Yarn Goodies

My Knit Picks Yarn is here! Woot woot! Last week, I succumbed to Knit Picks marketing email. I clicked and looked and clicked and looked and now my goodies are here 😊.  

I wanted to design something in solid rainbow colors. So I selected some Shine Sport and Comfy Sport, which are sport weight Pima Cotton/acrylic blends. I am thinking a cowl, but I am not 100% committed to that idea. I also purchased 2 skeins of Felici in Limeade and Slumber Party. Both skeins remind me of delicious salt water taffy.  I couldn’t resist the fun colors. 

Knit Picks is a solid online shopping option for yarn if you are being cost conscious. They have a variety of affordable selections that are not just acrylic-based. Unlike big box retailers, Knit Picks stocks wool, cotton, linen, and alpaca in 6 different weights. So if you haven’t peruse their site I definitely suggest a visit. 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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Atlantis Yarn Winner

At the beginning of the month, I got an awesome email. I had won a free skein of yarn! Woot woot! This thank you is delayed, but THANK YOU Talya at Atlantis Yarns.

I received a lovely skein of fingering weight yarn in Seafoam (100 grams). It is a combination of superwash merino, silk, and silver poly. I love the little pop of sparkle that the silver poly gives it. The yarn feels soft (even my husband wanted to pet it haha) and I can’t wait to get it on the needles.

 Now all I need is the perfect pattern. I am thinking a shawl to really show off the sparkle and beautiful sheen of the silk. Any suggestions? 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Stitches West 2016

Well this weekend was Stitches West and it was fiber-filled fun! I made sure to stick to my rules  from last year.  I had my bag, a friend, and some good walking shoes. On my want- it list was some hot pink sock yarn and some fun rainbow roving. I was also looking for a giant cone like I got last year. Much to my dismay WEBS did not have any this year.

I wore my One- Way Tee, which got several compliments. ☺️ I have to say it again, but this is one of my best knitted items ever.

Here is what I did purchase:

Twisted Owl’s “Birds of a Feather” Sock Yarn. This color scheme reminds me of Popsicle on a hot summer day. 

I also got this 4 pack of roving for $17 from Western Sky Knits! I have already started prepping my wool for my drop spindle.

 

Stitches West is always a great time. It is a great way to hang with fellow fiber lovers.  The one thing I would have liked to see is some more fiber demonstrations. Something like spinning, dying, or unique ways to use fiber. I always love to see others crafting. It is so inspirational and motivating.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

 

 

 Love It!

I love when Facebook suggests sites  to follow. Last week, it suggested I “like” LoveKnitting.com and boy do I like it. This site is much like KnitPicks, but with a wider variety of brands of yarn (e.g., Malabrigo, Cascade, Plymouth). Another positive is the number of patterns written in foreign languages. Need a pattern in Swedish? They have you covered.  So if you have extra time today…CHECK IT OUT! 🙂

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New Yarn!

Last week I stumbled upon a sale on yarn.com (WEBS). Lately, I have been trying to be on a budget. However, the prices were too good! I like WEBS as they have a good selection of affordable yarn and they ship super fast. I ordered last Thursday and my goodies were in my mailbox yesterday! Here is what I got:

 
 Valley Yarns Huntington in Light Grey Heather, Bluestone, and Sunset ($4.79). This yarn is a merino wool/ nylon blend and quite soft to touch. I thought the Sunset color would be a little more orangey. In any case, it blends with the other colors just fine.

 I also got 7 skiens of Cascade 220 sport ($4.75!)  in Blue Velvet and Primaverra. This yarn is intended for On The Blue a simple pullover by Isabell Kraemer. I am in need of some sweaters so hopefully the yarn and pattern gel together into a beautiful creation😊. 

Anything arrive in your mailbox lately?

Why, why, why?

I swear must be a masochist. It is the only reason to explain why I am using US size 1 needles and fingering weight yarn to knit a baby blanket (Pinwheel Baby Blanket) . Why am I causing my sanity (and hands) such agony? It is all for the love of beautiful yarn. Sweet, sweet, beautiful yarn. Ugh… certify me ridiculous!

But maybe you will see it my way?

 Look at these beautiful purples and blues! I am using Knitted Fever’s Painted Desert Collection in Medium Orchid and Grape Stomping. The center is a wool blend that I had lying around in my stash. I am so ecstatic with how the colors have formed such beautiful stripes that blend together. It really does look like the striated rocks of the southwest landscape.

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Painted Desert in Arizona , USA

 And look at those stitches. I love tight stitch work as it looks so polished. With knitting this tight there really isn’t much tension correction that needs to be done when wet blocking.

 *Sigh* this project and I have formed a love/hate relationship. I love watching it unfold, but it is a pain to make it. However, let’s be real… my love of knitting will always outweigh the “suffering.” Haha

The Never Ending Cone

Remember this beautiful giant wooly cone?

My beautiful wooly giant cone!

It made this sweater… IMG_6095[1]

Well I was left with quite a bit of yarn when I was done. After sitting in my yarn bin for awhile, I decided to take my beautiful peach yarn and make a nice cowl.

So what did I make? This simple lace cowl by Christina Hayes.

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This cowl was a breeze to make! The pattern was super easy and since I was using size 8 needles I finished it in 3 days! This pattern is fantastic as a cowl, but I think it would also make a lovely blanket as well. Maybe with some color stripes?

So I thought that this project would finish out the cone, but it DIDN’T! Look what is left:

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Best Cone Ever! Guess I better head over to Ravelry to see what I can make 🙂