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 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 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

Multi Function Cowl

I hope you like this new one.
A beautiful and simple lace pattern gives a simple concept a new spin.
It’s knitted and sewn up together, to make it a cowl.
But it’s more than a cowl, since this baby can go over your head, to cover your ears when the cold wind really blows hard.
This is knit with a beautifully soft angora & merino blend. Amazing. It feels so yummy to knit with. This baby is actually for a swap that I’m in, with the Park Slope Knitting Circle. It’s so cute, I don’t want to give it up! But alas, I must. I’ll make more. I have plenty of yarn here at home.

Here’s a pattern for you, just because I’m cool like that.

Cast on about 27 or so sts.

Lace Pattern:

Row 1: Knit all sts
Row 2: Knit all sts
Row 3: Purl all sts
Row 4: Knit all sts
Row 5: *K1, (k2tog) twice, (yo, k1) three times, yo, (k2tog tbl) twice. Repeat from *
Row 6: Purl all sts.

Repeat rows 5 & 6 three times, then start over from row 1.

That’s it!
Just keep going, until piece measures about 42 or so inches.
Sew up the two ends, and there you go! It’s done!
Oh! About the details:
I used a beautiful yarn called “Sublime” Angora Merino wool, and it took up about 1 and a half skeins of it.
I used size 7.00 mm circular needles, but you can use straights.
Also, gauge isn’t important, since this is a lovely breathable lace.