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June 2017

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Yoth Trunk Show

June 29, 2017
Yoth Trunk Show

Hello all! I hope you’re having an easy week with lots of air conditioning! This week I got the pleasure to meet and play with some yarn that I was already planning to use in my upcoming summer knitting! If you remember, I was planning on doing the Del Sol Tunic in YOTH Yarns Best Friend. Thanks to this weekend trunk show at the Mckinney Knittery, I was able to play with the yarn up close and personal.

The Yarn

Yoth Trunk Show

YOTH stands for Yarn on the House, which is why I didn’t realize that this trunk show was coming to my area sooner. I didn’t put the two names together until last Wednesday. I’m smart. YOTH (which is pronounced like the Star Wars planet Hoth) is the brainchild of Veronika Jobe and her brother Danny. Searching for inspiration and purpose, Veronika quit an uninspiring job in 2013 and started working on YOTH yarns. They now sell six different types of yarn ranging from lace weight to worsted in the most beautiful colorways. Little Brother and Big Sister are both 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere goat. Mother and Father are 100% Rambouillet. Daughter is also Rambouillet, but has some Merino as well. Finally, Best Friend is a 75% Cotton, 25% Wool blend. 

The Colors

Yoth Trunk Show

Whenever I heard people talk about the upcoming YOTH trunk show them mentioned the colors. Veronika specializes in sophisticated solids. I would say that her color palette is on par with Brooklyn Tweed’s Arbor, though a little more muted. She breaks her colors into four different palettes: Raw (neutrals), Fresh (blues and greens), Juicy (yellows and oranges) and Roots (reds, pinks and purples). I’m telling you, her blues and grays are excellent! It would be difficult to find two colors in her yarns that don’t pair well. Because of that, it was really fun to see all the yarns together in one place.

Yoth Trunk Show

The Del Sol tunic that I’m planning to do uses Best Friend, which is their cotton blend. It’s a little more rustic looking than the Merino yarns, but that makes it a great yarn for a relaxed summer knit. I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to play with all the colors, because it definitely changed the color that I was going to pick. I was going to go with the Natural Vanilla colorway, but I couldn’t resist getting a colored yarn. They had such depth! It was funny to watch as The Hubs held up different yarn against my jeans, trying to decide which color I would wear more. We finally decided on oyster. 

YOTH Trunk Show

I was also super glad that there were samples to play with because I was able to check out a sample of the Del Sol tank. As I excitedly held it up to The Hubs, he said “Uh, babe…that’s really short!” so I’m probably making the tunic now… Apparently the pattern can even be knit in a dress version! I know I would never have the patience to do that, so tunic it is. I can’t wait to tell you how this yarn knits up! I’m estimating I’ll get to start on Del Sol in August, but I’ll be sure to give an update on how it performs then!

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DIY Crochet Yoga Strap

June 22, 2017
DIY Crochet Yoga Strap

Do you ever wake up with the attitude, “I’m going to be healthy today”? Like, you’re ready to work out and hydrate and eat healthy and use soap made out of goat’s milk and stuff. Last weekend we had one of those days. We woke up early-ish and proceeded to go to the McKinney Farmers Market in Chestnut Square. If you’re in the area and you’ve never been to the McKinney Farmers Market, you should go! It’s in a little old historical section of town among all these cute old buildings and a wedding chapel. It is also where The Hubs and I got engaged (Though not during the farmers market, that would have been way to much of an audience!).

DIY Crochet Yoga Strap 1

After a long morning at the Farmers Market, at which we bought some excellent okra, The Hubs and I went to check out the local Yoga Fest near our apartment. Admission was free if you registered in advance, so we figured that we would check it out. The registration specified, however, that you must bring your own yoga mat.

While The Hubs and I have our own yoga mats, they’ve never…umm…been to yoga. They sit in a basket looking healthy while we do yoga on the carpet. We’ve never taken a yoga class, thanks to youtube, so they never really seemed worth it. However, it seemed the we were going to have to take them for a spin at the Yoga Fest. That meant I had to think about how to carry them.

Enter the crochet yoga strap!

DIY Crochet Yoga Strap

There are several very helpful and quick patterns for crocheted yoga straps on Pinterest and Ravelry. I ended up using this one. I used a worsted weight yarn held double and each strap took me maybe 10 – 20 minutes total. I braided the ends of the yarn instead of weaving them in because I’m lazy and I hate finishing. I may add some more tassels and beads later on to spruce them up. Then I tried them on our mats and they worked beautifully!

I was afraid that the straps would slip off the yoga mats and be hard to use but they were great. I even got a few compliments on how clever they were, though that may have been because some women wanted to sell me some doTerra…

We didn’t end up staying a the Yoga Fest very long, but I have my eye on a few other yoga events in the future. There’s a yoga studio in downtown McKinney that offers free community yoga on Saturdays at Tupps Brewery. There’s also Saturday morning yoga available at Klyde Warren Park! I don’t know if I’ll have any more healthy feeling Saturdays up my sleeve, but if I do, I’ll be ready thanks to my new yoga strap!

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Pattern Review: Elijah by Ysolda Teague

June 15, 2017
Pattern Review: Elijah by Ysolda Teague

The first project of my Summer Knitting List is complete! Meet Elijah! Elijah is made following the pattern by the same name by the great Ysolda Teague! Seriously, she is one of my favorite designers. Everything she makes is so whimsical and elegant. And yes, an elephant can be elegant.

Elijah was made to be a baby warming gift for my new niece, who will be born this summer. I am throwing a baby shower and I couldn’t resist a good pink elephant theme. I can’t help it! Elephants are simultaneously cute and smart and kind, which is what I hope this new baby will be.

Pattern Review: Elijah by Ysolda Teague

The Pattern

Ysolda’s methods are so clever that I’m always wonderfully surprised at how her patterns turn out. I’m not a very visual thinker, so I don’t always see where she’s going with her instructions. But then, a turn or a flip or something and it all comes together and I’m like, “oooooh, that’s what she was doing!”

Elijah, as a stuffed animal, is a little more complex than your typical hat or shawl, but it’s really more labor intensive than it is difficult. It does feature short rows in the ears, so if those bother you, beware! There’s also a lot of pick up stitches, which I don’t always enjoy. The diagrams on this pattern are very clear however, and let you know exactly what to do. That being said, I think I picked up the stitches for the ears about 6 times, because I didn’t like the angle. That was user error though, not the pattern.

The other thing to note about this pattern is that it does rely on double pointed needles, which are…not my favorite. I ended up switching to circular needles as soon as possible on the arms and legs. This may also have been due to the fact that I could not find a whole set of my DPNs at once…

The finishing on this pattern is where things have the tendency to look wonky. I still may redo my french knot eyes. I’m not super experienced in embroidery, so one of the eyes looks a little funny to me. Also, when stuffing, be careful not to stuff TOO firmly. The head and body can be stuffed pretty tight, but the arms and legs should be looser to flop around, otherwise your elephant won’t be able to sit down!

Pattern Review: Elijah by Ysolda Teague

The Yarn

The yarn I used to this was a heavier weight than what was called for in the pattern (which calls for DK). I used Plymouth Yarn Worsted Merino Superwash Hand Dyed in my favorite color: Liptstick! Because speckles are a thing right now and I love them. The yarn stood up pretty well to the pattern, but did get a little splitty when using the smaller DPNs. Nothing to cause major issues, though. I just had to slow down and pay attention. I also appreciate that this yarn is superwash, because this is going to be a gift for a baby, and you know it’s going to need a bath at least once in it’s life!

Overall, this was a very satisfactory knit. It was made with a pattern I love, from a designer that I love, using a yarn that I love. Can’t get any better than that! Have you ever knit a toy before? How did your experience go?