Friday, August 11, 2017

Tacoma Top Knit Pattern from Lion Brand



Wow, I discovered this 33 second Lion Brand video on YouTube today for their Tacoma Top made by usung Lion Brand's 24/7 Cotton Yarn.

This top looks stylish and easy to make! It looks like the perfect top to make and wear during the summer months. The pattern for the Tacoma Top is downloadable for FREE from Lion Brand's website. It's classified as an easy pattern to make per the Lion Brand website.

What do you think of the Tacoma Top?? Would you make and wear it for yourself or others?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My Favorite Yarn to Knit With to Date!

Yesterday, I wrote a review of my least favorite yarn to knit with to date. So today, I thought it would be appropriate to share my most favorite yarns to knit with!

In general, I tend to gravitate towards using super bulky and bulky weight yarns. Super bulky and bulky weight yarns are great to make items with to wear during the colder fall and winter months. Additionally, due to their thickness, super bulky and bulky yarns are helpful in swiftly knitting or crocheting up projects for oneself or others.

With that said, I am a HUGE fan of Malabrigo's Rasta Yarn, which is a super bulky weight yarn from Peru that is made from 100% Merino Wool. The colorways for Malabrigo's Rasta Yarn are exquisitely beautiful!! The Malabrigo Rasta Yarn is soft to the touch and a great overall quality yarn. At this point in time, I'd say that Malabrigo's Rasta Yarn is my favorite yarn to knit with. Unfortunately, due to the price per hank for Malabrigo's Rasta Yarn, I've only used it to make cowls with verses using it to make larger projects like sweaters. 

I also really enjoy knitting with Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn, which is also a super bulky weight yarn with 80% acrylic and 20% wool fiber content. I've used several skeins of Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn to make at least 12 different knitted projects to date. Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn is a soft to the touch, comes in a wide variety of colorways, and is reasonably priced.

So, which brands of yarn do you love to knit, crochet, or craft with?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Least Favorite Yarn to Knit, Crochet, Or Craft With

Ugh, I've recently discovered that there are certain yarns I'd rather not use to knit with at all!! 

I'm currently knitting a top using Red Heart's Super Saver Yarn and I am not loving this yarn at all... The only positives I can write about Red Heart's Super Saver Yarn are that there is a wide range of spectacular colorways of this yarn, the yarn is inexpensive, and the yarn is easy to care for in that one can be put it in the washer and dryer. 

Otherwise, I am not impressed with Red Heart's Super Saver yarn. Red Heart's Super Saver yarn is a 100% acrylic, worsted weight yarn and has two qualities I don't like in yarn: 

1. It feels rough to the touch... Not something one wants to feel in a garment they'll be wearing close to their skin. 

2. I also have discovered that this yarn unravels/frays easily, which doesn't make the fabric look good and screams of cheap yarn!


I also recently tried knitting with Lion Brand's Landscapes Yarn, which is a worsted weight yarn and 100% acrylic. Lion Brand's Landscapes Yarn is soft to the touch and comes in beautiful colorways, but it didn't work up well either. I didn't like this yarn at all and gave up using it altogether and threw it out as it easily frayed and turned fuzzy while knitting with it.

The interesting thing is that I've used 100% acrylic yarn in the bulky or super bulky weight and have had positive results using the yarn despite it being 100% acrylic. But for whatever reason, using worsted weight yarn that is 100% acrylic simply hasn't worked out very well for me for the most part.

What's your least favorite yarn to crochet, knit, or craft with?

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.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

I Made Another Red Heart's Drop Stitch Scarf!

Last week, I finished knitting my third Drop Stitch Scarf using a FREE pattern I discovered on Red Heart's website.

This pattern is easy to make, even if Red Heart's directions aren't quite clear on how to make a drop stitch for the very first time.

I made my second version of the Drop Stitch Scarf using approximately 1.5 skeins of Isaac Mizrahi CRAFT Lexington Yarn in the Irving colorway, which is a variegated yarn that makes use of orange, purple, blues, fuchsia, and white colors to make a really beautiful pattern. I really like how beautiful this scarf turned out... And the drop stitches and fringe add a wonderful dimension to make this scarf really stand out.

This was my second time working with Isaac Mizrahi CRAFT Lexington Yarn, which is a super bulky yarn made with 85% acrylic  fiber and 15% wool fiber. The yarn feels soft to the touch. I am curious to see how well this yarn wears over time.

Until my next post, happy knitting and crocheting to you!!

Friday, June 30, 2017

June Yarn Haul 2017



This month, I purchased 19 skeins of yarn for specific projects! I purchased all of my yarn on sale or clearance as I am a bargain shopper. 

However,  I am not a fast knitter... Additionally, I haven't been knitting the past eight days for various reasons... So long story short, I have no idea when I will use the latest skeins of yarn purchased for the knitting projects I want to make.

So, which skeins of yarn did I purchase during the month of June? Well, I'm glad you asked! I purchased the following skeins of yarn:

2 skeins of Impeccable Big Yarn in the Blush Variegated colorway.
4 skeins of Himalaya Spring Yarn in the Blue colorway.
6 skeins of Caron Simply Soft Tweeds Yarn in the Aran colorway.
3 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in the Minty  colorway (not pictured).
4 skeins of Universal Yarn Alana in the Kahuna colorway (not pictured).

So, which skeins of yarn did you purchase during the month of June and what are you going to make with the yarn you've purchased?

Yarn Quote of the Day!!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I'm In Love With Red Heart's Drop Stitch Scarf Knitting Pattern!!

Drop Stitch Scarf With Fringe
This morning, I finished knitting my second Drop Stitch Scarf using a FREE pattern I discovered on Red Heart's website.

This pattern is easy to make, even if Red Heart's directions aren't quite clear on how to make a drop stitch for the very first time.

I made my second version of the Drop Stitch Scarf using approximately 1.5 skeins of Isaac Mizrahi CRAFT Lexington Yarn in the Downtown colorway, which is a variegated yarn that makes use of yellow, gold, browns, and white colors to make a really beautiful pattern. I really like how beautiful this scarf turned out... And the drop stitches and fringe add a wonderful dimension to make this scarf really stand out.

This was my first time working with Isaac Mizrahi CRAFT Lexington Yarn, which is a super bulky yarn made with 85% acrylic  fiber and 15% wool fiber. The yarn feels soft to the touch. I am curious to see how well this yarn wears over time.

Until my next post, happy crafting to you!!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Another Eyelet Cowl Complete!!!



I knitted another eyelet cowl recently. I love the colors and how well the striping worked out. The eyelets look lovely as well!! 

Sadly, only one major flaw occurred... I accidentally used the wrong needle size and the cowl is too wide! I didn't realize my mistake until about 75% into knitting the cowl. I decided to finish making the cowl as is. Lesson learned!! 

I used the Fred the Cowl knitting pattern to make my cowl, which is FREE from Ravelry.

I used one skein of Loops & Threads Charisma Yarn in the Lakeside colorway.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Improvements to My Knitting That I'd Like to Make

Yesterday, I made a post about new knitting skills I've acquired in the past two months. I've made some great strides with my knitting... But my post yesterday had me thinking about areas of my knitting that also need improvement.

I am still not great at weaving in the ends of yarn on my finished projects. 

I am also horrible at correcting certain mistakes I make along the way while knitting. I know as a knitter that I am not infallible and am bound to make mistakes along the way and I can live with that fact. What I do find frustrating is making a mistake (especially a mistake well into a project or near the end of a project) and not know how to fix it... So, there is great angst sometimes on my part on what to do to fix a mistake that is blatantly obvious and I do not know how to solve. The last thing I want to do is waste all my time, effort, and the cost of yarn on a project and not be able to finish it because of a mistake I do not know how to correct. It's times like this that I wish I had a knitting mentor to help guide me along the way or help prevent me from picking up bad knitting habits along the way.

Gauge swatches are another area of difficulty for me. I find it frustrating to make gauge swatches as I've learned that they aren't always an indicator that a project will turn out correctly even if I make a gauge swatch and think I've found the correct needle size to use for a knitting project. So, gauge swatches have become my biggest nemesis. I need to learn how to make one correctly so that garments will fit properly once finished.

What areas of improvement would you like to make with your knitting and/or crocheting skills?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Update on Lace Top I'm Making!!


I'm so excited!! I am finished knitting the first of two panels of the Cancun Boxy Lace Top a couple of days ago. I started knitting the Cancun Boxy Lace Top about three weeks ago... It's a FREE, easy knit pattern for knitters, who want to make their very first knitted top. 

The Cancun Boxy Lace Top is a lace sampler made in two panels, which are sewn together. This top showcases various lace stitches in each panel for a fun, casual look which is perfect for the summer months ahead. The Cancun Boxy Lace Top is a loose fitting top.


So what are you knitting or crocheting these days?

New Knitting Skills I've Learned So Far This Year!

During the past couple of months, I have branched out and learned some new knitting skills to add to my knitting repertoire. This is good news for me, as I've been wanting to branch out and learn new knitting skills to use in patterns I am making.

Here's a list of the new skills I've learned so far this year:

* How to add fringe to a project.
* How to do drop stitches.
* How to do yarn overs and combine them with the knit two together stitch to make eyelets.
* How to make the netting stitch.
* How to make the solid mesh stitch.

I am really excited about the new stitches/techniques I've learned and have used them in projects I have been making the past couple of months.

So what new techniques have you learned so far this year? Are there still areas of knitting and/or crocheting that you need to improve upon? Share your comments with me below!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Loops & Threads® Charisma™ Charismatic Knit Cowl

Last month, I knitted and gave my mom 'Loops & Threads® Charisma™ Charismatic Knit Cowl' for Mother's Day and she loved!! 

I just realized that I never blogged about Loops & Threads® Charisma™ Charismatic Knit Cowl I made for my mom for Mother's Day until now.

I've made three of the 'Loops & Threads® Charisma™ Charismatic Knit Cowl' earlier this year in another colorway. Click on the above link to download this FREE knit pattern from Micahels.

It took approximately 1.5 skeins of Loops & Threads® Charisma™ yarn in the color of your choice to make the  'Loops & Threads® Charisma™ Charismatic Knit Cowl'. I chose to use Loops & Threads® Charisma™ yarn in the Stormy colorway. I love the light yellow, grey, dark and light green, and black colors found in the Stormy colorway.


The 'Loops & Threads® Charisma™ Charismatic Knit Cowl' is a pretty pattern overall. The 'Loops & Threads® Charisma™ Charismatic Knit Cowl'  is made using circular knitting needles and the pattern is rated an intermediate knit pattern, although I felt it was an easy knit pattern to make. The only minor complaint I have with this pattern is that when changing stitches at the end of a row in the round looks uneven at the seam, which sucks! Otherwise I like this pattern and how it looks.

As far as the Loops & Threads® Charisma™ yarn goes, I feel it has plenty of pros and cons. 

The pros for Loops & Threads® Charisma™ yarn: 

I like the color choices for this yarn as there are several solid and also multi-color skeins to choose from to make various knitting or crochet projects. I also love how soft this yarn feels to the touch. I also find the Loops & Threads® Charisma™ yarn to be reasonably priced and I've seen it on sale frequently on Michaels website, making it an even better deal. I also love that it is a bulky yarn and works up fast.

The cons for Loops & Threads® Charisma™ yarn: 

Sometimes the thickness of this yarn varies throughout a skein. In one of the skeins I used to make this project, the yarn wasn't dyed correctly in a small section, so there was a white streak and also a knot. Additionally, I'd like to add that this yarn isn't of the highest quality, meaning that the yarn can become fuzzy, separate, or pill easily, especially if overworked. 

Until my next post, happy knitting and/or crocheting to you!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Finger Crocheted Necklace with Sequins

I love the color of seafoam or any bluish green or greenish blue color. So, with that in mind, I decided to finger crochet a necklace using Boutique Rigoletto Sequins Yarn in the Jade colorway.

This was a quick, easy project that took roughly 5 minutes to make!

Gotta love fun and easy projects to knit or crochet!

I have 3 more skeins of this yarn left to use. I will try other fun, free patterns I've discovered online!

One of the patterns I discovered was on YouTube!! You may use either 2 skeins of Boutique Rigoletto Sequins Yarn or 2 skeins of Lion Brand Imagine Yarn to crochet the scarf.



Until my next post, happy crocheting!!

Make It A Great Day Knitting in Public!!!


Saturday, June 3, 2017

2017 World Wide Knit In Public Day!!



A week from today is 2017 World Wide Knit In Public Day!! So mark your calendar and save the date to knit in public this year.

Click on the above link to learn more about the 2017 World Wide Knit In Public Day.

Happy knitting!!

Friday, June 2, 2017

What Are You Knitting Or Crocheting These Days??


I've started knitting the Cancun Boxy Lace Top... It's a FREE, easy knit pattern for knitters with some knitting experience, who wants to make their very first top. 

The Cancun Boxy Lace Top is a lace sampler made in two panels, which are sewn together. This top showcases various lace stitches in each panel for a fun, casual look which is perfect for the summer months ahead. The Cancun Boxy Lace Top is a loose fitting top.

I am making the Cancun Boxy Lace Top using Universal Yarn Alana in the Hula colorway for my mom. The Hula colorway contains pinks, yellow, and orange.

I am also planning to make the  Cancun Boxy Lace Top for myself as well. I am hoping to have both tops made before summer ends so that my mom and I are able to wear our tops before the weather cools down in the fall months.

Anyway, I am really pleased with how the Cancun Boxy Lace Top is turning out so far. I love the colors of Universal Yarn Alana in the Hula colorway. I'm really looking forward to see how this top turns out once I've finished knitting it. I hope my mom loves it as well!

So, what are you knitting or crocheting these days??

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May Yarn Haul 2017



I purchased 12 skeins of yarn during the month of May!! 

Below is a list of my yarn purchases for the month of May:

4 Skeins of Loops & Threads® Chunky™ Yarn in Falling Leaves Colorway
4 skeins of Isaac Mizrahi® CRAFT™ Lexington Yarn in Irving Colorway
4 skeins of Isaac Mizrahi® CRAFT™ Lexington Yarn in Downtown Colorway


Did you buy yarn during May 2017? Share with me in the comment section below, which skeins of yarn you purchased.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Big Herringbone Cowl ~~ Knitting Video Instruction!!



I've been wanting to knit a herringbone scarf or cowl for quite a while now. 

I have finally found a herringbone cowl pattern that looks gorgeous and easy to make. I discovered the Big Herringbone Cowl pattern through the IKNITS YouTube Channel. Thank you Christine for putting this instructional video together. 

I look forward to making the Big Herringbone Cowl in the future.

Drop Stitch Scarf --- Easy Knit Pattern from Red Heart Yarn

Drop Stitch Scarf
I discovered the Drop Stitch Scarf pattern on Red Heart Yarn's website. The Drop Stitch Scarf is a FREE knit pattern to download and rated as an easy knit pattern.

When I first saw the online photograph of the Drop Stitch Scarf on Red Heart's website, I fell in love with the look of it! I simply knew that I had to make one.

The Drop Stitch Scarf calls for the use of  two skeins of Red Heart Grande yarn in the colorway of your choice and size US 19 (15mm) 29-inch circular knitting needles. 

However, I ended up using approximately 2.5 skeins of Patons Cobbles yarn in the Moon Rock colorway to make my version of the Drop Stitch Scarf. I knitted the Drop Stitch Scarf using size 15 40-inch circular knitting needles.

I love how the Drop Stitch Scarf turned out once I finished knitting it. It's very soft and very pretty. I enjoyed using the Patons Cobbles yarn for this project, but think that next time I will use a yarn that doesn't look segmented as the pattern looks unique enough already with the dropped stitches and fringe.

I learned how to drop stitches and add fringe while making the Drop Stitch Scarf. I love learning new knitting techniques and then seeing the end results in a completed project. It makes learning to knit very worthwhile for me. I love being creative and improving on my hobby of knitting.

I am giving the above Drop Stitch Scarf to my cousin's daughter as a gift. 

I am currently making another Drop Stitch Scarf for myself using a different yarn in a variegated colorway. I'm excited to see how it turns out!!

So, what have you been knitting or crocheting these days? Are you learning a new (to you) stitch for the project you are making currently??

Monday, May 29, 2017

Indian Cross Stitch



I was surfing on YouTube looking for interesting knitting videos today, when I stumbled across a new to me knitting stitch tutorial video from the iknitwithcatfur YouTube channel. 

I now am in love with the look of Indian Cross Stitch!! I'd love to use this particular knit stitch to create a sweater, scarf, or other garment. 

The Indian Cross Stitch looks easy to make.

So what do you think of the Indian Cross Stitch??? Do you love it too??

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Red Heart Big Comfy Sweater --- Easy Knitting Pattern!


Oh, boy, I want to make Red Heart's Big Comfy Sweater!! I downloaded the FREE pattern sometime ago. 

I recently discovered that Marly Bird (Spokesperson for Red Heart, and crochet and knitwear designer) has a 49 minute video on YouTube on how to make this easy knit sweater pattern from Red Heart Yarns.

I've ordered my supplies and look forward to making this sweater down the road.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Finger Knit An Easy Butterfly!!


I have a lot of leftover worsted weight yarn from previous projects that I have been trying to decide what to do with... So when I found an easy finger knit video on how to make a butterfly on YouTube, I knew this would be just the right project for me to make use of my leftover yarn.

What do you do with leftover yarn from projects?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Easy Lace Top With Video Tutorial!!


I was surfing on YouTube the past couple of days trying to find some other cool and easy knitting projects to make. 

I came across a YouTube Channel called IKNITS and watched 2-3 of the videos made by the host, Christine. 

After watching Christine's video tutorial (above) on how to knit an easy lace top tutorial, I now want to make one for myself. I have yarn that I've stashed aside with no project in mind for the yarn. So, tah dah, I now have the perfect project for my yarn stash, yippee!!

Now, all I need is to find the time to make the easy lace top as I currently have four projects on knitting needles.

P. S. After watching the above video and then printing and reading the directions on how to make the easy lace top, I've noticed some discrepancies. 

For instance, the written directions say to cast on 98 stitches, but Christine says to cast on 99 stitches. Also, when it comes to making the solid mesh stitch, the directions states there are 6 rows and Christine's video mentions 8 rows. I do not recall if there are other discrepancies in the video that don't match up with the written directions for the easy lace top. So, make sure you read and follow the written directions. 

I'm personally going to use the above video as a guide to knitting stitches I do not know how to make.

How To Add Fringe to A Scarf!!


Believe it or not, I have never added fringe to anything I've knitted!! I am currently knitting two scarves that call for fringe to be added. 

I discovered a video on YouTube from The Crochet Crowd on how to make and add fringe to a scarf. The above video is short and makes adding fringe to a scarf look so easy! 

I look forward to seeing fringe on my completed scarves!

Until my next post, happy crafting!

Friday, May 19, 2017

I've Knitted My 2nd Fred The Cowl Scarf!!

Me wearing the Fred the Cowl
I've finished knitting another Fred The Cowl scarf for my cousin's daughter. It turned out really nicely.

This time I used Deborah Norville by Premier Yarns Serenity Chunky Yarn in the Puppy Dog Tails colorway and is a bulky (5) weight yarn. 

The Puppy Dog Tails colorway ends up looking like a tie dye experiment with light blue and light purple colors with a white background once the yarn used to make something.

The Puppy Dog Tails is a colorway I normally wouldn't gravitate towards, but I found myself really surprised at how much I really enjoyed the colors once I had completed the project. I just hope my cousin's daughter loves the cowl too as she likes purples and blues.
Close Up Look of the Fred The Cowl
So, what have you been knitting or crocheting lately?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How Did You Start Knitting and/or Crocheting?

I'd wanted to learn how to knit since I was in junior high/middle school or maybe even longer (???), but no one in my family knew how to knit ... Nor did any of our close family friends know how to knit. We didn't live near a yarn store, so knitting classes were not readily available to me as a youngster. So, long story short, I never learned how to knit in my younger years.

I sort of forgot about wanting to learn how to knit once I headed off to college. And it wasn't until 2014 that I decided to finally learn how to knit at the age of 44 years old!! I started learning how to knit at Roxanne's in Carpinteria, California. I had an awesome experience learning the basics of knitting before moving to Northern California a few months later. 

Since moving to Northern California, I've continued taking knitting classes, reading knitting books, and watching knitting how to videos on YouTube to improve my knitting skills.

I never quite expected to fall ABSOLUTELY in LOVE with knitting and yarn in general!! I thought I'd learn the basics of knitting, make a few things (like hats and scarves) and then move on to another hobby. But I'm still going strong with knitting... I love learning new stitches and improving my knitting skills. In fact, I've learned four new (to me) things in the past month, including how to make eyelets with yarn overs and knitting two stitches together! 

I still consider myself to be an advance beginner knitter. 

So, who taught you to knit? Was it a family member or a friend? Or did you learn to knit by taking a class. How old were you when you started knitting?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Easy Finger Crochet Scarf


This finger crochet scarf sounds fun and easy to make... I look forward to make one for myself and/or others!

What Are You Making These Days?


I'm currently knitting my second Fred The Cowl Scarf and am just over halfway done knitting it. I'm once again making this cowl as a gift to give to another cousin. This time though I'm using 
Deborah Norville by Premier Yarns Serenity Chunky Yarn, which is a bulky yarn in the Puppy Dog Tails Colorway.

I am looking forward to seeing how this version of the Fred The Cowl turns out once completed! So far I love what I see... the cowl looks like blue, white, and purple tie dye.

So, what are you making these days?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Fred The Cowl!

Last week, I began knitting a new to me beginning knit pattern called Fred The Cowl, which I discovered on Ravelry. I was able to download this pattern for FREE and it incorporates the yarn over stitch and the knit two together stitch to make eyelets. 


I finished knitting the Fred The Cowl Pattern yesterday morning. It turned out lovelier than expected!! It's now one of my favorite patterns as it is easy to knit and looks great once it is finished.


I used roughly a skein and a half of Loops & Threads Cozy Wool yarn from Michaels in the Sandstone colorway to complete my version of the Fred The Cowl pattern. Loops and Threads Cozy Wool is a soft, super bulky yarn weight. I also knitted this cowl using size 11 US, 16-inch circular knitting needles.

Until my next post, happy knitting!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

April Yarn Haul in 2017

Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Chunky Yarn
Loops & Threads Cozy Wool

Well, I kind of went crazy and purchased thirty-six skeins of yarn online... However, I ended up returning thirty-two of the skeins because I either didn't like the color in person or the feel of the yarn.

Long story short, I've only kept four of the skeins to use in projects I'm currently making.

I have two skeins of Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in the Sandstone Colorway and two skeins of Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Chunky Yarn in the Puppy Dog Tails colorway.

Share with me in the comments section below, which skeins of yarn you've recently added to your personal collection.

Friday, April 28, 2017

What Are You Currently Working On?

I'm currently knitting another cowl, which I am making for one of my cousins. 

I'm actually using a new to me knitting pattern, Fred the Cowl, for the first time. I discovered this particular pattern on Ravelry and it's for a beginning knitter. The Fred the Cowl is ALSO downloadable for FREE. 

The Fred the Cowl pattern pattern utilizes the yarn over stitch and the knit two together stitch in the same row to create several eyelets, which is pretty cool looking if you ask me!! Yarn overs are a new to me knitting stitch. I'm so glad that I am trying a new knitting technique and learning new things to help grow my knitting knowledge.

Once I'm done knitting the Fred the Cowl pattern, I'll post a picture. I plan to make one for myself eventually.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Do You Know How to Knook?


Until yesterday, I had now idea what knooking was as I'd never heard of the term before. Essentially, knooking is knitting with a specialized crochet needle. It looks pretty cool.

Watch the above YouTube video to learn how to knook.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

How You Organize Your Yarn Stash?


My yarn stash is growing out of control and I need to reorganize my yarn stash asap!! 

I currently keep my yarn in five separate containers that are not see through. This makes it difficult to know what I currently have on hand.

So, I now need to rethink how I am organizing my yarn stash, so I can keep track of the yarn I have on hand.

Any suggestions or ideas you may have on how I may reorganize my yarn stash would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Need Help Deciding What to Make Next??


Check out the above graphic to help you decide what you should make next! Happy crafting!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Here's A Guide to Knitter's Slang


More Ruffle Scarves!

Ruffle Scarf
I've crocheted two ruffle scarves in the past week using Red Heart's Boutique Sashay Yarn in the Jive Colorway.

Both ruffle scarves turned out lovely if I do say so myself! 

I will be giving each scarf away as Mother's gifts. One scarf to my mother and one to my maternal grandmother next month.

What are you crocheting or knitting this month?