Are You Living Your Dreams?

Are you living your dreams? I’ve been asked this question frequently by many of people I met. My answer is always “yes.”

 I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was a child but I knew I wanted to live in a foreign country where it snows all winter long. 

Many years later, I moved to the other side of the ocean,  currently living in Chicago where it snows regularly in winter. So, I could say my dream came true. BUT, here is a catch. I like snow but I can’t take long dark winter. The longer I live in Chicago,  the less I feel I live in an exotic place and the challenges of being a foreigner are not getting easier. 

So, the lesson here is, be careful what you wish for. It mat not be what you are looking for. 

For Ishak,


Every May, I make a small flower bouquet and bring it by my friend’s grave side. He is just a friend who I went out dinner with other friends, laughed and cried together, or called middle of night when I was having difficult times, or some times we had disagreements. And I thought this norm for us continues for long time, even we get old we do the same.
For our friendship, there isn’t tomorrow, next week, nor next month. Life is unpredictable. Do it now, don’t wait.

New Cloche!

I just finished another cloche! This is probably the fifth one I made from this pattern. I love it. It is modern with a touch of a vintage look. The yarn I used is Neighborhood Fiber Co.‘s Worsted Studio Logan Circle.  Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s color names are interesting, they actually use neighborhood names in the Washington D.C. areas to reflect their multitudes. I always purchase my yarn from Windy Knitty, they have wonderful collections of yarn, and people are very helpful.

The pattern in available here.

Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin
Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin