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 FaifelΒ  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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 onΒ eBayΒ 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 colorwayΒ 

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

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!