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Christmas already?

This feels like Christmas. Apart from the fact that it is Spring and not Winter. And that we are not going to have one window every day. And not 25 windows in total either. It will be more. And nobody knows when it will end.

So, let us open window number 2. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe …

Tada! Window number two is:

Songs

A quick googling for “knitting song” gives us over 10,000 hits! I didn’t really check all of these sites, but I found a few really good songs that I want to share with you.

Turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy. THIS IS FUN.


Never Not Knitting … The Theme Song

Hunter, Alana Dakos

“She won’t even do the dishes. The houseplants – they are all dead.”
“Just let me finish this row.”
“Nobody has clean laundry […] But they have closets full of sweaters and more socks than they could ever wear.”
“She’s taking pictures of socks again. Oh, poor girl.”

This is my current favourite knitting song. It is the theme song for Alana Dakos’ Never Not Knitting podcast. You can also find Alana on Instagram and Ravelry. Search for nevernotknitting and be prepared for some eye candy.


The Knitting Song

Bill Oddie

“I’m gonna knit. Knit knit all day. I’m gonna knit. My blues away. Well if I’m feeling low, I knit a row, cos a fella needs his knitting just to ease his soul.”

Bill Oddie became famous for his part in the sketch comedy trio The Goodies, but before that he had done some singles on his own, The Knitting Song was one of them. He is telling the listeners what kind of wool and needles to use to knit a tea cozy. Who knew there was such a thing as “danceable knitting music”!
There is even a pattern for a Bill Oddie knitting sweater that the author of “Just call me Ruby” found in her own knitting pattern archive. Bill wore this sweater in “Thank your lucky stars”, a TV pop show (1961-1966).


Knitting

Arthur Askey

“I knit jumpers. Pretty little jumpers.”
“… a charming occupation for a sweet little girl.”

“Knitting” is from the album Hello Playmates. Arthur Askey was an English comedian and actor. His humour owed much to the playfulness of the characters he portrayed, his improvisation, and his use of catchphrases.


Stick to Your Knittin’, Kitten

The Four Vagabonds

“Knit one, purl one. I am coming back to you.”“Remember what you promised me in your letter. I can hardly wait to see my sweater.” “Stick to your knitting, Kitten, until I come back to you.”

The Four Vagabonds were radio stars of the early and mid 1940s.


Doozer Knitting Song

Jim Henson, Dennis Lee, Philip Balsam

“You know knittin’ s friendly. And knittin’ s fun. Knittin’s good for everyone. And that is why we sing this knittin’ song.”

 


Do you have a knitting related song that you love? Please leave a comment and let us know your favourite song and maybe also why you love it. We might include it in the Songs window and in this playlist of knitting songs: https://youtu.be/1Ulz5RUyw7w?list=PLaYSBM5ZHKUSMw5jFTPBLhLLd4L_pg5MD

I’m gonna knit. Knit knit all day …
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How to Get 2,500 Likes on Your Facebook Post

Do you dream about a sky high number of Likes on your Facebook post? Then you shouldn’t post a picture of a not so perfect product in the middle of the day. Especially not in a group where quite a lot of the members are working or studying and can’t do Likes and Comments when they are secretly checking their Facebook account in their lunch break. Which is probably why this picture got only 61 Likes, of which at least two were from my own Facebook friends.
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Or maybe you should. Maybe that was what made people like the next version so much better? They had already seen the first picture, taken some pity on me and when they realized it was just a prototype combined with the right timing, then they all wanted to clap their hands and cheer me up? I don’t know. I will never know. But I do know that there are a lot more people having time to engage when they are browsing through their Facebook pages on a Friday evening, at the peak of sit-down-in-the-sofa and relax time, than early on a Tuesday afternoon.
So, when I posted this picture in the same group 4 days later, there was a massive change in the response.
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2,500 Likes! My phone didn’t stop making noise before long after bedtime. It was such a rush, there were so many comments and people nearly screaming for the pattern. They even said they wanted to pay for the pattern, knowing #Strikkesida is a non-selling Facebook group.
I might not have dreamt about a response anywhere near this one, but did I like it? Not really. I LOVED it. I was queen for an evening. I had created something “everyone” liked and were talking about. My post was pushed up to be the number 1 post on the most popular knitting group in Norway with 100,000 members.
It confirmed I had created something unique and that I was on the right track. In course of a few days Knitting Windows was no longer just in my brain and a vision for “whenever I find time to do something about it”. It was born and filled with the first content. The Norwegian pattern for the Felted Bunny Basket (Tovet påskeharekurv) was the first thing out, followed by the English pattern a few days later.
This was the birth of Knitting Windows. The first window that will get real content will be the Patterns window. More patterns will follow, but also more windows. I just have to decide which window to open first. Eeny meeny miny mo …

 
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