TNNANews

Hope everyone is enjoying a nice Summer weekend.

Just a quick post to share that I’m excited about being a contributor to the revamped digital TNNANews for The National Needlearts Association (TNNA)!

TNNA is a professional organization representing the needlearts industry in all of its forms across various handcrafting disciplines: knitting, crochet, needlepoint and cross stitch, weaving, and so on. Its mission is to encourage the growth of the industry through education, industry meetings, and marketplaces where members can do business with each other.

As a contributor, I’ll be educating members on legal-type topics that can advance their business interests. To start, I will be dedicating a series of posts to a topic that the entire membership can learn more about: contracts! Whether you’re a pattern designer, a craft store, or a craft company, I hope that all of the readers can take away some valuable tips and lessons from this series. And if you’re a TNNA member, please spread the word and share your questions and experiences!

The link to the full article is here, but, since TNNA is a professional organization, the caveat is that you do need to be a TNNA member to read it. Want to learn more about becoming a member? Then just click here!

Take care and happy knitting,
xoxo Danielle

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It seems like just yesterday that I was posting on this blog to welcome our first child, Jackson.  But it was already 2.5 years ago.  And now I can’t believe that I’m posting again to welcome our second child, named after two great-grandmothers and one grandmother!

Meet Nina Corinne, born on 6/25/17:

As with Jackson, she is healthy and wonderful in every way, and our little family is over the moon with happiness and gratitude at her safe arrival.

It’s going to be a hectic and exciting Summer, but I wish you many sunny, warm, and wonderful moments with your families (and your knitting!)

Xoxo Danielle

two years old

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2016 is drawing to a close and, once again, December 13th marks our favorite milestone of the year.

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(fake candle, don’t worry)

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Happiest of 2nd birthdays to my sweet, feisty, endlessly curious, blue-eyed boy. You make everything more exciting, more challenging, and more special. And you are the light in every one of my days.

His birthday sweater is Flax, knit in Millamia Naturally Soft Aran (colorways “Denim,” “Ivory,” and “Ochre”), in the 2-4 year size with a shorter body and sleeves. 🙂

We wish you a holiday season filled with family, fun, and renewal. Happy holidays, all!
xoxo Danielle

2016 indie design gift-a-long

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Howdy, everyone! I’m happy to say that I’m participating again in this year’s Indie Designer Gift-A-Long!

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 6-week knit-a-long and crochet-a-long of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by hundreds of independent designers. From November 22nd at 8pm (EST) through November 30th at 11:59 pm (EST), the participating designers will be discounting some of their knitting or crochet patterns at 25%.

This is a great way to pick up a knitting or crochet pattern you’ve had your eye on, or discover a new designer and some great new patterns. The Gift-A-Long is also a wonderful way to promote and support independent designers everywhere during this holiday season.

There are numerous knit-a-longs (KALs) and crochet-a-longs (CALs) to participate in as a crafter, as well as prizes of all sorts that are given out! The Gift-A-Long KAL/CALs will run from November 22 through December 31, 2016. To find out more about all of the designers that are participating, as well as all of the KAL/CAL/prize details, please visit the Ravelry page devoted to the Gift-A-Long HERE.

I decided to expand my offerings in the Gift-A-Long this year to give knitters a variety of options – both quick gift projects and selfish/leisurely larger projects.

Here’s a fun collage that I made up of my patterns that are included in the sale:

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To get the 25% discount, just purchase one or more of these patterns directly from my Ravelry shop between 8 pm US EST on Tuesday, November 22nd and 11:59 pm on Wednesday, November 30th, using the coupon code giftalong2016 at checkout.

Then join one of the KAL/CAL threads on Ravelry and away you go!

Here’s to a fun and productive season of knitting and crocheting!
xoxo Danielle

Rhinebeck 2016 Sale!

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It’s Autumn again….time for apples, “punkins” (Jackson has been loving the frequent trips to the local pumpkin patches), and Rhinebeck!

The weather forecast for this coming weekend is perfect and so we’ll be happily wending our way to the NY Sheep and Wool Festival on Saturday to pet the animals (and the yarns!).

To celebrate this high point of the knitting season, my annual Rhinebeck pattern sale has begun!

From now until midnight EDT on Monday 10/17/16, get 25% off ALL Makewise Designs patterns.

Just use the coupon code rhinebeck when you check out.

Happy knitting and Happy Rhinebeck! 🙂
xoxo Danielle

then and now

Boy, has this been a hot summer! But we have been making the most of it, spending it outdoors by the paddling pool or near the beach. Every day has a new adventure in store when seen through the eyes of a toddler!

Thought I’d pop in to share a fun photo “then and now” of Jackson. I love doing these, so please forgive me haha 🙂

Jackson has one of those red, plastic “Cozy Coupe” cars that is big enough to ride in. I snapped a picture of him riding in it back when he was 12 months old (on Christmas Day, actually). He was bundled up in a jacket and his legs were covered by a blanket in the base of the car:

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And today, I snapped a new picture of him, at 19 months old, as he was steering it himself in his bathing suit (with his feet through the floor of the car) and giving me his best “serious” face:

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What a difference seven months makes! We are trying to enjoy each moment with our little guy as it arrives, because the moment also passes so quickly.

I hope that you’re all enjoying the weekend. I’m also working on a new knitting design, and hoping to make more headway in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

xoxo Danielle

patternfish

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Patternfish is a great online resource for buying knitting, crochet, and weaving patterns. It’s very easy to navigate, with a huge selection of patterns for every skill level and every style.

And I just found out that I have been featured as one of the new designers in their latest newsletter! Here’s the link to the newsletter, which is chock-full of other newly-added designers, seasonally-appropriate patterns, and interviews that you’ll want to check out.

In case you want to skip straight to my collection with Patternfish, just click this link instead. You’ll also find a button in my blog sidebar that will lead you to the same place.

Thanks very much to Gayle Clow and all of the folks at Patternfish for such a warm welcome!

Happy 4th of July!
xoxo Danielle

the vagaries of gauge….

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Hi all and happy Summer!

I hope that you had a lovely Spring and are looking forward to some warm sunshine and green grass for the next few months. Time is certainly flying here and we are loving the process of watching Jackson grow and change right before our eyes.

I’ve been meaning to share a quick post on the subject of gauge for a while and, well, today’s the day!

Backstory: I visited my mom a few months ago and, during our visit, we crocheted some potholders. I love having these in the kitchen because they’re sturdy, safe, and machine-washable. If you’re interested in making some, here’s the pattern that we used. I had located some great variegated colors of Lily Sugar ‘n Creamyarn, a 100% cotton yarn perfect for this project.

None of this sounds very exciting, does it? Well, hang on. I followed the pattern, and sized up one hook because I crochet tightly (probably because I’m not a very confident crocheter. Or because I just need to relax haha). Here’s my finished potholder:

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Cute, right?

My mom used the same yarn, the same pattern, and the same number of stitches. She even used a smaller hook than me because she’s a VERY good crocheter, having decades of experience under her belt. Here’s her finished potholder:

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Also cute!

But the eagle-eyed among you will see where I’m going with this. Here are our potholders, side by side, with mine on the left:

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That’s right. These two beauties are completely different in size.

Crazy, right?! We had a very good laugh about the outcome and, luckily, the relative sizes of the two potholders wasn’t all that important.

Note to self: let this be a lesson to ALWAYS CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Even if you really really really really just want to get your project started!

Happy early weekend and happy early 4th of July!
xoxo Danielle

Mad May Sale!

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It doesn’t really feel like May here today, but no matter!

With the return of May, you knitters know what that means: the annual Madelinetosh MadMay party over on Ravelry!

To celebrate, use the coupon code madmay2016 in my Ravelry Pattern Store and get 20% off any of my self-published patterns through Sunday, May 15th, at midnight EDT!

Here are just a few of my designs featuring this great Texas yarn company, including:

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Jackson’s Blanket

Augusta

Zuni

Avian

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and Sugarplums

Happy Knitting!
xoxo Danielle

an anniversary and a facelift

Or, should I say, a blog-iversary!

This little blog turned five years old last week, and while I don’t post as frequently as I used to, I still love having a space to share my creative work. And I hope that you have enjoyed reading the posts as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

To celebrate the milestone, I’ve given the blog a bit of a facelift: a new blog header! I know how much you all loved looking at Coco wrapped up in my Augusta Shawl pattern, but it was high time (past time) for a new header that better reflects my blog and my designs in a more professional manner.

Thank goodness for the graphic design talents of my good friend, Elizabeth Green Musselman of Stitch Definition. She dreamed up the header that you see above, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out.

Here’s to five more inspired years!
Have a great week,
xoxo Danielle