Jen’s Knit Nook: June 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).

June Completed Projects

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OJ_TBBB_06-26-2014_02Huzzah!  I finally have a completed project to share!  I took advantage of all of the time spent in the car and on planes while traveling this past month to finish up the On My Wavelength project I started late last month.  The pattern itself is pretty easy to follow and I found myself getting into a nice rhthym with it.  As I mentioned in my last Knit Nook, the Moebius cast-on was a bit tricky for me to learn and I relied heavily on a wonderful  target=”_blank”>instructional video by Cat Bordhi to get it down.  It’s definitely not perfect and I had to sew up a hole left in my cast on as well as one dropped loop (oops!), but aside from those things, I think it turned out pretty well.  

The finished result is an airy cowl that lays beautifully on and can easily be pulled up for a hooded effect.  For a cozier feel, you can double it up around your neck.  I really like the Dyed in the Wool yarn from Spincycle that came with the December Indie KnitCrate (and this pattern).  The colorway is called Rusted Rainbow, which is an apt description on the gorgeous spectrum of autumnal colors.  Combined with the undulating wave pattern, the effect is a lovely warm-toned piece that is perfect for fall.

Yarn & Supplies Haul / Upcoming Projects

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I managed to refrain from purchasing any new knitting supplies as I already have well more than I can manage between my KnitCrate goodies and past hauls.  Now that I’ve finished the cowl, I plan on starting the Flow pattern by Andrea Rangel that I purchased back in April along with three hanks worth of the Lively DK in Cornflower by Hazel Knits and Size 8 Red Lace Circular Needles by ChiaoGoo.  I can’t wait to get started on this gorgeous shawl!

I also plan on continuing work on knitting hexipuffs for the Beekeeper’s Quilt.  I didn’t knit any this month as I dedicated all of my knitting energy towards the cowl.

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!

June 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!  This month, the kind folks over at KnitCrate reached out and asked if they could send me the Indie Exclusive KnitCrate instead of the Beginner’s one, since they thought I would enjoy it.  

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What’s in my June KnitCrate?

Faraway, So Close By Carina Spencer – Described as a “simple shawl that uses repetition of various stitch patterns to achieve a more complex effect,” at first glance this pattern seems a bit over my head and I am wondering if the folks at KnitCrate overestimate my knitting abilities!  We’ll have to see!  Luckily, the pattern itself is very clearly laid out with easy to follow instructions, which is always helpful for newbies like me.

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Targhee Worsted – At 825 yards, this is quite a bit of yarn!  I love the gorgeous colors in this exclusive colorway called Stalking the Wild Blueberries.  The included contrasting yarn is called Nyame.  These colors will make for a gorgeous shawl using the accompanying pattern!

Crimson Orchid Designs Stitch Markers – The fun extra this month is a set of gorgeous handmade crystal stitch markers.  They  are so much prettier than the plain rubber ones I’ve been using!  What a beautiful little stash to add to my knitting supplies.

Handmaid Hand Cream by Soak – This lovely hand cream is the sweet extra this month, featuring Aquae, a fresh scent that is perfect for summer!  Hand cream is a nice gift for knitters.

✻ Promo codes also included for Carina Spencer patterns, Crimson Orchid Designs products, Molly Conroy Designs patterns, Soak orders, and Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn.

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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 five bright colors from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  This hand painted Socks That Rock made from merino wool is so vibrant!

Check out my coordinating Knit Nook video below for a closer look at my (not yet) completed projects and KnitCrate goodies:

I am happy to announce that KnitCrate has very generously offered an Indie Exclusive KnitCrate package like the one I received as a prize for one of you!  The June 2014 KnitCrate Giveaway will run until Thursday, July  3, 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 June 2014 KnitCrate Giveaway!

The Poll Results for *When looking for a new knitting project, do you…* out of 607 entries:

Find a pattern and then yarn (369) 61%
Find yarn and then a pattern (238) 39%

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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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8 thoughts on “Jen’s Knit Nook: June 2014”

  1. Your finished cowl is beautiful – the color scheme would be perfect for late summer & all of fall. The Stalking the Wild Blueberries yarn from your June Knit Crate is absolutely beautiful. And every time you talk about your hexipuffs & how you’re going to make a Beekeeper’s Quilt, it inspires me to start one, too. I need to look into that. TFS, as always!

  2. Hi Jen,
    I just love all your videos! I had a quick question. I have always wanted to learn how to knit, have you done a how to knit 101 video or can you recommend a friends site? Thanks so much,
    Michele

  3. So love the cornflower blue yarn, and the pattern as well! I’m looking forward to seeing your finished project! I’m sure you’ll figure out the ombre yarn add-on! Seems to be the edging trim color!

  4. Beautiful scarf! I love the colours! My Mum is going to attempt to teach me how to knit again and my SIL as I had a baby not long ago and she is due in December so we are determined to make something for our little ones! Lol! I’ve just finished my first crochet blanket…it’s not perfect but I’m proud of it! Now got the bug and looking for other things to create, maybe on a smaller scale! Have you seen the arm knitting video on YouTube? It is to make a chunky scarf…it looks ace and I really fancy giving it a go! Thanks for sharing!x

  5. Just subscribed to the Beginners KnitCrate!! I’ve always been a crochet girl, but excited to give this a try. Also ordered the BeeKeepers kit. What a beautiful quilt, I hope I can do it justice!! Your scarf is beautiful. Thank you for getting me excited to try knitting!

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