Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Sweater Divided...

... For the sleeves is very motivating.
That's all for me today. Short and sweet.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Yarn Porn

So, I realized this week that I forgot to share some of the yarn I acquired thanks to some monetary birthday gifts last month.

I bought this yarn last month but I don't have any projects picked out for any of it yet.
First, the three skeins of Malabrigo in the Raspberry colorway.

Next, a new yarn I'd never heard of before, Vijay Fibers (sounds like the alien --Hubble space telescope--from Star Trek):

It's mostly silk and even on sale it still was way more expensive than I care to think about. But I was instantly attracted to the rich colors and I couldn't resist. I also had a $20 discount for spending a certain amount of money at the store so the Malabrigo was basically free. I decided to take the plunge and buy the silk yarn.

And now for the new equipment. I finally gave up on Amazon and ordered replacement needles from my trusty Etsy supplier. There was a buy two for the price of one bundle so I ordered a size 6 and size 7 circular needles.

What I received in the mail had me pleasantly surprised.

She sent my correct order (no surprise there but after the store I was dealing with through Amazon, it was great), plus an extra size 7 circular and a gorgeous new needle holder. I think I'll use it for traveling.


I've never been disappointed by that Etsy store, and I have no shame in saying it. I really need to go write her a good review...
You know how it goes though. You have a bad experience and then something like this turns it all around. Receiving this in the mail made my whole week better. It's the little things...

Until next time! Thanks for letting me brag!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Yarn Review Monday 28: The Fine Lime DK

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: The Fine Lime DK weight

  • Blend of merino, polwarth, silk, bamboo, and angelina (percentages not specified on label).
  •  87.88 grams, 3.1 ounces;  143 yards, 130.75 meters
  • Colorway: Antique Rainbow












The project: Ashley Infinity scarf


 


What I liked: This yarn is really soft and squishy. The colors are absolutely stunning, and while the photos don't do it justice, there is a subtle shimmer running through the entire project. This yarn is sold by an independent dyer and spinner, and your order is packaged with just as much care as your yarn was spun with. I've tried locally hand spun yarn where the yarn was labeled worsted but the weight was so uneven. The Fine Line skein I purchased is very even throughout the entire skein. (She does sell thick and thin skeins of you're into that though.) It also blocks really nicely without losing its bouncy, squishy quality.

What I didn't like: There is very, very little that this yarn leaves wanting. The only thing I can really say here is that I can't afford to buy this beautiful yarn whenever I want, even though I'm just drooling when I browse through the store on Etsy. More on that in the next section...


Affordability:  As much as I loved knitting with this yarn, it is way out of my normal yarn budget. My $15 discount brought the price down to $25. Most of her yarns  are priced between $30-45, unless you get a mini skein. I know I am paying for quality, it's apparent, and her packaging goes the extra mile with a handwritten thank you note, a candy, and a business magnet. You definitely get what you pay for.

Rating: I am definitely going to use this again. Maybe not soon, but I would absolutely love to support her business again. The Fine Lime yarns are hand spun, hand dyed, and are beautiful to work with. Even though I can't afford to buy it on a regular basis, I plan on being a repeat customer and I am definitely giving this yarn a 5 star rating.






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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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Test Knitting a Kitty Hat

This week, after a few headaches with the Amazon store I ordered my replacement needle for the Blue Sand cardigan from (more on that after the pictures), I decided to start over on the test knit I was asked to make.

My sister in law wrote up a baby hat pattern and she wanted me to knit it and make sure the pattern made sense, etc, before she made it available to sell on Ravelry.

I started with the pink yarn I wanted to use for a hat for my daughter and that was not working well, and there wasn't enough yardage besides, so I frogged it and started over with some teal Skacel I acquired from a garage sale.
Who needs homework when knitting
and wine are at your fingertips?

The yarn is thicker than pattern requirements. It is producing a much larger hat but I told her I'd make an official test knit, with correct yarn weight and needle size, once I finished the dry run.
Accurate yarn color
I just finished the ear row last night before I threw the kids in bed. Normally I hate posting photos of my kids in public places online but this is too funny not to share.
Yes, my straight needles are sticking up our the top of his head!

So about the needle situation. I ordered new needles at the end of June. They arrived four sizes too small. I double checked my original order before complaining just to make sure it wasn't my mistake. After contacting the company and going back and forth for over a week without any resolve, I finally told them to forget about replacement and ordered a needle from Etsy.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Rainbow Infinity Scarf

I cast on and finished this scarf in less than 24 hours.

My knitting mojo hit me hard last weekend and I'm so excited about wearing this in cooler weather.




I also made this hat last week and after deliberating between button choices:

I decided on the pansy.
That's all for me this week.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Knitting Crisis

This is serious you guys. My giant knitting needle organizer is missing. Missing! The only places it ever goes are my craft space and the living room table when I'm project planning. I embarrass myself sometimes you guys. I found it almost as soon as I finished drafting this post yesterday.  It was MIA for a week and I think I started to develop some separation anxiety similar to how people feel when they can't find their...

Cell phone. You thought I was going to say children, didn't you? HA!

So, I couldn't cast on anything. Even the hat for my daughter that I've been meaning to start for a couple months now.
In my defense, the procrastination stems from my inability to decide if I should make a cupcake hat, a cat ear hat, or just knit it as is, plain, because with that yarn it would be adorable as a boring hat too.

The crisis continues though. As I was knitting like a mad woman on the cardigan, my circular needle broke. It broke. Watch out, I'm about to get on a soap box. After this photo though. (But seriously. 280-something stitches on my needle and it broke!)
I loathe bamboo needles. Loathe.
What we do is an art, you guys. People who can't knit or crochet pay buko bucks for us to put our time and energy into making things that they cannot. We pay our fellow crafters big bucks to provide us with good patterns, custom yarns, and good equipment. (I bought the offending needles from a yarn store, not an entrepreneur on Etsy or anything, just to clarify.) So when I'm putting my sweat and time into a huge project for a huge gift for someone, I'm going to go nuts when my needle comes apart and I lose ten stitches. This is not the first time I've had problems with bamboo needles. Every circular bamboo needle I've owned has ripped or come apart in the middle of a project. When I was working on some socks for a friend, my bamboo needles snapped in half. I don't care that someone has decided they're better for the environment. I don't care that they're cheaper. Bamboo needles can burn in %@$&.

That is all. Sorry for the rant. I feel so much better now though.
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