Yarn Play: Superfine 400

Yarn Play: Superfine 400

I haven’t had much time in the last two months to sit and just meander and play with new yarns, but this week, I insisted to myself that it was time. In fact, it was past time. I was given the chance to dig my fingers into a brand new yarn, one that is mesmerizing in its delicate comfort: Superfine 400 from Yarn and Soul (distributed by Classic Elite Yarns). There are times when we just need … to be

Rustic, Simple, Wholesome

Rustic, Simple, Wholesome

Apparently, I’m on an alpaca kick these days, but it’s easy to see why … a) darn cute animal, b) so soft, and c) a lightweight fiber that lends itself well to these muggy hot days of summer! And boy is it hot here in Texas (I’m here visiting my wild and crazy family)! Want to get a sneak peek at something new and purdy? It isn’t even out yet! Telluride by Classic Elite Yarns. I picked up this sample

Unbelievable Lightness with Berroco Maya

Unbelievable Lightness with Berroco Maya

You guys, I am done. Done with these huge, major, heavy, suck-your-life-away-for-a-month projects! I AM FREEEEEE!!! The lightness my shoulders feel is unbelievable. Easy, carefree, and feeling as though the future is wide open to every possibility again. And it means I can get back to my favorite thing: playing happily with yarn. And oh, do I have a lovely yarn that you’ll want to get: Berroco Maya. I snapped it up at my local yarn shop (the Recycled Lamb

The Heartbeat in Sweet Georgia

The Heartbeat in Sweet Georgia

“It has a heartbeat. It … flickers.” When I find someone who is as passionate about the inspiring, energetic, heart-warming qualities of yarn as I am … well, I just don’t ever want to let them go! I’ve long believed that yarn, with its rich depth and invigorating texture, reaches into our spirits like few other things can. It’s all about connecting us with our past, our present, and our true selves. Felicia, at Sweet Georgia Yarns, beautifully describes that

Oh, Anzula, take me away!

Oh, Anzula, take me away!

My goodness, it has been one of those weeks. The children seeming to have lost their minds with attitude, the husband moping about because of all the rain and being cooped up inside, and my work load behaving so irrationally that my calendar looks like a monster truck ran across it. Trying to get it all done, keep up, stay ahead … it’s enough to make one go screaming for the hills! Remember those old spa product commercials? “Calgon, take

Like the rainbow after the dark clouds… yarn review

Like the rainbow after the dark clouds… yarn  review

I’m a sucker for pretty colors and lightweight yarn, but I’m not often stopped in my tracks by them. Until I put my hands on this stunning skein of Hawthorne Sport. Like a sudden burst a rainbow after the dark clouds from an early May storm, this rich, vibrant yarn grabs hold of the knitter’s heart with delight and wonder. And I’ll add that, here in Colorado, which can’t make up its dang mind between spring thunderstorms, summer heat, and

“Never go out of style”

“Never go out of style”

I’ve got a confession to make. I love Taylor Swift. …ducking… Her newest song, Style, has me feeling that James Dean daydream feeling … soft, casual, nostalgic feelings that never really fade, reminding us of those sweet moments of yesterday. It’s like home. Comforting. Timeless. Never going out of style. We knitters can name yarn like that, can’t we? Fibers and textures that we turn to again and again because it has a hold on our hearts as much as

Happiness Found with Mrs. Crosby

Happiness Found with Mrs. Crosby

I was reading the other day about how only 1 in 3 Americans consider themselves very happy. For you math nerds out there, that’s only 33% of us! I can’t help but wonder if those 66% percent ever thought about delving deep into the handcraft realm, such as knitting, crochet, or embroidery. Knitting has been all over the national news media lately because of the numerous mental health and anti-aging benefits due to its serotonin, dopamine, and endorphin effects (thank

A Super Bulky You Need Today!

A Super Bulky You Need Today!

Sinfully lush, the new Super Bulky by Freia Fine Handpaints is a yarn that I just can’t put down! I know spring is nearly upon us (with summer shortly behind), but bulky is in, baby, and when you add in a mind-blowing color palette of ombre, you just can’t say “no!” The distinctive color options in Freia’s gradients are positively drool-worthy, easily nudging you out of your comfort zone with a mild transition here and there.  You’ll find that the variation