Sunday, June 28, 2015

Wherein I Actually Win Something Online

So in the wee hours of the morning I was online and saw a giveaway for $15 off a purchase from an Etsy shop. The Fine Lime was making it available on G+.

And you guys, I actually won!!! More on this later. I will definitely be working up a yarn review once my order arrives in the mail. I'm certain I will not be able to knit it up fast enough.

She has a discount available until the end of the month if you are interested in her items.

I was not askd to promote her shop or her yarn in any way. This is a completely voluntary post. Because for one: I'm super excited I won something and two: hello discounts on yarn! Sign me up!

But look how beautiful this is. Seriously. Look what I ordered!
This is definitely going to be a selfish project!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Massive Undertaking

I've officially begun my biggest project yet. I cast on for the Blue Sand Cardigan the end of last week.


It is the biggest project yet because of size, not necessarily the design complexity. Although, the saddle yoke and striped pockets are new techniques for me.

As for reading, still the same. Pictured with my knitting is the book for my summer class though.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

FO... Monday

I finished two projects on Monday this week!
The cardigan for my brother in law's baby outfit is finished. It matches perfectly with the shirt and legging set I bought, don't you think?

 And the cute little surprise hidden behind the cardigan:
The other project I finished is a sewing project. I'm making a couple friends in my nursing classes some scrub tops as graduation gifts in December. I just finished this one and I really love it:

Man scrubs (all scrubs) are over-priced and usually totally boring. I lined all three pockets with the super hero fabric, as well as the back neckline and the inside sleeve edges.

I haven't decided if I should add the Superman logo patch to the breast pocket though. It's pinned on there for the photo:
What do you guys think? Patch or no patch? I need some opinions from crafters.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Keeping Busy

I added another book to my reading list. I used to read a couple books at a time for fun in high school but when I started knitting that sort of stopped and I had a lot of projects going instead.

I'm in project monogamy at the moment though with a few books that I'm reading.

I picked up the stitches for the second sleeve last night. After knitting a few rows and leaving it unattended to make lunch, my two and a half year old ripped all my needles out. I flipped out and put the needless back in. A bit of an overreaction on my part since he didn't actually rip it back as he is prone to doing...

As for reading, bottom to top in this picture are: my summer school book. Boring. Boring, boring, boring. It's my management class. My calling definitly isn't business. Thank goodness I knew that before I started higher education. It's the only management class I have to take. I've read seven of the nine chapters for my exam next week and the lessons I've learned are: show up to work, look good, boss people around but be nice about it, healthcare is expensive and not high quality in America. Everyone knew that already though, right?

The second book in the stack is called, "Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor," and is the memoir of a pastor's conversion to Catholicism. He was famous and prominent in the Methodist Church (4000 people on non-holiday Sunday mornings) but gave up everything when he converted. I was a convert too so these stories resonate with me.

And on the top of the stack is Dickens. As much as I love reading this book, I do need silence and longer periods in my day without interruption to read it so I mostly save it for down time at work.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

... Well maybe for Aesop but not when you're knitting!!!

I finished the lace front and the left sleeve this week.
Not that there was much to finish on the lace leaves after last week's update, but now it's official.

I got all the way to part 2 in Dickens before I had to start reading for my summer class.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Yarn Review Monday: Acrylics Edition 5

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: Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable
 
  • 100% acrylic
  •  100 grams, 3.53 ounces;  279 yards, 255.1 meters
  • Colorway: Tide














 

The project: Pieces of Eight Mitts



What I liked: This yarn is really soft and lightweight. It is really warm despite how light it feels when you're wearing it. I think the colors gradients knit up really beautifully. It has a fuzz that almost makes it seem delicate, even though it is not. I did block these using a steam blocking technique that I read is effective for blocking acrylics. The tutorial said you can get rid of any minor flaws in the knitting. This worked great and almost erased the strange bulges from the sides of the swirls, which I think was a pattern flaw according to Ravelry notes from other users. But the point is that the yarn blocked out really well.

What I didn't like: I ended up frogging a seam a few times that I couldn't get right and this yarn is terrible with frogging. It hugs itself due to the fuzz factor and doesn't like to let go. The section of yarn I frogged got a little rough looking but was unnoticeable in the final product.


Affordability:  I bought mine at Walmart for $5/skein.

Rating: I am definitely going to use this again. It went far enough that I had leftovers from only one skein after the pair were finished.
The variations in the gradient knit up so beautifully and I am excited to use it for a kitty hat pattern my sister in law has been developing.

The price is right, the colors are really pretty, it blocks well, and it would be good for accessories and knit toys alike.










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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.