Monday, October 31, 2011

It's a handmade celebration over here!

Most of my decorations are handmade by myself or by talented crafters I find on sites like or at local craft shows.  This wreath was created with crafty magic by PeachParlor on Etsy.

Happy Halloween!
from Dave, Margaret, Molly and Max

View from a spooky train ride we took a couple of weekends ago...

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Friday, October 28, 2011


Today's the day!  Knots of Love (KOL) chemo caps are ready to hit the trail. 

Looking for some wonderful charities to knit, craft or crochet for?  Check out the Charity Org page on my website, for some ideas and inspiration.  While you're there, dive into some free patterns...the Autumn Wowza Scarf and the and Shades of the Celtic Forest Wrist Warmers are perfect for this time of year and would look autumnliscious on you. Just sayin...I can visualise you sipping a Pumpkin Spice hot beverage in your knit1fortheroad finery.  Visit the Free Patterns page.

Stop by and for more charity groups and get involoved.  You'll make lots of new friends, explore new patterns, and help put your stitches in the hands of someone in need.  All good, or what? Woot!

The weekend knitfest is almost here...
Margaret (inviting you to Creating The Hive...go here.)

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Scary, Super Scary, and Creepy Cute...enter if you dare!!!

Creepy Cute Crochet [Hardcover] by Christin Hadden

Free knit and crochet patterns

Jean Greenhowe's Halloween Ghosties (Knit Project) are a quick knit for a last minute project.

A variety of Halloween crochet hats awaits you at


Margaret (getting caught up with life and knitting,today)

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's a scene...

a Knit Scene, that is. If you're craving a vintage look and need a fabulous pattern, check out the super budget friendly digital eBook, Columbia Minerva Book 768. This digitally restored eBook is now available at  While you're there, subscribe to their newsletter for updates, free patterns and all the delicious vintage goodness your heart desires.  Keep up the good work PurpleKittyYarns!

Make a scene, and rock the vintage knits!
Margaret (finding ways to go old school w/ a new attitude) 

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pandas, quality bamboo, and smooth knitting ahead!

Pandas aren't the only ones who love quality bamboo...

 How about the new Tulip C Interchangeable Needles at CaronThese lovelies are easy to use, have that great bamboo feel with no more snagging yarn on your needles because they cables become loose.  Don't you just love a smooth and happy knitting experience?

We took the panda pics today at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC., which has free admission.  Visit their website to check out the animal webcams, find out about special events, and educational programs.

I love starting the week with Pandamonium. (You so knew that was coming, right?)

Hope you find a little time for knitting soon...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Feeling a Sheep(ish) KAL coming on?

The Cover Cowl Knit Along starts today. Hooray!  You will love this one.  Check Vickie Howell's blog for details on the how, when and where of this wonderful knitty event.  There will be how to help and tips, so no worries there.

Jump into the knitting pool, meet new friends, and enjoy the fun colors of Sheep(ish) yarn.

Margaret (rainy days bring out KAL fever)

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Madness Share for Annie's Gifts for Chemo

Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf going to Annie's Gifts for Chemo on
If you're already a member of Ravelry, visit the group directly, here.

This past weekend was a whirlwind of knitting, crochet and some time on the road enjoying the sights and sounds of Autumn...and, yes, I'll admit to some pumpkin spice delights. As a result, Monday has me scurrying to get caught up with work, but I wanted to share with you a scarf I recently finished for the group Annie's Gifts for Chemo on, while I was traveling. 

This week, I hope to have a couple of new items added to the shop... needles crossed.

Thanks to everyone who tweeted or shared that you knit and/or crocheted on I Love Yarn Day! and this weekend.  It's not too late to tweet, share, or comment here if you participated and help spread your love of yarn.

Margaret (enjoying Autumn goodness)

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Friday, October 14, 2011

It's a yarn, discount and free eBook weekend...

Celebrate I Love Yarn Day today!

Dive into Bernat Softee Chunky yarn and free ebook, Urban Knits this weekend.  Check out the Bernat newsletter for the code to buy 4 and get 1 free.

The Storage War Yarn Sale starts today at DBNY.  A total saving fest going on over there on yarn and needles, and accessories.

Free Interweave knitting patterns are available at

Enjoy the choices, colors and inspiration...

Margaret (knitting with a yummy pumpkin color today)
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Don't miss The Prohibition Shawl...

This morning, I was reading an article by Michelle Edwards, The Prohibition Shawl in the LionBrand Newsletter and  If you're intrigued by Ken Burns' latest documentary, Prohibition, then you might enjoy reading the article and knitting the pattern. 

It's a knit and crochet marathon over here!  Good thing I warmed up first...with a hot cup of Choffy...and I did not get paid for that endorsement.  I just love all things yummy.

Enjoy your day and I'll be back with more knitting and crochet goodies soon.

I used the Travel Go Lightly Purse last weekend at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens to carry my knit and crochet travel projects and other travel essentials.  You can find this free pattern and more on my website,

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

You can take simple steps to prevent, raise awareness, and end breast cancer today.

My friend Teresita, of the Hearts of Love group on, is coordinating a project for breast cancer awareness. Please visit the group for ways you can participate.  Look for the topic  ♥♥OnceUponAFall Fashion ChemoCap Project ♥♥ on their homepage.

Please take a moment to read about and sign the petition from The National Breast Cancer Coalition: Breast Cancer Deadline 2020, to end of breast cancer by Jan. 1, 2020.
Petition to end breast cancer by Jan. 1, 2020.  You can also go here to respond online to the petition.

Visit your doctor and make and keep an appointment for a mammogram.  Check your insurance provider if you have one.  The laws have changed in the US and they are required to provide more preventitive care, including mammograms. Hooray! Need financial assistance and more information? Here are some places to go for programs to help you. 

Susan G. Komen Foundation Affiliates
American Cancer Society

Breast Cancer Network of Strength

American Breast Cancer Foundation

Please remember to check your breasts monthly for any changes.  If you need guidance, check with your health care professional.  You can also check How To Do Your Breast Self Exam.

Please take time to care of your amazing self.
Margaret (bolting over to sign the petition now)

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Embraceable Wraps is reaching out and spreading love...

This morning, I awoke to a new follower on Twitter, Embraceable Wraps.  I zipped over to the profile and was so impressed with their goals, outlook and enthusiasm that I wanted to share it with you today.

The goal is to provide items such as wraps, blankets, hats, and socks for women undergoing chemotherapy.  They also have a vision to create an online market of items such as yarns, shawls, sweaters, blankets, and pins for purchase.  Hooray!

Do visit the What We Do section to learn how Teri and Lois teamed up with 21st Century C.A.R.E. to make a difference for so many women...and this is just the beginning of their journey.  Please learn how you can help them reach their goals, follow them along on Twitter, for updates,  and visit their website, You can help them bring much needed sunshine and love into the life of someone faced with cancer treatments.

Don't you love how knitting and crochet changes lives, inspires people and provides some much needed gratitude in the world?  Amazing goodness...

Margaret- still knitting and crocheting in public, are you? Remember to bring your projects with you this week.  They need some fresh air and sunshine, too.

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I had so much fun crocheting a chemo cap at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens over the weekend.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Knit Outta The Box has an exciting new item!

This just in...My friend, Laurie Gonyea, founder of has taken the iMitt© to the next level. You can now purchase the actual hand knit iMitt. Laurie descibes the new ready to wear hand knit item best, so here it is in her very own very knitty words:

Laurie's note:
" I have partnered with a woman's cooperative from Bolivia to hand knit the iMitt using a wonderfully soft alpaca. Every sale that I make goes to helping these women achieve their financial independence. I'm wondering if you would help me spread the word by going to my website and clicking on the "Like" button. If you want to purchase one that would be fabulous, but more importantly I'd love it if you told all of your friends about it."

You can still purchase the iMitt© kit, as well.

There you have it!

You may also enjoy reading Laurie's interview here on Knit1fortheroad.

Enjoy the weekend and choose the crafts that make your heart sing.

Margaret (I love to share a great Saturday knitting scoop)

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

What's new, creative and fun from Soakwash?

There's a fun new item at Soakwash. Cool stick and soak temporary tats will show the world your passion for knitting.  There are 13 unique designs to choose from to help you spread the knitting word...

Suite up knitters!

Margaret (spread your passion, ignore negativity, and become your new best friend)

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ghostly DIY crafting, ideas and recipes...

Pic taken with a flash during my solo journey into the darkness at Ft Mifflin last Spring. I was walking in total darkness.  Guess I'm more afraid of snakes, clowns, and mean people than the dark.  Go figure...Knitting and exploring respectfully since I can remember.

Do you need some DIY Halloween help?  I was looking around today and noticed Tipnut's DIY Halloween section.  It's a great place to find oodles of free crafty projects, recipes, decorating and party ideas.  You can never be too prepared or too spooky for Halloween. 

Dave and I have our official list of Autumn and Halloween festivities to see and I'll be sharing the spooktacular fun as we go.

Side notes: We saw Abduction this past weekend. It was filmed in Pittsburgh, Dave's hometown and we had fun checking out all the scenes of the city.

My Halloween read is a book by Zak Bagans and Kelly Crigger, Dark World.  It's an interesting look into Zak's life as a ghost hunter. If you enjoy the series, it will not disappoint.

Margaret (knitting, cleaning, and destashing tra la la)

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The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
H. P. Lovecraft
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Hive Five Inspiration...

Monday calls for strong enthusiasm, your favorite cup of (your favorite Autumn beverage here) and some crafty inspiration.  I've got just the thing, five of my quick CreatingTheHive blog interviews to get your week started.  I hope you enjoy them while I get busy with more knitting, free patterns and pieces for my shop...and okay, I'll admit to it...a steaming hot cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee. 

Discover the Magic of Pop Art Minis!

A delightful interview with Mallory of Made by Malcakes!

Bridge and Beyond Interview Day!

Interview with Stephani Camp of Tomorrow Farm

Meet Rachel of Yarnigans

Need more inspiration?  Here's your invitation to CreatingTheHive, the place for festive crafting, interviews, giveaways, talented crafters and community.  What are you waiting for?

Let's get busy creating this week's adventures in knitting and pumpkin colored rainbows...

Try these Learn To Knit Demos from LionBrand to learn or refresh your memory and skills.

Enyoy your day,
More knit1fortheroad knitting this weekend...

off my needles soon and into the shop (margknittinaround on Etsy)...stay tuned.

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