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Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung


WIPs & FOs: Fawn Ear Flap hat & Lady Sybil Sock

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Fawn Ear Flap hat from  Boutique Knits

Fawn Ear Flap hat from Boutique Knits

Pattern: Fawn Ear Flap hat 
Needles: US 15
Yarn: Rowan Big Wool in "Cloud"

There are only a few knitting pattern books that really take my breath away. I mean, there are a lot of books that are informational, and good for reference. But for pattern books, the ones I buy or borrow from the library for the actual designs, are only a handful.

Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin is one of those. The book was published few years ago and I probably borrowed it from the library about 10 times. :D I made this Side Slip Cloche for my mom a couple of years ago and she loved it. Usually she isn't too impressed with my knitting (she was a fashion designer with her own label and boutique) but that hat (in Malabrigo Rios in "Black")

Fawn Ear Flap hat is knitted in a super bulky yarn, so I chose Rowan Big Wool. I had to buy the ribbon from JoAnn to match it but it was such a quick project. I finished the hat in one evening, the next morning I went to get the ribbon and blocked the hat!

Lady Sybil Socks in Zen Serenity 20 Glitter Sock in "Sea Slug"

Lady Sybil Socks in Zen Serenity 20 Glitter Sock in "Sea Slug"

Pattern: Lady Sybil Socks by Jean Chung
Needles: US 1
Yarn: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 Glitter Sock in "Sea Slug" colorway

I also finally finished the Lady Sybil Socks in Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 Glitter Sock yarn in "Sea Slug" colorway, which was given to me courtesy of A Good Yarn Sarasota

The yarn is so beautiful, and I'm in love with my new socks. I modified the pattern to lengthen the legs (the original pattern is ankle high), and didn't include the peep hole. 

WIP: Aidez in Fantasia Wool Alpaca

WIP: Aidez in Fantasia Wool Alpaca

Pattern: Aidez by Cirilia Rose
Needles: US 10
Yarn: Fantasia Wool Alpaca

I am still knitting away on my Aidez. The yarn is really soft. I'm always amazed at the quality of the cheap yarns I get from Korea. They usually have acrylic in the blend, but for some reason, they always feel higher in quality than acrylic blend yarn in the U.S.

I decided to modify the fronts so that I can knit a little bit faster. I hope to finish it within this week!



Review: Knitter's Pride Magma Pattern Holder

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Knitting away on my Aidez using the pattern holder. I don't know how I lived without it until now.

Knitting away on my Aidez using the pattern holder. I don't know how I lived without it until now.

You can start learning to knit with relatively small investment (cheap yarn and appropriately sized needles), but once you start getting into it, you realize there are a lot of places to spend your money on. 

And I'm not just talking about fancy needles or super expensive yarn, but even with accessories like yarn bowls, needle holders, bags, row counters... the possibilities are endless!

Out of the packaging. Nice and shiny.

Out of the packaging. Nice and shiny.

A couple of weeks ago during the Black Friday sales, I ordered this Knitter's Pride Magma Pattern Holder, after wanting one of these for ages. There are several other options, like Knit Picks, or more handmade ones from Etsy, but I wasn't sure how much I would actually get to use a chart holder, so I wanted to get a relatively low-end cost one first. After all, I lasted all these years with just post-it notes and pens. 


When opened, the pattern holder is pretty simple. It has 3 small magnets and 1 long magnet strip, along with a pen. The three metal magnets are super strong, and they can hold through pages and pages of patterns pretty well.

Strap can be useful if you're using the chart holder in the upright position.

Strap can be useful if you're using the chart holder in the upright position.

If I decide to order another one, I'm going to look for a bigger chart holder. Considering most charts are printed in the portrait format, I found the most comfortable way to use it was to lay it down on the table instead of propping it up in the upright position. I first thought that the pattern holder will stay up by itself, but as time went by it slowly flattened. I figured out a quick fix by propping it up with a big eraser behind the holder. 


I started on this Aidez cardigan project a couple of days ago, and this pattern holder has been a lifesaver! Aidez has a repeating cable pattern, and although it is pretty intuitive after a while, it definitely helps to mark where I am in the chart. Stopping in the middle of the pattern repeat and coming back to it after a break has been NO PROBLEM because the magnet strip does not budge. I have used post-it notes before but they lose their stickiness after a while and tend to fall away if I wasn't careful. But this way I know I can let the project hibernate for few days without forgetting where I was in the pattern repeat.

The complimentary pen.

The complimentary pen.

Oh and the pen! You might think it's weird for me to do a review on a complimentary pen, but I was really surprised when I first used it. I was in a coffee shop when I realized I forgot to bring a pen to make notes on my pattern. Then I spotted this pen in the pattern holder and thought, what the heck, better than nothing. But this pen has very thin tip, which I LOVE, and it's a gel ink type that writes really really smoothly. The outside appearance looks a little cheap but don't be fooled by its cover!



I paid about $16 ($19.99 on Handsome Fibers, with Black Friday special coupon) which was very reasonable. I hope you give it a try if you've been thinking about getting one like me, or need something to give to your favorite knitter friend. :)

Disclaimer: I personally purchased this product myself. I was not paid, compensated, contracted, or otherwise obligated to write this review.