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Olympic Knit Pattern Inspiration

Hello friends!

Are you watching and enjoying the Olympics? I’m sure there are many of you (like me), that don’t have a lot of time to sit and enjoy them.

I did see Chloe Kim in the snowboarding competition, though. Wasn’t she amazing? And, did you see her hat? Cute, huh?!

Designers have taken it upon themselves to create their own version of this cute winter hat.

Me included!

I’m calling mine Winter Games Chunky Hat.

 

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The details for this cute, cozy and comfy hat are below. I hope you enjoy this fast and fun ONE skein knit. Gather your supplies, your favorite beverage and a great Netflix show. Cast On!

Materials

1 skein Super Bulky Yarn – I used Lion Brand Thick and Quick

US Size 15 Knitting Needle

Notions

Tapestry Needle, Stitch Marker, Scissors, Tape Measure (if you’re analytical like me), Pom Pom Maker

Directions

CO 44 stitches, place marker and join for working in the round.

Round 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * around.

Repeat round 1 until hat measure 10.5″ or desired length. This length includes a 2.5″ rolled up brim.

Next Round: *k2tog; repeat from * around. 22 sts

Next Round: *k2tog; repeat from * around. 11 sts

Finishing

Using a tapestry needle, thread remaining 11 stitches through, pull tight and secure inside the hat. Weave in all ends.

Pom Poms can be made various ways. I chose to use the largest Pom Pom maker. Attach, wear and gets lots of compliments.

Knit On!

~ Deb

 

 

 

 

 

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Grow Your Art

Hi Creative Friends!

As a creative person, I’m always looking for outlets that will put me in a happy place, or happy space.

I mean, who doesn’t, right?

I wanted to show you a creative space I walked into today…

Grow Your Art is a phrase I noticed as I walked into this beautiful, creative space. Heartseed Studio. It’s a place one can go to be inspired with paint, pencil, marker, yarn (I will be teaching a knitting class there soon), and just about any other medium you can think of. It’s a place I would love to own. My brain went wild on the drive home. That would be my dream, to have a studio space like that. I felt instantly in my (new) happy place. My happy space. They have it all figured out.

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They believe artistic expression and creativity is vital to a happy life. You know what?

I do too! Now, more than ever. It’s a way to find YOUR happy. It’s a place you can go to find what inspires YOU. It makes life infinitely more fulfilling. Imagine YOUR life without a bit of creativity. Boring, huh? Imagine working a 9-5 job, coming home to kids/husband/chores, bed, then doing it all over again without squeezing something creative into your day. Fortunately, for me, I don’t have to punch a time clock, but you better believe, if I did, I would certainly have a creative outlet that would release tension, allow me to pull back from a stressful day.

Art makes you happy

Art is a true form of happy. It’s the expression of human creative skill and imagination. Doodling and drawing are my new art forms. Really new. I’ve began “coloring outside the lines” and am very proud of that. My friend said to me last night as I was taking one pattern and making it new, “Way to color outside the lines, Deb.” I hadn’t thought of it that way. I’m a left-brained thinker, coming from the nursing field, and have learned that both sides of my brain can, and do work well together. Most days, anyway.

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So, what’s your creative happy? I’d love to know. Please leave a comment below and lets chat about it.

CoLoR OuTsIdE ThE LiNeS and Find YOUR happy!

Deb

 

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a week of knitting-writing-designing-re-doing kind of week

I think I said it all… 

This past 7 days has given me a new take on my profession…I love it even more. With that said, there have been countless days that had me re-knitting a swatch or two to get the right gauge, re-writing a paragraph because that’s not at all what I wanted to convey, and re-designing an old pattern to make it brand spanking new.

I love everything about my job. I mean, who wouldn’t? 

I came from a nursing background where call lights went off every 5 minutes, patients yelled for (yet) another med (which my nurses were right on–Ativan, to the rescue), and lunch having to be served. Another call light, patient falling out of bed, they had to use the potty, they wanted a snack, they needed to talk, and…death. I was a Hospice CNA.

Don’t get me wrong, everything about what I just described was fantastic, in its own way. 

I just love my job now as a knitter/designer/writer/photographer. I do it all. Only not all at once. And without the minute-by-minute stress.

This week gave me a bit of a flash back as to how this career is really the same, but different, than my former nursing career.  You have to pay attention to the little details, and be happy with the outcome. If you don’t like it, you either deal with it, or you find a way to like it. Re-knit, in many cases. Re-write that paragraph. It’s all good.

Spending time in Starbucks helps me to think better. I know, doesn’t sound normal, but sitting at home, with it quiet, only makes my brain shut off. I need to be stimulated. This week always gives me something to strive for next week. I love a Monday. It’s the chance to start over again…

Let’s all strive to make it a great week next week. Check off your to-do list (yet) again. Make those unwanted items that always fall to the bottom of your list, the first ones you accomplish.

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

Deb