Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May Sock Box Review: Forbidden Woolery

This month, we’re giving into our deepest desires! Yarn this sinfully gorgeous could only come from Forbidden Woolery!
Leann Ross dyes yarns inspired by the seven deadly sins and is introducing her newest yarn, Gluttony Sock. An 80% Superwash Merino and 20% Nylon blend, Gluttony has a delicious 435 yards in the 115 gram skeins.
We’ve chosen a yummy palette of colors that show off the rich tonal variations Leann creates.
Bright (Left to Right): Red Riding Hood, Sweet Pea (classed as either), Springtime in Paris , Alchemy
Muted (Left to Right): Earl Grey, London Fog, Horcrux, Full Moon
We’ve paired this yarn with a gorgeous cabled design from K.M. BediganVyner is available in your Yarnbox library now!
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Free Pattern Friday- These socks are toe-up from the flo up!

Are you #TeamToeUp or #TeamCuffDown? I am #TeamToeUp2atAtimeOnOneCircular! Whoa that was a mouthful. Now it is time to get out your circs for these amazing toe up sock patterns for

These Pole Dancer socks by Gabriela Langer are grooving so hard they "Toe up" the dance floor.
This Pole Dance is a sock with an unusual construction, originally designed by Krysten, Hypercycloid. This pattern is merely an adaptation of the original design from cuff-down to toe-up. Toe-up version developed by Alpine Adventures.

Please be aware that this pattern needs the original pattern, too.The instructions for the heel are given in the original pattern (Pole Dance), which can be downloaded for free. You might want to visit Krysten’s storeHypercycloid Designs to have a look at her other patterns!

So there are not a lot of crochet socks out there HOWEVER these "Outdoor Crochet Boots" by Ann Mancini-Williams caught my eye! It is not often you find such prettiness for combat boots! You can use any variegated or striping yarns to create these. Love!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Hats off to you!

Free Pattern Friday: Hats off to you. I love both of these patterns for a spring! The open work on them make sure you don't get overheated in the lovely spring weather. I love wearing hats all year long! I think it makes me look cute! And these hats are CUTE!

Crochet pattern: Urban Slouchy Beanie by Tanya Eberhardt

Knitting pattern: Yarnster by Shannon Cook

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

April Classic Box Review

April's Classic box delivery of Kolláge Yarns bringing you even more happiness than normal. 

Your joyful skeins of Happiness DK are spun and hand dyed here in the USofA. Susan Moraca of Kolláge Yarns hand dyes each in beautiful tonal shades giving depth to each stitch. Happiness DK is a plied, 100% Merino Wool yarn and, at 300 yards per skein, you’ll have 600 yards to play with. Let me tell you…the squish…ohhhhh the squish…you’re going to love it!!
Left to Right: Aspen, Denim, Baked Apple, Emerald, Lapis
We partnered with two amazing designers whose names you may recognize! Our very own subscriberGabrielle Vézina created the Inglenook Shawl. It’s a fun, textured shawl that picks up the subtle tonal changes within the yarn.
On the crochet side, we worked with one of my favorite designers :) Julie-Sarah Desjardins (aka ACCROchet) designed the Orchard Shawl, a Tunisian crochet design with an open lace border. You’ll love the stitch definition the Happiness DK gives this pattern. Both will be ready for you to download later today!
Which color is your favorite? I love them all!! Time to stalk your mailman!
Total value on this box: $60.89
Kolláge Yarns Happiness DK: $24.95 USD/skein x 2 = $49.90 yarn value
Inglenook Shawl Knit Pattern: about $4.99 USD
Orchard Shawl Tunisian Crochet Pattern: about $6.00 USD
Edited to add pattern links.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Reversible Round up!

It's free pattern Friday! There are two sides to every story. Well there is also two sides to these stitched up beauties. Check out these reversible cowls in both knit and crochet.

Bee Keeper's Cowl by Grace Akhrem: This knit cowl is a great spring or fall piece to keep the cool breeze off your neck. Knit in chunky weight wool. you can change the gauge of yarn and add more stitches easily. It is a repeat of 4sts. Super fun and easy if you are not afraid of K4tog.

© Grace Akhrem 2012

Snow Drops Reversable Cowl by Tamara Kelly aka Moogly: This crochet designer is one of my favorites and today I am happy to share with you the next project that is in my que! I love this piece! I want to do this in

© Tamara Kelly

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Elephant in the room

Throw back Thursday: It may not be an elephant in the room, but it is in this sock! Look at this beautiful sock using Rain City Knits yarn from our September 2015 Sock box. Main Color Steel Grey. (blue is not ours) Pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/water-for-the-elephants

Thank you @Whitedahlias for the use of your photo!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Yarnbox SWEATER!

You’ve asked and we’ve answered! One of the most common suggestions we get at Yarnbox is a box just for sweaters and this month we’re bringing you the very first Yarnbox Sweater!
This special edition box begins with Malabrigo Rios. Rios is a 4-ply, machine washable, hand dyed merino wool. It is resistant to pilling, has great stitch definition and a soft hand- making it great for garments.
Malabrigo is a small family owned yarn company from Uruguay. They work hand in hand with a cooperative of women producing a range of exquisitely soft, hand dyed yarns that are a joy to work with. We’ve selected eight rich semi-solid colors for every taste.
From Left to Right: Sand Bank, Polar Morn, Periwinkle, Water Green
From Left to Right: Teal Feather, Fuscia, Matisse Blue, Ravelry Red
To complement this great yarn, we’ve teamed up with designer Ela Torrente, who designed the Semilla Sweater. Named after ‘seed’ in Spanish, Semilla features a timeless V-neck raglan shape with a broken seed stitch pattern and stockinette sleeves. This v-neck pullover is flattering, stylish and a great edition to your wardrobe. The pattern is great for a first-time sweater knitter or a seasoned veteran.
Designer Katy Petersen is also offering a special deal with the box for 60% off her Burnside Cardigan design that can also be created with this box’s yarn. This cardigan is worked top down and can be finished with either buttons or a zipper.
Burnside Cardigan Women pattern by Katy Petersen
Ready to take the plunge? Yarnbox Sweater is available starting at $69.95. You can order your Yarnbox Sweater here then join in for the KAL!

Monday, May 9, 2016

April Sock Box Review

I hope you’re all in knitting mode! HAHA! April Fool’s! We’re ALWAYS in knitting mode! And that’s what makes this month’s socks perfect with ModeKnit!
Annie Modesitt is a knitter, dyer, blogger, writer, teacher, designer, et cetera…et cetera…and the creative power behind ModeKnit. We had the pleasure of meeting Annie at STITCHES Midwest last year and knew that we just had to introduce her to all of you.
This month, we’re featuring ModeKnit’s ModeSock, a blend of 60% Merino, 30% Bamboo and 10% Nylon giving you 382 yards of soft yarn with an amazing shine.
Bright: Michonne, Chabazite, Gorse
Muted: Lyanna Blue (muted or bright), Tanzanite, Edinburgh
Paired with this month’s yarn is Wake sock pattern from Lori Law. This is a fun pattern where the socks are fraternal and mirror images of each other with its fun rippled cables that look great in this yarn.
This pattern is ready for download! Time to start planning our projects!
Total Value: $30.00
ModeSock: 1 skein @ $24.00 each = $24.00
Wake sock pattern = $6.00 (estimate; price may change upon listing)
Updated: Blue colorway considered bright or muted and link to the pattern.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Leaf it to me!

With the weather warming up in dribs and drabs, the budded leaves are finally showing! So in honor of the greenery we are doing leafy patterns for today's Free Pattern Friday feature.

New for this season, knitty has a great leafy short row collar, Pincha by Pinpilan Wangsai that I would love see knit up in last month's Sock Box; Mode Knit'sModeSock 60% Superwash Merino/30% Bamboo/10% Nylon. I would do this in the Edinburgh colorway which is a muted Green/Gray.

For the Crocheters out there I love this "Little Leaves Stitch and Scarf" by Marta Chrzanowska 
It would work up great in Baa Ram Ewe, Dovestone DK- 100% British Wool from our February Classic Box.  Sticking with the green theme the Bramley Baths. 

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

The sparkle of Dew Drops: Yarnbox- Art Yarns+ Review

I don't know about you, but I am so excited about spring! The flowers are blooming! My Lilac bush is budded and so fragrant! In grade school I devoured the book "Secret Garden" and since then I have always wanted an English-style garden. Last month the talented Iris Schreier managed to capture the essence of this in yarn and with an amazing pattern.

This exclusive designer box is like no other featuring specially selected fiber and colors for a special design just for our members. Iris Schreier of Artyarns has taken this gardenscape inspiration and put it into her gorgeous fibers for this fourth edition of Yarnbox Plus+ Artyarns. She has created for us the Gilded Age Shawl kit featuring the beautiful Merino Cloud yarn and a bit of sparkle with Beaded Silk & Sequins. Pattern Link here.

Each kit contains a 3 mini-skein gradient of Merino Cloud (170 yards each; 510 yards total) made of 80% Merino Wool and 20% Cashmere along with a mini skein of Beaded Silk & Sequins (55 yards) in one of three color sets:




With her Gilded Age Shawl design, Iris takes us back to the Victorian era where tea garden parties were first held in the lovely gardens of Britain. Worked with rows of lace, garter and stockinette, this is a fun and pleasurable project you’ll enjoy knitting.

The pattern is ready for download!

A huge thank you to our very own KanKnitKing for pattern testing this for everyone in the Coralbells pictured above!

There's still a chance to purchase a Yarnbox Plus+ Artyarns box of your own in any of these three blissful color sets. They are currently available in our Overstock Shop. Choose a kit in your favorite color or purchase additional sets and collect them all!

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