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Double Finger Knitting Instructions for Children

Posted by Kyle Design on November 11, 2013

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Directions for Advanced Finger Knitting with Two Yarns

knitting_slipknotLearn to finger knit with two or more colors. Double finger knitting is a variation of simple finger knitting that creates a wider, fuller finished product. It is still quite easy to learn making it a great craft for kids. It requires no tools except for your hands or possibly a pair of scissors, and the only supplies needed are two balls of yarn and your hands. This fun craft allows you to quickly make a beautiful belt, scarf, handbag strap or headband for yourself or as a gift. Here’s how to get started:

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begin_finger_knittingFingerknitting – Step 1: Casting On

Start with two balls of yarn. For texture and variation, use two different types of yarn. To get an idea what they will look like when knitted together, hold both yarns together and wrap around your hand a few times. (Note: You can also follow these same instructions using three or four yarns as well.) Line up the end of both yarns and holding loosely together make a slipknot and secure on thumb. With palm facing front, begin looping yarns from the back of the hand behind index finger around to palm side and back then move on to middle finger, ring and pinkie fingers.

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loop_over_fingersStep 2: Loop on Second Row

Loop yarns from the back of the hand behind index finger around to palm side and back, moving on to middle finger, ring and pinkie fingers.

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yarn_half_hitchStep 3: Create Second Set of Loops

Once you reach the pinkie, wrap yarns around pinkie twice and continue back across the fingers again until you have two sets of loops on each of the four fingers. Secure end of yarns on thumb with a simple half hitch loop.

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lift_yarns_overStep 4: Begin Knitting

To begin finger knitting, lift bottom set of loops on pinkie finger up and over top set if loops and pull to back side of finger. Continue with the other three fingers until there is a single set of loops on each. Note: On index finger, be sure to work with the set of loops closest to the thumb.

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poke_pencilStep 5: How to Remove Knitting

If you need to stop knitting temporarily, you can easily remove the knitting from the fingers by pushing a pencil, paintbrush or chopstick through the loops and then lifting them off. Just set knitting aside.

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save_knitting_laterStep 6: Take a Break

Set knitting aside until ready to start again. When ready to begin knitting again, simply slip your fingers back through each of the loops and remove pencil.

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finger_knitting_lengthStep 7: Adding Rows

Add another row of yarn, looping around each finger from the back around to the front until each finger again has two loops. At this point, the last loop is on the pinkie with the ball of yarn coming away from it. Knit as before, starting with the index finger and pulling bottom loops over top loops. Continue adding a row of the yarn set and knitting back and forth across the fingers until the desired length is achieved. Once you’ve knitted a few rows, it is safe to drop the starter loop of yarn being held on the thumb as knitting won’t unravel from that end.
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cut_yarn_long_tailStep 8: Casting Off

When you are finished knitting and are ready to cast off, cut or break yarn ends leaving about a 10″ long tail. Take the ends of the yarn and push these tails through the loops on each finger to prevent them from unraveling. It will then be safe to remove your fingers.

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tie_off_finger_knittingStep 9: Work In Tails

Tie a final knot at the last set of loops. Finish off each end of the knitting by taking the long end of yarn and working it back up through the knitting to hide, trimming off if necessary. Gently adjust tension and length, and avoid pulling too tightly unless you would like the knitting to come to a point (when planning to add puff ball).

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final_knotStep 10: Finishing Touches

An example of the finished length of double fingerknit yarn. To create a puffed ball end, cut 10 or 12 lengths of yarn (or more, depending on yarn bulk) about 6″ long. Tightly tie together in the center, and then tie onto end of scarf.

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Tips for Best Results at Finger Knitting

tip-kyle-design.jpgTip: Using Your Thumb Finger knitting can be done with or without the thumb, but using just index, middle, ring and pinkie fingers will create a narrower finished piece.

tip-kyle-design.jpgTip: Controlling the Tension If you keep your fingers close together, you will achieve a tighter knit. If you keep your fingers spread widely, it will recreate a more open knit. The thumb can be included in the pattern if you would like a wider finished product.

tip-kyle-design.jpgTip: Making a Wider Scarf To make a wider scarf, finger knit two or three sections of equal lengths, and then use a crochet hook or children’s large plastic embroidery needle to stitch together. If you alternate the colors you can create a striking striped pattern.

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Surprise someone who knits with a keepsake knitting ornament – personalize it with their favorite color and a custom engraving.

Or, check out Kyle Design’s line of unique gifts for knitters.

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Finger Knitting Instructions for Kids & Adults

Posted by Kyle Design on November 11, 2013

Finger Knitting by Kyle Design

Have Fun with Crafts for Kids with these Easy Finger Knitting Directions

Finger KnittingLearn to finger knit with these clear photos and instructions:

info-craft-for-kids-kyle-design.jpgEasy Craft for Kids Finger knitting is a wonderful craft for kids because it requires no tools except for your hands. Create beautiful knit scarfs, belts, purse straps and headbands using these easy to follow instructions for finger knitting.

This photo shows Parker finger knitting. She usually finger knits scarfs by combining two contrasting textures with related colors to create a slightly looser, fluffier look. The end result is a beautiful finger knit scarf that is very soft with wonderful texture. (Parker is Kyle’s eldest daughter.)

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slip_knot_startGet Started with Fingerknitting

Step 1: Cast On

Supplies Needed: Fluffy yarn and your hands. Start with a ball of yarn. Make a slipknot and secure on thumb. With palm facing front, begin looping yarn from the back of the hand behind index finger around to palm side and back then move on to middle finger, ring and pinkie fingers.

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double_loopsStep 2: Loop onto All Fingers

Loop yarn from the back of the hand behind index finger around to palm side and back, moving on to middle finger, ring and pinkie fingers.

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secure_with_half_hitchStep 3: Create 2nd Set of Loops

Once you reach the pinkie, wrap yarn around it twice and continue back across the fingers again until you have two loops on each of the four fingers. Secure end of yarn on thumb with a simple half hitch loop. Wrap yarn around pinkie twice, continue back across the fingers again until you have two loops on each of the four fingers. Secure end of yarn on thumb with a simple half hitch loop.

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pull_loops_overStep 4: Begin To Knit

To begin finger knitting, lift bottom loop on pinkie finger up and over top loop and pull to back side of finger. Continue with the other three fingers until there is a single loop on each. Note: On index finger, be sure to work with the set of loops closest to the thumb.

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finger_knit_lengthStep 5: Add Another Row of Yarn

Add another row of yarn, looping around each finger from the back to the front until each finger again has two loops. At this point, the last loop is on the pinkie with the ball of yarn coming away from it. Knit as before, starting with the index finger and pulling bottom loops over top loops. Continue adding a row of yarn and knitting back and forth across the fingers until the desired length is achieved. Once you’ve knitted a few rows, it is safe to drop the starter loop of yarn being held on the thumb as knitting won’t unravel from that end.

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poke_paintbrushStep 6: How to Take Knitting Off Hand

Need to stop temporarily? If you need to take a break, you can easily remove the knitting from the fingers by pushing a pencil, paintbrush or chopstick through the loops and then lifting them off. Just set knitting aside. When ready to begin knitting again, simply slip your fingers back through each of the loops and remove pencil.

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set_aside_knittingStep 7: Stop and Take a Break

Set fingerknitting aside until ready to start again.

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pull_knitting_yarnStep 8: Cast Off

When finished knitting, cut or break yarn leaving about a 10″ long tail. Take the end of the yarn and push it through the loop nearest the end, then loop lift loop off finger. Repeat for each of the other loops. Gently adjust tension and length, and avoid pulling too tightly unless you would like the knitting to come to a point (when planning to add puff ball).

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final_knot_trimStep 9: Tie Off Ends

Tie a final knot at the last loop. On starting end, tie off beginning length of yarn that had been held in place on thumb.

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finished_knittingStep 10: Work In Ends

Take long end of yarn & work it back up through the knitting to hide. Trim if necessary.

If desired, you can add a puffed finished end. Cut 10 or 12 lengths of yarn (or more, depending on bulk) about 6″ long. Tightly tie together in the center, and then tie onto end of scarf.

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pinkpurpleExample of a finished finger-knitted scarf.

tip-kyle-design.jpgTip: Using Your Thumb  Finger knitting can be done with or without the thumb, but using just index, middle, ring and pinkie fingers will create a narrower finished piece.

tip-kyle-design.jpgTip: Adjusting the Tension  If you keep your fingers close together, you will achieve a tighter knit. If you keep your fingers spread widely, it will recreate a more open knit. The thumb can be included in the pattern if you would like a wider finished product.
tip-kyle-design.jpgTip: Creating a Wider Scarf  To make a wider scarf, finger knit two or three sections of equal lengths, and then use a crochet hook or large kid’s plastic embroidery needle to stitch together. If you alternate colors you can create a striking striped pattern. Fingerknitting (sometimes referred to as finger crocheting) is an excellent way to improve hand-eye coordination.
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knitting_ornamentMemories
Want your children or grandchildren to remember the fun you had learning finger knitting together? Give them a lovely Knitting Christmas Ornament engraved with their names and the year. This beautiful keepsake will be a lasting reminder of your special times that they will cherish forever.
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Knit In Public Day 2010

Posted by Kyle Design on June 11, 2010

Knitters Flask

Great gift for the detailed knitter who hates mistakes – Rip it! Rip it! Ribbit! Ribbit! With a little help from your frog knitting flask, ripping out your mistake might not be as unpleasant

Tomorrow {June 12th} is the 5th annual Knit in Public Day!

I’ve compiled a list of locations in the greater Bay Area that will be participating in this world wide event. To find a location near you visit the WWKIP Day website.

Albany

Hosted by: K2Tog

Location: K2Tog 1325 Solano Avenue at 1:00pm

Hercules

Hosted by: Denise Whitehead

Location: Starbucks, 3700 San Pablo Avenue at 1:00pm

Modesto

Hosted by: The Urban Shop

Location: 1508 10th Street from 10:30am-4:00pm

Knitting Needle Gauge

Our Knitting and Crotchet Guide has inches and metric measurements to count stitches, plus holes to check knitting needle or crochet hook sizes

Morgan Hill

Hosted by: Megpie

Location: Farmer’s Market, Caltrain Station Parking Lot at 11:00am

Novato

Hosted by: Llama Llama Knit

Location: 1202 Grant Avenue at 1:00pm

Santa Rosa

Hosted by: Village Knitters

Location: Montgomery Village on the benches in front of Cafe des Croissants and Starlet at 1:30pm

Sonora

Hosted by: Studio 49 & By Hand Yarn

Knitting Gift Pill Box

Store your pills and vitamins in our distinctive Knitter’s Pill Box

Location: Courthouse Square on Washington St at 10:00am

Walnut Creek

Hosted by: Jeanee and Jeanine Owner of Fashionknit

Location: 675 Ygnacio Valley Road B102 from 10:30am-5:00pm

knitter-earrings

Contemporary knitting needles and yarn earrings

Bring your latest knitting project, as well as your favorites to share. Great opportunity to mingle with fellow knitters, and inspire those who walk by. It’s going to be a hot weekend, so don’t forget lots of water and sunscreen!

For more unique knitting accessories and gifts, try our Knitter’s Measuring Tape, our Eyeglass Case for Knitters, our Knit and Nip Vitamin Case, our Crochet Money Clip, or our Knitting Night Light.

New to knitting? Follow our finger knitting how-to, also great for kids!

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Hey Artsy Smartsy Types! Maker Faire for Creative Tech Arts This Weekend in San Mateo, CA

Posted by Kyle Design on May 30, 2009

The coolest fair ever, the Maker Faire – science masquerading as art, high tech passing as toys, creative solutions to world problems pretending simply to be fun – is this weekend, May 30 and 31, 2009 in San Mateo, CA.

Get yourself a creative business card holder that reflects both hands-on and high functioning.

Get yourself a creative business card holder that reflects both hands-on and high functioning.

Any of you (and your kids) who love crafts, computers, music, making, DIY, tinkering, technology, recycling, building, inventing, collaborating, this is THE place to be. You’ll come away inspired, informed, invigorated and happy. Find suppliers of really unique crafts and tech materials for future projects, websites with cool things to do, and entrepreneurs who have turned hobbies into fun businesses. A “DO NOT MISS” for families.

This year’s theme is Re-Make America, in keeping with President’s Obama‘s  call to action for “the risk takers, the doers, and the makers of things” to help re-invent the USA. This is the fourth annual fair, and in past years things that captured my family’s attention were the crazy parts bikes, the motorized giant cupcake-mobiles, Fiddlesticks bendable fabric building sticks, the computerized elaborate egg decorating machine.

Robot Memory Box in Wood - A creative way to store memories of fun events.

Robot Memory Box in Wood - A creative way to store memories of fun events.

I’ve always loathed the term “artsy fartsy” because it seems intentionally disrespectful to those are trying to do something different. If you never try, you’ll never succeed! So I much prefer the term “artsy smartsy” because it better represents what inventors, designers and artists are all about. It certainly sums up this show. Bright ideas and creative execution. Really smart, funny people who express that humor in their art and technological products. I love being an artist and I LOVE this fair!

The Maker Faire website describes the event as “The ultimate DIY festival – It’s county fair meets science fair meets farmers market meets burning man for families! Maker Faire will showcase individual creativity and grassroots innovation in the largest festival devoted to DIY culture and technology in the country.”

Have a crafts room or workshop? This Building Tools DIY light switch plate is the perfect finishing touch.

Have a crafts room or workshop? This Building Tools DIY light switch plate is the perfect finishing touch.

The fair is open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the San Mateo County Expo Center.

Maker Faire Tips:

Buy your tickets off-site or ahead of time online. The crowds keep growing every year and I can only imagine what it will be like this year. Chronicle story in the paper yesterday about it, too.

Come early – lines are long just to get into the parking lot, let alone the door.

All you black sheep out there who are making a living in an unexpected way, here's a wallet that reflects your independence!

All you black sheep out there who are making a living in an unexpected way, here's a wallet that reflects your independence!

Bring food if you don’t like fried, (keep it in an ice chest in your car). Plus you can, once again, avoid long lines. (Although I am hopeful that there might be more of an emphasis on good food with the suggestion that there will be a Farmers Market.) This fair is so fabulous you will be tempted to starve rather than miss anything waiting in a line somewhere!

Wear a hat: Half the events and projects are outside, although this year it looks like it will be overcast most of the day.

Take a quick peek into each building first: Each building has a different theme and you can get stuck in any one of them for hours, so see which one looks like it is most interesting for you and your kids before getting involved. You WILL run out of time and not be able to see or experience everything.

If you appreciate creative approaches to life, please check out Kyle Design for unique gifts and home decor. We have switch plates, business card holders and practical gifts for those interested in robotics, crafts, science, music and more.

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Livermore Wine Country Festival May 2 and 3 in Charming Downtown Livermore CA

Posted by Kyle Design on May 3, 2009

This weekend is the 18th annual Livermore Wine Country Festival right in beautiful historic downtown Livermore, CA. If you haven’t been to Livermore lately, this is a great opportunity to visit the Livermore Valley Wine Country, do some wine tasting and enjoy the atmosphere. Festival hours are 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday and there will be a lot to see and do for both adults and kids. I’m taking my girls and I’m on my way!

Wine Business Card Holder - For those who know appreciate wine - wine drinkers, vintners, winery owners

Wine Business Card Holder - For those who know appreciate wine - wine drinkers, vintners, winery owners

A Beer Handbag Holder is a must if you are visiting tasting rooms - keeps your purse where you wont forget it.

A Beer Handbag Holder is a must if you are visiting tasting rooms - keeps your purse where you won't forget it.

The festival is being held on First Street between P and Maple, and on Second Street between N and K Streets. The Sunday morning Farmers’ Market will be going on at the same time on Second Street from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., so you can even get in some healthy food shopping while you’re at it.

There will be about 250 arts and crafts vendors, 3 wine tasting stations and locally brewed beer. There are five sponsoring wineries who will be featured at the Premier Wine Pavilion at the Livermore Valley Plaza in front of the Bankhead Theater (First and McLeod Streets): Big White House Winery, Garré Winery, Page Mill Winery, Mitchell Katz Winery, John Christopher Cellars. Local breweries sponsoring this festival include Lagunitas Brewing Company and Schooner’s Brewery.

For the kids there will be games, rides, activities and water fun. There is also a great toy store on J Street called Whoopsiedaisy Toy Shop that always has creative, unusual toys (and they encourage your kids to play with them!). Older kids can check out the 6TwentyOne Skate Shop.

Many people in the S.F. Bay Area are familiar with downtown Livermore from their very popular Downtown Halloween Night when the local businesses hand out candy to all comers. Livermore has completely redone their downtown with wine streets, trellises, fountains. We have the stunning new performing arts center, movie theater, restaurants and businesses. Livermore is really a nice little town to visit, and if you do like touring wineries and checking out wine tasting rooms, there are more than 40 local wineries right here. So you can really make a day of it when you visit!

Kyle Design of Livermore also has many beautiful wine, beer and arts themed gifts. If you’s like to see more of Kyle’s unique items, visit her web site for Kyle Design’s Wine Gifts, Kyle Design’s Beer Gifts, Kyle Design’s Arts Gifts. You’ll find business card holders, flasks, purse hooks, and so much more with artistic, original designs by local Livermore artist Kyle McKeown Mansfield.

Artist Drinking Flask - A stylish way to hold your liquor, wine and beer on a cool afternoon.

Artist Drinking Flask - A stylish way to hold your liquor, wine and beer on a cool afternoon.

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Moms: Earth Day’s Earliest Advocates – And Mothers Didn’t Even Know It!

Posted by Kyle Design on April 22, 2009

Moms have always encouraged us to behave in ways that protect Mother Earth, whether they were conscious of it or not, and Earth Day 2009 is a great time day to reflect a moment on this. Consider if you will these momisms:

Wear a vegetable name badge holder to work so you remember to go green!

Wear a vegetable name badge holder to work so you remember to go green!

Feeling inspired to find new ways to save energy? This light bulb business card holder is great way to keep it on your mind.

Feeling inspired to find new ways to save energy? This light bulb business card holder is great way to keep it on your mind.

Eat Your Vegetables! – Moms have been trying to get us to go green since the beginning of (my) time. Even Thumper in the movie Bambi (1942) quotes his mother. “”Eating greens is a special treat, It makes long ears and great big feet. But it sure is awful stuff to eat.” I made that last part up myself.” I shop locally at the Farmer’s Market here in Livermore, CA, for my greens and fruits the year round. I eat them, too. And ended up with big feet. 😉

Turn Off The Lights! – What household doesn’t ring with the echo of this familiar refrain of moms trying to save money? Turns out it also helps save the world. I tell my own kids that someday they will be sorry they wasted that energy. I can see their little minds calculating the veracity of such statements.

No TV Until You Finish Your Homework! – Yes, distract yourself with activities that don’t require the use of electricity. Maybe that’s not quite what mom meant, but hey, its good for the environment. Play outside! Hide in the dark! Anything to put off getting that homework done until the last minute. By the time you get it done, it’s past your bedtime and there is no need to fire up that big energy-sucking tube.

Hang your backpack on the side of your desk with this Television purse hook and think about your favorite TV show.

Hang your backpack on the side of your desk with this Television purse hook and think about your favorite TV show.

Hurry Up Or You’ll Be Walking To School! – Walking is great for kids. Perhaps they really do want to get that exercise. And maybe it isn’t just that Mom doesn’t want to be late for work. Really she’s trying to get you to burn less fossil fuel. And adding that heavy backpack is the best way to build muscle. Isn’t that what they do it the military during practice exercises? “It’s good for you!” Just want all kids want to hear.

World Refrigerator Magnet Clip - Think about Mother Earth each time you open the fridge.

World Refrigerator Magnet Clip - Think about Mother Earth each time you open the fridge.

But really, being an Earth Day advocate is good for all of us and Mother Earth, too.

Please visit Kyle Design if you’d like to see more of my Gifts for Mom, TV Gifts, Light Bulb Inspirational Gifts, Vegetable Gift Ideas and Earth Gifts where you’ll find unique business card holders, purse hooks, ID badge holders and more.

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Turn a Snail into a Business Card Holder

Posted by Kyle Design on April 18, 2009

Pick the snail that appeals most to you. Green with golden highlights or brown with silver highlights.

Pick the snail that appeals most to you. Green with golden highlights or brown with silver highlights.

You’ve seen those blogs that tell you how to make a business card case out of a cassette tape, recycled circuitboard or Popsicle sticks. But I’ll show you how to make a cool business card holder out of a snail. Yes, a snail. In three easy steps!

1. Snails come in so many different colors if you look carefully. Here are two of my favorites. For this example I narrowed it down to a snail with a beautiful amber shell with silvery highlights or a green snail with golden highlights.

2. I settled on the brown snail for this demonstration. The next step is choosing the right classic metal business card holder. Choices include silver, gold or black. I think the brown snail looks especially nice against the black business card holder, so that’s what I’m going to use. I’ve also chosen the thick business cards holder because it is so practical. The matte black finish really hides dirt, fingerprints and snail guts, plus the deep size lets me hold more business cards and credit cards.

Your snail will make a really cool business card holder.

Your snail will make a really cool business card holder.

3. You want your card case to have a really slim profile, so place the silver and brown snail on the black case and smoosh hard. That’s all it takes to turn a snail into a business card holder. You create the exact look that works for you and everyone can still recognize the snail of the front of your case. These DIY business card holders also make great gifts for Slow Food Nation members, mail carriers or crafty insect-lover types who take their time to do things right!

Difficulty Level: Easy Sheamsy – at Kyle Design

Pick a color, any color! Custom business cards look great in a matching personzalized business card holder.

Pick a color, any color! Custom business cards look great in a matching personzalized business card holder.

At Kyle Design we help you turn any number of animals and insects into business card holders. Better yet, you can create your case for business cards in any color you want, thick or thin, silver or gold, black or not. You design it easily, we make it quickly. Check us out: Kyle Design Business Card Holders.

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Kyle Design’s Tape Measure in Vogue Knitting Magazine

Posted by Kyle Design on September 15, 2008

Vogue Knitting Magazine Fall 2008 - Plus Fun Gifts for Knitters

Vogue Knitting Magazine Fall 2008 - Plus Fun Gifts for Knitters - Click Here

We were quite excited when Vogue Knitting magazine contacted us wanting to use one of our custom tape measures in a feature article about fun measuring tapes. “Yes!” Look for our Knitting Tape Measure on page 9 in the Autumn 2008 edition that features green mittens on the cover.

DIY types always have a tape measure handy - make it a fun one! Check them out here.

DIY types always have a tape measure handy - make it a fun one! Check them out here.

Now, we make our tape measure in over 300 designs, but of course Vogue wanted the knitting pattern. We embellish highly accurate and durable Zippo tape measures with our images to create custom combinations.

Know a knitter who loves red? Or someone who sews who is passionate about purple? (Me, for example.) A photographer who prefers black and white? We can make it! We create the type of gifts where the recipient exclaims, “Where did you EVER find this?! It is the perfect gift!” Online at Kyle Design, that’s where.

Sewing and Embroidery Magnets - Clip a picture of your next project on the fridge - Click here to see more patterns

Sewing and Embroidery Magnets - Clip a Picture of Your Next Project on the Fridge - Click here to see more patterns

BTW, we are the exclusive source for Zippo tape measures because we bought up the last production run after Zippo discontinued making them in December of 2007.

Know someone whose hobby is turning into a business? Our business card holders would be the perfect gift!

Know someone whose hobby is turning into a business? Our business card holders would be the perfect gift! Click here.

With a choice of more than 40 colors, brushed chrome or black Zippo tape measures, and 325+ designs in either brushed silver or polished gold, there are nearly 40,000 possible looks you can create! Just for the tape measures! You can even have it engraved. Isn’t that why you knit in the first place? To get the colors and look that suit you? Check us out if you’re the type where “off the rack” doesn’t cut it.

We have all kinds of cool gift ideas for knitters – knitting guides, flasks, business card holders, jewelry boxes, earrings, and a lot more.

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World Wide Knit in Public Day 2008 – June 14th Bay Area Locations for Fun Event

Posted by Kyle Design on June 10, 2008

Coming up this weekend is the 2008 World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKIP Day) on Saturday June 14th, and I’ve compiled a list of locations in the greater San Francisco Bay Area hosting this growing event.

Purse or Pocket Sized Knitting Flask in PurpleDon’t Forget: Most events are being held outdoors, and it is looking like it will be a hot weekend, so be sure to bring water, hats, sunscreen, folding chairs, blankets, ice chest, snacks or lunch, etc. Most have free bathrooms nearby.

Bring what you’re working on as well as items you’ve finished so you can share your experience with it for other knitters or to give them ideas for good projects to try. If you forget to bring your knitting needles and current project, most stores are open with some giving discounts all day. Otherwise there is always finger knitting, which is a great way to get the little kids started as budding knitters. 🙂

Looking for fun knitter gift ideas? Please check out Unique Knitting Gifts for Knitters.

Berkeley
Hosted by: Knit-One-One and Kim-Chi Crafts
Location: Outside The Knit-One-One Studio and Sweet Adeline Bakeshop, 3360 Adeline Street in Berkeley (one block south of Alcatraz)
Time: 9:30am

Cameron Park
Hosted by: Sierra Knitting Company
Location: 3300 Coach Lane Suite A-3, Cameron Park, CA 95682 Located in Burke Junction
Time: 10:00-8:00

Delicate Knitting Earrings with Knitting Needles and YarnDavis
Hosted by: Erin Allen
Location: Central Park, next to Farmer’s Market
Time: 9:30am

Fairfax
Hosted by: Patricia Smith
Location: Rainbow Fabrics Crafts-n-Things, 50 Bolinas Rd.
Time: 2:00-6:00

Fairfield
Hosted by: Paulette Rand
Location: In front of Barnes & Noble, 1600 Gateway Blvd.
Time: 10:30-3:00

Kid Demonstating Easy FingerknittingHercules
Hosted by: Denise Whitehead
Location: Starbucks, 3700 San Pablo Ave., Hercules, CA 94547-3968
Time: Noon-5:00

Lafayette
Hosted by: The Yarn Boutique
Location: The Yarn Boutique in La Fiesta Square
Time: 10:00

Los Altos
Hosted by: Full Thread Ahead
Location: Plaza – Corner of State and Main Streets
Time: 11:00 – 2:00

Los Gatos
Hosted by: Read One, Knit Two ; Diane Otter librarian/facilitator of knitting group
Location: Los Gatos Public Library, 110 East Main Street
Time: 10:00 – 5:00

Knitting Custom Business Card HolderMenlo Park
Hosted by: Lucia Tedesco
Location: Allied Arts Guild – 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park CA 94025
Time: 10:30

Morgan Hill
Hosted by: Meg (Megpie on Ravelry)
Location: Ragoots, 17305 Monterey Rd, downtown Morgan Hill
Time: Noon

Morgan Hill
Hosted by: Meg (Megpie on Ravelry)
Location: Rosy’s at the Beach, 17320 Monterey Rd
Time: Noon

Knitting Christmas Ornament in Silver with Pretty BeadsOakland
Hosted by: The Knitting Basket
Location: 2054 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94611
Time: 11:00

Pacific Grove
Hosted by: Creative H’Arts Knitting Guild
Location: Jewel Park – Central Ave. across from PG Public Library
Time: 11:00-5:00

Pacifica
Hosted by: Pacifica SnB (Stitch ‘n Bitch)
Location: Linda Mar State Beach
Time: 10:00

PKnitter's Light Switch Plate in Silver and Blackleasanton
Hosted by: Knit This, Purl That!
Location: Delucchi Park-Farmers Market
Time: 9:00

Redwood City
Hosted by: Redwood City SnB (Stitch ‘n Bitch)
Location: Courthouse Square
Time: 11:00

Sacramento/Downtown
Hosted by: Christina Fletcher
Location: John C. Fremont Park (15th and Q St)
Time: 10:00

San Francisco
Hosted by: Kathryn
Location: Union Square
Time: 11:00 – 1:00

Alternative Knitter Key Chain with Skull and Knitting NeedlesSan Jose
Hosted by: The Knitmore Girls
Location: Santana Row
Time: 1:00

San Jose
Hosted by: commuknity
Location: commuknity, 1345 The Alameda
Time: Noon

San Mateo
Hosted by: Nine Rubies Knitting
Location: Central Park, 5th Avenue and El Camino Real
Time: 11:00

San Rafael
Hosted by: Marin Fiber Arts, a local yarn shop
Location: San Rafael City Plaza
Time: Noon

Knitting Night Lights in Silver with Pink Stained GlassSonoma
Hosted by: Tillie Angus owner of Sonoma Yarn
Location: Sonoma Yarn, 17620 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma
Time: Noonish

Stockton
Hosted by: Knit Witz Yarn Boutique
Location: Knit Witz Yarn Boutique on the Miracle Mile
Time: 10:00 – 2:00

Sunnyvale
Hosted by: Purlescence Yarns / Nathania Apple
Location: 586 S. Murphy Ave.
Time: Noon

Tracy
Hosted by: Kathy Kindred
Location: K2 Knits Yarn Salon, 1010 B Street
Time: 10:00

I plan to go to the Berkeley event with my daughters because it is hosted by the Knit-One-One and Kim-Chi Crafts and is right by the Sweet Adeline bakeshop, so we plan to get something tasty to eat, too.

If you’re doing some online shopping in hope of finding some cool gifts for crafty types, then be sure to check out Kyle Design – 25 Years of Unique Affordable Gifts. We have gifts for those who enjoy knitting and crochet, sewing and embroidery, scrapbooking, painting and more. Just click the photos above to find out more about the Knitting flask (very popular with knitters! – “nip one, purl two”), Knitter Christmas ornament, Alternative Knitter key chain, Yarn Shop business card holder, Knitting Needle night light, or for easy instructions for kids on how to finger knit.

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Weird Halloween Decorations – Iris Bulb Monsters – I Warned You….

Posted by Kyle Design on October 18, 2007

creepymonstersirisesOK, these Halloween decorations are weird, but I think that’s part of the fun of the Halloween holiday. Besides, I’m an artist and when odd things strike me, I go with them.

Earlier in the fall one year, I was separating out the iris rhizomes that had withered and died (they grow by creating new bulb offshoots) and thought they looked bizarre. I started playing around with adding eyes, tails, legs and antennae until they became these weird, creepy-looking monsters and bugs. Some looked like bats, some mice, maybe aliens, but most were just out there. My daughter and I made nearly 20 of them and had a lot of laughs creating them. (Fun, easy, weird crafts project for kids to get into the spirit of Halloween.)
We set them out by the front door and it was so much fun watching people’s reactions. They’d stop, stare at them, then finally ask in a creeped-out tone of voice, “What … ARE … those???” Because the roots of the bulbs were long and twisted, it gave the look of legs and tentacles, so people weren’t sure if they were some sort of sea creatures still in their shells, or shrunken animals (as if we used the same process as creating shrunken heads), or potatoes gone wrong.

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batmonstersI think they realized (eventually – you could see their brains processing all the information) that they couldn’t be too disgusting to touch because they were decorated with googly-eyes, sparkly pipe cleaners and colored toothpicks, and because of the grins on my girls’ faces.
If you are not familiar with growing irises, you probably never have seen anything quite like these. If you’d like larger photos to see the details, click on Weird Halloween Monsters.

If you’re going to a Halloween party and want to bring a fun host or hostess gift, or just have a laugh when you pull out an Seeing Double Aliens Flask (Have I had too much too drink? I’m seeing double! Aliens!), be sure to check out my Fun Halloween Decor and Gifts page. You’ll find unique, creative, yet more traditional, Halloween decorations and gifts such as Bat Ornaments, Alien Flasks or Mouse compact mirrors. Or visit our Bat Gifts, Mouse Gifts, or Alien Gifts pages if those are your favorites.

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