Easy and quick: the Gaptastic Cowl

I feel good. I have completed a pair Rose city rollers socks for my cousin and a cowl in the same month. The Gap-tastic cowl is done, blocked and ready for the cold days ahead. The temperatures are slowly dropping here in Florida and I can’t wait for our short winter to wear my knitted accessories. 

It is obvious why this free  pattern is so popular all over Instagram and Ravelry. Not only this is a friendly beginner’s pattern, it is also a great project to pick up when you are watching TV or just talking with friends. It is so soft! I used 3 skeins of cascade 128 bulky in charcoal and us13 circular needles. At first, I wasn’t sure if 3 skeins was too much yarn, but I decided to keep knitting and just have a nice chunky cowl. After blocked, it got bigger! 32 in long and 19 in wide.  You can find details in my Ravelry page. But I love it’s much I am going to knit another one for my daughter. Thank you  Jen Geigley  this free pattern. 

I guess I have a new cowl for next year’s trip to the sheep and wool festival in Rhinebeck. Ready for some inspiration? I am bpknits2 in Instagram and search for #gaptasticcowl. Happy Knitting!

Slow fashion in a Fast world


Is it is possible to be part of the slow fashion in this fast world?  Absolutely. A few days ago when I read the Fringe Association blog post about slow fashion October, I was intrigued and had to find more information about it. I had no idea there was a dedicated month to the slow fashion movement. Fringe association has weekly post during the month of October 2016 with great information and a weekly theme of handmade clothing.

But what is exactly Fast Fashion and Slow fashion? According to Study-Ny fashion company based in Brooklyn, NY, “Fast fashion” is a contemporary term used by retailers and designers to describe a phenomenon and business model that is widely implemented around the world. It describes the method of imitating trends and styles seen on the runways at Fashion Week. These styles are then sold at a lower price and quality to the majority of consumers who cannot afford the designer pieces. At Study, we utilize Slow Fashion. Slow Fashion is the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. Slow fashion encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and (ideally) zero waste. We have reached a place in society where garments seen on a runway today are knocked off and available in stores tomorrow. By adding transparency about our production process and educating consumers about the craft of clothes making, we hope consumers will begin to understand what is required of producing a well-made garment”.

Study-Ny is one of the few companies in the US producing clothing in NY where their goal is to make fashion without waste. And while more companies and are now becoming more sustainable and eco-friendly, usually the price you pay for an Eco- friendly shirt is double of what you may pay at a big retailer store.

If you want to see Slow fashion in action, check ou this video by the founder of Preloved- a Toronto, Canada. Saving the planet with slow fashion and watch how old sweaters are recycled into beautiful fashion.

The truth is, everyone has their opinion and expectations when it comes to where and what type of clothing they buy. I love fashion and I love buying clothes. But as I get older, I have become more conscious about my budget and buying quality vs quantity.


But my question is, is it possible to afford slow fashion? what can you do to help the environment when everything that is marketed as Green,  handmade, natural or organic cost twice as much as mass produced items. How do we teach ourselves to learn how to wait for clothing when everyday we are bombarded with ads full of beautiful fashion that shout “Buy me” with just a click on your phone?

I know not everyone agrees with this subject. But for me, slow fashion is being mindful and aware of where your clothes come from, what materials they are made of, who made it and thinking twice before purchasing garments. You see, when you knit or crochet or sew your sofa pillows, you realize how important it is the quality of the materials that go into making these things.

You may asked yourself how these companies you are buying from treat their employees. What are their values. Are they taking care of our environment? When you make things You value what you have in you closet and learn how to take care of your wardrobe.


I know! It is impossible to make every item we wear. As it is impossible to stop buying clothes. Clothing is a need, not a want. We just have to be intentional about it.

During the last few weeks I have been busy cleaning my own closet and keeping those items that I really love and wear. Keeping only the things I care for has helped me get ready faster in the morning and keep my closet cleaner. Now I can see the clothes I have and need and make better purchases.

Here are a 4 things you can do to become part of the slow fashion movement:

1- Buy local handmade items. Start shopping at Etsy!

2- Buy quality vs quantity

3-Go to a thrift shop and buy well made items at discounted price

4- Learn to sew and make your own clothes

Also,   Here is a  link  to 10 sustainable and affordable fashion companies.

For now, you can follow  #slowfashionoctober in instagram and get inspired by wonderful people. You can also check out the fringe association master plan for the slow fashion October 2016 here.



Summer Sewing news!

Many  years ago I learned how to sew in a very simple sewing machine. Soon, I began to hem a few skirts and sew simple tablecloths and curtains. But that’s as far as I got. Knitting and crochet and hand sewing were easier for me. Fast forward several years later and the wonderful technology of Craftsy and YouTube, I am starting to learn and understand how rewarding sewing could be. Finally this summer I  got my hands on my new sewing machine and started sewing a few simple items. Project bags, pillows. Installing an invisible zipper!  I feel very proud.

Pillow covers are the perfect  project for beginners.So I made a few. Here is my perfectly straight seam. I used the seam guide foot ( I had no idea there was such a name) anyway I decided to practice with this foot on the envelope pillow by Diana Rupp which is part of the Sewing Essentials craftsy class.

I learned how to make a bias tape and piping using a zipper foot. This was supper easy. 

This is another pillow (also in Diana Rupps book) but I decided to use an invisible zipper instead of a universal zipper. The only challenge here was to install an invisible zipper with a regular zipper foot. It might not look perfect but who is going to be checking! Lol

If you are new to sewing, I recommend the SEW everything workshop: The complete Step-by-step  Beginner’s Guide with 25 fabulous original designs, including 10 patterns book by Diana Rupp and her craftsy class, Sewing Essentials. Both excellent ! This book was published in 2007 but the instructions are timeless. 

I also have Deborah Moebes sewing books One stitch at a time, learning to sew one project at a time and Stitch Savvy

Which is my favorite? The SEW everything workshop book because it has more more projects, paper patterns, and instructions on how to read and cut using commercial patterns . 

However, each book has unique projects. All of the beginner’s  techniques that I am mentioning here in this post are covered in the Sew everything book.

I also made a few project bags (sock knitting bags) for my cousins. I used fat quarters and my rotary cutter and cutting mat. This was my first time using both of these tools and let me tell you, they are easy and very precise. I mean, if you want to cut a perfect square, use a rotary cutter.

So this means that now I am ready for a dress or skirt right? Well now comes the fun part:  shopping for fabric.

Online websites like fabric.com and mood fabrics.com are just like yarn stores. They have so many choices and colors, it is difficult to make a decision. 

Until next time, make something. It will make you feel good!

One Year Blog Anniversary!


Happy  anniversary to my blog!  I can’t believe I have been blogging for a year.

I remember when I hit published on my first post last year on July 16, I was unsure and scared. But I decided to continue and all of those feelings disappeared.  However, this blog is still in the early stages. There are an infinite number of changes and improvements I need to make. It is a joyful journey I must say. I  just wish I had more hours to dedicate to my hobbies.

Writing is not easy! It is scary. But documenting my knitting progress and book reviews has helped me trust my creativity and understand how patterns and colors work. When you sit down to write, you become aware of your weaknesses and strengths. You also have to read and research on whatever topic you want to write about. At the end, you become a more educated consumer. 

This blog has given me the opportunity to meet new bloggers and learn more about knitting, design, books, podcasts, and photography. I want to thank you for visiting my site and for the comments and emails I have received from many of you.  I am happy to share my hobbies, knitting, crocheting and books with all knitters and crafters in this online community. I have also re-discovered my love for sewing and textiles and all things handmade.

So let’s have some cake, coffee or your favorite drink and make something!




Make Money Teaching Crochet, a book review

If you have a passion for teaching others how to crochet and are thinking about creating a business  but need guidance on where and how to start, then I highly recommend getting a book like this written by a very experienced crochet teacher like Marie Segares.

Marie is the  host of the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur podcast and owner of Underground Crafter. There is no question that starting a new business could overwhelming but in this book Marie is basically holding your hand and walking with you step by step telling what to do.

This book is packed with valuable information. It is divided in 5 sections:  getting started,  the business side of crochet like pricing and legalization of your company, marketing, preparing for your class, and resources to help you grow your business along with pro crochet tips related to each section.

What I like the most is how transparent the author is in her statements and the way the book is written in a plain and easy to read language. In my opinion, the book could be used as a reference for knitting or crochet because the business principles are basically the same.

Overall, this is a great book to have in your reference library or to give to someone who is starting to teach and want to learn more about the business side of teaching crochet. The current price in Amazon is $9.99 for the kindle version.

If you want to know more about Marie Segares please visit her website Creative Yarn Entrepreneur for more details about this book, links to the printable and ebook version  plus a 25% off discount through July 4, 2016 and a  virtual book tour in several blogs.

Note: I received a copy of ” How to start a crochet business by Marie Segares” in exchange of an honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation in return. 

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