Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Knitter’s Pride Melodies of Life Needles Reivew

Hello my knitty friends! I have promised to review my new Knitter’s Pride Melodies of Life Interchangeable Needle Set, and so I shall! I have been using these new needles for about three weeks now, and here are my brief thoughts.


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

The needles come in a decorative and fairly sturdy box with a magnetic closure. I like a nice decorative box, myself. Although, I will say, for storage purposes I would prefer a smaller needle case made of fabric for portability. I may have to find one for this set and keep the box to hold other things.


You can see a few of the needle sets are out, those are just being used on projects at the moment. The sizes in this set are from US Size 4 to 11, or 3.5mm to 8mm. As you can see, they are brightly colored, with each size being a different color. I am definitely a fan of metal needles for my knitting, and the fact that these are colored are a bonus. It is motivating to work with pretty needles!


The Melodies of Life set comes with cords and notions also, some of which are not pictured as they are also happily occupied with my works in progress. Four cords are included: one 24 inch, two 32 inch and one 40 inch cord. The cord sizes are also colored differently so that you can differentiate them. There are also three yarn needles with loops at the ends rather than eye holes, which I have found easier to use than a regular eyelet needle. And finally, there are sets of stoppers for stitches on hold, keys for tightening the needles. All of these notions are housed in a musical themed notions bag.


Knitting with these needles is delightful! The colored portion of the needle is slightly matte finish so your stitches don’t slip off, but the tip can slip and knit easily. The cord joins are very smooth and the cord itself is highly flexible and easy to work with. These needles are a bit heavier than my Hiya Hiya Sharps (which feel as though they are hollow) but I have not found the weight to be any kind of hinderance.

Overall, these are excellent needles and I highly recommend them! You may want to buy a needle case along with it, but if you’re anything like me, you’re happy to do a little extra knitty shopping ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you have enjoyed this quick review! If you click my affiliate links and make a purchase, I do earn a small commission, which means you are supporting my content: for that, I thank you!

Don’t forget to check out my new HalesBee Handmade Podcast on YouTube! You can see my new needles in action!

Happy knitting!

Love from HalesBee


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

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!