Little victories

You may have noticed that knitting is an activity that you usually do when you are sitting. Maybe you do it while you watch TV or at the kitchen table or any other favorite place, but you are sitting. There is not much action involved, just the clicking of the needles. 
For my part it makes me very lazy. I can sit for hours without moving, no problem at all. I can even eat chips while sitting and knitting. Altogether I believe that knitting is very good for mental health, but not so good for a sound constitution. 
Given the fact that I also enjoy being outside in nature, but often am too lazy to go out once I'm on my sofa, I came up with a plan. I'm in for the 10.000 steps challenge. Two weeks ago I got myself a pedometer and am now trying to walk 10.000 steps each day. 
To tell the truth, my first tries were a total failure. Two weeks of trying to reach my goal, and the highest number I reached was 9.000, which was a walk of 2 hours, admittedly with a break to eat my snack. And to watch the squirrel, of course.

Black squirrel in bottomland riparian forest

I can do better, I know that! And yes, I can. Today I did it! This is my little victory of the day. Now on to new adventures.
The main reason why I picked walking for my challenge is that it is slow. You get to see the world around. I love being slow.  

August flowers

If you missed anything knitted in this blog post, here we go.
lace shawl knitting pattern

This is my Forest Brook Stole, which I finished 2 weeks ago.


Easy Peasy

The clue is in the name - the Easy Peasy shawl is what it pretends to be. Simple, relaxing, a shawl to knit in no time at all while watching TV. You can use whatever yarn you have. 

Shawl knitting pattern for beginner knitters


It has been a while...

... since I published the Jazz shawl pattern. Actually it was last month already. It is a very personal pattern and dedicated to my mother. Read more about it here. There is a coupon code on the pattern page which will allow you to get it free.

free pattern


Alternative facts

The concept of alternative facts allows you to say anything and, if confronted with the opposite, you can shrug your shoulders. I admit it stretches the truth, but once said, who cares? This scarf is yellow, as everyone can see.

How to Giw to bring alternative facts into the world with a knitting pattern

The pattern is written for fingering weight yarn and is very well suitable for beginner knitters. It is now available here


All my patterns 50% discounted

I am currently running a pattern sale in my Ravelry store. All my knitting patterns and crochet patterns and also all my eBooks are 50% discounted until the end of April. Simply enter coupon code donation at checkout. 
Why donation? You may have heard of the cyclone that devastated huge parts of Mozambique. Many people have lost everything. They need food and medical care, not even mentioning a roof over their heads. I'm going to donate all proceeds of this sale to Mozambique.

All knitting and crochet patterns are 50% discounted.

I was a bit hesitant to post this. But every little bit helps. Writing patterns is my job, and this is what I can contribute.
Also my latest pattern, which I have not showed yet, is included, the Zugin shawl

Cabled shawl knitting pattern


This is why I sleep late

My new scarf knitting pattern was released this week. It is called "This is why I sleep late". 
As mentioned in a previous blog post already, I am a bit obsessed with the thought of creating reversible stitch patterns Over the last few months I have been playing around with the idea some more, which resulted in this new pattern (available here on Ravelry).

This is why I sleep late - an easy knitting pattern for a reversible scarf



Some yarns are so beautiful that you want to use them over and over again. I got this wonderful alpaca yarn gifted and simply love it. Good for me that I got a lot of it gifted.

Fingering weight alpaca yarn

This will hopefully become a pattern one day.