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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!



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The Plushies are off to School!

Kitnit Fine Yarns – knitting for charity!

The knitting gang at Kitnit Fine Yarns in Lancaster, PA have knitted the entire plushy alphabet from my book, “The Secret Lives of Letters” as a charity project.

Finished alphabet plushies…

They chose a wonderful variety of colors and did some fun creative things!

…waiting to go off to school!

Their full collection of  alphabet plushies will be donated to an elementary school in Lancaster.  Isn’t that sweet?

If your knitting group has plans to knit the entire alphabet or do a charity project with them, please let me know!  I’d love to feature your finished stuffed alphabet people and your story on my blog.

Notice those teeth on the R! So cute!

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Turn Finishing into a Fresh Beginning

I was planning to show off a few more inexpensive knitting cases in this post, but several knitters this past week told me how much they absolutely hate finishing work.  A woman sitting across from me in a knitting workshop described the mounds of unfinished projects sadly languishing in her home.

I think so many people despise finishing work because of its name: finishing work.  I mean, what could be more intimidating and depressing?  You’re finishing your knitting project, which means the joy of knitting, the thing you love to do, is, well, finished.  And work speaks for itself.

Ingrid before she "blossomed"

I prefer to think of finishing work as coaxing a beautiful flower to bloom or blossom. Because what I’m essentially doing is bringing my knitted sweater, hat, gloves, plushy, whatever I’ve been lovingly knitting during the past days, weeks, months, into the world.

Ingrid has come to life!

Up until now, it’s only been in the growth stage, developing slowly on my needles, shaping into its true self.  And it isn’t quite complete, isn’t quite ready to open up and greet the world, to show off its beauty, until I’ve given it the final touches.  Only then are they – the beautiful sweater, the funky hat, the fabulous gloves – what they are meant to be.

“That’s all well and good” you say, “but I simply don’t like to sew things together or tuck yarn ends…for me it isn’t an enjoyable process.”  Well, only you can make it enjoyable.  Until then, it’ll be a thorn in your knitter’s side.  Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the blossoming of your knitting project:

  1. Find a peaceful place. Choose a quiet place, with a flat surface, good lighting, maybe a lovely view out a window or next to the fireplace.  Your special spot might not be in your home, full of squabbling children and/or a well-meaning, but sometimes distracting, husband or partner.  Perhaps you’ll find it at your local yarn shop (an excellent choice!), a table in your local library, or a corner at your favorite coffee shop.  My place?

    My Special Place

    A small glass-topped café table in my living room, situated next to a sunny southern window that looks out at my favorite maple tree.  The gas fireplace is nearby, so I can pop that on when it’s a bit chilly.  It’s my lovely little spot where I bring my knitting projects to life.

  1. Treat yourself. This is a special moment in your project.  You’re breathing life into it.  You’ve spent many hours lovingly knitting this woven fabric and you deserve something special.  I always make my favorite cup of tea and get out the Bahlsen chocolate wafers (being careful not to get chocolate smudges on my knitting).  Perhaps plan a lunch date afterwards with a dear friend, wearing, of course, your newborn knitwear.

    What a satisfying feeling!

  1. Put on music that makes you happy. Play soothing meditative music, or get down and get your funk on.  Whatever works for you!  But set the mood with music.   I often pop in a David Wax Museum CD or the latest from The Decemberists.
  1. Choose the time of day when your senses are sharpest. My best time is first thing in the morning.  For others it may be in the evening, while winding down.  But, if you like to enjoy a glass of wine before bedtime like I do, it’s best not to mix the two.  I’ve found that drinking and stitching aren’t a great combination.  : )

Whatever your choices in location, music, time of day, or reward, make it a celebration!  Remember, your project isn’t really finished…it’s beginning its new life.  And it’s only work if you see it that way.  So, now that Spring is almost here, dig out those unfinished projects and allow them to blossom!

Happy Knitting!



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Unveiling “The Secret Lives of Letters”

My new knitting book is finally available…all 26 alphabet patterns in one colorful, fun knitting book!

Cover design by Lee Mundy 2011

Is Dolly too demanding?

What’s Harry hiding from Monica?

Is Carl really all that creepy?

Peek into the “Secret Lives of Letters” while creating your own unique plushies! 

Peppered among the 26 patterns in this full-color knitting book are 6 soap-opera style stories that chronicle the ups and downs of the abc‘s.  I had so much fun writing them!  The book also includes tips on how to stuff your plushies (so they look great), as well as the usual stitch reference guide.

I can’t tell you how exciting it is to have the whole family of alphabet plushies gathered together in one book!  : )  If you haven’t seen them yet,  take a look at the bios to the right>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Creating my first book was certainly a learning experience.  It was fun, but it was also a lot of hard work.  It took months of planning and organizing, and lots and lots and lots of proofreading and editing.  Some sharp-eyed friends — a writer and a knitter — worked with me on the latter.   And fortunately, I happen to know an extremely talented graphic designer, Lee Mundy.  She created the look and layout of the entire book, based on the colors of my completed alphabet plushies.  I absolutely LOVE what she’s done!  I’m proud as a peacock to put this book out there in the world so we can continue to populate the earth with alphabet plushies.

Now for some info on how to lay your hands on a copy…..

DISCOUNT ALERT!  Folks who purchased individual alphabet people patterns from me prior to January 18th, 2011 are eligible for a discount on the book.  If you fall into this category, please contact me at TheKnitKnoodler@gmail.com before purchasing so we can arrange your discount.  This offer is good through the end of February 2011.

Otherwise, if you’d like to order an electronic copy, please visit my Ravelry page  or you can get a paperback copy from Amazon.

I promise my next post won’t be a sales pitch!  : )  I’ll be giving you ideas for low-cost upcycled/recycled/homemade knitting accessories.  Until then…

Happy Knitting!!


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Welcome our Newest Knitted Plush Toy

"What's your sign?"

Meet Zenobia!!

The newest member of our knitted plush toy family is the Letter Z!

She’s Zealous about her love of the Zodiac.  She goes Zany over Zucchini bread, and often wonders why Zebras have stripes instead of spots.

Does Zenobia’s hair look familiar?  (hint: look at the last blog entry)  I always save ALL yarn scraps, and use them for hair on my Alphabet People.

A big THANK YOU to Zainab for the name suggestion!! 

Happy Knitting,


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Say Hello to Harry!

Harry the Harbormaster

Name: Harry
Profession: Harbormaster
Interests: Hamsters, Hang gliding, Harmonizing, Helicopters
Favorite Foods: Honey-glazed Ham, Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Hummus, Havarti
Personality: Happy to Help

Thanks for helping me breathe life into Harry! 

Harry is the newest member of my alphabet plush toy knitting patterns collection.  I think everyone had a good time choosing his personality traits. 69% of voters wanted “H” to be a guy, with 27% choosing the name Harry. Humphrey was a close second with 22% of the votes. Other “write-in” names included: Hayden, Hustleberry and Hank.

The profession of Harbormaster was elected with 21% of the votes, followed by Handyman (18%) and Harpist (16%). I always love the suggestions as well!…Horologist, Hangman, Hydraulic engineer, and…are you ready?…Harbinger of Doooooooooooooom! : )

Your food suggestions were excellent–hummus, havarti, halwah, hard rolls, and hamburgers. I used most of them!

Again, thank you so much and HAPPY KNITTING!


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The Secret Lives of Letters #2: Dolly’s Dilemma

“I just don’t know what to do,” Dolly declared, dawdling over her doughnut at the diner.

Dolly the Dog Trainer

“Follow your heart,” said Fran, stuffing a fistful of fries in her face.

Firefighting Fran

She was famished. She’d just flown in from Florida where she’d been fighting fires.

“Easy for you to say. You already have a great guy and your dream job!”

Fran frowned. She had fulfilled her fantasy of being the first female firefighter in their small town. And her fiancé was fantastic.

Totally Ripped Rodney

Rodney was not only ripped, but also held a responsible job as a radiologist and made a righteous ravioli. But sometimes Fran missed her freedom.

“Are you listening?” demanded Dolly.

“Yes, of course I’m listening.” Fran was fast becoming fatigued.

But Dolly’s energy didn’t diminish. She droned on. Her dog training business was doing well, but she dreamed of doing something different. She debated whether she should dump Andre and move to Delaware. André was an airhead, but what do you expect from an actor, and his roommate Carl was kind of creepy…

Fran began to fantasize. She’d always been attracted to André.

Patterns for Dolly, Fran and Rodney available at The Knit Knoodler.


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