Little Box of Crochet – Peacock Pincushion

Good morning everyone!  Hope you’re having a relaxing Saturday so far.  It’s a pretty cozy morning; I’ve got a cup of coffee next to me, my planner open, and Fiancé and Apollo are snoozing next to me on the couch.  I’m going to watch a little TV and work on a project before diving back into studying.

I’m all finished with the Little Box of Crochet Peacock Pincushion and fob!  This is the July 2016 box but when I received it, I was very intimidated by the project.  I’m glad I finally decided to do it, as it’s a pretty approachable project for beginners.

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With this box you get lovely pins, a stitch marker, stickers for labeling your boxes should you decide to reuse them, and 5 balls of Scheepje Catona yarns.  I have already squee’d in a previous post over this yarn, and I am continuing to squee here.  It is such a treat to be able to work with Scheepje yarn since I can’t find that brand here in the States.  This yarn was so yummy and was a breeze to work with.  Amanda Bloom notes in her booklet that she couldn’t bear to break down the balls so she blew the month’s budget by keeping all the balls intact -Amanda, I’m so glad you did!  You should have extra yarn when you finish this project; I haven’t decided what to do with mine yet!

The pincushion and fob worked up pretty quickly and I actually didn’t lose any stitches while working in the round.  I had the most difficulty with the peacock feathers – and even those weren’t “hard,” I just was unsure of what to do with one step in the pattern.  This is probably more of my inexperience than any issue with the pattern.  Other than those minor issues, the pattern was pretty easy to follow and there are lots of pictures to guide you.

What do you think?

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I’m quite pleased with how this project has turned out. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

 

 

Knit-Wise: Chunky Ribbed Hat Review

I admit that when I opened this project’s box, I was both excited and a little apprehensive!

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I had never worked a project in the round before, used circular needles, or used any decreasing stitches.  But I was eager to knit a hat and dug into the project.  This box comes with all the materials you need – two balls of yarn, a set of circular needles, a tapestry needle, a knit counter (which my dog tried to destroy), and instructions.  There is enough yarn to complete either a small or large hat.  I selected “large” for my project, though the instructions didn’t really indicate how large “large” is supposed to be.

I did struggle a little bit with using the circular needles and learning how to stitch in the round.  When I started the project around Thanksgiving, I could not find the circular needles tutorial on Knit-Wise’s tutorial page.  I checked last night as I was wrapping up my project, and the tutorial was there, so it’s possible I simply had missed it when I’d checked the first time.  There were also tutorials for the other decreasing stitches I hadn’t tried before.  These stitches (like k2tog) were much easier than I had anticipated!  Besides my initial struggles with using the circular needles, the rest of the project was a breeze.

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I really enjoyed this box.  The simplicity of the project made these techniques very accessible to new knitters like myself.  And now I have a beautiful hat to wear!  Now if only the weather can drop below 80 degrees again so I can actually wear it…

 

 

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Little Box of Crochet – June Review

I’m working my way slowly through my stash of Little Box of Crochet projects.  June’s box was such a treat.

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With this box, you receive beautiful yarn from Three Bears Yarn to make a crochet hook role.  You also receive a notebook and pen as that month’s special gift, along with a cute stitch marker (an ice cream cone) from Korutumi

The instructions were easy to follow, and the colors worked up beautifully.

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Once completed, you have a beautiful, practical crochet hook to store all your extra hooks and stitch markers.

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The box comes with a sweet button to secure your roll.

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Wanting to give this a go?  Little Box of Crochet is having a sale if you want to get your own kit!  It’s an accessible project for new crocheters and would be the perfect gift for the crafty person on your holiday wish list.

 

 

Knit-Wise: Month 1 Review

Confession – I love subscription boxes, especially for crafty goodies.  I already subscribe to the very lovely Little Box of Crochet.  Since I learned how to knit this year, I wanted to find a decently priced subscription box to receive knitting goodies every month as well.  I tried one earlier this year that was decent, but the customer service left much to be desired.  It was time to find a new knitting subscription box!

After doing some research, I found Knit-Wise.  For $29 a month, you can receive some curated knitting goodies right to your front door.  You can choose between Beginner or Intermediate/Advanced projects.  I selected Beginner since, well, I only know how to knit and purl (or some combination of the two) and that’s it.

When my first box arrived, I opened it excitedly.

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The box came with everything you need for a starter project – yarn, needles, a latch hook, and an instruction booklet.  It also came with a cute tote bag.  The first kit was for making coasters.  The instruction booklet linked to a website where you could watch tutorials.  I watched tutorials on the jersey stitch and adding fringe.  The tutorials were short but effective, and I was able to make some pretty coasters immediately.

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I really liked this project because you can knit something pretty and practical, but not boring.  And it’s something you can display proudly in your home and not just, say, your bathroom.

My one quibble with the kit is I struggled with the needles.  I tend to be a very tight knitter, and the texture of the needles is very coarse.  Again, this is probably more related to my tight knitting than anything else, but it was the only part of the kit that I struggled with (my dog ended up munching on one of the needles, so I guess he inadvertently solved that problem.)

All in all, Knit-Wise offers up cute knitting projects for an affordable price.  I can’t wait to try the second box!