Confessions of a Craftaholic

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Day 288: Knit a Cup Cozy


“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.”

This says it all. What amazing words.

What do you want in this world? Do you want peace? Prosperity? Create it. Think it. Be it. Make it happen. Make it come to you.

Today, I have a fun little pattern for you.

I don’t know about you all, but I am S I C K of summer. I can’t wait for the fall, when I can get back to using my oven! I don’t mind the hot weather, but I really don’t like having to hibernate in the summer! UGH!

Anyway, this is a pattern for a little cup cozy. It has cables. It can be a cup cozy, or a wrist cuff.

So that’s what it is. It’s easy to make.
I used Debbie Stoller’s Stitch Nation  (Full O’ Sheep), and size 4.5 needles.
CO 32 sts.
Row 1-4: Knit
Row 5: (RS) p4 *K4, P4, rep from * to end
Row 6: K4, *P4, K4, rep from * to end
Row 6-7: repeat rows 5 & 6
Row 8: P4, *C4F, P4, rep from * to end
Row 9: repeat row 6
Repeat rows 5-9 for cable stitch pattern until piece measure approxamitely 5.5 inches. I finished mine off with a garter stitch row or two, but you can do as you wish, and then bind off, leaving a long tail to sew up.
Sew the seams together, and use as you wish! This can be a wrist cuff, or a cup cozy!
Either way, knit this up when you are just plain sick of the summer heat and can’t wait to wear your hand knits!

Day 280: A finished work, and a Set of Cards


“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”

-The Buddha

Think about this, before you go flying with ideas. Discover your world. What is your world? You can define it by the things you choose to surround yourself with. What do you surround yourself with? For me, it’s art, family, swaps, and the eco system. It takes a while to really figure out what it is you surround yourself, intentionally and unintentionally. Go out one day, and just be alone, and think about it. What do you surround yourself with? This is your world. What should you give your heart to? Give it back to what you surround yourself with.

Today, I made a COOL set of cards.

This one says, “Quirky”.

Recognize the flowers? These are from my shop, on etsy. These cards are cool, right? They almost look like leather, I think.

Oh! And here’s the finished book, from the class I taught yesterday.

Nice, right?

Hmmm. What else? Well, I finished my cowl, also.

The Pink Widow Cowl.

Making this cowl is quite simple. Just cast on about 25 or 30 stitches, and do a stockinette stitch until your skein is almost finished. You only need to leave enough to sew up the seam together.

I don’t know why this even needs a pattern, really.

I used Paton’s Divine yarn, with size 17 needles. I use big needles a lot because I have carpal tunnels syndrome and just flat out refuse to stop knitting. Who cares dammit, a girl’s got to knit. Right? So I don’t do much crochet anymore because it hurts too much, but knitting is fine if I use big enough needles.

OH! I named this the Pink Widow Cowl, after my sister in law, Grey Widow. The first time I ever saw a cowl was on her, and it was a similar style to this one, only it was crocheted.

Day 167: The Yoko Ono Cowl


“I want to contribute to harmony and peace of mind, for less conflict. Wherever the possibility is, I’m ready. This is my life’s goal.”

I’m leaving this post a bit short, because in all honesty, I’m not really feeling well. I need to get out into nature somehow, and just remind myself of all the wonderful blessings I have in my life.

If we all were to live by this motto, and truly apply it to our lives, we would perhaps, live a life of more peace, don’t you think?

Today I finished another cowl. This one is called the Yoko Ono Cowl, and I’ll tell you why. I was walking around Manhattan on the upper west side, and saw this hipster Japanese  tourist with a very cool cowl. Actually, she inspired me to make two different kinds of cowls: this one, and the one I’m working on now.

I call it the Yoko Ono Cowl, because I pictured a young Yoko Ono walking around the streets of manhattan, arm in arm with John Lennon, wearing a cowl like this one.

I used two strands held together of:

LB Collection® Pure Wool Yarn

I used about 2 hanks total.

It’s so simple to make, but here’s a little pattern:

The Yoko Ono Cowl

cast on 42 stitches

Do a rib knit stitch (K2, P2) until piece measures about 25 inches around, and sew it up closed.

Like it?

The Craftaholic

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Day 154: Make a Knitted Purse


“…because our deeper identity and true character lie in the subjective nature of the mind.”

This is because we put our identity too much onto our property, and material goods. The person you are is NOT the clothing your wear, nor the food you eat. You are simply who you are, and that is all.

I’m leaving today’s quote short and sweet, because I think it’s best. Just think about what who you are, after all the designer clothing, the labels, the name brands…when all is removed, what is left? WHO is left?

Today, I’m posting another pattern! Yay!

This pattern  is UBER simple. It really shouldn’t even be a pattern.

This little purse was made for a “make a purse” swap.

I’m calling it the Country Girl Knitted Purse, because it, unlike most of my knitwear, was not inspired by city life, but by country life.

So here it is

The Country Girl’s Knitted Purse

I used two strands of Lion Brand’s Amazing Yarn, held together with 10 mm. needles

CO 31 sts.

Do a stockinette stitch for about 25-30 inches.

Sew up the sides, either with a crochet hook and a slip stitch, or with a darning needle.

Then, attach handles. I used some bamboo circle shaped purse handles.

To attach them, I put them on the inside, and just sewed around it, to make a lovely little edged ruffle at the top. Cute, right?

That’s all!

Then, a little crocheted flower makes it sing. I didn’t and don’t ever sew the flowers. I attached the flower to a hair clip, so that if my swap partner decides she wants her purse a bit more simple, then she’s got it.

I don’t have the pattern for the flower, because I kind of just made  it up. I think I chained 3, did 2 sc in each of the next round, then 5 or 6 sc in each of the next. I THINK. Try it, and see what happens.

I’m currently working on a nother city inspired knit, then I have an idea for another purse I want to make. I’ll post patterns for both. My current project was inspired by a japanese hipster I saw on the upper west side the other day. I’m so excited for this project. But I won’t tell you what it is. Not yet.

The Craftaholic

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Day 138: Make “The New Yorker” Cowl


“We must all live harmoniously with our neighbors.”

What does this mean? This means we need to not pick at each other.

Living in harmony. It’s defined in the dictionary as follows:

–noun, plural -nies.

1. agreement; accord; harmonious relations.
2. a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.
3. Music.

a. any simultaneous combination of tones.
b. the simultaneous combination of tones, esp. when blended into chords pleasing to the ear; chordal structure, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.
c. the science of the structure, relations, and practical combination of chords.

So that’s interesting. It reminds me of music. Living in harmony means we bring out the best in one another, not pick at each other, or try to tell each other what to do, or hate each other.

We tend to look at our differences a bit too much. Our differences are what make us live out of peace and out of harmony’s way with one another. We must live in peace. How do we do this? Compromise. Compromise. Compromise. We must put down our shallow egos that insist on being right all the time. Let’s be like the guitar and the bass, and make beautiful music together. The analogy is quite corny, but it’s true. Listen to your favorite song, and see how everything goes together. But the musician must LEARN how to put the instruments together. He must learn how to play the guitar, and in doing this, he learns how to harmonize with the other instruments.

So then, we must learn to live in peace with ourselves.

As artists, we tend to fall into different categories: 1) those who criticize their work 2) those who criticize others’ work. Let’s not fall into either of these. I hate hearing people say, oh blah blah blah, “real” art. What is “REAL” art? And who are you to say? Are you Van Gogh, or Diego Rivera? Are you Fridha Khalo? Even they would tell you that they are not the ones to say what real art is and what is not.

Living in harmony means taking away the labels. Stop labeling yourself and others. Art is art. It’s not your buisness to say what is real and what is not. It is only your job to make the world see things the way you see them, through your own art. That’s all. The rest does not matter.

Today’s crafty endeavor, is another free pattern! Yeah! I am on a roll with these patterns. It’s actually a lot of fun to knit up something new.

This is called, “The New Yorker” Cowl, because it’s inspired by the many hip new yorkers I see walking around with all these funky expensive cowls. I’ve even seen some cowls on etsy for over $100. Woah. I think for $100 I would rather learn to make my own, don’t you? I mean, still I understand everyone’s got rent and bills to pay. So it’s all good. But I’m glad I know how to knit.

The New Yorker Cowl

Size 10 mm needles

2 skeins of Lion Brand Alpine Wool Yarn in Chili

CO 32 stitches

Row 1-k

Row 2-P

(only because I simply cannot start a knit pattern straight away. I always do two rows of stockinette. But you can do whatever you wish, of course).

Do a rib knit: K2, P2 for entire pattern, until piece measures 22 inches, then sew or crochet the seams.

That’s it, baby! It’s so easy.

You could even pull the thing up to cover your ears.

I want to do another version I’ve seen, one that closes and has cool buttons. Perhaps that one will  be next.

I also made a cool journal that I’ve got for sale in my boutique.

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Day 126: The Three Way Shawl


“Through meditative techniques, one can free the mind of delusions and attain what we call enlightenment.”

Wow. I have nothing to say. Well, that’s not true. Meditating has really saved my life quite a bit. How?

Well, the truth is I was at one point a very sad person. I mean, I had a lot handed to me at a very young age. I’ve gone through things that some people don’t go through in a lifetime. Everyone goes through stuff. We all interpret it differently. Some children, when they are upset, they cry. Others yell and throw tantrums. It’s like adults. I’m more of a crybaby, myself.

So I started meditating about 13 years ago, when I had miscarried. It was a hard time for me. I went through that alone. But meditation somehow helped me stay sane. That and my writing is really what saved me.

Because of my solitude in life, I was forced to let out my sadness somehow. I let it out through my writing, and my art. It is in this time that I really feel that I started to become an artist. I was always creative. But my art came from this dark and dreary thing that happened to me so long ago. Everything happens for a reason. Bad things happen to good people. It’s life. But then we go through it, we turn to our faith in a higher power, we turn to our meditation and prayer…then years later we see…it happened, and out of it, came something beautiful.

Today’s crafty endeavor, is a FREE knitting pattern!

I’ve been working on this shawl for some time now, and just recently finished it! Yay for me. It’s another light, airy lace pattern, this time a variation on my golden cowl pattern.

The nice thing about this shawl is that it can be worn many ways.

You can wrap it around as a shawl or wrap.

You can wear it as a scarf, around the neck.

You can wear it as a cowl.

Fun, right?

The Three Way Shawl

3 skeins of Lion Brand Amazing Yarn

Size 17 needles

CO 40 Sts.

Lace Pattern:

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2tog, YO (for entire row)

Row 4: Purl

Continue until piece measures 50″, then cast off.

That’s it! You are finito. Easy right? Even a beginner can knit this up.

The Craftaholic

Lacey Mohair Cowl

Hey there friends!
I’m feeling so festive, what with it being the holiday season and everything. I’ve decided to post a pattern to a cowl that I recently finished!
I have it for sale on my etsy shop.The picture does not do it justice! It’s such a cute cowl! The lace is sort of a ribbed lace, and it’s simple enough even for beginners.

You’ll need:

About 2 skeins of Moonlight mohair yarn (Lion Brand Yarn Co.)
Size 15 (10.00 MM) needles, or larger, depending on your personal preference
Crochet hook, about 4.5mm or 5.00 mm or darning needle

So obviously gauge doesn’t matter for this pattern. It’s lacey, so the larger, the bigger (or whatever) the lace pattern.

Cast on 34 st.
Row 1-Knit

Row 2- Purl

Row 3-K1, yo, k2tog

Row 4-Purl

For lace pattern, repeat rows 3 and 4.
That’s it!
You can do this as long as you want. For a cowl, you should measure yourself. I like my cowls to kind of drape a bit and not be too tight, so for me, the cowl measured 25 inches. You can make it as long or short as you like.
At this point, cast off.
Once you’re done, just sew the seems together either with a darning needle, or you can crochet the two seems with a crochet hook, as I did.
All I did was a simple slip stitch.

I hope you like this simple pattern! It’s my first one!