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-

New Goodies!

I love a sale, especially a yarn sale. WEBS had an end of summer sale not too long ago and let’s just say I went a little wild. Like I bought 28 skeins of yarn…😳.

Yikes I know, but I have projects in mind for each one! I swear! This beautiful burgundy wooliness is going to be worked into the Rosina Sweater. I love the beautiful lace work on the sleeves, but I am on the fence about the lace work at the bottom. I think I may just do a simple ribbing.

This pretty blue will be crafted into Blueberry Waffle Socks. I have never used this yarn before yet, at less than $4.00 a skein I thought, “Eh why not give it a try?” Hopefully, the socks will be a cozy addition to my  growing handmade collection.

The last project on the to make list is a toss up. I am undecided if I want to make the Chuck Sweater or My Favorite Cardigan. I know I would wear the cardigan quite a bit, but Chuck would look so cute over a button up shirt or dress. In any event I bought 12 skeins of this emerald wool so I am in the clear in terms of yardage.

Looks like this knitter is going to be busy!

What project(s) have you getting excited?

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. 

So what was on display? Knitted Knockers was a big group featured in the marketplace. Essentially, it is a group that makes knitted prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies.  Below are the art pieces made by lovely volunteers.

 

There were some fun felted creatures: 

  

There was also this drool worthy necklace featured in Betsy Beads. I love how delicate the necklace is. It is made by knitting three layers and then sewing the pearls on the bottom edge of each layer. This pattern is definitely something on the wish list. 9ab07dce6a2630588fc19f1c9c8d1d24

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. 

 

 

Mmmmm Cake!

Me:”I’m gonna make some cakes tonight.”

Fiancé: “Oooo really? I’m hungry.”

Me:”Ummm you might not want to eat them…”

 (Cascade 220 Sport in Primavera and Blue Velvet.)

Hahaha my poor fiancé will one day learn the lingo. He gifted me a wool winder and umbrella stand for Christmas and I finally got to use it. Yay yarn cakes! 

I don’t know what took me so long to get on board. It use to take me 45 minutes to roll one ball using my two chair method. With the wool winder, I made 5 cakes in 20 minutes. Can’t wait to cast on!

Blissfilled Hat

Hey hey hey!

Here is the latest FO (finished object) off my needles. This hat was made to fulfill a custom order for one of my fiance’s students. He wanted a Yankees colored hat that was simple and striped.

IMG_6650[1]                    I bought the yarn at my LYS here in San Francisco (Imagiknit). I like this store as it has affordable yarn all the way up to luxury yarns. So there is a little something for everyone and every mood. This hat is made of a Debbie Bliss brand yarn that I haven’t seen before. The yarn is 100% superwash wool. Usually I don’t like pure wool as it can be scratchy. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the softness. After a wash it got even softer. I love when new yarn surprises me!IMG_6651[1]Hopefully the recipient will be as pleased as I am with the finished product. 🙂

New Discovery

I discovered a new yarn at Michael’s last week. It is Isaac Mizrahi’s Craft Skyscraper.  Mr. Mizrahi really has a hand in everything from fashion to home decor …and now yarn.  The yarn is manufactured by Premier Yarns and contains Acrylic, Bamboo, Alpaca, and Wool fibers. I was first attracted to it because of the colors and then there is the softness. Since it was pretty affordable I decided to give it a try.  I am making infinity scarf using the seed stitch. 

 What I like:

  1. How the colors flow into each other. Have you ever used variegated yarn that has really abrupt color changes? I really don’t care for that. This yarn  has smooth transitions between the 5 colors, which makes it really beautiful. 
  2. Softness: This yarn is super soft to the touch. It feels like baby bunnies.
  3. The price: One skein is $6.99. If you are beginner or on a budget you can’t beat that!

What I don’t like:

  1. The shedding: It hasn’t been a serious amount of shedding, but defiantly noticeable. Good thing I have been wearing mainly casual clothes when knitting with this yarn. Hopefully this changes after a wash.

Overall, I would use this yarn again in the future. It is a good value and the colors and material composition are not bad either.