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6 years (and counting!)

Can you believe it? (I can’t!)  On the Needles has been chugging along for 6 years!IMG_1286It’s been a long time since my first “Hello World”, my life has changed significantly, and I’ve learned so much, both about knitting and writing (and writing about knitting).  I’ve written dozens of patterns and grown in my confidence as a designer.  I’ve made a whole stack of sweaters (my entire family is very warm these days).

I just wanted to say thank you to all my readers (and knitters), if it weren’t for you, I would probably be doing something very different with my life.  I’d still be knitting, sure, but it certainly wouldn’t be my “day job” (something that I never would have anticipated before starting this blog).

So, thank you!  And thank you for putting up with the slower post schedule- that 3-day-a-week schedule was fine when I was just me, but some weeks it’s hard to get out a single post, now that I have a kid (that for some reason wants my attention!).  And, get ready- because I’ve got a bunch of patterns in the pipeline that will be coming out over the next few months.  I’m really proud of them, and I think you’ll like them, too!

Here’s to another year!

I’m Three!

It’s official!  On the Needles is out of its terrible twos!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s been three years of three-days-a-week blogging, sharing patterns and writing in excessive detail about the fluffiness of yarns and the drape of knit fabric.  Thanks so much for coming along with me on this adventure, I really appreciate every single hit and “favorite” and I love hearing about everyone who tries one of my patterns!

Speaking of patterns!  I just checked over on Ravelry, and apparently I’ve published 44 patterns-  that’s more than one pattern every month since I began this whole knitting-as-a-job thing!  And, I’ve been included in 5 pattern collections from KnitPicks!  (And there are more in the works!)

I absolutely love sharing my favorite activity with you guys, and I’m constantly surprised when people actually show up to read what I write!  So, thank you for reading (and knitting)!  Here’s to 3 more years!

With a Bow on Top

It seems like everyone I know is having a birthday this month.  (Except for me.  Wah wah.)  And a rash of birthdays means one thing for knitters like me and you; lots of gift knitting.  My go-to knit gift for anyone over the age of 15 is a pair of hand-knit socks.  They’re (relatively) quick, small enough that you don’t have to spend your entire food budget on the yarn, and totally customizable.   And, of course, they’re fun to make, and always well-received.

Now, you could just wrap up your socks in wrapping paper, or stuff them in a gift bag, but where’s the DIY spirit in that?

My favorite way to package hand knit socks is in one of those little half-pint berry containers that you get from the grocery store.  Have you ever realized that they’re the perfect size to fit a pair of socks*.  These are made from recycled paper, but you can find plastic ones, too, sometimes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI roll up a pair of socks, and put them in the berry container, and take a little bit of pretty contrasting ribbon or yarn and tie a nice bow.  It’s that easy to make a perfect little gift charming enough that even Martha Stewart would approve.

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*They would fit a pair of mittens, a hat, washcloth or other small accessory well, too.  I just have a thing for socks.

Happy Birthday to On the Needles!

It’s been a whole year since my first “Hello World” Post!  How about that?  I’m pretty pleased with how this blog’s grown, and I hope you are, too.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn numbers (because I’m a nerd), here’s our year together:

I’ve published 156 posts.

We’ve chatted with 186 comments.

Almost 100 of you visit this site every day. (This blows my mind… I don’t think I even know 100 people in real life!)

I’ve written 17 patterns this year.

The most popular pattern is my Socks by the Numbers, which you have cast on 52 times (according to Ravelry).

Basically this means that I’m having a really great time working on this blog with you guys.  And, I hope you’re enjoying it, too.  I’ve got plans for more awesome next year (and the year after that, and the year after that), but let me know if there is anything else you’d be interested in seeing.

Here’s to another fantastic year of knitting and blogging!

 

Inspiration: Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Also, happy Allison’s birthday!

When I was a kid, it was extra exciting when my birthday landed on MLK day, because it meant that I got a day off school especially for my birthday.  As a grown-up, it’s less exciting since my routine doesn’t really change.

But, it’s still my birthday, so let’s have some birthday cake!

Birthday Cake Cowl by Christina WallIMG_3205_medium2[1]

tiny rainbow cake slice by Trish Young

rainbow_cake_2_medium[1]Cupcake Mittens by SpillyJane

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