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Skeino Moon Shawl Kit

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Disclaimer: This product was sent to me to review by Stitchcraft Marketing and Skeino. The opinions in this post and blog are entirely mine, and I was not otherwise paid, compensated, contracted, or obligated to review this product.

In the beginning of this year, Skeino sent me this beautiful Moon Shawl Kit to review. I picked the White-Silver colorway, and I was really excited to show it off, so I did a mini Show and Tell here: Giant Squoosh Yarn from Skeino.

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SKEINO MOON SHAWL KIT

Yarn: Moon Yarn I-cord construction (68% Featherlight Baby Alpaca/10% Fine Merino/22% Nylon)
Bulky weight, 120 yds/skein

Pattern: Moon Shawl (Free Pattern)

The pattern calls for 600 yds (9 oz/258g) of the yarn, and US Size 11 knitting needles. Because my garter stitch gauge tends to be a little loose, I used US Size 10 needles instead. The pattern is available for free, and it's really easy--simply decreasing on one side, increasing on the other to keep the same stitch count, just switching yarn colors for the gradient effect. It's truly a potato-chip knitting project, you just keep knitting and knitting on autopilot.

The yarn is very lightweight, but warm and soft. You can see in the picture how it looks like single-ply yarn, and it's as lofty as well, but it's surprisingly resilient. I'm embarrassed to say that I had to rip out few times because my "Mommy Brain" couldn't keep the right row counts, but the yarn held up great! I have used single-ply yarn enough times to know that if I did the same to those, the yarn would've fallen apart after once or twice of ripping.

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I have a few more rows to completely finish the shawl, but it has been a pleasure to work on this project and I can't wait to finish and wear during the June Gloom season here in Southern California. 

 

 

Life Things: Cold Weather Knits {Holla Knits KAL & Snowflake}

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Snowflake Shrug by Jean Chung

Snowflake Shrug by Jean Chung

Even California is getting colder these days.. Which means everywhere else would be even colder! Well, it's a good thing that we're knitters!

Snowflake Shrug is a design I published last year but didn't really get to talk about it much. 

It was knitted in Bernat Alpaca and Universal Yarn Swiss Mohair held together. It creates this crazy romantic whimsical fabric when knitted up. Unfortunately, I have learned since then that Universal Yarn Swiss Mohair has been discontinued. I think Rowan Kidsilk Haze would work perfectly with this, though, and I put it in the suggested yarns section on the pattern page

I fell in love with this stitch. It's so easy, but adds a nice touch to this romantic shrug. And the shrug makes a great addition to the wardrobe for a fancy party! It could also be something to keep you warm on your wedding day :) 

Snowflake Shawl
Suggested Yarns: Bernat Alpaca and Rowan Kidsilk Haze
Gauge: 11 sts and 20 rows = 4" in St st.
Needles: US 9 / 5.5mm
Sizes available: 38.5 (46, 54, 61.5, 69)" to fit 31-34 (35-38, 40-44, 46-52, 55-59)" bust circumference

Movie Night Blanket by Jean Chung, in  Holla Knits Home  edition in 2014.

Movie Night Blanket by Jean Chung, in Holla Knits Home edition in 2014.

I was so excited to design this blanket, Movie Night Blanket, for Holla Knits. What's so exciting about blankets? After all, they're, like, gigantic swatches. 

THIS!

And THIS!

So I made a pocket for a remote control. When you're all bundled up in a blanket, watching a movie on your comfy couch, the last thing you want to do is to get up to look for your remote control. 

So you keep it right where your blanket is! :) 

And this blanket is detachable. I knitted the blanket in one piece, and then STEEKED it to make it into 2 pieces. This was an idea that came to me after I learned to steek - I thought cutting through a big piece of knitting would be exhilarating! and also, thought, hey what a great way to circumvent the Boyfriend Sweater Curse? It's one piece of knitting, so you didn't really knit it for your significant other, but you both can enjoy it.

Actually, right now, this blanket lives in the room that's about to become a nursery. When unbuttoned, it's a perfect baby blanket size. I plan to use it to cover the baby swing seat, and use the other half for myself, when I have to hold him through many tired, sleepless nights. When he grows up, he can use the full-size blanket, all buttoned up! 

So Holla Knits is having a flash sale tomorrow, and all the patterns will be available at 50% off! It's to promote their 2015 Holla Knits Knit Along, starting February 2. If you do participate, and finish ANYTHING by May 1, you can win a free pattern of the winner's choosing. You can choose any pattern from Holla Knits patterns as well as patterns from designers, Jennifer Dassau, Karin Kemper, Rohn Strong, Teresa Gregorio, Emily Ringelman, Annie Watts, Emma Welford, Andrea Sanchez, Karin Wilmoth, Leah Coccari-Swift, Lee Meredith, Claire Auger Denny, Sarah Hurwitz, Rusty Baker, Bo Balder, Emily Greene Blue, Patty Nance, Kirsten Singer, Casey Carroll, Allyson Dykhuizen.....

...and ME, of course!

Looking forward to seeing everyone's FOs! 

Movie Night Blanket
Suggested Yarns: Knits In Class Worsted Single-Ply
Gauge: 18 sts and 20 rows = 4" in pattern.
Needles: US 8 / 5.0mm
Sizes available: Small (Large) 51 (76)" by 41 (71)"

Torrance Fiber Festival 2013 (Torrance, CA)

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It's pretty much the "only" well known fiber festival locally, so I try to go although it's about 45 minutes away from home. DSC04400

I didn't go for a couple of years so I was really excited. This is the courtyard between the two exhibition halls. Hello Yarnover truck!

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I live in Orange County so I don't really get to see Yarnover Truck very often. It's so cute and lovely inside too.

 

 

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3 beautiful rovings I got from the festival! The top is from Abstract Fibers, purchased at the Custom Handweaving booth. The bottom two are from Capistrano Fiber Arts. Capistrano's rovings are sold at 2 oz increments so I liked that you can try more high end fibers without investing TOO much. I like to spin very thin anyway so even with 2 oz, I could knit a lace shawlette or something. The only pictures of me from the festival were from my shopping at her booth because I sent my husband away with my camera (hehe) but I was told not to take any pictures at her booth by the owner so I can't post them here...

 

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This shop I loved too. The name was Forbidden Woolery, but their Etsy shop seems to be empty right now. I liked their FB page for updates though!

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Overall, it was a great show. Now that I got into spinning, the show felt much more relevant, and my husband also had a great time looking at the stuffed Alpaca from A Simpler Time booth and generally being the supportive husband. Oh and we found some great restaurants near Rolling Hills Plaza and even talked about moving there hahaha. (No, we love Irvine and our new home too much).