Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Downtown Knits Has My Heart

Hello my dear fiber friends! Welcome to the latest entry into the diary of HalesBee Handmade adventures! In the last two weeks I have twice gone to a Tuesday knit night at Downtown Knits in Apex, NC. I adore this shop and the knitters I’ve met here!

The owner, Michele, above on the left, is super sweet and right in the mix! She’s energetic and welcoming and definitely sets a tone of comfort, fun and openness. I had a great time sitting, knitting, chatting and venting. It’s a genuinely a wonderful space!

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Downtown Knits has a great selection of yarn and a spacious set up. It almost feels like wandering about in a yarn resort with little alcoves adorned with samples and seating. And I love being able to touch sample fabric and who doesn’t love a place to sit?

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Knitting for kids or grand kids? There’s an alcove for you, too! Did you look close at the wall? There are knitted mounted animal heads! Definitely prefer knitted heads to real stuffed ones ๐Ÿ™‚

Downtown Knits isn’t just for knitters, sewers rejoice! There’s a full classroom for sewing classes, which I fully intend to sign up for! From beginner to more advanced classes, you can learn from the ground up, refresh your skills or learn something new. Just look at that fabric selection! Michele has patterns, notions and even machines available for use in class if you don’t have your own!

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You didn’t think I’d get thru two knit nights without treating myself, did you?! Of course not! Downtown Knits has some awesome indie dyers and I have never tried Woolen Boon before, so I was super excited to grab myself a skein of this Pop Rocks colorway!

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If you are a knitter in the Raleigh/Durham area, you simply must stop in at Downtown Knits in Apex! Come in for a knit night on Tuesday or pop in for some yarn! There’s a pizza place and a cupcake shop on the same block – lunch, dessert and yarn anyone? I’m down if you’re down! Sign up for a sewing class and maybe you can have a new adventure right along with HalesBee!

I hope you have enjoyed this virtual visit to Downtown Knits with me! Do visit in real life and maybe I will see you at knit night!

Love from HalesBee

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Fiber Arts, Podcast Notes

Podcast Episode 3: Quick Hello

Many merry greetings my fiber friends! I hope you are having a happy Friday! I have recorded a brief episode for my HalesBee Handmade Knitting Podcast on YouTube and you can watch it here:

Here are my show notes and links for this week. I hope you enjoy!

Patterns:

Flax Pullover Sweater by TinCanKnits

Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor

Serenity Now Shawl by Jenny Faifel available from Craftsy

Wave Break Shawl and Simples Lines Scarf by Kiri Fitzgerald (KnitCrate)

Elphaba Shawl by Haleigh Overseth (that’s me!)

Bag makers:

Nanette Wake Studios on Etsy

Knit For Brains on Etsy

Yarns:

Biscotte Yarns (self striping sock yarn)

Cloudborn on Craftsy

Manos del Uruguay Serenaย 

Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone (Artisan Crate Yarn from KnitCrate)

And lots of HalesBee Handmade! My own yarns on Etsy! Yay!

I do hope you enjoyed this brief installment of the HalesBee Handmade Knitting Podcast!

If you have clicked on my links, some of them are affiliate links that give me a small commission. This means you support my content, and for that, I thank you!

Wishing you all a happy weekend!

Love from HalesBee

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Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Flax Finished and Friday Update

Many salutations my merry fiber friends! I hope this Friday foray into HalesBee adventures finds you well and knitting! I had planned to podcast today, but I have a couple of things I would like to make progress on before I do. I need to have plenty to talk about! That said, I do have a few things to share this weekend.

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Flax Sweater off the needles! In my Brewing Wolfsbane colorway.

My Flaxย  Sweater by Tin Can Knits is off the needles! Hooray! I do need to weave in ends and block, and hopefully I can get some better photos once I have. I love how my Brewing Wolfsbane colorway knitted up! Like the naughty knitter I am, I did not swatch for this, so it did end up oversized. But I love it! It is going to be a great comfy sweater for cool nights, winter days or just some protection from the air conditioning.

 

 

 

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I’ve also spent some time this week adding new colorways and mini skeins to my HalesBee Handmade shop on Etsy. I have a number of photos of them on my Instagram feed showing off a few pairings. Definitely great for sock sets, but also perfect for my new Elphaba Shawl Pattern on Ravelry ๐Ÿ™‚ Do check out the shop and my wicked new pattern!

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In other news, I spend my Thursday night at Warm n’ Fuzzy yarn shop in Cary for the regular knit night. Of course, I had to buy some sale yarn! This is Manos del Uruguay Serena yarn, an alpaca/pima cotton blend. Love these colors for spring! I’m thinking of designing a t-shirt pattern in these yarns. Admittedly, this would be quite an undertaking for me being my first garment pattern, but why not give it a go?!

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Lastly, I did receive my April Artisan Crate from KnitCrate! The yarn is by Baa Ram Ewe and is a gorgeous chocolate brown! Its a lovely, squishy aran weight, but I have to say, it’s more of a fall color and weight. I think I will save this yarn for a fall project. I do love the little extra shawl pin! Check out KnitCrate for more of what they have in monthly kits and goodies, it is fun to get a yarny surprise every month!

That’s all for now! I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of knitting! If you have clicked on any of my affiliate links and made a purchase, I do get a small commission which means you are supporting my content. For that, I thank you!

Until next time!

Love from HalesBee

Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Elphaba Shawl Pattern is Live!

Hello dear knitting friends! My latest knitting pattern, the Elphaba Shawl, is now live on Ravelry! Inspired by the misunderstood “Wicked” witch herself, Elphaba Thropp, this shawl was designed with yarn from Dragon Hoard Yarn Co. in her Defying Gravity Kit. The kit itself was inspired by the musical Wicked, so I took Trysten’s yarn inspiration and ran with it!

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This shawl is a faroese shawl construction, which might sound lofty, but I promise it’s a simple pattern! The center panel is a consistent number of stitches in a chevron pattern, which is easy to memorize once you get started. Wings are created with increases on either side of the center panel.

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This shawl blocks out to a nice medium size, but only requires one skein (about 80 grams) of a main color and one 20 gram mini skein for the contrasting stripe color. Great for stash busting! It is a fairly quick knit as it only requires about 460 yards. Make one for you and one for a wicked friend!

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Check out my Ravelry Store to purchase the Elphaba Shawl Pattern and enjoy some wicked knitting fun!

If you’re looking for some new, squishy yarns for your shawl, check out the new yarns and mini skeins I’ve added to my HalesBee Handmade shop!

I hope you enjoy my Elphaba Shawl Pattern!

Love from HalesBee

 

Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Giveaway! Elphaba Shawl Kit

Hello my fiber friends!

I’m doing a giveaway in anticipation the release of my Elphaba Shawl Pattern! If you want to enter to win, subscribe to my YouTube Channel and check out the video for what is included in the giveaway!

Keep an eye out for the Elphaba Shawl on Raverly April 1st! If you want to be Wicked on April Fool’s Day, pick out a skein and a mini and grab the Elphaba Shawl!

Good luck everyone!

Love from HalesBee!

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