For the Mothers -Cowl Patter

For the Mothers
1-2skeins of DK yarn, depending on the size you want.
CO 204 sts; multiples of 6.
German Twisted Long Tail CO
US size 6 circular needle, 29inches.
US size 8 needle for BO

Pattern goes as such:
Garter, Bias Rib, Garter, Lace, ending with Garter.

CO 204 sts in German Twisted CO.

10-14 rounds of garter:
Rnd 1: Kall sts.
Rnd 2: Pall sts.
Continue repeating Rnds 1and2.

10 rounds of Bias Rib:
Rnd 1: K2tog, k3, k1f&b; rep to end of round.
Rnd 2:
K5, P1; rep to end of round.

10 rounds of garter.

Lace section:
Rnd 1: K all.
Rnd 2: K1, yo, (Slp1, K2tog, Psso), yo, K2; rep to end of round.
Rnd 3: and all odd rounds K all sts.
Rnd 4:
yo, K1, (Slp1, K2tog, Psso), K1, yo, K1; rep to end of round.
Repeat these rounds ending with Kall; 10 rounds.

8-10rounds of garter.

You can end here or keep repeating the garter, bias rib, garter, lace pattern for a wider cowl.

BO with larger needle (US size 8) in K1, P1 rib to make it a little extra stretchy.


Thank you to Sunrise Fiber Co. for beautiful inspiring colourways and KCal’s.
I wasn’t finding a pattern that this yarn wanted to be on so I made one. I made this for an important mother in our community and it was finished around Mother’s Day so I named it accordingly <3 I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

4.16.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

Hard day, a good day.

Swimming, screaming and crying in the locker room, bought a book we’ve needed for YEARS, hiked some hills, hugged a friend, went home to unwind and knit.

Keep taking care of each other!

4.8.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

More on trauma and an intro on how art can bring you new horizons…

Knitting has not only helped me relaxe while I make things but I get to use my artistic skills with mixing and matching colours and strengthen my math and pattern skills.

Something else happened though that was unexpected, I found, an international community of yarn enthusiasts. Mostly knitters and crocheters but I’ve seen some woven works while perusing the pattern data base late at night.

This international community has taken me  way past my skill points, expanded my knowledge base in both math and patterns and it’s introduced me to incredible artists and incredible people. Most of the time I meet people who love creating beautiful and interesting pieces of art but every once in a while I find other people who are struggling with their mental health. They lost someone they love deeply, they are recovering from surgery, they are in counseling for an abusive relationship of some kind…many of these things are found through the profiles with links to blogs and Facebook pages.

This community, although reaching across the world, is quite small. So bumping into reality happens often. When we share in this way we can start the healing and our art blooms and seeds that can spread and can help someone sow their own art and healing.

I hope you take some time to check out the beautiful pieces being made and the expressions that are shared. Maybe you’ll find some friends along the way and begin the healing?

Again and again and again…keep taking care of each other!!

3.21-24.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

I guess we went on “vacation”. Our oldest arrived home sick and then we all got sick so hubby and I were taking turns taking care of everyone. Thankfully we are starting to feel better and have been getting some things done.

Picture by Jen Moss of Nizhoni Jewlery

Picture by Jen Moss of Nizhoni Jewlery

Phife Dawg RIP

Phife Dawg RIP




Picture by La Abeja Herbs

Picture by La Abeja Herbs




2.27.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

We are still in our sickies cave 🙁 but I made some progress: tinctures, infusions, Celtic knot knitting and the thawing of a chicken. Not pictured is some reishi broth on the stove and some fiery witches brew steeping on the kitchen counter (fire cider and habanero honey tea).



2.17.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand….

“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”

I haven’t embroidered anything  in years. It’s been even longer since I did cross stitch. I’m excited to get this one going. I haven’t decided which skill to use.

I’ve been drawn to this proverb for many years now. I feel it represents many different a phases of my life and it reminds me that new things are coming and that whatever happens I am strong.

Grow, be brave, you are strong!

2.4.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…
I’m almost done with my hubby’s mitts. They are long over due, like most of my knitting <3 They are also a tester for some mitts for some really awesome teens!

I’m thinking about making some book buddies. Anyone local want to do a book trade with Indigo? I want it to be local to cut down on mailing/packaging costs.

I’m also thinking about preschool/pre-K curriculum and all the art I want to make this year.


Lily’s Dolly Poncho & Yarn Along

Well, it’s been a month since I last posted. Our family has been supremely busy with our Summer. Sometimes all the “busy” has really been cuddling up and sharing stories but none-the-less still a busy time for us.

I hope you’ve been enjoying your Summer 2012!

I have a belated Yarn Along to share this week:

Lily’s Dolly Poncho. (Mind the glue on this dolly’s face. My oldest made this doll in preschool)

I made a special ordered poncho for some dear friends and there beautiful Daughter. You can view it here on my Ravelry account. The baby doll poncho idea came about from the bits of yarn that were leftover. I also added a locally handspun llama yarn to the mix.  I couldn’t get an exact match on the striping (as I did a natural striping with Lily’s person sized poncho) but it definitely goes along well with it.

This dolly poncho worked out so well that I may be making more.

It’ll be her first birthday gift from our  family. Enjoy, beautiful Mrdalj family!

My book for Yarn Along is The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm. Nothing exciting here folks but I am really enjoying her insight and honesty and also her mysticism that comes along with pregnancy. Her book is really speaking to me, and gently. I really need this in my life right now.

Peace, love, and Babies with Baby Doll Ponchos!

Yarn Along

Follow Ginny at Small Things where she shares her current reads and yarn projects.

This week my Mother received the hat and booties that I made for her friend expecting a baby boy (and I received my first payment via SwansNest on etsy).

One more go:
This week I feel like giving up on the baby legs for awhile. This is not like me. I usually don’t give up on projects. I usually find a way to push through and make things happen but (errr) it’s just not happening. I need some inspiration. So I’m going to go on a hike after our Treetrunk boy (brother older) lets out of school and hope to find some inspiration in nature.

And how could I not in the Pacific Northwest on the cusp of Spring?

This week I checked out some graphic novels from the public library (our second home).

I love Sara Varon! I fell in love with her work many years ago with how easily I can relate to her humor and how she gives objects and other things human like lives is so interesting to me.

Sara Varon's Bake Sale

I read her most current book Bake Sale. I love it! I don’t want to give away too much but it’s about an Aubergine and a Cupcake and their daily to-dos. The story follows their blossoming friendship. There’s some loss and a lot of learning about nurturing a friendship and treatment of others. Simple humanity.

Have a great Yarn Along everyone!