Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Sock Review: Yarn Fairy and the Pixies

A Fairy Dusted Fantasy!



We got up to some mischief this month with Yarn Fairy and the Pixies. Dyer Wendy McDonnell creates a beautiful range of super saturated hand-painted skeins we're featuring on Imp Sock, an 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon blend. These colorful concoctions have oversized 113 gram skeins with 433 yards of yarn to whip up a magical creation.

We featured a selection of 10 fun variegated colors ranging from the super colorful to rich and moody


Top: (Brights) Pheonix, Julia, Final Frontier, Rainwilds. (Either) Plum Varieties
Bottom: (Muted) Victorian Valentine, Seabreeze, Dark Ops, Viking, Paris

Wendy McDonnell also designs patterns and runs mystery knit-alongs through her blog. She created the Beady Sock to show off her hand painted yarn. This textured design looks great with or without beads!

 

Total Value $27
Imp Sock $22
Pattern $5

Friday, January 27, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: It's the Year of the Rooster!

Tomorrow is the Chinese New Year so we're celebrating the year of the rooster with some fun designs!

The Chinese Lantern Cowl by Nina Leon is a fun textured bulky project.



Celebrate the holiday with a little Chinese New Year Doll by Stephanie Lau.



The Fortune Cookie by Kristen McDonnell is a clever way to include a little message for good luck in the coming year.


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

December Classic Review: Feederbrook Farms

The Land of Milk and Honey



We're always on the lookout for something a little bit different.Crafting is always that little bit more fun when you've discovered a new fiber or texture. When Yarnbox favorite Feederbrook Farms introduced their new yarn Entropy DK Milk and Honey, it was a must feature!




This yarn is a delicious DK-weight blend of 68% merino, 16% alpaca and 16% milk fiber. Milk fiber is manufactured from milk casein protein and creates a fiber that is environmentally friendly, formaldehyde-free, and antimicrobial. With a similar strength and texture as wool, the casein adds additional luster and drape.


Dyed in the colorful two-ply transitional Entropy colorways which mimic handspun, you'll have two skeins with 260 yards each to swoon over.
Top: Cadmium, Bismuth, Strontium  (Brights), Radium, Xenon (Either)
Bottom (Muted): Manganese, Antimony, Argon, Selenium, Silicon

Our knit and crochet designers focused on texture to show off these gorgeous colors. Kaiyo by knit designer Noriko Ho is a loose poncho featuring alternating sections of seed stitch and lace.




The Slice of Fall Wrap by crochet designer Jessie Rayot is an asymmetrical wedge shawl in moss stitch.



Amanda Pratt created another great loom pattern this month, Autumn Rainbows Shawl. See her blog post here for more!



Total Value of this Box: $63
2 skeins Feederbrook Farms Entropy DK Milk and Honey $28 each
Knit Pattern: $5
Crochet Pattern: $2

Friday, January 13, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: Knit Those Scraps

We all have partial balls of yarn collecting in our stash. Here are a few suggestions to knit up all those scraps and create something new.

Stripes are the perfect way to use small amounts of yarn. The Helix Hat by Jessica Rose uses worsted weight for a quick knit.



Sock knitters have plenty of fingering weight yarn partial skeins. A mitred square blanket like the Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang uses up those scraps and makes a great memory blanket of all your work too.





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Friday, January 6, 2017

Free Pattern Friday: Cuddle Up

This time of year, I'm always under a blanket or two. Whether you're looking for a quick baby blanket or a bedspread sized throw, these free blanket patterns are sure to inspire. Grab your hooks and needles and start crafting up something to cuddle up in!


 Vlad's Owlets by Siobhain Rivera uses a simple texture with a cable border that is easy to make as small or as large as you'd like.


The Ten Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown is a popular choice for using up lots of yarn leftovers.


Wow! Blair Road by Magdalene Lee is a beautiful colorwork pattern inspired by tile paths.


Blackberry Salad Striped Baby Blanket by Tamara Kelly would be a great way to add a splash of color in any room.


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

December Sock Review: Vocabulary Yarn

We plucked this string just for you!




For this month's rendition of Yarnbox Socks, we are featuring Vocabulary Yarn, a small-batch dyeing duo we loved at Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool. Their range of color variegated yarns immediately caught our eye. Pizzicato sock yarn is a blend of 80% super wash Bluefaced Leicester and 20% nylon. This snappy little diddy is 100 grams with 400 yards of high-twist yarn with great stitch definition. With color so full of pop and pizzazz it'll strum it's way into your heart!



Top (Bright): Grok, Zemi, Hydrangea
Bottom (Muted): Pixi, Crab Island, Portmanteau

It'll be music to your ears and your toes to hear our designer, Karen Marlatt, has produced a gorgeous pattern, Grok the Sock. This toe-up design features a cabled and textured pattern that won't overwhelm your colorful skein. Bravo maestro!




Total Value For This Box: $29.80
Vocabulary Yarn Pizzicato Sock $26
Grok the Sock Pattern $3.80