Friday, September 30, 2011

October 1rst crafty delights...

Tomorrow is the first day of October.  Can you believe how quickly September flew by?  Start off October with a  free knit pattern from my website,

Falling leaves, crisp cool air, and harvest blessings are signs of the Autumn season. Knit these lacy, Celtic inspired, wrist warmers on two needles. As with any knit pattern, always remember to check your gauge, substitute yarn of similar weight for best results and respect the copyright instructions.

Looking for a crafty event in the DC area this weekend?  Check out the Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair.  This event is chock full of crafting demos, entertainment, super vendors, the Etsy Booth. You will not be disappointed.

Looking for an online Crafty Community?  You're invited to CreatingTheHive, the spookyliscious place to be for October.

Enjoy the festive times ahead,

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

with cunning needle...

here's the beautiful catalog from the exhibit...
Last weekend we took a trip over to Winterthur Museum and Gardens to see With Cunning Needle: Four Centuries of  Embroidery.  It was such a well organized exhibit with demos, unique pieces and a really insightful look at embroidery in history, as an artform and as lovely embellishment for everyday life.  The featured piece in the exhibit was the Plimoth Jacket inspired by a combination of two jackets in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, a heavenly destination in itself. The jacket's incredible design and construction took over 300 talented hands and 3,700 hours to complete.  Much of the work was accomplished at the Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts and other locations from 2006-2009,  and is made with silk, gold, silver on linen.  The young and young at heart were invited to stitch on the piece which really inspired me. I get excited just thinking about the how and why of this project.  The exhibit is on loan and will be at Winterthur until Jan. 8,2012.  Defintely Go if you can!

Needlwork (of any kind) continues to live in our hearts, minds, and spirit.  Now go have a great Wed!

The continuing saga of sock knitting fever....

One sock made, one more to go.

Stay festive!

Some handy places to follow along ...

Twitter, CreatingTheHive and Facebook!  Grab my free patterns on and visit me on Etsy at margknittinaround.

©Margaret Nock,™ 2008-2011. 
All rights reserved.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Got Gaugefy?

Monday is a great day to start off the week with gadget goodness.  I really like Gaugefy, the new
Online Knitting/Crochet Gauge Calculator.  It's
handy, easy and available online and as an app from the iTunes Store.  You can grab your gauge in inches or centimeters and follow Gaugefy along on Twitter.

Check it out.  See what you think.  Imagine living a  life with no more gauge excuses, dramas, and disappointments. Think of the endless possibilities for adapting patterns so easily to the gauge you need. Woot!

It's a knit/cro day...
Margaret (recovering from sock knitting fever today)

Knitting on the road this weekend. 
More on this project soon.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Golden Autumn Head Band, free knit pattern...

Celebrate chilly Autumn days and festive events wearing this soft, easy to knit head band created with soft Shetland Wool, and Baby Alpaca naturally dyed in various shades of brown and gold and spun by Lusy, Classic Spinner on Her inspiration for this wonderful fiber came from the Wild Tennessee Turkeys and their beautiful feathers. The head band can also be worn loosely around the neck.
Easy (basic knitting knowledge required)

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and can also be worn loosely around the neck.

 Happy first day of Autumn.

Autumn Blessings,

©Margaret Nock,™ 2008-2011
The pattern and photographs in this post and document are the property of and for non-commercial (personal) use only. Unauthorized reproduction, sale in whole or in part, or distribution of the pattern, or knit item is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

off my needles and into the shop...

...well almost.  This lovely scarf is knit with Noro and is the perfect Autumn accessory to spruce up your wardrobe.  In the meantime, you can find more ready to wear items, knit patterns, my books and kits at MargKnittinARound on Etsy.
You can also find some nifty free patterns on my website, in the free pattern section.

Side note:  Molly had her senior check and is doing great - whew!  and Max was a good Yorkie, too.

I feel needlicious today. How bout you?

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Monday, September 19, 2011

In the garden of knitting ...

Do you enjoy Lion Brand products, like me?  Well, here's a little news you might find interesting.  Lion Brand will be featured on the Martha Stewart Show on March 23rd (Mon).  It will be a  special episode dedicated to yarn. Woot!  It will also give a chance to see the design team behind the scenes - yay! So check those local listings here and mark your calendars. You can also check the LionBrand Notebook for scoops on behind the scenes pics and footage. 

This week is already turning out to be a litte too hectic and a bit disorganized through no desire of my own. However, knitting still seems to happen around life,  and I'll have a new free knit pattern for you on Thursday to celebrate my birthday, so stay tuned.  Meanwhile, new ready to wear items will be added to my shop, margknittinaround very soon.

I hope you're all staying creative in your knitting garden, scooping up discount yarn and destashing for winter.

Margaret, (in over my head with sunflowers - lol)

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

3BeeutifulThings:Faces in Unusual Places

Nestled along the path...

Among the stone rune books and natural surroundings...

in the pool of the subconscious for us to ponder.

This weekend we visited the wonderful, whimisical and wistful garden of Chanticleer near Philadelphia.

I hope you're knitting,crafting or pondering something wonderful this weekend,
Create well...

This post was created for the 3BeeutifulThingsGroup on Creating The Hive.  Join us for crafty good times.

©MargaretNock, 2008-11. All rights reserved.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

The element of air in your knitting life...

This week has been a little (okay, a lot) hectic with the shop, quick travels, squeezing in new projects and juggling charity items... and a few surprises along the way.  It's been a week of new friends and old friends coming into my life.  All in all, an interesting time and many events coming full circle.  This sudden activity made me think of the element of Air.  Air is connected to the soul and the breath of life.  It's associated with communication, wisdom and the power of your mind. Need a little air therapy? Picture your worries moving away on a gentle wind, receive and send positive thoughts and prayer, and express the element of Air with the colors yellow and white. Open your windows, venture outside today and enjoy the quality of air.  Breathe deep and consider incorporating the feeling into your daily routine, exercise, crafty moments, and understanding of the world around you. 

You might enjoy these easy weekend knit projects from my website, that will remind you to soak in the qualities of air.

 Shades of the Celtic Forest Wrist Warmers will remind you of the elements of air, earth, and fire on an Autumn day.  (This was created for the Creating The Hive 2010 Autumn Challenge) Join us for crafty good times!

Travel Go Lightly Purse for those long walks in the park, trails, or shopping excursions.  This is one of my favorite patterns and it's the first purse I think to grab for a busy weekend excursion or just to use daily for a routine errand.

Herbal Pouch Along carries those smaller items you can't be without while enjoying nature and keeping those allergies in check. There are also suggestions for what to include in your pouch along.

Gentle reminder part of the blog...As with any pattern, please remember to read the directions before you begin, follow the guidelines, gauge, and respect copyright restrictions. If you have to substitute yarn always choose yarn of similar weight for best results.  But, you knew all're sooo knitty.

Enjoy your weekend and I'll have more knitting on the brain blogs, charity projects to share and new items for my shop to show you.

Margaret (knitting, breathing, and grateful for air)

©MargaretNock, 2008-11. All rights reserved.
Knitavian Shruggle Knit Pattern from Knit Knitavian Style: Allow your knitting adventures to begin. Signed copy available in my shop.
 Visit MargKnittinARound on for more of my patterns, books, and kits.  New ready to wear items are available and more on the way.  Free gift wrapping is also available.

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©Margaret Nock,™ 2008-2011 The patterns, photographs and content are the property of and for non-commercial (personal) use only. Unauthorized reproduction, sale in whole or in part, or distribution content, pattern, or knit item is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

MargKnittinARound's Full Moon Medley...

Things are popping over at margknittinaround, my Etsy shop.  There are new ready to wear items available and more coming soon.  Plus, signed copies of Knit Knitavian Style have arrived just in time for fall knitting and holiday gifting.  Free gift wrapping is available.

Some good news for the shop (for those who missed it) is that margknittinaround is now syndicated from Etsy to Google Shopping. Items in the store will will be shown on the shopping page.  Woot!

I just love this time of year.  So full of possibilities, cider, and the color orange.

Margaret (soaking in the full moon beauty)

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Some Full Moon Reading to put you in the mood for suspense, chill bumps, and things that go bump when you least expect it...

Ghost Files: The Collected Cases from Ghost Hunting and Seeking SpiritsGhost Files: The Collected Cases from Ghost Hunting and Seeking Spirits

Ghost Hunt: Chilling Tales of the UnknownGhost Hunt: Chilling Tales of the Unknown

Sunday, September 11, 2011

3BeeutifulThings: Weekend Wonders

During this weekend wander I discovered the beauty of simple, yet subtle gifts in nature that I thought you might enjoy as well...

Textures and colors of late summer ...

The Great Spangled Fritillary, one of the few remaining butterflies of the season at the Tyler Arboretum 

A grand mushroom seen at the Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square,PA

Life can be good on the blue planet...we all need to be reminded from time to time when things look a little, well, you know the rest.

Margaret (Earthling in training)

This post was created for the CreatingTheHiveGroup 3Beeutiful ThingsJoin us for inspiration and crafty times.

Visit me on the following links...
margknittinaround on Etsy
knit1fortheroad on Blogger
Follow along on Twitter @ knit1fortheroad
NEW! Margaret Nock on Knitting Patterns Category

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Fresh off the presses...

©Margaret Nock, Knit Knitavian Style: Allow your knitting adventures to begin.
Author House Publishing, 2011. All rights reserved.

Fresh off the presses...signed copies of Knit Knitavian Style are now available.  New sale price in my Etsy shop, margknittinaround.  I'll be adding new goodies in the next few days...stay tuned.  Follow knit1fortheroad on Twitter, Craftsy (Margaret Nock) or join me at CreatingTheHive.

Thanks for the well wishes this week. I'm back to knitting with minimal stitches and a "can do" crafty attitude.  Thanks to Max (my Yorkie) for using his keen senses to find the tumor.

Allow your heart to fill with the joy of knitting, crochet and crafty times ahead this weekend.

Margaret (fingers knitting, mind drifting towards the endless possibilities of joyful hearts)

Find free knitting projects and resources at

Now available on Kindle!

Knit 1 for the RoadKnit 1 for the Road

If you would like to see Knit Knitavian Style on Kindle, please click on the Tell the publisher! button on the left hand side of the Amazon listing.  Every click helps.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

All things Amigurumi ..

A few months ago, I posted about the upcoming 2012 Amigurumi Wall Calendar and a chance to have your project chosen for this project.  Well, the results are in and the Amigurumi Wall Calendar (InterweaveStore)is now available for all Amigurumi fans out there to see.  This makes a really fun gift for the new year.(Hint)

Crochet Me 2012 Amigurumi Wall Calendar

View the entries here.

Crochet Me invites you to crochet-along with the 2012 Amigurumi Calendar Projects (eBook)

I may be taking a break from blogging tomorrow.  Max ( my puppy) discovered a small tumor on the top of my head (of all places) a few weeks ago and it has to be removed.  No biggy, but just a little uncomfortable.  Normally, I would just keep this kind of tmi thing to myself, but the amazing part of all this is the persistent pawing and checking that Max did to let me know something was up and I better check it out.  Pay attention to your pets and marvel at their capacity for love and devotion... and for constantly wondering...what's up with that?

Margaret (giving the pooches extra kibble today)

Here are some of my favorite crochet or knit pattern books for Amigurumi...

Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute CrochetAmigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet

Amigurumi Knits: Patterns for 20 Cute Mini KnitsAmigurumi Knits: Patterns for 20 Cute Mini Knits

Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted AmigurumiKnitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted Amigurumi

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