Category Archives: DrFrankKnits Shop News

Rainy Days and Tuesdays …

Sorry, I couldn’t resist “paraphrasing” that Carpenter’s classic.  We’ve had some crazy weather in Phoenix these past few days.  The usual monsoonal flow got a boost from a downgraded hurricane and created some major rainy conditions here.  Luckily, in my area, the flooding wasn’t too severe – I know that some of Phoenix’s flooding made the US national news.  That’s a pretty major feat for a place where there’s generally very little weather to speak of (other than dry and sunny.)  The rains seem to have subsided, but they’ve left bleak, cloudy skies in their wake, which is a bit of a mood-killer.  Right now I’m trying to keep myself smiling by working on this week’s new free pattern.  It’s going to be a very cool one – if I don’t say so myself 😀 .  Make sure to be here on Friday to check it out!

Another thing that makes me smile is that I finally got the BC Rich-style guitar toys listed on Etsy today!  Click the picture to check them out!

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They join the other guitar toys already in my shop:

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In other news, several of my free patterns from this blog have been featured on AllFreeKnitting!  So, I’d like to say “welcome” to those of you who are visiting me from there!  If you haven’t been to that site, by all means go check it out!  There are tons of free patterns there, for all kinds of items.  You can also click over to my featured patterns and rate them if you like:

Geckos

Backpack Charms

Music Notes

Pacman Playset

Thanks for stopping by!

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New Vehicle Toys Available in the Etsy Shop!

Well, I guess they’re not technically “new” vehicle toys, since I debuted the patterns for both of these already, but the toys themselves are now listed for purchase at DrFrankKnits on Etsy for those of you who don’t knit but would still like the opportunity to have a hand-knitted, unique toy!

One is the small classic biplane toy, designed in the style of the WWI era Sopwith Camel planes:

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/199119684/small-biplane-knitted-stuffed-toy?ref=shop_home_active_2

The other is a small police car toy:

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/199121830/small-police-car-knitted-soft-toy?ref=shop_home_active_1

Both toys are between 4 and 5 inches long and are great for both play and display!

I also have larger, similar versions of both of these types of toys on Etsy, so check my shop for those as well!


I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far – and be sure to come back tomorrow for the weekly free toy knitting pattern!

Thank You, DrFrankKnits Blog Readers!

Happy Monday!  I wanted to start off with a big thanks to all my Ravelry readers who gave the little dragster cars all their hearts!  I really wasn’t expecting them to be so popular, so it made me very happy to see.  I’m also very excited that they may be bringing some fun into your little ones’ (or big ones’) lives!  That is, after all, the real joy of toymaking – seeing someone get excited about something you made!  Also, thank you for the lovely comments – as an up-and-coming (hopefully, anyway) knitting pattern designer, it means the world to me!

Also this week, I’m working on a very special pattern set for the Etsy shop.  I am super-excited about it!  It’s so painful to keep things under-wraps, but I like the drama and anticipation it creates – so sue me!  Pattern sets are appealing to me  because I like people to be able to play with my toys … and sometimes one toy alone isn’t enough to play with!  The small pie playset (https://www.etsy.com/listing/196809423/pie-softies-playset-original-knitting?ref=shop_home_active_6) is an example of that – sure, one pie slice is great, but four pie slices plus a pie server are much better!  Many of my stand-alone patterns have a bonus pattern or craft idea attached, so the pattern sets are really just an extension of that.  I’m hoping to have this new set available by Friday – although it’s still in the design process, so sometimes that takes a little longer than expected.  In any event, there will still be a related freebie pattern available on Friday!  And sorry, that’s under-wraps, too!  I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, though!

Other than that, the July blog reader discount is still available – but Thursday is the last day, so don’t miss out!  Enter coupon code DFKBLOG1 at checkout and get 20% off your order – there’s no minimum purchase.  Visit http://drfrankknits.etsy.com to check it out!

In other news, I’m thinking about adjusting the look of this blog page.  I’m not totally enthused with the layout and appearance of the default theme I selected.  All of this blogging and social media stuff is still somewhat of a foreign language to me, which I think many of you can probably empathize with!  Anyway, I don’t really know what effect that may have on your viewing of the pages, but please just bear with me.  I don’t think it will cause the pages to be unavailable – but if you see some strange things going on with headers and the like, that’s what’s happening!

Again, thanks so much for your support and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Getting Hungry? I know I am!

I wanted to share one of my favorite pictures … I think maybe I’m getting better at the whole photo-taking thing!  (I know that’s not saying much, since I was pretty bad at it to begin with – but practice makes perfect.)

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m pretty crazy about pie … so I know I’m biased, but I really love this set.  It’s available now on etsy at https://www.etsy.com/listing/196760796/hand-knit-small-pie-slices-stuffed?ref=shop_home_active_1 !  So fun for tea parties!  Also, the pattern to make this set is coming out tomorrow.

Today’s post is short – but there’s a lot going on tomorrow, including an awesome Free Pattern Friday item and another new release in the shop!  So make sure to stop by tomorrow to join in on the fun!

Video Game Week

I often find myself on a “kick” of knitting certain things.  I think that’s just the way my brain works – it gets inspired by something and then spews up tons of ideas related to that thing.  This week that “something” seems to be shaping up to be video games.  I grew up playing games on the Commodore 64 – many of which I can remember the plots and images, but not the names.  One that I do remember was a game called “Hunchback” that I used to play for hours and hours.  You were a hunchbacked guy who had to dodge obstacles along a wall to get to the princess entrapped at the end of the level (obviously a common video game theme.)  I remember often getting hit in the butt by arrows on the particular screen where they came from behind with no warning!  Then there were the BC games (Grog’s Revenge and Quest for Tires) that ate up a lot of my time … well, at least until the floppy with Quest for Tires was damaged and quit working.

I remember salivating over friends’ Nintendo NES systems, but we never got one for our family.  As a teenager, I asked for one of the new Sega Genesis systems for my birthday – which I got.  Aside from the “Sonic 2” game packaged with the system, I think the first game I got for that system was the “Cool Spot” game that featured the adventures of the 7-Up mascot.  Is he still the mascot these days?  I don’t know.

Times have changed a lot.  I’m sure if I looked at the old games I used to play, they would look silly compared to the technology of today.  They provided me with lots of enjoyment, though.  I really haven’t played video games in a long time – today’s games look like they have way too much of a learning curve!

Anyway, I’ve been working on knitting various classic video game items.  Check out this joystick:

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I will likely make this pattern available as a “Free Pattern Friday” item at some point!

I’ve got a few video game items in the works for the shop … which I’ll keep a secret for now.  Also a secret is the video-game related free pattern for this Friday!  If you’re a classic gamer, you’re going to love it!

I’d love to hear about your favorite video games and video game memories!  Feel free to comment – you might just see an item created from them!

Unrelated to video games, but noteworthy nonetheless – my small pie softies pattern should be available for purchase this week.  It’ll teach you how to make a basic pie shape as well as several variations.

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I hope your week is off to a great start!  Thanks for reading!