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!