Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Windmill Shawl with Vivid Fiber Arts, Part 1

Hi everyone!

I'm running another yarn test for the super awesome Vivid Fiber Arts, this time it's a gorgeous bamboo/cotton blend in the "Sonrisa" colorway:


The pattern I'm using is by A La Sascha called, Windmill Shawl. (Also available through their Ravelry shop.) Here are some WIP pics:


Now a little further on, lol


This pattern is extremely easy while giving off a beautiful, more complicated look. This is a great pattern for beginning hookers who want to try out a shawl. :D

As for the yarn, it's another knock out of the park for me so far! Glides nicely through the hands without being slippery, feels good like a cotton yarn should. lol No sheen like VFA's previous Lux line but it's very soft and squishy. The gradient has been a gradual change and actually snuck up on me a couple of times like, oh snap, you look different now! lol Which is really the best part about working with this fabulous yarn.


I can't wait to share the finished shawl with you guys! You will LOVE how these colors blend and swirl together!

Have a great day!

*For more information about Vivid Fiber Arts, you can check out their website, Facebook page, Instagram or their group on Ravelry.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

There and Back Again...A Crocheter's Story

Hi everyone!

My first test shawl for Vivid Fiber Arts is complete! I am SO excited to share this with you, I've hooked up a lot of things but I am super proud of this shawl. :D


This yarn was so nice to work with and the gradual color changes really set off the pattern (Goldberry Shawl pattern by MAD Cap Fancies).


And let's talk about those color changes! I've mentioned before that I'm a big fan of gradient yarns but as a crocheter, you usually end up with stripes of color not gradual changes that flow from one color to the next. One of the biggest things that has impressed me about Vivid Fiber Arts is that they've completely kept crocheters in mind and not only offer higher yardage skeins for crocheters (our projects tend to eat up more yarn than knitting) but also thought about the color changes themselves so we don't get a case of the stripes.



This colorway is called, "Morning Glory" and I think it's going to be popular! Anyone that is a fan of pinks, purples and blues will love it!



This was definitely a case of right yarn, right pattern. Both worked together so well! This shawl was a pleasure to make from start to finish. :D

For more information about Vivid Fiber Arts, you can check out their website, Facebook, Instagram or their group on Ravelry.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Korea Loves Crochet, Part 2

Hi everyone!

So you might remember my post, Korea Loves Crochet which tracked my crochet spotting in various Korean TV shows (i.e. Kdramas) and movies. Well, I keep spotting hooked up goodness, I've never seen crochet so much on TV before and I love it!!! So here are some more:

Crocheted mittens in "My Spring Day" (There was even a couple of scenes of her crocheting them)

Amigurumi in "Birth of a Beauty"

Granny square afghan in "Modern Farmer"

Sweater, also in "Modern Farmer"

Anytime I see crochet on TV or in a movie, my internal hooking radar immediately goes BING BING BING. lol

Monday, January 26, 2015

Test Hooker for Vivid Fiber Arts!

Hi everyone!

There's a brand new source for gorgeous hand dyed gradient yarns coming soon: Vivid Fiber Arts! I was lucky enough to grab a spot in one of their testing groups so for the past month or so, I've been hooking up this amazingly beautiful yarn into a Goldberry shawl.


One of the major issues, as a crocheter, that I've had with gradient yarns is that instead of this beautiful graduation between colors, I end up with stripes. Which isn't the worst thing that can happen but one of the joys I've had with working with Vivid Fiber Arts yarn is that they've really made an effort to keep crochet in mind and keep me away from the dreaded "stripe".

So here are some early progress shots:



I'm actually further along now, can't wait to post some more pics! For more information about Vivid Fiber Arts, you can check out their website, Facebook, Instagram or their group on Ravelry.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Wild {Crocheted} Bear

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday(s)! :D Christmas here was great, the girls loved it, American Girl has finally invaded our house (dang) and I crocheted this hooded bear cowl for Zippy!



I used a pattern from monpetitviolon on etsy. It is such a great pattern, I hope to make more of these soon! In the meantime...cute kid spam! :P






Have a great day you guys! :D
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