June 2015 Yarnbox!

Before we begin, it was my birthday two days ago. I’m now 27. I almost forgot how old I was, and had to do the math out. It’s just that 27 doesn’t seem like a very significant number, such as 13, 18, 21, or 30. Even 25 was more interesting: a quarter of a century! For my birthday, my boyfriend and I traveled to Vermont, and it was most wonderful. That is why I’m only now writing about the Yarnbox, as it’s been a little busy.

Now, back to the yarn.

Yarnbox is a subscription box just for yarn that starts at $35.95/month depending on the plan you choose. This is the classic box with a preference on crocheting (sometimes that makes a difference).

This month is a nice change from the mostly neutral colored yarn I’ve been getting. It is from Mrs. Crosby, and it’s their “Carpet Bag” yarn. Haha, what a funny name. It’s DK weight 80% superwash merino wool and 20% silk = SOFT. Subscribers got two skeins of 240 yards each in Sunset Regatta. The pattern provided this month is from Sara Peterson with a little shawl.

Not bad this month, Yarnbox. :)

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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CAL #141, 145, 149

A lot has happened this month, and I’ve made so much progress with the yarn! I feel like my yarn stash has been decreasing, but I can’t really tell, because there is still so much yarn around here.

Dear Friends and Family,
Thank you for putting up with all my yarn clutter (and regular clutter, in general) when you visit my apartment.
Love,
Me

You may start to notice that these squares will have very similar colors, because the yarn for this project is definitely dwindling. I don’t want to buy more since I’m almost done. Once I finish all these CAL squares (15 more to go!), I’m going to pick the best ones and make a blanket that will hopefully fit my bed. :D I’ve already got the yarn that will make a nice border.

141. Quartet: A typical single crochet square, and rather simple too.

145. Chocolate Box: This is so nice! I love this square. The little link bits really draw this together.

149. Solid Square: It’s a simple color choice, but it’s really nice.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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CAL #129, #133, #137

My mini family trip wasn’t too bad. Long car rides also allow for some crocheting to get done. Progress is being made!

129. Anemone: I really liked the colors in the book, so these are about the same. It’s a neat square.

133. Sunshine Stripes: Not a huge fan of these types of squares.

137. Criss Cross: I like how the pattern of the holes is what the square is named after.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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May 2015 Yarnbox!

Today is a bit of a time cramp for me. For the first time in months, I set an alarm to wake me up. :O The horror. Hahaha. The late shift work schedule is really different. I did manage to get a lot done! Mainly, because I’ll be going on a weekend trip with the family, so there’s a lot of prepare for.

Yesterday, the May Yarnbox came in the mail. It’s really neutral, but the pattern seems pretty sweet.

Yarnbox is a subscription box just for yarn that starts at $35.95/month depending on the plan you choose. This is the classic box with a preference on crocheting (sometimes that makes a difference).

This month’s featured is from Ancient Arts, which has some amazing colors. Subscribers got either DK or fingering weight yarn from the company. Ancient Arts also has this funny thing: they have these special yarn collections called “Meow Yarn” and “Woof Yarn.” Amusing. These are yarns dyed in the color of different cat/dog breeds. This is another reason I’m a little disappointed with the color I got in the box. This cream color is called Irish Linen. It is a fingering weight of 70% merino, 20% bamboo, and 10% nylon.

However, I’m more excited about the patterns we get this month. For people who got the DK weight, the crochet designer is Carolyn Carleton with the Miranda Vest. What a wonderful pattern! The other crochet pattern this month is for the fingering yarn with designer April Garwood. Both of these patterns are great! I’m really happy with these.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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CAL #117, #121, #125

Allergy season is finally here, and it is bad. Eyes, nose, sometimes even my ears- so itchy! It’s like the plants thought, “Oh, you had a record setting winter? We can make it way worst for you.” No worries though, because there been a sudden heat spike, so hopefully, everything will bloom faster, and it’ll be over and done with by the end of May.

Speaking of the heat spike, I just switched out my winter clothes! Summer warmth, please be kind this year!

This usually means a decrease in my desire to touch yarn. Mostly, all fabrics. I try to wear as little as possible in the summer. There may be a slow decline in how far I manage to get in my projects from now until the end of August. Crocheting is a winter hobby for many.

117. Granny in the Middle: You can’t go wrong with granny squares.

121. Coral Seas: The name is based on the colors they used in the book. Mine is probably “Spring Flower” or something.

125. Triple Stripes: I wanted to try the green as an accent, rather than as a main color. I don’t know if using the magenta was too much.

Until next time, enjoy the weather and happy crocheting!

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CAL #105, 109, 113

May the Fourth be with you! <3

The craft show is over! Woo-hoo! Now, it’s back to normal. Whatever I want to make and finish projects! :D

The CAL squares are still a work in progress, but the end is in sight! In case, you’re wondering about the weird numbers, the book has now entered this thing where it shows different color combinations and counts them as “new squares.”

105. Double Stripes: Because I totally loooooove single crochet squares…. /sarcasm

109. Four Square: The curling on the edges of this one is bothersome. I’m hoping it’ll straighten up when I sew them all together. It is once again a single crochet square. The colors kinda remind me of autumn.

113. Wisteria: This looks kind of familiar….

Happy Star Wars Day! And until next time, happy crocheting!

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April Yarnbox 2015

In case you were wondering what happened the entire month of April (as it is May, right now), well, I have my first craft show of the year tomorrow, and I was/am freaking out.

Turns out, my usual stock was pretty much sold out by the end of last year, and I was just making as many things as I could. After tomorrow I’ll be in the clear with shows until November, so, hopefully, things will return to normal.

Anyway, here is the April Yarnbox, which I’m not SUPER excited about. This could be due to how I’m still panicking about the craft show and don’t care enough about this.

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This month featured yarn from Manos Del Uruguay. There are 3 skeins of 100% wool that are about 126 meters each in a dark grey color. The company seems pretty neat. It’s a non-profit organization that helps women in rural areas. The featured crochet pattern this month is from Janet Brani, who provides a hat and glove pattern. Looks like felting is involved…..

Anyway, I’m going to go back to work on the craft show now. See you on the other side!

Happy crocheting!

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March 2015 Yarnbox!

Last day of March! The snowing is melting. Good things are happening. :D

Yarnbox is a subscription box just for yarn that starts at $35.95/month depending on the plan you choose. This is the classic box with a preference on crocheting (sometimes that makes a difference).

Look how colorful this month is!

The yarn this month comes alllll the way from Germany. Skeino provided two skeins of their Splendid yarn in the color Norma. It is 275 yds, 60% silk, and 40% fine merino. I love how soft it feels! Their website values the yarn at $24.95 per skein.

The featured crochet designer this month is Sophie Wire. She has a pompom handwarmers and hat pattern.

There is also a little sample of a new yarn from Skeino called Venice. It has a glitter center that’s surrounded by baby alpaca. Doesn’t it look pretty close up?

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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A Flower Afghan

One of the projects I want to get down this year is an afghan. I’ve decided that I want to make a flower afghan. I found this pattern a long time ago, and I bought all the yarn for it last year, but didn’t have a chance to really start it. It will take a very long time I think. For starters, it requires 70 squares. That means I have to make 70 of these flowers.

So far, I have about 5. It will definitely take me a while for this! Haha, and this is something I’m doing on the side. There are other things I’m also working on. However, I’m very excited to finally be able to do this!

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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February Yarnbox 2015!

It’s Yarnbox time! After all the snow this winter, being buried in yarn doesn’t seem so bad at all.

Yarnbox is a subscription box just for yarn that starts at $35.95/month depending on the plan you choose.

This month we got two skeins, one from Knitted Wit and the other from Sincere Sheep. Sincere Sheep sent a skein of their Luminous DK yarn in a white/gray color called Cumulus valued at $31. It is 15% Tussah Silk and 85% Polwarth wool. Knitted Wit is a seller on Etsy! This yarn is also 15% silk and 85% Polwarth wool with a value of $22 per skein. It came in a olive green color called Cedar. That’s a total of 660 yards DK weight yarn. :) For a total value of $53! I love this box.

The color combos are great for a super fun project. It’s kinda funny as I’ve been using colors like this more lately, and I been wearing there colors too. It’s a mopey winter- dark and colorless. Monotonous with a hint of life.

This month’s designer is Kira Dulaney, who provides a two tone cowl for crochet. Yarnbox is aiming to incorporate the yarn into the patterns they give, and I really like that idea!

Overall, I’m happy with the box this month!

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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