Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Your talents are needed ...

Here's my Purple Stitch Ninja ready to put a hurtin' on epilepsy. Where's yours?

Knit, Crochet or Sew for the Purple Stitch Project to raise epilepsy awareness.

This little warrior is knit with Vickie Howell's (for Caron) Sheep(ish) in Magenta(ish) and White(ish).
There's also a crochet version and plushies to sew so everyone can jump into action.

Find out more about this wonderful organization, patterns, online communities and ways you can contribute at

  One stitch can make such a difference in the world...your talents are needed.


Charity begins at home, but should not end there.
Thomas Fuller

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Friday, June 22, 2012

What the???

Andrea Brena

Here's a little inspiration for you for the weekend. 

andrea brena: knitted army at DMY berlin 2012

Enjoy happy knitting or crochet on a summer day!


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Thursday, June 21, 2012

A bag of possibilities

Margaret Nock

A bag of possibilities.

Recently, I purchased this Dishie Yarn when it was on sale  at KnitPicks.com.  Seeing the new yarn fills me with glee as I anticipate another knit or crochet adventure.  My goal is to make something wonderful for my kitchen or table.  While pondering the possibilities, I was wondering what's in your project bag or on your needles for the long days of summer?


Tip for Thursday:
Incorporate a new color into your life.  Add it to your knit, crochet or craft projects, home decor, or wardrobe.  Discover how this color makes you feel.  Does it lift your mood, make you feel energized, or calm you.  Take note of your response and remember the feeling whenever deciding color choices to use for the next project.
©Margaret Nock, All rights reserved.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Go Dads!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads! 

I was thinking about my Dad today and remembering his sense of humor, wisdom and kindness.  Relationships with family and friends can be rocky at times, but the love is always there beneath the surface. We only have to choose to acknowlege it. This poem really opened my heart today and I wanted to share it with you. 

What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Free Father's Day Patterns Round Up

Crochet Laptop Cover Crochet Pattern from Red Heart designed by Sarah Blalock.
Do you ever go-go-go and then start feeling under the weather?  Me too!  I've been a little run down with a really bad throat thing since the weekend.  Herbal therapies and rest seem to be helping. I've still been working on knitting projects and patterns. I like to call it knitting therapy.

This will probably be the blog of the week here and I wanted to share with you some great free knit, crochet and crafty projects for Father's Day (June 17, 2012) that are available for you before I run out of upmh.  Many of them will also work year round so give them a look.

11 Knit Father's Day Gifts, By: Caitlin Kavanaugh,
Editor for AllFreeKnitting.com

Crochet Laptop Cover Crochet Pattern

Ipad Knitting Patterns

Go Dad's!

Margaret (I miss my Dad's great stories)

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Friday, June 8, 2012

All you need is...

©Margaret Nock, Knit1fortheroad blogspot
Early morning knitting when the house is quiet and the birds are singing is one of my favorite ways to start the  day.

a little inspiration and a lot of summer knitting or crochet.  Try these free knit(and 1 crochet) patterns and get stitching early this weekend.

A Really Reversible Dishcloth by Kathy Cairns Hendershott

Easy Friendship Bracelets from Noble Knits


Four summer shawls from Lion Brand (3 knit patterns and 1 crochet)

©Margaret Nock, Knit1fortheroad blogspot
This was taken in Annapolis, MD recently

Try a relaxing walk surrounded by nature  soon and breath in the vitality.  Now focus this energy toward your creative work and soar to new discoveries about your creative personality.

Thanks for reading and have a weekend filled with wonder and delight as you go about your day and the simpliest tasks.  That's when creativity will most likely sneak up on you.

Margaret(inspired just thinking of you expressing your very own unique creativity)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Something dreamy this way comes...

 I'm enjoying the luscious colors and beautiful ease of design in the digital download of Knitscene Assessories 2012.  There are 35 knit accessories and knitting how-to articles (always a bonus, right?)  included in the issue.  I can't decide which one to tryt first, they're all so beautiful.  You'll have these patterns at your fingertips to inspire you for years to come.  I'm thinking ahead for gifts and lovely weekend projects for long summer days.

Visit the Interweave Knitting store homepage to see more choices for your summer knitting digital options.  Afterall, a knitter has to have options.

Enjoy your summer knitting with verve.

Margaret (surprisingly filled with an abundance of verve for a Wednesday, hmm)

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Go under the sea with Jelly Yarn...

Under the Sea Jelly Yarn crochet and knit installation for the Indiemade Craft Market show within a show that will be on display Saturday June 9th from 10m to 5pm.
Created by Kathleen Greco from www.jellyyarns.com.
This morning I checked my Rav messages to find, to my delight, an update from BlueSmoothie, aka Kathleen Greco of Jelly Yarns and moderator of the Ravelry group, Annie's Gifts for Chemo.  I had asked her to keep me posted on her upcoming installation, Under the Sea.  It will be on display for the Indiemade Craft Market June 9th in Bethlehem, PA at the Bethlehem Ice Rink. The display will be featured along the inside wall of the rink and is about 9 ft high x 10 ft wide.

You can view pics of her work on the Ravelry group, Annie's Gifts for Chemo, on her flckr page, and visit JellyYarns.com to learn more about Kathleen and Nick Greco.

You may also enjoying reading:
Jelly Yarns Interview Day and Hyberbolic Crochet Coral Reef

Enjoy the colors that surround you today.
Margaret (enjoying blue skies, white caps and sunshine today)

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Monday, June 4, 2012

June knit and crochet events!

This will be a quick blog today to remind you that there are two events happening in June that you should try to attend if you're nearby.

The Knitter's Connection  

June 15-17, 2012
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, OH
Knitter's Connection 2012 is now THREE days long - Friday thru Sunday.  Knitters Market will be open Friday evening for Student Only Preview, all day Saturday and Sunday until 4 pm. Classes are held on Friday, 15 June through Sunday, 17 June 2012.
This event features knitting classes, demos from the pros, and a super duper Knitters Market.  Get the scoop at The Knitter's Connection.

If you're near ....
Manchester, New Hampshire
Shopping: June 29-July 1, 2012
Education: June 27-July 1, 2012 Registration Deadline: June 11
Download & Preview the Knit & Crochet Show brochureThere will also be a Fall show in Reno, NVShopping: Sept. 14-16, 2012, Education: Sept. 12-16, 2012.

Enjoy your day, and remember to grab your hooks and needles, at least for a few minutes, to release stress.   People will wonder how you stay sooo cool and collected.
Margaret (using my stitches to hold my life together)
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