Google+ Beverly Is Yarn Crazy!: December 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

Puff Stitch Hat

My most recent finished project is a Purely Puffs Hat designed by Sarah Arnold.  This is a super easy, super fast project to do if you need a gift fast as it is worked with 2 strands of yarn held together.  This gives you more color options than just what a single strand of yarn offers.  If you have a yarn that is a bit too loud in color, you can tone it down with a solid mute color or you can make a dull solid color more vibrant by combining it with something more exciting.  I really am pleased with how this turned out and how wonderful it was to crochet, so I know I will be making more!  Happy Creativity to you all.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My Favorite LYS

I used to live in Waterville, Maine and they are blessed with the most amazing LYS (Local Yarn Shop), the Yardgoods Center.  I am like a kid in a candy store when I get to go there.  It isn't local for me anymore, unfortunately, but today I was in Waterville for an appointment with a specialist and you know I had to go visit that LYS!  They were having an awesome sale ... look what I scored!

1. 2 skeins of Lambs Pride Bulky in periwinkle colorway
2. 2 skeins of Regia sock in the partie colorway
3. 1 exceptionally squooshy skein of Plymouth Ampata - Baby Alpaca (no colorway listed, but it is a lovely twist of natural beige with natural cream)
4. Finally, a skein of Cascade Yarns Epiphany in an emerald/teal colorway,  my description since no colorway was named.  (60% Royal Alpaca, 20% Cashmere, & 20% Silk= 100% YUMMY)

Thank goodness that I had an appointment forcing me to leave, or I would have bought out the entire shop!  Happy Creativity to you all :)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday's Temptation

River's Edge Fiber Arts has colorways that I love.  My favorites are always greens, blues, and purples, but there is more to choose from than just that.

This Michigan fiber artist is having a shop grand opening special.  Through January 3rd, 2012 use coupon code REFA15 at checkout to receive 15% off your order.  Now you know what to do with all that cash Santa left in your Christmas stocking.

Happy Creativity to you all!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!  I hope today finds you and your loved ones enjoying your time together.

I'm sorry that I haven't posted for a few weeks.  I'm sure you have been as busy as I have with all the holiday hooplah and preparations.  I have been busy crafting so I will try to get some pics up in the next few days of some of the projects I have completed.  Until then, be safe and may all your days be crafty ones ♥

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday's Temptation

Hectanooga Pattern Shop has hundreds of patterns and they are having a sale!  You can purchase your choice of any 6 of her patterns for only $19.88!  Don't you just love the sweet hat on this baby.  Rush on over and check out what she has to offer.  I bet you find some patterns to love.  I know I did.

Happy creativity to you all!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New Free Pattern

In case you haven't noticed, I added another page tab to this blog.  It is beneath the header that you will find a HOME tab and a MY FREE PATTERNS tab.

Under the my free patterns tab I have added a new free pattern that I designed.  I have called it Team Colors Reversible Cabled & Ribbed Scarf.  The colors pictured to the right are for Iowa State University.

The pattern has a long name, but it is an easy knit.  If you haven't done reversible cables before, they are wonderful.   The trick is using ribbing in the cable, so there isn't a stockinette side and a garter side.  Just ribbing on both sides.  The pattern uses a bulky yarn so it knits up fast and is super warm.   So check out the new Free Patterns Tab and try a reversible cable.  Please, contact me with pics of your teams colors too!  Happy creativity to you all!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesdays Temptation

Fabulous fibers, yummy yarns, and sparkly stuff can be found at Julie Spins.  Click your way over to peruse her wares and you will find this glistening hank that I want so much!

I love her colors and she doesn't over do it with the glitz.  To me it looks like a light sprinkling of star dust has been applied to it.

Please take a moment to show her some love.  Also, I hope many of you will leave a comment on this blog to let me know of any other sellers who should be featured in this weekly segment on my blog.  Happy creativity to you all!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

On The Needles and Wheel

Wow, I have been busy!  This week I received two custom orders through  my etsy site, so I am knitting like there is no tomorrow.  The hat below is part of the first order.  The colors are for Iowa State University.  The hat is a basic k2, p2 ribbed hat in Plymouth Yarn Encore Chunky.  I am working on a reversible cabled & ribbed scarf to go with it before I start on the coordinating mittens.
I have been taking 15-30 minutes per day to get back into the habit of spinning everyday.  My beautiful sister and her handy hubby switched my wheel over to double treadle for me and it has made spinning even more of a pleasure.  

The fiber is from Highland Handmades in her Neptune colorway.  The content is 50% SW merino and 50% tencel.  It is spinning like a dream!
This is a picture of the single, spun on my Ashford Traditional.  I think I will be 2 plying it and putting it up on my Etsy shop.

Lastly, I would love some ideas of what to feature in my Tuesday's Temptation.  Do you have a shop or know of a deserving shop that could use a little love and attention focused on it.  If you have any ideas, please leave a comment.  I look forward to hearing from all of you!

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