Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Roxy's Slouch Hat Knit Pattern

Roxy's Slouch Hat is made with Tundra, a super soft and bulky Loop-d-Loop Yarn by Teva Durham. Tundra feels super light and soft to the touch.

This just in!  I just listed Roxy's Slouch Hat Knit Pattern in my Etsy shop, margknittinaround

Roxy styles this scrumptious slouch hat made with Tundra, a bulky Loop-d-Loop Yarn by Teva Durham. Tundra feels super light and soft to the touch. You're going to love making this slouch hat and soaking up all the yumminess of the yarn. Knits up quickly and smoothly. It's a fun and quick weekend project. 

(Easy Intermediate or experienced beginner. Basic knitting knowledge and ability to use DPN’s)
Finished Size Adult Stretches to fit head circumference 22”/ 56cm.  Fits loosely.
 Additonal instructions for how to make smaller or larger included, as well as resource information and color pictures from different angles.
Measurements are in inches and centimeters for your convenience.

The pattern PDF will be emailed to you within 24 hrs of payment. Usually sooner!

Margaret Nock, Knit1fortheroad.com™ 2010
Roxy’s Slouch Hat © pattern and hat are for non-commercial use only. All rights reserved.
Coming soon to this blog...
September's free knit pattern, Herbal Allergy Remedy Pouch-along, a great stash buster pattern.
An interview with the talented and creative, Stephani
Camp of Tomorrow Farm and a fellow crafter on Creating The Hive. Don't miss it!
Giveaways and updates on Knit Knitavian Style are in the works and  will be ongoing.
Marg (working hard, and looking for creative ways to pay it forward)
Visit Creating The Hive and join in the fun!

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Whirlwind of crafty finds

Friday I received my copy of Mix Tape, Issue 13 Full Colour Limited Edition and I was mesmerized by all the crafting going on.  I love to read Mix Tape magazines and write for them whenever I can.  It's so wonderfully edited and designed that it will make your mouth water.  Grab your copy and enjoy a crafty feast!

If you crochet amigurumi and you're up for submitting your work,Crochetme is accepting submissions for their Amigurumi 2012 Calendar. Give it a try!

With all the knitting coming your way, are you looking to get your skeins organized.  Try the Yarn Drums at Herrschners in two yummy colors, Periwinkle Blue and
Raspberry.  They're roomy, sturdy and portable perfection.  I'm thinking you might want to give this as a gift for yourself or a friend.  Definitely add it to your wishlist.

It's been a whirlwind of activity and emotion today as the final galley of Knit Knitavian Style was submitted. I'm hoping to have the cover available soon for your viewing pleasure.

As I settle into the evening, I'm marveling at how nice it is to be sitting here on my bloggie and sharing some crafty finds with you. 

Marg (Survivor of Monday Madness Mountain and Yorkie Mommyhood)

Wearing my original Colors of Your Life Crochet Scarf.  Grab your own on MargKnittinARound on Etsy.com

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Giggles and glee in the knitting workspace.

A few of  my new hand knit and crochet items added to margknittinaround on Etsy.com

It's  been pretty hectic around here the past few weeks.  New hand knit and crochet items for my Etsy shop, margknittinaround, are listed and more are on the way.  Free shipping in the U.S. on certain hand knit and crochet items is being offered along with sale prices on many patterns.  Kits and signed copies of Knit 1 for the Road are available just in time for your Autumn knitting and for gift giving! Please feel free to convo me on Etsy if you have any questions on any of the items available.  I encourage you to click on the I heart this shop or item buttons on the right hand side if you see something you like.  You can also share your fav item with your friends by clicking on the share button, also on the righthand side of the page. Easy and much appreciated!  It gives me an idea of what items you really dig as well as cause me to break out in giggles and dance around my workspace with glee.

News on Knit Knitavian Style! The final edit is going in tomorrow and I'll be updating you on fantastic giveaways, guest bloggers who are included in the book, and juicey previews.  You'll be able to have the book in your hot little knitting hands soon, learn about the land of Knitavia, take the Joyful Knitter Oath and become a full fledged Knitavian. Yippee!  Stay tuned...

I'm still interviewing Etsy shop owners and Creating The Hive crafters with online shops in a mission to share as much crafty wonderment as possible.  If you're interested in a super easy interview on this blog than contact me on either Etsy, Creating The Hive or email me directly at knit1fortheroad@gmail.com.  Your story will inspire all of us.

Saturday was Dave's birthday and I took him on a mid-day river cruise and out to lunch. Here are a couple of pics Dave took on his birthday cruise on the Severn River which left from Annapolis Dave opted out on the blog as he felt the windy conditons led to a bad hair day.

Here I am waiting dockside to cruise in my Knitavian Shruggle, a bonus pattern in Knit Knitavian Style.

Always knitting while I wait!  Hope you are too.

Severn River in Annapolis, MD

This has been your Sunday update.

Marg (hoping you find a little peace today and a chance to knit, crochet or craft your way into Monday)

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Vickie Howell for CARON Whirlwind Wrap

Check out this adorable crochet wrap at Caron International, by Vickie Howell.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Marg (so loving knitting and crochet)

Vickie Howell for CARON Whirlwind Wrap

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Meet Sidney!

Hold onto your knitting needles!  Fasten your hand knit seat belts and tighten your garter stitch helmets.
Meet Sidney, Twisted Sisters' entry for Yarns on Stage.  Grab the full scoop on this colorful and creative event in October.  Visit the Fast Facts & Contest page if you're in a rush.  It's all about color, art, and fabulous fiber.

You might also enjoy a visit to Art in Sheeps Clothing and read all about Emily Barnard, the fiber artist, sculpter and creator of Sidney.

I so love a fiberluscious event!
Marg (counting Sidney in different colorways in my sleep tonight)

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Circular knitting fears? DPN dilemmas?

Do you have circular knitting fears?  DPN disasters? 
Here are a couple of handy straightforward videos from Knitting Tips By Judy to help you through the process.  It's great to have someone in your knitting group, local yarn store or local instructor to help you when you're stumped on a technique, but not always possible.  Clear, straight forward video instruction can be a big help to you.

Thanks Judy!  Your videos are magically delicious!  Much like a late night snack, triple mochas and the latest issue of Vogue Knitting.  Just sayin'.


Double Pointed dilemmas?  Try this video...


Get circular and enjoy the process (also magically delicious) Win win!

Marg (sporting the Cover Me Amazing Snood from Knit Knitavian Style- coming Fall 2010)

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Is that you doing the happy hive dance?

Today, I'd like to open up the Interview Series to the wonderful online arts and/or craft businesses on CreatingTheHive.com  Many of you who read my blogs know that interviewing indie crafters, next to knitting and crochet, is one of my favorite things to do.  If any of you have an online shop and would like to be interviewed here on Knit1fortheroad and my other blog Margknittinaround, please contact me on CreatingTheHive or email me directly at knit1fortheroad@gmail.com.  Many of you know, I don't sell info and hate spam, which should only be fried in a pan and not in emails or websites.  

Interviews are a wonderful way to promote your business and spread the word about our wonderful hive. The readers will have a chance to get to know you, your crafty goods, and a glimpse into your creative day. 

The interviews consist of 4-5 questions that I try to customize to what you are doing and your shop, your favorite pics of items in the shop, and any links or events that you would like to share with the readers. I will email the questions to you in a word doc so that you can work on the questions easily.  Once you're done with the questions, email them back to me and include your jpegs.  Easy breezy! If you don't have Word or jpegs, please let me know and we'll work out other options. I'll create an intro to the interview and Tada! it's all about you. 

 Although, my blog is primarily a knitting blog, many readers have small business of their own and never met a craft they wouldn't try or love and would be interested in what you have to say. 

If you're reading this on my main blog, knit1fortheroad on blogger.com, you will see previous interviews listed below this post in the Etsy Shop Interviews section.  They are also posted on my website knit1fortheroad.com I will tweet you, facebook you, zimbo article your interview so get ready to set yourself up a Google alert, if you don't already have one. Happy dance! The interview will also stay on my blog here and on my website knit1fortheroad.com

It's simple, relatively painless and a wee bit fun.  Kind of like your first crafting project.

Please don't be shy.  If you don't talk about what you're creating, no one will know how adorable, ferocious, or fearless you can be.  Can't wait to meet you!

Marg (happy dancing, hip hopping, and digging the hive today)

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Captivating Chemo Caps

Chemo Caps hit the road. Destination Ravelry
Hearts of Love Group,  and beyond!

I'm so excited to try new yarns that are soft and chemo cap friendly.  This batch of caps is made with Lion Brand Cotton Ease, Caron Simply Soft Shadows and Red Heart Buttercup.  I've used the Cotton Ease through the summer months for soft, cool, durable and easy to clean caps.  It's so versatile, you could continue to use it all year round depending on the climate you're living in.  Caron Simply Soft Shadows knits and crochets easily, super soft and feels nice against the skin.  A perfent yarn to move into the fall season.  Buttercup is thick and full of fun.  It reminds me of cotton candy minus the sugar rush and remorse.

Give a little, gain so much more than you could ever imagine.  Continue to share the love of knitting/crochet wherever you roam. 

Okay, I just pictured you with a teenie tiny wand and lots of glitter with a splash of Balanchine/Karinska Tutu. Excellent!

Marg (never to tired to twirl in a tutu or start a new knitting project)
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Crazy Contagious Creativity!

Lately, I've been hanging out with some cool and crafty folks so I thought today's bloggie should share some of this info.  You may have noticed my tweets and facebook shares and have already checked them out for yourself.  Hooray!  You will really get a sense of community on these sites. Grab the scoop and go get crafty...

First stop Cool2Craft which is your one stop shop, learn, and enjoy crafting and the inspiration of Tiffany Windsor, producer and host of Aleene's Creative Living Television show and the author of over 10 hard-cover and soft-cover craft titles.  There is so much craftiness waiting for you on this site - take your time and explore all the tabs and links.  It doesn't matter your craft, there is something for everyone and you will find your knowledge of your fav craft will grow, along with other crafting delights that you never thought of trying. You'll be blown away by the guests on Cool2Craft Live Interactive Web TV.  Join Cool2Craft on Facebook for updates and/or sign up for the email   Be sure to visit the links section of this site. Oh, and did I mention the classes?  Oh yeah - you're going to want to check these out. So much enthusiasm - it's crazy contagious.  Dive in or grab the kayak, either way, the crafty waters are clear and smooth here.  No speedos, or string bikinis, please.

Next stop is Creating the Hive, a new online community for artists, crafters, and hobbiests galore.  Visit Melissa Maroo's (founder and owner) profile to learn more about her vision for this community.  Please don't let this crafting op get away from you.  Show off your creations, share your product info, and join groups that will keep you motivated, share crafting ideas, business tips, events and more.  There is so much variety on this site that you'll be doing the happy dance, of course no one will be able to see you, but still.  Happy, happy! Oh, maybe it's just me-riiiight!
This web site is really taking off.  It's a very exciting and a super friendly place.  

I hope you enjoy today's info and join in the fun!  Don't forget to bring your hooks and needles and a can knit attitude.
Marg (soaking in a crafty day and a soft breeze)

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Monday, August 23, 2010

All this adventure because a yarn shop was closed.

Recycled Bracelet from Green General Store in Easton, MD

Sunday, Easton celebrated its 300th birthday with a nice picnic downtown by the historic Tidewater Inn.  The rainstorms held off and the sky was that super clear and nice blue that we all look for to lift our spirits.  Dave and I strolled up and down the main street looking in shop windows and saying hello to people and neighbors we've meet since moving here. Sadly for me, the local yarn store was closed so Dave pried me away from the storefront and we ventured on until we found the Green General Store with an amazing array of recycled pieces of art, totes, jewelry and bath and body items.  They also offer eco-friendly services for businesses and the community.We had never been in this shop before and was glad to see it open and busy.  Dave spied a rack of beautiful bracelets recycled from magazines for me to check out and I found the perfect one for the fall season at a super low price.  Always an incentive for Dave who offered to actually buy one for me. Whoa - I had to go for it.  Normally, he would be sending the usual death rays my way to encourage me to step away from yarn and accessories.  Anyone else have that happen to them?  Family and friends are often involved in yarn and accessory interventions in the knitting world.

 We turned the corner and walked down the parallel street past our fav coffee spot and sushi restaurant and around the corner and past restaurants that reminded us of birthdays, anniversarys and social events of the past year.  We realized how different the town was as we walked instead of driving through from point A to B.  We came across a historical museum and noticed there was a garden.  We wandered into the bricked courtyard and found a beautiful spot in the middle of town totally quiet and completely surrounded by mature trees and plants cared for by the local garden club.  I knew about the garden club but didn't know about the award winning garden.  It was a wonderful and peaceful discovery and we were the only two people there, which was a strange feeling.  Usually, the town is teaming with tourists and locals and the chance of being alone would be pretty slim.

My suggestion today is to walk instead of drive, seek out new places, and re-visit the familiar to find undiscovered treasures and reconnect with your community. Sometimes it's not just about yarn for a knitter. It can be about living life and discovering how new experiences will influence you.  It's another great way to influence your next knitting project and grow in your knitting life.

And all this adventure because a yarn shop was closed.
Embrace the power of the universal yarn ball wherever you wander.

Marg(hoping you find what your knitting side needs today)

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

How does your knitting garden grow?

Harvest Time: The rabbits are ahead.
This morning's garden picks and a little something I'm working on.  The yarn is from HandPaintedKnitting Yarns.com

I was reading  an article, The Fine Art of Yarn Substitution: Part I, Wraps per Inch from Crochet Me and thought I would share it with you. You can do the same wrap with your knitting needles so no worries there.  Gauge and substituting yarn can be a little confusing, especially when you first begin to knit and crochet.  It's an important part of the process, so when I find a good article on the subject, I definitely want to share it. The process will become easier , you just have to stick with it. 

When Dave and I were dating, I went to great lengths to cook special meals and fun things for him and his two girls.  I spent hours pouring over the cookbooks and watched endless hours of cooking shows.  It was difficult at first, but became increasingly easy with a little effort and study.  It's the same with knitting and crochet.  It will become second nature with time and you'll be so glad you didnt' give up.  Look and ask for helpers, dig in and the rewards will be never ending. 

You might also enjoy reading:
How To Knitting Videos
Go Cute or Go Home!
Chunky Time!
Visit knit1fortheroad.com for helpful links.  New links being added often. 

Happy yarn substitution graduation day.
Hug your gauge swatches and toss them up in the air all together - they really like it!

Marg (digging into some serious knitting)

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Simply Slouchy!

Roxy strikes a pose! Urban Jungle Crocheted Slouchy Beanie  Pattern by Vickie Howell

The slouchy hat is still going strong.  They are comfortable, cozy and cute.  What's not to like?  Here are some of my favorite slouch hat patterns to knit or crochet which I've made for myself or for gifting. 

To knit:

Here's a great 2 needle slouch hat from Parallax Knitting.  I wore this adorable hat during the chilly days of of 2009/10 and made several for gifts. 

Camelot Hat at LionBrand is a very straight forward rib pattern and easy to make.  Likey!  It's a good all round hat for men or women, teens or tweens.


Easy Crochet Slouchy Beret  This easy pattern comes with a video to help you with the basic stitches. 

Urban Jungle, Slouchy Beanie by Vickie Howell was fun to make with Simply Soft, a very affordable yarn.  Vickie also includes a video demo for you.

Be one with the Slouchy!

Marg (looking forward to cooler days, new projects, and meeting new challenges)

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Is that you rocking the back to school boat?

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. ~Sydney J. Harris

Many of us have "back to school" fever.  I'm amazed that the "back to school" fever has stayed with me through the years even though I've been working longer than I care to admit.  "Back to school" fever is always lurking in the background of my brain.  Maybe it's the anticipation of something new, or a change in the air and the desire for new dreams to manifest.  It's time to feed the fever and face any back to school fears, excitement, and anticipation.  Enjoy this round- up of crafty links to celebrate the coming school season.

Our Favorite Back to School Knitting Projects at
Noble Knits.com

Articles about "back to school patterns" at About.com

Back to School at CraftStylish.com

I also have dreams, jokes, tall tales, and worst moments running in the background of my brain - but that's probably just me.

Find a knitting buddy and challenge each other to learn a new technique this week.  If you have another craft - same goes.
Marg (pointing my needles towards the future and holding on tight)

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Real Men Knit and Sew - CraftStylish

Good morning! While I'm working on a bloggie post for you today. Check out this article from Craftstylish.
Crafting doesn't care who you are, your gender, or location. It just wants you to show up and craft. Party on crafties! Party on.

Real Men Knit and Sew - CraftStylish

Sip some tea or coffee and ease into your day with thoughts of knitting, color, and texture.

Marg (stumbling onto articles that wow me every morning)

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Add a finishing touch to your knitting...

The Perfect Finish: A No-Nonsense Guide to Finishing Techniques for Knitters of Every Level
The Perfect Finish: A No-Nonsense Guide to Finishing Techniques for Knitters of Every Level

Do you need a finishing touch for that fabulous knit project you're working on?  The Perfect Finish: A No-Nonsense Guide to Finishing Techniques for Knitters of Every Level by Editor Kara Gott Warner is the perfect resource for your knitting library.  I like the fact that there is something for every knitting level.  Finishing techniques don't have to be frustrating people. Yay!  This book is now available for pre-order.

You may also enjoy other books by Kara Gott Warner for your reference pleasure. 

The Divine Drop StitchThe Divine Drop Stitch

Circular Knitting Redefined: Leave Those Straight Needles BehindCircular Knitting Redefined: Leave Those Straight Needles Behind

It's In The BagIt's In The Bag

The quest for fine finishing techniques just got a little easier.

Marg (leaping into Monday tasks - and polishing my Pirouette)

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Enjoy this Scarf-in-a-Scarf Kit

Scarf-in-a-scarf from Hand Painted Knitting Yarns.  This scarf is hot off my needles and I'm loving the silk and yarn combination in this kit.

During this year's Knitters Connection event I saw a demo on this kit and was swept away with the idea and the materials.  This weekend I finished it and wanted to share it with you.  The scarf knits up quickly and will be a nice addition to your Fall wardrobe.  I draped it around the dress form, but the pattern will give you several options on how to wear the scarf - so no worries there.  You will find it a versatile scarf and there are several colorways that this can be knit in.

Wrap yourself in beauty, color, and joy today.  You deserve it.
Marg (watching happy yorkies taking a snooze)

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Have you ever wanted to become a knitwear designer?

The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design
Have you ever wanted to become a knitwear designer?   Knitgrrl , Shannon Okey, has got the inside scoop for you in her latest book, The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design.  She has included insightful interviews with leading knitwear designers in the industry and has left no stone unturned.  Your questions are answered from A to Z.  I find it to be a wonderful reference book for inspiring knitwear designers as well as knitters who want an insideres look into how the industry really works.  There are helpful tips for everyone and it's an easy read - which I definitely look for in a book.  You can also download the book on your Kindle - love love! It's a keeper.

Read, knit, and soak up that good yarn smell this week.

Marg (high on cool colorways!)
(Note:  I'm taking tomorrow and Friday off from my bloggie - see you on Monday.)
You might also enjoy these books by Shannon Okey.


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