PODCAST : Episode 4

In this episode I talk about my sock knits (finished and in progress), some sewing (more sachets, a new dress and skirt), some new yarn purchases but most excitedly SPINNING!

Wise Hilda Basic Ribbed Socks

Warm and Cozy Socks in Encore Plymouth Worsted Colorspun (bought at The Knitter's Edge in Bethlehem, PA)

Basic socks in Sheepyshire Staple Sock yarn

Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock yarn (bought at Gosh Yarn It in Kingston, PA)

Alpaca yarn from Strawberry Hill Alpaca Farm (bought at Conversational Threads in Emmaus, PA)

Buckaloo Sunrise Shawl pattern from Webster Street Knittery coming soon. (Follow Jen here.)

KNIT : Atkins

Introducing the Atkins! 

The Atkins is a simple textured cowl featuring a series of slipped stitches that create a lovely zig-zag texture. It’s worked flat with super bulky yarn so it knits up quickly and is sure to keep the wearer warm. Two buttons allow for a lot of customization with styling. (Pattern also includes directions for a five button option, making the cowl fully closable.) 
The yarn I used was hand dyed and purchased locally from a woman named Hope. The midnight blues and purples reminded me of the album covers of one of my favorite artists, Nicole Atkins.

Download here and cast on!

KNIT : Merrow Set

Introducing the Merrow Set. I was asked to design a pattern for the September Yarn Crush box. The Stitch Please yarn reminded me of mermaids and the ocean. Both the fingerless mitts and hat feature an allover scale-inspired texture and the rolled hems mimic waves. Both can also be made with just one skein of fingering weight yarn.

Yarn Crush Review

I was very honored to be asked to design a pattern for a Yarn Crush box earlier in the year. (More about that soon!) Yarn Crush is a monthly yarn subscription. I had never heard of it at that point and was pretty impressed when I looked into it. I love that you can customize your subscription. Obviously, like most any subscription services, you can opt for month-to-month, or sign up for 3, 6, or 12 months (and save!) There is even a bi-monthly option if you're a little more strict with your stash. I didn't think I'd like the idea of a monthly subscription (to anything!) since I'm very specific in my tastes and have very little leeway in my budget. I can't afford to get random items that I might not like or want. But then I learned you can select your preference for a warm, cool, neutral or "Surprise Me" colorway plan! That way you'll get exactly what you like!

I jumped at the chance to review on of their previous boxes here on my blog. My fist impression when receiving my box was that it was definitely like opening a present! It was thoughtfully packaged, colorful and cheerful and, honestly, I was surprised how much they fit in the little box! The box includes a skein of yarn, both a crochet and a knitting pattern, any notions required to complete your project, and extra goodies. The retail value of all the contents is given so you can see how much you're saving. There is also coupon codes to save on other patterns from the designers.

In my specific box, I got a skein of Alpaca Pima by Americo Original, patterns for a knit and a crochet market bag, drawstring cords and a button to finish them, as well as a little notebook and witty knitting themed pins. I personally love the bag pattern so I'll be casting that on ASAP.


Yarn Crush also just started a Sock Crush subscription. I've seen many knitters doing monthly sock challenges to fill up their sock drawers. Last year, I even did one myself--or tried to! It lost steam a little over halfway through. A monthly subscription like this would definitely help keep that from happening, taking a lot of planning and prepping off of your shoulders so you can jump right into the knitting. I'm thinking I might need to sign up for that!

If you're anything like me and get a little giddy getting packages in the mail, love the idea of trying new yarns and patterns, sign yourself up for Yarn Crush! You can also order previous boxes and featured yarns on their website.