Monday, December 19, 2016

FO: Christmas Dragon

I finished the baby gift for my coworker on Saturday night. I'm not overly satisfied with how much stuffing you can see through the stitches in the head but overall, I think he turned out alright.







I had a lot of festive props to pose him with at work! Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Yarn Review Monday 32: Vijay Fibers Serenade and Grandioso

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: Vijay Fibers Serenade (variegated skein) and Grandioso (green skein)

328 yards, 299.9 meters
100 grams, 3.3 oz 
  • 100% Eri silk (both skeins)



The Project: Viewfinder Cowl by Tin Can Knits

What I liked: Beautiful stitch definition. The silk is very soft, luxurious and light. It tolerated my frogging like a champ too. It didn't fuzz when I re knit the same few stitches a couple times over (I had dropped a couple stitches and had to down to the problem a couple times. I didn't fix it right the first time). I've worn this cowl quite a bit since I finished it and the yarn isn't pilling. (I'm not sure if that is an issue specific to wool and acrylic though.) This yarn had also endured my small kids pulling on it like it never even happened. My Viewfinder has really beautiful drape.

What I didn't like: There is little to complain about. I was pretty mad when I found a knot in my skein of Serenade (the variegated yarn). If you've read my review of the Vanna's Choice you know how much rage I get when I find knots in my yarn. Especially expensive yarns like this. So when I found one, I was pretty mad. But that is my only complaint.

Affordability:  I bought my skeins on sale for $60 total. They are usually $35-45/skein depending on whether it is solid vs variegated.

Rating: I think this yarn is beautiful, albeit way out of my usual budget. That knot though... I just don't know how normal that is for this yarn. 4/5 stars. I would definitely buy this again when I have the chance.


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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, December 14, 2016

Half a Dragon

I made half of a dragon this week! All I have left is half a wing, the spine down his back, and his 4 legs.

Tarragon the Gentle Dragon pattern link


There are a handful of my co-workers expecting babies in the next few months. The one this will go to  the one due around Christmas. We don't know if she's having a boy or girl but seriously, who doesn't want a Christmas dragon? I love this pattern. I've made it twice before. It is free from Ravelry.

Doing a lot of listening to the kids reading. Which is surprisingly more exciting than my own selfish reading. Otherwise we are all getting exciting for Christmas and anticipating holidays with our families.

See more projects at the Yarn Along link up!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Viewfinder

My Viewfinder is complete. I pinned it to my blocking board at 11:30pm last night and I am so happy with it.
Blocking

The baby was helping me knit on Sunday...

It is light and airy. It is much bigger than I expected and that's great! Enjoy the photos!



Linking up with Yarn Along.

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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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, 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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Handmade With JoAnn Mystery Stitch Along

I started this blanket on Thursday last week. I received the yarn last Wednesday and cast on add soon as I was able.

This is my first mystery knit along and I think I've been barreling through it because I had to play catch up (I got my yarn half way through week two). It's also something different.
Stitch Along clues

The clues are available on Mondays this month. It has clues for knitters and crocheters to make the blanket.

I haven't started the third clue yet but I will be going 7 hours away this weekend will have lots of time to sit in the car and knit.

Linking up with yarn along.

Monday, October 3, 2016

October Blog Forecast

Hey everyone! Apologies for not sharing anything recently. I can confidently report there is nothing I can share because I haven't knit much of anything since the kids' school year started.

On top of that, I really lost motivation for knitting. I bought supplies to do a mystery knit along with JoAnn Fabric, which is something I've never done before. Hopefully the "newness" will get me motivated to knit again.

Otherwise, expect things to be quiet around here for a while! Sorry!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

"Still Knitting"

Oh man you guys. Dickens gets us. I'm past this chapter but I did get some great amusement out of having two chapters back to back titled "Knitting" and "Still Knitting." She's been knitting the same project for years now. We can all relate.
I am still working on the hat that I will be donating to our church fundraiser, although I was hoping I could crank out at least one hat per week but obviously that's not happened. Ugh. There's just not enough hours in a day.
Until next time, knitters!

(This week be linked to Wednesday's Yarn Along once it's available.)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Adam's Ribs Wrap

I finished this gorgeous sweater this week on Sunday. Blocked Sunday night and was wearing it by Monday. I love it so much!

Here are the details:
Pattern: Adam's Ribs Cap Sleeve Wrap by Carol Sunday
Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino - 51% silk, 49% merino wool
Needles: Size 10, straight needles




I'm very proud of this sweater. I bought two shawl pins to wear with it. When blocking, the ribbing opened up and the length of the sweater grew dramatically.  It didn't stretch width-wise as much as I was hoping but it still fits great. I thought it would be much more of a challenge to knit, which is why the pattern sat in my Ravelry library for almost 3 years. Once I got the hang of the 7-row repeat it flew off the needles! I know I'll get a lot of use out of this. It is already a treasured garment and it's barely off the blocking board!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A New Hat



I cast on for a hat on Monday. I've finished my sweater, which I will share once I have some nice photos! (Click here for a sneak peek though!) The hat will donated to our church's fall festival. I'm planning to spend this month making projects to donate, de-stashing some old yarn as a result.

We are still reading Holes together, and I am still slowly making my way through A Tale of Two Cities.

See more WIPs at the weekly Yarn Along link up.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Home Stretch

I'm pretty excited you guys! I'm almost finished with my Adams Ribs sweater! I'm pretty sure this is the last skein of the project. Then I'll just have to weave ends and sew the sleeves together.

I'm still reading Holes to my oldest, and A Tale of Two Cities to myself. Ha. Pretty sure I started that book over a year ago.

I am also mentally preparing myself for beginning our homeschool year with two of the kids this year, pre-k and first grade. A little nervous but my husband and I found a curriculum that we think sounds good so the lessons are already planned and put together for me, which takes away a TON of stress.
(I'll add a link tomorrow to the weekly Yarn Along link up.)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

So Close to Finishing

I'm making some great progress on my sweater. And it's fitting nicely so far, which I'm pretty excited about!

Adam's Ribs Cap Sleeve Wrap by Carol Sunday,
 Malabrigo silky wool in Raspberry

My daughter helped arrange the extra needle

I'm still reading Holes to the boys. My four year old definitely is not as invested in the story as my six year old. My six year old has been asking lately, at random points during the day, if I would read to him. That's unusual for him, so I've been excited that he is enjoying it.

Click here for more WIPs through the Yarn Along link up!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Past the Second Sleeve

I knit past the second sleeve! Sleeve construction on this sweater requires meticulous direction-following in order to keep the pattern from getting knit backwards or from getting on the wrong row. Then you cast on, knit some sort rows when new piece is attached to the sweater body, and continue on your merry way. Thanks to my problems with the first sleeve, the second came together incredibly easily.
Adam's Ribs Cap Sleeve Wrap, Malabrigo silky merino

The boys have been increasingly rowdy before bed lately, so I started reading Holes to them. My own selfish reading has been put on the back burner again. No surprise there, unfortunately.
More WIPS can be found at the link below:

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ribbed Sweater Progress

Surprisingly, I've been able to work on my knitting since last week, despite being at work 5/7 days last week... Which is a lot for me!

It doesn't look impressive when it's folded up, but once you lay it out it actually looks like a sweater!

The far left side of the photo is where I just took the sleeve stitches off after I finished the short row shaping. I don't have much left now, except for the other half of that sleeve and the second front panel.

Haven't done any reading this week.
More WIPS can be found at the link below:

Ribbed Sweater Progress

Surprisingly, I've been able to work on my knitting since last week, despite being at work 5/7 days last week... Which is a lot for me!

It doesn't look impressive when it's folded up, but once you lay it out it actually looks like a sweater!

The far left side of the photo is where I just took the sleeve stitches off after I finished the short row shaping. I don't have much left now, except for the other half of that sleeve and the second front panel.

Haven't done any reading this week.
More WIPS can be found at the link below: