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Streamline Your Knitting

As we all begin a new year of knitting, it’s important to have our supplies in order. Three simple tasks will make your knitting easier and more enjoyable.

  1. Clean out your yarn stash! Give partially-used skeins and colors you once liked (what were you thinking when you bought that?) to your local senior center or a friend who’s into crafts. Paring it down to the yarn you actually want to use makes it easier to grab a skein and KNIT!
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Leftover skeins and balls of yarn take up space.

2. Wind that yarn sitting in your closet! You’ve put off knitting that gorgeous sweater. Why? Because every time you have the urge to knit it, you realize the yarn is still in hanks…you’re in the mood to knit, NOT wind yarn! Need I state the obvious? Wound yarn begs to be knitted!

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Please wind us!!!

3. Purge old knitting patterns! We all hoard knitting patterns, on paper and electronically. Go through them and ask yourself a few questions:

  • Already knitted it? BYE!
  • Thought it was cute five or ten years ago? BYE!
  • No more babies in your circle? BYE!
  • Grabbed it just because it was free but it’s really not you? BYE!
  • Inherited it along with your late aunt’s bent knitting needles? BYE!

Only keep patterns that EXCITE you or “go-to” patterns that come in handy for last-minute gifts.

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Such a happy sweater-wearing family!

 

With your yarn organized and wound, and your best patterns at your fingertips, it’s so simple and easy to FIND a project and start knitting!

Start the year fresh. Start the year strong. And you’ll knit wondrous things!

Happy Knitting in 2017!

 

Dani

The Knit Knoodler

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3 Reasons to Knit Socks

This year, whenever I needed a break from designing The Knit Knoodler’s newest set of patterns (coming soon!), I turned to knitting socks.

It really began way back in October 2012, when I mentioned in a post that I was knitting my first pair of socks. They turned out quite nice. Very pretty, aren’t they?

Love this color!

Pretty, but…

 

But a little bit uncomfortable. I found the intricate lace pattern annoying at times when it was sandwiched between my foot and a snug shoe. So I only wear these lace socks with looser-fitting clogs. On the upside, though, it was super cool to have a sock that fit my foot absolutely perfect.

1. As long as you take your time and measure as you go, you’ll have the best-fitting socks EVER.

I forgot about socks for a while. Then, this year, decided to push ahead. I bought some sock yarn that makes cute color patterns without having to knit with more than one yarn. I knitted a pair of socks using a smooth stockinette stitch. The result? The most comfortable socks I’ve ever worn in my life.

Comfy knee socks!

Comfy knee socks!

I was hooked! Not only was this now the best pair of socks in my drawer, but I’d been able to watch TV while knitting them. I didn’t have to sequester myself in a quiet room and concentrate on an intricate stitch pattern.

2. Socks can be wonderful social knitting projects.

Don’t get me wrong. I love a knitting challenge and the thrill of seeing a complex cable evolve before my eyes. But I also like what I think of as “social knitting.” The kind of knitting that you can do while talking with others or watching your favorite show. And with sock knitting, even if you choose not to make a fancy pair, there’s plenty to keep it interesting: turning the heel, decreasing for the toe, etc.

Gray striped short socks

Love my self-striped gray shorties!!

3. Socks on needles make great travel companions.

I’ve been traveling a lot this year, and have found that socks are also great travel knits. A sock is small and tucks easily into a purse. Especially when slipped into a double-pointed needle project case. I bought a pack of these cases at my local yarn shop. What a simple, inexpensive, brilliant concept. Just gather your needles together (including the empty working needle) and slide them—with your knitting on them—into the holder, put on the cap, and voila! A nice, neat package. And for those of you who may have wondered…I’ve flown many times with circular needles, straight needles, and double-pointed needles in my carry-on. Nobody cares.

If you’ve been avoiding socks in your knitting repertoire, give them a try. The first one will probably feel a bit awkward, especially if you’re new to double-pointed needles. But, by the end of the pair, you may very well be hooked.

Camo Mens Socks

Hey Hubby, put those shoes back on! : )

I even knitted a pair of camo socks for my husband. He loves them! And he doesn’t even mind that I ran out of yarn and finished up with a different sock yarn. What’s it matter when it’s inside the shoe, right?

 

Happy Knitting!

Dani

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FREE Sample Knitting Pattern

  • UPDATE: This offer is now over, but I wanted to thank  the hundreds of lovely knitters from ALL OVER THE WORLD who participated and became “knit knoodlers.” Isn’t knitting FUN?!
  • You want to knit alphabet plushies to spell your child’s name, but you’re a beginner and not sure how you’ll do with the increases and decreases needed to form the letters.
"T" for Tommy, Teresa, Todd or Trish!

“T” for Tommy, Teresa, Todd or Trish

  • You’re a seasoned knitter and you’ve gotten knitting patterns in the past that were a hassle to decipher, so you’re leery about purchasing an entire book of knitting patterns.
26 alphabet plushies to knit!

A whole book full of knitting fun!

  • You love yarn and you love FREE stuff.

If you fall into any of these categories, you’ll be happy to know that I’m running a special promotion this coming weekend!

For 2 days only – Saturday, January 26th and Sunday, January 27th  – I’m offering 1 FREE LETTER PATTERN per customer through my Ravelry shop.

What a FAB offer!!

What a FAB offer!!

Just choose the letter you’d like to knit, click “Add to Cart” and then use the coupon code ONEFREE during checkout to get it at no cost!

"Pick me! Pick me!"

“Pick me! Pick me!”

(Note: The books and the “I Heart U” knitting pattern do not qualify for this promotion.)

So, stop by my Ravelry design shop this coming weekend for your FREE knitting pattern! Click on one of the links imbedded in this blog or go to: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/dani-church

Happy Knitting!

Dani

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Learn to Knit Something New

I was looking for something different to knit. I’ve knitted scarves, hats, gloves, sweaters, cowls and pillows. I’ve done cables, laces, color work and Fair Isle. I’ve knitted with every size and type of needle. I wracked my brain. What was something new, something I hadn’t tried before?

It finally dawned on me….SOCKS! 

Why hadn’t I knitted any socks? Two reasons. First, I was busy doing all that other stuff. Second, it just looked complicated. I didn’t have the gumption to try it on my own. And because of various family obligations, I was unable to take a knitting class at one of my local yarn shops.

But, lo and behold, one day I was browsing Craftsy’s online knitting class offerings. They have a wide variety of classes, but one really caught my eye: a toe-up Knit Sock Workshop with Donna Druchunas. In this class, she shows you how to make two sock patterns, one lace and one color work design. The ladies’ lace sock is simply gorgeous! They had my attention.

I had never taken an online knitting class before, although I’ve found various You-Tube stitch tutorials helpful over the years. Was this going to work for me? I browsed the benefits associated with Craftsy’s knitting class. A message board to ask the instructor questions. Printable instructions and sizing charts. I watched a sample video of the class. The knitting instructor went at a comfortable pace, was easy to understand and easy to watch. Plus, I could go back and watch a section again, to make sure I got it right.

So I dove into it! What a great experience. I purchased the Knit Sock Workshop and then something came up that kept me away from my knitting for several weeks. No problem. Once purchased, the class was there for me to go to when I did have the time.

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My first lace sock!

Online knitting classes should never totally replace the social interaction you get at your local yarn shop classes. But they are an excellent solution if you either: a) can’t leave the house or aren’t as mobile as you’d like to be; or b) have personal obligations that keep you from a regularly scheduled class at your local yarn shop.

I highly recommend trying a Craftsy class. Once you sign up to get their emails, you’ll receive notices when the classes are on sale, as well.

I just wanted to share the great experience I’m having with my Knit Sock Workshop. I’m thrilled with how my sock is coming along!

Happy Knitting!

Dani

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Knitting for the Big Top?

Cascade yarns

I’m part way through knitting my lopapeysa sweater! It’s a lovely knitting pattern, easy to follow and fun to knit, but I’m not sure I like the yarn color combination I chose.

The zigzag stripe is navy blue.

It’s kind of like Charlie Brown joined the circus. Not typical colors, but I was trying to do something totally different. And that it certainly is…different!

Although the knitting pattern would have me repeat the edging color (orange) at the neck, I think I’ll substitute yellow in its place to try to keep the clown factor to a minimum.

I think I would’ve been happier making the main yarn color blue, with yellow and orange accents. Perhaps once I’ve finished knitting the yoke, the beauty of this sweater will reveal itself to me. If not, I’ll have a lovingly hand-made  Christmas gift for the person who irritated me most over the past year. : )

The birth of a sleeve…

I’ve ordered a sample of REAL Icelandic wool to try, and hopefully will be able to make a more traditionally-colored lopapeysa sweater in the near future.

Happy Knitting!

~dani

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Happy Halloween Knitting

I just HAD to share this with you…

I love, love, love these cute little pumpkin knits by Jenny Pie Productions!

Handknitted by Jenny Pie Productions

I get tons of emails from people who don’t knit, asking for finished plushies.  If that’s you…or if you’re too swamped with other knitted projects to take on one more…visit Jenny Pie Productions’ Etsy shop and pick up your own adorable “BOO” to decorate your home.  Better hurry…it’s a one-woman operation and she only has a few available

PS – Rumor has it Jenny Pie Productions might have other adorable Halloween plushies in the works!!  ; )  So be sure to check back with her in a few weeks…

~dani

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