pattern release: the olympia cowl!


I’m so excited to share my very first knitting pattern with you!  I worked very hard to get it just right and I hope you enjoy making it.  If you have any questions or problems, please let me know!

the olympia cowl

difficulty level:


finished size:

22″ circumference, 20″ H


  • 2 balls of We Are Knitters Meriwool in the colorway Sprinkle Fantasy or 297  yds (272 m) of a worsted yarn of your choice
  • US 10.5 (6.5 mm) 24″ circular needles
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers, tapestry needle, scissors

the olympia cowl

download free PDF pattern

If you have any problems or questions, feel free to comment or send me a message using the contact form available in the menu bar!  I hope you enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

The Olympia Cowl

Finally, some crochet!

Knitting has sort of taken over lately, but I’ve been missing crochet and have been searching Ravelry for the perfect crochet pattern or idea.  Inspiration came instead from Instagram, and I started a simple granny triangle shawl:


It’s more rainbow-y than what I usually go for in terms of the wide range of colors — usually my ombre yarns are more subtle and just shift through the hues and tones of two or three colors.  I think this looks great for fall and winter though.

The yarn is Lion Brand Landscapes (new Aran) in 204 Desert Spring.  It’s 100% acrylic & each ball is 147 yds.  I have 4 balls but I think I’ll need more to make a decent sized shawl.  If you are interested in getting this yarn, go to Wal-Mart, if there’s one around you, or order it on their website, where it’s under $5 per ball.  On other online sites it can be upwards of $6.


The yarn is soft considering it’s acrylic and I hope it’s warm too — it’s finally starting to get cold here, at least in the mornings.  It dropped below freezing for the first time this season last night!

Well that’s all for now.  This is working up quickly so hopefully I’ll have an update soon!  Hope everyone stays safe traveling if you’re in the US and celebrating Thanksgiving!


I’m ashamed of my home state, my current state of residence, and the electoral college representatives as well as about half of this country.

My husband says I may be overreacting to the results, but I am very scared for so many reasons it’s ludicrous, and I think as a woman I might just have cause to overreact in fear and anger.

This is the only place I feel safe talking about this even a little bit — facebook is a disaster and I don’t want to divide myself from friends and family even if we do have different views.  Here I hope you’ll forgive me for having this convo but I’ve got to get out at least the basics.  This is not a place for details because this is not a political blog and I don’t want a huge nasty argument because there’s no point now.

So the basics: I’m offended (and no, not just because I’m a millenial), I’m hurt, I’m scared for myself in many ways, I’m scared for the kids Chris and I want to have some day, and I’m scared for other women and people of color and people with disabilities.

I can sit here and not do anything and try to ride it out and hope that things get better in 4 or 8 years, but when does that attitude help anything?  Action makes change.  This is my second small action (my first was voting, in the primaries and yesterday’s election), just expressing myself a little bit.  I want to take more actions and maybe I will, but that will not be documented here.

I want my readers, especially the ones overseas, to understand that I do not support what has happened.  I do not want to argue with anyone, it wouldn’t do any good on either end.  I just want to say how I feel because how I feel matters.  I matter.  No matter what other people say.  And I will fight to make sure that other people understand that my voice matters.

OK, that’s all I can handle, thanks for stopping by.  Back to our regularly scheduled happy crafting.

it’s our 1st wedding anniversary!


Can’t believe it’s already been a year!  Seems like the time’s flown by.  At the same time it also feels like we’ve been married forever.  Weird.


I also loved that Izumi wrap I made, but I haven’t worn it since!  It’s staying safe and folded in a box, even though it would make a great scarf!

If all goes as planned I’m taking my husband out to eat at our favorite restaurant tonight and I’ve got some paper stuff I’ve made for him as well.  I’m excited!

Well that’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by!  Back to our regularly scheduled program next time!

improved Instagram!

Hello everyone!  In an effort to separate my day-to-day photos from my more blog-y photos I’ve turned my Instagram account into @notyouraveragecrochet which you can reach by clicking on the icon in the header.  If you were following me before as @hannah_owens_88 you shouldn’t have to do anything, but I made a new account and am using the old name for a more personal account (which you are still free to follow if you’re interested).

Now that Instagram has added the cool Instagram Stories feature I’ll be doing a little bit of micro-vlogging, so you’ll get more up close and personal with the details of what I’m crafting!

That’s all for now, hope to see you on both Instagram accounts!  🙂

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