Renovations?

I haven’t touched this blog in ages, but I’m still discovering in my own, special, chaotic way. Since I left my blog, I have graduated college, moved into a house that is more accommodating to my disability, discovered essential oils, stopped taking medications for my depression/anxiety, started streaming Creative on Twitch.tv, and have been applying to jobs and attempting to adult.

I feel like I need to get back into blogging, have a place to talk about some of the stuff I feel like I need to talk about, without being restricted to the brief quips on social media. I want to start sharing my discoveries again.  But, in order to do that, I feel like I need to clean out some of the old stuff here that I don’t feel as proud of. Some posts will be disappearing, most likely the makeup ones and there should be an influx of crochet posts and possibly some more personal stuff!

Keep an eye out for new things happening!

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Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball

I just got this yarn last week, and I am already in love with the unique texture of this yarn. Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Ball yarn is designed to have enough yardage for a shawl project. There is a very nice selection of colors, ranging from shades of pink or blue or gray, to more colorful transitions. This particular colorway is called Peaceful Earth, and goes through two shades of brown, to green, to red, to purple, to cream, and back through the colorway to the browns. It’s a gorgeous colorway, which I was really excited to work with.

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The texture is really interesting. Supposedly, it’s supposed to be like working with silk or mohair. I’ve never worked with anything like that, so I can’t say how similar it is. They also say it is part “cotton slob”. I’ve also never worked with that, but I would guess that it has to do with the curled and kind of knobby texture of cotton yarn that the color is woven together with.

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At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about the strange white strands mixed in with the color, but I quickly came to love it. I discovered it really helped to blend the transitions between rows, making them much less noticeable and harsh. There is also a great deal of variance in the texture and the tightness of the “worsting”. In some sections, the color and the slob are tightly twisted together; on the other hand, there are some sections where the colored strand of the yarn is much looser and fuzzy.  I would also mention that this is not a yarn to work with if you are following a complicated pattern, as it tangles horribly if you try to pull it out. I lost a good chunk of yardage to a pattern change when I tried to pull it out and start over.

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This yarn is absolutely gorgeous and I am so excited to finish this shawl. I am about halfway done in just a few days.

To get this gorgeous yarn for yourself, swing by Amazon and check it out!
Shawl in a Ball: Peaceful Earth

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn

So let’s try a new style of review. I feel like what I’ve been working with lately has been super structured, and I feel like it’s too structured. If anyone has any input on blogging about products, I’d love to hear it. I also apologize this is late again, I have been super sick and just started my Senior Seminar class for the summer.

Now, let’s get in and take a look at some Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Yes! The best yarn for a beginner when it comes to crochet and knit. It’s cheap, easy to work with, and still looks nice. It is also readily available at stores like Target or Walmart if you just need to pick something up to work with and keep your hands busy.

This yarn is 100% acrylic, which I thought I would never go back to. However, I just needed to work with something and work on something. So I picked up some cheap Super Saver for about $2-3 per skein (some skeins are more expensive than others, it may be related  the amount of dye). They’re fairly large skeins too (364 yds), so there is plenty to work with. I grabbed one skein of each in these colors to make a cool wrap for spring or summer: Medium Thyme, Cafe Latte, and Real Teal.

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I haven’t worked with a Red Heart yarn in quite awhile. I actually forgot how nice they were for a quick project, and how gorgeous the worsting in in some of them. Now they may not be Lion Brand gorgeous in their worsting, but there are some that stand out. I think that’s actually what drew me to these yarns when I was in Walmart. I was short on time and one of the first ones I noticed was the beautiful teal, and then found two other skeins to compliment it.

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If there is one thing to keep in mind with cheaper  yarns, is that they can sometimes feel rough. This is especially true when you’ve worked with higher quality yarns which are super soft. They also have a sort of “spongy” quality. I have noticed this with other Super Saver type yarns, where the material feels squishy or elastic. I’m not sure why exactly this is, but it can be nice sometimes.

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I also noticed these yarns, in the darker colors, have a slight sheen to them. This may be due to the acrylic fibers, since they are practically a kind of plastic. However, that slight sheen and bright color was what caught my eye and made me feel a bit better about buying Super Saver. It also made a big impact on the stitches and the way the product looks so far. I’m in love with these cool colors and the way the stitches lay, as well as the sort of stretch that the wrap has.

If you’d like to get this yarn online, check it out here!
Real Teal
Cafe Latte
Medium Thyme

Lion Brand Vanna’s Sequins Ruby

I haven’t touched this prject in awhile, so I was super excited to receive another skein of this yarn as a gift! I am super excited to share Lion Brand Vanna’s Sequins in Ruby! This yarn is a DK yarn, a 3 in weight. It’s a gorgeous yarn that I fell in love with from the first day it came in the mail. It is going to make this small, accent throw even more special with the sparkle scattered throughout.

Color: 5/5

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This shimmery yarn is a deep red with a slight luster to the fibers. The sequins woven into the worsting is equally as red, making it blend in nicely with the color and texture of the yarn. The actual fibers have a bit of a sheen in them, which makes it pair well with the sequins without having a jarring contrast.

Texture: 5/5

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This is Ruby beside a worsted weight cotton yarn. They are a bit similar in size, but when you are working with them, there is a definite difference in weight and feel. The sheen of the yarn really brings out the worsting, making it pretty dramatic. I absolutely love being able to see the texture of the worsting in yarns! Also, the sequins are actually woven into the strands, not glued like I have seen with some articles of clothing. This prevents them from falling out.

Quality: 5/5

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Apologies for the bad lighting. This yarn is absolutely gorgeous, and very well made. I have found Lion Brand to be good quality yarns, well worsted with few flaws, and they always have a big impact on the work. This yarn is no different. I love the Vanna’s Choice yarns, and this one is equally as stunning as the others.

Final Result:

15/15 for this beauty! It is a beautiful, high quality yarn. It definitely makes a statement with lacy patterns like this one! I can’t wait to finish it up and add it to the decor in my bedroom.

Get this beautiful yarn for yourself!
Lion Brand Vanna’s Sequins in Ruby

Distracted DIY: Project Anxiety?

So I just made my first sale! My boss bought the shawl before it was even completed! I paid about $10 for the Sonoma Print yarn, and charged $25 for the finished product. Now, I’m eager to get started on another pineapple shawl! For the past few days, I have been browsing Amazon trying to find the best prices and the best yarn to fit the product. Though, I have noticed that I feel super restless and nervous about making the purchase.

I know that I want a cotton yarn, since I really liked the way my previous cotton project turned out. There is also the search for the perfect color. I want a sort of muted color that will be easy for someone to pair with an outfit they have at home. Unfortunately, it is hard to tell if the photos and lighting are of good quality or if my screen is distorting the color of the yarn in the photo, so that makes me a little nervous as well.

I am super eager to get started on my next shawl, so that might be what makes me so nervous. I want it to be gorgeous, just like the last one. Does anyone else get nervous or stressed out when planning a project?

Project Pile: Pineapple Scarf

I recently reviewed Lily Sugar’n Cream in Sonoma Print. I love this cotton yarn, but it’s been tough figuring out just what to do with it. I tried knitting one pattern and fell out of love with it. Next I tried crocheting another pattern, and didn’t like the way the stitches laid. Finally, I found a better pattern, one that I really love and am super excited to be working on! Even more exciting, I just finished it on Memorial Day and already have a buyer!

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Though the original pattern was meant to be crocheted with silk thread, I have been using a  worsted weight, cotton yarn with a 5.5mm (US I) hook to keep it light and lacy. I love how sturdy it feels, and the natural look of the cotton yarn. It has a super casual feeling to it, but with a little extra elegance. The little hints of color make it look like the perfect accessory for spring and summer. I am super proud of my work and how it turned out.

The pattern itself is pretty easy as long as you know how to double crochet, chain, and single crochet. Knowing how to read charts is pretty helpful as well. I really like how this one includes notes on what row you are working as you begin to crochet. It makes it easier to read as well as continue. I have a copy of the pattern’s chart on both my laptop and phone, so I always have access to double-check where I need to start the next increase or the number of chains for a particular gap.

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To get this gorgeous yarn for yourself, check it out on Amazon!
Spinrite Sugar’n Cream Yarn, Ombres Big Ball, Sonoma Print

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Yarn

It’s been awhile since I looked at this project. I forgot how much I love working with this yarn. I picked it up in a Walmart in Arizona the day after Christmas, and bought about eight skeins. After showing off this yarn, you might see why. This is a Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn from Lion Brand in Sequoia, and I am absolutely in love with it. I kept it on hand for a few months before digging around the internet for some perfect patterns. I found one for a scarf, which I whipped up in a day and gave to my boss as a birthday gift before her trip to Colorado. The second pattern I found was a drop-stitch knit blanket.

My grading scale:
I’ll be grading on a 15 point scale, with three categories worth 5 points each. For yarn, I will be grading based on color, quality, and texture.

Color: 5/5

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This yarn is a beautiful, rich reddish brown, just like the bark of the redwoods! It also has a few hints of color mixed in. I’ve seen black, blonde, and even a pink color mixed into the worsting, which gives it beautiful variation.

Texture: 5/5

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This is a Super Bulky size 6, so it’s very thick. This make it great for chunky or quickly worked project. It’s made from 80% acrylic and 20% wool. It’s super soft and not scratchy at all. The worsting is a little fuzzy, but beautifully defined.

Quality: 5/5

texture

Though sunlight decided not to cooperate today with my photos, this yarn is gorgeous and well-made. It’s study and soft and pleasant to work with. I really enjoy Lion Brand yarns for their beautiful worsting and good quality. For this yarn, the slightly fuzzy quality actually gives it a more natural and rugged quality perfect for a cozy cabin.

Final Results:

15/15 for this beautiful yarn. Good quality, beautiful color, and a lovely texture. This yarn is fantastic and I look forward to working with more Wool-Ease colors in the future. For this Sequoia, it matches perfectly with my rustic, fall cabin decor. I am super excited to get back to working on it and someday have a cozy blanket to curl up with on winter days.