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).
July Completed Projects
Completed projects? Nope. Sadly, my knitting efforts did not yield even a partially completed item this month. I embarked on the Flow pattern by Andrea Rangel a few weeks ago only to find myself getting two rows in and having to rip it out and start again. Over and over again. I was pretty certain I was knitting the stitches right, but for some reason it just would not turn out no matter what I did! Finally, I emailed a knitting expert friend of mine who suggested that I find someone local to work with one on one through the pattern. As it turns out, this one is way over my head and assumes I know certain things about increasing and lacework that I clearly do not. Sadly, I need to put the pattern aside until fall when I am able to sign up for private instruction at a local LYS. Oh well, you win some, you lose some, right? I am determined not to be discouraged and hope to start something more my speed soon.
I purchased quite a few knitting supplies over the last month. While I did so most specifically with that particular project in mind, these are more or less basic supplies I feel it is helpful for me to have on hand now that I’m sure I’m going to enjoy this hobby for a long time to come and it isn’t just a fleeting interest. I picked up some blocking supplies, including four Boye Crochet Dude Blocking Boards which I chose specifically for the grids, Knit Picks Lace Blocking Wires, Clover Fork Pins, and Gem 1.5″ T-Pins. I also got a set of Clover Point Protectors to help keep my knitting on the needles, especially while traveling. I decided to buy the Royal Ball Winder and a Stanwood Needlecraft Wooden Umbrella Swift so I could easily wind my own yarn at home. I’ve already used the two together with great success!
July 2014 KnitCrate
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!
What’s in my July KnitCrate?
✻ Lauren Cowl & BONUS Grace Scarf by Michele Rose Orne – The cowl is described as an “airy loop” that is “a breeze to knit!” I sure hope so! I could use a simple project right now to give me a sense of accomplishment after my failure with the Flow pattern. I just might try this one next! The bonus scarf pattern is a bit more complicated with lacework, but might be within my wheelhouse since there are no pesky increases.
✻ Swans Island Natural Colors Collection Silk Blend – This gorgeous, delicate yarn is a blend of merino wool and Tussah silk. Hand-dyed with natural dyes yields this gorgeous vibrant red. It is so soft, light, and airy!
✻ Digital Finger Tally Counter – What a handy little device to have on hand (quite literally!) to keep track of rows. I love the LED backlight for low lighting situations like on an airplane or when your hubby is snoozing but you’re still up knitting in bed.
✻ J&M Naturally Flavored Key Lime Cookies – Yum! These cookies sound delicious! I love key lime desserts especially in the summer and look forward to trying out this month’s sweet extra. It’s nice to have a tasty treat to snack on while knitting!
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 five pretty shades from Dream In Color. This hand-dyed Smooshy Sock yarn is made from 100% superwash merino wool. I love the variegated colorways!
If you’re interested in purchasing the Beekeeper’s Quilt Kit or other items from KnitCrate you can receive 10% off your first KnitCrate purchase (not including monthly or bi monthly subscriptions) by clicking here!
Check out my coordinating Knit Nook video below for a closer look at my knitting supplies haul and KnitCrate goodies:
I am happy to announce that KnitCrate has very generously offered a Beekeeper’s Quilt Kit as a prize for one of you! The July 2014 KnitCrate Giveaway will run until Monday, August 4, 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 the winner of the July 2014 KnitCrate Giveaway!
The Poll Results for *Would you be more likely to buy a knitting kit (yarn, pattern) if it included an instructional video like KnitCrate’s Beekeeper’s Quilt Kit does?* out of 611 entries:
Yes (566) 93%
Don’t Care (26) 4%
No (19) 3%
Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties. If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.
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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. KnitCrate is generously providing the giveaway prize. Post contains affiliate & referral links. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *