Welcome to no think, no fear knitting!
Knit On, Knitta!
Lots of people think knitting has to be complex and intimidating. Not me. I like to take a fun approach to knitting always remembering that it's a hobby - a great way to relax, unwind and relieve some stress. What you'll find on this knitting blog is a lot of knitting inspiration, and knitting projects that are meant to be completed in little more than a weekend. Have fun and knit on!
I Love What I Do
When you are passionate about something, it's easy for others to take notice. I am a fiber enthusiast. I love to talk about yarn and knitting: new fibers, knitting techniques, needles, even new accessories and tools that make knitting (even more) fun. Use this blog to find knitting tips, how-to guides, knit alongs, free patterns, and even a funny story about a knitting mishap or two.
"A mistake in my knitting? That's a secret between me and God."
- Dorothy Moscowitz
Relax and find your knitting bliss.
Top 10 Reasons to Knit
Did you know knitting is good for you? Universities have even conducted studies on the zen-like properties of knitting. But just ask any knitter and she'll tell you all the positive changes that came from picking up two sticks and a skein of yarn.
Why You Should Pick Up Your Needles Daily
Calming and rhythmic
Builds a sense of satisfaction and gratification
You can make hand knitted gifts
It's a great way to meet people and feel a sense of community
Knitting is creative
Skill you can pass on to others
Keeps your hands busy
Good use of time
Portable and fun!
Knit What You Love, Love What You Knit
When it comes to knitting, the beauty is in the process. Choose yarns and fibers that speak to you, feel right in your hands, and beg to be knitted. Don't settle! Knitting is a hobby and meant to be truly experienced and enjoyed.
I started NobleKnits in 1999 when I became a stay-at-home-mom. I had spent years in the fashion industry working nonstop hours in retail fashion, manufacturing, and merchandising.
After the birth of my daughter, I found myself at home wanting to work but not wanting to be apart from her sweet little face. I designed crochet sweaters and hats for her and then decided to write the patterns, create kits, open a website and get a booth at Stitches. NobleKnits was born!
After a few years of selling patterns and kits (even appearing on QVC), I came to really love the yarn industry. With my expertise in retail, I felt like opening a yarn shop would be a great next step for me. It would be a BIG CHANGE for NobleKnits but it was one I wanted to take. I opened NobleKnits Yarn Shop in Malvern, PA in 2003.
We had a great time in that yarn store. I was able to stretch my wings as a retailer, write a few books: The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting and The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Crochet. Most of all, the ability to bring a great crafting experience to many knitters and crocheters in the Philadelphia area. As time went on we had a second store and things really grew for NobleKnits.
In 2008 my husband landed his dream job in Silicon Valley, California. That meant it was time to face a new direction. I needed to move my family across the country and that meant a BIG CHANGE for NobleKnits. We closed both retail locations and I moved the entire business online. I moved to California and my yarn moved to a warehouse in Pennsylvania.
I began working remotely. I handled the retail and marketing online and my business partner handled shipping and logistics in PA. We expanded NobleKnits from just a small part of the US to a huge global online community where knitters across the world could buy yarn and get knitting resources.
Now it's time to rethink some things again. Running a remote business has become increasingly challenging as the pace of online business and social media seems to speed up on a daily basis. Being so far away from the yarn, needles and notions that make NobleKnits great is hard and I feel like I can serve you better in a different way.
The BIG CHANGE means that we're closing our Pennsylvania warehouse and retail website to focus on our Knitting Community and Online Learning Center.
I hope you'll stay with me for the next chapter of NobleKnits!
- Nancy Queen