Friday, February 26, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Cables & Kismet

Another week at its end...another Free Pattern Friday!  Download these fun patterns and get them into your queue!

We're having a blast with our Crochet Cables Learn-A-Long on Ravelry.  This pattern fits in perfectly!  The Cabled Fingerless Gloves by Sarah Willey feature a fun cable down the back of the glove.  This great weekend project is just 15 rows of fun!


Yarn Suggestions:  Rocking the Wool Bulky


One of our fabulous Yarnbox moderators, Sharon Kresge, created the Coldest Summer shawl with her box of Kismet Fiber Works Sleek DK from the December Yarnbox Luxe.  Written and charted, this shawl is worked from the top down and captures the beauty of the silk merino blend.


Yarn Suggestions:  Kismet Fiber Works Sleek DK


Cast on and start chaining these projects this weekend with any of your Yarnbox yarns mentioned above or hit up our Overstock Shop and begin dreaming about your next WIP!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Picture Perfect Pairings

A great pattern plus a most excellent yarn in a really great colorway is a great combination for a finished project that's incredibly stunning.  Check out these subscriber finished items from a few of our past Yarnbox Classic boxes.




We're throwing it back all the way to our January 2015 Yarnbox Classic featuring Feederbrook Farm Entropy DK.  Our member, Astrid, used her skeins in this gorgeous Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland.  Don't you just love the striping?



Check out Yarnbox member Clair's Koselig Capelet made with Andy's Merino II from Farmhouse Yarns from October 2015's Yarnbox Classic.  The indigo in contrast with the natural white perfectly accentuates both colors and stitch detail in this pattern by Taylor Tengelsen.



Throwing back to our June 2014 Classic Yarnbox where we featured Artyarns Supermerino.  Here it is from member Martha24jane on Ravelry knit up in the Hourglass Cowl pattern from Cathrin Walk.  Great pattern for not only this yarn but also the color!  Look at those stitches!



Feeling inspired by these projects?  Dig through your yarn stash and throw it back to one of those great, patiently waiting yarns!  And if it happens to be one of your Yarnbox yarns, share it with us in our Ravelry group, on Instagram @yarnboxFacebook and Twitter!  You never know...yours may be the next project we share!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

WIP Wednesday: MJ Yarns Finished Projects

Members have been on happiness overload with their skeins of Peruvian Dream Worsted from MJ Yarns.  Here are a few of the finished projects that caught our eye, hot off the needles and hooks this WIP Wednesday!

Member DizzyTM on Ravelry wasted no time stitching up her Wyvern Warmer by Denise Lavoie with her Peruvian Dream Worsted in the PTX colorway.  The drape is amazing!




There's a certain special little lady whose mom makes sure she's the best dressed among them all!  Member terapin on Ravelry created this Bella Baby Sweater by Lorna Miser for her sweet baby girl.  She'll be warm and cozy in alpaca, merino and silk!




We are in LOVE with how the Green Dragon colorway looks in Yarnbox member Annie's Trellis Scarf by Purl Soho.  The stitch definition is just divine!!  And the color...ohhhhh the color...




What are you WIPping up on your hooks and needles this week?  Share your projects with us in our Ravelry group, onInstagram @yarnboxFacebook and Twitter!  You never know...yours may be the next project we share!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Neutrals & Color

For this Free Pattern Friday, I found two great patterns that both have samples done in neutral or natural colors.  The greatest thing about these patterns is that they would be equally as great in solid colors as well.  Check them out and get them added to your queue!



The My Cup of Tea socks pattern will be just that for you.  Designer Robin Lynn actually dyed the yarn for this sample with actual tea and the resulting color is amazing!

Yarn Suggestions:  Raincity Knits Super Sock in Bright Aqua or Louet Gems Fingering



Put a little twist into your crocheting with this Double Layered Braided Cowl by CrochetDreamz.  Made in strips then braided together with a button closure in the back, this is a fun weekend project with a stylish results.

Pattern Suggestions:  Wool Clasica from Manos del Uruguay or Bulky from Rocking the Wool


Cast on and start chaining these projects this weekend with any of your Yarnbox yarns mentioned above or hit up our Overstock Shop and begin dreaming about your next WIP!


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Two Amazing Member Cowls

Many of us have the personal goal of using our Yarnbox yarns immediately before our next one arrives.  Some of us are better at this than others.  I, personally, am not one of those people (hangs head in shame).

Like so many others, my yarns don't get immediately worked up.  But I like to look at it a different way.  I think of the yarn sitting here just patiently waiting for the right pattern to cross my path.  And it's these projects with these skeins on stand by that we celebrate on Throwback Thursday.

First up, we have Krista's A Noble Silky Cowl made from Emily Kausalik's A Noble Cowl pattern with Siidegarte Siide-Flauschig from our March 2014 Yarnbox Classic.  Krista's goal this year is truly a noble one as she tries to wip down her stash.  I would say that she's off to a fabulous start!




Okay...so this one isn't throwing it back too far but it's just too pretty not to share.  Knit designer and member Gabrielle Vézina just completed this project in her King Cowl pattern using her Farmhouse Yarns Andy's Merino II from our October 2015 Yarnbox Classic.  She renamed this particular project "The King Cowl that will keep my face warm" and those of us in cold climates are totally envious!



Feeling inspired by these projects?  Dig throw your yarn stash and throw it back to one of those great, patiently waiting yarns!  And if it happens to be one of your Yarnbox yarns, share it with us in our Ravelry group, on Instagram @yarnboxFacebook and Twitter!  You never know...yours may be the next project we share!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Colorwork Learn-A-Long

Our learn-a-longs are going full speed ahead!  This week, I want to share with you some of the colorwork projects our members are working on because they're so pretty and I'm always in awe of how pretty colorwork pieces turn out.  Here are just a few that caught my eye,

One of the most exciting things to see when we do learn-a-longs is the progress our members are making and the amazing projects that result.  That's the case with member Deb's Baa-ble Hat!  This is a most adorable pattern from Donna Smith.  So cute we can hardly handle it!





Member Sue is making great progress on her Wavy Infinity Scarf by Gabrielle Vézina.  Even just learning this technique, her stitches are so even with the color changes.  This makes me want to add it to my queue and cast on!




Member Caitlin is making great progress on her Fawnberry cowl by Malia Mather.  This is a fun first project using colorwork and the colors work great together!  Malia has other colorwork patterns that would work well for this LAL.  Definitely someone to check out!




What are you WIPping up on your hooks and needles this week?  Share your projects with us in our Ravelry group, on Instagram @yarnboxFacebook and Twitter!  You never know...yours may be the next project we share!

And if you'd like to join our Knit Colorwork Learn-A-Long, hop aboard!  We'd love to have you join us!


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

January Classic Review: MJ Yarns

January was such a fun month the exciting Peruvian Dream Worsted from MJ Yarns inside our Yarnbox Classic.  It had all of us here as well as our members swooning over every skein!




Jonathan Berner is the color genius behind MJ Yarns.  Each skein is beautifully hand dyed at his studio in Lafayette, Colorado.  With his unique process, Jonathan dyes his colors with short color runs to ensure that there's little to no color pooling making the yarn truly variegated.





Narrowing down the choices to provide our members was a challenge but we managed to do it!  We selected five of our favorite colorways that we sent out in our shipments.  The Peacock colorway is a brand new color from MJ Yarns and we were the very first to get to create with it!

Bright: Midnight Orchid, Peacock, Cerulean Twilight
Muted: PTX, Green Dragon



Each skein of Peruvian Dream Worsted is 50% alpaca, 30% merino wool and 20% silk giving this yarn incredible softness and squish.  Totaling 220 yards per skein, our members received 440 yards for their latest projects.

We had the great opportunity to work with two designers who took these skeins and worked them into remarkably exquisite patterns.

For our knit design, fiber artist Benjamin Krudwig created the Nycteris Shawl, a fun pattern that showcases the splendor of the Peruvian Dream Worsted. His teaching skills shine through in this pattern that knitters of all levels will enjoy.


This month’s featured crochet designer is one of our favorites, Denise Lavoie, who gives us her Wyvern Warmer. You’ll love creating this easy to stitch poncho in any of these colorways. Denise and I chatted a bit about the yarn that was headed her way for this pattern and she sketched up the design right away. You’ll love the end result and I know she is just as excited as we are to have you working this up.




An amazing start to the New Year with a most incredible yarn and dyer!  Join us on Ravelry where our members are working these and other patterns with their Peruvian Dream Worsted. 




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Monday, February 15, 2016

Join the Latest Yarnbox Learn-A-Long!

Learn-a-longs are always so much fun!  It's a time where you can stretch your skills, ask questions from others who have mastered techniques, and support one another as you take on the challenge of something new.  We're excited to have not just one but four learn-a-longs happening now on Ravelry, all by member request!

Continental Knitting
The first question we often hear when one knitter meets another is “do you knit English or Continental?” or “do you throw your yarn or pick?” Why not know both?!

If you’ve always wanted to try continental knitting, this is the place to start. Our moderators will be lending a hand to help you along and will post links to videos with tips to get you started. Even those who have been knitting continental may find a useful tip or two as well! This is also a great place for crocheters who may want to try their hand at a little knitting. All are welcome to share in some needlework love!

Join the Continental Knitting LAL!




Beginning Crochet
Whether you’re already crocheting or itching to learn because of some of the beautiful patterns we’ve featured, this is the LAL for you!
 
Tips on how to start a project, the basic stitches that are the building block of crochet, and shared tips from others are what you’ll find here. Our moderators will be lending a hand to help you along and will post links to videos with tips to get you started. All are welcome to share in some needlework love!

Join the Beginning Crochet LAL!




Knitting Colorwork
Many of us are captivated when we see a knit piece made with colorwork but where do we start with our own projects? We’re here to take the plunge with you as you dive into your first colorwork project. Our moderators will be lending a hand to help you along and will post links to videos with tips to get you started and encourage you along the way. Let’s get ready to do some colorwork together!

Join the Knitting Colorwork LAL! 




Crochet Cables
Cables aren’t just for knits! If you’ve been crocheting but were unsure about trying a pattern with cables, then this is the place for you. We’re here to help you take a leap and try your hand at your first crochet cable project. Hats, scarves, and more! Our moderators will be lending a hand to help you along and will post links to videos with tips to get you started and encourage you along the way. Get your hooks ready to start those cables!

Join the Crochet Cables LAL! 



These learn-a-longs run from February 8 - May 1, 2016. This is a casual LAL so jump in and join any time!  You can use any yarn you’d like. This is a community-building KAL/CAL, not about prizes or competition. Use something from stash, buy something new, or use Yarnbox yarns if you have them!

Share your LAL projects with us on Ravelry, Facebook, Twitter (@MyYarnbox) and Instagram (@yarnbox) and tag your projects with #yblearnalong so we can see your posts!



Friday, February 12, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Weekend Warmers

Another week...another Free Pattern Friday!  It looks like it's going to be a cold weekend here in Chicago so we're getting our weekend projects ready to work on where it's warm and toasty.  Here are a couple great ideas we stumbled upon that fit the bill.



Look at those cables.  I mean...look at them!!  The Wildwood Cowl from Overcast Knits is a great project for those looking to practice their knit cable skills.  Grab your 10.0 mm needles and bulky yarn and get stitching!

Yarn Suggestions: Andy's Merino II




Fingering weight yarn plus crocheted waves or zigzags give you this fun Golden Gate Waves Cowl designed by Aline Koch.  This is a great pattern for self-striping, tonal and solid yarns or, as shown in the picture, yarns with a little sparkle.  Great for yarn weights of fingering up to worsted!

Yarn Suggestions: Louet Gems Fingering, Seven Sisters Arts Meridian, The Verdant Gryphon Bugga


Cast on and start chaining these projects this weekend with any of your Yarnbox yarns mentioned above or hit up our Overstock Shop and begin dreaming about your next WIP!






Thursday, February 11, 2016

Needles & Hooks: Kismet Fiber Works Sleek DK

I just finished two great projects with the Kismet Fiber Works Sleek DK that was sent out in our December 2015 Yarnbox Luxe.  From first touch, I knew the yarn was going to be AMAZING to work with and I wasn't the least bit disappointed.  In fact, I kind of want to add more to my collection!

Kismet Fiber Works is the beautiful work of Angie LeNoir and Stephanie Stotts from Botetourt County, Virginia where they hand dye their amazing fiber.  Sleek DK is a 50/50 blend of silk and merino wool that is soft and has a wonderful sheen.  In December, we sent out 6 great colors to members who received 3 skeins and I received So Fresh (third from the left).





So what was I to do with my 690 yards of loveliness?  I was first pulled to the Goldberry shawl by Michele DuNaier.  The smaller size says it takes 650 yds so that wouldn't leave me with too much left over.  I grabbed my fancy H hook and set out on the Goldberry adventure!



(One of my favorite crochet hooks from one of my favorite Etsy shops when they were still making hooks.  These are, sadly, no longer available.)


The Sleek DK was incredible to work with!  It has a lovely hand and has great stitch definition.  The dye on this yarn does an interesting thing.  You'll notice that the yarn has little "holidays" as I call them (a term I learned from Beth Casey when my crochet chapter toured Lorna's Laces).  They pop up here and there throughout the yarn giving an interesting tonal look to the yarn.  At the same time, the yarn has darker points that almost look like shadows.  These two factors make for an incredibly interesting finished piece.







After I finished the shawl, I had to decide how I was going to block it.  Normally, if a yarn has silk in it, I like to spray block it.  I'll pin it out first then pin it instead of soaking then pinning.  But this was an evenly split blend so maybe it would hold up better with soaking?  A friend of mine had also just finished her Kismet project and said hers did very well with a soak.  So...into the tub mine went and it came out with glorious results!








I was surprised to have more than 40 yards left over from this project.  In fact, I had almost an entire skein!  This gave me the great opportunity to also do a knit project (yes...I did a little dance at this point because YAY!!! I got to work with more Kismet!).

I needed to find a small project that would work for less than 230 yards of yarn (I figured I probably had around 200 yards).  I decided on the Gemstone Cowl by Sarah Ronchetti because it was one where I could go until I was almost out of yarn.







I've been working to increase my knitting skills and this was the perfect project for that.  It's a pretty basic stockinette pattern with garter stitches on the sides and a fun eyelet pattern in the center.  I did a provisional cast on for the first time as well as the Kitchener stitch.  My finished cowl ended up being shorter but it's still perfect to wear.  Like the shawl, the cowl blocked very nicely as well.






Yarnbox Luxe December 2015 kits are still available in our Overstock Shop in the So Fresh colorway.  Get yours today and share your projects with us on Ravelry, Instagram (@yarnbox), Facebook and Twitter!



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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Andy's Merino II, Manos del Uruguay, Louet

We love seeing projects come together from our talented members!  And each week, we celebrate these works in process, sharing a few that truly caught our attention.  Here's what some of our members have on their needles and hooks this week.


Sometimes, project inspiration hits you right away. Sometimes, you need to hold onto the yarn and find the perfect pairing for it. That's what Brianna did her with her Slytherin Pride scarf using her Manos del Uruguay Wool Classica and Farmhouse Yarns Andy's Merino II from our from our April and October 2015 Classic boxes. And this is crochet! It's the Tunisian Fair Isle Cowl from Yarnspirations. Fabulous idea to combine these two yarns!


Yarnbox member Whitney is putting a clever twist on the Tilson sock pattern by Jessica K. Larson using her Louet Gems Fingering from our December 2015 Socks Box to craft these fun fingerless mitts. Very cool! 


Sweater weather is still upon us! Yarnbox member Cindy is working up her Polished sweater by Alicia Plummer in the Farmhouse Yarns Andy's Merino II she received in her October 2015 Yarnbox Classic. The stripes are my favorite part of her piece!


What are you WIPping up on your hooks and needles this week?  Share your projects with us in our Ravelry group, on Instagram @yarnbox, Facebook and Twitter!  You never know...yours may be the next project we share!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes

When I was younger, my mom taught preschool and often, the kids would sing the song "head, shoulders, knees and toes."  The song still pops into my head from time to time as it did today while looking for great Free Pattern Friday ideas.  Who knew such a fun, childhood memory would make it into my knitting day!

For the head...

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/backtrack-cap

I love a quick-to-stitch project, especially if I've just finished what seems like a marathon project.  This fits the bill!  The Backtrack Cap by YaYa Lovestoknit is a textured hat made with aran weight yarn with sizes from child to adult.

Yarn Suggestion: Rocking the Wool Bulky or Farmhouse Yarn Andy's Merino II



For the shoulders...

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elysis


Check out the Elysis cowl pattern by Rachel Henri, a fun crochet pattern using fingering yarn.  It's a fantastic pattern for using variegated yarn.




For the knees...

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lake-town-socks


Part socks, part leg warmers when worn over tights or leggings, Julie Aakjaer's Lake Town Socks have been in my queue for ages waiting for just the right yarn to crochet them.

Yarn Suggestions:  Ewetopia Lima or Mrs. Crosby Carpet Bag



For the toes...

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/scatterby-socks


Your feet will be feeling sweet with this textured Scatterby Socks pattern from Amy Stringer.  Great for variegated and solid yarns alike! 

Yarn Suggestions:  Ancient Arts 3 Ply Fingering/Sock or Seven Sisters Arts Meridian


Cast on and start chaining these projects this weekend with any of your Yarnbox yarns mentioned above or hit up our Overstock Shop and begin dreaming about your next WIP!


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Whispers of Winter in January's Yarnbox Plus+ Artyarns

A winter chill in the air usually has us rushing for our wool knit and crocheted pieces to keep us warm from the elements.  But there's something about that gentle blast of cold when you first step outside.  It's like nature is coming to embrace you the minute you walk outside.  Not every winter day greets you so nicely but it's these little pieces of winter that make the season enjoyable for many.  And the talented Iris Schreier managed to capture the essence of this in yarn and with an amazing pattern.

Last month, we sent our our third installment of Yarnbox Plus+ Artyarns featuring three decadent yarns from Artyarns.  This exclusive designer box is like no other featuring specially selected fiber and colors for a special design just for our members.  Each kit included…

1 - 200 yards mini skein of Rhapsody Glitter Light (DK, 85% Silk, 15% Kid Mohair, with Lurex)
2 - 120 yards mini skein of Rhapsody Light in 2 shades (DK, 85% Silk, 15% Kid Mohair)
1 - 10 yards mini skein of Beaded Mohair & Sequins (DK, 60% kid mohair, 40% silk, with glass beads and sequins)




Each of these color collections remind us of mystical winter fairies, with a glowing halo as if they’ve been sprinkled with fairy dust. These exclusive colors will only enhance the magic you’ll feel while the light, wispiness of these graceful yarns as they dance across your needles.

 Cameo



Oliana



Lunette



Exclusively for your Yarnbox Plus+ Artyarns kit is the Winter’s Breath Wrap. Light and airy, this piece is suitable for wearing as either a wrap or a scarf. The delicate touch of mohair and silk will truly feel like the winter’s breath is upon your skin. And the small touch of Beaded Mohair & Sequins gives this project just a little classy sparkle. Here it is pictured in each of the color collections. A big thank you to our very own KanKnitKing for pattern testing this beautiful design!












There's s till a chance to purchase a Yarnbox Plus+ Artyarns box of your own in any of these three blissful color sets.  We're taking pre-orders now through our Overstock Shop with kits shipping out mid-March.  Choose a kit in your favorite color or purchase additional sets and collect them all!




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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January Socks Review: Mosaic Moon

New Year...New Yarn!  January was a big month for Yarnbox Socks.  Not only was it the first Yarnbox of the New Year but it also rounded out a full 12 months of our Socks box!  That means that many of our sock knitting members created 12 new pairs of socks from the yarns we hand picked for this special subscription.

We couldn't think of a better way to launch 2016 than with a yarn we were over the moon about: Birch Medium Twist Fingering from Mosaic Moon!  Each 3.5 oz. skein is 434 yards of 80% Merino Wool, 10% Nylon and 10% Cashmere (squeee!!!). 




Mosaic Moon’s Morwenna Palmehn has been creating artisan hand-dyed yarn and fibers since 2003.  Her family owned business takes great pride in creating hand dyeing each skein in beautiful variegated shades.  Skeins are dyed in small, individual batches which makes each skein a little unique from the next even in the same colorway.




Choosing which colors to send our members was not an easy one.  Mosaic’s colorways are so great that we found ourselves having trouble narrowing down to our favorites. So we had a little help! We called out to our fabulous Ravelry Mod Squad and had them choose their favorites to send out to all of you. And they did a marvelous job!

Bright: Zinnia, Vivid, Gridlock, Malachite
Muted: Bittersweet, Exhale, Lycanthropy, Cat’s Eye



An exquisite sock yarn like this needs an equally exquisite pattern!  Knit designer extraordinaire, Miriam L. Felton, created the Korda Socks pattern detailed with chevrons and a lacey foot.  This is a cuff-down pattern that is stylish and unique.




Talk about starting the year on the right foot!  If your 2016 goal is to knit a new pair of socks every month, then Yarnbox Socks is the right subscription for you.  Join us in all the fun and don't forget to check out our Ravelry group where yarn love surrounds us!




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