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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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NEW Number Plush Toy Patterns

Only 14 days until Christmas!

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I’m counting down with my new set of knitted numbers when I’m not baking cookies and decorating the house. My fave cookies that I made this year were the Lemon-Pistachio Wreaths from the Martha Stewart site. It’s a cut-out cookie, so there’s a little work involved. But they are soooooooooo delicious, it’s well worth the effort!

I’m also busy knitting scarves for gifts–one lacy and one chunky. I’m so pleased at how nice the lace one is coming along! But I had to force myself to take a break from that to let you know that my newest collection of knitting patterns is now available. A pdf pattern book of 10 plushies — numbers zero through nine.

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Notice how the stripes match the numbers? And how the stripes on the odd numbers are a different color from the evens?

I designed these with learning in mind. Like my alphabet plushies, these are knitted as two flat pieces, then stitched together and stuffed. The finished numbers are about 6 inches tall using recommended materials. They make great stocking stuffers! Available as an instant download through Ravelry.

 

Whether you’re busy knitting gifts, or kicking back with a cup of cocoa, ENJOY THE SEASON! Keep it simple. Keep it calm. Here’s a great, super-simple Christmas decorating tip:

Wrapping paper makes a plain battery-powered candle festive!

I wanted to jazz up my bathroom shelf for the holidays. So I added a battery candle. *Yawn* Even with a sprig of green behind it, it looked blah.  So I taped a piece of colorful wrapping paper around the base of the candle (only do this with a battery-powered candle!). Ta-da!…instant festive look!

Happy Knitting and best wishes for the Holiday Season!

 

Dani

“The Knit Knoodler”

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And…&!

Shemika & Harry?...who knew?

Shemika & Harry?…who knew?

 

One of my customers had the clever idea of knitting the initials of her son and his betrothed as a wedding gift. But she wanted an ampersand. You know, one of these — & — so she could join the initials together in a loving way. So, at her request, I’ve designed one and it’s now available on Ravelry.

One, two, buckle my shoe. Three, four, shut the door. After receiving many requests, I’ve been working diligently (okay, maybe semi-diligently…there are so many distractions in the summer) creating patterns for number plushies. Yes!…a set of patterns for number plushies will be available before the year is out.

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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Loopy for Lopapeysa

 

Photo courtesy of Iceland Tourism since I couldn't find my disk of photos

 

I absolutely LOVE Iceland and everything about it. I visited there several years ago and am dying to go back…maybe next year! But for now I’ll settle for knitting a classic Icelandic sweater, my very own lopapeysa.

Knitting Iceland's Óðinn Lopapeysa

I’ve been reading about these beautiful sweaters and drooling over the incredible patterns. Then to totally set me off, I stumbled across Franklin Habit’s account of his recent visit to Iceland. The fever has struck! I must have my own lopapeysa!  

Unfortunately, though, I have a bit of a wool allergy depending on how raw the wool is. So I’ll wait to invest in the Lopi wool until I’ve had a chance to get a sample and try working with it. In the meantime, I’ll make one out of a soft-spun wool that I picked up at one of my favorite local yarn shops, The Kitschy Stitch, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. I was just there this past weekend. When I wasn’t knitting at the ocean’s edge, I was pawing through their lovely mountains of yarns, selecting colors for my new sweater. 

Cascade Soft Spun & 220 Heathers

What do you think of these colors? Yellow for the main color, the blue and rust for the yoke. I’ll be using the lovely Óðinn pattern from Knitting Iceland (see photo above).  If you go to their site, you can get the pattern, order authentic Icelandic yarn and even get a DVD to help you through the knitting process.

Okay, enough blogging…I have yarn to wrap and some casting-on to do!

Happy Knitting!

~dani

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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!!

dani

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“Q” Has Joined the Queue

The alphabet plushies are finally complete!! 

A huge fan of Quesadillas!

Quintessa, our letter Q, has finally decided to join the Queue of Alphabet People knitting patterns.  She’s Quite a lovely lady, Quiet and Quizzical.  When she isn’t contemplating Quantum physics, you can find her playing Quoits or doing some Quilting

Click on her bio link to read more about her…—>

I’ve been getting requests for the entire collection of alphabet plush toy knitting patterns—from mothers and grandmas with lots of kids’ names to knit, teachers who want to make the entire alphabet for their classrooms, and folks who just want to knit letters for their adult friends.  So, guess what that means?…yes!…now it’s time to compile the patterns into an alphabet knitting patterns bookSubscribe to this blog, and you’ll be one of the first to be notified when it’s available! 

A couple of people have asked if I’m going to create numbers and punctuation.  What are your thoughts?  Do you want knitting patterns for numbers and punctuation?

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