Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Yarn Documentary ~~ A Review!

Earlier this month, I watched a documentary called Yarn. It was really interesting to watch and it focuses on the lives of different fiber artists from around the world.

I liked watching the Yarn documentary because it primarily focuses on the lives of successful fiber artists verses focusing on how various types of yarn are made or specifically about knitting, crochet, macrame, weaving, and other fiber arts.

Yarn gave me a refreshing new perspective on what it means to be a fiber artist and how to think outside the box.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Yarn Garage Sale!

Items I bagged and labeled to be sold at the yarn garage sale.

A couple of weekends ago, a local yarn store in Walnut Creek, California hosted their annual yarn garage sale. They were allowing their customers an opportunity to sell any of their unwanted yarn at a discount for other yarn lovers to purchase at their storefront the weekend of Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 9, 2017.

I decided to go through my extremely large yarn stash and weed out anything I no longer wanted to use and sell it at the yarn garage sale. One could also sell knitting books, knitting needles, and other knitting notions. I found 18 items in my personal collection to sell at this year’s garage sale. All profits on items I sold (minus a 25% commission to the yarn store for selling my items) are given in the form of a store credit to buy more yarn or other knitting supplies. Pretty cool, right? It's a win-win situation if you ask me.

I ended up earning $12.75 dollars, which equates to only about 25% of the items I wanted to sell. I used the money earned from selling my items toward purchasing a skein of Malabrigo's super bulky Rasta yarn in the Archangel colorway. The remaining items that didn’t sell, I left behind to be donated to a charity as I do not want to use the items any longer.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Finger Knit A Beanie Hat Tutorial!!

Wow, this instructional video shows you how to finger knit an easy reversible beanie hat. I didn't know you could finger knit something that intricate.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Here's What I Am Currently Knitting!

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in the Minty Colorway

Right now, I have two major knitting projects on needles. I am in the middle of knitting two Cancun Boxy Lace Tops designed by Erin Kate Archer... One of the Cancun Boxy Lace Tops is for myself and the other one is for my mom.

I finished knitting the first panel for my mom's Cancun Boxy Lace Top last month. Click on the second link to see the colorway I am knitting for my mom.

I'm now knitting the first panel for the Cancun Boxy Lace Top I am making for myself. See the picture above. I love the beautiful color I am using to make my Cancun Boxy Lace Top... It's a beautiful bluish-green and reminds me of seaglass. 

Unfortunately, I am not loving the feel of the yarn I am using for my top. I am using Red Heart's Super Saver Yarn (worsted weight yarn) and it is 100% acrylic. This is my first time using Red Heart's Super Saver Yarn. Not only does this yearn feel kind of rough, it isn't the best quality. I find it frays easily and/or unravels during use.

I've used 100% acrylic yarn in bulky and super bulky weights with decent/acceptable results, but have found that 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn isn't so lovely in my opinion.

At any rate, I am hoping to complete both Cancun Boxy Lace Tops before summer is over, so that my mom and I may enjoy wearing them while it is still warm outdoors.

Monday, July 10, 2017

IKNITS Knitting Tutorial -Easy Fair Isle Tam on YouTube!!!

I've been wanting to knit a fair isle project ever since I started learning how to knit three years ago. I think fair isle patterns look pretty neat. But they also look complicated and intimidating to make. 

I recently discovered another helpful video tutorial from Christine at IKNITS on YouTube on how to knit an easy, fair isle tam from Lion Brand. Christine takes you step by step through the pattern in her video to help you make this fair isle tam.

I look forward to making this pattern down the road. I have so many works in progress as well as yarn stashed away for other projects that I am not sure when I'll have the opportunity to knit this fair isle tam.