Thursday, June 30, 2016

June Luxe Review: Lorna's Laces Pearl


This month's Luxe box is like a walk in the garden, full of color and surprises! 


For June we choose Lorna's Laces Pearl, which is a great summer yarn consisting of 51% silk and 49% bamboo. You will be receiving 2 skeins of this ultra soft yarn each containing 220 yarns so you get a total of 440 yards of deliciousness to play with. The sheen of the fibers give the color an almost iridescent quality that is highlighted by the amazing patterns of Denise Lavoie and Nazanin Fard.


We have 4 colors for you in this box all are inspired by flowers and foliage of an english garden. From left to right we have
Sterling Petals, Itty Bitty Blossoms, Spring Awakens, and Blue Tulle.


Also included in this box we have a project bag from Della Q. This box to me is reminiscent of a packed lunch for a picnic with all the goodies inside. The bag is a good size and can hold a medium sized project including stitch markers from Bling Your String. Below you can see the beads they used which reminded me of bubbles and match so well to the yarn with their butterfly like shimmer and iridescence. 


The patterns we are featuring are a great use for this yarn. The airy quality of the crocheted stitches of Denise Lavoie in her Wyvern Warmer shawl is perfect to cut the chill of a summers evening in the park or at the beach. With delicate edging like the buddings of early flowers in spring, this shawl is sure to delight! 



Here we present another great summer piece, the Roxanne Shawlette, designed by Nazanin Fard. This shawl really shows off the variegated color and gives the wearer great coverage from the sun without being too warm.



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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June Sock Review: MJ Yarns Sophistasock

I am so excited to share with you this month's sock yarn. As soon as I got the samples in the mail from our friend Jonathan at MJ Yarns, I knew that this new yarn he is debuting with is will be a HUGE hit. This is not the first time we have shared this Colorado based company with you but it is the first time to share his new magical sock yarn, Sophistasock!

Sophistasock is not just a new yarn base for MJ but also a new dying technique that is sure to be a new favorite for a lot of you. Jonathan had to pull out some clever math skills to create this, not just self striping but spiraling stripe that travels unbroken from toe to cuff. Inspired by Shakespeare's witches from Macbeth and the magical brews they concoct, this yarn is unlike anything you've experienced. Their unique dye process can be manipulated in any number of ways to create fun spirals on socks or fantastic effects on almost any project you can imagine.


And the colors, OH the colors! All of them are so fantastic! Johnathan's eye for color is terrific! All 390 yards of this labor intensive yarn is made with 75% SW merino, 15% nylon, 10% tencel equaling 100% LOVE!!!

Brights: Eye of Frog, Flame, Scale of Dragon,Wing of Pixie
Muted: Bezoar, Cauldron, Toe of Newt, Tongue of Bat, Wolfsbane


MJ Yarn's own Jonathan Berner has written a pattern especially for this yarn. He talks about how the yarn stripes at different gauges and different cast-on numbers giving you different options of stripe width and color pooling with different ways to manipulate the spiral to help you get started but don't be afraid to experiment!


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Friday, June 24, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Braided Beauties!

Happy free pattern Friday! Now that summer is in full swing and all I want to do is eat ice cream and sit under an umbrella on the beach. Alas I am now thinking forward to fall, which is my favorite season. Why, you ask? Because of the knit wear. I love wearing knits as jewelry accessories and these two braided beauties would make my fall look complete!

The crochet pattern is the Double Layered Braieded Cowl by CrochetDreamz on Ravelry.
Image by Tifrbug on Ravelry


The knitting pattern is the Braided Cowl by Louise Fitzpatrick



We recommend using Manos Del Uruguay Classica, Baa Ram Ewe Dove Stone, Kollage Happiness, Lorna's Laces Pearl, or Myak Yak. You can find these yarns in our overstock store when you log into your account on our website.

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Free Pattern Friday: Braided Beauties!

Happy free pattern Friday! Now that summer is in full swing and all I want to do is eat ice cream and sit under an umbrella on the beach. Alas I am now thinking forward to fall, which is my favorite season. Why, you ask? Because of the knit wear. I love wearing knits as jewelry accessories and these two braided beauties would make my fall look complete!

The crochet pattern is the Double Layered Braieded Cowl by CrochetDreamz on Ravelry.
Image by Tifrbug on Ravelry


The knitting pattern is the Braided Cowl by Louise Fitzpatrick



We recommend using Manos Del Uruguay Classica, Baa Ram Ewe Dove Stone, Kollage Happiness, Lorna's Laces Pearl, or Myak Yak. You can find these yarns in our overstock store when you log into your account on our website.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Gradient is all the rage!

Spoiler time is over for our classic box featuring Yoth's Gradient kit of Big Sister yarn! So we are now sharing the love of this massively successful box!  Here are some gradient  or color blocking ideas you can use with your yoth yarns.

Knitting Ideas


Crochet Ideas

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

May Classic Review: Yoth Big Sister

Just like a good big sister, Yarnbox is here to support you and give you great fashion advice. Well this May's classic box features Yoth Yarn in gradients of their "Big Sister" base with a lovely closure button from JŪL! This gradient box was a huge success and it was very popular across the board. The yarn is super soft and easy to work with.


Veronika, Yoth's big sister, and Danny the little brother have brought us an amazing gradient kit in 4 different color shades. The Big Sister yarn is a scrumptious blend 80% Merino, 10% Nylon (Polyamide), and 10% Cashmere. With 4 half skeins of this luscious yarn, you’ll get the equivalent of 2 full skeins equaling 462 yards.

The colors are:
Concord Grape, Blueberry, Blue Raspberry, Spring Water - Blues
Cider, Raw Honey, Mango, Banana - Yellow Browns
Ginger Root, Golden Kiwi, Star Fruit, Celery - Greens
Cracked Pepper, Wild Rice, Poppy Seed, Sea Salt - Greys






Having crocheted the swatch, I can say this was a treat to work with! I loved the spring it gives to the finished fabric. The cashmere in it give it an amazing softness that I absolutely adore!




With this box, we featured two exciting patterns from Yoth’s very own Veronika Jobe. The knit pattern is Tree's Bandana and the crochet is Wave's Bandana. The hip chevron in the knit pattern is a classic design that is a great way to show off the gradients and makes the colors pop. The fun wave in the crochet version is so cute I will probably wave it goodbye when my sister steals it from my closet.



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Friday, June 10, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Lovely Lace!

Open lace work is my favorite thing to wear in the summer and these two shawls are a great way to accessorize in the summer heat.

Crochet pattern is the Emerald Lace Fling by Kim Guzman 


We suggest using Myak Yak, Kollage Happiness, Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone, Mrs Crosby Carpet Bag, MJ yarns Peruvian Worsted, or Malabrigo Rios. All available in our overstock store now!

For our knit pattern we have a lovely lace scarf, Leaf Lace Scarf  by Cayli Malone


For this piece we suggest using Ancient Arts, Holiday Yards, Mode Knit, Forbidden Woolery, Buffalo Wool also available on our overstock store

Friday, June 3, 2016

Free Pattern Friday: Don't throw shade, provide it.

Free Pattern Friday: HATS HATS HATS!

This week with all the sun we are finally getting here in Chicago I have been wishing I'd have knit a sun hat so I don't burn to a crisp. These are my favorites of the free patterns I've found.

This knit brimmed sun bonnet is so cute with it's vintage look! 
Sun Visor Cap by Chris de Longpré on Ravelry



We recommend using Kollage Happiness, Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK, Ancient Arts Fibers DK, Mrs Crosby Carpet Bag, or Ewetopia Lima. All of these are available in our overstock store now. 

For our free crochet pattern, we have this super adorable fedora! 
Novi Hat by Lthingies on Ravelry

We recommend using MJ Yarns Peruvian Dream, MYak Baby Yak, or Monos Del Uruguay Classica.

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