I was very honored to be asked to design a pattern for a Yarn Crush box earlier in the year. (More about that soon!) Yarn Crush is a monthly yarn subscription. I had never heard of it at that point and was pretty impressed when I looked into it. I love that you can customize your subscription. Obviously, like most any subscription services, you can opt for month-to-month, or sign up for 3, 6, or 12 months (and save!) There is even a bi-monthly option if you're a little more strict with your stash. I didn't think I'd like the idea of a monthly subscription (to anything!) since I'm very specific in my tastes and have very little leeway in my budget. I can't afford to get random items that I might not like or want. But then I learned you can select your preference for a warm, cool, neutral or "Surprise Me" colorway plan! That way you'll get exactly what you like!
I jumped at the chance to review on of their previous boxes here on my blog. My fist impression when receiving my box was that it was definitely like opening a present! It was thoughtfully packaged, colorful and cheerful and, honestly, I was surprised how much they fit in the little box! The box includes a skein of yarn, both a crochet and a knitting pattern, any notions required to complete your project, and extra goodies. The retail value of all the contents is given so you can see how much you're saving. There is also coupon codes to save on other patterns from the designers.
In my specific box, I got a skein of Alpaca Pima by Americo Original, patterns for a knit and a crochet market bag, drawstring cords and a button to finish them, as well as a little notebook and witty knitting themed pins. I personally love the bag pattern so I'll be casting that on ASAP.
Yarn Crush also just started a Sock Crush subscription. I've seen many knitters doing monthly sock challenges to fill up their sock drawers. Last year, I even did one myself--or tried to! It lost steam a little over halfway through. A monthly subscription like this would definitely help keep that from happening, taking a lot of planning and prepping off of your shoulders so you can jump right into the knitting. I'm thinking I might need to sign up for that!
If you're anything like me and get a little giddy getting packages in the mail, love the idea of trying new yarns and patterns, sign yourself up for Yarn Crush! You can also order previous boxes and featured yarns on their website.
Years ago, I was on a mission to make the perfect basic dress and tank top. From design, to shape and construction, I wanted complete simplicity. The amount of time and energy that I put into creating a pattern so simple was a little ironic. But the final result is exactly what I set out for. I can whip these dresses up fairly quickly. I'm a fan of finding unique secondhand or vintage fabrics and the simple silhouette helps them shine. If I feel the need to complicate things with embellishments, color blocking, etc, it'll be easy with such a great base.
All of my models have commented that they are so comfortable, easy, and cool on these hot summer days but yet still make them feel feminine and girly. I've had women from 5' to 6', curvy to skinny wear them, proving it's a flattering fit for most bodies.
They are currently available in three sizes. My plan is to release plus sizes in August! I've also had some inquiries about releasing the pattern so that might be a possibility in the future as well.
The Buckaloo View Simple Line features womens' dresses and tank tops that are classic and timeless. The silhouettes and constructions are simple but each piece is either one-of-a-kind or few-of-a-kind, made with secondhand, vintage, natural, organic or repurposed fabric.
The shop has been updated! It's not a lot of stuff but I think it's a nice assortment.
Hope you all have a great weekend. And thank you all for all the constant support and encouragement. The next update will be 4.29.16 at 11am US EST. (If all goes to plan this season, I'm hoping to update the shop every other week.) I should have more yarn (think avocado, elderberry, onion skin, walnut and marigold!) as well as debuting the first official BV Simple Line tanks and dresses in the next update!
Spring Cleaning has hit. It's time for me to clear out the shop and restock it with fresh yarns. To help with that, everything in the shop is 20% off! Just use the code SPRING when checking out. Good from Monday, March 28th to Sunday, April 3rd.
At the beginning of each month, I make a short list of goals I'd like to accomplish in the next thirty or so days. Nothing concrete. Sometimes scribbled in the margins of my daily planner. But mostly just a mental note. One of these goals has been to devote more time to spinning.
Oh, spinning. I've been daydreaming about spinning for years. Romanticized visions of meditative sessions, spinning soft wool into sturdy, smooth yarn, gaining some sort of spiritual and wooly awakening. I dabbled a bit, here and there, last year, with my drop spindle. But somehow, I never found the time to really dive in. Or so I told myself. You know what they say: if you want to do something badly enough, you make the time.
So, I added "spin" to my daily to-do's, determined to make that time. Then, every night, I scribbled it out and moved it to tomorrow's list. Day to day, month to month, it was a to-do that kept rolling over. Maybe I really wasn't ready for spinning? Maybe I didn't want to forfeit any of my precious knitting time to the messy, uncertain beginner phase of spinning?
Last month, kismet stepped in and a sweet, new wooly antique shop* announced their first class--Drop Spindling. I grabbed a fellow yarn-loving friend and went. It was fun experience and I feel like I left with some new knowledge and a much better understanding of what I was doing (and wasn't doing.) But, most importantly, with a new confidence and interest in drop spindling. Since then, I have indeed been making the time to do a little spinning every day. The drop spindle is spinning and spinning and spinning. It's also 'clunking' on the floor as I get the hang of it. But the spindle is filling up with thick and thin, nubby, awkward, uneven, and perfectly beautiful beginner yarn.
*It's called Hope's Favorite Things and if you're ever in the Bangor, PA area, I highly recommend you stop in.
This isn't so much a "new" pattern so much as a modification of the original Neapolitan Cowl. This one is fully reversible and wraps around your neck a couple of times or lays draped like a scarf. Grab the download along with the original Neapolitan here.
PS: I'm also featured as Knit & Crochet Superstar over at Cut Out + Keep this week.