Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cephalopod Yarns

 In June Cephalopod Yarns was having an Afghans for Afghans fundraiser. They were collecting knitted and crocheted items like hats, socks, and scarves. If you made something and sent it to them by the end of the month they would send you a code that would get you a free skein of Bugga! yarn.
Bugga! is 380 yards of 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere and 10% nylon. It also costs $32. I admit, I wanted some of that yarn and I was willing to make a hat to get it. Normally, I would look at the yarn and say "someday" and end up never getting it. I just have a hard time spending that much on myself. Having this fundraiser enabled me to support their project, make a hat and get some kick ass yarn in return.
I paid $2.29 for shipping and got this beautiful yarn! The color is Ghost Moth and my pictures do not do it justice. I've just started a project with it, but you'll have to wait for it to be finished before I post any pictures.

If you get a chance check out Cephalopod Yarns. They have some great colors and the yarn is nice, too ;-)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Cakewalk Yarns

Back in May I participated in another swap with the A Swap in Time group on Ravelry. This swap had us making up a package based on what our partner liked to drink, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. We were also suppose to give a skein of indie dyed yarn made in the state we live in.

I checked Etsy and found Cakewalk Yarns. I picked out the superwash merino and nylon yarn in the color Cherry Blossom. It is 463 yards of sock weight yarn. It is very soft and looks quite nice when knitted up.
Check out and shipping was easy and fast and I totally want to get some yarn for myself! I recommend that you check out the Etsy site. There are a few worsted weight and DK weight yarn, too. The colors are fun and she updates the shop regularly. Enjoy!

Monday, July 2, 2012

I want one in my size

Mark's cousin's daughter is having a baby in early August. I was invited to the baby shower that was being given for her, but I knew I would not be able to go to it. Instead, I knit a sweet little summer sweater for the baby. This pattern is the Abagail Sweater and is a free pattern on Ravelry. It is very similar to the February Lady Sweater.

The yarn used was EuroBaby Cuddly Cotton in a light pinkish color. I did change the closure of this sweater. I added the three buttons instead of using the band closure that the patterns calls for. It was mainly just a personal preference in doing so. I found some small buttons that were very close in color.

I sent the sweater to the shower with the grandma (soon to be great-grandma!) of the girl having the baby. At the shower one of grandma's sisters said she wanted a sweater just like this but in her size. Later that message was passed to me. I have to admit I am very flattered by the request. It means that someone thought my little baby sweater was beautiful. Of course, it does make me laugh because the amount of time that goes into making an adult sweater is a lot more than a baby one.

My plan after finishing this little sweater was to finish the 4 projects I still have on needles. Then I have a baby sweater for another friend (she's due in August, too) and after that I have two more friends that are due around December. I plan to make each a baby sweater for their little ones. Of course, I really want to make a cardigan for myself and I had a couple of patterns for the kids that I wanted to make before school starts. I really do have a lot of projects that I want to make!

I feel a little guilty for not wanting to make her a sweater. In a way I feel like I couldn't ask for her to pay for more than the yarn since she is Mark's aunt. So, for now, I am treating it as a compliment.