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.

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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 ravelry.com, 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!!

3.26-27.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

Its the end to a wonderful weekend. We had so much fun with our Treetrunk boy and getting to know his gf, such sweet kids.

Today we made Easter baskets, played bananagrams and ate French toast that papa/hubby made.

Indigo drew pictures, read books and played in his imaginary lands.

In no particular order here’s some pics from the weekend:

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“We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes habit.” -Audre Lorde

Keep taking care of each other!

3.15.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

Nettles, sick and sad toddler, broccoli raab, leek and potato soup, elderflower mullien lemon balm tea with raw honey. Fresh eggs, a flooded back yard, extra straw, kitchen scraps, squirrels that eat our young plant starts. Appointments canceled, things that can’t be canceled, realizing you forgot to pick up your strawberries last week, feeling sheepish. Cleavers are ready! White wine, thawing ground beef, knitting, making plans for the weekend, Spring is coming, tinctures: garlic ginger and turmeric..How is your Tuesday going?

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).

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