We All Scream For…

Knitcrate Ice Scream Theme!!!

I just got my June 2018 Knitcrate basic membership in the mail and I’m excited to show you what I received.

First off, I received the same super cute and handy Knitcrate box with this cute little message under the tissue paper:

Next, I pulled out this month’s theme card and had a read.

The fresh neons and icy brights of this month’s shipment will have you screaming for more.

Then, I was on to the good stuff.

Vidalana is our beautiful yarn this month.

Not only is it a beautiful turquoise, but it’s super soft and squishy! Just look at the contents!

75% Superwash Merino, 15% Nylon and 10% Cashmere!!

You will have the softest socks/scarf/shawl on the block!

The colorway I received is called “Chewies” and I would love to figure out what that might refer to. If you have any clue leave me a comment below.

The yarn is a nice fingering weight with over 400 yards per hank so this is great for knit or crochet.

But wait! There’s more! We also get two patterns for each Knitcrate. One in knit:

This month it is the Minty Fresh Shawl from designer Tiaga Hilliard.

A beautiful lacy shawl that would work with your summertime beach outfit.

And a crochet pattern:

Lemoncello by designer Kahlurah Hudson (love her name!)

A cute lacy poncho that would be a perfect swimsuit topper.

What do you think of your Knitcrate? Did you get any other cool colors? Let me know below!

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April 2018 Knitcrate Is Here!

I received my Knitcrate April 2018 shipment (free for my honest review), and I’m loving it! I don’t want to give to much away, but be prepared for some beautiful variegated yarn! Check out the video below to see the yarn and patterns included this month.

The yarn is still available if you subscribe now.

Plus, get your own Knitcrate with 20% off with the coupon code: Deja20

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Manos Del Uruguay Serena Yarn Review

manos del uruguay serena yarn
The color is so pretty!

Check out this beautiful yarn that I received from Fairmount Fibers, the Manos Del Uruguay Serena yarn.

First off, the colorways in this yarn are amazing! They have literally over 40 different colors to choose from. The yarn is kettle dyed so it has that nice heathered look that makes your projects looks so special.

How pretty is that?

The yarn itself, is a unique blend of 60% baby alpaca and 40% pima cotton. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that combination before it is so interesting. It is great for scarves and shawls because it will drape beautifully. And it is so squishy soft! See my video below for some swatches I worked up in the yarn and how I liked working with it.

Here’s some more info on the yarn:

Yardage: Approx. 170 yds / 155 m per 1.75 oz / 50 g
Weight: Sport to DK
Gauge: Serena’s gauge is very versatile, from 4 1/2 stitches per inch (SPI) all the way up to 7 SPI
Needle Size: US 4 – 6 / 3.5 – 4 mm
Care Instructions: Hand wash in cool water. Dry flat.

Another awesome thing about this yarn is that the name of the company Manos Del Uruguay translates to Hands of Uruguay which is exactly who makes it.  Manos yarns are made by hand by skilled artisans in cooperatives located throughout Uruguay. Every skein purchased helps a woman in Uruguay support her family, and each skein is signed by the artisan so that you know who made your yarn and which village it came from.

An artist at work.

2018 is the 50th anniversary of Manos yarns! Fairmount Fibers we will be celebrating with some giveaways and special colorways so you might want to go follow them on their social media so you get notifications when the giveaways are happening.

You can find them on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest and Ravelry.

Fairmount Fibers is the North American Distributor of Manos del Uruguay yarns who provided this product for review. They have a beautiful website with tons of free patterns. Like this one that was made in Serena yarn.

Shadow Shawl in Serena Yarn

If you want to see the yarn in action and hear what else I think about the yarn, check out my video review below.

 

 

 

 

 

A Brief Pause For The Best Yarn I’ve Ever Received!!!

I’m taking a one day break from our Knit For Crocheters series to bring you some yarn awesomeness!!!

I received my Knitcrate March 2018 shipment (free for my honest review), and I can honestly say, this is my favorite yarn I’ve ever received from Knitcrate!! I don’t want to give too much away, you’ll have to watch the video below to see how awesome it is. It is perfect for knit or crochet and looks great in all kinds of stitches. Plus it’s sparkly!!! Watch the video to see it now.

The yarn is still available if you subscribe now.

Plus, get your own Knitcrate with 20% off with the coupon code: Deja20

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Knit For Crocheters Series Day 2: Intro and Materials

Finding a teacher is only half the battle of learning to knit. The other half, are the materials you use to learn with. Through trial and error, countless trial and errors, I figured out which needles and yarn worked for me to make learning the easiest it could be.

I think the materials you choose to learn with will make or break your experience, so I dedicated a whole video just to talk about this.

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Of course, you can still choose to use whatever yarn and needles you link, I am just providing you with the most information possible to try to make your learning the most successful it can be.

If you are already a knitter, what did you learn with that was best for you? Tell us in the comments below so we can all learn from our sharing.

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New Knitcrate Reveal And A Yarn Giveaway!!!

It’s been awhile, but I’m finally back to Knitcrate!

I had taken a break from the yarn subscription service because of all the moving I was doing, but Rob the new owner reached out and asked me if I would like to receive a subscription for my honest review. Of course, I said YES!!!

Watch the video below to see what goodies I received.

If you would like to subscribe yourself, I also have a 20% off coupon code you can use for your first box: Deja20

The Giveaway

I’m giving away one of the beautiful hanks I received in this month’s crate. Be sure to check out the video to see all the details on the yarn. The Silken Worsted retails for $24 a hank.To enter you will need to click on the mail or facebook logo to give your email address(that is where I contact you). You can gain extra entries by either subscribing to my youtube channel or visiting my Facebook page

The giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older. Click the link below to enter. Giveaway ends 2/28/2018 midnight Pacific time. Be sure to read the full rules located on the entry form.

Enter Here:
Knitologie Raindrops Hank Giveaway

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Newbie Newsday ~ Why Do You Call Your Yarn A Cake?

Note: you can click on any of the yarns below to learn more about them.

Mmmmmmmm, cake. Wait, I’m getting off topic.

Why is some yarn called a cake? Or a hank, ball, skein, cone, or donut?Why are there so many different names for yarn?

Yarn is yarn, all of these other names are simply the way the yarn is presented to you, the buyer.

Each name refers to a different configuration of the yarn you are buying. Here is a visual breakdown:

Cake

caron-cakes

Flat on the top and bottom and round in the middle, just like a cake. Usually, these are made from winding your yarn from a hank on a yarn winder. However, some companies (like Caron above) are marketing the yarn in cakes where you can see the color changes better.

You can either work from the center or outside tail of the cake as is.

Hank


Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Yarn - Dyed by Lorna's Laces

Many independent yarn sellers offer yarn in this form. Unwinding it produces a big loop, which is how they work with it to dye it. It’s most cost effective for the dyer to leave it in this form when selling.

You cannot begin a project from yarn in this form. It will become a tangled mess. You must first wind it into a cake or ball. I have a video on how to do this here.

Ball

zauber

We’ve all seen a ball of yarn. It’s rare to see them sold as such (the awesome Zauberball above is an exception), but we’ve all wound up leftovers from projects.

Unless you are winding a center pull ball on purpose, you normally can only work from the outside tail of a yarn ball.

Skein

Rainbow Mighty Stitch Sampler

Pronounced skeyn, this is how most big box yarn companies sell their yarn. It is wound on a machine and forms a fat oblong shape.

You can either work from the center or outside tail of the skein as is.

Cone

cone

A cone is yarn in a cone shape and usually has a cardboard core. These come with mass amounts of yardage to be used for knitting machines mostly. However, they come in handy at home with a yarn bobbin holder for larger projects.

You will only have access to the outside tail on a cone.

Donut 

Zing! Chroma Fingering Sampler

My favorite yarn (Chroma by Knit Picks pictured here) is sold in donut form. Like its name, the yarn is shaped like a donut: round with a hole in the middle. The donut helps to show the different color changes on self-striping yarn.

You can either work from the center or outside tail of the donut as is.