Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Touchstone Shawl And Other Updates

Hello my dear fiber friends! Life has been hectic and I have missed you!! I am finally back for a Friday update. I have a few things off the needles, some new projects going and fun podcast surprise to tease! Let’s get into it!

 

My Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor is finally off the needles! I have had a number of distractions, I have never been a monogamous knitter, but here it is! I used my own hand dyed DK weight yarn and my Knitter’s Pride Zing needles. The colorways from my shop in this shawl are: Remnants; Coffee and Pie, Oh My!; and Chateau de Bleu.

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I did very much enjoy this shawl. The pattern itself is simple to follow and the lace is not complicated. It’s definitely a shawl you can knit while watching Father Brown on Netflix without worrying about making a mistake. (I just love those BBC detective style shows, don’t you?!) I love the way this shawl can be wrapped up and accessorized and I’m excited to have it ready for cool nights!

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I also started and finished a two color brioche Pussy Hat this week, finally! I’m always behind the curve on trends, but I just had the perfect yarns for some brioche and thought a hat would be a quick, satisfying knit. I was right! The blue colorway is The Water Is Fine from Spun Right Round and the pink is Wild Roseberry by Life In The Long Grass. Both super gorgeous, luscious yarns! I loved working on this hat!

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Lastly, for this Friday, I am working on a Lucy Cloche by Carina Spencer with the left over Life In The Long Grass yarn from my Pussy Hat. I chose this hat because one of my dogs is Lucy ๐Ÿ™‚ It has a contrast color band, and I will use the blue Spun Right Round for that. I’m hoping to have this hat done by Sunday, when I will be podcasting with a special guest! You will have to stay tuned to meet my guest, and if we’re all very lucky, my guest might join me regularly! So watch for the new episode and wish me luck in finishing my hat!

That’s all for the knitting update. I will show off my four at a time socks soon!

Before I go, I want to tell my Raleigh area yarniacs to mark your calendars for May 19th! I will be at the first ever Downtown Knits Indie Dyer Pop Up Market! I will be selling my squishy, fun yarns and my cute stitch markers up close and in person! Do come to Downtown Knits in Apex to see me and my other indie dyer and maker friends: Super Stitchy, Debbie Duck Yarns, Handmade By Zan, Hey Lady Hey and Full Lotus Pottery! Stop in and see us!

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Thank you for joining me and I wish you all a wonderful weekend full of whatever craft makes your heart happy!

If you have clicked on 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!

Love from HalesBee

 

Blog Post, Fiber Arts

Elphaba Shawl Pattern is Live!

Hello dear knitting friends! My latest knitting pattern, the Elphaba Shawl, is now live on Ravelry! Inspired by the misunderstood “Wicked” witch herself, Elphaba Thropp, this shawl was designed with yarn from Dragon Hoard Yarn Co. in her Defying Gravity Kit. The kit itself was inspired by the musical Wicked, so I took Trysten’s yarn inspiration and ran with it!

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This shawl is a faroese shawl construction, which might sound lofty, but I promise it’s a simple pattern! The center panel is a consistent number of stitches in a chevron pattern, which is easy to memorize once you get started. Wings are created with increases on either side of the center panel.

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This shawl blocks out to a nice medium size, but only requires one skein (about 80 grams) of a main color and one 20 gram mini skein for the contrasting stripe color. Great for stash busting! It is a fairly quick knit as it only requires about 460 yards. Make one for you and one for a wicked friend!

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Check out my Ravelry Store to purchase the Elphaba Shawl Pattern and enjoy some wicked knitting fun!

If you’re looking for some new, squishy yarns for your shawl, check out the new yarns and mini skeins I’ve added to my HalesBee Handmade shop!

I hope you enjoy my Elphaba Shawl Pattern!

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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Fiber Arts, Podcast Notes

Podcast Episode 2: Short and Sweet

Hello again, friends! I have recorded another podcast episode! Yes, it is short and sweet, like me! Here are my notes on the patterns, yarns and whatever else I talked about.

You can watch the episode here on YouTube:

My Elphaba Shawl is in the test knitting stage! Stay tuned for it being published on Ravelry.

The yarn I used for my Elphaba Shawl is from Dragon Hoard Yarn Co. on Etsy.ย 

Other Patterns for my WIPs:

Flax Sweater by TinCanKnits

Serenity Now Shawl by Jenny Faifel, a Craftsy Kit

Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor

Pavement Sweater by Vera Valimaki

Breezy Wrap by Kristin Omdahl – from my March KnitCrate

Yarns:

My own hand dyed yarn from HalesBee Handmade

Haute Knit Yarn on Etsy

Iria Yarn Company on Etsy

KO Yarn from my KnitCrate Artisan Crate

Bag Makers Mentioned:

Knit For Brains Designs on Etsy

Crochetoneknit2 on Etsy (and Instagram)

The Fiber Festival I mentioned is the annual Carolina Fiber Fest, so you can mark your calendars for next year!

If I have missed anything, feel free to comment below! Or just comment below for fun! I hope you have enjoyed this episode. If you have clicked some of the links above and made purchases, I do get a small commisson from affiliate links. This means you are supporting my content, and for that, I thank you!

Watch for a full write up on the Carolina Fiber Fest and also on my Elphaba Shawl when it comes out!

Have a wonderful week!

Love from HalesBee

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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!

Yarns:

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

Patterns:

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

Needles:

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

Podcasts:

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