Podcast Notes

Pilot Episode: Rambling Disaster Accomplished

Hello fiber and crafty friends! I have recorded a video podcast for YouTube! It’s a disorganized mess! Really, it is. But we all have to start somewhere, and I have been dreaming about starting my own knitting podcast for a long time. At my own risk, I am going to post it!

You can view the Pilot Episode of HalesBee Handmade Podcast here on YouTube.


I will link here to the yarns, bags, needles and patterns I talked about so you can check them out. Please be aware, some of these may be affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase thru that link, I do make a small commission. This means you are supporting my silly, happy content and for that, I thank you!


My own colorways from HalesBee Handmade on Etsy

Dragon Hoard Yarn Co. on Etsy

Yarn Cafe Creations on Etsy

Fearless Feet Fiber Co (Formerly Everyday Yarnworks) on Etsy

Cloudborn Sock Twist Yarn from Craftsy

Brava Sport Weight Yarn by Knit Picks


Worsted Boxy by Joji Locateli

Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor (Fogabound Knits)

Serenity Now Shawl by Jenny Faifelย  a Craftsy Kit

Smooth Operator Socks (heel) by Susan B. Anderson

Selbu Mittens by Skeindeer Knits


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

Hiya Hiya Sharp Interchangeable Needle Set- 5 inch tips: SMALL sizes (Amazon affiliate link)

40″ Addi Turbo Sock Rockets Needles – 2.25mm – Knitting Needles from Addi (Amazon affiliate link)

Bag Makers:

Knit For Brains Designs on Etsy

Nannet Wake Studio on Etsy

Bags by Awesome Grannie on Etsy


Girls in the Yarn Cafe

Knit for Brains

Coffee Yarn and Dinosaurs (Ruth from Everyday Yarn Works/Fearless Feet Fiber Co)

I think that’s all! If I did miss anything, do comment and let me know so that I can make adjustments ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you so much for reading and for watching! It was a thrown together mess, but it was fun and I just decided to do it! I am determined to be proud that I was brave rather than embarrassed that it is vastly imperfect ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy knitting and crafting!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 onย eBayย 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 colorwayย 

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

Blog Post, Fiber Arts

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’sย 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

Progress, Plans and Selfish Knits

Good day, friends! Welcome to another entry into the diary of HalesBee Handmade happenings. I have been slowly making progress on a couple of WIPs, and have also made a few selfish knitting plans.

Richard’s cardigan with just buttons left to go!

My man cardigan for the hubby is nearly ready for wear! Knitted in Brava Sport Yarn from Knit Picks in Cobblestone Heather and Canary (yellow). Since last entry, I have completed the sleeves, picked up and finished the collar, complete with button holes and finished off the pockets. Now I just need to find suitable buttons and throw it in the wash! Not to worry, it’s been intentionally knitted with acrylic for easy care!

Progress on Mom’s Worsted Boxy.

I’ve also been at work on mom’s special request: the Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli. This is a large, comfy fit sweater; so, I do have quite a larger number of stitches each row. Still, I am plugging away and loving the fabric I am getting! I am using my own hand dyed yarn in my Jack Frost colorway from my HalesBee Handmade shop on Etsyย (affiliate link). I have also been testing out my new Knitter’s Prideย interchangeable Zing needles from my Melodies of Life set I just treated myself to. I promise to review them later!


I got my Knitter’s Pride set on eBay (affiliate link), where you can find some reasonably priced sets.ย Brand new sets of the same Melodies of Life needles are available on Amazon also, and for very reasonable prices. Here’s an Amazon affiliate link:ย Knitter’s Pride Melodies Of Life “Zing” Interchangeable Needle Set-9 Pairs / 4 Cords / Accessories

Selfish socks for me! Done in my own hand dyed yarn.

I’ve also felt a need to cast on a few selfish knits. All this working on sweaters for mom and hubby, and after the holidays!? I need something for me. I went ahead and chose a couple of skeins from my shop – again! I may need to slow down using my own inventory – but I do love some of my colorways!

The sock I’ve started above is using my Pick Your Poison colorway, which will be used for the cuffs, heels and toes of the socks. The main body of the sock will be done in my Always Carry Antidote colorway. See what I did there? I know, I’m so clever ๐Ÿ™‚ Both of these are on my TwistleBee Sock Base, a high twist sock yarn. They are both available in my HalesBee Handmade shop on Etsyย (affiliate link).

More selfish knitting in my DK hand dyed yarn. Bag from KnitForBrainsDesigns on Etsy.

Last in my entry today is a bit of enabling from Instagram. I saw a knitty friend had completed the Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylorย in three colors rather than one. Loved it! Had to plan one for me! I selected a few more HalesBee Handmadeย DK colorways (there I go again!) and popped over to Ravelry to get the pattern. My plan is start with my Remnants, do the middle section in Coffee and Pie Oh My!, and finish out with my Chateau de Bleu colorway. I’m so excited to have a shawl for me!

Well, that’s all for this entry, folks! I had better get back to knitting if I want to have more to show later ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you have enjoyed this peek into the HalesBee Handmade life. If you have clicked on the links marked affiliate and made a purchase (which gives me a small commision) then I thank you from the bottom of my HalesBee heart!

Happy knitting! Love from HalesBee!


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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!