November 2016 Favorites

This week I want to share my favorite things. I love Pinterest. It is like your personal shopper without the fees. So here they are. Enjoy!

1-For my crochet lovers, look at the granny squares combinations. The Runway is full of cute trendy crochet ideas for Spring 2017: Designers like. Daks , Oscar de la Renta and Balmain have a lot of texture and color to offer in their RTW 2017 collections. Click on each picture for details.





balmain-spring-20172-Here are a few new You Tube podcast that I have  found and are just awesome.

*** By the lakeside hosted by Sandra is a lovely podcast. I feel we have so much in common that I felt immediately connected. Her project bags are so cute and her craft room is my dream.

***The Yarn Hoarder Podcast. Amber is funny and has all the yarn you could possibly want in your craft room. Very inspiring!!!

3-Chai Vanilla Late tea. I always find a new drink around this time of the year and I needed a break from pumpkin spice latte coffee. Love the flavor and smell of this tea with or without milk.

4-The Gilmore Girls  -A year in the life. I love the Gilmore Girls, this is the perfect show for knitting and binge watching but I have to say, I can’t wait for more episodes!

Happy Knitting!

My new Etsy Shop and My current WIPs

 I have been thinking about a yarn store for a long time where knitters could come and knit and have coffee with me! I just love to sit and have a cup of coffee or tea and knit with friends. I honestly could do this everyday! I  have to thank my friend Sophia for making me realize that Yes it is possible to have my own online yarn shop. 

Yesterday was an exciting day for me. I finally opened my Etsy shop. You may notice the Shop page above and the mini Etsy shop widget on the right side bar . The name of the shop is TheNeedleBeeShop. I currently have a few brands in stock like Lana Gatto, Juniper Moon and Huasco by Araucania but very soon I will have Anzula Luxury Yarns.

Current Wips (works in progress)

Now lets talk about Knitting. How many projects do you have on your needles? I like having at least 3 projects on my needles- a challenging project, a long term project and an easy project.   My challenging project is a new sweater I started  last month (part of the big bad Berg along -Melanie Berg KAL) that Michelle from  Actually Knitting and many other podcasters  are hosting. The pattern is Risen . This is  beautiful and comfortable sweater. I am using Baah 100% merino wool superwash-La Jolla yarn. The yarn is beautiful, soft but not slippery. It has a little grip when you knit,  which gives a little body I think.

I am a fan of comfortable sweaters that I can wear almost every day. One of the reasons why I decided to cast on this pattern is the  stitches and techniques involved. As you can see from the picture below, Melanie Berg used a combination of stockinette stitch and a textured stitch along the collar and the front. Both of these techniques and the details of the ribbing on the cuffs keeps the pattern interesting and challenging at the same time. The entire cardigan is seamless knitted from the top down. If you hate seams, then you will love this type of carding. So far I am enjoying the process even though I know I am not going to finish it by KAL due date which is 11/30/16. 
Risen cardigan by Melanie Berg







 My second sweater is my long term project- the featherweight cardigan by Hannah Fetig. I just checked my Ravelry notes and I started this last year on 9/16/15. Omg! That was a year ago. Well that’s Ok. I decided to make it a bit longer than the original pattern bu knitting with lace yarn is a slow process. The yarn is Anzula wash my lace, 100% merino wool. It blocks beautifully. Soft and light- perfect for Spring. Who knows, I might finish it by next April!  It is difficult to see the details in this picture but it will look perfect after it is blocked and completely finished. This pattern is also seamless knitted from the top down.

And lastly my Reiki hat. This is my easy project. This pattern was designed by new designer Laura Peters who is also part of the Swatch KAL studio knit along hosted by Aroha Knits and Becky (SopranoKnits in Ravelry)  from the Stringing-it-together video podcast . This is a very easy hat. It is knitting fast and I like it because I can watch tv and knit! The due date for this KAL is Dec 10th- that means I have plenty of time to finish.

So how many projects do do you have on your needles? Enjoy your knitting!!





October 2016 favorites 

October is one of my favorite months of the year. If you live in Florida, I am sure you were enjoying the last few weeks. We’ve had many pleasant and breezy mornings and nights perfect for knitting or crochet.

But today I want to share a few of my favorite things this month.  So let’s begin:

1-An entire day at A Good Yarn Store in Sarasota, FL. I took a class with Ann Budd at a good yarn Sarasota a couple of weeks ago with Ann Budd- she is so knowledgeable! If you are hesitant about “set in” sleeves,  you might want to consider a class like. By the way,  The Knitter’s Handy book of Top Down Sweaters is an excellent resource. It’s like having Ann next to you holding your hand in every step of creating your own sweater ! What else is better than spending an entire knitting surrounded by great people and yarn?



















2-My new swift and ball winder by Knitpicks. They are affordable and are well made. I don’t -know why I waited so long to buy a yarn swift really!




































3-Cables and more cables. Have you seen the new Woolens book by Jared Flood  at Brooklyn Tweed? It’s a book of knitted accessories full of cables and rich designs. I saw this book when I went to A Good Yarn store. The book is one of those you want on your coffee table. It has gorgeous photography and design. There are so many patterns here I want to knit!

















4-Field Bag by Fringe Supply Co. It’s a little pricey at $65 but I know I could use it a lot. The inside of this bag is perfect for anyone who likes to knit pr crochet a lot.


















5-Starbucks Pumpkin spice latte– grande. A great companion to any knitting or book! I am not counting calories when I go to Starbucks ok.

6-Homemade corn bread. The recipe is from the Joy of cooking book. I baked a pan of this bread twice this month. It’s yummy!



















Ok that’s it for now! I will be back this week with some Knitting progress and new podcasts that I found in the last few weeks. For now, enjoy the fall season and happy knitting!

Disclaimer: note I am not associated with the products or companies mentioned above. All opinions are my own.

Easy and quick: the Gaptastic Cowl

I feel good. I have completed a pair Rose city rollers socks for my cousin and a cowl in the same month. The Gap-tastic cowl is done, blocked and ready for the cold days ahead. The temperatures are slowly dropping here in Florida and I can’t wait for our short winter to wear my knitted accessories. 

It is obvious why this free  pattern is so popular all over Instagram and Ravelry. Not only this is a friendly beginner’s pattern, it is also a great project to pick up when you are watching TV or just talking with friends. It is so soft! I used 3 skeins of cascade 128 bulky in charcoal and us13 circular needles. At first, I wasn’t sure if 3 skeins was too much yarn, but I decided to keep knitting and just have a nice chunky cowl. After blocked, it got bigger! 32 in long and 19 in wide.  You can find details in my Ravelry page. But I love it’s much I am going to knit another one for my daughter. Thank you  Jen Geigley  this free pattern. 

I guess I have a new cowl for next year’s trip to the sheep and wool festival in Rhinebeck. Ready for some inspiration? I am bpknits2 in Instagram and search for #gaptasticcowl. Happy Knitting!

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