Jen’s Knit Nook: May 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).

May (Not Yet) Completed Projects

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Well, I’ve made some progress since last month’s great knitting drought.  I started the On My Wavelength pattern using the Spincycle Dyed in the Wool yarn that came with my December 2013 KnitCrate.  It took me many tries to get the Moebius cast on method down.  This target=”_blank”>instructional video by Cat Bordhi was a HUGE help in that endeavor.  Even after several tries, however, my final cast on attempt was far from perfect.  It has a few holes in it I’ll have to go back and sew up later.  I decided to stop being a perfectionist about it so I could just start knitting!  The pattern itself is relatively easy, with simple wrapped stitches to create the lace-like waves.  I wish I had started this project with longer circulars.  Mine are 32″ and I still feel like they’re not nearly long enough.  Live (i.e. knit) and learn!  I know the final product won’t be perfect, but it’s going well enough now that I’m about a quarter of the way through it and it’s always fun to learn something new.  I keep this project in the sweet drawstring bag I got from ThreadOfHearts on Etsy.  Sadly, her shop is currently closed, but I recommend checking out her Instagram if you’re Planner Enthusiast like me!

I also managed to knit up a few more hexipuffs for my ongoing Beekeeper’s Quilt project in May.  My count is now up to fourteen.  I tend to work on these when I am on an airplane and we’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling lately.  I like how small and portable this project is.  I just pop a few mini hanks, my needles, crochet hook, and a bit of fluff into a little Orla Kiely for Target cosmetic case, which is lightly padded and perfect for this project, and I’m all set for on the go knitting.  Easy peasy!

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

No hauls to report this past month!  I’m already over my head with the supplies and patterns I’ve received from my KnitCrate subscription.  There’s no need to be shopping at any LYS’s right now!

May 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 May KnitCrate?

My Kind of Saturday by IrishGirlieKnit and Denim Blue by Deby Lake – Each KnitCrate subscriber received a special code to download these two lovely patterns meant to be knit with the included yarn.

Kolláge Yarns Riveting Sport – The bright and colorful yarn is made from 100% recycled blue jeans.  How cool is that?  I love the two colors I received, Citrine and Orchid, for a fun contrasting look.

✻ Kolláge Yarns Square Circular Knitting Needles – The fun extra this month is square knitting needles.  Who knew?  These are ergonomically designed to be easier on your hands.  I received the US 5 set in 24″ in the firm cable.  I just ordered a set of the US 7’s in soft cable to use with the shawl pattern.  We’ll see how it goes!

Brownie Brittle – The sweet extra is brownie brittle.  I’ve already devoured it.  So yummy!  I’d never heard of such a thing before.  This KnitCrate was full of fun surprises this month!

✻ Promo codes also included for Mindy Wilkes Designs patterns, Heidi Nick patterns, and discounts at KnitCrate.com.

OJ_TBBB_06-04-2014_02 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 sweet colors from All For Love Of Yarn.  This hand painted Luminosity Fingerling is super soft!  They also included one mini of Seela Fingering (the pink one).  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 (not yet) completed projects and KnitCrate goodies:

I am happy to announce that KnitCrate has very generously offered a KnitCrate Newbies package as a prize for one of you!  The May 2014 KnitCrate Giveaway will run until Thursday, June  12, 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 May 2014 KnitCrate Giveaway!

The Poll Results for *KnitCrate just launched it’s new “learn to knit series” KnitCrate Newbies. If you were to sign up to their instructional videos with kits, etc., then how much time per week could you dedicate to learning how to knit?* out of 630 entries:

Two to three hours – let’s get it started! (316) 50%
About an hour – time is short! (167) 27%
Four plus hours – Time to get my knit on! (147) 23%

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Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties.  If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.

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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9 thoughts on “Jen’s Knit Nook: May 2014”

  1. Thank you for your awesome reviews! I am a fellow KnitCrater and I can also highly recommend them! If you want Christmas every month in your mailbox, you should subscribe! I have never been sorry! I will be a life long member!

  2. Isn’t Brownie Brittle deliciously addicting? I think it’s amazing, and I hardly eat chocolate! My mother-in-law brought a huge bag from Costco when she came to visit and left without about 1/3 of the bag. We almost ate the whole bag!

    Anyway, I can’t wait to subscribe to KnitCrate when I’m finally done with school and have a full time job to afford it. I hope I win the giveaway! Thank you for sharing! I absolutely love watching your channels.

    1. It is delicious! I’m hoping they don’t sell it in any of the stores I frequent otherwise I’ll end up eating quite a bit of it! 😉

  3. Like KnitCrate concept, would love to try them out. Have been curious about Brownie brittle…sounds dangerous.

    Good luck on you cowl, looks like a great patterm.

  4. I just wanted to say thank you so much for your Knit Nook videos! I really look forward to them every month! Even if you switch over to getting the KnitCrate every other month, I hope you will still do monthly Knit Nook videos to show us what you have been working on knitting wise. I used to knit when I was younger, but haven’t in years and would need to learn it all over again, but watching your videos every month is inspiring me to get started again! I think I will place an order from KnitCrate 🙂 Thanks Jen!

  5. Hi Jenn
    I have always wanted to learn how to knit. Do you have a beginners knitting video or can you recommend one?
    Thanks so much!
    Michele

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