Becoming a master knitter, my journey to completing the master knitter level 1 program by the TKGA.
Last year around thanksgving, I decided to open an Etsy shop. I love Etsy, but there are limitations in the brands I can offer in Etsy. Having my own web store will give me the opportunity to offer additional yarns and have more control of my shop. Today the new shop is live and ready.
You can still place your orders on Etsy but the free shipping is only available when you shop at www.theneedlebee.com
Come to the shop and take a look. You will find:
- One Website= easier to shop, lower shipping rates
- Clutter free sleek design website
- Ship Worldwide
- Fast checkout
- Pay via Apple Pay, paypal or credit card
- free shipping until oct 15/17 anywhere in the United States
I hope you like the new shop. If you like what you find here, please share it with your friends!
What is a mystery knit along (MKAL) ?
A MKAL is when designer or a group of knitters decide to knit a pattern and the designer releases part of the pattern weekly for a total of 4 or 5 weeks. It is called a mystery knit along because you don't get the full pattern right away. Basically you just have enough information to get your yarn and needles ready. You start knitting the instructions as they become available every week along with other knitters. You and your fellow knitters chat about your progress in a fun learning environment (chat groups are usually in Ravelry) and continue knitting each week until the final clue is released.
This is a rectangular shawl pattern with a geometric design. The shawl is more like a big cozy wrap knitted in fingering weight yarn. I was excited to join this KAL with my cousin because we just love anything Joji designs. The thing is, this is a very big project and you have to knit each clue twice and I don't have a lot of time to knit. You are almost knitting 5 skeins of fingering weight yarn in about 5 weeks. That is a lot of knitting ! However, Mystery knit alongs are fun and adventurous.
These past week I was home the entire week due to Hurricane Irma so I made a promise to finish this shawl. And I did! I love how the colors complement each other. I used fingering weight yarns in Anzula squishy, Madeline Tosh and Malabrigo sock and my hiya hiya needles in size US 5. After blocked, the shawl measure 93 in long! You can find more details and pictures of my progress in my Ravelry project page. This shawl will be my Florida winter coat!
When I find an authorthat I like, I tend to read or listen several of his/her books often. A few weeks ago I listened during my drive to work The midwife confession and this past month I just finished listening to The secret life of Cecee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain. I loved these books. These books will keep you awake from listening to podcasts. That is how interesting they were to me. I like how Diane twist her stories keeping the reader alert and wanting to know more about the characters.
I also read - What she Knew- by Gilly Macmillan. This book has the suspense I like in audio books and according to several reviews in Goodreads, is an awesome book.
Currently, I am listening to -The Year of Yes- by Shonda Rhimes. I am enjoying this book very much. Did you know Shonda knits? I will love to meet Shonda one day.
Until next time.
Remember to always find time for the things you love!
Several weeks ago I got an email from Anzula about their new Mini skeins sets or Skeinettes that were going to be available this Fall 2017, l knew I had to have them available in my shop. If you are a fan of Anzula yarns, then you know how soft and luxurious they are. There are 7 themes available and the colors are just so lovely. Mini skeins are very popular and versatile. It is like a sample of yummy yarns in different colors.
Let me introduce you the cutest mini sets.
Anzula Squishy Skeinettes- mini skein sets $33 per package
Gauge: 7.5 sts per inch- US 2
Yardage: -/+ 67 yards each, 335 y total per package
Content: 80% Superwash Merino 10% Cashmere 10% Nylon
Care: Machine Wash Cold, gentle cycle
Hand Wash to extend the life cycle of your project
Lay Flat to dry
Great for Shawls, cowls, hats, scarfs.
This yarn is very soft and squishy!
Citizen Skein (Gravity, Hippo, Pewter, Charcoal, Black)
Knitting in the Rain (Charcoal, Storm, Lapis, Seabreeze, Nimbus)
Ocean's Anzula (Lottie, Alice, Birdie, Chiva, Bluberry)
Wuthering Hanks (Seaside, Peach, Bubblegum, Irene, Seafoam)
Dr. Strangeskein (Misfit, Petunia, Tesla, Alice, Key Lime)
Rebel Without a Stitch (Temperance, Sexy, Madam, Rust, Aqua)
Somewhere Over the Skeinbow (1 Red Shoe, Curry, Clover, Chiva, Violet)
Note: There are limited quantities ready to ship.
If you need to reorder special quantities, please contact me.
Today's post is about the Risen Cardigan by one of my favorite designers Melanie Berg. If you are looking for an easy project with minimal design but entirely boring, you might want to consider this pattern. This cardigan was relatively easy to complete. I like the simple lines and plain stockinette stitch design in the body with the interesting reverse purl stitch pattern in the cuffs and bottom. This is a seamless sweater worked top down and doesn't require buttons.
I started this project in late October 2016 when I visited A good Yarn store in Sarasota, Fl. I found this beautiful yarn made by Baah (la jolla) in the color champagne.. So yes, it took like 9 months to complete but that is what happens when you start several projects at the same time.
This was my first time knitting the reverse purl pattern stitch shown on the collar and cuffs. I have to say that it was very interesting and easy. The entire sweater took almost all 3 skeins ( I still have about 30 yards left). You can find more details and pictures in my Ravelry project page here.
Whenever I start a big project like this with a yarn that is new to me, I read the entire pattern to make sure I understand how it's constructed and to understand the schematics. I knit and block a big swatch. I let it rest and then look at it the next day to make sure I like how the yarn feels.
One thing I forgot to do was to alternate the skeins as I was knitting to avoid uneven color tones. You can see what I mean here in this picture. The right front is lighter than the rest of the sweater. This is very common when you knit with hand dyed yarns because not all skeins are identical.
I used the wet blocking method and used blocking mats and pins.
Like I said, this is the second sweater I knit so I am not an expert at all. One last thing I will do when I knit my next sweater/ cardigan is to add more width to front side. A little extra fabric of at least 1 inch to each front side will make the sweater a little bigger. This garment is meant to be open without buttons so it should be ok. Overall, I am very happy with this sweater, I am sure it will be my go to sweater this fall.
A Crochet Basket:
This week I found two old skeins of tape yarn in my stash. This is the a ribbon yarn that is used to knit or crochet ruffle scarves. So I decided to make a small basket for my current crochet projects. The basket was super fast to crochet, I used single crochet stitches with a size 6.0 mm hook and a pattern from one of my crochet books. There are many free crochet patterns like this in Ravelry . For example: the is free and very cute.. What do you think? I like it. So if you have some old bulky yarn and don't have a pattern in mind, a basket like this is a good choice.
Hello friends !!!
I love soft and yummy yarn. Today's post is all about Anzula yarns. If you are not familiar with Anzula luxury fibers, then let me introduce you one of my favorite yarns.
Anzula yarns are very well known for their hand dye yarns and fibers made out of the most luxurious fibers in the USA . They have a soft and squishy feel, and create stitch definition. The cashmere and merino wool nylon blend makes these yarns perfect for cowls, shawls, sweaters and socks. I also feel very proud to support an American small company who sources fibers from local mills.
During a recent Ravelry search, I found several free crochet and knitting patterns that are great choices for the Anzula Kits that I have available in the shop. If you are looking for ideas or inspiration, check my Ravelry favorites where I bundled them by name. I love how everything is so organized in Ravelry!
And lastly, here are a few of the kits available in the shop. Did I mention they are their just $85 (each kit has 3 skeins with 80% merino wool, 10% cahsmere and 10% nylon) and you get free shipping in USA! I personally love the kit in worsted weight for a nice chunky cowl and (maybe a hat) for the fall.
I hope you find ideas for your next fall or winter project with these colors.
You may have noticed different colors and a different blog design here because I moved my blog to Squarespace (SS) from Wordpress (WP).
Moving and new beginnings are awesome because they give me the chance to reflect and recharge -and that's how I feel now!
After months of analyzing which platform to use I decided to go with SS. There are a few reasons for this:
- It's simple, easy to use without the need of plugins.
- You don't need coding experience or hire a web designer.
- Because it has a drag and drop design feature, formatting a blog post it is fun. You can see what your post is going to look like on a mobile device or computers.
- Customer service is awesome.
- I actually enjoy writing more in SS.
But I am not against WordPress. I think it is a great platform and it has a giant capacity to do many things that I don't need. Let's just say it was a little overwhelming for me. Although I am not a programmer, I am comfortable with WP but SS is just easier and less time consuming for me.
So, if you are a photographer , designer or an artist and are thinking about moving your blog to a new platform, you many want to consider Squarespace.
I know this is still a work in progress and I may change a few things around but in the meantime, please feel at home and enjoy. I will grab a coffee and my knitting and relax !