Quitting Coffee

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I love coffee, I was not really something I grew up with, as I was from a tea drinking household, but I have really come to love it over the past few years. Andre reminded me, when I told him I had quit, that apparently I had said ( in jest) you can’t really trust someone who does not like coffee. SO imagine my dismay when as I look for a natural cure for my cripplingly painful and heavy periods that I discover that coffee can throw your hormones out of balance.

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Knitted Mug Cozy

Even since my friend Lucy gave me a book on Mug Hugs I have loved making these for presents. This is the first pattern that I made myself to give as a birthday present.

Materials:
4ply sock yarn held double or DK. I used Nurturing Fibres Sock Yarn in colourway Sugar and Spice
Darning Needle
4mm needles
Crochet needle
Button
Mug

Abbreviations
k = knit
p = purl
kfb = knit forward and back in the same stitch to increase by 1
skpo = slip one, knit one, pass the slipped stitch over
k2tog = Knit 2 together
p2tog = purl 2 together
s2kpo = slip 2 as if to knit 2 together, knit 1, pass slipped 2 over
yo = yarn over

Pattern

Base
Cast on 8 stitches leaving a tail to sew up the base ( I used 4ply sock yarn held double to be equivalent to DK)
Row 1: kfb into all stitches ( 16 stitches)
Row 2 and all the alternative rows: Purl
Row 3: *k1, kfb* to the end (24 stitches)
Row 5: *k2, kfb* to the end (32 stitches)
Row 7: *k3, kfb* to the end (40 stitches)
Row 9: *k4, kfb* to the end (48 stitches)
For medium size mug ( 8cm diameter)
Row 10: purl to last 2, p2tog ( 47 stitches)

For large mug (9cm diameter)
Row 11: *k5, kfb* to the end (56 stitches)
Row 12 purl to last 2 p2tog (55 stitches)

Diamond Pattern

Row 1: k2, k6, *k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, skpo, k5* repeat 2 times for medium and 3 times for the large k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, skpo, k6, k2
Row 2 and ll alternative rows k2, purl to last 2, k2
Row 3: k2, k5, *k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, skpo, k3* x2(3), k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, skpo, k5, k2
Row 5: k2, k4, *k2tog, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, skpo, k1* x2(3), k2tog, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1, skpo, k4, k2
Row 7: k2, k3, k2tog, *k1, yo, k7, yo, k1, s2kpo* x2(3), k1, yo, k7, yo, k1, skpo, k3, k2
Row 9: k2, k4, *yo, k1, skpo, k5, k2tog, k1, yo, k1* x2(3), yo, k1, skpo, k5, k2tog, k1, yo, k4, k2
Row 11: k2, k5, *yo, k1, skpo, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k3* x2(3), yo, k1, skpo, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k5, k2
Row 13: k2, k6, *yo, k1, skpo, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k5* x2(3), yo, k1, skpo, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k6, k2
Row 15: k2, k7, *yo, k1, s2kpo, k1, yo, k7* x2(3) yo k1, s2kpo, k1, yo, k7, k2
Row 16: k2 purl to last 2, k2

Repeat rows 7 one more time ( if your mug is taller, repeat as much of the pattern as you need to fit your mug)
k2 purl to last 2, k2
Cast off all stitches except the last one. Use this stitch to make a crochet chain for the button loop of about 6cm or enough to fit over your button when folder back and secured on the end of the cast off row to form a loop.

Attach button to the top corner of the opposite side.

Sew up the base and secure off all ends.

Try your new mug cozy on your mug

Add some chocolates and coffee or your own personal touch to your mug cosy to make a great gift.

I have not reknitted this since I wrote up the pattern so I am trusting that I wrote it all down right as I did it. Please email me if there are any errors that you pick up cameronsallyjane (at) gmail.com

Love

The power of Twitter

My little sister is going through a tough time at the moment and I so wanted to give her a hug and take her to coffee and do the things that big sisters do, but with her being in London and me being in Cape Town I felt a bit helpless.

Then I suddenly thought, if I can’t deliver coffee to her maybe I could tweet and ask if someone on twitter would be willing to help. So at 9am this morning I tweeted “Power of twitter? Can I get a cup of coffee & muffin to my sister in Fitzroy Street London. Can u help, will PayPal the cost. pls RT”

The morning passed and RT started rolling in I counted 72 at one point and still I seemed no closer to getting my sister a coffee. But I was blown away by peoples kindness to RT and try help me.
@magependragon had a friend @xTaltos who could help. I emailed him but then the RT really started to fly.
@sparticus was close by but very busy and would try later during the day if no one else could help.
@ActionLamb offered to help but then @Tom_Parnell was literally around the corner on Tottenham Court Road so he was able to pop out and do it with very little trouble.

Here is the picture of my sister and Tom and the coffee. I am so grateful to twitter and the power of human kindness to help cheer my sister up today. There must have been over 100 Retweets today from all over the world. If you doubt the kindness of strangers and the power of people to reach out and touch the lives of complete strangers then this story might just brighten your day too.

Tom thank you so much. You made a big sister very happy.

twitter coffee for my sister