meta content=' knitting, crochet, spinning crafts, storage, yarning4asmile ' name='description'/> Yarning4ASmile: September 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Dreaded Swatch

I have never swatched, until this week lol. I am starting my first sweater. I am going with Harvest from Tin Can Knits. I love the pattern, looks easy enough and there is enough projects made with good project notes that I should be ok. The problem is the swatching! I have always heard you should keep your swatching to refer back too and even to reuse the yarn it need be. Seems simple right? Well OCD little me wanted..... hmmm I mean needed a cute tag to attach to my swatch so I will have all the info right there at my finger tips. I searched all over the web for a cute tag, apparently I am the only one who wants a cute tag. I am sure I can not be the only one out there. I know most people have notebooks or just jot down some info and pin it on but that will not work in my little world.



So I got on word and made some. I am offering them up as a free download.... As always you can use these but please do not claim them as you own or sell them....

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Crafting Bee Creations



The best part of any craft is the fun accessories and tools created for it. I love gadgets and gizmo's and how the can make my crafting pretty, easy and fun. I was excited to learn that stitch markers could basically be jewelry for your knitting and crochet when I first began my fiber journey. I enjoy looking over Etsy and thinking I want that stitch marker and that one.. I was super excited when Barb from Crafting Bee Creations sent me some stitch markers as a RAK.


Crafting Bee Creations is located in Melrose WI. You can find her  Etsy shop here .

They carry wonderful truly snag-free stitch markers, jewelry, orifice hooks and even handspun. They carry 3 types of stitch markers. There are Crochet markets that are made with a lobster claw and two types of knitting markers :  wire or elastic.  Her markers are so pretty and I have had some of her clay ones in my Etsy favorites since the beginning of summer. Mrs Barb has a coupon code of 15% off your purchase with the code THANKYOU15 . Her markers are priced so awesomely, that it is even a great deal without a code. I really love the clay markers and you really need to try them. They are 100% snag-free. that look makes them a breeze to transfer to needles to needle and they just make me happy. If you read this post tonight and order tonight you can use the code MY9THANNIV and get 50% off your oder but that code ends TONIGHT (Sept 14,2014)

I always want to host a giveaway. I will giveaway 4 markers that she sent me. I am going to choose a 2 numbers October 1st. One lucky winner will get the clay ones and one winner will get the bead ones pictured below. To enter please visit her shop and link your favorite markers. Also be sure to go ahead and place a order and support this wonderful craftier!

Happy Yarning!

Also please keep a look out for more giveaways in the future:) along with some reviews.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall is almost here, Time to Cheer.

I can not believe this year is coming to an end. It seems like it was just weeks ago I picked up my needles for the first time. I still feel like a new knitter at times but I am not sure why. I think we all go through that period where you know what you are doing yet you still doubt yourself. I do not make the mistakes that I once did but still there are things that make me skip over projects on my queue because I am not sure if I can do it. I have yet to make a sweater and I am not sure if you remember but that was one of my goals for this year. I tried a couple of weeks ago but it was not looking how I wanted it .... so it was frogged. I have gotten some other projects done since my last post so I will share those with you. I also want to talk to you about some things I have planned in the future. So lets dive in.

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Pattern : Barley by Tin Can Knits  This is a free pattern on Ravelry and is an easy go to fast knit. If you can knit and purl you can make this hat. I used Red Heart With Love in the Aran colorway. (This picture was taken before blocking) I made this hat for Halo's of Hope. The pattern is well written and easy to follow. I love this pattern so much and I think it is great how Tin Can Knits wrote it with everyone in mind. The pattern has sizing from a baby all the way to an adult. It is part of the The Simple Collection. I encourage you to visit their Ravelry page and check out of great designs from them. They also have another free pattern called Harvest . It is a lovely cardigan that I have been wanting to knit for some time and I am ready to cast it on. If you would like to join me and several other ladies from my Thursday knit night you are more than welcome to. I have bought my yarn and we are casting on September 15, 2014. This KAL and my reviews of Tin Can Knits are my own and have nothing to do with them nor are they sponsored by them.

The Pattern: Ropes and Ladders by Veronik Avery  I also finished my headband I was making from Delicious Yarns. The pattern is a mixture or written and chart. The pattern and charted area is really easy to understand knit, purls, yarn overs, decreasing and sliding a stitch over another is all you need to know how to do. The pattern is in a book called Knitting 24/7. I actually got the library to get the book from another library for me. I only had the book a few days so can not really comment on the other patterns but from what I read as I scanned over them there were several cute ones in there. You can actually check out the line up of patterns here on Ravelry. I really liked their yarn and love the blips of random color. I did a post on their yummy yarns a few weeks ago and you can see it here. Since I wrote that post they not only shared a picture of my WIP but the also included it in their newsletter! How awesome is that. It was nice of them to include a cuff pattern with their yarn but I had been wanting a headband and still have yarn left over for an ornament of small stuffie. 

 The Pattern : Wavy Moss Hat by Cedar Box Knits This pattern is a must knit. It is not only super cute but fast as well. the pattern includes directions for a headband, beanie and slouchy hat. I made a beanie style. I made some modifications to my hat. I started the cable section and knit it flat. I also knit my cabled section longer to give it that button up look. I then picked up the stitches and knit in the round. I used a knit stitches instead of the seed stitch to show off the handspun's detail. This yarn was part of a package I won from Taiga Hilliard Designs. Taiga is an amazing designer, she has something from everyone and some amazing shawls. I also added a big button that I picked up at Stitches South this past year. The button is Birch and from Favour Valley Woodworking. I remember standing in their booth starring at the wall of gorgeous buttons wanting them all. The yarn is Wild Rivers Wool Factory in the Easter Egg Green colorway. I am going to be honest and say when I first got this yarn I LOVED the color but hated the feel of it. It was ruff and reminded me of a kitchen scrub pad. Now that was when I first got the yarn.. now that I have knit it and soaked it my views have changed. This yarns softens up like crazy. It still is a tad bit scratchy next to skin but only a itty bitty bit. 
The Pattern: Belugah Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure Another must knit by Kelly McClure! I have already knit her Sockhead Hat  and loved knitting it and love wearing it. It has become a must have when I feel under the weather even here in Alabama where it has been hotter than Hades. The pattern is knit, purls and decreases. I chose Malabrigo Merino Worsted for this project in the Mariposa colorway. Malabrigo ..... oh Malabrigo .... if you own Malabrigo then you totally understand. The stitch detail and the color dept is stunning. If you do not own any then please get some as soon as possible! I love this colorway, it is very different and for some strange reason it makes me think of the game Plants Vs Zombies. 
My Favorite Things :
Fall is almost here. It is so close I can almost smell it. It is still rather warm in Alabama but I do see a few leaves starting to change. The stores are filled with Fall and Halloween decorations already including the Halloween Candy. I have already picked up a bag of the Candy Corn M&M's! Please get a bag and try them before they are gone, you will not be sorry.
International Delight has my creamer out as well. The Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer was hard to find in the "sugar" kind but I was able to score some. It not only taste amazing but smells like actual pumpkin pie and makes the whole room smell yummy. You can sign up on their website to get coupons from time to time.

 I also want to share a Lego Sheep I spotted at my local Lego store. There was actually a whole herd! There white ones and black ones. I asked for a how to so I could build some but the employee told me they were part of the Lego Master Builder Program. I had to share a picture of him though.

I have some nice reviews planned for the future, I want to do a review on the Harlow bag from Namaste, as well as knitting bags from Jordana Paige.  I also plan on doing a review of knitting needles. I know when I was hunting for an interchangeable set I had a hard time finding reviews that had the info I needed, I am also working to do some book reviews!! I plan on doing Video reviews for the books and some other products so stay tuned in. Be sure to sign up to get emails from my post. I do not post like crazy so do not worry about me overloading you.

Happy Yarning and see you next time!  ~Kim