GIVEAWAY! The All-New Sock Crush Box by Yarn Crush

Hey, all! It's been quite some time since my last update, and for that I apologize. Not that I think I'm on your minds 24/7, but I like to think I provide good content from time to time, and I know I also owe people reviews and project updates. I promise those are coming soon!

But in the meantime, I have some exciting news:

My regular readers will know that I have rather large obsession with Yarn Crush, one of the many subscription services out there catered to knitters and crocheters alike. You'll also know that it's by far my favorite.

As a result, I've developed a rapport with Yarn Crush's creator, Joanna, which only means good things for you. Why? Because she's allowing me to host a giveaway for one of her all-new subscription boxes: Sock Crush.

What It Is

Developed specifically for sock knitters, Sock Crush is a new yarntastic subscription box by Yarn Crush. The first box ships in early August, just in time to start knitting up socks to wear in the fall or give away as Christmas gifts.

Each box will include enough quality sock yarn to knit a pair of socks and a download code for a sock knitting pattern. As with all Yarn Crush's boxes, the retail value of what you get will always be higher than the subscription price. 

Featured patterns will be designed by some of the best sock designers out there, like Cookie A, Kate Atherley, Wei S. Leong, Anne Hanson, Sivia Harding, and more!

How to Win It

Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below for multiple entries to win your own Sock Crush box.

Sock knitting not your thing? Or just want to immediately get yummy yarn and patterns delivered right to your mailbox every month?

BTW: Current Yarn Crush subscribers get 15% off their Sock Crush pre-orders (remember: there are only 50 up for grabs!), and all pre-orders get FREE SHIPPING their first month, so make sure to check it out immediately :)

In Progress: Granny Classic Afghan

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A friend of mine owns a local marketing agency and recently bought a couch for his office. This, of course, led to a discussion of how it should be decorated - because that's the type of thing marketing people discuss.

I casually mentioned said couch was deserving of a granny afghan that coordinated with his office's color scheme. And thus, the Afghan of Doom was born.

I'm using the Granny Classic Afghan pattern from the Red Heart website and Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn" in a variety of high-contrast colors. I've now reached the end of the fourth row, which means there's only one row left before the arduous task that is weaving in ends. Really not looking forward to that.

But despite the fact I'll want to hang myself with the scraps, I love this blanket and may not want to part with it. Sadistically, I'm thinking about making another in a girlier palette, although I don't think that'll happen any time soon. While granny blankets are perfect potato chip knitting while binging on Hulu series, they're also a bit mind numbing and I'd like to move on to bigger and better things now. Wish me luck!

In the meantime, I'm:

Knitting: Crenate
Crocheting: Mermaid Tail Couch Blanket
Watching: 11.22.63

In Progress: Crenate Socks

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As mentioned in previous posts, the Stitched in Sweden podcast is one of my favorites and I tune in religiously. Maria's projects are always gorgeous, her yarn selections drool-worthy, and her advice well worth a listen.

Plus, she has great taste in knitting patterns. I've recently started referring to her as my "spirit enabler" because I favorite pretty much every project or pattern she mentions, one of which was her Crenate socks. In one of her latest episodes, she mentioned how she'd had so much fun knitting them that she'd started another pair, so I had to venture on over to Ravelry and check out the pattern for myself.

Designed by Rachel Coopey of Coop Knits, these leafy lace socks are perfect for solid or speckled yarns (my new obsession) that show off the simple-yet-exquisite stitch definition. The pattern, which is fully charted, is super easy to follow once you understand what's going on and would be a great introductory project for a new-to-charting knitter.

You can follow along with my Crenate progress by clicking here to view the project page on Ravelry.

In the meantime, I'm:

Crocheting: Granny Classic Afghan
Watching: Narcos
Listening: Gracie and Rachel - Tiptoe

5 Shawls, 5 Days Challenge: Day Five

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WE'VE MADE IT! Here we are at the final day of Frenchie's "5 Shawls, 5 Days" Challenge, which seems to have come and gone like a New York minute.

Today's mini project was the Square Shawl, a pattern that gave me more problems than I'd like to admit because I started on circulars. Circs are usually my best friend when it comes to knitting in the round, so I was surprised when that blew out the window (and I couldn't tell you why if I tried). I cast on again anyway and had better luck after Frenchie sent more in-depth instructions (and a correction!), so thankfully I was able to finish. I even joined tonight's Periscope session!

I know. Fridays never get less exciting when you're 32 and can't drink until Monday thanks to the 21DSD program you're on. Whatever, people; I'm happy.

PS: As I'm listening to tonight's Periscope, Frenchie just mentioned this is a good shape to start a top-down hat, so that'll be happening in some future designs. Maybe. Sorta. Well, I guess we'll see.

PPS: I switched over the service that delivers "You May Also Like" blog content today and it's taking forever to index my website, so the chances of you receiving static, unrelated articles at the bottom of this post are pretty good and I apologize. If it doesn't rectify itself soon, I'll be submitting a support ticket because I know it's super annoying.

About the Challenge

Hosted by Frenchie of Aroha Knits, the "5 Shawls, 5 Days" challenge takes participants through a handful of standard shawl techniques, teaching us the basic construction of five shapes that will help us on our own journeys into shawl design. Anyone participating in the official challenge will be entered to win her upcoming ebook, "Forming Shawls and Their Charts", which will be available soon!

Found out about the challenge too late? There's now a DIY version of the challenge available here. You won't be entered to win a copy of the book, but you can follow along with the tutorials and learn something new, which is always a win :)

You can keep track of all the shawl construction designs by visiting the project on my Ravelry page.

Have a Happy Easter Weekend!

I'll be visiting my family back "home" and will probably spend most of my Saturday rounding up a project or two to take with me since dying eggs doesn't seem to be in my cards for 2016. I just got some gorgeous Knit Picks yarn in the Graffiti Speckle Hawthorne colorway, so I'm hoping to start knitting a pair of Crenate socks after waking from my ham dinner coma. A girl can dream, anyway.

5 Shawls, 5 Days Challenge: Day Four

My Half-Pi shawl came out looking LITERALLY like a freaking piece of pie.

My Half-Pi shawl came out looking LITERALLY like a freaking piece of pie.

Day four of the "5 Shawls, 5 Days" Challenge brought us the Half-Pi shape, a construction that (according to Frenchie) favors lace knitting. Yikes!

Okay, so tackle this I did (or, well, tried to), and it seemed to go well until I realized it had developed into more of a wedge than a half-pi. In other words, it's supposed to look like half a circle.

Hmmm.

Turns out I should've used a lighter weight yarn, bigger needles, or heck - both. But that doesn't mean I didn't learn something new, and I understand the technique, so there are more wins than losses here. I just got kicked in the butt for trying to use cheaper yarn for my swatches, which I knew would come back to bite me at some point.

I can't believe there's only one more day left already. This week has blown by thanks to all the projects I've got going for myself, knitting and otherwise. Bring on Friday!

About the Challenge

Hosted by Frenchie of Aroha Knits, the "5 Shawls, 5 Days" challenge takes participants through a handful of standard shawl techniques, teaching us the basic construction of five shapes that will help us on our own journeys into shawl design. Anyone participating in the official challenge will be entered to win her upcoming ebook, "Forming Shawls and Their Charts", which will be available soon!

Found out about the challenge too late? There's now a DIY version of the challenge available here. You won't be entered to win a copy of the book, but you can follow along with the tutorials and learn something new, which is always a win :)

You can keep track of all the shawl construction designs by visiting the project on my Ravelry page.