Stockinette Stitch

A new knitting project just began using the stockinette stitch. It’s really easy. It will make the project to be thick. Great for scarves, shawls, headbands and sweaters.

The plan is to stitch a headband using stockinette stitch.

Cast on 40 stitches

Then knit and move yarn to front, slip the next stitch as if you are going to purl, (but you won’t actually purl) then move yarn back and knit. Repeat.

Slip the stitch… don’t actually purl the stitch

There’s tons of videos about this stitch to view.

It’s another hot day. It will consist of staying downstairs in front of the fan, stitching. It will also be an early bedtime.

It’s exhausting working full time and wanting to work on my individual creative projects.

Happy day


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Thursday Heat

It’s been a week of hot humid weather.

Yesterday there’s was no posting about what’s happening at 4pawsartstudio because it wasn’t an interesting day. Basically I worked all day and took my dog to the vet and helped my neighbor out with feeding her cats.

Waking up extra early helped me to get out for a walk with my dog before the sun started to beat down on my fair skin.

After I started to knit the scarf. It was a surprise that I was able to finish it before I had to go into the office this afternoon.

It looked to boring… let’s add tassels!

I pinned the markers where to knit in the tassels.

Then measure and cut 12″ long of the color for the tassel. I had 3 strands in 12 groupings for each end of the scarf. Take a crochet hook and find the center, loop the grouping of yarn and crochet it where the marker is. But leave a loop and add the tail into the loop to tie it in place.

Then I cut the ends to match the length of the tassels.

I’m very pleased with it.

Look for it on Etsy in my shop named: 4pawsartstudio

Happy day


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Tired Tuesday

Today has been productive with seeing clients today. I work as an art therapist and counselor, and found today to be exhausting. I think the heat has really affected me. I can not wait for cooler weather to get a good nights sleep soon.

I managed to put some time in with knitting. It was worth the extra time, as the color change to the scarf has begun

For some reason my fingers just wanted to give my knitting a hard time today. The exhaustion of the heat and how it affects the Rheumatoid Arthritis and inflammation has really done a number on me.

Well eventually I will get this scarf done. My goal is to have it done by Friday, to start on a new project.

Here’s the evening self-care: self-care is needed for creativity

  • Evening walk with my dog
  • Evening yoga
  • Pet the cats
  • Go to bed

I can’t resist sharing how the new cat joined me with yoga.

Maybe I’ll be able to recharge myself for more creativity.

Etsy shop is open.

Happy Day,


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Chia Seed Morning

This morning, being extremely hot and humid at the studio, breakfast would have to be light and easy.

Chia Pudding to the rescue:

Chia pudding recipe:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 Cup chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Stir together, let set for 3 minutes. Stir again. Then put in refrigerator, for 4 hours or over night.


You can put in 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk and 1/2 cup coconut milk
Add fruit for more goodness!

Today, I have a full schedule of clients to see. My free time will be working on the scarf. It’s certainly getting longer. Maybe it will be completed at the end of this week. Look for it to be for sale in my shop on Etsy.

Yesterday I got a new addition:

He came from a home that couldn’t keep him because they have three bunnies.

My other three cats and dog are getting along with him.

Ever wonder why I named my art studio 4pawsartstudio?

It’s simple my pet friends are always near me while I’m knitting, cross stitching drawing painting etc. How could I not name it after them?

Happy day


The Purl Stitch

The Purl Stitch is the opposite of knit stitch. The stitch is in reverse of the knit stitch. The knit stitch is the basic stitch when it comes to knitting.

Purl Stitch will look like tiny bumps. I’m working on the seed stitch with the white and orange scarf….

Basics of Purling:

  • The yarn must be in front of the needle.
  • When knitting the purl side is wrong side.
  • On the right side there will be rows of “V” shapes

Steps to Purl Stitch:

Working yarn needs to be in the front of the needle.

Insert right needle into the front of the left needle.

Wrap the yarn around the right needle.

slide your right needle down, with some tension. Move the right needle down and through the loop. Slide it off the needle. The stitch should be on the right needle.

Below the first stitch is the knit stitch the second stitch is the purl stitch.

It’s very simple once you do a few purl stitches.

Happy Stitching



Purl a Stitch, Knit a Stitch

I started this scarf about two months ago. This month, stitching this scarf will be my priority.

Why the delay? you ask. It’s only a purl, knit stitch sequence.

Yea, you are right. I got caught up watching YouTube videos about knitting a shawl. So the needles were dropped and out came the circular needles. I finished the shawl a few days ago, see post..

Back to this white and rustic orange scarf…

  • #6 straight knitting needles
  • Red heart yarn any color or colors
  • Tapestry needle-if you add another color

Start by casting on the amount of stitches for the width of your scarf. I cast on 32 stitches.

Now add one more stitch. 33 stitches total.

The start with knit stitch, then purl, knit then purl repeat.

When you turn your piece always start each row with knit stitch. You will always end with knit stitch. It keeps repeating until your desired length. Then bind off.

Happy Stitching



Finished Shawl

This is the finished knitted Shawl.

It’s a simple knit, it’s easy to put down and pick up later without being confused where to start knitting.

Cast on 3 stitches, knit 3 stitches, place a marker on this side. The marker reminds you to add a row when you turn your piece.
2nd row knit
3rd add stitch, knit
4th stitch
5th add stitch knit
Bind off when complete.

Stay tuned to more if my stitching posts.



Knitting a shawl

During my free time I have been stitching this shawl.

It’s simple, all knit stitch.

1st row- Knit 3 stitches

2nd row- stitch

3rd row-Knit and add a knit stitch, the stitch the remainder
4th row- Knit

Each row alternates with adding a stitch.

I used mandala yarn and size 4 needles

I’ll write more and my stitching later

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Knitting in the studio

Where have a been? I have been working on my health. Last few months has been a huge change in my diet. I have to eat gluten free dairy free and soy free. So my time was spent on clearing out my kitchen and learning to make meals differently.

It has made a difference. No more fatigue and brain fog. I can actually focus on my art.

I recently wanted to make something different. Fiber arts is something I have been drawn to. So I am knitting a shawl. I still paint and draw from time to time but not rushing to finish it.

The change with my health has helped me to relax and enjoy doing the art or craft rather than speeding to finish it.

I have many projects half-way finished. My goal is to get some of the completed by the end of the summer.

Here’s the shawl I am knitting.

Happy creating,



Knit Stitching Fingerless Gloves

My work week does not have a consistent schedule, it’s what happens to counselors in their own practice.

In-between sessions, there may be a few hours of free time. I might be at home for those hours since I have a mix of video sessions and in the office sessions.

During those free hours I spend it, cleaning, laundry, staring at the tv, taking a nap, walking my dog or stitching.

But to cross stitch in a few hours sometimes is not what I want to do because of the involvement it takes.

I decided to knit fingerless gloves. A few months ago I bought two knitting books to learn more about knitting. I was able to follow the directions on this one with no problems.

I am rather pleased with the outcome.

More to come