The Needle Bee


Life, projects and more projects

Knitting, LifestyleBrenda Reynoso PenaComment

I have been busy with life, work, family. Just like most people that are probably reading this now. However, I have been knitting, quilting, binge watching classes in Blueprint aka Craftsy (especially the ones about Sergers because now I have a serger and I need to learn how to use it) , having coffee or tea while listening to my favorite podcast or books, and of course working on my day job. Yes I have a full time day job but I still schedule a few minutes a week to do what I love.

I have also made decision to not send newsletters. If you want to keep up with what I am working on, I suggest you follow me on instagram or facebook (links are below). I will post here eventually but I am more active in instagram and facebook.

2018 is almost over and I wanted to share a few pictures of the things I completed this year. I hope you enjoy them!

Note: At this moment I am working on the Veronika Cardigan by Shannon Cook. I really like this cardigan. It has a very interesting construction. My goal is to have it finished by the end of this year. I over the easy pattern and the yarn k am using ( Lana gatito super soft in grey) .


Here is my Passage Poncho by Heidi and Lana. Good news: all kits and stitch markers are 20% off until 12/31/18.


Here is a picture of my first quilt. Is a table runner I completed on Halloween day using Craftsy fabric . Can I say quilting is really fun! I can’t wait to start another quilting project.


I also managed to crochet a linen shawl this past summer without a pattern. I mean, I basically started with a long chain and added a few chain and single crochet stitches until I ran out of yarn. I added some tassels and ta da! It is not a shawl exactly, it is more like a scarf perfect for my cool office or nights.


And finally the Tracie Shawl by Joji Locatelli. This was a fun and quick knit along with my little knitting group here in Tampa. I am not sure if you can see the sparkly blue yarns dyed by the talented Amy from WattsUpyarnco


Well I hope you enjoy the rest of year and get inspired to complete some of your projects.

Merry Christmas! May the new year bring you health, joy, and a lot of time to do the things your love.

See you in 2019!

Vogue Knitting Live and Finished Projects

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It has been a long time since my last post and I have a lot to share. I have been Focusing on my Wips and finishing all the gifts I said I was going to make. 

Going to Vogue Knitting live in NYC this year was an extraordinary experience for me. The yarn, the people, meeting Steven West, Heidi and Lana,  and the knitted garments in every floor were all very inspiring.  My phone unexpectedly stop working for several hours and I couldn’t take as many pictures as I had planned. But here are a few pics.

wearing my Gaptastic Cowl I knitted last year!

wearing my Gaptastic Cowl I knitted last year!


I also took the “Good Measure “ class by Deborah Newton. This was an exceptional class and I highly recommend it. If garment fitting  has been an issue for you ( it has been for me especially getting good bust measurements) this class will help you a lot understand your body and take good measures for a successful knitted garment. 

Here is a picture with me and Deborah Newton  



Lets talk about finished projects.

Big, chunky and fast hand knits  that are also machine washable are my go to patterns for gifts.

The tasseled color block scarf  is the easiest scarf in the planet. I mean anyone can learn and knit this.  The pattern is free by Anne Weil. I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in bulky weight. I purchased 2 balls of ivory and 1 navy to make the scarf and hat. I made this for my daughter just in time for our trip to NY. I also knitted a ribbed hat with a pom pom on the plane to match the scarf. The hat feel so cozy and warm. I love Lion Brand Wool Ease thick and quick. It is very affordable and it knits up fast. It feels good to the skin and easy to work with.


this is not blocked, it looks much better on the head!

this is not blocked, it looks much better on the head!

I also finished a ribbed cowl for my sister. This is my first introduction to brioche. I love how squishy the fabric is knitted in Anzula Charcoal.  I think you can tell from this picture how squishy it feels. It almost looks like a double knit. I followed the Purl Soho fisherman stitch scarf pattern but then changed it up a little bit and made a cowl. My sister was so happy when she opened her package! Go up my Ravelry project page for more details. 


Below is a quick chunky crochet cowl I made for my friend. Crochet in one long piece with two strands of Tempo Jojoland Light Worsted yarn  with a crochet hook size 6.5 mm. Then sew the  cast on and bind off edges together. I didn’t write the pattern- I just got my stitch dictionary and went along with it and it was done in just a few hours !


When making gifts for adults I tend to go neutral- can you tell I like grey? Anyways, navy, grey and charcoal are always a good choice. Everyone likes these colors . Right? I will be back soon with more finished projects . Keep creating my friends !   

2018 the year to FOCUS

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In the last few years I have been setting goals and resolutions but everyone knows resolutions only work for a few days or weeks. 

This year, my word of the year is FOCUS. It took me a while to think about what I really want to accomplish this year but I also realized I needed to slow down and focus on one thing at a time instead of multitasking all the time. 


I am not going to talk about how many projects I want to knit or how many times a week I will exercise. Instead, I will check my planner every day and focus on small things one at a time.

This past year has been very busy for the  Needle Bee Shop and I am very grateful for that. This also meant less knitting time for me. When I look back and see Ravelry projects page, I realized I didn't get a lot of knitting done. It's Ok. There is never going to be enough hours in a day to knit all the things we want. 

So what do I want to focus on? I want to focus on my health and exercise routine  (I have been going to Zumba classes and I love it!). I also want to focus on sewing this year. I want to sew a simple dress or blouse.  I am not going to focus on knitting or crochet because those are not only hobbies, they are  already part of my daily routine.

Having something to look forward to, a goal or hobby is a great thing. I hope this helps you decide what you want to accomplish this year and stay focus on whatever you choose to do so that you can get the results you want.


New 2017 favorite podcasts

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I love podcasts. It doesn't matter if they are audio or video podcast. As long as the audio and content are good of course! Last year, I published "My Favorite Podcasts" blog post and I noticed a lot of readers are searching for new content and good podcasts  to listen to.

Today  I want to share a few new podcasts that I am enjoying very much. They are available in Itunes or sticher.


Sweet Georgia (audio)

Sandybythelake (you tube) 

 Sew can she (audio)

very pink knits podcast (audio)


 Bhooked crochet. This is on iTunes as audio but she also has an excellent Youtube channel with lots of patterns and tutorials for all Levels. I like Britanny's teaching style so much that I purchase her Craftsy Tunisian crochet class. I am learning a lot and will share in a later post my progress and projects.

Sewing:  Love to Sew (audio)

Money:  Her Money by Jean  Chatzkty (audio)

Business: Dear Handmade Life (audio)


As you can see, I like to listen to a variety of topics, not just knitting. I normally listen to podcasts when I am driving, walking the dog  or cleaning.   I hope you find inspiration and learn something new while knitting or crochet or sewing.

HiyaHiya Needles are in the Shop!

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Hiya Hiya Purple small case


I am excited to announce the addition to the HiyaHiya needles to the shop. I love sharp needles for lace patterns and socks. HiyaHiya interchangeable small and large cases and also fixed circular needles are available in the shop.

I also received a cute HiyaHiya accessory tin and stitch markers.

Hiya Hiya Acc Gift Tin.

This is a great time to start planning your holiday shopping or treat yourself to a nice set of needles. Did I mention free shipping on orders over $75 orders ?

Note: Free shipping is only available in USA.

Happy Shopping!