Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A knitting brain, a free pattern, and a bucket list...

Time to get the needles out! They love sunlight and a chance to create something wonderful for you- Margaret Nock
This morning I woke up filled glee.  The sun was out, the breeze was sweet and GHI is on Syfy tonight.    What could be a better time for breaking out the knitting bucket list to see what I've neglected to try,revamp or refresh in my memory?  The mitered square!   Yes!!!  Good one.  I learned the basics a few years back but it just never stuck and some of the patterns I've come across seemed a little confusing to me. I began my search with optimism and didn't have to look far when I came across:

Kathleen Cubley's blog, (Editor Extraordinaire of Knitting Daily)
I can't stop thinking about Domino Knitting! 
Kathleen gives you the scoop from a pro, Vivian Hoxbro of Knitting Daily Workshop: Domino Knitting with Vivian Hoxbro  The workshop is available as a DVD, Standard Download, and High Definition Video Download and takes you through the whole process. It's also on sale- Hooray!

Be sure and check out the free pattern instructions for the Domino Square Potholder...with includes basics for you.  Love that helpful share. Get started today or make it a weekend project.

Dust off the the brain freeze and winter cobwebs.  A brain on icicles and cobwebs is just not a good look for anyone.  Try something new, no one is judging, or squealing.  Only admiration from here and I can see you with my handy 3D glasses. Wow!  Look at you go.  That last dropped stitch retreival you executed this week was epic.

A little scarf inspiration for Wed...
Need ideas for tying or draping your Spring scarves?  Stop by Anthropologie today to see an array of beautiful options for wearing scarves.  I couldn't pick a fav. They're all so very inspiring. 

Margaret (I see new pot holders coming into my life soon)
 a little java first, though...
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Create intuitively today...

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Today I'm preparing a few goodies to send to Annie's Gifts for Chemo.  I finished the slippers a little differenly than I originally thought before.  After some consideration, I decided to make a simple single crocheted tie for them. 

Life and work have overlapped  and seeped into my  knit and crochet time, but I'm happy to say that I'm back on track with my creative life and looking forward to more projects.  Also, I had to get a new computer and life is definitely easier now. Visit knit1fortheroad on for any posts you may have missed on my other blogsites (margknittinaround or knit1fortheroad).

I'd like to share with you a technique that I've used for years.  Try a simple color visualization for your next charity project.  It's a fun way to add a boost of love and postive energy directly to the recipient.   It's easy! Close your eyes and try to visualize the person that will receive your item and allow color, texture and the type of garment you will be making for this person to appear in your mind.  You will also find, that with practice it will help you with any creative blocks you may be experiencing with your other projects.  I've found that it helps give a face, feeling and direction for me when I create for others that I have never met.  This technique has surprised me by leading me to patterns, colors and materials that I would have never considered using before.  Give it a try.

Margaret (visualizing you visualizing and getting your creative groove on)

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Friday, March 23, 2012

I was wondering...

It's time for a bit of knit shopping expertise, please.  What types of ready to wear items, kits, and knit patterns would you like to see next year at MargKnittinARound on Etsy

Free Knit Patterns!

Rita the Ribbonista Free Aug Pattern
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  Try this quick knit pattern, Rita the Ribbonista and add a little color to your day.  Ponytails are all the rage for spring and summer this year, why not give it a try.

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A quick weekend tutorial for you to check out...

I came across this wonderful and funny tutorial at  for the crab stitch (aka reverse single crochet or shrimp stitch) It's a fun way to finish off your knitting with flair.

Keep it colorful, keep it fun!
Margaret (enjoying the sunshine, pretty flowers, and the anticipation of weekend knitting)

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

the poetry is in the knit...

Here's a little story that will delight the knitter in you and have you inspired to create your own poetry with your knitting...Enjoy the eyecatching article from The Poetry Society called Knit a Poem and a poem, Eve's Design by Moira Linehan.

It's time to break out the Knit Knitavian Style Shruggle

Molly had a great day at the US National Arboretum last week.  She enjoyed birds, squirrels and snacks in the car.  It's a dog's world, afterall.  Thanks to all of you who have inquired about how Molly is doing.  She has made a full recovery and is more frisky every day.  We have even noticed a little teenage girl type attitude from time to time - lol.

Keep your inspiration high and your frustation low this week...

Margaret (so rethinking the poetry thing and wishing I had paid more attention in poetry class...sigh)

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wearin' of the green...

Do you need some green in your life?  Well, St Patrick's Day is on Saturday, March 17th and there are so many free projects to do just that.

Try the knit patterns on Knitting.  Most are small and quick to make accessories that you can also wear or use any time of the year.

Crochet Pattern Central really delivers a fine array of quick and fun patterns for you.

Enjoy this adorable embroidery pattern from Sublime Stitching.

I did spy a knit shamrock sock pattern download for $1.99 at KnitPicks created by designer,Christina Rowell .  They're sure to bring you luck all year round.

Stay grand, wear green and enjoy an adventure every day.

My first daffodil siting for 2012 taken at Pickering Creek Audubon Center last weekend.
Margaret (really into that Spring fever feeling today)

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Click with color!

Dreamz Cable NeedlesKnitter's Pride Dreamz Cable Needles at (WEBS)

The Knitter's Pride Dreamz Line offers us a treat for our spring/summer knitting projects...densified laminated birch wood needles in fun colors - hooray!  Densified laminated birch wood is also more affordable, which is always a plus in my knitting world.  They're strong and moisture resistant with no warping worries. The needles are smooth and the points are sharp. 
Spring is a great time to restock, expand your horizons and give these new needles a try (if you haven't already).  Visit (WEBS) to see the video and check out all the gorgeous colors in the DreamzLine.  I have always enjoyed knitting with Knitter's Pride knitting needles and crochet hooks and I hope you will love them too.
Keep your needles and hooks busy. It's dark and boring when you're stuck in the project bag all the time.
Margaret (dreaming,knitting and surrounding my life with color)
"Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again."
Dorothy Day (knitter and activist)

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Weekend knitting: free patterns & eBook!

Here are three cute baby blankets that caught my eye.  These make  fun weekend knitting projects for your new baby chick-a-dees!

Plymouth Sweet Caroline Knit Baby Blanket  Both yarn and free pattern are available at

Dreamland & Dreamland Fancy are also free knit baby blanket patterns available at Plymouth Yarn Company.

RedHeart has a new free eBook just waiting for you with 26 knit and crochet accessory patterns! Grab your ebook description and free download of From Head to Toe, Young to Old and keep your needles and hooks smokin' hot.


Autumn arrives in early morning, but Spring at the close of a winter day. Elizabeth Bowen
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Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring-a-ling Extravaganza!

I've been missing in blogging action with work and computer issues lately. Everything is back on track and it's all about Spring and the marvelous celebration that come with the season. 

It's definitely time to rock the boardwalk with Namaste’s latest bag to have, the Boardwalk Bag.  It comes in yummy colors to choose from and made with PVC free faux leather.  This bag is comfortable, roomy and perfect for all of your on the go goodies and projects. There are actually several new offerings from this company of varying price ranges.  Keep them on your wishlist this year. Namaste also contributes 10% of their sale of light pink Namaste products to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Do find a little time to check these bags out and more at Namaste Inc.

Gather round vintage lovers and admirers of all things cleverly recycled for SewNewThings on  I've loved this wonderful shop filled with color and whimsy for quite some time and was thrilled to see the write up for it in the VogueKnitting Spring 2012 issue.  Lynda Slade adds her talent for finding vintage craft supplies, recycling and her love of color to everything she touches.  My favs for Spring 2012 are the bake-lite knitting needle bracelets (of course!) the vintage knitting needles, and pouch bags.  There is much more to delight in.  Visit soon!

Okay Midwesterners,  mark your calendars early this year for the Midwest Fibers and Folk Art Fair which is happening June 22-24, 2012 at the Expo Center at the County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, Illinois.  Visit for the scoop.

Your next stop to Spring is Pantone, my seriously all time favorite place to keep up with the colors of each season and you can too!  Visit Pantone for the full array of 2012 Spring color and fun.

Spring never felt so good…

Margaret (working on a new spring video for you, with a little help from my computer)

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.  ~Charles Dickens
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Giveaway and a Spring Knitting Tip...

Today, I have a quick post for you and a Spring knitting tip-a-roo.  My Creating the Hive and Etsy friend Quentin Eckman is having a super awesomely amazing giveaway of ginormous proportion.  Please go to his blogpost Jewelry of your choice Giveaway! to get the full scoop. Stop by his website and Etsy Shop, Lunar Skies Jewelry.  You won't want to miss this one!

Now for the Spring Knitting Tip of the day: 
Spring is a great time to experiment with new breathable fibers, colors and thick and thin textures for your scarves, tops, and home decor that you've never considered before.  Line your choices up to see how interchangeable they are in color and texture and play around with different combinations. Discover what your creative muse inspires you to do. 

Enjoy your creative process and all of your new Spring 2012 projects!

Margaret (working, playing and looking forward to the new season)

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