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 FlaxΒ  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 πŸ™‚ 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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Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Carolina Fiber Fest Visit

Hello my fiber friends! This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Carolina Fiber Festival in Raleigh, NC! I wandered around the beautiful booths, met up with some fiber friends, and got myself into some fibery trouble! Well, according to my bank account anyway. πŸ™‚

There were so many amazing vendors! I had a lovely conversation with Natasha, from Unplanned Peacock Studio, who kindly offered to dye a special skein of singles up for me! She went through a few of her colorways and even wrote down my favorites so I could decide and put in an order. Yarn dyers are the best!

I also got to see my knitty Facebook friends! We stopped traffic in the isles to take pictures and recruited a very sweet gal to snap our picture. Fiber festivals are great mini retreats for fiber friends, and it turns out, a great place to make new friends! I met some wonderful new friends while manning the booth for the Ol’ North State Knitting Guild, which I had recently joined. If you are in the Raleigh area, do check us out and come knit with us!

The Carolina Fiber Festival isn’t just about yarn, there were all sorts of spinning, weaving, needlework, and other vendors as well! Seeing some beautiful spinning wheels and these gorgeous drop spindles made desperately want to practice my spinning! I have a wheel and spindles – and fiber! – so now I need to make time to spin. If you are a fiber lover, there was something here for you, too! The wheel above was part of the display for Twisted Threads Fiber Arts Guild; the drop spindles are made by The Clay Sheep.

Just for fun, I got myself some Henna tattoos from the Sonali Club of Raleigh. Love them! Although, admittedly, I was not able to sit still long enough for it dry completely and did happen to smudge one on my shirt. Oops!

Of course, last but certainly not least, the trouble I got into! Last year at Fiber Fest I passed up some gorgeous tweed yarn from Iria Yarn Compay, and kicked myself for it all year! This year I was determined not to make the same mistake, so I picked up 4 skeins that I will fade together, either in a sweater or a shawl.

The second set of yarn is from the very dear Shellee of Haute Knit Yarn. I am smitten! This is on her Trever Morgan DK base and it is absolutely perfect for me to finally knit a Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry. The rich pink and mint green colorways jumped out at me, and happened to be named after a song I love, Color Me Once by the Violent Femmes. I chose the other two colorways based on those two (with the help of a new friend, Tracy) and I can’t wait to get started!

All in all, I had a wonderful time and had a healthy dose of yarn fumes! I hope you have enjoyed this entry into the diary of HalesBee Handmade’s fiber adventures! If you click affiliate links above and make a purchase, I do earn a small commission. This means you are supporting my yarny dreams, and for that, I thank you!

Love from HalesBee!

 

Fiber Arts, Podcast Notes

Podcast Episode 2: Short and Sweet

Hello again, friends! I have recorded another podcast episode! Yes, it is short and sweet, like me! Here are my notes on the patterns, yarns and whatever else I talked about.

You can watch the episode here on YouTube:

My Elphaba Shawl is in the test knitting stage! Stay tuned for it being published on Ravelry.

The yarn I used for my Elphaba Shawl is from Dragon Hoard Yarn Co. on Etsy.Β 

Other Patterns for my WIPs:

Flax Sweater by TinCanKnits

Serenity Now Shawl by Jenny Faifel, a Craftsy Kit

Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor

Pavement Sweater by Vera Valimaki

Breezy Wrap by Kristin Omdahl – from my March KnitCrate

Yarns:

My own hand dyed yarn from HalesBee Handmade

Haute Knit Yarn on Etsy

Iria Yarn Company on Etsy

KO Yarn from my KnitCrate Artisan Crate

Bag Makers Mentioned:

Knit For Brains Designs on Etsy

Crochetoneknit2 on Etsy (and Instagram)

The Fiber Festival I mentioned is the annual Carolina Fiber Fest, so you can mark your calendars for next year!

If I have missed anything, feel free to comment below! Or just comment below for fun! I hope you have enjoyed this episode. If you have clicked some of the links above and made purchases, I do get a small commisson from affiliate links. This means you are supporting my content, and for that, I thank you!

Watch for a full write up on the Carolina Fiber Fest and also on my Elphaba Shawl when it comes out!

Have a wonderful week!

Love from HalesBee

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