Monday News!

Hey Y’all,

I hope you’re starting this last week of January off well! I thought I would pop on to let you all know that Natalie’s Oddities is now on Instagram! If you’ve been poking around this site, you’ll notice the new link on the social media menu and the icon on the main page. I’m still working out some kinks between Instagram and Facebook, but soon they’ll be playing nicely I’m sure.

If you haven’t seen my posts on Facebook about the new-to-me knitting machine, I got a Studio 305 “Automatic” knitting machine. That bad boy is actually a MANUAL machine, but it came out before computers were widely used, so at the time it was considered automatic. I’ve been spending some time learning how to use it and cleaning the thing up and I’m finally at the point where I can make a few things on it. Keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for the new project that’s coming off the knitting machine this week! I’m hoping to have it done by the big game this weekend (It’s Super Bowl Sunday this weekend for those of you who don’t track that sort of thing) and while it may not be the prettiest thing to ever come off the machine, it’s definitely going to be fun!

Check out the new Instagram here:

Learn more about the new project here:

And have a great Monday!


Time for a Recheck

Earlier this year I did a short post on what I was hoping to accomplish in 2017. So lets take a look at where we’re at:


Nesting Basket Pattern…….Check!

Christmas Stockings……Crochet Check and Knitting Check!

That leaves me down to the pattern bundles. I have a few patterns ready for the bundles, but with two boys and my husband’s work schedule gone crazy, time is not something I am finding in abundance. It looks like y’all will have to wait a bit longer for those to come out. In the meantime though, I’ll be starting a series of VERY short blog posts on the A-Z’s of crochet and knit stitches.

The goal of these posts will be to work on stitches you may have never heard of or seen (like astrakhan crochet or Andalusian knit stitch). My goal with these is to expose you all to some unusual stitches you can try out over the holidays and to show you how to use them in different or unique ways (yes, there will FINALLY be a tutorial on Crocodile stitch in the round). Sometimes I’ll show you how I increase or decrease in a stitch (like crocodile), and sometimes I’ll just show how the stitch is worked. I may even have a project or two to go along with some of them.

If you have any questions on a specific stitch (how to work it a certain way, decreases, increases, etc…) or would like to see a specific stitch covered, now would be a really good time to email me! I’m planning out the next couple months of stitches along with my pre-school lessons for my older son and would love to include your questions in my posts!

There is ONE other thing I need y’all to help me with…

I have been asked for business cards a couple of times and I would LOVE to give some out, but I need to finalize a design for them. What do you all think of this:

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It’s just a draft, but I would love to have some feedback on it.

I think that’s all for now, so happy crafting!


Getting Back to Work

Hey all!

There’s been a LOT going on in the last few weeks, so I thought I would pause and share some of the home life that’s happened as well as give you all a look forward at some of the things to come for the shop and the blog!

For those of you who missed it, we got some new neighbors at my house:


And we’ve had some really cool weather (in so many senses of that word):


Oh, and then there’s that little thing that happened a few weeks ago:


We’re so happy to have our second son here and the whole family is settling in very well. We were lucky enough to have my parents and my in-laws here back to back to help with the baby and with our three year old. They were such wonderful help, I wish I could keep them all here forever!

It’s been a few weeks now and I’m ready to get back to work on a few things. For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you may remember this basket:

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It is the smallest in a series of nesting baskets (baskets that stack inside of each other), and the basis for a pattern that you should be seeing in the shop in June. The pattern will include instructions for this same design for three different sizes and for making an Italic version (pictured above) and a straight version.

I’ll be doing another blog on crochet colorwork very soon to help with some pointers on how to keep your colorwork designs looking sharp in a couple of weeks. Keep an eye out so you get some time to practice before the pattern goes on sale!

We’ll be starting our Christmas Stockings soon and in preparation for that I’ll be doing a little intro on some “fun” yarns that you might find at your local craft store and how to work with them. Pull out your drawing pads and graph paper and get some ideas jotted down for what you would like to have on your sock this December. Christmas in July has never been more serious–or more literal, I think.

The other piece I have in the works is a pattern bundle set for both knitting and crochet. Since we’re all past the beginner stage, I think a set of beginner patterns is in order for all of you who have made it this far! Some will be familiar (like our dishcloth from the Crochet 101 and Knitting 101 tutorials) and some will be new. Keep an eye on the shop over the summer and into the fall for these fun items!

I’ll be sticking to one blog post a week for a little while. I haven’t found a ton of time for working on this between kids and home life (if you’ve read my last couple you may have noticed they’re a little scattered), and I want to continue to give you all my best work if I can.

I think that’s about it for now. As always, I love to hear from you all. If there is something you would like to see or learn, please let me know.


Shortly after I finished writing this, I dropped my cell phone (which also serves as my camera–bet you hadn’t guessed that huh?) and shattered the camera glass on it. The face is fine and a replacement is on the way, but you may get a post or two with old, repeat, or borrowed photos until the new one is up and running.

Baby Update!

As promised we had our second son this month! Tuesday to be exact. We’ve only just gotten home, and I found a quiet minute to help keep you all updated. 

I apologize in advance if I am slow to respond at this point. Please be patient as we adjust to having a fourth member of the family.