Saturday, October 14, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sam Barsky's Famous Travel Sweaters!!


Wow, I am truly impressed!! I just watched an episode of Tea with Shira on YouTube. Shira had guest, Sam Barskey on her show recently. 

Sam Barsky has designed and knitted 108 sweaters!! Many of his sweaters feature prominent landmarks of places he has traveled to and visited. Sam Barsky has some serious knitting skills.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Stephen West Knits


I think it would be so much fun to take one of Stephen West's knitting classes... What fabulous energy he has!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Knitting Quote of the Day!!


How to Line a Knit Or Crochet Purse!


I have a free pattern on how to knit a purse, but the pattern doesn't tell me how to line the inside of the purse with fabric.

So, I was excited to find the above video on YouTube. It explains how to hand sew a lining inside of a purse. It looks totally easy to sew in a lining.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Yarn Quote of the Day!!


Have You Ever Wanted To Form A Knitting Group??


I discovered the above video on YouTube... The video is just under two minutes and it discusses how to form a knitting group in five easy steps!

Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf by Alana Dakos


I read the deluxe edition of Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf by Alana Dakos and illustrated by Neesha Hudson, which is a children's book about learning to knit and includes the hardback edition of the book, stickers, a puzzle, and a paper doll set based on the book.

I enjoyed reading this cute picture book geared towards children ages 4 and older. The story is about a little girl named,  Annie, who watches her mother knit and decides she wants to learn how to knit just like her mommy. Like any little girl, Annie is impatient as she wants to knit as fast as her mother does and have her projects come out perfectly. Annie also makes lots of mistakes while learning to knit and ends up giving up on knitting altogether. 

It isn't until Annie is at school one day and learns that her teacher wants each student to share a 'special talent' they have with the rest of the class. It's then that Annie decides she will finish knitting her scarf and share her 'special talent' to knit with the rest of the class. Annie's scarf isn't perfect by any means and has lots of holes in it. This makes the scarf look like it is a piece of Swiss Cheese. But with flaws and all, Annie's Swiss Cheese scarf looks delightful and is a huge hit with her teacher and her classmates. By the end of the book, Annie ends up teaching other students how to knit during recess.

I liked how Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf by Alana Dakos shows perseverance, that things don't have to be perfect to turn out beautifully, and that learning new hobbies and skills takes practice before one can master them with ease and agility. These are all good messages to impart on young readers.

Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf by Alana Dakos is also beautifully illustrated by Neesha Hudson, which makes for a great read for young children.

If you are an avid reader and knitter and/or want to give a gift to a young reader and (hopefully) inspire them to want to learn to knit, then this book is a delightful read to share. It gives a lesson at the end of the book on how to knit, which makes for a great introduction to knitting.

There is also a FREE pattern online on how to make Annie's Swiss Cheese Scarf. So check out the pattern for the scarf by clicking on the link in the previous sentence!! Wouldn't it be fun to read the book to a child and then make the scarf together??

I am giving Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf by Alana Dakos a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf Video Review From Jimmy Beans Wool



I have not read Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf children's book by Alana Dakos yet, but I plan to do so soon after viewing the above video review from Jimmy Beans Wool that I discovered on YouTube!

It just so happened that a local, indie yarn store near where I live had Alana Dakos visit this weekend. 

Alana Dakos taught knitting classes over the weekend at A Yarn Less Raveled as well as signing copies of her books and having a pop up boutique.

While I was at A Yarn Less Raveled earlier this evening, I was able to purchase the deluxe version of Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf by Alana Dakos (which includes the hardback edition of the book, stickers, a puzzle, and paper doll set)... I was also able to have Alana sign her book for me, which was awesome!

Alana Dakos --- Knitter, Knit Designer, Author, Business Owner, Knitting Instructor, & More!

Alana Dakos + Me at A Yarn Less Raveld in Danville, California

I first became aware of Alana Dakos from her knitting podcast called Never Not Knitting along with her knitting blog of the same name last year or the year before.

I've since learned that Alana Dakos is a knitwear designer and has published five books about knitting. She has even ventured into the publishing arena and created her own publishing company, NNK Press.

Alana Dakos also has her very own yarn store named, Never Not Knitting, in Atascadero, California. 

Alana Dakos is also a knitting instructor and teaches classes at other yarn stores. In fact, she is teaching a few knitting classes at a local yarn store in Danville, California called A Yarn Less Raveled on Saturday, September 30, 2017 and Sunday, October 1, 2017.

I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Alana Dakos in person at A Yarn Less Raveled (which is a lovely indie yarn store). Ms. Dakos was super friendly and sweet to meet in person. I enjoyed speaking with her. I also had Alana sign a copy of her knitting books, Botanical Knits: 12 Designs Inspired by Trees and Foliage and Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf

I look forward to making a few of her patterns when I become a better knitter!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Clover Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needles Takumi Combo Set

I finally bit the bullet so to speak and purchased the Clover Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needles Takumi Combo Set through Michaels using one of their 50% off coupons.

I've wanted one of these Clover Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needles Takumi Combo Set for a while, but the retail price tag of $169.99 was a bit on the expensive for for me. Additionally, as a newer knitter, I wasn't sure I wanted to spend that kind of money on this set until I knew that I would stick with knitting for the long haul... And also because, I already had so many straight and circular knitting needles in my collection that I wasn't sure I wanted duplicate knitting needles.

Over time, I'd read quite a few reviews made by other knitters who had purchased and used the Clover Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needles Takumi Combo Set and they enjoyed this set a lot.

So, I finally decided to set aside some money and use a 50% off coupon to purchase Clover Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needles Takumi Combo Set. With the coupon, the price dropped down to $85 + sales tax. I look forward to using this set in the many months and years to come.

I love the following features included in the Clover Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needles Takumi Combo. Here's what is included in this set:
All the needle sizes you need to create a variety of knitting masterpieces all in one set! This combo set made up of interchangeable circular knitting needles combines the assorted needles and cords included in this set to create 60 combinations of circular knitting needles. All pieces are stored in an exclusive luxury case.
Details:
60 combinations of circular knitting needlesSmooth and lightweight
Contains:

12 tip sizes: US No. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 13, 155 cord lengths: 16", 24", 29", 36", 48"Customized case for easy selection and storage
Do you have a circular combination set? If so,which one do you own and how do you like it?

Knitting Quote of the Day!!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Logan Chunky Infinity Cowl Scarf



I'm always on the look out for great yarn deals and also for fabulous, free, easy knitting patterns. 

One of my favorite places to search for knitting patterns is on Ravelry. I recently discovered a free infinity cowl scarf pattern called Logan on Ravelry last weekend. The Logan infinity cowl scarf is designed by Jennifer @ JayKay Knits and looks amazing in the pictures posted online.

After viewing pictures of the Logan infinity cowl scarf, I knew that I had to make it. I couldn't wait to get started, so I made a gauge swatch earlier this week using the bulky purple yarn I purchased last weekend. 

Since making my gauge swatch, I have knitted the first twelve of the Logan pattern and this infinity cowl looks fabulous so far! I look forward to seeing the finished project. I have fifteen more rows to knit before binding off. I'll be sure and post a photograph of what the Logan infinity cowl scarf looks when I'm finished with it.

What are you making these days?

Malabrigo Rasta Yarn is a super bulky weight yarn from Uruguay and is made from 100% wool. It's one of my favorite yarns to knit with... So, when I discovered that it was 50% off the through Craftsy's website in their Marian Cowl Knitting Kit last week (along with FREE SHIPPING), I decided to stock up! 


I've noticed the price of the Marian Cowl Knitting Kit has gone up slightly since last though.

I'm thinking of turning a few of these skeins into holiday gifts!!

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Recent Yarn Haul From Michaels!



I visited Michaels last weekend with my husband. I was looking for yarn as usual during my visit to Michaels. 

While I was at Michaels, I was tempted to buy so many skeins of yarn during my visit as Michaels was offering some great deals. I tried to resist buying more yarn, as I do not need any more skeins of yarn!!  

However, I ended up buying a five skein pack of bulky mill ends yarn in a purple with gray colorway. How could I resist buying yarn that ended up costing me $1.75 per skein?

There are a few things I don't like about buying mill ends. I don't like that I don't know the yardage of each skein, which would be helpful to know for making a knitting project. I would also love to know the fiber content and also the brand name and colorway for each package along with dye lot. The skeins above look like they are bulky weight, but I am not 100% certain on that fact.

47 Fun Facts About Knitting!

It is always educational to learn more about the history of knitting and other fun facts about knitting.

I discovered an article online titled, 47 Interesting Facts about Knitting by Karin Lehnardt that is both fun and educational!

In Karin Lehnardt's article, I learned some really cool facts about knitting. Below are 5 fun facts I learned from reading her article about knitting:
Knitting was initially a male-only occupation. In fact, when the very first knitting union was established in Paris in 1527, no women were allowed.
* One of the earliest known examples of knitting (formed on two sticks by pulling loops through loops) were a pair of cotton socks found in Egypt from the first millennium A.D. Many of them have knit into them khufic (a decorative Arabic script) blessings, symbols to ward off evil, or both.
* Linda Benne has been the North American speed-knitting champ for the past 10 years. She can knit 253 stitches in 3 minutes.
* The word “knit” is derived from the Old English cnyttan, which means “to knot.”
* Because wool was scarce during the early days of knitting, other material, such as cotton and silk, were popular knitting materials.
Click on the above link to learn more knitting.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Five Reasons Every Child Should Learn How To Knit

I actually came across an article online earlier today that initially prompted me to write today's post. The article is titled, Five Reasons Every Child Should Learn How To Knit by Beth Searle. Beth Searle's article is well written and she points out great reasons why every child should learn how to knit. Click on the link above to read Beth Searle's article.

I wish I'd first learned how to knit when I was a child because I really wanted to learn how to knit as a child/tween. But no one in my family knew how to knit... Nor did any close family friends know how to knit that I know of back then either. 

We also didn't live near any yarn stores when I was a child/teenager. Additionally, the internet didn't exist back then either, so accessing YouTube for knitting tutorial videos just wasn't an option. So, I never learned to knit as a child.

When I left for college after high school, the idea of learning to knit fell by the wayside with my college studies and other activities. It wasn't until I turned 44 years old that I actually took up learning to knit. In 2014, I'd made a New Year's Resolution to learn a new hobby that year and that hobby was learning to knit.

I am so happy that I finally began knitting 3 years and a half years ago!! I love knitting and I am still learning so many things. Who knew I'd love knitting this much??

When did you learn to knit or crochet? Who taught you to knit or crochet?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Lol, 11 Ways Knitting Is Actually Drugs!

I recently came across a funny article on Buzzfeed titled, 11 Ways Knitting Is Actually Drugs by Loryn Brantz. 

I enjoyed reading the article and found it humorous. 

Have a great day and happy knitting!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

July/August 2017 Yarn Haul

I returned a lot of the yarn I've purchased the past two months and exchanged it for other yarn to use on specific projects.

This month I came away with the following skeins of yarn:

7 skeins of Patons Grace in Azure.
1 Skein of Lion Brand Pound of Love in Oxford Grey.
1 Skein of Lion Brand Pound of Love in Denim.
8 Skeins of Big Twist Natural Blend in a pretty blue colorway. No specific name was given on the package. So if I want to reorder it again, I'll have to make my best guess.
1 Skein of Malabrigo Rasta Yarn.
2 Skeins of Craft Smart Yarn in Turquoise.

3 pairs of 16-inch circular knitting needles in US Sizes 6, 7, & 8  

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What Have You Been Knitting or Crocheting Lately?


I've recently begun knitting a double seed stitch cowl using a super bulky yarn called Big Twist Natural Blend Yarn. This yarn is comprised of 80% acrylic and 20% wool. This is the first time I've used Big Twist Natural Blend Yarn. Unfortunately, the colorway for this yarn is not stated on the outside of the packaging for this product, which is a bummer!

Anyway, I made this same exact cowl last year and it turned out lovely...  I used a different brand of yarn in a different colorway. 

The pattern I used for this cowl is from Lion Brand and it is an easy knit pattern. It's called Cabildo Cowl (Pattern# 90620AD) and it's FREE from Lion Brand.

Check the following link to see how the Cabildo Cowl I made last year turned out.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

My First Finger Crochet Scarf

I finger crocheted my very first major project! I made a scarf using Loops & Threads Chunky yarn in the Falling Leaves colorway. I like the feel of the Loops & Threads Chunky Yarn as it feels really soft to the touch and the Falling Leaves colorway will be the perfect color to wear this upcoming fall season.

The only problem is the scarf turned out way TOO LARGE using the amount of chains called for in this project. Plus, my completed scarf has uneven stitches as I found it difficult to get the right tension while finger crocheting this project.

Otherwise my scarf looks and feels fabulous. I will not be deterred in making more crochet projects in the future.

I made my scarf by following the YouTube Video below:


What have you made this month?

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??