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Skeino Moon Shawl Kit

WIPs & FOs, ReviewsJean ChungComment
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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. 

 

 

I'm Teaching!

Other ObsessionsJean ChungComment

Sharing knowledge of something you love to do is really an honor.

This coming October, I will be teaching 3 classes at Yarnosphere! It's taking place in beautiful Long Beach city, and I'm teaching both Saturday and Sunday.

The first class I'm teaching is "Learn to Knit Continental" which is on Saturday as well as Sunday so you can take it on whichever is more convenient for you! 

Saturday, October 17th, 1:30-2:20pm

Sunday, October 18th, 12:30-1:20pm

Then I'm teaching a steeking class, called "Steeking -- Eeeek!" haha I really love the catchy class title.

Saturday, October 17th, 9:10-10am

This will be my FIRST time teaching officially. Oh and there's homework for each class so stay tuned!

FO: Baby's Sock-Yarn Sweater

WIPs & FOsJean ChungComment

California's summer season always begins with the coldest temperature of the year it seems. June Gloom came early this year. It is raining, and the highest daytime temperatures are in the high 60s. This may be the only chance for us to wear long sleeve sweaters all year so we make the best of it. 

 

Few days ago, I cast on for this sweater, Designed by Hannah Fettig of Knitbot. I loved the endless stockinette stitch bodice and sleeves. And love the fact that I can destash my sock yarns in something other than socks.  

 

I got this yarn from Yarn Del Sol in Mission Viejo, which is about 10 minutes from my home in Irvine. They have lovely selections of indie dyers yarns and this The Sheepwalk Fiber Studio yarn is one of them.  

 

 

The colorway is a combination of mint green and various shades of browns. When knitted in the round for a sweater, it makes a very consistent striping pattern. Once I got to the largest round, which is right before dividing for the armholes, the colors started pooling but I love the colors as is.

 

 

The smallest size fits my 2 month old, 14 lb baby really well. It is still a bit big on him so I am hoping that he will get more use out of it through June and then later in the fall.