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  • Writer's pictureAlise Kabakoff

Knit With Me Sew With Me

Updated: Jul 26

Even though Presidents' Holiday has already been celebrated, I thought you'd want to know something about me that you would never guess. I am a huge fan of John Adams, our second President. Even though Presidents’ Day is celebrated for George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who both have birthdays in February, I believe John Adams played a very important role in the founding of our country. At one time, he served on over 50 committees and spent countless years abroad securing and ensuring America’s future. If you want to learn more, read David McCullough’s book entitled “John Adams” or if you have HBO, watch the mini-series of the same name starring Paul Giamatti as John Adams and Laura Linney as Abigail Adams. Their life-long love story is truly inspiring.

A Wonderful Testimonial

This edition's testimonial comes from Renee Crayton, a lovely woman I meet on the Alignable small business platform. She writes - “Alise has an excellent product that is handmade. Products made with love and compassion. If you like anything handmade personally for yourself or others, I recommend Alise. You won’t regret it…” Thank you, Renee!

Messy Bun Hats - It’s still pretty cold in parts of the country, so a hat, or even most of a hat, may be just up your alley! Take a look at these Messy Bun Hats. They are perfect if you want to wear your hair in a messy bun or a pony tail and will keep your ears warm as well. Available in lots of colors, so match yours up with your favorite coat, puffy or sweater.

Being Thrifty is a Plus - Many of you know that I am very, very thrifty. When you make as many different products as I do, there’s always yarn left over. The challenge (and it’s actually fun) is come up with merchandise and items that are useful and use very little amounts of yarn so I can keep my huge stash manageable. (My husband Joel will definitely disagree with me on this!)

Two beverage-type products that fit the bill are the Cup Cozies (these fit a Starbucks cup and any kind of regular size travel mug) and Mug Cozies (for mugs that have with handles). Both are made of 100% sustainable and washable cotton, so no worries if they get dirty.

A boutique customer (who is a chef) and my sister Sharon both asked for Cast Iron Skillet Handle Covers. These fit on a medium-size cast iron skillet and are also made from 100% sustainable and washable cotton. No more slippery potholders when you use one of these to take your skillet out of the oven or off the stove top.

If you have any ideas as to what else I can do with small amounts of yarn, I’m all ears! Contact me at and let’s collaborate! In the meantime, check out the video below.

Hop Into Easter with Knit Me Sew Me - What’s cuter than a bunny? How about a Knit Me Sew Me Mini Bunny? This adorable cutie is perfect for Easter baskets and as decorations for the holiday. They come separately; however, there is one included in every “fully loaded” Medium Easter Basket. The holiday will be here soon, so order early to give me enough lead time to create these for you.

Great news! I have been chosen as Alignable's Small Business Person of the Year for West Hills. Sincerest thanks to all of the wonderful folks I have met on this networking platform. They have passed on inspiration, support, advice and sometimes, laughter!

And Finally ... A Funny!

Until next time!


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