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Warm ‘n’ Fuzzy Feelings

Happy Friday friends! HalesBee here with just a bit of knitty news! Well, maybe more just a bit of knitty chat. I have been in the Clayton area near Raleigh for about two years now. I have met a few knitty people, but mostly engage in the virtual fiber community. Where I’m at, its at least a 30 minute drive one way to most knitting meet ups and local yarn shops, but Thursday night I finally decided to just brave the traffic and go make some new knitting friends!

My Flax Sweater in my Brewing Wolfsbane colorway from my HalesBee Handmade shop.

I packed up my Flax Sweater by TinCanKnits and drove to Cary to Warm ‘n’ Fuzzy yarn shop, where they have a knit night every Thursday. I’m so glad I went! I met some lovely knitty people and had a lovely knitty time. Rebecca, the owner, was super sweet and welcoming! They had wine, which I would have loved to take part in drinking, but I did have to find my way back home. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful time and I’m definitely going back!


Of course, while I was in a yarn shop, I had to allow myself a bit of indulgence. Warm ‘n’ Fuzzy has a fantastic selection of yarn, and Rebecca does sell online. I reccommend visiting her site if you’re looking for some great yarns! I found the two colorways above by Olann, which I may pair with some yarn from Machette Shoppe and put into a fade of some kind. The orange colorway is called Inferno, and the blue with multi color speckles is called Troublemaker – no wonder they spoke to me!


Naughty little knitter that I am, I couldn’t help but pick out two more skeins! They’re self striping! I had to! These beauties are from Biscotte Yarns. The bright top colorway is Wonka, and the darker colorway is called Les ailes d’un papillon (which Rebecca clued me in is “the wings of a butterfly” in French). I cannot wait to cast these on!

I’m so thrilled to have met some new fiber friends and I am excited to go back next week! If you are in the Raleigh/Cary area, I highly reccommend checking out Warm ‘n’ Fuzzy – maybe I’ll see you there!

I hope you have enjoyed this little entry into the diary of HalesBee’s adventures! Have a wonderful knitty weekend everyone!

Love from HalesBee


Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Knitter’s Pride Melodies of Life Needles Reivew

Hello my knitty friends! I have promised to review my new Knitter’s Pride Melodies of Life Interchangeable Needle Set, and so I shall! I have been using these new needles for about three weeks now, and here are my brief thoughts.


Knitter’s Pride Melodies Of Life “Zing” Interchangeable Needle Set-9 Pairs / 4 Cords / AccessoriesΒ (Amazon affiliate link)

The needles come in a decorative and fairly sturdy box with a magnetic closure. I like a nice decorative box, myself. Although, I will say, for storage purposes I would prefer a smaller needle case made of fabric for portability. I may have to find one for this set and keep the box to hold other things.


You can see a few of the needle sets are out, those are just being used on projects at the moment. The sizes in this set are from US Size 4 to 11, or 3.5mm to 8mm. As you can see, they are brightly colored, with each size being a different color. I am definitely a fan of metal needles for my knitting, and the fact that these are colored are a bonus. It is motivating to work with pretty needles!


The Melodies of Life set comes with cords and notions also, some of which are not pictured as they are also happily occupied with my works in progress. Four cords are included: one 24 inch, two 32 inch and one 40 inch cord. The cord sizes are also colored differently so that you can differentiate them. There are also three yarn needles with loops at the ends rather than eye holes, which I have found easier to use than a regular eyelet needle. And finally, there are sets of stoppers for stitches on hold, keys for tightening the needles. All of these notions are housed in a musical themed notions bag.


Knitting with these needles is delightful! The colored portion of the needle is slightly matte finish so your stitches don’t slip off, but the tip can slip and knit easily. The cord joins are very smooth and the cord itself is highly flexible and easy to work with. These needles are a bit heavier than my Hiya Hiya Sharps (which feel as though they are hollow) but I have not found the weight to be any kind of hinderance.

Overall, these are excellent needles and I highly recommend them! You may want to buy a needle case along with it, but if you’re anything like me, you’re happy to do a little extra knitty shopping πŸ™‚

I hope you have enjoyed this quick review! If you click my affiliate links and make a purchase, I do earn a small commission, which means you are supporting my content: for that, I thank you!

Don’t forget to check out my new HalesBee Handmade Podcast on YouTube! You can see my new needles in action!

Happy knitting!

Love from HalesBee


Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Boxy Off The Needles!

Welcome to the weekend my crafty friends! And this weekend I am happy to have a big project of the knitting needles, my Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli. Now I just need to mail it off to mom and hope that it fits well πŸ™‚

Finished Worsted Boxy

For this pattern I used my own hand dyed Jack Frost colorway, which I do have available in my HalesBee Handmade shop on Etsy. I used my new Knitter’s Pride Zing Needles that I bought onΒ eBayΒ The pattern does call for US Size 9 needles, but I did go down a needle size to US Size 8. No, I did not swatch, I’m naughty knitter! But I know I have loose gauge, and the change of needles seems to have come out well.

My Jack Frost colorwayΒ 

The pattern itself is very simple. I did the seamless version, as I prefer to knit in the round. I did choose the smallest size, but be warned – this pattern has a massive amount of stitches! There were times I felt I was endlessly knitting, but I think part of my impatience was over the fact that this was not for me. Overall, it was a very enjoyable knit.

Backside of the Worsted Boxy

I am hoping to have some photos of mom wearing her sweater soon. I also hope it fits, as I really do not want to re-do this! I did enjoy this sweater, but as I wrote in my last blog post, I am desperate to do some selfish shawl knitting and work on my own shawl design.


I hope you have enjoyed this brief update on the crafty world of HalesBee! If you have clicked the affiliate links above and made a purchase, I do get a small commission, which means you are supporting my content. For that, I thank you!

May your weekend be full of knitting and crafty goodness!

Love from HalesBee

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Shawl Season All Season

Hello my merry crafting friends! HalesBee is back this weekend with some dream knitting, and this time it’s all about the shawls! I do love knitting shawls, partly because there are so many different construction methods and so many opportunities to play with color. This week I have been working on my Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor, available on Ravelry.

Touchstone Shawl knit with my own hand dyed yarn. Colors shown are Coffee and Pie Oh My! and Remnants.

Touchstone is a simple shawl pattern, with just enough changes in stitch pattern to keep me interested, but not so complicated that I can’t listen to my favorite podcasts. I am using my own hand dyed yarns, available in my Etsy shop, HalesBee Handmade. This shawl is in a DK weight, so it may be a bit heavy for the warm spring weather here in NC. Though, I must say there are times I feel the need for a bit of air conditioning protection, so I’m excited to have this off the needles at the ready!

To add to my dream shawl knitting, today I received my February Artisan Crate delivery from KnitCrate! The yarn and patterns are from Toby Roxane Designs. The yarns are a light sport weight, super gorgeous and soft! The patterns are for a simple garter stitch triangular shawl, and a triangular shawl with lace work for intermediate knitters.

Artisan Crate yarns, pattern, and extra little buttons.

The last bit of dream shawl knitting I have is a kit I purchased from Craftsy for the Serenity Now Shawl. The kit comes with Craftsy’sΒ Cloudborn Merino Superwash Sock Twist, one full skein and a set of five mini skeins. The kit I chose is the Superb Starling mini set and a full skein of Grey Heather.


As they often do, Craftsy had a sale going at the time I bought the kit. So I chose a second Cloudborn skein, Oatmeal Heather, that I may use instead of the Grey Heather. Feel free to comment if you have an opinion on which one goes best with the mini kit!


I have been busy dying self striping yarn for my shop, so for now most of my knitting is dream knitting. I also am still desperately trying to finish mom’s Worsted Boxy so I can do some selfish knitting. Hopefully you will have an update on these fun projects soon!

That’s all for this brief entry into the diary of HalesBee Handmade adventures! If you have clicked any of the links above and made a purchase, they are affiliate links that give me a small commission. This means you are supporting my content, and for that, I thank you!

Wishing you a crafty weekend!

Love from HalesBee

Blog Post, Fiber Arts

A Knitter’s Take On KnitCrate

For almost every vice, it seems there is now a monthly subscription service. Knitting is no exception. For this little knitter, my subscription of choice comes from KnitCrate. And how I love getting a yarny surprise in the mail!

Artisan Crate delivery!

I started a KnitCrate monthly subscription back in October. The holidays were coming up and I knew I would be gift knitting like mad. This made me feel the need for a little something extra for me! The KnitCrate subscription comes each month with two skeins of gorgeous yarn and two patterns, one for knitting and one for crochet. My first crate arrived with lovely Halloween themed sock weight yarn and I was thrilled!

October came with two skeins of Knitologie Yarn byΒ  KnitCrate, soft and gorgeous! I immediately knit up some quick short socks for myself and could not be happier with them! I love that the yarn comes with patterns you can use any time. It even comes with a card for a charity, Butterfly Boxes, which gives hand knit socks to refugees in need. How awesome!

November KnitCrate delivery!

Certainly, if you do subscribe to a surprise yarn in the mail, it is possible that you may get colors not quite in your wheelhouse or yarn that may not be in your comfort zone. But let’s be honest, if you’re a yarn junkie like me (and if you’re reading this, you are), then chances are high that you will love every delivery of fibery goodness from KnitCrate!

How cute is my kid sister in her Tempest Hat?! Adorable! I loved each one of my KnitCrates, so I decided to try another of their offerings: the Artisan Crate. This crate comes with indie dyed yarn, one knitting and one crochet pattern, and one “extra” item! You can see one of my deliveries above, with three skeins of indie dyed yarn and a coordinating project bag! Love it!

Artisan Crate with stitch markers and a set of Chiao Goo Needles!

After 4 months of subscriptions and two different crate options, I am smitten! These subscriptions from KnitCrate really do have great value! With the amazing hand dyed yarns, the patterns and the options for extras from the Artisan Crate, and the quality of all of these items, a yarn lover cannot go wrong! I highly recommend KnitCrateΒ for your yarny enjoyment!

I hope you have enjoyed this quick review of a fabulous service. If you click on any of my affiliate links and make a purchase, I do earn a small commission. This means you are supporting my content, for that, I thank you!

Get your very own party in your mailbox, and share if you do! I would love to see what you knit, crochet and create!

Love from HalesBee!