Top 5 of 2015!

2015 has been an awesome year and I can’t believe it is coming to an end. Here are some of my top 5 moments:

5. Finishing 10 pairs of socks for big and little people. One of my favorite patterns was Business Casual (yellow socks). It was just the right amount of challenging and the yarn was magnificent. I also completed two pairs of Hermione Socks (grey and rainbow socks).

4. Publishing 2 scarf patterns on Ravelry.  For a long time I have wanted to push myself and author my own patterns. Finally that time came. Check out my Lacy Beginnings Scarf  and my Snuggly Loops scarves.

3. Participating in my first craft fair. It was a lot of knitting, but I had such a great time meeting customers and hearing their feedback. IMG_6604

2. Reaching Machu Picchu in one piece! It was a long 4 days on the Inca Trail, but I made it. I have to say this is one of my proudest accomplishments to date.


  1. Getting Engaged! I am so happy to have found a person who is caring, loving, and most all makes me a better person. I can’t wait for us to get married in 2016!pic 1

Wishing everyone a happy new year. See y’all in 2016 🙂



I ❤️ The Purl Bee

Oh  The Purl Bee how I love thee. Let me count the ways…

  • I love your gorgeous fiber choices. Your  designers do an amazing job using great fibers (think alpaca and  merino wool) in amazing colors.
  • I love your simple yet classic looks. There is nothing more appealing to me that a clean line with interesting design aspects.
  • I love your free patterns not only for the designs, but for their diversity. 
  • I love your tutorials, as I am not keen on videos. Your format of pictures and written descriptions is perfect for me.

So why this profession of love? Well I have a big vacation time coming up, and I have decided to make one of Purl Bee’s fabulous designs (if all goes according to plan). Now is the time I need to start planning out my yarn choices so I can order the yarn. Which project would you choose?

*Thank you to Elizabeth Barrett Browning for inspiring this post and for writing one of my favorite sonnets (How Do I Love Thee? Sonnet 43) 

Busy Fingers

Ahhh it is summer break. This year, work has been challenging as well as rewarding .  I made it and it feels so good! Since last week, I have mainly stayed indoors and caught up on some relaxation. During this hibernation, I finished several projects as well as cleaned a closet and made some gluten- free cookies (yum!)

I finally finished and blocked my Summer Lattice Top by Purl Bee Soho.  It came out lovely. Originally, I was wanting to work with a yellow and a teal Pima Cotton. Yet, at the last minute I went to my LYS and bought a light grey instead.  I feel the color combo suits my wardrobe a lot better.

Why did I love making this project?

1)I loved the yarn I was using ( Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton).  It was soft between my fingers and had the right amount of sheen. It also was not a tangly mess when I needed to do some frogging.

2) I loved the construction pattern. I was fun to make something that started at the bottom back edge, went over the shoulders, and down the front. For someone who is not the typical size it made it easier to check if I had the proper fit. It should be noted that there are directions for knitting it in the round if you are not one for seams.

3) This project is the perfect TV/ movie project. Most of it is stockinette stitch so I could look away from my hands a lot more.

The only thing I would change would be the length of lattice work in the front. The open lattice falls below the top of my bra, therefore, I will need to wear a tank top underneath. I probably should have read others comments on Ravelry more closely as it looks like others have adjusted the pattern so that the lattice work does not end so low on the bust line.

In other news, I dusted off my baking pans this weekend and made some gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. I love cookies and the craving finally overcame my will power. I am not a baker so creating them from scratch was not my number one choice. However, thank goodness for  Whole Foods. I tried Pamela’s Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix. What a great choice.  They were delicious and affordable ($5.00 ish)!!! I had a friend try them and both of us didn’t notice the lack of wheat. So if you are gluten-free, I recommend you give Pamela’s Cookie Mixes a try.

Free Pattern- Simple Yoga Socks

Aside from catching up on some movies, I tackled organizing my crafting supplies this weekend. Within the mess, I discovered that I had some leftover wool/ acrylic sock yarn. I decided to put it to use and make some yoga socks I saw on Instagram awhile ago.

I always have cold feet and these would be perfect for yoga and/or dance classes. I decided to just modify a basic sock pattern by leaving off the heel formation and toe.


Whit’s Yoga Socks

I have small feet so this pattern will fit a US size 5.
You need: Fine sock yarn, 4 US size 3 double pointed needles, 2.00mm crochet hook
Gauge: 1″ stockinette = 8sts
Cast on 48 sts. Split your stitches evenly among 3 of the needles.
Rows 1-28: In the round, Knit 1, purl 1 in a 1×1 rib pattern. (Total 3″ in length)
Row 29: Knit 22 sts. Cast off the remaining stitches.
Row 30: Use the  cable cast on method and cast on 26 sts. Arrange the stitches evenly among 3 of the needles.
Row 31: Knit in the round for the 3 3/4″ or desired length.
Last 6 rows: Knit 1, purl 1 in 1×1 rib pattern.
Bind off all sts. Use the crochet hook and edge the entire heel opening with a single chain stitch.
Repeat pattern to make two socks.


Now the socks are done I better start going to yoga class more regularly haha.

*please alert me if there are errors/typos in the above pattern

New stitch!

Barbara Walker continues to rock my world. Whenever I am between major projects, I know I can take her book out and find something great. Here is the latest I am trying. The yarn is some leftover Babe by Knitting Fever Color 204 ( nylon/acrylic mix)


This is the Horseshoe Pattern from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I think this pattern so dainty and cute. I also love the wavy edge.

I decided I would like to try to make a top down sweater. I have never made one so I will be searching for a good pattern. Any suggestions?

Knitted Football Coasters


Finally, football season is coming to an end. No more Sundays dictated by when the game is on. Since I will be heading to a friend’s house, I thought I would whip up a cute little hostess gift. Here is the general outline for my stash busting football coasters.

Football Coasters:

Materials: US size 6 needles,  ~30-40 g of worsted weight brown acrylic yarn, ~1 yd of worsted weight white acrylic yarn, tapestry needle (The yarn requirements are dependent on how many coasters you are making.)

Gauge:  5 sts and 8 rows= 1″




kfb= knit into the front and back of stitch

k2tog= knit two sts together

inc1= increase one stitch

Cast on 3 sts.

Row 1: knit all sts

Row 2: k1, inc1, knit to last st, kfb (5 sts)

Repeat Rows 1-2 three more times. Repeat row 1 once more. (11 sts)

Row 10: k1,inc1, knit across to last st, kfb (13 sts)

Row 11:  purl across all sts.

Continue Rows 10 and 11 until there is a total of 19sts.

Row 17-23: Work in stockinette stitch (p odd rows, k even rows).

Row 24: k1, slip 1, knit 1, psso, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (17sts)

Row 25: Purl across all sts.

Repeat rows 24 and 25 until there are 11 sts left.

Row 32: k1, slip1, knit 1, psso, knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (9 sts)

Row 33: Knit across all sts

Continue Rows 32 and 33 until there are 3 sts left.

Bind off the last 3 sts.

Finishing: With white yarn stitch one long vertical line (~3″)  and 4 short horizontal lines (~1″)to create the laces of the football.

If you would like a thicker coaster make two, place them on top of each other, and sew the edges together.

Hope you enjoy your Superbowl weekend!


*This pattern was last revised August 2019. If you find a point of confusion please email me at and I am more than happy to help.

New Stitch

My lovely aunt and one of the best knitters I know, sent me an early Christmas present. She is great at helping me build my knitting library. This year she so kindly gifted me Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. Gosh I love this book! It has over 500 stitch patterns to choose from.  Here is my first selection:

Purl-Twist Fabric Pattern from Barbara Walker

Purl-Twist Fabric Pattern from Barbara Walker

I Heart Bows!

I recently switched to a short natural ‘do and hair accessories have become my best friend. I whipped up this floppy bow headband and I’m really loving it.


This is a quick project (2-3 hours) for children through adults. Sizing can be altered by knitting fewer inches starting after row 24.

Cast on 24 sts. Knit 4 rows in garter stitch.
Row 5 and all odd rows: Purl all sts
Row 6,8,10,12: Knit all sts
Row 14: K1, K2tog, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Row 16,18,20,22: Complete the same as row 14.
Row 24: Knit all 14 sts.
Work in stockinette for 21 inches or desired length.
Shaping the right bow: (you will be increasing)
Right side rows: K1, inc 1 in next stitch,knit to the last 2 sts, inc 1 in next stitch, K1. (Total: 16 sts on needle)
Wrong side rows: Purl all sts.
Repeat 5 times. You should end up with 24 sts.
Once increases are completed knit 5 rows in stockinette. Then knit 5 rows in garter stitch.
Bind off 24 sts. Sew in ends using a tapestry needle.


gold bow

The hardest blanket ever!


I was walking down lovely Valencia St in San Francisco when I stumbled upon Serendipity. I saw skeins of beautiful yarn in the window …I went to just take a peek… I met Kathy, the purveyor of the yarns… she showed me the wonders that were for sale…and well you know the rest. I ended up walking out with a new pattern book: 9 months of Knitting by the gals  at Tin Can Knits and 4 skeins of Cascade Superwash Wool. Looking through the book, I fell in love with the Dogwood pattern (seen below). I did my “new project happy dance” and skipped home to begin.

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Cut to 3 weeks later:

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! This is how I feel when knitting this project. I consider myself a pretty advanced knitter, but is blanket is beyond me? The design of the blanket is to knit the pattern in the round and eventually you end up with 4 large squares that you sew together. As of today, I have  finished just 1 square!!! This makes me sad/frustrated/annoyed and oddly more determined to complete this project. I mean I have worked on this project pretty much everyday, for at least an hour, so I should have more progress right? Well not really as I had to start the whole piece over 3 times and then had to rip out sections at least 4 times. Ugh!


But I am determined to conquer this beast!  Hopefully the tricks I picked up completing the first square will help with squares 2-4. Pray for me folks, because I think this baby is going to be going to Kindergarten before this blanket is complete.