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Happy New Year!

I hope you enjoy many new blessings this year. No doubt, you’ve come up with a few resolutions. I’ve come up with a few myself.

Near the top of the list is “no more unfinished projects”. I can’t even begin to count the number of unfinished projects I have growing in my craft stash. I can’t help it – I see a new yarn, a new stitch, and my fingers are itching to begin a new project.

The internet is a wonderful network of information. But to the craft primary mind it is a rabbit hole of wonder. Star stitch? Yes, please. Intarsia knit? I would like to try that. Pantone says the color for 2018 is purples? Let me get out my dyes and experiment. What goes with purples? Lavenders and lace stitches. How easily I can get lost.

But not this year. This year I strive to stay on task. Oh, I still plan to get lost in my craft – but I plan to schedule lost time in. I’ll start by setting a timer and search over my internet favorite pastime of Pinterest, and drool over every colorful and stitch-y pin. The hard part will be stopping when the timer goes off. But I can plan right?

Happy New Year!

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Chill busting simple scarves

Chill busters

Almost every knitter I know loves the Fall chill. Crunchy leaves, bit of a nip in the air, and something fun and woolly to wear. I’m a self-described hard-core knitter. If I have a spare minute (and even when I don’t) I have needles in hand, a little yarn bag on my arm, and the needles are clicking! While I’m standing waiting for the bus, boarding the bus, riding on the bus, etc.

For me, knit out in public day is every day. And FYI, it is a great conversation starter. I can’t tell you how many interesting people I’ve met over my knitting. People of all ages, and believe it or not young children are absolutely mesmerized by watching someone knit. I’ve even let random people knit a stitch or two just so they could experience the absolute joy of knitting.

In an age where everything is public scrolling on smartphones it’s becoming obvious that people want to be tactile. They crave hands-on creativity. If I have the tools in my hands and someone wants to knit a stitch or two, I am absolutely happy to help.

Welcome to the dark side. (Channeling my inner Darth)

Right now, I am absolutely cranking out the scarves – the more the merrier. I have big plans for the scarves – more on that later. Believe it or not, I have a Red Heart and Caron stash that is absolutely blush-worthy. I know, I have a yarn problem. Luckily, as a knitter, I also hold the solution on a pair of size 9’s.

After the first four garter stitch scarves, I decided to change it up a bit. It does get a little boring knitting a row, turning the work, knit a row, turn the work. So one day I stopped turning the work. Why turn the work when you can purl back the way you came?

The first couple of lefty passes were a bit of a challenge but it’s starting to become second nature. I hope to work on some left handed knitting techniques for more stitches but for now I’m content to practice this new-to-me method.

Now for the pattern. Knit and be happy!

Simple Scarf:

Yarn: approximately 250 yards of worsted weight – get creative with your stash. A single color is good but mix your colors. Experiment with color combinations!

Needles: one pair of size 9

Crochet hook or yarn needle to weave in ends.


Using long tail method, cast on 28 stitches.

Knit every row until scarf measures 40 inches.

Bind off. Weave in ends.

It’s a quick make so you have time to get a few done for Holiday gift giving.



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Spring Kitchen

I have spent the entire previous week doing my version of Spring cleaning. It doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve gone through and made things spotless! My version of the big spring clean is to clean out the old dull tired looking kitchen towels, pot holders, placemats, etc. Time to bring some of those bright spring colors in! (As I’m writing this, we are once again getting hit with another winter storm here in the north eastern US – I’m muttering “lovely” with as much sarcasm as I can muster)

I made the flower pot holder by adapting a crochet pattern I found online. I love this pattern and will probably make a few more. The pattern can be found here: I love the classics!

The v-ribbed pot holder and the red and orange placemat were patterns I found in Vintage Crochet for your Home book by Coats & Clark. Again, you can’t go wrong with the classics, or is it vintage? Either way, I love it!

The lime-green, white and orange hand towel pattern was in my latest (Spring 2013) issue of Creative Knitting and was the catalyst for my need for festive colors in the kitchen. I’m including a link to the related tutorial here:

Now that my kitchen is a little brighter, the rest of the rooms seem a little dull. I’m now looking through the yarn stash and thumbing through my stack of pattern books and thinking about the possibilities that this week will bring. That’s one of the true gifts of crafting – we really can make our little bits of the world as bright as we need it to be.


© Evelyn Stilson-Ouderkirk 2013. All rights reserved.

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Annabel Lee Arm Warmers

Annabel Lee Arm Warmers

Re-post from 2013. Can you believe it’s been five years already?! It’s so easy to lose track of time when yarn’s involved 😉

I love knitting and now I’ve discovered a new passion – designing! This design for arm warmers reminds me of the Victorian era, so with homage to Edgar Allen Poe, I’ve named them Annabel Lee. I hope you have as much fun making them as I had designing them. 

Yarn: Red Heart super saver, color 4321 – spa blue fleck, 1 skein 

Needles: 1 set straight, size 7 & 1 set dpn, size 6 


k = knit
p = purl
k2t = knit 2 together
yo = yarn over
sl = slip 1
psso = pass slipped stitch over

Using straight needles co 39 st. Work one row knit (counts as wrong side) then turn. 

Switch to dpn, knit next row spacing the stitches evenly, join to beginning. 

Next round (counts as Rnd 3): place marker, knit around. 

Rnd 4: purl around. 

Rnd 5: k5, yo, *k3, s1, k2t, psso, yo, k1, yo. Repeat from * to last 8 stitches: k3, yo, k5. 

Rnd 6: knit around. 

Odd Rnds 7-17: repeat Rnd 5. 

Even Rnds 8-16: repeat Rnd 6. 

Rnd 18: (decrease Rnd) k3, k2t, knit around to last 5 stitches, k2t, k3

Odd Rnds 19-25: k4, yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 7 stitches: k3, yo, k4.

Even Rnds 20-24: repeat Rnd 6. 

Rnd 26: (decrease Rnd) k2, k2t, knit around to last 4 stitches, k2t, k2.

Odd Rnds 27-33: k3, yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 6 stitches: k3, yo, k3.

Even Rnds 28-32: repeat Rnd 6.

Rnd 34: (decrease Rnd) k1, k2t, knit around to last 3 stitches, k2t, k1.

Odd Rnds 35-41:  k2, yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 5 stitches: k3, yo, k2.

Even Rnds 36-40: repeat Rnd 6.

Rnd 42: (decrease Rnd) k2t, knit around to last 2 stitches, k2t.

Odd Rnds 43-45: k1, yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 4 stitches: k3, yo, k1.

Even Rnds 44-46: repeat Rnd 6.

Rnd 47: (increase for thumb gusset) Inc 1 in 1st, yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 4 stiches: k3, yo, inc 1 in last st.

Even Rnds 48-60: repeat Rnd 6.

Odd Rnds 49-59: continue in established pattern increasing 1 st before first yo and increasing 1 st after last yo of Rnd.

Odd Rnds 61-63: k8,  yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 11 stitches: k3, yo, k8.

Rnd 62: p7, k1,  yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 11 stitches: k3, yo, k1, p7. 

Rnd 64: bind off 7 purlwise, k1,  yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 11 stitches: k3, yo, k1, bind off last 7 purlwise, break off yarn.  

Odd Rnds 65-67: join yarn,  k1, yo, *k3, sl, k2t, psso, yo, k1,yo. Repeat from * to last 4 stitches: k3, yo, k1.  

Even Rnds 66-68: repeat Rnd 6.

Rnd 69: purl around.

Rnd 70: knit around.

Rnd 71: bind off purlwise, break off yarn and weave in ends.



© E. Stilson-Ouderkirk 2013. All rights reserved.