Yarn-aholics, Take Note!

Beautiful Chandi from Expression Fiber Arts is offering a $1500 Luxury Yarn Giveaway! Click here to enter! 

Expression Fiber Arts really helped me when I first started knitting. Chandi’s tutorials are easy and fun to follow, and her handspun yarns are A-MA-ZING!! A friend of mine orders from her regularly, so I’ve had the chance to feel the silky smooth decadence of her work.

Since I’m living here in South Africa, it’ll take forever to get some of my own (plus the cost of shipping!).. But I’ve decided I can’t go on without having my own, so I took the plunge and ordered a skein of her Mint Chocolate Chip Superwash Wool Lace.  I was lucky enough to order one of her tester skeins, so it was at a discounted price. Look how beautiful it is! I can’t wait!! Now to figure out what I’ll make with it!

 

Expression Fiber Arts

Expression Fiber Arts – Chandi

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Favorite Knitting Sites & Current Projects

I started knitting this year as sort of a New Year’s Resolution to learn something new, and I fell in love!

I’m also on Ravelry, where I list all of my projects and favorite patterns!

So far, here are my favorite knitting sites for patterns, shopping, and more:

  • The Purl Bee by Purl Soho – Most of the projects I’m working on are from The Purl Bee. I just love their patterns, and they have a lot of free ones to choose from. They also stock great yarns and project kits. If you’re into other fiber crafts, they also have tutorials and patterns for weaving, sewing, and embroidery, along with other crafty projects.
  • Wool and the Gang – You can purchase already made knits, or the actual items to make your own!
  • New Stitch a Day – This guy is amazing! His detailed tutorials really helped me when I started knitting. He takes his time and shows you, in detail, every stitch.
  • Expression Fiber Arts – Chandi is great when it comes to her tutorials, plus she hand dyes her own yarn that you can purchase online. On her blog, she also shares free patterns and where to find them!

Current Projects

I’m currently working on several projects. Call it the gemini in me; I just have to be working on multiple things at one time!

Whisper Wrap

It was summer here in South Africa when I started this wrap, I was trying to get ready for the winter…. Well, it’s winter now, and The Whisper Wrap by Purl Bee is taking a loooong time! Granted, it uses lace weight yarn. And with only a couple of minor mistakes, it’s turning out pretty nice!

Needles: US 6 circular

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Cap-Sleeve Lattice Top

Another one by Purl Bee, this Cap-Sleeve Lattice Top is coming along a little slowly. Could be because I’ve been distracted by starting other projects at the same time! It also doesn’t help when Mia uses it as a bed….

Needles: US 6, US 8, straight

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Diamond Lace Scarf

I figured I could score some brownie points with the future mother-in-law, so I decided to make her a scarf.  This project is a combination of two patterns I took from the book “A Little Course in Knitting.” I started with eight rows of a regular double moss stitch, and started the lace pattern for the body of the scarf. I’m still trying to decide whether I should incorporate other patterns, or just keep it simple with the main lace.

Needles: US 6 straight

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The Boyfriend Hat

Ok, so for my last project I’m currently working on, I decided to make a hat for my fiancé. He doesn’t like bulky items, so I got this pattern from Purl Bee (again), to make The Boyfriend Hat. SUPER simple pattern!

Needles: US 4 circular

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Past Projects

To see my last projects, click here and scroll down!

What are you currently working on? Let me know in the comments below!

Knitting: Diamond Lace Scarf

Diamond Lace Scarf

I decided to finally start on a project for my future mother-in-law. I’ve noticed she loves wearing thin scarfs, and thought a lacy looking one would be fab to add to her collection.  Plus, I picked up this beautiful coral yarn from my local haberdashery (I didn’t even know what one was until I moved to South Africa).

This project is a combination of two patterns I took from the book “Little Book of Knitting.” I started with a regular double moss stitch, and started the lace pattern for the body of the scarf. I’m still trying to decide whether I should incorporate other patterns, or just keep it simple with the main lace. Once I’m finished, I’ll block it to make the eyelets more noticeable, and overall have more drape to it, instead of being thick and chunky.

Needles: US 6 straight

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For a list of my completed and current projects, click here. If you want to know the pattern, let me know and I’ll post a follow-up!