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May, 2013

Yarn Review: SilverSpun by Feel Good Yarn Company

SilverSpun - LanaMundi Yarns - Feel Good Yarn Company

SilverSpun – LanaMundi Yarns – Feel Good Yarn Company

I love getting yarn in the mail! Last week I was lucky enough to find a skein of Feel Good Yarn Company‘s exclusive LanaMundi Yarns SilverSpun, an American cotton, silver, lycra blend fingering weight yarn.

Super Close Up!

Super Close Up!

From the site: The silver content in SilverSpun makes it therapeutic and conductive. Silver kills a number of bacteria, including those that cause odor, has excellent thermal properties, is nontoxic and is perfect for those suffering from diabetes, arthritis and sensitive skin. Silver is also an excellent conductive agent thus allowing smartphone or tablet touch screen use while wearing gloves knit from the yarn. The silver is permanently adhered to the yarn and will not wash out.

No Obvious Sparkle

No Obvious Sparkle

More than anything, though, this yarn is just really beautiful. This kinda heathered light grey/dirty white color has no obvious sparkle from the silver spun through it. You have to REALLY look into the strand in order to see any silver in there, so what the site says is true – this cotton has silver through it for it’s conductivity and health benefits. I know I’m really looking forward to knitting up a pair of gloves or mittens this fall with this yarn over the fingers and thumb so I can use my phone without taking off my gloves.

Knits up NICE!

Knits up NICE!

Surprising to me when I balled this skein and knit up a swatch was how bouncy this cotton is! It is easily the bounciest cotton I’ve ever knit with. And you can’t tell by looking at it, and even by touching it in the skein, but when I started balling it up I could swear it had elastic in it. That 2% lycra REALLY adds some insane bounce and great feel to the usually pretty lifeless cotton yarn.

Heathered, Natural Cream/Grey

Heathered, Natural Cream/Grey

This swatch is knit up in size 5s, and you can see how tight the fabric is. The recommended needle size for this yarn is a size 2, which would make a VERY tight fabric. 5s is just about perfect for an easy breezy summer garment or accessory. The drape and ease of this fabric would be fantastic for a garment, and you wouldn’t have to worry about the typical stretch that comes with cotton fabric. Or grab a skein of it and add connectivity to your winter hand accessories! It’s a pretty crazy versatile yarn.

You can snag this yarn at Feel Good Yarn Company here. A huge thank to you Laurie of Knit Outta the Box for sending me a skein!

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New Pattern! Riga Bonnet

I’m so excited to be a part of the soon to be released Knitscene Accessories 2013!

Riga Bonnet in Knitscene Accessories!

Riga Bonnet in Knitscene Accessories!

Riga Bonnet is a two color bonnet style hat with Latvian Braid details on the crown.

Latvian Braids!

Latvian Braids!

Latvian Braids were introduced to me last year while I was putting together Emma Welford’s Wallpaper Cowl for Holla Knits, and I quickly fell in love. I wanted to use the stitch as an all over design, and a bonnet seemed like the perfect way to do that!

Back View

Back View

Though I’m also really in love with the back of this bonnet! It’s decreased from the crown to a center point with double pointed needles in the main color.

Little Braids

Little Braids

There is also a lot of garter stitch details, as well as a little two color braid edging and tails!

Longer Latvian Braid Shot

Longer Latvian Braid Shot

Never done Latvian Braids? This is a great introduction, if I do say so myself! And I’ve got a tutorial in the magazine for even more help!

Download a digital copy of this fantastic issue today, otherwise look for it on newsstands in June 4th.

Ravelry Pattern Page

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Kitchen Makeover

My trip to Michigan last week wasn’t all running around with kids in fields of tulips! My mom and I did some spontaneous kitchen painting, specifically some custom shelving with some pretty hideous kountry klasic wallpaper.

 

Me in Action!

Me in Action!

Since the shelves were custom made for the space, there was no way to strip the wallpaper without taking apart the shelving, which we weren’t about to do, so I just got a tiny paint brush and carefully primered over each wallpaper section.

AWESOME Wallpaper!

AWESOME Wallpaper!

It covered pretty well! I let that dry overnight, and in the morning painted a very light green over the primer.

After!

After!

Pretty nice, right?

Looking So Much Better!

Looking So Much Better!

Nothing too fancy, but a pretty welcomed improvement.

Tulip Time!

I spent last week hanging with my family in Michigan, where spring really means one thing! Tulips.

Ryenn and a LOT of Tulips!

Ryenn and a LOT of Tulips!

I grew up 20  minutes from Holland, MI, and last week was their annual Tulip Time Festival, where Dutch people from all over the world come to pay tribute to my favorite flower, and all the traditional Dutch pageantry that goes along with it.

Ryenn and Fries!

Ryenn and Fries!

My niece Ryenn wasn’t very interested in the the pageantry, however. She took turns running up to each blossom to give it a squeeze, and running up to our huge cup of fries to shove one in her mouth!

Emily and Baby Nolan!

Emily and Baby Nolan!

Which is a lot more than Baby Nolan did! My nephew wasn’t as into it.

PS – My sister in law Emily here is using her son to hide her baby bump! She is having another little boy in August!

Me and Ryenn STYLIN'

Me and Ryenn STYLIN’

And I’m still getting use to there being TWO babies to play with! Here I told Ryenn to pout her lips because we just put lip gloss on, but she still isn’t too good with words.

50% Off Etsy Patterns Sale!

50% Off!

50% Off!

I know I’m not the only one who is SUPER PUMPED about the fact that Etsy offers automatic downloads for PDFs now. The internet has been blowing up about it for days now! It’s just so nice to be able to set it and forget it instead of having to email each pattern purchaser individually. Not to mention the fact that this should eliminate those (pretty stupid) people who think they are purchasing actual hand knit items for only a couple dollars, and get super pissed when you email them a PDF.

I’m so pumped that I’m offering up every pattern in my Etsy shop for 50% off with coupon code ‘ITSABOUTTIME’! So get over there and snag your favorites on the cheap this week. Offer expires Saturday!

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