Jen’s Knit Nook: April 2014

Welcome back to my monthly Knit Nook update where I share a look at my completed knitting projects from the last month, any yarn hauls and new projects on the horizon, as well as the contents of this month’s KnitCrate (a knitting monthly subscription service).

April Completed Projects

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Once again, I am feeling pretty unproductive on the knitting front this month.  I had planned to complete the On My Wavelength pattern by Heather Dixon that came with the December 2013 KnitCrate.  I carried the project around in my new super cute pouch from Threadofhearts on Etsy all month and have yet to even get started!  As much as I love knitting and actually crave to do it, it somehow falls to the bottom of my priority list.  I mentioned in my last Knit Nook that I’m more of a weekend knitter anyway, but my weekends have been pretty jam-packed lately.  I know I just need to rank it higher on my priorities list, but it can be challenging to justify spending time on a hobby when there are other things to get done for work and around the house.  I am going to try to dedicate at least three 15-minute knitting sessions per week for the next month and hope that the time spent knitting will motivate me to make it a higher priority.  I really miss knitting!  While I haven’t picked up the needles in almost four weeks now, I did manage to knit some more hexipuffs for my Beekeeper’s Quilt project at the beginning of the month when I was in Arizona.  I hope to not be just a vacation knitter!

If you’re interested in purchasing the Beekeeper’s Quilt package or other items from KnitCrate you can receive 10% off your first KnitCrate purchase (not including monthly or bi monthly subscriptions) by clicking here!

Yarn & Supplies Haul

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I did make a few knitting-related purchases this past month specifcally for an upcoming project.  We have a family friend who has to wear a neck brace for awhile while she heals from a horseback riding accident and I wanted to make her something beautiful to wrap around it.  I used one of the promo codes from the March KnitCrate to purchase the Flow pattern by Andrea Rangel, which is a scarf/shawl with gorgeous lace edging.  I decided to purchase the yarn suggested in the pattern, so I picked up three hanks worth of the Lively DK in Cornflower by Hazel Knits.  I also bought Size 8 Red Lace Circular Needles by ChiaoGoo.  I am excited to start working on this project!

April 2014 KnitCrate

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I absolutely love KnitCrate, which is a monthly (or bi-monthly if that seems like a bit too much yarn coming at you) subscription service geared towards knitters.  There are eight different subscription options, which you can see here if you’re interested.  I subscribe to the Beginner’s KnitCrate, which includes a pattern suitable to that level, enough yarn to complete that project, a couple of bonus items (ranging from soothing to sweet to fun), and promo codes for knitting related products.  It’s basically the most awesome care package a knitter could ever dream of!

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What’s in my April KnitCrate?

Tellus by Kristi Johnson – Each KnitCrate subscriber received a special code to download this lovely wrap pattern for free this month.  As an added bonus, KnitCrate provided a video tutorial teaching the sliding slip stitch, which is what the pattern is mostly comprised of.  Video tutorials are so helpful to new knitters like me who are expanding their knitting know-how!

Shalimar Yarns Zoe Sock – This gorgeous superwash merino wool is super soft and so vibrant thanks to hand painting.  I recieved the colorways Juniper Berry, which is a lovely muted teal, and Primula, a rich cranberry shade.  I think the two of these make for a lovely combination and will be beautiful using the Tellus wrap pattern.

✻  Caveman Cookies – The soothing extra this month is a couple of grain-free, dairy-free cookies.  This woman-owned business sounds amazing!  They are “passionate about creating healthful, all-natural, Paleolithic baked goods made with ingredients that you can actually pronounce, and which your great, great, great ancestors could have enjoyed with you.”  I love trying out new treats like this.  It’s such a sweet bonus (pun intended) in the KnitCrate subscription!

Wraps Per Inch Tool and Knit Card – This handy tool from Nancy’s Knit Knacks is a great one to have on hand in your knitting kit for those times when you need help identifying the weight of yarn.  The included card also provides information on what size needles and crochet hooks are appropriate for each weight of yarn.  I think this set will come in very handy in my knitting efforts!

✻ Promo codes also included for Knitbot patterns as well as the KnitCrate Minis Grab Bags.

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I also subscribe to the 5 Mini Add-Ons package available through KnitCrate.  Each month I  receive five 30-yard mini hanks in hand painted/indie dyed yarns.  It’s a nice way to try out a variety of  hand-dyed yarns from different providers.  I use the mini hanks I receive through this subscription for the Beekeeper’s Quilt.   This month’s selections include vibrant colors from Shalimar Yarns.  This hand painted sock yarn is the same wool (superwash merino) and weight of the full-size hanks from the April KnitCrate.  I love the nice variety of colors to add to my stash for future hexipuffs!

Check out my coordinating Knit Nook video below for a closer look at my completed projects, yarn haul, and KnitCrate goodies:

I am happy to announce that KnitCrate has very generously offered an April 2014 Beginner’s KnitCrate as a prize for one of you!  The April 2014 KnitCrate Giveaway will run until Wednesday, May  7, 2014 at 6 PM CT.  The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below  (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways).   I’ll announce the winner on THIS blog post and KnitCrate will contact them directly through email.  Good luck!

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Congrats to Amy R. on being selected as the winner of the April 2014 Knit Crate Giveaway!

The Poll Results for *Would you knit for your pet if you had a simple and fun pattern?* out of 544 entries:

Yes (318) 58%
I don’t have a pet (88) 16%
Yes, if I had help (81) 15%
No (57) 10%

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Don’t forget to check out my group on Ravelry called Bliss Knits where we share current projects, knitting stories, and tips and tricks with each other!

Happy Knitting!

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* Some of the products mentioned are part of the KnitCrate monthly subscription program, for which I pay for my own membership.  I was gifted the Beekeeper’s Quilt pattern.  The KnitCrate discount link I provide is a referral link, which means if you make a purchase using that link, I get credit towards future KnitCrate purchases.  KnitCrate is generously providing the giveaway prize.  Post contains affiliate links.  This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *

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17 thoughts on “Jen’s Knit Nook: April 2014”

  1. I just recently started up knitting again and am currently working on knitting a scarf. For me, leaving my knitting out where I will see it everyday reminds me to take some time to work on it, even if it’s only 5 or 10 minutes at a time. I enjoy knitting, but have also found it to be therapeutic especially when I’m worried about something.

  2. I find that watching TV and having my work beside me allows me the time to work on my projects. Thanks for the videos. I hope that you can find the time to work on your projects! Have a great day.

  3. Have you tried handspun yarn yet? Maybe better yet spinning it yourself on a spindle? Once you try it I bet you would be hooked. I find it relaxing. Crochet/knitting with handspun is so much fun too! If I lived closer I could show you but I don’t but I’m sure there tons of places to learn where you live. 🙂

  4. I’m working on a merino wool short sleeved sweater for my 2year old to wear over her flower girl dress in a wedding on June 7th. I have frogged the whole thing twice now and need to get a move on.

  5. Finding the time…a person only has so much ‘free’ time. As in time that we have available to do hobbies or relaxation things versus jobs, cooking, cleaning, errands, etc. For example with you: you make time to exercise and take a bath and read each day. So that must be your priorities when it comes to free time. Some people who watch tv or knit may ask you how you have time to exercise everyday. I know I don’t have time to do all the things I’d like to do. I find I go in phases scrapbooking for awhile, then crocheting etc. My favourite way is to ‘kill two birds with one stone” and watch tv and either walk on the treadmill or crochet.
    Good luck with your knitting this month.

    1. That’s very true, we all have different priorities of free time. I do place exercise and my tub time higher on the list than knitting. I’d still like to fit in at least a little knitting every week 🙂

  6. Jen,

    I know you have a very busy schedule, but try to make time for knitting, or any other hobby you enjoy, just for yourself. It is so important to take that time just to recharge and use our creative sides. You work hard and you deserve some time to enjoy too! I don’t mean to sound like a nag, I have had to learn this lesson the hard, and I have to re-learn it every once in awhile, so I am just sharing from experience.

    How sweet of you to create something pretty for your family friend who inured herself. I know that someone knitted me a prayer shawl while I was hospitalized and it meant the world to me. Can’t wait to see what you create.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Maureen

  7. I have a sister-in-love who knits in the car when her husband is driving. So I wonder if that might be another time-slot for you to consider getting your “knit-on”. 🙂

    I know if I were you I would start feeling pressure instead of pleasure as more knitting subscription boxes arrived and began piling up. I wonder if it might make your and someone else’s day if you donated your unused boxes to a retirement home (activities directors would know exactly who to give them to and you might strike up a wonderful friendship with a senior). Just an idea if the amount of yarn/projects you accumulate starts to feel overwhelming. 🙂

    1. I don’t feel too overwhelmed just yet but that is a very thoughtful suggestion I will keep in mind. 🙂

  8. I am guilty of only taking out my knitting during what I call “Knitting Season,” which usually begins around Labor Day and ends well before Easter. I wish I could keep up the motivation to knit in the “off season” because my Ravelry queue is epic, but once the weather warms up I just don’t get the urge until it starts to cool off again!

    1. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with seasonal crafting. I tend to do more jewelry crafting in the warmer months myself. I am curious how my knitting will go since it’s a new hobby for me this year.

  9. A few people answered in YouTube comments suggesting that sw = superwash or sock weight. I’m pretty sure that in this case it means “superwash,” since the yarn label already specifies that it’s “Zoe Sock” and on the manufacturer website, the yarn is described as “100% Superwash Australian Merino.”

    http://www.shalimaryarn.com/item/Zoe_Sock/228/c21

  10. That bag is so cute! Your hexipuffs are looking good. I hear you in the struggle to find time to knit. I knit and crochet, but in the past few years adulthood seems to have robbed more and more of my hobby time. Grrrr. Multitasking it in with a movie/vlog viewing is okay for me if I am doing a repetitive pattern…but if there is increasing or anything that remotely requires higher brain function, forget it. Currently working on a baby afghan for a friend of mine. Hopefully the kid won’t be in college by the time its complete, lol.

    Happy crafting!
    🙂

    1. Me too! Maybe someday I will be able to watch something while knitting more than just a basic knit/purl, but right now if I even stop thinking about what I’m doing for a second I mess up.

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