Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday!  Can you believe it’s July already? Me neither. This summer is slipping away! This morning when I looked at the outside temp it was 44 degrees. Brrr. Because we have our air conditioning on instead of heat, it got down to 65 degrees in the house. Perfect for sleeping, so even my youngest who is usually up early stayed in bed a little longer this morning. But at least the sun is shining today so it should warm up. After 2 rainy days keeping us indoors, it will be nice to be able to go outside and play with our kittens.

Speaking of kittens…

We have four adorable kittens. They are six-and-a-half weeks old today. And so much fun to watch. I just love watching them practice their pouncing. It’s hilarious!

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Yarn Along

Once again I’m going to link up with Ginny at Small Things for this week’s Yarn Along!

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

I know I get a bit long-winded at times, so this week I’ll TRY to keep it short and sweet! 🙂

On My Needles

1) Kingdom Gloves: PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE! Amazing. I know. But 2 days of administering my 8th grade son’s standardized tests (as required for homeschoolers by the state of MN) means a lot of time where I need to be present and quiet. So once I get him started on a test, I either read or knit. I decided to work on the gloves because the quiet atmosphere allowed me to really concentrate on the cable pattern.  Not only did I finish knitting the right-hand glove, I started the left one too!  Woot!

2014-07-02 09.12.12 cable knitting

{You can see I still have to do some weaving in ends and seaming between fingers as well as sewing the cuff’s inside layer where it belongs, so it’s not all done, but the knitting part is!}

2) Simplicity Socks: This is my take-along project. During the kids’ swim lessons, or whenever we’re going somewhere and I think I *might* have time to knit, I grab the bag I keep this project in. So I’ve made a little progress on these also.

3) Mendel sweater: Finished my swatch. After washing and drying, I think my gauge matches the pattern’s. I will check it once more before I cast-on this project though.

Reading

My Book Reviews:

I decided to quit reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore.  I don’t enjoy reading books with descriptive scenes of intimacy–it’s not my style. And it really disappointed me that the author had the {rather young} characters choose to have sex without the commitment of marriage.  Unfortunately, it’s a reflection of what a lot of people think is perfectly acceptable behavior nowadays.  But it completely ruined the story for me. I’m usually very careful to read reviews before choosing a book by an author I’ve never read before. But too bad for me…I obviously hadn’t read enough reviews on Graceling to know I shouldn’t waste good reading time just to get half-way through the book and quit.

Still Reading:

One Realm Beyond  Force Heretic Remnant cover

Although, technically I’m still reading the others in my last post’s list, these two have been getting my attention the most this week.

1) One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul I’m really enjoying this story now that I’ve gotten into it a little more. Bixby is such a funny and interesting character…can’t wait to see what more happens in the rest of the story! {And I know I can trust Donita’s writing!}

2) Star Wars The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic I: Remnant by Sean Williams Having read a TON of Star Wars books, I pretty much know what to expect with this one too. Just plodding along, seeing where the storyline goes next. 🙂

Show and tell?!

I’d love to see your current projects too! Once again, let me remind you that my Facebook page {perfectioKnits’ Facebook page} is open for you to share photos of what you’re working on. Or leave a link to your project’s Ravelry page if you prefer. Also, I’m using Instagram more and more these days {follow me: perfectioknits}, so tag me if you’re sharing project photos and want me to see them. Thanks!

And be sure to leave a comment below before you go! I look forward to hearing from you!

As always, happy knitting and reading!

~Steph

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Yarnbox #3

My Final Yarnbox (for now)

Today, the third and final Yarnbox from my Christmas gift subscription arrived in the mail.  Over the past 3 months, I’ve come to realize how much I love the yarn subscription concept. If you would like to read my other reviews, you can find them here (My First Yarnbox) and here (Yarnbox #2).  Once again I will reveal what came in my Yarnbox–the patterns and their designers, the yarn, and the cost compared to value.

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March Yarnbox Patterns

This month there are once again two patterns included as part of the Yarnbox package: one knit and one crochet.  The knit pattern is a lovely hat called “Sproinger” designed by Alexandra Tinsley.  Deja Jetmir’s “The Nesting Cowl” is the crochet pattern for March.  Both designers are offering a special discount for Yarnbox subscribers on their other patterns for the month as well. I do appreciate getting patterns as well as yarn with my Yarnbox.  Having patterns for both knit and crochet is especially nice for those of us who enjoy both.

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March Yarnbox Yarn

In this Yarnbox, I was pleasantly surprised to find another new-to-me yarn brand, Siidegarte, which is made in Switzerland.  A hand-dyed blend of 50% silk and 50% merino, Siide-Flauschig is a soft 2 ply yarn with the look and feel of a light worsted to worsted weight.  According to their website, “Flauschig” means something like “fluffy, soft, cuddly” in Swiss-German. Receiving two skeins  means I have 546 yards (or 500 meters) of this cuddly yarn to play with!  This olive-green based colorway is Äichblatt. Although I couldn’t find a translation to English for äich, blatt means leaf or blade.  The greens mixed with a little brown remind me of ferns for some reason. I look forward to knitting with this lovely Swiss-made yarn soon!

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Cost Versus Value

If you’ve read my previous Yarnbox reviews, you’ll remember that I received the 3 month Yarnbox gift subscription as a Christmas present from my mom. (Thanks, Mom!)   Siide-Flausching retails for $29 per skein, making the yarn value $58.  Alexandra is selling her Sproinger pattern on Ravelry for $5.50 and Dara sells The Nesting Cowl pattern on her site for $2.99.  Not counting the discounts available to subscribers, since they might not be used, the total retail value of my March Yarnbox is $66.49.  Compared to the $37 cost (when divided out) per month that the 3 month Yarnbox subscription cost, that’s a savings of $29.49 this month.  I would say that’s a pretty sweet deal and an awesome Christmas gift too!

My Review

After 3 months of getting a box of lovely yarns in my mailbox, I want more!  I’ve been happily satisfied with each month’s yarns.  Although I wouldn’t have chosen some of the yarns myself, I’ve enjoyed the surprise each month and ultimately being able to try something different.  I’ve even learned that a silk yarn with sequins isn’t as annoying to knit with as I had imagined. Getting free patterns each month has helped me either have ideas of what I might knit with the yarn I received or I can use them later on with another yarn of my own choice.   Sadly, at this time I don’t have quite enough fun money to order a 3 or 6 month subscription (which would auto-renew every 3 or 6 months) and I’d much prefer getting that extra savings of $2-4 per month than getting the monthly subscription at $39 per month or the bi-monthly at $42 every other month.  So for now, I’m going to start saving up until I have enough to subscribe again.

Now it’s Your Turn…Tell Me What You Think

Now that you’ve read about what I received in my March Yarnbox, what do you think?

Please leave a comment below answering my questions for you:

Do you see value in a yarn subscription service like Yarnbox?

Do you think you would ever subscribe to Yarnbox or a similar yarn subscription? And why or why not?

Happy knitting!

~Stephanie