Hodgepodge of gifty goodness and free patterns…

Today I have a hodgepodge of knitting glee for Fall and Winter…get ready, here we go! LionBrand.com has a wonderful way of making you want to knit and crochet with so many quick, easy and colorful patterns.  Check out the new free patterns for the home for instant inspiration!  Knit Outta the Box is another favorite of mine.  They offer knitting kits, patterns, and cozy wearable items. Check it!

Caplet of Invisibility from LionBrand Free Pattern section for Halloween

Halloween Holla… LionBrand scores again. Purple Kitty is a good source  for Halloween projects of all types. Give them a look. Gifting opportunities at… NobleKnits.com is always one of my favorite stops for the Fall season.  They have an array of free patterns great for gift giving.   Right now, I’m working on a couple of projects from their shop and will share them soon. Check out the patterns for sale, too. You don’t want to miss out on a great knitting experience.  I’ve found their patterns to be well written and excellent quality.

Visit Soakwash.com, and check out the Soakbox.  There are six variations of boxes to choose from. The Soakbox is pure goodness for a knitter or crocheter and are sure to keep the recepient smiling.

Shades of Winter: Knitting with Natural Wool from InterweaveStore.com – absolutely gorgeous! There’s your pattern and gifty goodness roundup… Give your creative spirit a hug today and remember to bring your knitting and crochet with you wherever you roam.

Margaret-can’t wait to have a pumpkin spice coffee from Panera Bread – with whip cream of course 🙂

Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with “scary,” “spooky,” “haunted,” or “forbidden” in the title. ~From Scooby-Doo


Caps and a new Stitch.Rock.Knit-Along!

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 I can’t believe it’s Tuesday already!  Here’s what I’ve been working on for KOL!

There’s a fun new knit along in your future.  Check out  Bernat’s newsletter for the latest Stitch.Rock.Knit-Along with Vickie Howell.

 Next post… pattern roundup for a festive Fall season. Stay tuned and remember to knit your cares away!

 Margaret (enjoying a rainy day and checking off the to do list as fast as I can so I can squeeze in some more knitting for charity)

Happy and a Hat

Last week was my birthday…thanks for all the birthday wishes on FB and Twitter, by the way.  It was sweet of all of you to take time out to do that and your efforts were appreciated.  My husband, Dave took me for a 2 hour kayak tour at the Assateague State Park.  It couldn’t have been a more perfect day to explore the natural habitat and the wild horses that live there.  We had a small group and the friendly staff of Super Fun Eco Toursgave a relaxing and educational tour.  It was a nice way to spend a beautiful autumn day.

A little something I’ve been working on…this one will not have the pompom as pictured below from the original pattern.

Dull Roar Rooty Hat Knitting Pattern from Noble Knits and made with Manos del Uruguay Maxima Wool Yarn (or you can use similar worsted weight yarn).

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace, as I have seen in one autumnal face.” –  John Donne.

Happy Autumn Knitting, Margaret

New Bag! The Harlow from Namaste

Great knitting bags are like candy corn, hot chocolate and late night knitting for the knitter’s soul.  Namaste has done it again with their new bag, The Harlow.  This latest treasure is roomy with pockets and compartments to keep you organized whether you’re using it for a project bag, a versatile handbag or both.  I find that the Namastebags work well for everyday use and you get a lot of wear out of them. Plus, they are comfy, beautiful, PVC free, and made with vegan faux leather…  AND the colors!!!

I found the best deal($85 with FREE SHIPPING IN U.S.on orders over $75- $4 U.S. shipping on ALL others) at Jimmy Bean’s Wool.

The Harlow and other great knitting project bags can also be found at KnitPicks, and DreamWeaverYarns.  Shop around for the best pricing and availability.

Check your local yarn stores, too!



Bettie Sock Rock…








Recently, I started a new pair of comfy socks made with Donna Seex’s Bettie Sock Superwash Merino in
Island in the Sun from her lovely Etsy shop Skeindalous. Don’t
you just love the name? I’m using a toe up version sock pattern (Try the free
knit pattern:Beginner Socks for Magic Loop Toe-Up Version from Liat Gat
at KNITFreedom.com
.Socks make such wonderful projects to knit
anytime really, but especially when you’re traveling.   It’s a very theraputic experience to knit, enjoy the scenery and take a break from work…

Check out an adorable crochet pattern called Owl Mug Wrap
Crochet Pattern
and a super cute Candy Corn Cocoon
& Cap Knitting Pattern
, both free from Red Heart.

You just have to be smiling and knitting or crocheting something wonderful this weekend.

Be kind to
Margaret (making time for kindness in life)

Knots of Love needs your vote!


Please help Knots of Love with your vote!

   Your vote is a quick and easy way to help this wonderful organization and would mean so much for so many in need.  Vote Sept 6 – 19th and spread the word to family and friends. 

Vist the Knots of Love website for more info!

Please take a moment to read this messsage from Christine…

 How to Help

Supporters can help by simply voting for Knots of Love through the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook Chase Community Giving program on Facebook starting Sept. 6. Chase Bank customers can also vote on the bank’s website. Voting will continue until Sept. 19. You can also earn a third vote by sharing a link to the Chase Community Giving app on your Facebook timeline. If one of your Facebook friends then links to their own timelines and casts a vote, you will earn a bonus vote, which you can use either on one of the charities you already voted for, or a third charity.

1. One vote on Chase.com websitehttp://www.facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving

2. One vote on Chase Community Giving Facebook page www.Chase.com/ChaseGiving

3. One BONUS vote by sharing a link to Chase app http://www.facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving/app_162065369655

From our hearts to yours, I thank you for your time and your votes!

Christine Fabiani



Check out this video!

Knots of Love | VOTE 4 US


Hope you’re knitting and voting!


Are you knitting with a happy heart?

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Are you knitting with a happy heart?

I’m getting ready for fall knitting with this beautiful yarn and a new shawl pattern fresh in my mind…more to come…the heart shape is just for you, so thanks for stopping by to read.

Lately, I’ve been focusing on bringing more joy and love into my life.  Knitting has always been one of the creative ways I ground myself and reconnect with my heart’s desires and overall happiness.  Each stitch seems to liberate me from any fear,loss or anxiety that I may be holding in my heart and that could be holding me back in some way.  Think of your knitting as a safe way to work through a problem, send a loved one happy thoughts or a time to relax and share with knitting friends.

Open your heart and allow some knitting joy into your life this week. (just a gentle nudge from me to you)


Margaret (works for crochet and other crafty good times, too :))


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15 years of smooth sailing…

Today its all about sharing with you and a huge Thanks to all for the well wishes for the big 15th Anniversary last week.

Every picture has a backstory.  We were experiencing 100+ heat resulting in limper hair styles -however, this didn’t stop us as we managed to zip through all the appts, work, and roadblocks of our day to make it to our date on the Spirit of Baltimore  Harbor Dinner Cruise! (thank goodness for Groupon.com for the helpful discount on tickets) We figured 15 years warranted a bigger celebration this year.  The crew was fun and entertaining, the music was great for all kinds of dancing and the food was yummy. Dave and I celebrated without cell phones, ipads, internet, and yes knitting – forgive me (haha) or any worries.  Mother nature provided a heavy rainfall on the way back to the car – but we held up under shelter with some really nice people, so even that wasn’t a big disaster.   I couldn’t help but notice that we were all there in different stages of love.  There was a new young couple on a date, a couple with a small baby, an older couple out on the town and Dave and I, midway in our married life.  It was a wonderful experience to see these various stages of love being expressed all in one place.  I will always remember that experience and cherish it.

Make every day a BIG anniversary for yourself – celebrate each day and see those worries and bad situations diminish in importance. Make love your priority today.

More knitting blog posts coming…and some exciting news! Remember to take time to knit a little love in the meantime!

Margaret (did you notice Spirit was involved in this equation?- just sayin’)

A trip, rainbow sightings and a new knit along…

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 riding along looking for rainbows

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 with my knitting in my lap

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 and Molly at my side

I’ve been enjoying the view, knitting for a new Stitch.Rock.Knit-along on the road, and spending time with family this past week.  Get the scoop on the upcoming knit along on Facebook at Stitch.Rock.Knit-along with Vickie Howell. We’ll all be knitting the delightful Bean(ie) Town slouchy beanie with Sheep(ish) Yarn.
Join in the fun.  Grab the latest copy of Knit Simple

for the knit pattern which should be in your local yarn and craft stores around the 24th of July (sooner if you subscribe!)

Allow love into your life this week and always bring your knitting along for a quick stress release break.

Luv luv! Margaret

Monday inspiration from Stitches from the Heart…

Recently, I received an email from Teresita (Seaside Purl) of Hearts of Love on Ravelry.com sharing with me that this great charity organization, Stitches from the Heart, just celebrated its 15th birthday. Hooray! 

Here’s Teresita message in her own inspiring words about her involvment with Stitches from the Heart:

I have been a member and Area Representative for the Elk Grove-Sacramento Chapter that I started back in 2008 (June) which was the same year that I started HEARTS of LOVE. My chapter is local and I get together once a month with the knitters and crocheters that are members and we do what we love to do….. make baby creations for SFTH which then distributes them to newborns in hospitals across the country.

This year we have a new director that has taken over after the Founder and former director of SFTH decided to retire. We have a goal of trying to reach one million handmade creations which then will allow us to have a national spokesperson and thus get the word out to many more crafters.

We have chapters in states across the country but are hoping to add more states to the SFTH Family. I have been helping and spending time this summer promoting SFTH and getting the word out about this wonderful organization which is a non-profit baby charity organization.

Please visit SFTH on Facebook or website for more information about this organization.  On Ravelry?  Feel free to contact Teresita of the Hearts of Love Group on Ravelry if you are interested in helping knit or crochet items or starting your own group of SFTH knitters and crocheters in your area.  Please help spread the word!

I hope you will look for ways to celebrate the wonderful community of charity knitting and crochet. Open your heart and mind to receiving the gift of creative giving.  For those of you who already have, you know what I’m talkin’ ’bout.

Have a wonder filled week.

Margaret (enjoying the chance to begin again today)

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