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Afternoon all,

Today I great you with a feature which I hope will be an ongoing one! Reviewing products and sharing new knitting products out there is something new to me and although I don’t have a bank budget to do a feature every week I might be able to muster up a few bits to do once a month. It’s something I’ve just naturally progressed into wanting to do and I would LOVE to give it a go and create a thoughtful review for you creative types out there!

If you would like me to review any of your products please send me an email, you can happily send me something to knit, spin or sew and if its craft related then also read. I’d love to broaden my horizons and yours also!

I shan’t make you wait too long, I have few reviews for you all today! First up…

THE WOOL BARN ‘based in the UK’

Terracotta Tweed Sock

Tweed Sock Yarn (Fingering Weight) 85% Superwash Merino and 15% Donegal Nep.

So I overheard from a few sources that the yarn for this online Etsy store is Amazing!!! and it doesn’t take much as you all know to persuade me into spending my lovely pennies. Finding two sources at a similar time both raving it’s beauty and appeal, what are the chances?! Both people were saying how soft The Wool Barn yarn is and how nicely considered the shades are!

Then I’d spotted some projects knitted up in The Wool Barn yarn and well, I just had to didn’t I!!! It would only be fair to my stash and myself!

So it urged me to add some to my stash, I unfortunately I caught the shop after an update had nearly sold out which was a shame however there were still a few remaining skeins to choose from and a Tweed Sock skein caught my attention. The skein has a classic rustic look with it’s subtle terracotta shade and neutral looking tweedy nups in cream, light browns and chocolate. The feel of it is something else though, the Superwash Merino is unbelievably soft to touch this is going to look great in my next pair of socks and it has an ample length of 400 metres which is great because I usually then have some yarn left over for my memories blanket!


When knitted the yarn is even and Neps are nicely spaced so it doesn’t look too crowded which I love. I’d love to grab another colourway at somepoint i’ve been looking over her past sales and I have a few Tweed Sock favourites such as Adria (Below), metal (semi solid grey with nep) and Soft pink (I seem to be liking pink more as I get older)

Customer service was also greatly received, my skein arrived promptly at my door a few days later and when opening my parcel I had not only my skein nicely packaged but a couple of little treats and a message! I like the little personalised efforts it reminds you of the love and joy these creative sellers put into their work and it’s nice I feel like I’ve built a connection it’s so sweet!

Maya is very kind seller and after talking to her you can tell she’ll make all efforts to please her customers to the best of her ability it’s so lovely. She happily will take custom orders and will reserve them for you! Excitedly the wonderful Maya has offered to send me something for the second edition of ‘Wooly Post’ hosted in July for a Giveaway, which will be kindly recieved thank you so much Maya.

And I’m sure all you peeps out there will look forward too that!  The Wool Barn’s Etsy store is linked above you should pop over and check it out. Also please note that throughout June and July Maya won’t be taking custom order as she’s preparing herself to do two monthly store updates instead of one, but they will open again in August! 😀 Good Luck Maya!

AMELIE X JOY ‘based in the UK’

Adventure time with butterfly

Adventure Time Project Bag.

Adventure time

Awwww I just adore this project bag so much, the childish girl inside me adores Adventure Time and to have it on a project bag that I can horde my latest project in and whip it out proudly at work like when your a kid with a new shiny sticker lol! That kid is me..

I just adored this bag, its so very nicely made with a plain canvas lining and a little pocket for your bits and bobs which is handy. I can just slip my essentials in there and off I go! I went for an extra choice when purchasing and added the little ring to my bag purchase which is shown above in the first image with my little butterfly stitch marker sat on it! This little ring pops open so you can add your stitch markers too it which I think is a lovely touch!

Kindly Amelia added the sweet stitch marker to my parcel and some little peacock feather buttons which I’ve saved for a future project it’s so nice when stores show they appreicate you buying from them and Amelia does she also gave me a card with a 10% off coupon code for me for all future purchases, she sent off my parcel very promptly and I was so happy when I recieved it.

Its a nice size for your socking knitting but you can fit approximately 200 grams in there if you wish, I checked. I sat here stuffing yarn in it just so I could inform you lol! Thankfully it’s not a massive bag I’d be getting out the whole stash lol!!

The pricing of her bags aren’t even expensive at £8 and there is so many to choose from it’s great picking!

A few of my favourites are the lepidoptery bag, Star wars, and I’m hoping this one stays available I just Love, Love, LOVE it! Zebras.

Go take a look at Amelia X Joy’s store on Etsy the link is above andyou won’t be disappointed mine is coming everywhere with me, If you are after the Adventure Time bag in particular Amelia noted with me that at the moment she’s sold out! That might be my fault 😉 lol!!

LAYLA AMBER ‘based in the UK

Sitting Squirrel Brooch

Sitting Squirrel Brooch

So this piece of fine Jewellery was brought to my attenion via an instagram giveaway, however I do aim to purchase some of her accessories in the future I’ve already made note of a few things!

All of her handcrafted jewellery are hand painted and she sells not just brooches but necklaces and earrings. I’m very fond of her earrings as well not just due to the cuteness of having little acorn or maple leaf earrings but also because they are silver backed, if you are any thing like me and struggle to buy earrings that aren’t silver due to sensitive ears then Layla is winning!

Upon recieving my brooch I feel in love with the craftsmanship and consideration of using layers of wood to create the background and foreground, also the lasercut image is just whimscial and cute who wouldn’t want such a sweet accessory.

In the autumn I will be proudly wearing this upon one of my handknit shawls as this isn’t one of a kind but it will seem like it when everyone you show or meet give you compliments about it! Such a wonderful treasure to own!

One of my newest favourites is the Feather necklace so go check out Layla’s wonderful full range of gems at her Etsy store linked above, she doesn’t take custom orders as work is very busy but there is so much to choose from you won’t struggle for choice.

Thank you for Reading my ‘Wooly Post’ Review and I hope you throughly enjoyed it, please I love to hear your feed back. Also anyone out there interested in sharing your knitting, spinning, sewing products with me for a future ‘Wooly Post’ review you are more than welcome to email me or pm me on Ravelry where I’m ‘Killtocraft’. Please share and spend the Wooly Post word and I’ll look forward to the next installment in July!

Have a great Weekend x

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Hiya all,

Hope my friendly followers are well or at least merry!

Today I bring up the topic of a new plan I tend to share with you all roughly on a monthly basis and it’s a trial run so if you like or love what comes from it please let me know your feed back is important! Starting this month of June I’m so happy to be doing a review for all you creative types to share with you new shops and products, what they have to offer throughout a variety of crafts I hope!

I don’t have a massive bank balance though every month which is why it will be a few items once a month and see how it progresses. I would like to have more of a purpose to my blog as well as sharing the patterns I’ve knitted and this just seems perfect and a bit of an adventure for me which I want to pursue. If you are wanting to share a product of yours you can happily email me and send me something to review.

I’m preparing my first review post as we speak and I can’t wait to share my notes and findings on all this lovely creative goodies! Such an exciting direction and I hope you join me 😀

Your knitterly friend Vanessa x

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I love little quirky posts that are more about showing or sharing interests with others, it feels rewarding to think I may boarden someone elses tastes.

1. I’ve purchased my first ever copy of PomPomQuarterly independent knitting magazine. Initial reaction:- It’s perfect. A wonderful selection of patterns with a few bits of crochet and embriodery so a little mix of other crafts. A couple of articles and beautiful photography. If you are a Ravelry user Pompom comes with a Redeemable code so you can grab a digital copy too. That’s all either it comes quickly and so perfectly wrapped in tissue paper with a caring hand written thank you. So sweet. Then when you think you’ve Ooooed and Aaaaahhhed enough you’ll find they have a fun and quirky podcast. I only wish there was more episodes.

2. I’m wanting to start a small sock project and I’ve been on the search for socks yarns. When on facebook I randomly came across this little Etsy shop ‘Hand Dyed by Kate’ her shop has a small range of rainbow skeins in semi solid and a few varigated yarns. So far my favourite shades are ‘Damson, Pumpkin and Red Apple‘. Strangely enough are all quite autumnal shades, It’s looking down a packet of starbursts. “Which one do I choose?” When I figure out I plan to start the adorable ankle ‘Picot Socks by Lydia Gluck‘. I’m in a massive need of a home project.

3. Pukka Peppermint and Liquorice Tea Omg! I never believed I’d find a love for herbal fancy teas and to be frank I found peppermint tea an acceptable one and hated Camomile with a vengeance but this is just a beautiful blend and give your mouth the WOW factor. I literally think I’ve found my favourite fancy tea.

4. I think a lot of people out there have already read and reviewed this book. Well I’m still reading it ‘The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt’ I know I’m behind on my reading but this book is fantastic so far and I advice you pick yourself up a copy and sit back in a quiet room with a cup of fancy tea and turn those pages.

5. Have you ever seen ‘Joy the Baker’ blog?! No, well if not don’t just check out her recipes but if your like me and love a podcast whilst your knitting or working away in something listen too ‘Joy the Baker and Shutterbean’ podcast it’s great fun, chatty, girly and discussing a lot of random topics it’s basically listening to two best friends having a great and loving connection. These girls are great and always make me smile.

Do you have any favourites if so do share? you might show meto something great I’ve been missing! x

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Back for the second part and update of my Fizz test knit I hope!
After reading through the pattern instructions and having all my materials prepared I worked on the first section, which is the waistband. At this point all I really needed to remind myself was how to provisionally cast on. It’s something I don’t come across very often when I’m knitting a pattern but it’s a great skill to learn especially for lace scarves that start at the centre out. I’ve collated small list of tutorial website suggestions which also show different ways of doing the provisional cast on:-
Knitty
Purl Bee
Also a video tutorial:-
Knitting Help

First of all you will need the yarn your main yarn, some scrap yarn and needles (possibly in some cases a crochet hook). The main aim of a provisional cast on is to so you can work the stitches as normal and then remove the scrap yarn to reveal live stitches at the opposite side to work with.
In this case you are creating a provisional cast on then working straight, when you get to the required length you cut of the provisional and use both sets of stitches by decreasing the two sets together to encase your elastic band.
 photo 66991E57-04DB-4B75-B447-DB35B2089751_zps39dnfybu.jpgSuch a nice and neat method, the method I’d used was from the Ysolda Teagues ‘Little Red In The City’ book and you have to juggle your way around your yarn, needle and crochet hook. Although I may have preformed a few circus tricks once I’d got the hang of the method it didn’t take me long at all to them done and joined into the round.
 photo 1A5ABBAB-851D-4E0C-93B7-0ED4F18B4E4E_zpsdxsvixom.jpgWhere my elastic was concerned you want a bit of negative ease and so I cut it to the measurement of my under bust and I suggest you overlap your elastic by an inch or two depending how tight you want it. I put a few sewing tacks into mine and tried it on to check it’s fit. Once I was happy I secured it down thoroughly and remember there’s no getting into the waistband once you’ve encased the elastic so make sure your happy with it. I hate doing something and finding I have to take it back to rectify a mistake.

visiting techniques, although I am like most and did make the error of decreasing the two sets of stitches off unevenly and ended up with five stitches left on one needle and non on the other. It happens to the best of us sometime when not concentrating.

Part 3, I’ll be sharing the next stages of the pattern and maybe a tutorial. X

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So about a month ago I was habitually browsing my most favourite App (Bloglovin) I usually scan through the posts till I either hit my favourite bloggers or spot something of possible interest. Most of my favourites are knitting but there the few sewing and lifestyle blogs thrown in there that I can’t live without.
One of my most watched blogs is Untangling Knots, Andi Satterlund is a beautiful and very talented designer based in Seattle. Her blog demonstrates all examples of crafts and is a showcase for her Hand knitting Patterns. What I love most about this designer is she shares with you parts of her development process or looks back throughout the making.
About a month and a half ago I spotted a post about ‘A Crop Top‘ she’d recently been making and adapting from a previous attempt.
Straight away I wanted one of my own, I loved the retro style and shape, the alter neck straps and cute buttons up the front. At one point in my past I was a bit bigger than I am now and would never have even attempted this number however over the past 6 months I’ve purchased a skirt and flared shorts that sit on the waist never mind a few old gems I have that would be a perfect garment match. I purely loved it only one problem I’d have to wait for the pattern release or would I?!

Andi had made the last note of needing Test Knitters, instantly I was thinking that could be me. I work in the knitting industry and know how to check and write patterns why not give a test knit a try. I had nothing to loose and got in touch with Andi over Ravely and asked if I could help at all. A month down the line when the PDF pattern was ready for us Test Knitters I got the exciting email I’d been waiting for. I can honestly say I was excited and in need of a new project to start. So I figured I’d share my progress with you all along the way. Part 1 of this test knit I’ll give you the ins and outs of my process before starting the knitty gritty!

YARN CHOICES
It specifically mentioned in the pattern to not change yarn unless otherwise checked with Andi herself and recently we’d been having postal issues with our parcels being returned to sender and not even being dropped off with a neighbour or left a card. So when I read that the yarn to be used was Quince & Co Chickadee I knew I’d have issues and kindly asked if I could use an alternative and was suggested to use any 4ply of standard 28 stitches by 34 rows. I was so glad that the alternative was something I could pick up quite easily at my local yarn shop, I decided I didn’t want a yarn with a woolly content due to it coming into summer and then I can wear it throughout the warm days. I don’t like mercerised cotton it’s a bit too stiff and dense for my liking. So on my search I found by King Cole they’d released a Bamboo Cotton 4ply, not a massive range colours but whilst viewing other possibilities in store I settled on a sutble pink and nice teal green. I don’t have much pink in my wardrobe its a very girly colour to me but these two colours went so well together there was no doubt in my mind that the crop top wouldn’t look great.

TENSION
Next step in working correctly as a knitter for any garment you make, test or design. You should try to get your tension, I once got told when I first started pattern writing that my knitting was too tight and to loosen off to get tension. Now when I look at my knitting it tends to be slightly loose and that’s because I worried and over compensated. I do find it hard to get tension in yarn weights I don’t use very often or even in different fibre contents.
For this I tried a few samples on the main needles and was having some trouble with the rows so I did a few test samples on different needles to adjust my tension and noticed I was spot on with the 3¼mm needles. Although it’s not the needles given it works for me and I got the tension and the garment will come out to the correct measurements so I could continue to test.

PREPARATION
Before I started I made sure I had all of the needed materials and if not made sure to gather them when next shopping. I also read through the pattern from start to finish to get my head round where I start and finish and also to check if anything is missing which is important! I noticed whilst reading that the instructions mentioned Elastic but it wasn’t mentioned in the materials which without reading would have meant me waiting till I could get hold if some at the weekend. You can’t always do that when being an efficient test knitter and working to a deadline, time is crucial.

Part 2 I will be discussing my progress and techniques used in the first stages of my test knitting. See you all soon x

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Finally I have my second instalment of patterns (On The Edge Of Dijon) ready for you all to enjoy. The week before releasing I found that one shade I’d used on my new pattern that had already been written and knitted had been discontinued and was no longer available for purchasing. So sad and frustrating when most of the design popped due to that shade. I’d also spent quite a while picking the perfect two colours and set my heart on a nice yellow mustard and grey for a warm tone next to a wintry neutral shade of grey. I’d picked these colours as they popped together and made for great eye candy and it never occurred to me to check the availability of the colours. As to which I can only apologise….
Thankfully with the socks being knitted and worn by you lovely peeps you’ll possibly have different colour tastes to me and would prefer different shades for the cuff and main foot of the sock and won’t want to just stick to what’s written.
Which is very exciting, I’m looking forward to seeing your colour choices for these socks. I was highly disappointed to find this out once I’d don so much work on the socks but I decided to help and create more information and some alternatives, I hope your ready for them….

In Sublime baby cashmere merino silk DK if you have any Buttercup 303 (Discontinued) stashed away would work OR newer shade Duckie 383.

In Sublime extra fine merino DK if you have any Sesame 224 (Discontinued and Original shade used) stashed away would work OR newer shade Cinnamon 377.

In Sublime Cashmere merino silk DK if you have any Marmalade 224 (Discontinued) stashed away would work.

If you have a love for a different DK weight yarn I can happily inform you that at DK that knit’s to a 22 stitches and 28 rows, 10cm, (4in) square is perfect to use for these socks.

Socks

I can also tell you it took 20g of Sublime extra fine merino dk for the biggest size which is roughly rounded up to about 50 metres.

I’ve fallen head over heels for these (No silly sock puns please :p) so much so I’m debating some wooden sock blockers as a further well done treat as I’ve never used any and would love a pair and they’d be brilliantly useful for future projects I’m going to have to save some pennies. I’ve notice that Whorldropspindle have a pair of wooden Medium ones for only £12.10. If you know of any other sets please let me know, I love a new knitting postal treat!

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