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Vogue Knitting Fall 2014 #24 Duster Coat

What a beautiful coat! Designed by Joan McGowan-Michael from White Lies Designs. It’s in the Vogue Knitting Fall 2014 issue. I NEED one!

White Lies Knits!

Check out the coat I designed for the Fall issue of Vogue Knitting!

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This issue is on newsstands now or can be ordered through .

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Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

This is a serious issue. Net neutrality must be preserved. Please help stop it from being changed. News

“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing.

Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.

Net Neutrality under…

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Angry and Sad

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I have tried to start this post so many times. Nothing seems to be working.

Yesterday a woman walked her dog. Out the door she went with the dog. She closed the door behind her on the husband who serves his country faithfully each day. The door shut on the three kids they shared. Off she walked, down her own street, with her dog.

And a stupid drunk driver hit and killed her.

My hands shake with anger as I am typing, anger at another stupid senseless death that was 100% preventable.

COMPLETELY PREVENTABLE. If you drink, don’t drive. How many times does that have to be said?

Instead of wasting anger on a man who robbed a family of a wife and mother I want to do something positive.

I am a wife and a mother to 3 kids. I walked my dog yesterday morning. The neighborhood where this…

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Five Things Not To Do During Spinzilla 2014!

This is so funny! I played with Spinzilla 2013. In the week of spinning I spun 3,062.5 yards/1.74 miles. I’m looking forward to playing this year.

My “Things not to do during Spinzilla” is to start a new online store. My store in question is


Spinzilla was so much fun. It was also quite a personal challenge. Spin as much as you can for a week, doesn’t sound hard, does it? It wasn’t, but it did require some plotting and scheming. Life keeps throwing distractions at you, however, it was Spinzilla week—nothing could be allowed to interfere! It was a whole week of spin, spin, and better spin some more. It was just wonderful.

Now that we are seriously planning Spinzlla year two, I am looking back to see what worked and what didn’t. I can see where I made some mistakes. So here are 5 things I will NOT do during Spinzilla 2014.

1. Don’t have a house guest! Please understand, she was a lovely guest, but, poor thing, she saw nothing but my spinning wheel go round. I was a terrible host and I felt really guilty. Not guilty enough to stop spinning…

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Shear Madness

Tomorrow, March 1st is the 1st installment of Shear Madness, on Nat Geo Wild at 10pm.  It’s the story about my friend Natalie Redding.  Here’s the NGW blip about it.  Please check it out.

Shear Madness takes us on the journey of city-girl-turned-sheep-farmer Natalie Redding, as she juggles her many farm animals and her family of five children with her husband Sean.  Leaving a first-class life in the city for a sheep farm in the country, Natalie relies on her 200-animal flock, shearing their wool for profit. With her “Mr. Mom” husband Sean at her side, Natalie balance her farm business and deals with the daily impacts it has on her family. But it’s a risky trade, as one wrong decision could not only kill an animal, but could cost her the entire business.

Shear Madness, Natalie Redding

Shear Madness, Natalie Redding

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Buy One, Donate One

Help me out with my project.

The small community of Indian Springs is about 50 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada.  It has around 900 – 1000 residents, around 250 are children.  Currently, there is an 80+% unemployment rate. The Pre-K through 12th grade school is the focal point of the community.  Every year there is a Christmas party given at the school for underprivileged families in the community.

At my store, Susie Rose Designs,, I’m doing something a bit different.  For every item at my store listed under “Buy One Donate One” that is purchased, I will donate one similar item to the school benefit the Indian Springs Community.  This also includes any custom orders. 

If you want to make a direct donation to help the community, please contact Vicki Johnson, the banker at the school, at (702)879-3201.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Milestone Achieved!

Today I attained one of my goals!  100 listings at Susie Rose Designs

I wanted to get 100 items listed at my store by the end of January.  Made it by the skin of my teeth!  Now onto the next set of goals. 

To attain you goals…do at least 3 things everyday toward achieving your goals!  Keep your eyes on that trophy.

No excuses!


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