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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!



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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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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…


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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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Give Gourd Art a Go!

A quick update: My book reception and signing at KitNit Fine Yarns was a blast!  We had a great turnout.  Some folks brought their children, and the kids had fun picking through my alphabet plushies and choosing their favorites.

The weaving hugs the gourd!

Today, my friend Robin sent me some photos of a beautiful decorative art gourd that she created.  She used yarn and sea grass in the weaving.  Very cool!!!

Robin's Art Gourd


 If you’re feeling creative, give it a go!  There are a couple of books to help get you started: Weaving on Gourds and Gourds + Fiber.

And every size or shape of gourd you could possibly imagine is available at AmishGourds.com.

I just love one-of-a-kind art pieces like this!  Hmmm…I think I see a use for my yarn scrap stash….

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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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“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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