that are so
Lazy O Scarf
Cast on ______ stitches.
(multiple of 5)
Row 1. Slip 1, *K3, YO, K2tog*
Repeat sts between the stars until 4 sts remain on your
needle, and then K4.
Row 2. Slip 1,
Repeat sts between the stars until 4 sts remain on needle,
and then P4.
Repeat these 2 rows until desired length is reached.
Knitting lace does require some counting. So to simplify that, you put stitch markers
in to break it up. For example, if I
have 18 stitches to count, instead of counting from 1 to 18, I put a stitch
marker between the two sets of 9 stitches.
And then to count each section, I don’t even count from 1 up
to 9. I just count the 3 sets of 3
stitches visually. (Usually, I tick it
off with my thumbnail.) Those stitch
markers make the whole process a lot easier.
Now at first, you may have to knit lace at home alone
to prevent mistakes. That’s normal. At first, I even chanted my pattern row out
loud, if I needed to! J
And after you finish a row, you always count your
total number of stitches to make sure you didn’t make any mistakes.
I’ve always said that knitting lace is easy, unless you find
a mistake! hahaha
So, I hope that helps.
Sometimes writing about things is harder than doing them! Like, can you imagine writing instructions on
how to tie your shoes??? <yikes>
I guess this is why I think knitting is best learned
from a real person sitting beside you.
But hey, thank heavens for YouTube tutorials, right? J Surely
they’re the next best thing! J
ANYway, all that counting may drive you nuts (everyone’s
different!), but it doesn’t bother me at all.
I like knowing I’m on track. And
best of all, this pattern yields a rectangular scarf. And you know how I love my
One other thing about knitting lace: it’s very economical. Laceweight yarn is very thin, so you get a
lot of yards per skein, and it goes very far.
Also, knitting lace takes awhile. So 1 or 2 skeins can keep you happy for many
weeks. (Or months or years, if you’re as slow as I am!) J
So! Enjoy the beauty
of what’s not there with lace!
Okay, this post started out being about golfer’s elbow and
various treatments, but then I got this new cream and I had to totally
re-write it -- because this cream is beyond awesome!!!
I was going to yak about using ice, and a wrist brace
(instead of an elbow brace!) and arnica cream…
(although if I could only do one thing, it would be ice)
Well, now I do like the arnica cream pretty well, and
I should know. I have tried lots
of pain creams in my time. I am the Queen
of pain creams. AsperCreme, Sombra, Blue
Stuff, Penetrex… they’re all in my medicine cabinet, plus a whole bunch of
I have some with enough menthol and camphor in ‘em to choke
a horse! I have capsaicin creams and even
one with snake venom in it. J I have some that you can use only 4X a day,
and some that you can use whenever you want.
I thought I had tried them all, but then I got my package
from Amazon with my new Topricin in it. Oh
This Topricin cream is life-changing! It seems to actually help me heal, and
not just mask the pain.
(Although I would’ve settled for masked pain. Any pain relief would’ve been just
fine with me! LOL)
Seriously, though, after only 2 days of using it, my elbow
felt tons better. Words fail me. I can already do things without any pain that I couldn’t
just days before.
Topricin is homeopathic and has 11 different ingredients. It is unscented, and you can use it as often as you want to.
(which I do!)
I bought it from Amazon, because I love their Prime 2-day
free delivery, but I also saw it at my health food store and other places on
It is the best thing for pain that I have ever tried,
and I’m not getting paid to say that.
The people at Topricin don’t know who I am and didn’t give me anything.
Everyone’s different, but I promise you, I will never be
without this stuff.
It’s good for tendonitis, carpel tunnel, aches, neuropathy, strains,
sciatica, bursitis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, sports injuries… I think I will try it anytime I hurt myself and
just see if it works. Why not?
And I don’t have to worry about damaging myself with lots of
So, that’s my newest favorite product, and if I could
“blink” you a sample to try, I would.
In the spirit of sharing,
Lucky Dog ♥
p.s. I called the folks at Topricin, and they said
they would send free samples to anyone who called and asked for ‘em! 1-800-959-1007