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Sunday, February 28, 2016

A Little PSA I posted in the Knit Chat Facebook Group This Morning


Let me take the time to do a quick PSA or Public Service Announcement.... Fellow Crafters can we please stop the yarn abuse! It is not ok to strangle the mess out of the poor yarn as you wind it. Yarn does not like being caked up and left for years. It puts a strain on the fibers, makes them weak and even damage them. I share this with you my fellow friends because during the week I bought a lovely skein of hand dyed, hard to find yarn online. The picture showed the yarn skeined up in all of its glory. When it got to me, it not only had been caked but felt like the first time one tries to make homemade biscuits. You know what I am talking about, where it you threw it at the wall it would bust through the drywall and stick into a 2x4. Anyways it was awful and the yarn felt awful. It felt like a rope and no longer yarn. Trying to work with this would have been a nightmare! See when you cake your yarn so tight it adds extra twist, it takes the fluffy soft fibers and pulls on them making them tight and just unbearable. When you try to pull from a tight cake the yarn usually tangles. It makes you want to toss it, cut it, cuss it and vow never to buy that yarn again. Dear Friends it is not the yarns fault. Imagine for a moment you are told to crawl into a box, you are hunched over crammed in there and left for months... years. You would be come sore, it may even take a warm bath to get your muscles to relax. Same thing with yarn, sometimes if a cakes is wound and too tight, you can still rescue it. You can wind it back to its hank form and tie it off, give it a gentle bath and let it hang to dry. The fibers will perk back up. The will become fluffy again. Then show that yarn you love it. Wind it properly and let it bloom into the project it wants to be, You will not longer hate the feel of it between your fingers you will giggle in delight as it slides over your needles. As you pull from a properly formed caked the yarn comes out willingly ready to make that next stitch... So fellow Crafters I BEG OF YOU do not strangle the life from your yarn... your project and yarn will thank you.
For infomation of properly winding yarn please check out this link bellow. There is a link fr hand winding and swift winding
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm9ObbbrzXY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_28dl0Fv8c
This has been a PSA provided to you formwww.yarning4asmile.blogspot.com
Craft on people craft on smile emoticon
^^As my wonderful Friend Debra Helstrom pointed out : You can also wind it first from the hank, take it off the ball winder, and then rewind it. It comes out so much nicer and looser. : I agree I often do this and even though it takes a bit longer it will cause you less headaches and be better for the yarn.

Friday, February 26, 2016

February Is Leaping Out Of Here





Show Notes:

Chit Chat
I talked about my goals. I have completed two so far. How are you on your 2016 crafting goals? Shout out to all the podcast I love.

Finished Objects
~Spark Story Socks
Pattern none just a toe up and Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Needle US 1 Karbonz DPN
Yarn Spark Story Toughie Sock in the Spectra Color 
~ Had to completely rip these back because I had increased to 64 stitches but they were to big.






~Summer Flies Again Shawl 
Pattern: Summer Flies Again by Donna Griffin
Needle Knitters Pride Marblz US 8
Yarn: Interlacements Woollee in the Blues color






~A Wee Owl Is Born
pattern: based from the Owl hat by Sarah Zimmerman
Needle: Crochet Hook US H 5 mm and US I 5.5 mm
Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in Soft Blue and Grey Beard and Red Heart With Love in Aran and Black





~Odessa Hat
Pattern: Odessa by Gumperia
Needle: US 4 3.5 mm
Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima in the Sand color








~Sheep in the City
Pattern: Lerwich Roofline Hat by Plucky Knitter
Needle: US 7 3.5 mm
Yarn: Berroco Vintage
5175 Fennel
5101 Mochi
51190 Cerulean
5120 Gingham




Works In Progress
~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.

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

Queued Up 
Birds of Happiness
Stream Bed Sport weight Socks
Wild Thing by Susan Claudino 

New To The Stash
Buying all the Desert Vista Dyeworks I can afford for next years KAL
Marigold Jen
Yarn Hollow

Additional 20% off Clearance Items Sale at Craftsy



Just click the above picture to start shopping.

Craftsy is taking an additional 20% off their existing clearance prices to give you great deals on their project kits and supplies for only a few days. Be sure to check out the deep discounts on your favorite brands before their Winter Clearance sale is over!

Who doesn't love a great sale I know I do. this maybe the time to prepare for baby gifts and Christmas presents. Do be like me and wait till the last minute :)


Check out these Kits bellow. I love both of them. Maybe you need a quick gift to give a knitter or crcoheter in your life.. Kits are always a good choice. 



(these link are affiliate links)

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Wee Owl Hat



I am sure you are not like me. I am sure you plan out when you need to make things for baby showers. you have them planned out and the yarn bought... Well not me, I am so good at planning out everything else but I have dropped the ball. We have friends who were having a baby. Notice how I used the word were? Yea two weeks ago their little bundle of joy came into the world and I was without present. I should have made something sooner but between sick kids and a sick hubby I just have had not had time. So I started this guy on Saturday and finished him up on Sunday. This project could be made in a day but for some reason crochet really cramps my arms :(





I used I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in the Soft blue and Greybeard color and Red Heart With Love in the Aran color


I based it off The Owl Hat Sarah Zimmerman but never even read the directions. For my newbornish size hat I did the following

hdc - half double crochet
dc-    double crochet
sc-    single crochet

~Magic ring
*using Double Crochet
~increased flat circle until 4.75 then did 3 rounds of color A
~Switched to color B till hat reached 5.5 inches

~Ear flap
1 slip st, Hdc, 6dc, hdc slip st, ch 2
2 8 hdc ch2
3 hdc dec, 4 hdc, hdc dec, ch 2
4 6 hdc
5 hdc dec, 2 hdc, hdc dec, ch 2
6 2 hdc dec, ch2
7 hdc dec bind off

~yarn sprigs on top and 3/4 row

SC with color B held double around bottom.


For a great hat size chart check out the link bellow.
http://anniespictureperfect.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-to-properly-size-crochet-hats-chart.html



Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentines Day Sales


I love a good sale and to be honest I am more likely to buy from a seller if the is a discount code or sale... just makes me think I am getting more for my money. So as I search the web this morning I will be linking sales right here on this post so be sure to check back often... I would hate for you to miss out on something magical...

Check Back Here Throughout The Day To See The Sales I Post!

1. First find is 25% off patterns from Deborah Frank known as ObliviousKnits just add to the cart and the discount will appear... here is the link www.ravelry.com/stores/obliviousknits "Ends Tuesday"

2. LBArtYarn on Etsy is having a sale www.LBArtYarn.etsy.com just use code TWDLUV as the coupon code! You will receive 10% off 

3. www.etsy.com/shop/ruthybopshop 20% off with code WEEKEND until midnight. she has some cute things! 

4. Knit Picks has a clearance sale going on http://www.knitpicks.com/clearance/knitting_clearance.html

5. Yvies my local yarn store has a big sale!! You can see pictures of her store here.   She is having a crazy awesome yarn sale and will take orders over the phone and ship! All yarn/needles on sale and at a big discount! You need to call

6. Jimmy Beans will have the wool Watcher going as usual but for the month of Love they are spreading the love on Wool Watcher shipping www.jimmybeanswool.com/secure-html/onlineec/woolWatcher.asp

7. lucookie-designs has a sweet deal for you follow the link for details 

8. YarnOverNewYork just posted a code on instagram save 25% off her new sock pattern Who Are You Socks code ends 2/28 code "caterpillar www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/who-are-you-socks

9. Nicole Hueloco has a code that ends today $3 off any order from her shop www.hueloco.com code BEMINE

10. Up in Yarns has a deal 20% off sock yarns! I love her stuff that is who I have been getting my yarn club from. www.etsy.com/shop/UpInYarnsDesigns

Friday, February 12, 2016

One of the Biggest in Alabama


I have been to 5 yarn stores in Alabama. Yvies my local yarn store, may just have more yarn then them all. Yvies is located in Alexandria Alabama, you can check it out on google maps here. I talk about Yvies store a lot but I wanted to show you inside. If you are ever anywhere close to the store you really should take the time to come and check it out.

Please Enjoy the video Below.




Now that you have seen inside the store did you know you can look at peoples yarns they have stashed from Yvies store? You can see all the yarns stashed here. I am not ashamed to say a lot of those photos are mine.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Love the Family not the Germs Feb 2016

February 1, 2016







Show notes:

Chit Chat
~The post about how I organized my projects.

~Goals 2016
1. Color work
2. Lace
3. Finish Star Wars Cross Stitch
4. Complete 2 Craftsy Classes
5. Finish a Sweater
6. Complete Spark Story Socks

Wips

~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.

~Spark Story Socks
Pattern none just a toe up and Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Needle US 1 Karbonz DPN
Yarn Spark Story Toughie Sock in the Spectra Color 
~ Had to completely rip these back because I had increased to 64 stitches but they were to big.

~Summer Flies Again Shawl 
Pattern: Summer Flies Again by Donna Griffin
Needle Knitters Pride Marblz US 8
Yarn: Interlacements Woollee in the Blues color

My Yarn Buddy Review can be found here Their Etsy shop can be found here. 

FO's 

Yoda
Pattern: Yoda from Star Wars Amigurumi Book by Lucy Collin 
Yarn Scraps
Hook G 



Knitted Knockers
Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton
Needle: Us 5 and 4 Kollage Square needles

Upcoming
Gabe's Tweed Hat
Sockhead Hat from Undead Yarn


New to the Stash
Paca Peds
Debbie Bliss 
Bone hooks from my wonderful friend Debra :)