Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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!

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!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

5 Things I Love Saturday

1. If you're into weaving this one's for you!
2. I love special deals! Checkheaton is offering 20% off on their website!
3. I love this!
4. Prettiness!
5. What a great weekend project!

This beautiful yarn by Spud & Cloe arrived earlier this week! Can't wait to show you more!
Wishing you a happy weekend!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Chunky knits, bright yarn & coffee!

 Chunky knitting!
 I love this yarn colors! Can't wait to show you more!
 Working on a custom order while sipping some coffee!
 Outdoor knitting! The best!
Bright color stripes for something really special!
 My blooming hyacinth!
 The best way to spent an afternoon! Chunky crochet and coffee!
 Can't wait to share more of this project!
 Lovely new yarn colors! Can't wait to start using these!
Working on my latest crochet hat pattern!

Hello friends! I hope you're doing fine!

I have been working on many new projects which I cannot wait to share here with you! January has been a hectic month so far but a really productive one! I have been working on new beanie designs and also worked on something really exciting using bright colored yarn in sky blue and yellow!

The last few days have been sunny and quite warm allowing me to spend some time crocheting and knitting outdoors! It's basically the second time I take my knits outdoors and I am  really enjoying it! 

I also bought this beautiful blue/purple hyacinth which bloomed during this week, feeling the living room with a lovely spring-ish and flowery smell! 

What have you been up to? Working on any exciting projects?
Hope you have a great weekend!

All images via Instagram!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Review: Knit Pro Waves Aluminium Crochet Hooks

Happy Tuesday friends! 
I recently got the opportunity to review the Knit Pro Waves Aluminium Crochet Hooks!
When I opened the package containing the hooks I was amazed by the bright color explosion; the pink zippered carry around folder really caught my eye!
The folder contains 9 crochet color coded hooks in the following sizes: 2.00, 2.50, 3.00, 3.50, 4.00, 4.50, 5.00, 5.50 and 6.00mm. I find that these sizes are used the most, either when making amigurumi, or crochet accessories,  although my favorite hook size is definitely 4mm (I find that most items can be made using this hook size)!
Now regarding the hooks, they are comfort grip hooks with a short aluminium shaft and hook head. The bright colored grip is soft and flat on top and bottom to provide an ergonomic and comfortable experience, especially when crocheting for longer time periods. Also the grip allows the hook not to slip off your hand at any time!
The aluminium hook glides easily through your work, while the pointed tip easily gets in and out of stitches! The hook size is printed in Metric sizes in black on the handle, although I prefer using color codes to identify each hook size!
What I liked most compared to a standard aluminium hook, is that the hook is truly comfortable in the hand when working and as a I am a tight crocheter I found that as the head is moderately pointed, crocheting in tight stitches becomes really easy. 
So in order to sum up the pros of the Knit Pro Waves Aluminium Crochet Hooks are: they are truly easy and comfortable to use, plus you could take the organized folder anywhere you go, as it fits in any bag! Also the set is really affordable!
The cons are: I'd prefer the sizes to be printed in both U.S and Metric sizes, as it might be more convenient for beginner's or those who have not fully gotten the hang of the metric system!
The verdict: I LOVE my Knit Pro Waves Hook set and have been using it a lot lately. It feels so comfortable whenever I’m working on my projects. I think they are worth giving a try, especially if you're looking for a step up from the standard aluminium hook!
Enjoy the rest of your day!
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

Saturday, 3 January 2015

5 Things I Love Saturday

1. This seems fun to make!
2. I love the versatility behind this...
3. This is so cute!
4. I love Krista's cowl!
5. Something cozy!

Happy New Year everyone!Thank you for all the support during the past year, for your lovely comments emails and wishes! Wishing you a prosperous and productive new year!
Image via Instagram!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

5 Things I Love Saturday

1. Pretty ideas...
2. Here's a freebie, or more.
3. Something cozy!
4. I love this!
5. This is on my to-do list!

Image via Instagram!
Enjoy your weekend!

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