Yarn and Coffee – June .. I finished projects!!!

Welcome. Pull up a chair on my porch.  Would you like an ice tea (sorry, I’m Canadian it’s not iced tea) maybe an ice coffee?  June’s Yarn and Coffee is a wee bit later than planned. The construction next door cut my phone line and we had to wait until today for it to be repaired.

I’m feeling very good about this month. I finally finished those wraps and a couple other new little projects!

made with Impeccable by Loops & Threads (FERN) / trim done with Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand in Radiant Lime

made with Caron Cakes – Lemon Lime

 

made with Soft & Shiny by Loops & Threads – Royal Blue and Yellow

My oldest nephew graduated from high school and I couldn’t be prouder! Lots of awards and a few scholarships! So I had to make him a scarf with his universities colours!

I’m trying not to blink because when I do he’ll be graduating university as a mechanical engineer.

 

A few months ago I bought some new curtains. I just got around to making some tiebacks for them. So I guess I should add this project to the finished the PHD projects 😉

 

 


In July I think I’ll work on posting some more details about last months projects and working on my “Molly poncho”.

What came off your hook this month?

Did you make a gift for someone?

I do so love hearing about your yarn adventures. In my Reader, I found Tanglewood Knots highlights for June.

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Love this yarn !! – A Quick Caron Cakes Review

I can’t remember where I first read about this yarn but when I found it at my local Michaels I was thrilled.

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It works as beautifully as promised and the texture is wonderful !!! So soft and inviting.

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I am a little behind on my posting. I made this scarf when I purchased my first ball of this delicious yarn Fall 2016.

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I have several other projects on the go; one of which I have a deadline for so I must be strong. I want to go buy lots more of this yarn and just create. I don’t know what yet but the yarn is such a pleasure to work with that I just look forward to having it in my hands and on my hook!

It is a special yarn available only at Michaels. I’m hoping they continue this yarn and offer it everywhere. Just in case I may have to go buy a few balls for future projects. I am kicking myself for not doing that when it was on special last month!!

 

edit: This yarn due to popular demand is continued into 2017 (It was a special Caron “birthday” yarn.)  The colour for this scarf, Lemon Lime, is one of the shades that were discontinued.

Yarn and Coffee Share… first week of August.

If we were having coffee my cup would be surrounded by yarn scraps, markers, paper and pencils.

This week I finished spirit wear scarves for my daughter and her spirit wearboyfriend. I’ve been working on that wrap, that’s in the school colours for my son’s football games. {I learned last year football games mysteriously bring about the cold winds and rain even when it was a beautiful Fall day.}

I’ve also decided on the blanket I’m going to make for my son’s 16th birthday. I found a pattern for Jack Skellington that I like. However it is a friendship bracelet pattern. So first I’ve had to scale it up so that it’s blanket size and determine how many stitches per square.

beginning of Jack PatternI have a back up plan just in case this didn’t translate well. I can make 2″ granny squares and sew them all together but since the blanket is for a 5′ 11″ boy I rather not sew that many squares !!

I’ve also started to make a few coffee cup cosies. So far just one for my daughter and a halloween-ish one. But I’ve seen a lot of other cute patterns. I like these types of projects. They make great stocking stuffers.

What’s in your basket of yarn art this week? Fall decor? Christmas gifts? Winter warmth?

 

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Special thanks to Part-Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare for inspiring this Yarn & Coffee Share.

If we were having coffee.. sharing our weeks projects.

Every week I’ve worked on a crochet project or two or at least just played with some yarn crochet humourand different stitches. Not every project inspires a post of it’s own but I thought it would be nice to share what’s been on my hook each week. I was inspired by the #WeekendCoffeeShare but want to keep this more specific to crochet and yarn arts.

I’d love to see what you’ve been up to. What worked (or didn’t) what new patterns did you find? Did you find a yarn sale? Please share in the comments or with a link.  It’s nice to talk ‘shop’ over coffee.


If we were having coffee I’d tell you about my son’s baseball game and ..

This week I’ve been working on a wrap or maybe it will be a lap blanket? 20160730_110250It’s something to keep me warm while watching my son play football this Fall. I’ve been working on it while watching him play baseball. I’ve always had a project to keep my hands busy during the many hours I sit at baseball diamonds during the summer.

I’ve also been working with a yarn that I ordered a few weeks ago. I tried the other colour 20160730_102306first and it didn’t meet my expectations. I’m thinking it was because I didn’t like the colours so I’m making another wide scarf / small wrap with the other colour and with a different stitch.

 

 

And… I had  coupons so I bought some yarn for spirit wear scarves. One for my daughter in her university’s colours and one for her boyfriend in his university’s colours. In the photo is a yarn that was on clearance so it had to come home too. 🙂

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What was on your hook this week?  Did you take your project on vacation with you?

 

‘Shawl in a Ball’ a review of sorts

My first impression of the yarn was wondering if I received the wrong colour !! It’s my best guess that it is just how this ball of yarn was wrapped since a peek in the centre shows more purple.

Then, finding a pattern is not as easy as I thought it would be. So far the beginners patterns that I am interested in for this yarn on the Lion Brand site are “out of stock”.   But I really wanted to try this yarn. It’s soft and airy. I found this beautiful pattern by Crochet Kim. I’m excited to start and let you know how it turns out!

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So, it turns out that one ball is not quite enough for a shawl. Considering the price of one ball I expected it to be enough for a full shawl.  It does however, make a nice summer wrap or wide light scarf.

As for the colour… I never did get past my initial reaction. There’s far more faded grey-ish tones than purple in this ball. The over all effect for the wrap is nice but not what I expected from “Mindful Mauve”

Over all, the yarn and project is ok but not what I expected when the yarn is called ‘Shawl in a Ball.’ I’ve never wrote a review before (and not sure I will again) but I was so taken by the idea when I first read about this yarn .. that image I had just didn’t happen.