Granny Style French Press Cozy

I have an obsession.

Coffee.

I love coffee. I prefer darker roasts. It started when I was pregnant with my 2nd and exhausted all the time. I started getting coffee before work. Then my daughter was born and every time I drank coffee she screamed. Until she was 8 months old.

Miraculously after that I was able to start drinking coffee again. I became a bit of a coffee snob – no longer could I drink cheap coffee. Instead, I had to drink top quality. And that hasn’t changed even 7 years later.

My favourites are Tofino Roast and North Mountain Roast – interestingly enough from each coast of Canada!

Enter my second obsession – working with yarn.

I couldn’t find a coffee cozy that was just right so instead of I made my own. (I’m not type A or anything…) And then I decided to share it with all of you.

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Granny Style French Press Cozy

Materials:
I hook
Worsted weight yarn – about 30-50 yards of each colour.

Instructions:

Ch 31

Row 1: In 3rd chain from hook dc 3 in stitch.* Skip 2. 3dc.* Repeat from * to * until end of row. (10 clusters)

Row 2: Ch 3, Work 3dc in each space between clusters, Dc in ch 3 from previous row. (9 clusters)

Row 3: ch 3, word 3 dc between first ch 3 and cluster and then between each cluster after that. (10 clusters)

Repeat Row 2 and Row 3 until you’ve reached desired height. (Roughly 10 rows or approximately 5 inches)

I alternated colours every 2 rows.

Attaching a new colour if you want for the border:

Row 11: sc all around with 2 sc in each corner. (I had 29 across the widest edge, 15 sc down each side – basically one sc in the ch 3 and 2 sc in the dc of each colour)

Row 12: Work the border of your choice.  I used this simple border except I used tr stitch instead of dc. Slip stitch to connect.

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The treble stitches will be in front. Slide the stitch over towards the back, creating a bit of a puff in the front.

Ch 5 and slip stitch to the opposite corner (this will be the little over hang above the handle).

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Finish off.

At the other bottom corner, attach yarn and ch 16. Slip stitch back along the ch. Repeat on opposite corner (ties for under handle.)

Repeat for another set of ties in the middle if desired.

Weave in all the ends, wrap around your French press and enjoy hot coffee!

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New Year, New Intentions

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I’ve never been a new year’s resolution kind of girl. Oh sure, I have said I will try to eat less junk, or that I’ll try to go to the gym more, but they never hold true.

A few years ago I decided that I would make a year of health. My intention, or my goal, was to focus on my health bit by bit. It wasn’t to obsess over the scale, it wasn’t to eat healthy all the time. Rather, it was to try to make myself mind, body and soul, health. I worked on  my mental health having suffered from mental illness for many years. I worked on my physical health (this was pre celiac diagnosis). I worked on my overall self. And you know what? By the end of that year I felt like I had accomplished something.

I haven’t set many intentions over the last few years. It’s been up and down mind body and soul, but this year I’m ready. And so I put forth to you the following challenge: Set an intention. It doesn’t have to be some grandiose effort, but rather, something you want to work on. Put last year behind you – write down all the crap that happened and burn it. Have a symbolic end to the bad. Write down all the good stuff that happened and put it somewhere safe. On those bad day this year, you can open up that “good stuff” and remember that it will get better.

My intention: to grow, mind body and soul.

That may seem like a copout. But really, I want to continue to grow. I have learned so much about myself over the last few years and I want that to continue. I’m making my mental health a priority. I’m taking my yoga practice to the next level. I meditate almost daily. I watch what goes in my mouth and try to put food as close to the earth in as possible. When I eat meat, I want it to be GOOD meat – ethically grown and raised.

Growing is a big deal.

Working on my mind health has been a priority for me for a while now and in december I discovered something that helps – crochet. How does something that involves yarn help my mind? It’s simple rather – when I’m crocheting, I’m not anxious. It gives me focus. It’s patterns. It’s repetitive. And it keeps me grounded.

I found that I have a passion for this at this current point in my life. My best Eastern friend helped me understand something important the other day. My passions centre around what I need in that moment. Yoga is a passion for me – it saved my sanity last year and allowed my body to become more flexible. I need that. I didn’t need it to the same degree 10 years ago when I let yoga go out of my life for a while – or maybe I wasn’t ready for it then. It’s the same with crochet. Right now, I need it.

And so, I opened an online etsy store. And for you, my dear readers, I’m having a giveaway. I’m giving away a midlength pair of yoga socks. Why yoga socks? These socks are amazing! They keep your feet warm before your body is fully warm in class. They allow you to still grip your mat because they have no toes or heels. And they allow you to wear capris in the winter! (Maybe not a big deal for some of you southerners but up here in Canada.. it’s a big deal.)

Here are the rules:

Comment below as to why you want to win and you’re entered.

To earn extra entries:

1 – Like Shanti Knits on facebook!

2 – Share this giveaway on facebook or twitter.

It’s as easy as that. Draw will be made Friday, January 11 at 4pm MST.