Saturday, April 30, 2016

Yarn Haul For April 2016!!

Yes, another month has come and gone! And sure enough, I've added more yarn to my ever growing yarn stash... I can't seem to knit fast enough to keep up with my yarn purchases. If I don't watch out, I may soon have more skeins of yarn than I do books!! And I own a lot of books!!

This month, I've purchased 15 skeins of yarn as follows:

1 skein of Lion Brand Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Ribbon in Orange Topaz.
1 skein of Lion Brand Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Ribbon in Feldspar.
1 skein of Lion Brand Hometown USA Yarn in Key West Pink.
2 skeins of Lily Sugar'n Cream Solids Yarn in White.
3 skeins of Red Heart Boutique Twilight Electric Yarn in Pixie.
7 skeins of Bernat Satin Sparkle Yarn in Emerald.

Some of my new skeins of yarn to add to my ever growing yarn stash!

So, which skeins of yarn have you added to your yarn stash this month??

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Do You Listen to Knitting Podcasts?

Always on the look out for anything knitting related, I decided to look for knitting podcasts on Google. Wow, there seems to be a lot of options when it comes to knitting podcasts... There's even video podcasts. 

There are so many podcast options that I wasn't sure where to begin with my listening experience... So, I randomly chose to begin listening to the Never Not Knitting Podcast, which has 90+ knitting podcasts. The Never Not Knitting Podcast is hosted by Alana Dakos. 

Yesterday while knitting, I listened to the first three podcasts ever recorded by Alana Dakos at Never Not Knitting. So, far I've thought the Never Not Knitting Podcasts are just okay... But I am giving this podcast a chance to grow and mature into its own, as I'm sure there are growing pains with starting a new adventure like podcasting.

There are tons of knitting podcasts out there to listen to... I am on the look out for some excellent knitting podcasts to listen to in the months and (hopefully) years to come. Do you enjoy listening to knitting podcasts?? If there is a knitting podcast(s) you enjoy listening to, please share the podcast(s) with me by leaving a comment below!

Until my next post, happy knitting!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Another Rasta Cowl Complete!

Sandy's Rasta Cowl in Ravelry Red
So, last month I knitted a cowl using a pattern called Sandy's Rasta Cowl. I liked how this pattern turned out that I decided to make another cowl in a different color for my mom for Mother's Day this year.

I used used one skein of Malabrigo Rasta Yarn (super bulky yarn) in the Ravelry Red colorway. The knitting pattern was obtained from an independent yarn store in Pleasanton, California called Knit This, Purl That

Sandy's Rasta Cowl is an easy pattern for the beginning knitter like myself. The directions were very clearly written and easy to follow. It was my second time knitting with Malabrigo yarn. I love the soft feel of Malabrigos Rasta Yarn and the exquisite, super saturated color of Malabrigo Rasta Yarn I used to complete my cowl.

To make my version of Sandy's Rasta Cowl, I used Deborah Norville size US 17, 16-inch circular knitting needles.

So what have you been working on these days?

Until my next post, happy knitting!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Adventure Circle #Scarfie

Adventure Circle #Scarfie
I finished knitting another Adventure Circle #Scarfie last night! I love this easy to make FREE Lion Brand pattern... I guess you could say that the Adventure Circle #Scarfie has become one of my favorite knitting patterns as I've made four of them to date! I look forward to making many more of these cowl neck scarves in the future to give as gifts. 

What do I love about making this pattern?? Well, aside from the fact that it is easy and quick to make, I love that I can make it using a pair of circular knitting needles and with one skein or less of yarn. But my favorite feature is the fact that the seed stitch pattern is used to make the Adventure Circle #Scarfie and the seed stitch is very beautiful.

What I didn't realize until I finished knitting my latest Adventure Circle #Scarfie is that this particular pattern is for a child! I'm an adult woman, but I love wearing the Adventure Circle #Scarfie because it easily slips over my head and fits my neck perfectly. I dislike most cowl neck scarves because I feel that they are too large/baggy for my neck. The Adventure Circle #Scarfie has a circumference of approximately 20 inches and the width is approximately 7 inches, which comfortably fits around my neck and keeps it warm.

I used one skein of Lion Brand Hometown USA Yarn in the Key West Pink colorway to make the Adventure Circle #Scarfie you see pictured above. This was the first time I've worked with the Lion Brand Hometown USA Yarn. This particular yarn is 100% acrylic and is soft to the touch. If you love neon pink and gray, then the Key West Pink colorway is for you. Personally, I won't be using the Key West Pink colorway again though as I'm not a huge fan of neon pink.

To make the Adventure Circle #Scarfie, simply visit the Lion Brand Yarn website and type in the following pattern number, L40501B, into the search box on the Lion Brand website and you're good to go!
Until my next post, happy knitting!! 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design

My husband and I visited the San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design yesterday afternoon. What a small, wonderful museum to visit!! I wasn't expecting much from the San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design, but it packs a punch and the exhibits knocked our socks off.

Normally, showcasing a museum wouldn't be something I'd think about highlighting in a blog post here on my knitting blog. However, I did view some nice textile artwork on exhibit during our visit to the San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design.

We Couldn't Get In, We Couldn't Get Out by LJ Roberts
For instance, I saw the piece to the left by LJ Roberts and titled 'We Couldn't Get In, We Couldn't Get Out' made in 2007-2008 -- Crank Knit Yarn, Handwoven Wire, Assorted Hardware.

Gotta love the bright neon pink yarn color of LJ Roberts' artwork!

I also saw some wonderful pieces of textile artwork done by both Lia Cook and Carole Beadle while at the San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design... Their work is quite awesome to see in person. I highly recommend visiting the San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design before August 7, 2016 to see their work on exhibit.

Until my next post, happy crafting!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

This Sums Up My Two Favorite Hobbies!!

Blocking Party In Progress!

I've been knitting now for two years, but I've never blocked any of the items I've knitted before until now. I did not know about blocking handmade knitted items or realize the importance of blocking until about a year and a half ago while enrolled in a knitting class. 

But, alas, I waited a long time before I decided blocking an item as I wasn't entirely sure how to do it. 

See the below video about blocking your hand knitted items.

Yesterday evening, I finally decided to take the plunge and block three of my most recently knitted items. I started by soaking the items I had knitted in a tub of tepid water with unscented Eucalan No Rinse Delicate WashEucalan No Rinse Delicate Wash is concentrated and the directions recommend using one teaspoon of Eucalan No Rinse Delicate Wash per gallon of water. 

According to the product description I read about Eucalan No Rinse Delicate Wash on Amazon, I learned the following about it: 
"Eucalan No Rinse Delicate Wash provides superb cleaning and conditioning for any natural fiber and is ideal for use by hand or machine. It is nontoxic, biodegradable, and phosphate free. The natural lonolin-enriched formula conditions the fiber and helps keep static away."

My knitted items soaking in unscented Eucalan

As a side note worth mentioning, Eucalan No Rinse Delicate Wash also comes in various scents like lavender, jasmine, grapefruit, and eucalyptus.

After soaking the knitted items for roughly thirty minutes, I gently squeezed (no wringing) out the excess water from each item. The items were still pretty wet, so I rolled the items between towels to draw out additional water.

The items are now pinned on mats and air drying!

After all the water had been squeezed out of each item, I pinned all three of them to blocking mats where they are currently air drying.

I'm still not sure if I squeezed out the excess water properly for each item as the shape of each item seems slightly wonky looking right now. Maybe I shouldn't have rolled the items between towels as this may have stretched them out too much. I'll see how they look after they've dried. In the meantime, I'll keep my fingers crossed that each item will look fine after its dried.

Until my next post, happy knitting!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Finger Knit A Necklace With Beads Using Paracord

This is another fun and easy looking knitting project I want to try out for myself at some point. I like the idea of finger knitting a necklace with beads. I'm not sure I like the idea of using paracord, so may just end up using yarn instead. 

At any rate, I think Michaels craft store has come up with another fun how-to video for those wanting to learn to finger knit and make jewelry.

Until my next post, happy knitting!

Monday, April 4, 2016

A Picture of My First Knitting Project On My First Day of Knitting!!

Wow, yesterday, I came across a picture of the very first knitting project that I ever started knitting!! 

I started knitting two years ago on April 3, 2014 at a local craft store in Carpinteria, California. I made knit cuffs using Lion Brand Pattern Number 90239AD for my very first project. Since then, I've gone on to make many more items and have seen my knitting skills rapidly improve over time.

First Day of Knitting!!

Beautiful Finger Crochet Necklace

Oooo, this finger crochet necklace looks easy to make and exquisitely beautiful!! Sign me up... I want to make one of these necklaces too!! Does this simple to make finger crochet necklace look beautiful and stylish to you too??

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dyeing Yarn With Tea

I love drinking tea. And, of course, I also love yarn too. So, the idea of dyeing yarn with tea sounds like the perfect match to me!! I haven't dyed yarn with tea before and I found the above Lion Brand video on how to dye yarn with various kinds of tea to be very informative. I look forward to dyeing yarn with tea in the near future.

I also loved the idea of knitting or crocheting a tea cozy with the tea dyed yarn to be a lovely idea. I'll now have to dye yarn with tea and also knit a tea cozy with yarn I've dyed with tea too.

What Knitting Or Crochet Projects Are You Working On Currently?

I'm still working on knitting my very first sweater... I'm making a cardigan sweater and I am sooooo looking forward to seeing what the sweater looks like upon completion.

Since the beginning of March, I have made significant progress on making the cardigan sweater that I've been working on since January.

So far, I've finished making the first and largest piece of the sweater, which is the back of the cardigan sweater. I've also started knitting the first of two pieces that make up the front of the cardigan sweater. 

I love the yarn I am using to make the cardigan sweater. I'm using Powdery™ Fashion Yarn By Loops & Threads in blue colorway. I purchased this yarn from Michaels. The color of this yarn looks lovely and feels fabulous to the touch. The seed stitch pattern used to make this sweater looks fantastic. I also like the self striping aspect of the Powdery™ Fashion Yarn By Loops & Threads as well. 

However, I now completely understand why a solid colored yarn (verses self striping yarn) is used for the the cardigan sweater I am making. The sweater itself is made in six different pieces that are eventually sewn together to make the cardigan sweater. When knitting each individual piece, the width and size of each piece will varies. In the picture I posted above, you can see that the size of the back of the cardigan has narrow stripes, while the front piece I am currently working on has wider stripes all due to the different dimensions of each piece. So, goodness knows what the stripe width will look like for the sleeves and scarf. 

I'm going finish knitting my cardigan sweater through to completion to see how it all comes together once finished. I am very curious to see what it will look like upon completion. The sweater will definitely be quirky, but hopefully in an awesome  and beautiful way!!

I am also knitting some smaller items to give as gifts, but my main project at the moment is the cardigan sweater.