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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

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!

 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!