Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Yarn Haul For May 2016

Clearance Yarn Purchase From Michaels
This month has been a good month for me terms of the yarn I've acquired!!

I was able to buy seven skeins of yarn on clearance at Michaels. My total price for all seven skeins with tax came to $14.71. If I'd paid full price + tax for these skeins of yarn, my total would have been $41.53. That's a savings of 65%... Yay, to saving money!

Plus, my mom was very sweet and purchased two hanks of 100% pure wool yarn for my birthday.

All in all, I've added nine skeins/hanks of yarn to my current collection as follows:

2 Hanks of Colinette Yarns 5 Point Chunky 100% Wool Yarn in the Elephant's Daydream colorway.
2 Hanks of Lion Brand Imagine Yarn in the Purple Haze colorway.
1 Hank of Lion Brand Imagine Yarn in the Brown Sugar colorway.
4 Skeins of Loops & Threads Zoomba Yarn in the Wild Fire colorway.

Colinette Yarns 5 Point Chunky

Please share with me the skeins of yarn you have added to your yarn stash during the month of May.

Friday, May 27, 2016

What Are You Currently Knitting Or Crocheting?

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us... So, happy Memorial Day Weekend to you all!! I hope you all have a fun, safe, and enjoyable weekend in celebration of the occasion. 

Will you be knitting or crocheting over the holiday weekend? If so, please share which project you are currently working on and any details you would like to include. I'd love to hear about what you're working on.

I am currently knitting a cowl using a Lion Brand pattern I downloaded for FREE from the Lion Brand website called the Cabildo Cowl (Pattern Number 90620AD). I've only recently started making this cowl and have knitted eight rows so far. The Cabildo Cowl pattern uses the seed stitch, which has recently become my favorite knit stitch to use these days... The pattern is turning out lovely so far. I am eagerly looking forward to seeing the final results/completed project look when I am finished knitting the cowl. 

The Cabildo Cowl is made using super bulky yarn. The pattern specifically calls for the use of Lion Brand's Hometown USA yarn and the use of US size 13, 29-circular knitting needles. I've chosen to use another brand of super bulky yarn in a red color instead of using the Hometown USA yarn that was suggested. To learn more specifics about the Cabildo Cowl pattern and download the pattern for free, visit the Lion Brand website and search for Pattern Number 90620AD.

As a side note, I am actually making the Cabildo Cowl for a Christmas gift... Yes, I am trying to make handmade Christmas gifts super early this year. By making Christmas gifts as early as possible throughout the year, I (hopefully) won't be stressing out closer to Christmas trying to finish making gifts.

Until my next post, happy knitting and crocheting!!

Monday, May 16, 2016

I Received Two Hanks of Yarn As An Early Birthday Gift!!

Colinette Yarns 5 Point Chunky in Elephant's Daydream Colorway

As a new knitter, one of my favorite gifts to receive is yarn... Or a gift card to a yarn store, so that I may buy yarn, knitting supplies, and other knitting accessories to add to my ever growing collection!

I recently visited the San Diego area for two weeks to see my parents to celebrate Mother's Day, my mom's birthday, and my birthday. While I was there, I was able to visit The Black Sheep Yarn Store in Encinitas, California with my mom. My mom knows how much I love to knit, so she let me pick out an early birthday gift for myself. I chose two hanks of Colinette Yarns 5 Point Chunky 100% Wool Yarn in the Elephant's Daydream Colorway and also a pair of US Size 17 knitting needles as well. Thank you mom, for the early birthday gift! I look forward to creating something wonderful with this yarn in the near future.

I wound the yarn into a ball myself!

Until my next post, happy knitting!!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Paperback Edition
I'm a knitter... I'm a relatively new knitter as I started knitting two years ago in April 2014, but have only spent about 18 months of the last 25 months focused on knitting. 

I love knitting for various reasons. I am also surprised that I have actually become addicted to knitting and yarn as I thought I just learn enough about knitting to make a couple of simple projects and that would that. But I couldn't have been more wrong about my desire to learn more about knitting. I've since gone on to take several knitting classes and have seen my knitting improve with each project I've completed.

But I digress! I'm really here to review a book about knitting titled Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee that I recently read. This was the first book I've read written by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and I enjoyed reading it.

What did I like about Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's book?? Well, first off, I love her humor!! Ms. Pearl-McPhee is a very witty and engaging writer that keeps you laughing and wanting to read more about the wonderful world of knitting. I can relate quite a bit to what she has to say about being an avid knitter... And of course, being a newer knitter, I also learned a lot of new things as well. I also enjoyed all the graphics that filled Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting.

Here's blurb about Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee from Amazon's website:
Cast off with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee on the ultimate journey through the knitter’s world. Pack your crafting bag, chart a course to the nearest yarn shop, and pick your traveling companion by looking for the telltale needle holes in her purse. With wry humor and a contagiously obsessive love for everything knitted, Pearl-McPhee takes you on a hilarious tour of the Land of Knitting and introduces you to the wacky, wonderful people that choose to inhabit it.
I am giving Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars. I highly recommend reading this book!

Until my next post, happy knitting!