KNITCRATE Subscription Boxes!

As some of you know, KNITCRATE often sends out review samples to podcasters and bloggers. It’s always fun to get a little surprise in the mail and I’m excited to tell you about the April and May Sock Crate Membership and the May Artisan Crate subscription boxes. All three were packed with beautiful yarn, nifty patterns, and even some extras!

AND . . .  If you’re feeling the KnitCrate love and want some excitement in your mailbox each month, you can Subscribe to KnitCrate via this link and use this Discount Code to get 20% Off: KTS20

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First up, the April Sock Crate Membership brought some sparkle into my life. It was called Golden Hour and included a simple, but elegant sock pattern along with the skein. The yarn is from KNITCRATE’s own line, Vidalana which is a 70/20/10 blend of SW Merino, nylon, and stellina.

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I really loved the May Sock Crate Membership the most–it contained a cool speckled skein from KNITCRATE’s Audine Wools yarn in the “Weekend” colorway–bummer that this one sold out, because it’s a pretty blend of 75/15/10 SW Merino, nylon, and *cashmere*  . . . but I suspect the folks at KNITCRATE have some other beauties up their sleeve for the coming months!

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And, finally, the May Artisan Crate was full–as usual–with a hearty portion of yarn: two incredible skeins from an indie dyer!! And a set of patterns, one for beginner and one for intermediate knitters. The yarn, Fleece Artist Tree Wool in the “Cataylst” colorway, is a super soft blend of 70/30 Merino, Tencil that was dyed only for KNITCRATE–I love the Apex shawl pattern, including all of the buttons on the border–which are also included IN the box! Once I have an open project bag, I think this would be a cool project as it really plays with space-dyed yarn, allowing the colors and textual pattern to play off each other to nice effect.

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I’m going to have some fun playing around and swatching with these unique yarns over the summer. If you’re interested in picking up a box of your own in the coming months,  you can Subscribe to KnitCrate via this link and use this Discount Code to get 20% Off: KTS20

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Thanks so much for the squishables, KNITCRATE!

I love introducing readers to great yarns and meeting new people (and sheep!): if you are an indie dyer, a hand spinner, a shepherdess, a small flock owner, a mill operator, or a wool trader, I would love to feature your work on this site. Please get in touch via email or Ravelry by clicking the “About” tab (above)

 

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Foundry Sample Knit for Wool & Honey

[Scroll down for some *hilarious* outtakes from Spencer–the man behind the camera]

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This one is pretty gorgeous and artsy. Foundry by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. Knit in Arbor (100% American grown and spun Targhee); the scarf is a sample for Wool & Honey–a lovely shop in Michigan that also has an excellent online presence. Wool and Honey has a great selection of indie magazines and they host the Sleeping Bear Yarn Club as well! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve drooled over their colorways for sock yarn 🙂 Melissa and Liz of Wool & Honey were wonderful to work with on this project and I’m planning to complete some more sample knitting for them.

Notes for this project can be found on my Ravelry Project Page–these include needle adjustments (I went down 3!! sizes), thoughts on the Arbor yarn, impressions of the tubular cast-on (love it!), and what it means to cable every other row. More info on Episode 37 of the podcast, as well.

Oh, and of course, Spencer got into the act . . .  he’s my wonderful photographer (the man behind the camera), but occasionally he steps out of position to make me laugh just a little. So, maybe these outtakes will bring a smile to your face as well 🙂 ❤ He also promises to appear on the next podcast . . . so watch out!

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So serious!

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Episode 37: Knitting for the Finish Line

Happily, my finish lines aren’t too far away! But I have been knitting with deadlines for some time now! On this episode, I discuss the sample knit cabled scarf I completed for Wool & Honey and the last minute test knit I’m working through for Albina of LB Handknits. Plus, there is an update on the Knit Together Project, a review of Bird Leg Bags by Vicki, and a review of KnitCrate’s May subscription boxes!

 

Show Notes

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Sand by Kephren Pritchett

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Kephren is a brilliant designer and tech editor; you can read more about her work on her website. I absolutely love this Sand shawl (made in Mad Tosh Merino Light)! I’ve posted elsewhere about the modification I made to the edging–Kephren approved! And this past evening, we finally got around to taking some photos in the setting sunlight ❤

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The Better Sweater Series #4

Hi everyone! I am a couple of days late with this installment because of the end of semester madness that was April! But here she is! In this fourth video in the series I discuss pattern writing, show you my re-make-along sweater that’s underway, and talk about some neck line options. Lots of tips and tricks here! I hope you enjoy!

As always: I’d love to know how your sweater projects are coming along AND, I would appreciate any questions you have about this process!

 

Show Notes:

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Episode 36: Test and Sample Knitting!

Hello fiber-y friends! Today I am so excited to talk about my test knit for Albina McLaughlin of LB HandKnits!! The cardigan, Sunny Every Day, has been released and you all have the chance to win a copy! Albina has generously offered three copies to be given to three lucky viewers! Plus, I’ll discuss the differences between Test and Sample Knitting–I have a new sample knitting project from Wool & Honey about to hit the needles. Oh, and the results of kettle-dye-day are in; there is a KTP square to share; and some fun with Vogue Knitting Magazine from 2008 when Ravelry was just a baby .com

I can’t wait to hang out with you all!

~Melissa

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Re-Skeining Yarn After Dyeing

After dyeing up a storm this weekend, I needed to re-skein my yarn. It was a bit messy after it’s bath and bubble and dry. I usually tie off my skeins with 3-4 ties before any kind of bath, but no matter, they can always use a little tidying up afterwards.

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And so, I turned my swift on its side, caked up my yarn, and ran it through its paces! One of my favorite tutorials for this whole process is from Hue Loco. Basically, you use the swift to cake your yarn, then you turn you swift sideways and secure it to something vertical (like a chair back–or in my case the side of the loom) and then spin your way to a fresh,neat skein!

You can watch the Huu Loco tutorial here:

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Caking up the dyed yarn before re-skeining

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The Cakes!

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Re-skeined and so happy!

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The pile of newly dyed sweater yarn!

How do you re/skein your yarn?

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