Sunday, August 21, 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

Intoducing Huggable Henry Knit Bear

Last Summer, I was recovering from losing my beloved dog, Sam.  As always, I turned to my knitting.  I decided to design and knit a 5 inch bear.  These are the original knit bears.

I decided that Henry had a message to share so I came up with
 "Hug me tight, everything will be alright."

Over the course of the winter, I developed a children's story that tells the story of the people that Henry meets and offers a Hug so that they will feel alright.  Before long, I began my search for an illustrator and discovered Rebecca Tierney.  Her artwork brought Henry's story to life.

My next step was to find a self publishing company that I wanted to work with.  After much research, I found one that I believe is the right fit for my project.

So the next step is to raise the funds to have Henry's story and the knitting pattern published.  The knitting pattern will be at the end of the paperback story book.  I hope it will become a favorite of both children and adults.

Here's the cover of the book.  Along with the link to my Kickstarter campaign.  

Huggable Henry (c) Debbie Trainor 2016

I'd love to hear from you and hope that you'll love this project and support the publication.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Must haves for my New Studio

In the next few months, I'll be moving into a new knitting and sewing studio space.  I've been busy using Pinterest and searching the web for ideas.  Here's a few must haves from my Pinterest Boards

Sewing Machine Table from Wayfair

Found it at Wayfair - Sewing Underseat Storage Side Chair:
Sewing Chair from Wayfair

TV tray to ironing board--- just saw a bunch of TV trays at the surplus place. And I really need an ironing board since I have no dryer!:

And this is just for sewing.  Now I need to start searching for yarn storage ideas, bookcases for my patterns and books, and a nice comfy chair to sit in while I knit.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bridal Shower uses Knit Dress Dishcloth

A friend of mine has been very busy preparing for her daughter wedding and bridal shower.  She's a big fan of my knitting pattern collection Dress Dishcloths and decided that the Wedding Day Dress Dishcloth would be ideal as a favor for the guests at the Bridal Shower.

She knit more than 70 of them, arranging them in this lovely display.

Each dress is attached to a bottle of Shower Gel named Love and Sunshine.  How perfect for a Bridal Shower.  Then she attached the place card for each guest with the ribbon.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Knitting a Moment of Peace

The end of March brought major changes in my family.  The chaos that change often creates is really stressful and so I reached for my knitting.  As soon as I could find a few moments for myself, I visited the beach and sat quietly with some simple garter stitch dishcloths.

What is it about knitting dishcloths that bring such about such a calm state of mind?

I've been knitting lots of them in the last few months and I'll be ready for my Fall Craft Fair season.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A Special Project for Dishcloth Dresses

Recently I was contacted by a fellow Ravelry member from Pennsylvania about a special project that her group was knitting for Meals on Wheels.  The dishcloth dresses are added to the recipients tray as a special gift on their birthday.

Here's a few photos that she sent me.

 I love the charms that they've added to make them extra special.

The charms are actually stick pins that can be removed when the dress is used as a dishcloth.

 There are about 12 women actively working on them but there are 20 members in the group.  We call ourselves Saucon Knit Works and mainly knit for charity.  

Their main focus is on hats, gloves & scarves for underprivileged/needy children. Some of the charities that they support are:
Mary’s Shelter- homeless pregnant women
Mercy School for Special Learning-special needs children
The Boys and Girls Club of Allentown-several of our members teach knitting there after school once a week
The Children’s Home of Easton-orphanage
New Bethany Ministries-shelter for homeless women
Allentown Rescue Mission-shelter for homeless men
Inner City Schools in Allentown and Bethlehem-two of our members know teachers there
Meals On Wheels-washcloths, washcloth dresses and/or mug rugs are their tray the day of their birthday.
St Luke’s Hospice

For more information on this group, please contact me and I'll provide the contact information.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Florida Knitting

As winter settled in to the area, it was time for me to take a break and spend some time in my favorite Florida spot, Vero Beach.  I try to go there at least twice a year but enjoy the winter visit the best.  As always, my knitting accompanies me on my trip.

This trip project was a simple shawl knit with yarn that I purchased at Vogue Knitting Live the week before I left.  I discovered a new yarn company, Apple Tree Knits.  Her yarns are wonderful.  When I saw this skein of yarn that went from yellow, to green, to blue I had to have it.
Here's my shawl so far.

There is a Yarn Shop in Vero Beach called Knitty Gritty and I decided to visit it.  I had been there once before when it first opened.  When I arrived, I discovered that they had moved to a larger space and now had a wonderful selection of yarns, lots of patterns, and many finished items to inspire me.

First I found this lovely Universal Yarn Bamboo Blooms Handpainted.  They had a simple ribbed cowl made up.  I just love the colors of this yarn.  It will knit up quickly on Size 9-11 needles.

They had so many other wonderful samples and when I saw the sample of Leftie by Martina Behm, I decided to purchase the white yarn for that too. I had some lovely sock yarn at home for the stripes. Leftie is on Ravelry and I've admired it many times.  Here's what I knit so far.  I decided to eliminate of the leaves.  They are too fussy for my taste.

So I now have knitting memories of this trip along with memories of beautiful weather and the sound of the ocean waves.  Here's a few of my favorite pictures of the trip.

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