Friday, December 8, 2017

Handmade Holiday Boutique!!!

Last weekend, I attended a Handmade Holiday Boutique at a local independent yarn store in Walnut Creek, California called Fashion Knit.

Various independent vendors were on hand selling everything from handmade jewelry, paintings, and crocheted/knitted items!

I came away with three skeins of green yarn.

And two lovely crocheted necklaces that I look forward to wearing!

So are you making and/or giving handmade gifts this year for the holidays? I know I am!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Inspiring Knitting Story!

I came across an article on Boston Globe's website titled,
How a knitting obsession became a company -- and a full-time job by Lexi Peery. In the article, Lexi Peery wrote the following:
When Christina Fagan’s sisters told her to put “the [expletive] that she knits” online — poking fun at the now 27-year-old’s knitting obsession — Fagan didn’t realize that the name would stick and that “stuff” would become her full-time job.
Click on the above link to discover how Christina grew her business and also gives back philanthropically.

I love reading these kinds of articles online on how individuals turn there hobbies, passions, and obsessions into a full-time job/career and are able to sustain there lives by doing what they love.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Knitting Woes Abound!

Ugh, a little over halfway through my triangle lace
shawl, I mess up by not adding yarn overs in
the right places in my current row.

No problem I think.... I got this one...
I know how to tink!

That's where the trouble begins.
During the process of tinking,
I accidentally drop stitches in multiple
places. Yikes, I don't know how
 to fix dropped stitches!

Now, I have to visit my local knitting store
in search of help in fixing my current 
project along with another stalled knitting project.
But won't be able to visit my local knitting store 
until next week some time.

Making mistakes while knitting does
cause some angst as I don't know how to fix
most issues. So am feeling a bit frustrated
at the moment as I need to put my project
on hold. And of course, I am trying 

Below is a photo of my lace triangle shawl
prior to my knitting mistakes at the halfway point.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Will You Be Teaching Anyone to Knit or Crochet This Holiday Season?

I do not have any friends or family members that want to learn to knit that I know of... However, I think it would be a blast to teach anyone of my family members or friends how to knit that wanted to learn how to do so.

Teaching someone how to knit or crochet for the holidays... Along with giving them a starter knitting kit would make for an awesome holiday gift, don't you think?

As a side note, I wanted to learn how to knit when I was a youngster. I wish I had a knitting mentor back then, so I could have learned how to knit sooner. 

However, I am very grateful now that I am a knitter and am on my quest to continue learning and expanding my knitting skills as the years and months go on.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Easy Knit Triangle Shawl Using Bernat Super Value Stripes.

This easy knit triangle shawl using Bernat Super Value Stripes looks like fun to knit. 

I like the design and also the self striping yarn used.

Friday, November 24, 2017

What Projects Are You Currently Working One This Month?

I currently have many knitting projects on needles right now. My top three knitting projects at the moment are as follows:

1. Simple Lace Triangle Shawl ~ Free Easy Knitting Pattern from Red Heart (click above link to download the pattern from Red Heart's website).

This pattern is made using one skein of Red Heart Super Saver Ombre Yarn, which is a 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn that comes in 12 different colorways. I am using a skein of the Red Heart Super Saver Ombre Yarn in the Baja Blue colorway to knit my Simple Lace Triangle Shawl.

This is the first time that I am making a triangle shawl. It is an easy pattern to follow. Marly Bird does a YouTube tutorial for the Simple Lace Triangle Shawl (click the link to the left to see Marly Bird's YouTube Video).

I have knitted 50 rows for the Simple Lace Triangle Shawl. I have increased the shawl from the first 5 stitches I cast on to 105 stitches now. I still have a long way until I am finished knitting this shawl, but I love the gradual color change that has occurred while knitting with the Super Saver Ombre Yarn! 

This is the first time I'm knitting with Red Heart's Super Saver Ombre Yarn. Although I like the color of the skein I am using, the inexpensive price of this yarn, and the way the ombre color is turning out.... I don't like the feel of the Super Saver Ombre Yarn as it isn't as soft as I would like it to feel. It feels kind of like plastic... Not sure how to accurately describe the feeling of this yarn. Also, this yarn splits easily while knitting with it, which I don't enjoy.

2. The 8 Hour Lace Shawl ~ An Easy Knitting Pattern from All Free Knitting.

I am almost done making this lace shawl using super bulky weight yarn. All I have to do is weave in the ends and I am done making it. It's a fast, fun pattern that I enjoyed knitting. It did take me longer than 8 hours to knit it though. 

I'll (hopefully) review a review this pattern soon though to my blog, so that you can see how my lace shawl turned out.

3. Cabildo Cowl Double Seed Stitch Cowl ~ Easy Knit pattern from Lion Brand

I love the seed stitch pattern and am making this pattern for the 2nd time! I am about 70% done with knitting this project and hope to have it done before Christmas to give as a gift.

So what are you crafting these days?

Yarn Quote of the Day!!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A $9,000 ball of yarn!! Really???

Yes, indeed! You can own a ball of yarn from Tiffany & Company for $9,000. This yarn has a limited edition number of 5 and is being sold at Tiffany & Company's New York flagship store and other select stores. Each ball of yarn is made from handspun strands of textured sterling silver.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Kristin Omdahl's Advice on Selling Your Crochet & Knit Items!

I really enjoyed the above short videos presented by Kristin Omdahl about selling your handmade crochet and knit items. I think she gives some sound advice on the pros and cons of doing so. Enjoy!!

Marly Bird's YouTube Video on How to Knit a One Skein Simple Lace Triangle Shawl!

Recently, I have watched quite a few of Marly Bird's fantastic, instructional knitting videos on YouTube.

One of the instructional videos that recently caught my attention was the one on how to knit a simple triangle lace shawl using Red Heart's Super Saver Ombre yarn, which creates a lovely tonal look to the shawl.

I haven't made many shawls and this shawl looks like a beautiful one to make. 

Check out Marly Bird's fabulous video tutorial by clicking on the link above.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Marly Bird's Video on How to Knit a Fantastic Ripple Scarf!

I've been watching so many wonderful YouTube instructional knitting videos recently that I am inspired to purchase more yarn for my already GINORMOUS yarn stash and try some new knitting patterns!

I have discovered Marly Bird's YouTube Channel and love her videos!! The videos are really well done. I love Marly Bird's positive, bubbly attitude and teaching style. Marly Bird makes learning knitting easy and fun.

In the above video tutorial, Marly Bird teaches viewers how to knit the Fantastic Ripple Scarf, which is a free knitting pattern found on Red Heart's website. This is a lace knitting pattern using self striping yarn. Watch the above video to learn more about making the fantastic ripple scarf.

I look forward to making this beautiful scarf in the future along with so many other patterns.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Expression Fiber Arts Kit Purchase!!

I first became aware of Expression Fiber Arts via YouTube when I was first learning how to knit roughly 3.5 years ago. 

I remember watching a couple of videos made for beginning knitters by Chandi, the owner of Expression Fiber Arts... I enjoyed learning the basics of knitting from Chandi's videos as Chandi's bubbly personality made learning to knit fun.

Long story short, I've viewed a few of Chandi's YouTube videos on knitting. I've even visited the Expression Fiber Arts website numerous time over the years admiring the yarn, kits, and patterns offered by Expression Fiber Arts.

I finally took the plunge and purchased the Beginner's Knitted Hat Kit from Expression Fiber Arts, which includes the following:
  • 1 skein of Dewy Dk weight yarn in the color of your choice - total of 250 yards (Normally $23 just for this)
  • Beginner's Knitted Beanie Hat Pattern - printed on a card for your convenience - (Please note you're receiving the pattern only, not the finished hat.) ($5 value)
  • Link to a video showing how to knit this hat!
  • Wooden 16" Circular Knitting Needles - wood is excellent for beginners as it's less slippery than metal needles ($3 value)
  • Project Tote - awesome cotton project tote to carry all your goodies in! ($10 value)
I look forward to making the beginner's knitted hat after I've finished a few other projects I'm working on currently and a few holiday gifts for Christmas.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Kristin Omdahl's Video on How to Make Beaded Shawl Pins

These wooden shawl pins look fun and easy to make as gifts for oneself or others... Especially, if you knit or crochet shawls for yourself or others.

The other perk of making these wooden shawl pins is that you can use them as hair pins to keep a bun in place.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Yarn Quote of the Day!!

Good At Following A Knitting Pattern?? Looking For A New Career... Why Not Try Coding?

I came across a recent article online titled 'If you can follow a knitting pattern, you can code' by Bill Radke & Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong. In the article, I read the following information:
Thinking of making a career switch? Maybe you should consider coding.
No, really — it’s not as hard as you probably think. That’s according to Cheri Allen, a software engineer and educator at the University of Washington and Unloop.
“If you can follow a knitting pattern to make a sweater or a complicated hat, you have a pretty good idea of how to execute a bunch of small steps to end up with a bigger project,” Allen said. “And that’s what a lot of software is.”
Allen and Redfin software developer Lissa Walzer talked with Bill Radke about careers in coding.
There's more to the article than that... Like a 25 minute podcast that was very informative to listen to. 

So, if you are looking for a new career and are excellent at following a knitting pattern, then you can code too!

Kristin Omdahl's video on How to Knit a Gradient Shawl with ONLY 175 yards of Worsted Weight Yarn!

I am looking forward to knitting a shawl of my own some day. I've found some really amazing video tutorials on how to knit various easy shawl patterns. 

Today, I watched Kristin Omdahl's video on how to knit a gradient shawl with ONLY 175 yards of worsted weight yarn on YouTube.

This shawl pattern looks easy and lightweight, which would be the perfect shawl to wear in late spring, summer, and/or early fall.

I'll have to think about making this pattern for next spring!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!!

How to Make Your Own Stitch Markers!

Once again, I find myself browsing YouTube in search of awesome knitting related videos. 

It just so happens that I found myself on Marly Bird's YouTube channel where I discovered a great video she made earlier this year titled, DIY How to Make Knitting Stitch Markers.

If you're a knitter and/or a crocheter, or know someone who is, then watch this video to learn how to make your own set of stitch markers!! 

These stitch markers look fun, easy, and quick to make for yourself or someone else. 

I love Marly Bird's positive energy and friendly instructional style. She makes learning new things fun.

The holidays are swiftly approaching, so go ahead and make a few of these stitch markers for yourself and someone special in your life!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Diamond Lace Pattern Video Tutorial

Wow, the diamond lace pattern looks awesome and easy to make. I bet it would look good as a scarf! 

I wonder if one can use this pattern to make a sweater??? I look forward to the day when I can start designing my own knitting patterns.

8 Hour Lace Shawl from All Free Knitting!!

Insomnia strikes again for me tonight... So, I find myself online watching knitting videos on YouTube. It just so happens that I came across a really cool video tutorial taught by Mary Beth Temple and knitting pattern by All Free Knitting. This video teaches us how to make a quick and easy lace shawl using super bulky yarn and size 17 US knitting needles!! 

According to the above video, this lace shawl can be made in roughly 8 hours. How cool is that?!?! I look forward to making one for myself for sure. 

Click on the above video to learn how to make the 8 hour lace shawl.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday --- Top Ten Unique Knitting Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

I am a knitter, reader, and book lover! I've come across some fun and unique book titles that pertain to knitting: 

1. Faux Taxidermy Knits by Louise Walker
2. Literary Knits: 30 Patterns Inspired by Favorite Books by Nikol Lohr
3. Woodland Knits: Over 20 Enchanting Patterns by Stephanie Dosen
4. Highland Knits: Knitwear Inspired by the Outlander Series by Interweave Editors
5. Knitting Wizardry by Amy Clarke Moore 
6. Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting from Twilight to Dawn by Genevieve Miller
7. The Best Of Jane Austen Knits: 27 Regency-Inspired Designs by Amy Clarke Moore
8. Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter by Alison Hansel
9. Once Upon a Knit: 28 Grimm and Glamorous Fairy-Tale Projects by Genevieve Miller
10. Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects: Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy by Toni Carr

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Rasta Cowl with Malabrigo Rasta Yarn

I love knitting with Malabrigo's Rasta Yarn, which is a super bulky yarn made of 100% merino wool.

I knitted a cowl neck scarf using a free, easy knitting pattern called the 'Rasta Cowl', which I received from a local yarn store. 

I knitted this quick pattern on size US 17 circular knitting needles using the Malabrigo Rasta Yarn in the Zarzamora colorway. The Zarzamora color way is primarily made up of green and purple colors with a hint of blue that shows up here and there.

I love the feel of the Malabrigo Rasta Yarn. It feels soft and squishy to the touch. Plus, this yarn is thick and adds a lot of dimension to projects one knits.

I made this cowl for my aunt for her birthday on November 1st. 

So, what are knitting or crocheting these days?

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.
60 combinations of circular knitting needlesSmooth and lightweight

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?

Lastest Yarn Purchase From Craftsy!!

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.