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Knit Your Holiday Gifts

Welcome Knitters & Crocheters,

Did you know that Christmas is ONLY 177 days away? I know, right?

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Have you thought about what your gift list looks like? Have you thought maybe a Knit along with me might be fun? I’m sure you haven’t. But, it promises to be so much fun!

If so, please join me over on my Facebook Page where you will receive Free, Paid for, and recommended dishcloth patterns, that will help you get a jump start on your Holiday knitting. I have a fun prize package (it may even include on of my books *smiling*) for the one that knits the most dishcloths in the month. Fun, huh?

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Dishcloth Diva 

Your to-list, as well as mine, is to make a list of those people that enjoy receiving a creative gift. As we all know, not all recipients appreciate a hand-made gift. And, that’s ok, right? Be thoughtful in your list. It may even be fun to add some natural hand cream to your cotton dishcloth as a gift. That’s always a great addition.

Have a fun-filled weekend knitting your first dishcloth pattern of the month. It can be found here. Yes, it’s mine. 🙂 And I made it available for free for liking my page.

Knit On!

~Deb

 

 

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What are you passionate about?

I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling ~Fabienne Fredrickson

Fear and discomfort can paralyze you unless you choose to lean into your passion. When opportunity knocks, you are tempted to answer, right? Opening that door will be scary, will make your palms sweat, but may ultimately push you toward what you’ve been ignoring.

The things you are passionate about are actually your calling. When I decided to write my first book, I couldn’t help but wonder if I really knew enough about creating knitting patterns. Would people be able to follow along? Would I lose them? Would they love my style?

I realized that I DID know what I was doing. I WAS doing it. I had (still have) a successful Etsy shop, my blog had (still has) a strong following, I was doing interviews with successful creatives, and working my life was full.

My passion was my calling and I believe, to this day it still is. My books, Dishcloth Diva and Dishcloth Diva Knits On, are still going strong. They are found on Amazon, and will be added to my Etsy shop where my fans of my patterns can have them, as well.

I’ve recently tried a new adventure. Real Estate. For those that know me, and those that are just getting to know me, know that I’m realistic, emotional, passionate, sociable, grounded, adapt well to a situation, outgoing, though far removed from the “typical” real estate professional.

Oh, I wanted to be the best real estate agent in the worst way. I would spend the day at the office, look at properties online, send out handwritten notecards. People often ask me, why did you get into real estate? Well, my answer is always the same…HGTV.

#thestruggleisreal

the struggle is real

I love the glamour side of showing a buyer a property, helping the seller get to the point to be able to list their home. But, what others don’t show/tell is the other side of real estate. The scary contracts, the negotiating and more negotiating, knowing your role, feeling a sense of concern for your sellers/buyers when it’s not going so well, being accused of putting words of others in their mouth, being so stressed out that my body struggles to stay well, and most importantly, for me, is challenge in making everyone happy. Because, as we know, that is utterly impossible.

The emotional side to all this is real. It’s a hard job. No, I’m not afraid of hard work, but honestly, the older I get the more I realize it’s on my terms. I come from a hospice nursing background where my job was to console and educate families losing loved ones.

Why do I mention that? That’s who I am. Whether I want to challenge that or not. I love who I am. I love the person I’ve become as I’ve gotten older. I just don’t love being stressed over something that’s not in my control.

Well, nothing is actually. 🙂

Today was an eye opener for me. I’m not sure where it came from, but it came through pretty loud this morning. I’m not about to ignore it.

Blogging is my passion; it’s something I’ve neglected because of the recent job shift. I’m about to find a way to take this passion of writing and put it into something that will help others see their passion, live through mine, and be a part of a community that feeds into a creative side.

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Because that’s what’s important, right? And, the reason you follow me here. Thanks for that!

What’s next, Deb, you’re probably wondering? Please stay tuned and find out. I’m sure it will be creative and involve a lot of knitting and writing.

So, for now, friends, decide what you’re passionate about. It may just be your calling.

Hugs,

Deb

 

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How I make my "Plain Jane" Dishcloth Pattern

It’s no secret, this is an easy pattern.

Other words that might describe it are: nothing to it, plain, piece of cake, easily done, no sweat, straight-forward, among others.

I’ve had this listed in my Ravelry shop for quite some time. It gets a lot of attention, but I thought this would be a fun way to hear Plain Jane’s story…

As a new beginner, well, to designing anyway, the only two stitches I knew were knit and purl. Pretty simple. I found that when you purled on the wrong side, it had that smooth finish on the right side. So, I added a border to the bottom and sides, and there began my introduction into designing.

I’ve created this pattern to have a finished measurement of 9″ x 9″. However, this pattern can easily be made smaller or larger depending on your project, your needs. The only thing to keep in mind when doing this is, on the WS row, just make sure to knit the first 3 stitches, and the last 3 stitches, then purl everything else in the middle. That’s it! So cast on as many stitches as you want.

I hope you enjoy this simple pattern. There are so many things that can be created from it. I’ll name a few, but I do hope you’ll have your own ideas and share them with me.

Fun Ideas for your single square dishcloth

~ make 16 of these beautiful squares in a soft merino, or superwash wool. Sew them all together for a blanket. How about making your very own checker board. Fun, huh?

~ Fingerless gloves – make the square, fold it in half leaving just enough space for your thumb to go through and seam the two sides together.

~ Pot Holder – Knit the square using a thick wool, maybe even using 2 strands held together, then FELT.

Plain Jane Dishcloth Pattern
by Deb Buckingham/Dishcloth Diva

Abbreviations
K-knit
P-purl
BO-bind off
CO-cast on

Materials
1 skein of your favorite cotton yarn-I used Sugar and Cream
US #7 straight needle
Yarn needle
Scissors
Tape measure for measuring finished item

Gauge
4 stitches = 1 inch

Pattern Instructions
CO 36 stitches

Knit 4 rows

Row 1 (WS): K3, P30, K3
Row 2: Knit all stitches

Repeat this 2-row pattern for a total of 24 times.

Knit 3 rows

Finishing
Bind off all stitches and weave in all ends.

THATS IT!



Have fun, be creative, and most of all,

KNIT ON!
Deb

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Knitting For the Season

Don’t you love this time of year. It’s the season where we begin to dig out our handknits, to include hats. It’s the time where the leaves are beginning to fall, the temps are dropping just a bit, and the days are shorter.

My latest design is spectacular. Well, I’m told that anyway. I have this thing with creating a simple design that the beginner will enjoy knitting on, as well as a design that the advanced knitter can have done in just a couple hours times.

The Abby Hat.

A great gift idea! From Grandma/Grandpa to mom/dad, to sister/brother/ to just about anyone. This hat has 3 sizes to choose from. Small, Medium, and Large.

I believe hats are the in thing right now. This one is slightly slouched through the crown so it doesn’t feel as though circulation is being cut off. It’s knit with a bulky weight yarn.

I took a dishcloth pattern, my favorite rolled brim, and combined them to make this adorable hat. I’m pretty sure Abby will be your favorite go-to hat pattern. Fashionable, simple, yet sophisticated; a great hat to put on while walking the pup.

I’d love for you to head over to my Etsy Shop where you can read all the sorted details. You will also find several more fun hats there. 

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

Deb

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How do I count thee (Knitting) ways

I’m so blessed to be able to attend so many knitting group during the week. I mean, who wouldn’t like to get away for a few hours, enjoy wine, coffee, dessert, dinner, and great company?

I look forward to these groups whether it’s Monday morning, Monday evening, Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning, or every other Friday morning, my calendar is filled.

Monday Evening lovely ladies & baby

Sweet baby girl just wasn’t having the sock monkey hat (hence, the blurry photo)- Monday Evening group
Hannah sporting her cowl-Monday evening group
Nadia sporting her very cute hat-Monday evening group
Yarn Crawl September 2012

The yarn crawl was fun back in September. I got to drive. “Sure no problem, I’ll drive.” I said. The car kept going and going up the mountain, and going up the mountain. “It’s just west of Denver.” They tell me. We kept going and going. If you know me at all, I’m a horrible traveler, unless I’m a passenger in the car, knitting. I guess our little drive to “just west of Denver,” took a bit longer.

Priceless! And YES, we got Lots of it!

Cute little shop tucked away in a shopping center

The perfect Lantern Moon find.
My girls!
Stopping off at the coffee shop on our return, I couldn’t leave without this. Right?

But all the whining aside, we had a fun time.

More pictures of my lovely knitting friends coming in future blog posts. I just can’t count the ways…there are so many of them.

So, as I always say,

Knit On!

Deb
 


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Write with Passion (and Knit)

The minute I sat down to write this post, every cotton-pickin’ thought I had just ran for the open window.

No, this isn’t really what happened, it’s the story starter to a romance novel that continues to roll around in that head of mine. She’s a writer and a knitter. Brilliant, huh? She struggles with blogging. 
Sound familiar?

Everyone who blogs struggles with content, or at least some do. My character sure does. She’s a romantic at heart, finds much comfort through knitting, and writes about the oddest things. She can’t find a boyfriend to save her life, and has a corgi she talks to like a human being.

Poor girl.
Details later.
So, as I always say,
Knit On! (or in this case, Write On!)

Deb

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10 Reasons Why I Hang with my Bitch ‘n Knit Girls

Isn’t it fun to figure out 10 reasons (funny or not) why you do what you do? I’ll list mine, then I’d love to read your #1 reason…let’s go!
Top 10 reasons why I hang with my bitch ‘n knit girls:



10 – they allow me to be ME.

9 – are good for my self esteem, “Hey, Deb is here!”
8 – enable me when it comes to purchasing yarn I really don’t need, “You know you want it.”
7 – plan my upcoming book signings like I’m the next biggest author in the knitting world.
6 – listen when I need to b*#ch about something, (Umm…it is called bitch ‘n knit.)
5 – make me smile when someone mentions wanting to knit a dishcloth out of ACRYLIC yarn.
4 – call me the “bling girl.”
3 – to give me something to write about in my blog.
2 – to allow me a quick shot when I’m in the mood to shoot something (with a camera, silly.)

And the #1 reason I hang with my bitch ‘n knit girls is –  I love the friendships that have formed, the projects we have shared, and the community efforts we get involved with. I love how they are willing to help me with my thoughts or perhaps walk me through a difficult pattern. My girls are the best! 
 
Stay tuned every Tuesday where I share top ten reasons for all things fiber related.
As I always say,
Knit on!
Deb


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WIP Wednesday

Seems like the perfect thing for today. There is always something this hasn’t been finished. There’s not a day that goes by that a project is waiting to be completed.

In this case? A dishcloth set…

Dishcloth are (obviously) my thing. This particular one will go into my Etsy shop, in the “front window”, for everyone to see. It’s bright lemony colorway lends itself to sunshine, lemon pies, and summertime. 
Happy Wednesday to all my fabulous friends!
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What’s New?

…glad you asked! Is there such a thing as having too many projects on individual needles? Whew…I’m glad, because I currently have 6 different projects going. There’s always another project I’m SUPER anxious to start.

Hexipuffs for Beekeeper’s Quilt

With that said, the most fun project I’ve recently encountered is the “BeeKeeper’s Quilt”. No, it’s not made with fabric, its made with tiny hexagon shaped knitted puffs that are sewn together to form a “quilt.” Quite addicting. The challenge was casting on with 2 needles then working in the round with those same 2 needles. I know, blah…blah…blah…if you’re not a knitter, but if you are, well, I’d definitely check it out.

Wanderer Cap
Harriet Hat
Soft as a Cloud (in baby blue color)

My ex-son-in-law has asked me to make him a ski hat…of course, I never turn down an opportunity to make a ski hat. And my granddaughter and her friend need big sister hats (the Harriet Hat) as they will be expecting their new baby brother soon (did I forget to mention, baby got a new hat too?) Soft as a Cloud hat in baby blue. Oh, and an Etsy order arrived needing my attention; a set of dishcloths.

Mercerized cotton dishcloths

 Okay, think I better get to work!

As I always say,

Knit on, my friends.

Deb

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Knit-A-Long…It’s near

i’m so excited.

been busy getting the posting ready here on this blog. you can expect youtube videos to guide you and pictures to show you what’s needed. i promise, i won’t lead you astray. i have also created a flickr group to keep connected.

too fun!

hope you’ll join me here next tuesday, october 11 for day 1 of my knit-a-long.

as I always say,

knit on,

deb