art studio · knitting

Waffle Knit Stitch

Last night I completed a scarf. It’s in time to wear for the windy rainy weather we are having today.

I used the waffle stitch. It’s a pretty design but also not overly heavy.

Waffle Stitch Directions

Here’s how to stitch the waffle knit stitch…

  • Cast on a multiple of 3 stitches then add 1 stitch.
  • Row 1- k1, p2 repeat, last stitch is k1
  • Row 2- p1, k2 repeat, last stitch is p1
  • Row 3-knit all stitches
  • Row 4- knit all stitches

Here’s a drawing I made to keep my rows correct. I kept forgetting to use my number clicker for each row. When I set it down I had to think about which row I was on.

If the working yarn is toward your right hand and it shows little balls of design then it’s row 2 or row 4.

If it looks like waffle side, you can be on row 1 or row 3.

Blocking your Knit Project

After my scarf was completed I used a blocking method to get the rolls on the side to lay flat. Just place your scarf or whatever you knitted on the table, and place books on top of it, you will need a few books on it. Keep it there over night and the rolls should be flat.

I might make myself ear warmers with this yarn. It will be a simple knit to take with me to the office and work on it when I have breaks in the day or when my clients don’t show for their appointment.

Happy Day

Caroline

Etsy shop

https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

art studio · art therapy · autoimmune · etsy · gluten free · rheumatoid arthritis

Where am I? What am I drinking?

If you have been following this blog, you would know I have had some intense times living in my townhouse community.

I was ready to move 2 weeks ago, then it hit me, the financial issue of another 30 year loan as I am wanting to quit counseling in the near future. So I decided to stay at my house and update the bathroom and kitchen.

Those hostile neighbors need to just get over it.

Anyway, the tension, fatigue, uneaseness about life caused a huge amount of swelling from rheumatoid arthritis. But my eating habits have been anything less desired.

When I first found out I had a gluten intolerance and dairy and soy intolerance, my diet change over night. Seriously, over night.

I was told to drink bone broth daily. And eat anti-inflammatory foods.

You know where I’m going…

The stress of being on the HOA board and my job got to my mental health…I wasn’t eating healthy. I was just eating.

I went to the kitchen tonight and got bone broth out, warmed it and poured it in a cup. As I write this blog, I am sipping it. It’s really not that bad it’s kind of tasty.

Afterwards I’m going to have some watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew with water. My acupuncturist who I haven’t seen in a several months, told me to eat foods that release water retention.

This evening I have been knitting the shawl which is really an oversized scarf.

Tomorrow my plan is to drink bone broth in the morning as I did in the past. It filled me up in the morning where I was not hungry. I will then bring green tea to work.

If I snack I’m going to be bringing one of my gluten-free snacks or dried fruits with me to work. And since I might not be able to get lunch tomorrow as my car will finally get work done I will have a salad with vegetables and fruit for late lunch/dinner.

I think being back on this diet with bone broth everyday will help decrease the swelling from the rheumatoid arthritis. It will help the swelling from edema and it most likely will help me not feel so tired. Lately the chronic fatigue has been the worst since I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance dairy intolerance and soy intolerance.

It has been proven by scientists and medical providers that stress causes autoimmune to flare. I have no doubt about the proof of that as I live with it daily. I am hoping getting back on track with my diet and lifestyle change will put me in a better mood and help me lose the water retention.

And then maybe I will feel ready to get back into making more art and doing yoga daily. I want to feel happy about my life.

Happy day

Caroline

Etsy shop https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

art · art journal · art studio · art therapy · autoimmune · rheumatoid arthritis · watercolor

Sunday Painting

I have not been posting for awhile. Simply because I needed a break. Most of my free time has been cross stitching. My goal is to finish Derby by February.

Also my hours at work has increased slightly as new clients are calling. I have a goal to pay off some bills this early part of the year. I will need to consider buying a car later next year.

With that being said, I decided to not move. It saddens me but I need to focus on my long term goal. The long term goal is to not work as a counselor in my 60’s, and find other work to do. Or to work from home full time in 5 years. If I got another 30 year loan, then I would have no choice but work more hours and for a longer time.

Therefore, I am staying at my townhouse. And plan on finishing updating the bathroom and kitchen.

Since it is getting colder out the neighbors have stayed inside. I’m looking forward to the cold months ahead because there’s less chance my neighbors will harass me. (I am being harassed because I’m on the HOA board) trust me we made positive changes, gave owners more freedom. Someone people are just mean and hateful and don’t want others to have freedom and happiness.

Sunday, I finished a column on Derby early. I decided to close up the house early and found my way to a canvas. Afterwards I did yoga, read the Bible and read some paragraphs about chakras. Then I went to bed at 8:30! I have been exhausted and really need the sleep. I hope this extra sleep will decrease the inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis.

Here’s the beginning of the painting. I believe it will change drastically. It might not even look like this next time you see the update.

I have items on Etsy shop. Paintings and knit headbands and scarfs that’s great for the winter.

Below some examples of what’s in my Etsy shop.

Etsy shop: Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

Happy Day

Caroline

knitting

Knitting Update

Some days I prefer to knit instead of painting. This little piece will be a headband. It will be on Etsy once I am ready to post more products.

The piece below is slowly being stitched. It’s going to be an oversized scarf/shawl. This will not be sold. I need a new shawl for my office as it gets cold. I better get this stitched asap, in the Midwest it’s starting to show signs of Autumn.

Check out Etsy shop, I have knitted headbands/ ear warmers, and scarfs for sale.

Etsy shop: Https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

Happy Day

Caroline

knitting · recipes

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.

Option:

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
Caroline