Jen’s Knit Nook: September 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).  In this post I share both the August & September KnitCrates.

Recent Completed Projects

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Well…it is complete!  Sadly, however, my attempt at the Lauren Cowl was a complete and utter #FAIL.  Two failed projects in a row is not very inspiring, sadly, but unlike last time around, I found this particularly funny.  I accidentally knit a twist and a half into the pattern, which shortened the bind side dramatically, resulting in a strange cowl hat/cape for my dog.  Right, no one is going to wear that.  I’m unraveling the project to use the lovely Swans Isalnd yarn on something else.  I think I need to go very simple for my next project.  Happily, I am not discouraged by this “oops” and am looking forward to trying something new.  It’s all in the name of learning!

Yarn & Supplies Haul / Upcoming Projects

I haven’t purchased anything knitting related recently aside from what comes in my KnitCrate subscription.  As for projects, I am going to be on several long flights in the next couple of weeks and am looking forward to some airplane knitting.  I’m definitely packing supplies to work on hexipuffs for the Beekeeper’s Quilt, which is a great small project for travel.  I’m not sure if I’m bringing a larger sized project or not.  At least I know I can successfully knit hexipuffs!

August & September 2014 KnitCrates

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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 August Knit Crate?

Drew Emborksy Sarcastic 50’s – What fun yarn!  I love the sherbet colors of these beautiful DK weight hanks.  The Peruvian Pima cotton and Tencel blend makes for a super soft texture.

Adventure Knitting 1 by Lee Meredith – The pattern this month is actually a knitting eBook in a Choose Your Own Adventure style.  I haven’t quite figured out how it works yet, but I believe it teaches you four different types of stitches and provides twenty patterns to work with them.  Very cool concept!

Knitter’s Tool Tin by The Sexy Knitter – The fun extra this month is a little tin that holds so many helpful knitting tools.  It’s perfect for on the go essentials.  I especially love the too cute to boot tiny scissors and gorgeous origami stitch markers.

Flavrz Organic Drink Mix – The soothing extra is juice-based mix-in-water drink that can turn ordinary water into a delicious treat!  I’ve never tried anything like this before and am interested to see how I like it since I am not a big fan of sodas or juice.

✻ Promo codes also included for discounts on Leethal Knits patterns, Flavrz products, and sale items at KnitCrate.com.

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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 pretty shades from Drew Emborsky.  This hand-dyed sport weight Gemstones yarn is made from 90% extra fine/superwash merino wool and 10% nylon.  I love that they’ve included creamy whites, which will add nice variety to my quilt.

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!

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Since I wasn’t home in August, I had two KnitCrate packages to open this month.  Fun times!

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What’s in my September KnitCrate?

Imperial Yarn Erin Worsted 3-Ply – A medium worsted weight yarn at last!  The beginner knitter in me jumped for joy at the sight of these gorgeous hanks, which I can use in a simpler, easier to handle project.  I love the subdued but still vibrant colors, which are perfect for this transitionary time of year as we move into fall.

Chevron Fingerless Gloves – What a cute and playful pattern!  I’ve never owned a pair of fingerless gloves and can see how they’d be great on cold airplanes or chilly over-the-garage home offices (like mine) during the winter months.  The chevron pattern is lovely.  I hope it’s not too tricky for me!

Sock Box by Chicken Boots – The fun extra this month is a vinyl pouch perfectly sized for yarn and all of your project necessities.  I love the grab handle and extra wide zipper opening.

Tree Hugger Gum – It wouldn’t be a KnitCrate without a sweet treat!  This all natural bubble gum is fun to chew on while knitting.  I haven’t had gum balls in years!

✻ Promo codes also included for discounts on Estella Haines and Corrina Ferguson patterns, orders from Tree Hugger Gum, Imperial Yarn, A Hundred Ravens, and a free gift with purchase at Chicken Boots USA.

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The September Mini Add-On’s selections include five colorful picks from A Hundred Ravens.  This hand-dyed fingering weight Iachos yarn is made from 100% merino wool superwash.  I love the vibrant jewel-tone shades for fall!

Check out my coordinating Knit Nook video below for musings on my knitting journey and a closer look at my KnitCrate goodies:

I am happy to announce that KnitCrate has very generously offered a Beginner’s or Int/Advanced September Knit Crate (winner’s choice!) as a prize for one of you!  The September 2014 KnitCrate Giveaway will run until Friday, September 26 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 winners of the September 2014 KnitCrate Giveaway!

The Poll Results for *The Holidays are fast approaching, if Knitcrate were to offer an exclusive discount on Gift Subscriptions to OrganizedJen Followers, would you use it?* out of 815 entries:

Likely (429) 53%
Highly Likely (287) 35%
Not Likely At All (99) 12%

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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.  KnitCrate is generously providing the giveaway prize.  Post contains affiliate & referral links.  This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *

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12 thoughts on “Jen’s Knit Nook: September 2014”

  1. That was fun watching both Knit crates being opened. Thanks for sharing Jen. You looked so cute with the red oops scarf on your head. I get the biggest kick out of you ! You are a funny person. ( I mean all of this in a good way )

  2. I hope you don’t get discouraged by your OOPS projects! That’s the only way to learn. BTW the blue hook you were wondering about is a cable needle used to make cables – hopefully you’ll get to that soon. They are really fun and beautiful! Look forward to next month’s video!

  3. OMgoodness! I loved this post! Good for you for solidering on!! I went through a phase that I was going to knit everything under the sun! I chose the hardest thing….SOCKS! It has been about 10 years and the socks are still not finished….I need to find someone to do it for me! 🙂

  4. I love this post. Don’t worry about the project that didn’t came out right it is part of the learning process. Keep on knitting.

  5. Here’s something that is interesting to me. On your Facebook/Instagram you posted this when it was still in progress and only about half this length. You asked what to do, continue or rip out? I taught knitting for years and even put myself through college that way. That’s why I chimed in (as nicely as possible without any judgement) that it needed to be ripped out, knowing full well how it would turn out; I knew that adding any length would only exacerbate the problem caused by not being careful when you joined the knitting on the circular needles. If you had twisted it only one half twist you would have had an infinity but there were at least 3 full twists in there (not a twist and a half) Some of your readers who I know really meant well even though they surely don’t knit told you to continue and that it would be charming or whatever. And you listened to the ones that told you everything was going to be fine. So maybe when you ask such a ‘what to do?” knitting question it would be a good idea to pose it to knitters – maybe even in a knitting forum. I think you’ll find that real knitters are honest and look at such queries through the “what would I do?” lens. Yes, it is nice to have unconditional support but sometimes the truth is even more kind.

  6. I love your good-humored response to the cowl crate. I have it but knew it was too much for me at the time. I subscribe to the bi-monthly beginner crates…..began in May….found that they are a bit more advanced than I am….I haven’t knitted in about 30 years and forgot many of the basics. So I put them aside and worked on some simple scarves to help my speed and recollection. Then they came out with the Newbie Crates and I signed up for that. The videos that come with are fabulous. Now I think i’m going to put my Beginner subscription on hold and hope I can resume when I’m ready. I know they’re developing waiting lists due to increased demand for their high quality product, the adorable extras etc. I also want to start on the hexi-puffs and hope I can manage those.

  7. Thanks for a great Knit Nook! I definitely love these videos! That’s awesome that you’re working on the hexapuffs still, I can’t wait to see the beekeepers quilt then in the future 🙂

  8. Buongiorno Jen! I have an aunt (in her late 40s), a grandmother (early to mid-70s) ,and a best friend (21) who all enjoy knitting and I introduced them to the Knit Crate website over the summer and the past Christmas holidays and I when I read your blog post from this package and saw that there was a contest, I decided to sign-up for it and I decided that if I won the package, I would pass it along to my aunt whose birthday is coming up at the end of October! When I found out that I hadn’t won the contest, I then sent an email to my aunt with a link to the Knit Crate website for her to pick up something from them as a birthday present from my behalf. I tried sending a picture to your Twitter and Instagram accounts of a special Christmas present that she knitted for me a couple of years ago, my slippers! They’re so warm and cozy and I wear them every day (even in the summer!) My slippers were the perfect footwear to have during my recent cross-country move! My best friend has been knitting since she was 13 and she made me this special tassel to go with a bookmark that I use for reading and my grandmother has knitted me a tuque, and my facecloths that I use on a regular basis when getting ready.
    I just thought that I’d share all of the people in my life who are knitters to say Thank you for your videos about Knit Crate! My grandmother, my best friend, and most especially, my aunt, appreciate it!
    Grazie molto!
    Katherine M.

    1. Hand knitted slippers are such a lovely gift! So glad I could help spread the word about the awesomeness that is KnitCrate 🙂

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