Blog Post, Fiber Arts

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

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!

Blog Post, Fiber Arts

My Favorite Hat Pattern

Well, my favorite hat pattern at the moment! If you are a true crime fan and have not yet listened to the My Favorite Murder Podcast with Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff, you are seriously missing out.

For those not familiar, My Favorite Murder (MFM) is a true crime comedy podcast. How could a true crime podcast be funny? Well the true crimes themselves are gruesome, disturbing and overall not funny. Georgia and Karen, however, are absolutely hilarious! Granted, they each admit some of the laughter and joking is out of the anxiety and terror brought about by the subjects they discuss. This, though, is what makes them just my kind of people.

My own MFM Hat samples. #ssdgm

As a fun tribute to my favorite ladies of death and despair, I have designed this simple colorwork hat. The MFM Hat is available as a paid for pattern on Ravelry, as well as in my HalesBee Handmade shop on Etsy. Georgia and Karen frequently encourage makers to sell their MFM wares on their podcast, so I like to think its ok!

The hat is knit in my own hand dyed DK weight yarn. I used my HeartBurst colorway as the main color and my Blindfold colorway for the lettering. Both are available in my HalesBee Handmade shop. I used US size 4 needles for the ribbing, and went up to a size 6 needle for the colorwork. The pattern has just two adult sizes, but you can go up or down in yarn weight and needle size to create a larger or smaller hat as desired.


Again, for those who do not yet call themselves ‘murderinos’ (fans of the MFM podcast and true crime in general), the hashtag SSDGM stands for their now famous tagline “Stay Sexy! Don’t get murdered!”

I have to add here my appreciation for Georgia and Karen, not just for staying sexy, but also for their ability to always maintain focus on the human element. They speak often of their own therapy and anxieties, the fears they have that may well be part of their obsession with true crime. They always make an effort to honor the memory and trauma of victims and survivors, reminding listeners of the various advocacy groups out there trying to make a difference.

Georgia and Karen also remember to consider, difficult though it may be, the humanity of the people who commit awful crimes. Often lamenting the stigma of mental illness, its vast under-treatment and how many who become killers suffer from some kind of mental or emotional illness or distress. And all while finding a way to crack a smile and allow listeners to do the same.

Clearly, I do recommend that you give My Favorite Murder a listen. Even if you are not a true crime fan, you may find yourself just as addicted to Georgia and Karen as this murderino.

And of course, if you are already a fan, I recommend my MFM Hat pattern on Ravelry.

I hope you have enjoyed this entry in the diary of HalesBee’s handmade adventures! Stay sexy!

Love from HalesBee!