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??