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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Finishing Things up before the Year comes to an End.





Kiss Checks Hat
Pattern: Kiss Checks by Stpehen West
Yarn: Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the Dark Side color
Needle: US 2 2.75 mm
Notes: cast on 128 st for a 8x8 pattern

Ritenour Hat
Pattern: Ritenour Hat by Polly Hammond
Yarn: Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport
NeedleUS 2 2.75mm
Notes: Us 2 Cast on 124 stitches

Wee Snowman #1 and #2
Pattern: Snowman Family by Jesie Ostermiller
Yarn: Feza Yarns Capri in 431 blue, 410 white.
Needle: US 1.5 2.5 mm

Peiskos Hat ~ Test Knit 
Pattern: Peiskos by Alicia Plummer
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky in Grasshopper, Whiskey Barrel and Esoteric
Needle: US 6 4 mm and US 9 5.5mm
Notes: I had to us the 6 with the rib and adjusted my cast on to accommodate another pattern repeat. I then knit a row before starting the hat and used the US 9.

His Auburn Hat
Pattern: Katahdin by Kate Gannon Osborn
Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm Findley DK in 9 Tiger Lily and 6 Rappahannock
Needle: US 4

Knitted Knockers
Pattern www.knittedknockers.org
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima
Needle: US 4

Donner in DK
Pattern: Donner by Lena Skvagerson
Yarn: Feza Yarn Softie in color 347
Needle US 2

Wild Thing
Pattern: Wild thing by Susan Claudino
Yarn: Highland Handmades Green Ash Worsted in Minos, Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in Sand Bank and Yarn by Homeplace Farms in greens.
Needle: US 5 3.75mm
Notes: did my horns in the sand to make them stand out.

Works in Progress:
Eastaboga in the Fall
Cozy Memories Blanket 
Its a Red Hot Labor Day Shawl 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Winners are...


Thank you everyone again for entering. I am so sorry I could not see the comments to draw yesterday. We did not get phone/internet service back to late afternoon. I hope everyone has weathered the storms and the wild fires. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers.

I had almost 30 entries to the giveaway! As soon as the winners contact me I will send the books out. If you were not a winner I hope you keep an eye out on my blog for future giveaways. If you want to order a book of your own or read the review you can find the information here. http://yarning4asmile.blogspot.com/2016/11/deck-halls-20-knitted-christmas.html


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Congratulations to the winners Deborah Wilt Rav ID DeborahWilt and Elle1031


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thank you!

I just wanted to pop in and say Thank you to all that entered my giveaway and visited my blog. The contest ended last night at 12:01am. We had lost power yesterday afternoon around 7 pm and it was not restored to almost 10 today. We still do not have internet or home phone so I am writing this in the school pick up line. We had some big tress blow down, limbs etc but are fine. We have been preparing for another round of storms to hit this evening. I hope we do not lose power again but we are in an area that is not a  priority. I can not pull up my blog at home due to the lack of cell phone reception in my area but as soon as our internet and phone are restored I will drawn two winners from the list of comments. Thank you again for checking out my blog. I hope you and your family weathered the storm and the fires well and praying for all.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Deck the Halls 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments


Can you believe Christmas is only 39 days away. Its shocking really and knowing that makes you wonder what can I get done in such little time. I may have a solution, I love doing ornaments. I made a lot of them last year and want to do more this year. Our local Knitting Guild has even decided to do a ornament swap among us at our annual Christmas Party. I think it will be a fun activity and we will have something one of our friends made.
To prepare for my Ornament along I began shopping for patterns. I had come across this book called Annie's Deck The Halls 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments. I fell in love with several patterns in the book and realized how great of a deal this book is. The book retails for $9.99 here in the US. There are actually 20 patterns in the book but several patterns have more than one option. An example of this is the beautiful Opulent Openwork Ornaments by Kara Got Warner. There is a beaded option and a non beaded option. Even if you just say there is 20 patterns then at the $9.99 price point that is less than .50 cents per pattern!

The book is a great size with easy to read pages. I love there is some white space making it easy to focus on the pattern. The projects are photographed in a way that you can see them well and putting the focus on the actual object itself. All of the patterns are wrote out but there are a few simple charts for you chart lovers along with some simple graphs. The last few pages of the book have an index page with all the ornaments and their corresponding page numbers, a stitch reference, abbreviations definitions and a yarn weight guide.

Now lets look at the patterns. Each pattern page has a photo, skill level, materials needed, gauge, special stitches, notes and other information needed to compete the project. I was surprised to see almost all the pattern are considered intermediate. I have read over them and none of them seem that difficult. The one that is considered easy is the Cabled Christmas Stocking and there is one that is considered experienced, Donner the reindeer. I am actually working on Donner and he is not hard at all. I think anyone with basic skills should be able to pick up this book and go.

The only things I wished I had seen are the wording on the method they say to use. This is common among so many patterns I run across. (It in no way takes away from anything in the pattern book.) The book refers to Double Points often and I see many people get turned off by patterns that recommend one method or the other. I use DPNs but many people see those words and think they can not do the pattern because they only magic loop or vice versa. Magic loop and double point knitting are interchangeable methods you just need to make sure you use stitch markers to mark repeats or where they would be split on to the double points. Both methods can be learn by watching any of the videos on line. Annie's has these two methods on their site and the magic loop can be found here.

The other thing I would love to see in more diagrams as far as where to place things like legs etc. I know many people really have issues where to place legs, eyes, noses etc and where they are placed can really change the finishing look of the finished object.

One more thing I would love to add, I really wish all the projects in the book were added into Ravelry. Ravelry has become a great go to for pattern comments and helpful tips from other crafters. Many head there to see the notes left on a project, how others turned out and so they can link it to there's.

My wrap up:  This is a wonderful book for the price. The patterns are easy to follow, well photographed and adorable!

If you would like to purchase this book for yourself, a friend or both then please click here. Now for the fun part. Annie's has so generously sent me two copies of Deck the Halls 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments to giveaway. 

 Please note this giveaway is for US residents only, it is for the a copy Deck the Halls 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments only. ~~Contest ends Monday November 28, 2016~~

  To Be Entered to win please Leave a comment on the comment link directly under and to the left of the snowman picture below. Be sure to leave your name, be signed into Google or leave your Ravelry ID so I can contact you if you are a winner. 
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Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Knit Picks the Big Sale

Knit Picks Annual The Big Sale starts today. Things go live at 8am but they also tend to go fast during this event. Want to shop the sale? Just click the big link bellow. Happy Shopping.








Friday, November 11, 2016

Upcoming Giveaway : Deck the Halls 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments from Annie's



Do you see these wonderful Deck the Halls 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments books from Annie's? I will be reviewing a copy and have these two to giveaway! Please stay turned and next week I will be releasing the details how you can win your very own copy. Want to go ahead and order a copy? See whats inside? Then follow this link to Annie's. It will let them know you learned about it here. Thank you Annie's for sponsoring this amazing giveaway!





Thursday, October 20, 2016

Its my Birthday today :)

Hello fellow yarn and craft lovers. Guess what today is my Birthday!! I finally got the podcast finished and ready to post.

Yesterday I took my parents and boys to Mount Cheaha, which is the highest point in Alabama. I am sad to say many leaves were not turned but dead. There was some color and it was a great time. Stick around at the end of the video to see some photos of our trip. Hope you enjoy the show.



Finished Projects:

~Vikings Mystery KAL
Pattern Viking MKAL by Heather Boyd
Needle: US 3
Yarn: Lorna Laces Sherpherd Sock in the Ragnar color and Lornas Laces in Solemate base in Kerfuffle

Pattern: Retki by Laura Peters
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Qolla Worsted 
Needle: US 8
Love this hat. It is a great fun and fast knit. 

Pattern: my own
Yarn: Beroco Yarn Ginkgo 
Needle: US 6
This yarn is very soft and has a shinny tweed look

Pattern: Cool Pistachio by Micheal Frazer
Yarn: Cascade Yarn 220 Sport
Needle: US 4
Loved this fast shawl and the lace is so easy and pretty.


Works in Progress 



Thank you for visiting and Happy Crafting! 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ep 17 Parade of FO's






Finished Objects:
~Star Crossed Betty Blues
Pattern: Star Crossed Betty by Natalie Larson
Needle US 6, US 8 and US 9 lol
Yarn: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino in the Betty Drapers Blue color
**Cast on 90 with US 6 (I had done 90 with a US 9 and it was way to big. The US 6 and 90 combo I got from the directions of the Barley hat from Tin Can Knits which I made before and it fit.), Knit 1x1 rib for 8 rows, Switched to US 8, When I started decrease I got to the cable row and after it I had 82 stitches, I tinked back to 80 stitches and then just did a traditional even decrease by 8: 80,72,64 etc

Pattern: Saroyan by Liz Abinante
Needle: US 8
Yarn: Ella Rae Lace Merino Worsted in the Leaves colorway.
**I have done 8 repeats of increase section. Pattern says to use 27.5 % of yarn on increase, 90 on middle and the other 27.5% for decrease .. I am steering on edge of caution and 25% on sides then what's left in middle. First section I used 50 grams of the first ball.,  straight section, I have 51 grams left of my yarn.

Pattern: Mouse by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne
Needle Us 4
Yarn: Red Heart Super saver scraps
**I used DPNs to make an Icord Tail, added a bow did not do feet on mine.

Cornsnake Cory
Pattern: Cornsnake by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne
Needle: US 5
Yarn: Red Heart With Love in Berry Red and I Love This Yarn in Burnt Pumkin

Good Luck Gnome 
Pattern: Gnome Nuggest by Rebecca Danger
Needle: US 6
Needle: Red Heart Super Saver Primary, Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in Emeraux and REd Heart Super Saver in Buff

Lavender Moss
Pattern: My own See this post http://yarning4asmile.blogspot.com/2016/08/modified-moss-cowl.html
Needle: US 17
Yarn: Berroco Yarn Marco in Paris Night

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Works In Process:
 ~Sophie's Universe CAL
Pattern: Sophie Universe CAL by Dedri Uys
Hook: US 8 5mm
Yarn: Acrylic Scraps (click the link to go to my Ravelry page to see whaich yarns and at what Row I am using them on) *This is part of a CAL I am doing with my local Library.

~Best Friends Socks
Pattern my go to sock
Needle: US 1
Yarn: Opals Best Friends

~Vikings Mystery KAL
 Pattern Viking MKAL by Heather Boyd
Needle: US 3
Yarn: Lorna Laces Sherpherd Sock in the Ragnar color and Lornas Laces in Solemate base in Kerfuffle


Planning:
Eastaboga 
Labor Day Shawl

Monday, August 8, 2016

Modified Moss Cowl

The holidays are approaching us and fast. I love friends and family but I am going to be honest I do not want to spend forever knitting or crafting for them. I was going to use this for a dirty Santa gift but now I may have to keep it. The yarn is called Macro by Berroco. The yarn is a Super Bulky and is very nice. The color I used is called 6715 Polar Night. The yarn is 50% Wool, 40% Acrylic and 10% Alpaca and retails for about $20. The yarn is really nice. I started off doing the Marian that can be found on Ravelry. But got about 3 inches in and realized I made something similar a while back. The Gap-Tasitic Cowl is a Bulky cowl that uses Seed Stitch.

So after ripping that out I started a pattern on my own. I wanted to do a double Moss stitch. I got about 2.5 inches in and realized it did not make it big enough also it did not show enough stockinette stitch enough for me. So I ripped that in and then casted on again. So after a lot of ripping the yarn still looked like new and has grown up to become a beautiful cowl. 


Don't you just love it! I know I do, you can make you one too. To find the yarn head over to Berocco http://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-macro  then you can click this link to find it http://www.berroco.com/locator/?brand=Berroco&yarn=Macro.

The Pattern:
Using a Us 17 24 inch needle
Cast on 72 stitches
Row 1 Purl
Row 2 Knit 2, Purl 2
Row 3 Knit 2, Purl 2
Row 4 Knit 2, Purl 2
Row 5 Purl 2, Knit 2
Row 7 Purl 2, Knit 2
Row 6 Purl 2, Knit 2
Row 7 Purl 2, Knit 2   (Repeat till you have 4 repeats)
Row 29 Purl 
Bind Off.

Now that left me just enough to bind off and weave in cast on and bind off edge. I think I cut off about 2 inches after weaving in ends on both tails. I got about 6 stitches per 4 inches. 

I hope you enjoy knitting one too. 




Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The world of Knitting Needles and the Ones I Love

You can never judge a needle buy its packaging or its name. I am going to go ahead and admit here I am a knitting needle addict. The excitement of a new new bring so much joy. I know though that some steer clear of buying needles because they are just not sure about certain ones. You can find many needle review on the great wide web but I thought I may add mine to the mix. I am going to be reviewing several different brands and materials but all size 4. I tend to use smaller sized needles than larger ones so this way I can offer more to review.

The two types of needles in my review are either fixed circulars or interchangeable sets. Before I go any further let me say that I do not just buy metal, bamboo or wood. I find I love the different finishes with different yarn blends. The most important thing to me is the point. I love a great sharp point. I find that I prefer to knit with a smaller weight yarns anyways and a sharp point makes me happy.

So lets look at the needles I have. Looking the picture above we will go left to right.

1. ChiaoGoo Stainless Steel Circular (this one has the clear cord)
2. Knit Picks Caspian Wood
3. Deborah Norville Premier Yarns Wood
4. Knitters Pride Marblz
5. Knit Picks Harmony Wood
6. Knitters Pride Dreamz
7. Hiya Hiya Sharps Steele
8. Kollage Square high grade aluminum, soft cord
9. Addi Natura Bamboo
10. Addi Turbo
11. Addi Turbo Lace Brass
12. Addi Turbo Rockets

Now the break down and the good bad and the ugly. I will be doing this in sections. I hope this information helps you with your next needle purchase. If there is something I do not address then please comment bellow and I will find an answer for you. Before I go any further I also want to say all the pictures are my own and like anything on my blog the comments, feelings, and content is my own and you can read more about that here.  

Knitter's Pride / Knit Picks 
(The pink is the Knitter's Pride Marblz, The solid green is Knitter's Pride Dreamz, The Green/yellow wood is the Knit Picks Caspian and the Multi color wood is the Knit Pick Harmony. )

The Knitters Pride and Knit Picks Crew: These were my start off needles. I love knitters Pride and Knit Picks because of the cost and quality. I also love that they are interchangeable.. meaning I can stick a knit picks needle on a Knitter Pride cord and vice versa. I own The Knitters Pride Dreams, Marlz and several Novas and Karbonz tips. The knit picks I own some of the Harmony and metal tips. They are often priced very similar and carried by Local Yarn Stores. You will not find these in big box stores. You can order them online.

 The joins are good some are better than others and it just varies on a one on one basis. However, after a while I tend to have some catching. The tips are pointy enough but not the sharpest. I will say the Karbonz are the pointiest of the line. (karbonz are not pictured here I only have larger sizes)

The purple Knit Picks and black Knitter's Pride cords are very similar. Both of them offer a little hole that is called a life line hole on the interchangeable sets. The interchangeable's also come with a little "key" for tightening the cord and the tip. The cords are very flexible but still have a little stiffness. They are not as stiff as the Red ChiaoGoo cables but not as flexible as the Addi blue cable or the Hiya Hiya blue cables. The new Knitters Pride "color coded cables" are similar to the Hiya Hiya Blue cables but not as flexible and seem to be stiffer than the original black Knitters Pride and purple Knit Picks Cables.

The Tips of all of these like I said are similar. The Karbonz do seem a bit sharper. The Harmony is a bit sharper than the Dreams and Marblz. The Marblz are a slick acrylic. I have a Knit Picks acrylic and the Marblz seem to be a it slicker. I love the wood on the Dreamz, Caspian, Harmony and the new Majestic. They are not only beautiful but also pretty slick. The Marblz and Dreamz for me have a problem, after wear the numbers printed on them do wear off. The Dreamz also have the number/size on the metal but it can be hard to read. The Karbonz do have the size in the metal base of the tip and it has not come off but all the others have.

Hiya Hiya Sharp

 The Hiya Hiya Sharps are just that sharp! When I wanted a new set sharper than the Knitter' Pride and Knit Picks I ordered the ChiaoGoo Twist Red Lace Interchangeable set and the Hiya Hiya sharp set. The Hiya Hiya Sharps were pointier. They are very similar sets and both are well loved by knitters. The cables are worlds different. If you want to read my review back when I bought them that can be found here on the Amazon site.  My opinion stays the same though. I love the Hiya Hiya sharp. They are the in the top Sharpest needles I own. The only other ones that are similar in the tip are the Addi Turbo Rockets, Addi Lace Brass and of course Signature Needle Arts.

They are higher priced than Knitters Pride and Knit Picks. However they have swivel cords. What does that mean you ask? Well like the ChiaoGoo Twist and the Addi Twist you can hold the needle in your hand and the cord moves allowing it not to become all tangled! Now let me also say that there are a Hiya Hiya that are not sharp, so if you want the sharp ones make sure the package says sharp.

These tend to be my go to needles. I have the large and small set. Like Knitter's Pride and Knit Picks though I do have some cables that catch. The finish on the needle themselves is slick and smooth. They have the the size printed in a similar place to the Karbonz. The cable is more flexible that the Knit Picks and Knitter's Pride but not as flexible as the Addi blue cables. The Hiya Hiya also a lighter than the Nova Knitter's Pride and Nickle Plated Knit Picks.

The Others:
The Deborah Norville Premier Yarns Wood, Kollage Square high grade aluminum, soft cord and ChiaoGoo Stainless Steel Circular (this one has the clear cord) I am grouping these together because I have mixed feeling about these needles.

The Kollage they are square which is different but a good different. I love the square needles I have several Kollage Square DPN's and LOVE them. I love the points and the feel of the Square needles in my hands. However, I am not a fan of the Kollage soft cord. It is so limp and my yarn tends to grab to it. (I knit mostly with wool's) I have also seen the cords tend to break at the joins. On of my knitting groups use these a lot and while Kollage offers excellent customer service it just gets a little frustrating. The points are sharp but the "shaft" are is a lot shorter than its fellow needles. The size is pressed into the needles you can feel a little bit of a grove where its stamped in.  In the picture to the left you can see the cord is so limp it just hangs almost straight. Which some people love but for me it makes it hard to get my yarn to go in that circle and not have to push it with my fingers.


You can also see in this photo the one that looks the shortest. Well that is the ChiaoGoo Stainless Steel Circular with the clear cord. That cord makes me CRAZY. It holds so much memory. I have to boil them before every use. They are decently sharp but not sharper than any I have mentioned. The way the cord is joined is also very cumbersome. It is almost angled. I bought mine at Tuesday Morning and they were cheap, under $4.  They are my least favorite needles I own but they still get use from me.



The Deborah Norville Premier Yarns Wood are actually to me better than the ChiaoGoo Stainless Steel Circular with the clear cord. They too were a Tuesday Morning find and I paid less than $3 for them. They have a cord similar to the Knitter's Pride black cord, but it is stiffer. The join is not that bad and the tip is a little blunt. The wood is OK but not as nice as the Knitters Pride or the Knit picks wood. It is grabbier than those. The size is printed on the wood and stamped on the metal of the join.

Saving the best for Last


Skacel / Addi Needles. 
Talk about the luxury needles. I was sent the ones for this review but I have others I bought on my own. The ones I will be talking about today are the Addi Natura Bamboo, Addi Turbo, Addi Turbo Lace Brass and Addi Turbo Rockets. Now many people swear by these needles and I see why. I have a friend know as Lildeb_831 on Ravery and she is all about the Addi Rockets and I agree with her 100%. So let get down to the needles. The Addi Natura are a bamboo but do not let that fool you. They are unlike any other bamboo needles I have gotten my hands on. They are smooth and not that grabby at all. They do feel a little more textured than the Knit Picks Harmony, Caspian and Knitter's Pride Dreams etc but not that much more. They have a good point but the pair I have does have a slight place at where the bamboo sits in the the metal tip that can catch yarn. The size is printed on the bamboo needle and the pair I have is fixed so it does have size on that amazing blue cord. The cords are more flexible than the Hiya Hiya sharps. 
The Addi Turbo are a more blunt tip. They are super smooth and have the amazing blue Addi cord.The join on the fixed pair I have is almost seamless. With that blunter tip the shaft is a little shorter than the Lace and the Rockets. These are probably the bluntest of the tips besides the ChiaoGoo I talked about above. 

Now my Favorites!! 
Addi Turbo Lace Brass and Addi Turbo Rockets. I have seen the brass needles before on destash at my local yarn but have heard they have this awful brass smell and leave stuff on your hands. I am so glad I gave them a chance.  They did have a brassy smell when I first opened them but you can barley smell it any more. I did not have anything on my hands after using them and they did not get a film on them after use.

 I am going to talk about them along with the Rockets because they are almost identical besides the finish. Both have the wonderful blue Addi cord, both of the ones I am reviewing are fixed and have a seamless join and both are slick and making knitting wonderful. They both have about the same pointy tips the Hiya Hiya Sharps. They are a bit more pricey than the Hiya Hiya sharp but having that seamless join is worth it. Skacel/Addi does offer a twist interchangeable set that everyone that have talked to loves. 

The Brass do seem to be a itty bitty bit more grabby than the Rockets. The Rockets I think ...dare I say it have become my new FAVORITE needle! They are fast and slick. The down fall is stitches can slide off because the yarn does not grab to the needle like others. 

They are light weight and honestly I already have the new Mixed Set and the 5 in Lace Rocket Set on my Amazon wish list. If I had to pick one I would say the Lace Rocket set with that pick case! They make my heart skip a little beat. 
***I purchased the Addi Lace with the pink case. I love them. I am very excited all my joins are smooth and I do not have any issues with them coming undone. 

~~~Ok lets stop right here and talk about Amazon. I love Amazon and am a prime member but have learned a very valuable lesson about ordering needles on Amazon. Amazon uses 3rd party sellers which is why they can offer such amazing deals. However most needle companies DO NOT honor needles etc if there are issues from Amazon. So although I have items on my Amazon wish list I use the magic link and just link them to my wish list but buy only from the actual retailers of the needles. For instance if you are wanting to buy Skacel/Addi products I highly recommend http://www.addineedleshop.com/ They have very fast shipping and often have sales.

So lets do a little quick review...  My Favorite are the Addi Rockets, Addi Brass, Hiya Hiya sharps on the higher end and for every day and very affordable Knitter's Pride and Knit Picks. Bellow you can see some of the connected ends..

UPDATE: 2017 My most used needles are the Hiya Hiya Sharp interchangeable, Addi Lace Turbo,  Addi Fixed and Knitters pride Karbonz and Dreamz. I only use the Knitters Pride for shawls etc but anything with DK or less weight I stick with the Hiya Hiya Sharp and Addi Lace Turbo. I just love the flexibility of the blue cable both of them offer and the way the stitches glide over them.



So if you have any questions please let me know. I hope you venture out and try some new needles. If you are interested in my hook review you can read about that here. Like always thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and Happy Crafting.
#Skacel #Addi #Knitterspride #knitpicks #ChiaoGoo #Knitting #Knittingneedles #review

Friday, July 1, 2016

Episode 16 June comes to an end.





Finished Objects:
~Wood Nymph's have a Midas Touch
Pattern: Midas Hat by Laura Reinbach
Needle: US 2
Yarn: Undead Yarns Vamphri base in the Wood Nymph color (it is beautiful)
I also forgot to show this in the video last week but showed it this week

~~Brisbane Snood
Pattern: Queensland Collection Brisbane by Jenny Watson
Needle: US 10 nad US 9
Yarn: Queensland Collection Brisbane Color 07 Doubleline Fusilier
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Works In Process:
 ~Sophie's Universe CAL
Pattern: Sophie Universe CAL by Dedri Uys
Hook: US 8 5mm
Yarn: Acrylic Scraps (click the link to go to my Ravelry page to see whaich yarns and at what Row I am using them on) *This is part of a CAL I am doing with my local Library.

~Vikings Mystery KAL
 Pattern Viking MKAL by Heather Boyd
Needle: US 3
Yarn: Lorna Laces Sherpherd Sock in the Ragnar color and Lornas Laces in Solemate base in Kerfuffle

~Star Crossed Betty Blues
Pattern: Star Crossed Betty by Natalie Larson
Needle US 6, US 8 and US 9 lol
Yarn: MadelineTosh Tosh Merino in the Betty Drapers Blue color

~Best Friends Socks
Pattern my go to sock
Needle: US 1
Yarn: Opals Best Friends


To see the Article done from the local News Station and video please click this link
http://abc3340.com/news/local/knitting-group-makes-knitted-knockers-for-a-good-cause

Thanks for watching and Happy Knitting


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

EP 15 Lets try this again.




WIPS:
~Vikings Mystery KAL
 Pattern Viking MKAL by Heather Boyd
Needle: US 3
Yarn: Lorna Laces Sherpherd Sock in the Ragnar color and Lornas Laces in Solemate base in Kerfuffle

 ~Sophie's Universe CAL
Pattern: Sophie Universe CAL by Dedri Uys
Hook: US 8 5mm
Yarn: Acrylic Scraps (click the link to go to my Ravelry page to see whaich yarns and at what Row I am using them on) *This is part of a CAL I am doing with my local Library.

~~Brisbane Snood
Pattern: Queensland Collection Brisbane by Jenny Watson
Needle: US 10 nad US 9
Yarn: Queensland Collection Brisbane Color 07 Doubleline Fusilier



 Finished Objects
 ~Secret Test Knitting
Pattern: I can not Say
Needle US 8
Yarn: Miss Babs Coffee Break, Madeline Tosh Vintage Candlewick, and Malabrigo Rios Natural

~Tony the Toy Box Monster
Patern: Tony the Toy Box Monster by Rebecca Danger
Needle US 6
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease (Deep stash)

 ~Wasabi Pattern:
Pattern: Wasabi by Susan Cladino
Needle US 6
Yarn: Left over Woolee from Interlacements

~Wood Nymph's have a Midas Touch
Pattern: Midas Hat by Laura Reinbach
Needle: US 2
Yarn: Undead Yarns Vamphri base in the Wood Nymph color (it is beautiful)
I also forgot to show this in the video but I will next week.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Stash Dash Is Just a Few Days Away

Its almost here!! Stash Dash that is. What is Stash Dash you ask well its the Knit/crochet all the things KAL/CAL. Basically its just to challenge you to knit or crochet as much yardage as you can before the end date. It is hosted by The KnitGirllls . You can watch a video about it here. You can also check out the Ravelry Group here. http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/the-knit-girllls/3414197/601-625#611  Please note this is not my knit along, podcast or video they are from the KnitGirllls that I have linked for your convenience.
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Ok so now back to me :) For this KAL/CAL I am planning on the following


WIPS: 

Pattern: Midas Hat by Laura Reinbach
Needle: US 2
Yarn: Undead Yarns Vamphri base in the Wood Nymph color (it is beautiful)

Pattern Viking MKAL by Heather Boyd
Needle: US 3
Yarn: Lorna Laces Sherpherd Sock in the Ragnar color and Lornas Laces in Solemate base in Kerfuffle

Pattern: Sophie Universe CAL by Dedri Uys
Hook: US 8 5mm
Yarn: Acrylic Scraps (click the link to go to my Ravelry page to see whaich yarns and at what Row I am using them on)
*This is part of a CAL I am doing with my local Library. 

~Secret Test Knitting
Pattern: I can not Say
Needle US 8 
Yarn: Miss Babs Coffee Break, Madeline Tosh Vintage Candlewick, and Malabrigo Rios Natural

~Tony the Toy Box Monster

Patern: Tony the Toy Box Monster by Rebecca Danger
Needle US 6 
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease (Deep stash)

~Wasabi 

Pattern: Wasabi by Susan Cladino
Needle US 6
Yarn: Left over Woolee from Interlacements 


What I want to Cast On:

1.Dandy Sir Cephalopod by Susan Claudino
2.Doctor Ewe by Susan Claudino
3.Star Crossed as Betty By Natalie Larson
4.Viva Glitz Lattice Shawlette by Jan Hurwitz
5.Luscious Lace Scarf by Knitting Pixie 

That's I all I have planned for right now but I am sure it will get more added on. I m trying to work on older stash and get things done that I know I can knock out fast. 


Are you planning on joining any KALs/CALs this year? Do you have any knitting goals for the summer? I would love to hear about them! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

April Madness Ep. 14



Thank You:
Thank you to all new and returning readers and viewers! I hope you leave a comment, use the media links that are to the right and say Hi.

A Little Catch Up:
Last month was a mess. The first of it started off fun with a trip to Stitches South on the 1st  with my friend Debra. Which you can read about it here. Then on the 2nd my little Yorkie was attacked and almost killed. He is doing fine now but still has areas that are healing. Then my aunt was put in the hospital from her fight with cancer.... she is still there. Our salt water fist tank started having problems, first the lightening hood went out and then the pump. Instead of investing all the money to get it going again we took it down and stored it. We will set it up again when the boys get older but it is a lot of work and there is no where to get fish here. We mostly have to order them. So bye bye 75 gallon tank.

Enough catching up lets get on with the show:

Finished Objects:
Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton
Needle: Us 5 and 4 Kollage Square needles

Pattern: my basic toe up 
Needle: US 2
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Sport weight in the Stream Bed Color.
*these are my first sport weight socks and I love them. They are so squishy to bad its so hot already ;)

Pattern: New Born Harvest Sweater Size.
Needle: US 7 and US 8
Yarn: I Love This Yarn Solid Colorway- 110 Turquoise
*This pattern came out so cute as always, easly to follow and goes super fast.

Pattern: Aviatrix Hat by Justine Turner
Needle US 7 4.5mm
Yarn: I Love This Yarn Ombre 806 Agean Stripe
*This is the cutest baby hat ever! I am so glad I made this and have this pattern I see a lot more of these in the future for gifts, 


Work In Progress
Pattern: Midas Hat by Laura Reinbach
Needle: US 2
Yarn: Undead Yarns Vamphri base in the Wood Nymph color (it is beautiful)

Pattern Viking MKAL by Heather Boyd
Needle: US 3
Yarn: Lorna Laces Sherpherd Sock in the Ragnar color and Lornas Laces in Solemate base in Kerfuffle
yarn is wound but not cast on yet. 

~Cozy Memories Blanket. You can see all my notes here. This is a long term project so I ordered a set of Signature Needles to use on it.

Pattern: Sophie Universe CAL by Dedri Uys
Hook: US 8 5mm
Yarn: Acrylic Scraps (click the link to go to my Ravelry page to see whaich yarns and at what Row I am using them on)
*This is part of a CAL I am doing with my local Library. 

~Secret Test Knitting
Pattern: I can not Say
Needle US 8 
Yarn: Miss Babs Coffee Break, Madeline Tosh Vintage Candlewick, and Malabrigo Rios Natural


Up Coming and Mentions:
Stash Dash with The Knit Girllls http://www.theknitgirllls.com/wordpress/
https://www.etsy.com/people/twistedowlfiberstuio
https://www.etsy.com/people/brunnerstudios
https://www.etsy.com/shop/UndeadYarn
http://shop.hedgehogfibres.com/category/yarn
http://www.missbabs.com/
http://desert-vista-dyeworks.myshopify.com/
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BagsByAwesomeGrannie

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

A Deeper Look in the World of Crochet Hooks


Recently I hard the urge to get back crochet. When I started my fiber arts journey in 2013 I started with crochet, however lately I have really enjoyed knitting.

As I was planning out my next crochet project I began gathering what I would need. I grabbed my hook, the original Boye US 8 5.00mm that started it all. When I taught myself to crochet I had put clay on the clays making them fit in my hands but the added clay made them heavy. I actually could not crochet for long periods of time because my wrist and hands would start hurting. I think this is why I pulled away from crochet and leaned more towards knitting for so long. It made me think... I have bought nicer Knitting Needles and have really discovered what a great quality tool can do for my craft... why haven't I upgraded my crochet hooks??


I set out to find information for me, for you and for all looking for it. Today I will be reviewing several type hooks for you. I am going to give you the good, the bad and the just plain ugly. Let me first start off by saying these are my opinions unless I stated someone else commented when I took them to different groups for test driving. A big thank you to Addi for sending me their brand to review. I also want to mention that hooks are like needles its a preference thing. What I may love you may hate and what bothers me may make your heart sing. I also want to point out I am a tall 5.11 woman who has big hands. I am right handed and I hold my hook like if I were to hold a knife. the bottom of my wrist to the tip of my middle finger is about 7.5 inches and my hands are 3.5 inches at the widest part. My test project is the blanket called Sophie's Universe by Dedri Uys


First lets look at the hooks we will be reviewing.



Left To Right: Addi Nautra Bamboo Hook, Addi Swing, Addi Aluminum, Addi Color Hooks, Knitters Pride Aluminum Silver Hook, Tulip Etimo, Clover Amour, Yarnology, Standard Boye, Boye Rubber grip.
~~Note all of these are a US 8 5.00mm EXCEPT the Knitters Pride it is a US K 6.5mm
General Info: Please note all weights, lengths were done on my sale and an x-acto metal ruler. All thoughts and Opinions are my own and have nothing to do with the manufacturers of the hooks. For their specific measurements please reference their companies sites.
Addi Aluminum This one weights about 7 grams and is 14.5 cm long. It is shorter than the Bamboo Addi from above. Comparing it to the Boye it is short than the Boye too. Its head is a wee bit bigger than the standard Boye but smaller than the Bamboo Addi. The Addi Aluminum is also more of a Boys shaped head. The aluminum used is a lot slicker than the Boye but there is differences in the lay out. In the photo below you can see the Boye aluminum, Addi aluminum and the Addi Bamboo up close and personal. Notice the difference in the location of the thumb rest. I much more prefer Addi's thumb of the aluminum to the Boye thumb rest placement. The Addi aluminum has has the raised 5 in the thumb rest one one side and the word Addi on the other.

Boye Aluminum The one that has been around since the dawn of time. The Boye weights 7 grams and 15 cm long. This hook can be found everywhere big box stores, your grandmothers house online you name it. Boye aluminum hooks will run about $2-3. A set of 6 will cost you under $10 with Prime on Amazon see it here. My blue Boye hook is very grabby. The thumb rest sits back more on the handle than the Addi aluminum. Again I am not a fan of skinny hooks, they cramp my hand and this is the kind I put clay on. The problem the clay makes it considerably much heavier and therefore can lead to hand fatigue.

Addi Bamboo Natura The lightest of all the hooks weighing in at about 2 grams. This hook is 14.9 cm long. It retails for about $15.18 on Amazon and can be found here.  It is one of the smoothest bamboo tools I have ever held in my hand. The wood is a beautiful light bamboo with darker streaks. The head is a tad more the style of a Susan Bates hook but not as much of a deep throat the Bates hooks have. The throat is flatter than the Boye styles. The entire rest of the handle is one width. The size is stamped on and just lists the mm size, 5 mm I personally have a hard time with hooks with out some width to them. They cause my hands to cramp trying to hold them. 


 


Addi Swing is the coolest to look at of the all. It grabs your attention with is unique shape. Addi Swing hooks can be bought from some local yarn stores or different online retail stores. It retails right now for $14.99 from Annies Catalog  (I looked on Amazon and could not locate the single hook, Amazon does have a set that can be found here.)  The handle is composed of a hard plastic (the white) and the color coded rubber. Each size has a different color for easy grabbing. The size is made into the handle. I thought I would hate this one but after holding it I really like it. The only down fall I can see it the length of the shaft. The top of the plastic/rubber handle to the tip of the head is about 3 cm. This one was the one that got the most attention when I posted it in the knitting group and at knit night. However like I mentioned the conversion of the length of your "working area" on the hook came up. I think if this had a longer shaft this would be an amazing hook for the blanket I am working on. However this blanket has many cluster stitches and as you can see in the photo below with the worsted weight yarn the last stitch is not on the shaft where it is supposed to be sitting and this cluster barley fits. I think still love this hook though and think I will get a lot of use out of it on other projects. Not to mention I really love how it fits in my hand!


These are all four of the Addi's together. You can click on the photos and they will get bigger.

Update: Addi replied with this when I asked them about if the Swing and Colors were the same aluminum and finish :  yes, they are except for sizes 7mm and 8mm Swing. Those are high pressure dicasted with finish

Addi Color The Addi Color is 15.5 cm long and weights about 12 grams. From the top of the plastic handle to the tip of the head it is 3.9 cm. They Addi colors are color coded to add in ease of grabbing the size you want fast like the Addi Swings. The Addi Colors can be found in local yarn stores and online. Annies has the Addi Colors right now for $7.99 each.  The set can be found at Amazon for under $64.00 They are a nice length in my hand but I do not love the hard plastic make up of the handle, but its not too bad in my hand. The handle is a hard plastic ribbed brown and the bottom is hard plastic white ribbed on one side and smooth on the other. I was surprised to discover that when using it you can not really feel the ribbed texture. There is a number 5 raised in the plastic. These are smoother than the other aluminum's but not as nice in the hand as the Swings to me I think its the handle, I just enjoy a softer handle. Would I turn down a set of these nope, but they are just not favorite but they may be yours! I still suggest them especially for people with large hands like myself.


Knitters Pride Aluminum Silver These can be found at local Yarn stores and online. They are comparable to the other Aluminum's but not as slick as the Addi's color. It weighs 11 grams and is about 13.5 cm long. The shaft is 4.4 cm from top of the rubber handle to the tip of the head. I found some on Amazon but for this size it is $10.99 prime. I would order the Addi color over this one. I found mine at my local yarn store Yvies for under $4! Just so you know my local yarn store Yvies will ship things in the US.  The problem I have with this one is it seems like the hooks should have been made longer.  It just feels short in my hand, (again I have big hands). My mother in laws loves this one its a step up from the traditional aluminum she is used to but she can crochet longer due to the bigger handle. This example for this review is the only one that is not a size 5 mm. This is a 6.5 mm also known as a K. The Knitters Pride is smoother in the aluminum shaft than the Boye but not as smooth as the Addi. The head is similar to a Boye but more boxy. 

Boye Rubber Handle The Boye rubber handle weighs 17 grams making it the heaviest of the all and is 15 cm long. The top of the rubber to the tip of the head is 4 cm. This one I found at my local Walmart for about $4. The handle is orange and I want to say the other sizes had their own colors. I know my local Walmart had them in a set for about $20 with a case. However these are the heaviest hooks so I would try one before you commit. Also not the nicest feel in your hands, the handle has seems on the sides of the rubber that you can feel in your hand. There is also the word Boye that is raised in the rubber about where the joint is on your thumb. I find this very uncomfortable and it rubs on my thumbs The size is stamped on the rubber with ink so it could wear off in time. The ease of getting to these make them great for beginners. Everyone has a Walmart close to them. The aluminum shaft though is not smooth. They are smoother than the Yarnology pink one but not as smooth as the knitters pride or the Addi's.

 

Yarnology  from Hobby Lobby retails for $3.49. The hook is 16 cm from tip to tip and weighs 14 grams. The length between the rubber and the tip of the head is 4.2 cm. The handle is a rubber, the aluminum shaft is grabby... In fact this is the most grabby of them all!  The handle is a smooth rubber. There is however this very strange raised bump on the handle that sits under my thumb. When I used this hook I could feel it and after a few stitches it began to bother me. The head is very similar to a standard Boye but a bit rounder at the tip and a bit wider. It does have a flatter throat than a standard Boye but not as flat as a standard Susan Bates. It is longer than the Rubber handle Boye. 


These are all the solid Rubberized handles together. Please note like I mentioned above the Black Knitter Pride on bottom is a 6.5 mm K where the others are all 5. mm US H.




Tulip Etimo The Etimo weighs 9 grams and 13.7 cm long. The Tulip Etimo's retail for $50 Pime on Amazon.com and like the Addi's they come in a nice case.  Etimo's have a similar head to a Boye but its a little flatter. I love the gold finish but the handles are all the same grey color. The sizes are a sicker on the handle. The Rubber handle is so smooth and soft. It is my favorite handle texture of them all. The shaft is super smooth as well. The top of the rubber handle to the tip of the head is 4 cm. They are very popular with others crocheters but I do not like them. Every single time I try to use it my hand cramps. I think because the raised bump at the tip of the rubber handle makes the handle feel a lot shorter in my hand. I wanted to love this set but for me they are a no go. You can see in the picture below it looks so small in my hand. Please remember there are many people that are crazy over this hook.... just not me. 



Clover Amour The Amours weigh 12 grams and are 14 cm long. The area between the top of the Rubber handle to the tip of the head is 3.9 cm. The Clover Amour can be found on Amazon with a case for $49.97 and without a case for $40 prime. When I got my set I go the one with out the case and then I order this case for my hooks.  Before I got the Addi hooks to review I would say this would be my favorite. I love how they are color coded and have a wonderful smooth shaft. The head is a little cross between a Susan Bates where the top of the head is a little flat but also a little like a Boye. The rubber handles are very similar to the Etimo's but do not have that bump that makes me crazy. I really enjoy the Amour set and from what I have heard others that have these love them too. 


    






The Low Down
I took all these to my local knit/crochet night. I sat them on the table with strips of the same kind of yarn slip knotted on each one. I sat back and watched. The most popular to be picked up and tried was the Addi Swing. The common remark about it was the length of the shaft. The most negatives came from the Yarnology and the Boye rubber handle. The one most of the attendees owned was the standard Boye or Susan Bates. The ones that one the standard aluminum were interested in the comparison of the Addi aluminum to their classic ones. The Etimo was said to have that pretty gold shaft but the bump in the handle turned a few off. The Favorites were the Addi Swing and the Clover Amour. I noticed most of the attendees used the knife hold. People were drawn to the colors for easy identification.

My Thoughts

~My top two Addi Swing (just wish that shaft was longer) and Clover Amour
~The smoothest in order:
Etimo and Clover are tied, Swing and Addi Color tied, Knitters Pride and Addi aluminum are tied, Boye Rubber cover handle, Boye aluminum, yarnology and Addi Bamboo
~ I will be using the Clover Amour, Addi Swing or Addi color for now on. I love them soo much and love the colors for easy identification.

I hope my reviews helped you gather some information and will get you to step outside your comfort zone and try a new hook. You may be surprised and find one you love. Next week I record a little video showing how I hold the hooks and how they look in my hand. I hope you sign up for emails when I post or check back soon.

Happy Crocheting and Crafting! 
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