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DIY Knitting Nancy Guest Post

Hello there! Dawn here from With a Side of Thriftiness. I am so glad to have the opportunity to blog here at Crafty Zoo with Monkeys, thank you Kaycee! I would like to take this opportunity to discuss knitting. Yes, I am 30+ and just learning to knit. My husband had bought me a “learning to knit kit” for Valentine’s day. I am ashamed to admit it has been staring at me, begging to be opened. There is no time like the present, right?

I have tried to teach myself in the past, and well… it’s just confusing to me. I guess it would be easier for some to show me, personally. Today was my very first day to take a “stab” at knitting again, well if you can call it knitting, lol! It took near an hour to learn how to make a long-tail cast chain on my needle. Then, watched some YouTube videos and still could not get the whole hand / yarn / needle positions. I happened to notice the Knitty Gritty crafting show on TV today. They were using a nifty device that seems like an easier way for a newbie to learn. The device is called a Knitting Nancy. It allows you to knit with yarn and hands ONLY! No needles. Terrific, right?

I had never heard of a Knitting Nancy, have you? Since I am not sure when I will be able to get to the craft store next, I turned to Pinterest to see if there is a homemade version of a Knitting Nancy. Low and behold, there was a PIN for that. I am beginning to think there is a PIN for everything! I found how to make my very own Knitty Nancy from some popsicle sticks and the tube from a roll of toilet paper. Crazy! Below you will see how I constructed the device:

I am probably way behind for my age, but hey, we all have to start somewhere. It is embarrassing to know that children can knit, yet I can not. I turned yet again to YouTube and found a tutorial video of a child knitting like crazy… with a DIY Knitting Nancy! So there is hope for me… after all!

He’s good, right! You go boy, you go! Since I found a YouTube Video of a child knitting with the Knitting Nancy, I wanted to see if there are any other tutorials for the device. Here’s the best one that I found:

Wish me luck as I start my new venture in knitting. I hope to get good enough to transition to using actual needs. I appreciate the time you took to read my little guest post. Here’s to all those who Knit 🙂


Hi all! My name is Kaycee. I live in Arkansas with my husband of over 15 years! We have a grown daughter, a son-in-love and 2 grandson. Just love being Nonna! We also have an angel waiting on us to join her one day, she was 11 months old when she went to Heaven. We also have two great Chihuahuas and a Great Dane, along with several fish in our koi pond. My educational background is in Psychology and Child Development but my heart is in ministry, crafts, fun, reviews and my website, My Crafty Zoo. I look forward to continuing to share my life through word and pictures with you and love hearing your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share! I look forward to reading your comments!

4 thoughts on “DIY Knitting Nancy Guest Post

  • Jeanine Bevacqua

    My grand daughter made the mini version of these to start with, then she learned to make a big one like you made and made it into a scarf. Her very first project that she could proudly wear!

  • So how do you make something out of it?(besides a long ‘knitted’ chain of yarn)

  • I see this and think “okay what the heck do I do with that “row” of knitting”. I guess I just don’t get it. I am perplexed how you get a scarf say from using it. Plus someone with arthritis like me would have a hard time using it. But I do love that it is good for kids and perhaps would start a passion for crochet or knitting. Thanks for the post! :o)

  • I use to knit when I was young and think about it all the time. I even brought my old knitting needles back from my parent’s home years ago. But they sit in a drawer.

    Hopefully this will motivate me to get them out and attempt to pick it back up again. Good luck to you in your knitting adventures.


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