Free Pattern: Astoria Cowl

astoria Cowl 4

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Here’s a free new pattern for you for this beautiful, crisp September morning.

This textured cowl is a great beginning knitter project, or an auto pilot knit for a more experienced knitter wanting something easy and familiar to do with their hands. Its knit in the round so there will be no seams to sew, and the simple pattern is completely reversible.

Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter is a great vehicle to showcase texture, and it blooms and softens up beautifully once blocked. It’s still a wee bit on the scratchy side, as wool goes, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you have overly sensitive skin, but any yarn would be fine for this piece.  I hope you enjoy it!

Download for FREE on Ravelry

Pattern Notes:

Finished Measurements

7.5in (19.5cm) wide
28in (50.8cm) long, folded in half 56in (142.24cm) circumference Finished weight – 4oz (113g)

Suggested Yarn

Brooklyn Tweed (100% Targhee-Columbia Wool) 140yd (128m/50g)
Colorway shown: Snowbound
For project: approx. 320 yards (293m, 113g)


1 pair US8 (5mm) 16” minimum circular needles, or needles to obtain gauge.


9 stitches & 12 rows per 2 inches in stockinette stitch.


Stitch marker

Darning needle for finishing

Pineapple Lime Ice Lollies

pineapple, lime, pop, popsicle, ice, lolly, lollies, tequila, cocktailFor a last grasp of summer we decided to indulge in a little adult, warm weather treat. Bright lime and sweet, tart pineapple highlight the mellow, agave of the tequila. Try to only eat one. We dare you.

Makes approximately 18 mini pops

You will need:

1oz plastic shot glasses – or other popsicle molds

1 ripe pineapple – juiced (easiest done in a juicer)

Will make roughly 3 cups of juice

Reserve 1 cup of the pulp (remove any hard bits or eyes)

2 limes – zested and juiced

1/2 cup tequila (optional)

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Mix everything together in a shallow freezer proof dish. For a family friendly treat, omit alcohol.

To avoid rock hard pops and to give them a nice flakey texture slightly pre-freeze before you fill your pop molds. This will also help your stick remain upright during the freeze.

In the shallow dish, freeze for 10-15 minutes, gently flake with a fork, replace in freezer. Repeat once more. Spoon into molds, and insert popsicle sticks and freeze for at least a couple of hours or overnight.

52 Project: 36/52

IMG_5171.JPGIt’s kind of hard to believe that we’re already 36 weeks into this project. That leaves only 16 weeks left! Today was kind of gorgeous. Warm, clear, with a nice cool breeze.

The weekend was a brutal hell of high temperatures and masses of humidity rolling through. It was so humid that I felt like I couldn’t take a deep breath. So humid that I would be standing still, and sweat would be rolling down my back. I had a perpetually shiny forehead, even more shiny that normal. Good thing I never wear full-on makeup, it would have slid instantly down my face and into my lap. I knew summer would get me at least once. I’m glad it was just that once! I’ve used my air conditioner more in September than I had the whole of the summer.

I had grand intentions of getting heaps of knitting done last weekend. That didn’t happen. LOL But as autumn rolls on I will.  Have a great week!



Quick & Easy Counting

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Hey there friends. I wanted to share a little technique that I invented for myself to count stitches. This technique works just as well if you are casting on stitches or if you need to make sure your stitch count is correct mid knit.

I’ve always been much more of a word girl, than a numbers girl. Even the seemingly easy 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 by two’s method, is clumsy and slow for me, especially if you’re counting higher than 25 or 30. I was knitting my first bigger garment and I had 250 stitches to cast on, and I counted, and recounted, and miscounted and eventually got fed up. So I regrouped and thought, “There has to be an easier way.” Counting by tens was super quick and easy, but making sure you had exactly ten stitches at a time was tricky and time consuming.

So I started counting by three’s.  I counted, 3, 6, 9 and the tenth stitch was there by its self. So I continued- 3, 6, 9, 10- 3, 6, 9, 20-, 3, 6, 9, 30. My speed picked up, I switched from saying the threes to just repeating the last ten count as I scooted over those three stitches at a time.

My little counting mantra became:  “Three, six, nine, ten, ten, ten ,ten, twenty- twenty, twenty, twenty, thirty- thirty, thirty, thirty, forty- forty, forty, forty, fifty.

When I got to fifty I placed a stitch marker, and placed one every 50 stitches (so if you mess up you don’t have to start back at the beginning again). No more pokey, slow, what comes next, counting by two’s.  It was a revelation. It was fast.  As a result, I no longer dread having to count my stitches. I know there are a ton of different ways out there, and some probably easier. But this is the way I like to do it, and it works very well for me. Perhaps if our brains are similarly wired this will help you out, too. But if this sounds like utter rubbish to you, then I apologize! LOL :-D

Here’s a visual, for what it’s worth…

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52 Project: 34&35/52


IMG_4843.JPGOops, I did it again.  Wait, did I just quote Brittany Spears? lol

I let life get in the way and I didn’t post my pictures on time. Again. Luckily I did actually take the picture, so that’s half the battle, right?  So here are my pictures from last week, and from yesterday.

I was lucky enough to have Labor Day off, so my Monday was spent at home, with a little housework, and lots of knitting.  Summer has decided to punish us New Yorkers these last few days.  She was such a mild companion this year until about Saturday or Sunday. Then she decided to have hot flashes and turn my west facing living room into an oven.  It really hard to get into knitting when you’re sweating, just from sitting down.  Hopefully she’ll get the memo that summer is over and she needs to fly back down to Florida with the rest of the snowbirds.  :-)  In the meantime, I need to get to knitting!  Have a great day! – Marie



Free Pattern: Wren Revisited

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Hello knitters and a happy start to autumn to you all! I for one am glad to see the end of summer, and I am looking forward with much anticipation to the cooler season ahead. Florrie and I have loads of ideas, as usual, and we are finding ourselves pulled in so many creative directions. We’re so lucky to have each other to bounce ideas off of, and it’s so much fun and filled with manic panic as we feed off each other’s creative insanity. Our To-Do list is forever growing. We have an inside joke that we have a personal assistant named Brenda that should be test knitting our patterns, getting us coffee, testing our recipes and editing our posts… but we’re never getting it all done because we can never find her! BRENDA!? Where are you! lol

I was looking through my early knitting patterns a little while back and decided to (finally) update the Wren Cowl. Wren is a family name on my sister in law’s side. It has history and it conjures up images for me of the fleet little brown birds, darting through the air. I had just learned the star stitch and I was eager to make it into an accessory, and the simple yet pretty Wren Cowl was born. With a little tinkering I figured out how to make the pattern seamless. But the original pattern was missing some crucial information, I was so new to writing patterns that I didn’t realize how important things like weight and size conversions were. Oops. :-)  I also neatened up some of the directions, hopefully making things even more clear.

I love the star stitch, but it’s one of those stitches that does tend to get a little bit monotonous, it’s like the moss stitch. I love love love the texture, but it makes me a little bit batty to k1, p1 over a large piece of knitting. I think the results are worth it in the end though. The Wren Cowl is a nice little accessory, so you (hopefully) won’t feel like you’re star stitching into eternity.  Once you get the hang of the purl three together technique, you get into a little rhythm.  If you use a wool with enough yardage it also makes a great single skein project. We all have those impulse buy, single skeins of something luscious. The star stitch is a good choice for solids, as well as a pretty variegated wool.

You can download the FREE PATTERN on RAVELRY.

I’m jumping into deep end of official knitting season with both feet. How about you?