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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Magazine Review: Holiday Vogue Knitting 2016 & Winter Interweave Knits 2017

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It has been a while, but welcome to this winter's magazine review of the Holiday Vogue Knitting 2016 and Winter Interweave Knits 2017.

I actually really love and dislike different things about each of the magazines. I love how big and sturdy the Vogue Knitting Magazines are (see the difference here):

But usually, I prefer the patterns in the Interweave Knits over the patterns in Vogue Knitting. Let's see if it holds true this time.

Interweave Knits: Winter 2017 Review

This is a decent magazine for men's sweaters in particular. I have to say that we really probably use these magazines for gift planning for next Christmas haha.

My favorite article in this particular magazine was in regards to the tubular cast-on's, which I have to admit I am not expert in so I am particularly interested in this article.

1) My favorite for my husband is the Limerick Henley by Mary Anne Benedetto, he loves very structural sweaters like this.

  2) Another's nice men's sweater, cables and all is the Donegal Sweater by Moira Engel. This has a beautiful neckline and cable-work.

Moving to women's sweaters, there were quite a few so it was hard to list my favorite (as usual for this particular magazine.
3) The Killarney Tunic by Sarah Solomon is bulky (so fast) and a pretty easy tunic for beginners. This is why I added it to my list of fun patterns from this magazine, and the cute turtleneck addition.

4) And then the cables get more complicated with the Ennis Pullover by Sarah Solomon. I think this is a beautiful pullover with perfect cables and would love to wrap my knitpick needles around this pattern! It is right up my alley!

5) The Bray Cardigan by Josie Mercier is another favorite of mind, though given the red color pulled me in first. Then came the beautiful cables. How could you not want to give this a whirl with some dk yarn?!
6) There were two lovely shawls in this magazine as well, and the entire section was geared toward brides (which I just adored). Maria's Veil by Lisa Jacobs is a piece of art! Now, to my practical heart, I don't see the usefulness of it really, but I have to add it here as a piece of art!

7) The second shawl I fancied, and may make to appease my love of triangle shawls, is the Waxwing Shawl by Susanna IC. Looks a bit repetitive, but the end result is just beautiful!
Vogue Knitting Magazine: Holiday 2016
  Vogue did a really good job on this magazine. Normally there are just too many items that just do not look comfortable (or child safe haha). I like comfort, so at times I don't always understand why I subscribe to this magazine, but this time they have absolutely redeemed themselves.
As always, their articles are fantastic. They are about people and places, as well as how to make a cardigan fit!
One of my favorite places to check are the book reviews, and I have one of these (Curls 2). I am really eye-balling the Top-Down Crocheted Sweater book, though.
My other favorite article is the one that goes over confusing terminology, thank you Meg Swansen!!. This may be one that should be closely checked out!
Getting to the clothes!
After I got past some shawls that were typical Vogue stuff, there were some fantastic patterns in here.
1) The #04 Faux Cable Shawl by Christopher Salas is just divine! In dk weight, it is a heavier shawl (which I like) and so pretty!! Definitely one I want to try soon!

2) The #07 Rectangular Wrap by Ann Morgan is a mosaic shawl that interested me.. I have not tried knitted mosaic, so add that to the list, and the shape of this one intrigued me.
And then the beautiful cardigans start..
3) #18 V-Neck Cardigan by Anniken Allis is very lovely. This was definitely something that I felt I could knit for work, or for home and relaxing.
4) #19 Cabled Yoke Cardigan by Kristen TenDyke is lovely!! I just love these cabled twists! Ahh be-still my love for cabled yokes!!
5) #20 Lace Yoke Cardi by Norah Gaughan (ee!) is so lovely and graceful. There is nothing better than a gentle mixture of lace and cables. Seriously. And it is worsted!!

  In all, I have to say that both of these magazines have done well. Vogue surpassed themselves and Interweave Knitting did well. Both have beautiful items that I would love to knit, and hopefully will get around to doing haha.

  I hope this was helpful! I certainly enjoyed writing it. Everyone have a fantastic holiday, get these magazines and start planning for next year!! EEP!

Be Well!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Superhero Powers - And Knitting Awesomeness!!

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   I am of the opinion that we all have our little super powers. Admittedly, I am a total geek. I enjoy watching the movies with tight-clad men and women who have super powers (ahh Thor). Their confidence in their abilities, that sometimes fail them, reminds me so much of my own super powers.

   We do all have our super powers. Mine are as follows:
   1) Knitting and Crocheting :)
   2) Reading fast :P
   3) My empathy  (which, like so many super powers, is also a weakness).
   4) My super-awareness (as a survivor of a rough childhood, I am super aware of my surroundings).

   What are your super powers?

   Perhaps you picked up knitting or crochet quickly? Or perhaps your super power is to focus and power through frustration until you learn to knit or crochet?

   Perhaps it is your kindness? Perhaps it is thoughtfulness, or intelligence, or emotional intelligence?

  There are so many ways that we can look at our strengths (and weaknesses) as superpowers. Not to be overly prideful in them, but to acknowledge that they are strengths!

Knitting Update:
  This past weekend I was overly distracted so cast on quite a few projects (seriously... it was bad).

I only brought three projects with me to work, though. Two shawls and a hat.

1) Mayapple Shawl by Dee O'Keefe was one project I cast on this weekend. The yarn is from knitpicks.com Stroll Tonal in color Seashell. I cannot get over the edging, but the shawl entirely is so lovely and fun!!

2) I did restart the Filemot Shawl by Hunter Hammersen from the Curls: Book 1. Again, using knitpicks.com Stroll tonal yarn in color Eucalyptus (two skeins this time for a nice big shawl!). More to come on this shawl, it's sooo purty! :)

3) The last project that I have with me today is the Sockhead hat (pattern by Kelly McClure, and free), it's making progress yes?! This hat now has a fun memory with it as well as a 12 year old worked on it during the arts and craft fair the other weekend. Yarn is Celestial Strings Yarn, Twinkle Toes in color Rainbow Unicorn Farts (seriously). :)

In other news:

  So this is pretty big.

   My Etsy shop is fully open, with everything that didn't sell on there during the arts and craft fairs (and what I've finished since).

  I also have a new partner, Deb, who makes project bags. 

  In light of these changes, we have renamed the shop KnitandStitchCS (CS is for crafty sisters). You can find our link up at the beginning of this page to our Facebook page.

  Here are two project bags I have with me today:

Generally, we will not have licensed fabric bags up (to save the grief of fighting over whether or not we can, though technically we can :P ). But, if you are looking for something specific, please feel free to send us an email in Etsy with information on what you are looking for.

Thank you everyone!

Be Well,


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Best Unusual Crafting Tools

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Something that struck me as fun is the fact that there are so many different crafting tools that are available that we never would have guessed would work! So here is a run-down of my 4 BEST (but unusual) Crafting Tools!

1) These mugs are little! Just 4 ounces with a nice screw top and a hefty amount of glass so that you really don't have to worry if you drop it. I found these exact same mugs for $.99 at Walmart but I also found them at Midland Hardware (go figure) for $1.05.
   I have used these mugs for stitch markers and beads to great effect and highly recommend them!

2) These are fantastic. I use mine ALL the TIME! The top is rubber and once you slip your circular needles in past the metal join to the cable of your needles, they are held beautifully. You no longer need to worry about them snapping by accident ever. I mainly use them for my smaller sizes, but I have fit US1, US 4 and a US 8 in there all at once, just saying.
  You can buy these on Amazon or on Etsy for $7.95.

3) This is a very odd find, but I love it and want one so badly!! This is a Counter Ring. Great for gaming, but also for keeping track of your knitting!!! It clicks in place so it won't move unless you move it and just sits on your finger! Comes in 4 different colors as well! A bit hefty at $24.99, but hey, the holidays are here. You can find it at CritSuccess.
4) Sheep Measuring Tape.
     Okay, okay. I know what you're saying. It's sheep and measuring tape, so what is so unusual? Well, this may be more hilarious to me than unusual because the TAPE comes out of the sheep's BUTT! I just find that hilarious, and so would my 9 and 5 year old daughters haha. Maybe they get their sense of humor from me?
   This can be found at Jimmy Beans Wool for $11.50.

An even number of odd and unusual tools that I find immensely useful and oddly funny. Have you run across anything that you would not have imagined you would find as useful as you have?

Have a fantastic turkey week, I hope you get some crafting in there somewhere!! I know I will this Friday while I Knitflix (Gilmore Girls!!!).

Be Well!

Monday, November 14, 2016

November Coming and Going

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  Over the past few weeks, I have been largely absent from blogging and posting on my Facebook page. I just want to take this moment to thank all of the people who have stuck around while I battled my depression over the past few weeks. It has meant more to me than you know!

   Whenever I feel down, I make sure to keep on knitting or crocheting. When I put those two hobbies down, then my family has cause to worry haha. But I have been knitting constantly (as usual).

  Over this past weekend, I was also working on completing the first of two holiday arts and craft fairs. My good friend Deb did well and I am so thrilled for her! Her bags are lovely. I sold nothing, but I anticipated that at that arts and craft fair due to their penchant to not advertise.

   This coming weekend I have much higher hopes! :)

 Knitting WIPS (works in progress):

  1) First is the Geology shawl by verybusymonkey on ravelry. I started this with some Araucania Huasco/Botany Lace yarn (unknown colorway, sorry). And it is knitting up quite lovely.
    I have to say, though, that the escalator layer (knits and purls) is driving me crazy haha.

   2) Still plugging away on the Celtic Dragon Scarf by Tania Richter. Double knitting is my secret love. It is great when I need something I really need to focus with to keep my mind more focused and less stressed out.

3) This is a shawl that I've started with Premier Sweet Rolls and this Thursday I will be receiving a shipment of Caron Cakes in order to compare the two yarns. This color is called Peaches and Cream Pop. The shawl is a pattern that I have made up and both the shawls will be the same pattern to compare evenly the differences.

Finished Objects:

Just one, the Moon Shadows shawl by Rosemary (Romi) Hill in Knitpicks.com stroll tonal yarn (raven and pearlescent).  This was a fun knit and I would actually like to do this again, but the top portion in a lighter color, or switch them, who knows. But it was very fun! I highly suggest the pattern.

In other words:
  With the holidays coming, many of us find ourselves stressed out and/or feeling down. What is important is to ground ourselves within ourselves. Let your energies sink, let your muscles relax, let your breathing slow and deepen. Each day that we find happiness and make it through is a day of success. We can do it.

Much love!