Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Silk and Jewel Tones

Yet again, I not only forgot to post a yarn review last Monday, I also forgot to do a project update! Sorry everyone!

I posted two yarn reviews this Monday to compensate.

Here is the progress on my Viewfinder cowl. I promise, I've actually been working on it since my last update. I think I could probably finish it this week if I really wanted to. I am so happy I saved this yarn for over a year. I love the jewel tones. Working with silk yarn for the first time has been fun.

Keeping it short and sweet, and linking up with yarn along.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Yarn Review Monday 31: Bernat Blanket

What is YRM: I honestly believe there are good things and bad things about every type of yarn, no matter how much you save or how much you break the bank. 

This is for the lay-knitter, not professionals. This is for people like me who might not necessarily be fiber experts despite being a crocheter or knitter for a long time, but need an honest opinion about yarn before they dive into a project with it.

The yarn: Bernat Blanket

220 yards, 201 meters
300 grams, 10.58 oz
  • 100% Polyester

The Project: JoAnn's Mystery Stitch-Along

What I liked: Great at showing off texture. Soft and springy even after machine washing. It is also incredibly warm, and the super bulky weight really creates a very snuggly blanket.

What I didn't like: There is little to complain about. It gets really hot to work with so I wouldn't recommend using it for a blanket in the middle of summer.

Affordability:  I bought my skeins on sale for $7 each.

Rating: I think this makes a great blanket, and I think it would be great to use for a big plush toy. It seems pretty durable since it has held its original softness and squish after 3 trips through my washing machine. And through a bit of abuse from my children with pulling and stretching. 5/5 stars.


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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this or asked to review this yarn by any store or the company itself. Opinions are my own.

Yarn Review Monday 30: Malabrigo Silky Merino

What is YRM: I honestly believe there are good things and bad things about every type of yarn, no matter how much you save or how much you break the bank. 

This is for the lay-knitter, not professionals. This is for people like me who might not necessarily be fiber experts despite being a crocheter or knitter for a long time, but need an honest opinion about yarn before they dive into a project with it.

The yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino

150 yards, 137 meters
50 grams, 1.76 oz
  • 51% silk, 49% merino
The project: Adam's Ribs Cap Sleeve Wrap by Carol Sunday
What I liked: This yarn is soft, light, and very warm. Shows off my stitch pattern beautifully. I've worn this a lot since I finished it at the beginning of September. Minimal pilling, and I haven't washed it yet. I do think I'll need to remove the fuzz starting to form by the end of the year though.

What I didn't like: Hmm. Hard to say. I guess It didn't block the way I expected, although that was probably more of a pinning issue than a yarn issue. It fit really nicely horizontally but due to the pattern of the ribbing, it lost the horizontal length during blocking and while I love the added vertical length, it doesn't quite fit the same across my front.


Affordability:  Approximately $9-10 per skein

Rating: I really loved working with this yarn. Malabrigo yarns have yet to disappoint me. 5/5 stars.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Viewfinder Cowl

This is the first time I'm sharing this project and I'm pretty excited about it!

I was looking for the perfect project to use with this silk yarn I bought last summer and Viewfinder (by Tin Can Knits) looked like the perfect match.

It doesn't look exactly like the pattern though. I knit the first four rows of pattern and then had to put it away for a couple days. When I picked the project again, I didn't look at the pattern to refresh my memory, thinking it was such an easy 4 row repeat, that I put two knit rows between each lace row instead of two lace rows back to back alternating with two knit rows as written in the pattern. The result is less drapey but I really love how it looks all the same.

Linking up with Yarn Along today.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Blogging Plans for the End of the Year

Ok guys. I know I haven't been great about sharing projects lately. I'm sorry. Things have been pretty busy around here.

Here are my plans to get through the end of the year:
- Two yarn reviews month. I'm planning on having then published on the 21st and the 28th.
- Will do my best to share weekly project updates, even if I'm not sharing with the Yarn Along link up.
- FO updates: hopefully the project I'm currently knitting will be finished in a couple weeks. Before December is my goal.

So for the few who still follow me, there are posts to look forward through the end of the year.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

JoAnn Mystery Knit Along Afghan

So, I finally finished this blanket yesterday.

I'm not excited about it either. It's nice and warm, and the yarn makes for an incredibly soft fabric. The pattern however, is what I'm not happy with. As I mentioned in the last post, I'm pretty happy I didn't use the suggested colors. It looks like four totally unrelated blankets were cut apart and then sewn together.

But do you notice that bottom corner with the red yarn? Yeah...I triple checked which colors were to be used for each step and I was short on light gray, and had an extra skein - the entire skein- of red leftover. When i went to the store to get another skein of gray to match, they were all out. Two JoAnn's stores and a Walmart didn't have the color. So instead of buying another online, spending over $10 on a $6 skein of yarn (plus waiting week to finish), I threw in the metaphorical towel and took a scrap of the first red skein to finish the edge.

At least the kids love it...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

JoAnn Mystery Stitch Along Week 4

I've never knit an afghan so quickly before. This blanket is full of texture. Clue 4 came out this Monday and it is the applied cabled border.

Let me just say a few things:

  1. I'm glad I didn't use the recommended colors because I don't like how they arranged them. I like my color combo much better.
  2. I had to buy 5 skeins of yarn but this week was supposedly the last clue. I have one more full skein of burgundy left so I'm curious to see if they do publish a fifth clue on the 31st.
  3. If I had seen the pattern ahead of time, I know I never would have made it. I think it looks like four different sections of blanket that were haphazardly sewn together. Well, I would have definitely used different colors and arranged them way differently if I'd seen the finished product before I started.
Clues 1-3 completed

The yarn is super soft though and my kids keep fighting over who gets to snuggle under it so I'll just chalk it up to a successful project.

Linking up with Yarn Along this week.