Saturday, 14 February 2015

5 THINGS I LOVE SATURDAY

1. Loved this little project!
2. So pretty and cheeky!
3. Enter coupon code HEARTME to get 30% off on all patterns, on Etsy & Ravelry!
4. Make & wear!
5. Did you get yours yet? It’s free!

Happy Valentine's Day to you! Image- Owl Mitts Pattern

Friday, 13 February 2015

CLOSED: SPUD AND CHLOE STRIPEY FINE YARN - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

I am a fan of yarn! I admit it! I have to be honest! I almost fell in love with Spud and Chloe's new yarn series Stripey Fine! Are you thinking of a tons of projects or yet?

The yarn comes in 7 colorways, Tootie Fruitie (pictured here), Mint Chip, Neopolitan, Blueberry Cheesecake, Grape Freeze, Orange Cream and Cherry Sundae! Aren't the names really delightful?
Stripey Fine is comprised of 80% superwash wool and 20% silk. Due to the fine gauge and the superwash capabilities, the yarn is perfect for socks, baby knits, shawls, and cowl and any other fine project you may have in mind!
The Stripey Fine Wristlets pattern is the first design to be released that features Stripey Fine but I chose to make the Dial Up Gloves! I love any kind of mittens so this was the perfect pattern for me to try out! The mitts are worked with DPNS in the round and generally work up pretty quickly! The yarn, oh the yarn, has a really soft feeling, perhaps squishy is a more appropriate word to describe it, and is easy to work with! Upon working the pattern the colors of the yarn mix with each other forming a lovely and variegated effect which is really eye catching! Here are some snapshots of the mitts making!
The lovely people at Spud & Chloe gave me an extra skein of Stripey Fine and copy of Dial Up Mitts to give away to one lucky reader! If you're too impatient and want to have this yarn in your hands now, the Stripey Fine yarn might already be available in your local yarn shop! Also if you've been looking for a great mitts pattern for your or your loved ones, here's even better news, use the code "STRIPEY" from February 9 to the 21th and get 50% off the Dial up Gloves pattern!
One lucky winner will receive:
2 skeins of Spud & Chloe Stripey Fine in Tootie Fruite & a copy of the Dial Up Gloves pattern!

To enter just leave a comment below telling me which Stripey Fine colorway is your favorite and what you would knit with it. Don't forget to include your email so that I can contact you in case you win!  I’m also happy to ship everywhere, so this giveaway is open to readers worldwide!
I will announce a winner next Friday, February 20, 2015!
Good luck! Enjoy the rest of your day!

A huge thank you to Spud & Chloe for inviting me to be a part of the Stripey Fine Blog Tour. Follow the Blog Tour by visiting the other stops for more giveaways, information on the other colourways in this collection, as well as more discounts for other Spud & Chloe patterns:

Week One - Subway Knits
Week Two - Miso Crafty Knits
Week Three - Little Things Blogged
Week Four - Hands Occupied
Week Five - Candy & Bagel
Week Six - Stockinette Zombies
Week Seven - Handmade By Stefanie

UPDATE: 2/20 Congratulations Jenni Vento! You are the winner of the Spud & Chloe Giveaway! Thank you so much to everyone who entered. I will send you an email with details about your prize soon!

Disclaimer ::
I received a sample to review from the maker free of charge. This review is my honest opinion. I did not accept any payment for this review nor did I agree in advance to publish a positive review.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

INSPIRATION | RED VALENTINE

Any holiday where I get to combine white & red, put hearts all over everything, and eat chocolate is definitely in my book! :)

February is here (seriously when did that happen?), so I figured I would dive into all things Valentine’s Day, starting with a festive Inspiration post!. Not going to lie, most of these items can be made or worn all year round! I have been searching Etsy and Pinterest for pieces I love and want to share what I have been spying on! Click below for all the details!

DIY| Crochet Heart Balloon Pattern from Simply Crochet
BUY| Knitted Cover Gel Hand Warmer from Heat Treats
BUY| Crochet Hearts Garland from Etsy
BUY| Heart Skipped A Stitch Blanket from We Are Knitters
DIY| Heart Wrist Pincushion Pattern from Messyla
BUY| Crochet Heart Brooch  from Etsy
DIY| Valentines Crochet Notebook Sweater from Claireabellemakes
DIY| How To Make Hearts Mittens from Kristina J.
BUY| Little Red Heart Earrings from Etsy

Saturday, 7 February 2015

5 THINGS I LOVE SATURDAY

1. Wool-full!
2. Vee Day gift idea!
3. Show me your grannies.
4. Free. Adorable. Pretty.
5. My new favorite.

Image via Instagram. Working on a new Tunisian crochet pattern! Can't wait to show you more!
Wishing you a happy & productive weekend!

Friday, 6 February 2015

Crochet Lacy Beanie Pattern

At last all bits and pieces came together; photography, pattern, and finally this blog post in which I proudly present to you the Crochet pattern for the Lacy Beanie!

The beanie is slouchy, made with soft acrylic yarn in dark grey (have I mentioned I am addicted to grey?) and a bright purple pom pom! It is made using a simple stitch combination to create the lacy texture effect! I am wearing it quite a lot lately as it matches most of my outfits and keeps me warm!:)

The pattern is available through Etsy & Ravelry! It includes all the necessary information to make your own beanie as well as pictures to help you through the process! Also, if you're new to crochet you can definitely try it out as the stitch combination  includes only basic crochet stitches! 

I hope you'll enjoy making and wearing it the Lacy Beanie as much as I did and still do!:)
What have you been working on?
Wishing you a happy weekend!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

CLOSED:Knit Pro Interchangeable Circular Needles Review & Giveaway

Hey everyone!
Today I am sharing my views on these Knit Pro Interchangeable Circular Needles Set! If you're into knitting you have definitely tried knitting with circular needles and if still haven't tried them out you should definitely give it a go! Personally I find that knitting with circular needles is so much fun!

These Japanese Bamboo Knit Pro needles come in a front flap see-through case which contains 5 needle sets in the following sizes: 3.00 (US 3), 3.50 (US 4), 4.00 (US 6), 4.50 (US 7),  and 5.00 mm (US 8).  
The set also includes 3 different cable sizes, 60 (24''), 80 (30") and 100 cm (40"), as well as some notions and accessories as, 6 end caps, 3 cable keys and a set of cable connectors!
I've spent the last days working with these and I found that apart from being super versatile to use, the tips are really nice and pointy and do not hurt at all when you use your finger to guide your needle back! The bamboo does really feel smooth and easygoing plus it has a nice grip for easy knitting!
The cables are also really pleasing and really flexible! First of all there are three sizes included, allowing you to choose which to use according to your project! The set also includes the necessary cable key to tighten your needle, so as not to come undone and lose any stitches ( I have not experienced something like this so far, but it definitely sounds horrendous!) Once you've joined your needles you won't feel the join at all, allowing you to work easily!
To sum up, the pros of the Knit Pro Interchangeable Circular Needles Set are: the bamboo is lovely, smooth enough for easy knitting! The cables are really nice and very flexible and allow a smooth join! The front flap case is see-through allowing an easy storage solution combined with organization, plus it is really easy to throw in your bag or even use it as a travel kit! Also the set includes all the necessary notions, accessories and 3 various cables to start knitting immediately! A real cost-effective solution when it comes to circular needles!
Also the Knit Pro Interchangeable Circular Needles Set comes in three lovely packages to choose from, Starter (Set of 5 pairs of needles & accessories), Deluxe (Set of 10 pairs of needles & accessories) and Chunky (Set of 5 pairs of needles & accessories)!

The cons are that I'd like  the set to include a 40 cm (16'') cable size to handle smaller circumferences, but other than that I am really satisfied with the needles and I have been using these quite a lot lately!

The  good news is, that I’m giving away a full set of these Knit Pro Interchangeable Circular Needles (Starter Pack) for you to try out and start knitting in the round (If you've never tried it, you definitely should!)
All you have to do for your chance to win is to leave a comment on this blog post, saying what you would make with your needles, and if you’ll use this set as a travel kit (I definitely will!). I’m also happy to ship everywhere, so this giveaway is open to readers worldwide!
Good luck everyone; I’ll draw a winner next week!
Enjoy the rest of your day!

UPDATE: 2/4 Congratulations kalianapodi! You are the winner of the Knit Pro Interchangeable Circular Needles Giveaway! Thank you so much to everyone who entered. I will send you an email with details about your prize soon!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Owl Mitts Crochet Pattern

I made these Owl tapestry crochet Mitts last spring and now I am so happy to announce that they are now available to download from my Etsy shop!

The Owl Mitts use the tapestry crochet method, meaning you would have to crochet using up to 4 strands of yarn at the same time, which makes the project really challenging especially if you're into learning or developing a new technique!

I used soft superwash yarn to make these in warm winter woodland colors featuring grey, light brown, dark brown, orange and some white! I used Drops Karisma to make these and  I really liked the softness and coziness of this 100% wool yarn! 

I would definitely like to see your Owl Mitts and if you decide to make them please share a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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