Candy + Bagel

Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung


Pattern Release: Bagel's Rainy Day Hat & HOLIDAY SALE!!!

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Bagel's Rainy Day Hat, in Anzula Handdyed Yarns For Better or Worsted in "Keola" colorway.

Bagel's Rainy Day Hat, in Anzula Handdyed Yarns For Better or Worsted in "Keola" colorway.

Bagel is a Taiwanese Mountain Dog that traveled over 6,500 miles on a plane to be part of our family when my husband and I were dating. And good thing we are in sunny Southern California because he is really afraid of the rain. Whenever it rains, he looks up in the sky wistfully and then looks back at us like we are doing something terrible to him. When we walk out the door, he turns back and heads for the garage as if to say, “hey guys, it rains over here, let’s try the other door!”

On one stormy day few weeks ago, I was designing this hat and Bagel wouldn’t leave my side. When I finished the sample, I wore it to go outside with him for a few minutes so that he could get used to the rain a little more and sniff around. I am dedicating this 4th piece to the First Love Collection to the little furry boy who gives us so much unconditional love and made our family so complete.

I think this hat will be a great last-minute gift for the holidays! Which is why I am offering 40% OFF sale for this and all of my other self-published patterns. Also if you're new to cables, this would be a great practice piece. It's easy to complete this project without a cable needle, if you would like to try cabling without cable needle

Yarn: Anzula Handdyed Yarns For Better or Worsted in "Keola" colorway (80% SW Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon. 200 yds / 182 m per 100g skein.

Needles: US 7 / 4.5mm circular needles, longer than 32" for magic loop technique or DPNs.

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows in 4" in Cable Chart pattern.

Size: T fit head circumference 21".

Pattern Available Here

As you can see, the cast on was done in tubular cast on. You can use any type of cast on method, I guess, but I really like Tubular Cast-On method for my socks and hats, and my favorite is Long-Tail Tubular Cast On these days. I did not include my own tutorial in the pattern because I learned from the Purl Bee's Tutorial and think it was pretty awesome. 

By the way, the yarn I used is one of the softest and strongest worsted yarn I've ever used. Anzula is sort of local to me, as they are in California, and I love supporting local dyers. The hat takes 1 skein, and I had about 20g leftover when I was done with the sample. I am super careful about choosing yarn for hats because I think my face is mildly allergic to scratchy wool. The part that touches my forehead always gets red and itchy, and by 30 minutes into wearing the hat, I usually just take it off and spend the whole day with that awkward hat hair.

This yarn has none of that. I have been wearing this hat almost every other day! We are having warm winter season but for our morning walks with the doggies, I always need some extra wool layers. I have been switching between this hat and my Quick Moss Hat. And even when I come back inside our home, I keep wearing this hat until it gets too warm. This is my new favorite yarn, especially for hats!

So more on the HOLIDAY SALE! From December 24 through December 26, 11:59PM PT, all of my self-published patterns are on sale, 40% off! No coupon code is necessary, everything should work automatically. :)

I am going to my husband's cousin's wedding today, which is a great event to start Christmas vacation. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, if you celebrate Christmas; otherwise, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Life Things: Black Friday Haul & Last Trimester!

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So finally, the 3rd and the LAST trimester is starting.

I'm doing really well! So far, I don't have any leg cramps, no backache, no swelling, no other real symptoms to speak of.. My energy level is a little lower than pre-pregnancy now but I can still do 1-hour ballet class with no problem. 

In the last week or so, my belly finally started growing! I'm still at the same weight since Wk 24~25, and those jeans are still the same J Brand jeans I bought 2 weeks before I found out I was pregnant. Because my belly is growing higher up in the belly button area, I can still comfortably wear my jeans. 

I am feeling very smug about that. And half seriously and half jokingly telling myself that I'm saving money for more sock yarns by not needing to buy maternity clothes :P

Speaking of which, BLACK FRIDAY HAUL.

We just had Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago in the U.S., and throughout the week, a lot of stores, including small businesses and indie dyers had a lot of good Thanksgiving sale deals.

My first #DestashChallenge reward: Yarn Ink's Sock yarn in "Love in an Elevator" colorway.

My first #DestashChallenge reward: Yarn Ink's Sock yarn in "Love in an Elevator" colorway.

This beauty is from Yarn Ink on Etsy, based in Calgary, Canada. I love all of the colorways Elysia dyes up for her shop. It finally arrived yesterday! I say finally only because I have been waiting since the day I ordered it. It took just 6 business days from Order to Receive. 

New tote bag from the Plucky Knitter!

New tote bag from the Plucky Knitter!

I have a few skeins of yarns from the Plucky Knitter and follow her works.. For Thanksgiving, the blog had some shop updates, but what really grabbed my shopping antenna was this tote with their new logo! 

California just passed the law that bans the use of plastic bags from the grocery markets, so I have been collecting any tote bags for grocery shopping lately. So a lot of spare ones that I used to use as my project bags have gone to the shopping purposes. This one is definitely going to be my favorite project bag! It's quite roomy and I love the lightness of it.

3 sets of Knitter's Pride Dreamz DPNs in Szs 0, 1, and 1.5; and Knitter's Pride Magma Pattern Holder

3 sets of Knitter's Pride Dreamz DPNs in Szs 0, 1, and 1.5; and Knitter's Pride Magma Pattern Holder


I have talked about Handsome Fibers several times now on this blog. They also had a Thanksgiving sale, so I stayed up at midnight to order these. I recently discovered the beauty of working with DPNs without breaking them, so I ordered more! 

Then I saw this pattern holder. I never needed one but recently I have been knitting more in public again, and felt like I needed something to carry my charts and patterns. This also kind of hides my knitting from curious lookers so I don't get asked too many questions in public. :P I don't mind knitting in public; I just dislike it when people ask too many questions and comment on my knitting. I just want to be in peace!

The last thing I ordered was from Woolery. Their Black Friday started on Friday midnight, but they are on the Central Time zone, so I didn't have to stay up too late. I needed an extra bobbin for my Ladybug wheel, and as one of the first 100 customers, I also got a free bottle of Fiber Rinse! 

Because of my current #DestashChallenge, I didn't go too crazy with all the irresistible holiday sales but still scored some nice deals on the things I really love.