Flax Finished and Friday Update

Many salutations my merry fiber friends! I hope this Friday foray into HalesBee adventures finds you well and knitting! I had planned to podcast today, but I have a couple of things I would like to make progress on before I do. I need to have plenty to talk about! That said, I do have a few things to share this weekend.

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Flax Sweater off the needles! In my Brewing Wolfsbane colorway.

My Flax  Sweater by Tin Can Knits is off the needles! Hooray! I do need to weave in ends and block, and hopefully I can get some better photos once I have. I love how my Brewing Wolfsbane colorway knitted up! Like the naughty knitter I am, I did not swatch for this, so it did end up oversized. But I love it! It is going to be a great comfy sweater for cool nights, winter days or just some protection from the air conditioning.

 

 

 

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I’ve also spent some time this week adding new colorways and mini skeins to my HalesBee Handmade shop on Etsy. I have a number of photos of them on my Instagram feed showing off a few pairings. Definitely great for sock sets, but also perfect for my new Elphaba Shawl Pattern on Ravelry 🙂 Do check out the shop and my wicked new pattern!

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In other news, I spend my Thursday night at Warm n’ Fuzzy yarn shop in Cary for the regular knit night. Of course, I had to buy some sale yarn! This is Manos del Uruguay Serena yarn, an alpaca/pima cotton blend. Love these colors for spring! I’m thinking of designing a t-shirt pattern in these yarns. Admittedly, this would be quite an undertaking for me being my first garment pattern, but why not give it a go?!

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Lastly, I did receive my April Artisan Crate from KnitCrate! The yarn is by Baa Ram Ewe and is a gorgeous chocolate brown! Its a lovely, squishy aran weight, but I have to say, it’s more of a fall color and weight. I think I will save this yarn for a fall project. I do love the little extra shawl pin! Check out KnitCrate for more of what they have in monthly kits and goodies, it is fun to get a yarny surprise every month!

That’s all for now! I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of knitting! If you have clicked on any of 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!

Until next time!

Love from HalesBee

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

 

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. 

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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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 Faifel  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 🙂

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 🙂

Happy knitting and crafting!

Love from HalesBee

 

 

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 🙂

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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 on eBay 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.

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My Jack Frost colorway 

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.

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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.

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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

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