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NEW Number Plush Toy Patterns

Only 14 days until Christmas!

14 days photo

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.

Plush Numbers_final-cover

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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Come Visit Me at Kitnit Fine Yarns!

Who?    The Knit Knoodler (that’s me!) and her gang of alphabet plushies.

Xavier is x-cited!!

What?    A reception and book signing event. Stop in to meet the plushies in person and browse some fabulous yarns!

Where? 
Kitnit Fine Yarns

713 Olde Hickory Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 569-3951

 

 

When?
Saturday, April 2
12 noon – 3:00 p.m.

Why?
1. Why not?…It’ll be FUN!
2. We can meet in person and chat a bit.
3. My book will be available at a juicy discount.
4. I can sign the book for you while we chat.
5. You can browse all the gorgeous, new specialty yarns that just arrived.
6. There will be refreshments…yum!

 

Sounds like a great day out to me! Looking forward to relaxing in a lovely yarn shop and meeting people who are as crazy about knitting as I am.

I hope to see you there!

dani

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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!

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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Xavier and Ursula have arrived!

  

Xavier plays the Xylophone

After a wee break from designing Alphabet People, I’m back on track!  Hey, I love my little guys, but every once in a while I just need to step away. Here are the latest additions to the gang…Xavier and Ursula!  You can get to know them by choosing their names from the “Bios” list on the right.

I’m in the process of creating Quintessa (the letter Q) right now, and have started designing a book of all 26 patterns.

Ursula is Upbeat & Unpretentious

 In the meantime, keep knitting and sending me photos of your finished alphabet plushies.  I love to see what everyone’s doing!

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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,

dani

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