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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.

In My Shopping Cart: Julep Maven, Toil & Trouble, and Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen

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Julep Maven!

Julep Maven!

This week's haul is about what I actually purchased this week, instead of what's in my wish list =) 

Just a few days ago, I was listening to the While She Naps podcast, and caught up with the Episode 17 where Stefanie and Stacey talked about their favorites. 

I have shopped at other membership-based collection websites before, such as IntiMint and really like the idea of getting shopping suggestions every month. And I do take care of my nails very carefully, as I work with my hands a lot.

So I thought about it for few days, but finally signed up for Julep Maven! I am so excited about it and can't wait to get my first shipment in the mail which was FREE. 


Toil & Trouble Etsy Shop, Superwash Merino / Nylon - 463 yards - Maleficent in Purple and Yellow

When I was visiting Ewe + You few weeks ago, I picked up a skein of a beautiful yarn by an indie dyer, Toil & Trouble. When I got home, I got to check out their website and etsy shop, and fell in love with all the collections. 

So I just ordered another skein from their Etsy shop -- this one is dyed to order and is called Maleficent in Purple and Yellow. It does remind me a little bit of Exploding Tardis-inspired colorway to those Doctor Who fans.  

Timey Wimey sock pattern by Ana Campos

I also purchased a pattern designed by the dyer, Ana Campos, called Timey Wimey toe-up socks. I really like the interesting cable stitch pattern and the fact that the stitch pattern goes all the way to the toes. 

Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen (aka Tiny Owl Knits)

Finally, the Green Monday deals few days ago got me to buy this book I have been oagling for a while: Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen, better known as Tiny Owl Knits

Although several, if not all, of the patterns in the book are available for individual Ravelry download, the book deal was totally worth it. I wanted to knit or at least have the pattern for many of the designs in the book, and to buy them separately would have been more expensive than the book. 

This post was both more fun and scarier than my regular "wishlist posts." It reminded me of all the things I purchased for myself for the holidays, and the fact that I haven't bought anything for my lovely husband. But I can't deny it was more fun than talking about what I have in my wishlist. =)