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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Yarn Buddy

If you have been following my blog you know how much I love cool tools of the trade and the Yarn Buddy has climbed to the top of my mush have list for any knitter and crocheter.

Top Left Walnut, Top Right Purple Heart
Bottom Left Lepoard Wood, Bottom Right Walnut
(Photo Credit Mrs Kim Overstreet)
These beautiful works of art are made by a wonderful couple from my town. The creative minds behind Timber Wolf Wood Crafts are Mr Tim and Mrs Kim Overstreet. Mrs Kim is a very talented knitter and her husband is a magician when it comes to woods. Together they create true works of art in their garage.

Timber Wolf Wood Crafts has beautiful handmade every day use items in their shop. If you are looking for a unique gift for a gift then you have come to the right place. They create things such as pens, compact mirrors, candle holders, wine stoppers, key chains, razors, Yarn Bowls, Nostepinne (ball winders) and my favorite the Yarn Buddy.
Yarn Buddy In Purple Heart Wood on the Timber Wolf Wood Crafts Etsy Store
Timber Wolf Wood Crafts use the most beautiful woods. Some of the wood they have on hand for the Yarn Buddy is flamed maple, walnut, Purple Heart already made , Paduk, cherry wood, tiger wood and  Leopard Wood! That is a lot of choices but it does not even stop there. Mr Mike is happy to do custom orders have a favorite wood not listed? Contact the shop... How about a tree in your yard that had to be cut down and you just have that attachment to it. Maybe your kids grew up playing under it or you spent ever evening under it with a loved one then contact Mr Mike or Mrs Kim. They are truly wonderful people offering an amazing product that can be cherished and past down for years to come.
I keep referring the older style as Tiger Wood it is in Fact Walnut. It is 100% Stunning and that is what I have ordered. I Also did Check and the Shafts will vary. I really hope you contact and place a order because you will not be disappointed. Look for future news on this shop in a few weeks here on the blog.

The Yarn  Buddy is not only gorgeous to look at but is very functional. You slide the yarn cake down the shaft and place the cake topper on top of the cake. As you knit/crochet and pull your yarn the yarn buddy turns allowing for a even tension and keeping your yarn from rolling off or being attacked from your furry friend. This gentle rotation will make knitting and crocheting even more relaxing and help you complete your projects faster! The Yarn Buddy's I am testing out are made from a very pretty Leopard Wood and Tiger Wood. I am testing them out with a wound cake of fingering weight BFL blend and even a skein of Hobby Lobby's I love this yarn. The are two types of mechanism for the Yarn Buddy. The older style uses a mechanism that adds slight tension to keep from getting back spin on your yarn as it turns but it makes a very faint noise as it turns. (To me the best way to describe the sound is when you go to the beach and get a little sand on the wheels of your luggage or cooler...somewhat of a grit sound.) However let me state that it is not at all a terrible sound. In fact I know many knitters and crochets that love little sounds and often buy bell stitch markers or love the sound of their needles as they work the yarn. The new style like the Leopard Wood one I am testing has a newer mechanism that produces no sound and a smooth flow. The back spin is not really noticeable it just spins more fluently than the older style. The newer mechanism does cost a little more so that will be reflected in the prices but both price points are priced perfectly and fit any budget.

To get your yarn ready for the yarn buddy you can just slide the skein like Hobby Lobby's I love this Yarn straight down the shaft pulling from the outside of the ball. As you can see from the picture on the left The whole skeins fits. It does not hold the cake topper but I have not had any issues what so ever with it getting caught on anything. I love making Stuffies with skeins like this but hate pulling from the center because as I crochet the skein collapses on itself causing a tangled mess. The Yarn Buddy completely solves that problem I can pull from the out side of the skein and do not have to turn the skein and worry about the tension on the yarn.

Now lets look at how to get your hanks onto the Yarn Buddy. You can slide the cake down the shaft and add the Cake Topper like I have done in the photo bellow or you could pick up one of Timber Wolf Woods Crafts Nostepinnes and hand wind your own cakes then slide it straight from the Nostepinne to the shaft of the Yarn Buddy. Just think you can have matching Yarn Buddy and Nostepinne or if you are having a hard time deciding on a wood get the Yarn Buddy and the Nostepinne in the other. These together would be amazing in a basket for a gift especially since when this post goes up there will only be 20 Fridays till Christmas! 


If you want to really make that Basket of tools for your Yarn lover stand out consider adding one of these yarn bowls. Look at that wood. It is stunning....

Please don not forget to head over to the Timber Wolf Wood Crafts Etsy Shop by clicking here and look at their amazing products and support a great small town family!

(I am in no way being paid for my review of Timber Wolf Wood Crafts in any way. Actually I love the Yarn Buddy so much I am buying one for myself. I am having a hard time deciding on the Tiger Wood or the Purple Heart Wood... but I have decided to order a Walnut. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

World Wide Knit In Public Day

You can read about the event Here. See the National website page Here.

You can see the Pavilion below.

Now you may ask what should I bring.... Your smiling face is the most important thing. Your WIP or any FO you want to show off, spinning, ( I will be bringing several WIPS and a drop spindle project) A snack or lunch... and a Camera because it is going to be so much fun and you do not want to miss taking photos..

Now lets be real and Talk weather.

We are in Alabama so lets be real, what the weather says today will not be the same by Saturday. There is a roof so rain we will be fine. Oxford lake department has informed me that in case there was a wash out we would be able to get a pavilion another day. I am sure it will be fun and work out fine. :) If you need to contact me personally you can email me at . Message me on Facebook or through my blog or on Ravelry. I am yarning4asmile everywhere...  See you all Saturday

You can RSVP on my Facebook Event

Monday, May 18, 2015

Be Prepared...

Hi Guys I hope you all had a wonderful month and Mothers Day. Things have been going great here despite a few sickness that came through our house. School is wrapping up for my oldest this week and I have been preparing for my summer knitting. I did a little video to show my WIPS, FOS, NEw to the Stash and talked about a few events. Sit back grab your favorite beverage and enjoy the show.

Ummm so half way through the video the sound gets off sorry... I am not

FO show:

Golden Slouch
Pattern : Marigold Slouch by Devin Lynch
Yarn: Romney Ridge Farm Yarn Co Worsted in Old Gold colorway
used 169 yards and 78 grams
Needle US 5 3.75 mm

Thoughts: The yarn smells sheepy and wonderful. It is not the softest yarn and is rather stiff. It did soften in the bath. I did not like how it blocked the first time. I wish I had made it longer but hoping the 2nd soak/block makes it fit better. The pattern is an easy to follow great first time cable project. This is a free pattern on Ravelry. Rib section I cast on 96 and did rib for about an inch. Yarn does fade in bath.

Castle Mitts
Pattern: Claire's Castle Mitts by Carol Ruhl
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in the Charcoal colorway. I used 151.9 yards and 70 grams
Thank you AGoodYarn for the pattern you can find her blog here.

Thoughts: I love me some Berroco Vintage! Cast on 48 I did the rib on both sides. around row 46 I began mods.
Row 46 I did pattern row 47
row 48 I did pattern row 46, row 49 rib
row 50 pattern row 48, row 51 rib side K1 p1 m1 k1 pattern p1 m1 p1 k1 increase on the back side. Row 52 do pattern row 46
row 53 rib pattern but increased 1 in purl area. k1 p1 m1 k1 pattern p1 m1 p1 k1 side 2 ribbing
row54 pattern row 48
row 55 rib pattern both sides
row 56 pattern row 46 rib on the back
row 57 k1 p3 k3 m1 {knit front} k3 p2 k3 p2 m1 {pick up front KBL} p3 k1
row 58 k1 p3 m[kbl1 {pu back k in the front} k4 p2 k3 p2 k3 p2 k2 st marker m1 {KBL} k2 p3 k1
row 59 do pattern around put thumb on waste yarn cast on 4 and knit around
~markers go after k2 p4 k3 p3 k1 marker {10 stitches on the waste yarn} cast on 12 knit around pattern
Knit 4 rows around
Dec first K5 set by 1, Decrease next K5 set by 1 back side Decrease K4 by 1 then decrease next k4 by 1
Dec p3 by 1 back side dec first K4 by 1 bind off

Thumb (the 10 stitches on wast yarn)
pick up 27 stitches total
row 1 dec by 2
row 2 dec 4 k4 2tog k4
row 3 k3 2tog around
row4 bind off

***hope those make sense lol I am not a pattern writter :)


Outlander inspired Shawl
Pattern: by Marly Bird
Yarn: Berroco Weekend in the Mouse and Lago colorway

Entrelac Scarf
Pattern by: Allison LoCicero
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Lite in the 2078 colorway

Dawn in the Forest
Pattern: Rising Dawn by Stephen West
Yarn: 100% SuperWash found on ebay
Thank you Knitphomaniac13 for the pattern! You can find her blog here The ebay page where I got the yarn is here.

Cozy Memories Blanket
Pattern: Mitered Squares
Yarn: scraps of Sock/Fingering weight Yarn

In the Queue:
Wool Ease Hooded Scarf
Grey Bandanna Cowl
Luscious Lace Scarf
Blue Garden Scarf and Gloves
Split Brim Toddler Hat

Whats Happening:
National Knit In Public Day June 13, 2015. I am hosting an event for the locals. Knit with people around the world... :)  #KIP2015
Check out the Knit In Public Website to find an event in your area.

#StashDash2015 hosted by TheKnitGirllls May 22nd - August 14

#AYNKAL hosted by Suburban Stitcher and Stacie from MustStash Yarns
I am using the Rising Dawn Patter for my entry I think.

#bagkal2015-2  hosted by Awesome Grannie Knitting Rising Dawn this KAL ends in July but still 900 yards.

#bspfavcolorkal hosted by The BookishStitcher I am knitting my Entrelac Scarf! Must get it done soon deadline for this KAL is April 1st - MAy 31st

What I am reading ~ The Mortal Instruments book1 by Cassandra Claire

Thanks for reading and Happy Yarning !

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Yarn Chicken

Hey Guys and Gals Thank You for taking some time to check out my latest post, FO's and other happenings.

FO Show:

Don't Be Caught Brickless
Brickless by Martina Behm paid for pattern at about $4.20
Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom color way.

~ 560 yards of color, squishy fun. Played yarn chicken and lost, had to add in about 8 yards of Berroco Vintage in the Charcoal color, blocks out crazy big and awesome. Used US 6 of Knitters Pride Marblz needles

Vanilla Beans and Double Gusset Dreams
Double Gusset by Christi H Payne
Vanilla Bean by Emily O Grady
Must Stash Yarns in the 10 Days of Fiesta Perfect Sock Base ~ Thank you Krystal :)
reinforcement thread from jimmy Beans Wool

~343.2 yards (313.8 meters), 78 grams of color stripey goodness. Knit on us 2 Knit picks. Part of the School Of Stash in the Must Stash Yarn Group. #Socksed2015


Golden Slouch
Marigold Slouch by Devin Lynch
Romney Ridge Farm Yarn Co in the Old Gold Colorway

~ So far this yarn is some rough stuff but I am hoping it blocks out softer

Spin Me Right Round

On the Wheel: Alpaca from a local farm and some brown Alpaca with silk from Harmony Wools

On the Spindle : Green Dragon Yarns 100% Corridale 
Spindle Irish Rose Woodcraft

Cross Stitch 
Pattern: Alice in Wonderland by Cloudsfactory and Star Wars 

And Because Kitty's are Funny:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cats in Hats 30 Knit and Crochet Patterns for Your Kitty

Do you really enjoy knitting certain things? Me I love shawls, socks, hats and now hats for my cat. I mean really who wouldn't enjoy making a hat for your cat and using up some yarn scraps. Well that is what this awesome book lets you do. This book is so awesome I actually pre-ordered it back in the Fall when I saw it on Amazon! Imagine my surprise when I was contacted by Running Press asking if I wanted to review it and be part of the Blog tour. Lets dive in and take a closer look of Cats in Hats 30 Knit and Crochet Patterns for Your Kitty.
Sara Thomas is such a brilliant designer. She has a passion for our fluffy friends and created a whole book packed with 30 patterns to knit and crochet for your kitty. The book is also one of those "pretty" books that you can leave out and pick up for a smile during the day. The book is laid out so well with clear written instructions and even maps in the crochet section. there are 20 knit patterns and 10 crochet patterns. They range from super easy to a little intermediate. The patterns cover all the hats a Cat could ever dream of. There are hats for every holiday such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and even Valentines Day! There are fun hats like Top hat, shark hats, cupcake hats and even a Spring Chic Hat.

 ***That is .56 cents per pattern *** 

The book is made with nice weight pages and a thicker than normal paperback cover. There are 112 pages in the book and it is full of cute kitty's in adorable hats. Looking at the book pages 6-7 is a little intro from Sara and some info about her furry felines. Pages 8-9 host a snap shot photo of the patterns in the book along with the pages to find the pattern. They are separated into two sets knit and crochet. The pattern page layouts are my favorite. There is a picture that shows the hat really well, the size and supplies needed for that hat. There is a lot of white back ground behind the pattern making them easy to read and allows the Finish Object Photo Pop. The Crochet patterns are the only patterns that have type of chart. Pages 102-107 have clear and easy to understand knitting and crochet techniques found in the patterns. There is even additional techniques such as how to stuff, making pom poms and joining pieces. Page 108 goes of the abbreviations and hot to read charts. I find her abbreviations are very clear and universal in the knitting and crochet world. Sara even list all the yarns she used in the book and the colors she used on page 109. I Love this because these are yarns that can be found at your big box stores so you can create the exact item she created or use scraps you may already have. 110-111 is the index putting all the patterns in alphabetical order and then the last page 112 Sara takes the time to list each kitty and the page they were featured on making them mini Furry Fashion Models. 

Now you maybe asking yourself why would I want to make my cat a hat.... what you should be asking yourself is WHY NOT! they are super easy, work up lightening fast (most of mine I made sitting in my son's pick up line at school). The patterns use scraps you probably already have or if not yarn you can easily get your hands on. They put a smile on your face. They are great to use to take fun photos for cards, social media pages, use in baskets of kitty things for a friend who may just have gotten a new cat and even to give children to use on their stuffed cats and most importantly donation! That's right donation... Do you live close to an animal shelter or rescue group? You can wip up some of these hats and drop them off during holidays or whenever and let the take photos of the kitty's for their page. No one could resist a kitty in a hat! Just think you could help save kitty lives! 

Now are you ready for the exciting news?? You can win your very OWN copy of Cats in Hats 30 Knit and Crochet Patterns for Your Kitty by Sara Thomas and the awesome folks at Running Press. The folks at running press are actually giving away a few things. #GIVEAWAY

~~ONE prize pack that includes a copy of the book, an EXCLUSIVE hat pattern from Sara Thomas, and the yarn necessary to complete the pattern.

~~FIVE runners up will receive a copy of the book. 

**Please Note :Winners will be contacted by email and must notify us within 48 hours of the notification email with address and acceptance. Please note that winners can be from the US only. ** This contest will run from 3/16 to 3/30 @ 12 AM EST.  

The picture Bellow is the EXCLUSIVE pattern you can win in the prize pack! It is the cutest Easter Egg Hat ever! 

My Blog is not the only Blog talking of this wonderful book and you should check out the blog schedule for other awesome deals they may have going on. Not to mention you may see their furry children modeling off the hats in the book.  The links for the giveaway will be at the end of this post.

AUTHOR KICKOFF: 3/16 Scooter Knits
3/21 FaveCrafts
I made a total of 9 hats. I made the Strawberry, Bunny, Dinosaur, Extraterrestrial, I Heart You, Elf and 3 Bobble Hats .  I still plan on making many more. My Kitty model is my Dexter. Dexter will be one in a few months. Dexter was a rescue we got from our local animal shelter. He was found thrown in a dumpster and brought in a about 5 weeks old and weighing in less than half a pond. He was bones and scared. I just so happened to visit the shelter 30 mins after he was brought in. He was not weaned yet. I actually had another kitten in my hand and was walking out when this small baby climbed on the side of the cage and started meowing. I did not even see him in the cage when I walked by before hand. The lady told me his story but said they could not adopt him out because he just got in the door and not checked out yet. My hubby and I assured them we would get hi to a vet and teach him to eat. He was sent home with us to foster. He is now 15 lbs of pure snuggle fun. He comes as soon as you call his name and thinks he is a child or dog. He spend his time playing with our boys, his bouncy balls, hand knit fish, furry rats, watching TV, sleeping everywhere and starring out the window at the birds. He is completely indoor kitty and loves every minute of it. We are truly Blessed to have him come in out lives.

You can find more info on my projects by visiting my Ravelry page which can be found here. You can find Sara's Etsy Store here.   Sara's Ravelry page here.   I would love to see you finished cat hats! Use the #catsinhats #Scooterknits  on Instagram and all social media.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't want to wait to win? Maybe you also want to pick up a copy for a gift?? Click the Amazon link now to be taken to Amazon and get this book at an awesome price.


I want to Thank Running Press and Sara Thomas for creating such Beautiful things to make our lives and the lives of our furry friends even more fun!
Happy Yarning ~ Kim

(I am now way being paid by Sara Thomas or Running Press for this review. I am however an Amazon affiliate and will make a very small amount if you buy the book though the Amazon link I have provided)