Scattered WIPs, Scatter Brained

Long time, no blog post! Hello again Fiber Friends!

Its been a while. Truthfully, I’m going through some big life changes and as a result I have relocated back to South Dakota to be close to family for a while. I am stressed, anxious and desperately trying to figure out a job – sadly my creative life is not yet in position to be my day job, though that is always the ultimate goal.

Still, I am working at slowly at my many WIPs.

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Bag from KnitForBrains on Etsy, Pumpkin needle keeper from MollyKleinDesigns on Etsy.

These are just a few of the socks I have that I told myself I would have ready for the cooler weather. I may have to push that back to ready for the snow, but even that may be a bit of a stretch. I started these while still in North Carolina, and when I bid farewell to my Podcast friend Barb of Super Stitchy, she gave me the sweet little beaded witch stitch marker she made herself. So if it does take me longer to finish these, at least I have a fun reminder of a fiber friend.

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My fun little witch marker from Super Stitchy and my MollyKleinDesigns needle keeper. Madeline Tosh yarn.

I had also told myself I would have a sweater done for the fall by now, but naturally, my latest sweater is not yet completed. Just about done with one sleeve and one left to go.

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My own hand dyed yarn in The Evil Eye (purple) and The Poison You Picked (green). Bag by HappyUnicornStudio on Etsy.

I’m loving my new Dense DK base, I have a loose gauge so the more densely spun yarn won’t grow as much as my Plump DK base. I started this in NC as well, and between settling into a new space and the emotions that come with not knowing what my life is right now have slowed me down. I did finish the body while waiting for my baby Jack Russell, Lucy, to come back from teeth extractions at the vet. However, stress knitting, while useful for keeping me from biting my nails and clenching my teeth, is still not my ideal knitting.

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Bag by TwistedYarnAndFiberBags on Etsy and Malabrigo Rios Yarn.

Stress aside, I am happy to be closer to family, and happy for the cooler knitting weather in South Dakota. Knitting out of necessity gives me unique pleasure. I suppose my productivity anxiety is quelled a bit by the idea of knitting practical items for myself that I know will go to good use, and soon. I started myself a hat in the Acres Wild pattern by Kniting Pirate on Ravelry. I’m using Malabrigo Rios yarn and toting it in a phantasmically perfect bag from Twisted Yarn and Fiber Bags on Etsy. We have one week of temporary warm temperatures coming and then October will be in full cool swing, and I will definitely be wearing this hat.

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My WIPs, my mind and my writing are all a bit scattered, and I would apologize, but that just where I am right now. I am continuing to put my best effort into my Sisteresque Fibers Etsy shop, I have added Pre-Order or Dye to Order yarn in hopes of more sales with less unsold inventory about. I have intentions of creating some colorwork hat patterns and a few cross stitch patterns. I only hope my job search and possible job find won’t interrupt my creativity too much, as it is a large part of what is currently holding my sanity together. Tho, sadly, it doesn’t pay for health insurance. Sigh.

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I will end on a lighter note and say that I am grateful to the fiber and crafting community for providing a place to go during the worst of times. Everyone is so supportive and happy to share times in their lives that have been rough – and how the made it thru to the other side. To everyone who reads my blog, supports my content, my shop and my fibery pipe dream, I love you all! I wish you all the most magical fall knitting and I hope your October is full of treats, yarn and many Halloween movies!

Until next circle, Sisters and Brethren,

Love from Haleigh

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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

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

 

 

Progress, Plans and Selfish Knits

Good day, friends! Welcome to another entry into the diary of HalesBee Handmade happenings. I have been slowly making progress on a couple of WIPs, and have also made a few selfish knitting plans.

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Richard’s cardigan with just buttons left to go!

My man cardigan for the hubby is nearly ready for wear! Knitted in Brava Sport Yarn from Knit Picks in Cobblestone Heather and Canary (yellow). Since last entry, I have completed the sleeves, picked up and finished the collar, complete with button holes and finished off the pockets. Now I just need to find suitable buttons and throw it in the wash! Not to worry, it’s been intentionally knitted with acrylic for easy care!

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Progress on Mom’s Worsted Boxy.

I’ve also been at work on mom’s special request: the Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli. This is a large, comfy fit sweater; so, I do have quite a larger number of stitches each row. Still, I am plugging away and loving the fabric I am getting! I am using my own hand dyed yarn in my Jack Frost colorway from my HalesBee Handmade shop on Etsy (affiliate link). I have also been testing out my new Knitter’s Pride interchangeable Zing needles from my Melodies of Life set I just treated myself to. I promise to review them later!

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I got my Knitter’s Pride set on eBay (affiliate link), where you can find some reasonably priced sets. Brand new sets of the same Melodies of Life needles are available on Amazon also, and for very reasonable prices. Here’s an Amazon affiliate link: Knitter’s Pride Melodies Of Life “Zing” Interchangeable Needle Set-9 Pairs / 4 Cords / Accessories

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Selfish socks for me! Done in my own hand dyed yarn.

I’ve also felt a need to cast on a few selfish knits. All this working on sweaters for mom and hubby, and after the holidays!? I need something for me. I went ahead and chose a couple of skeins from my shop – again! I may need to slow down using my own inventory – but I do love some of my colorways!

The sock I’ve started above is using my Pick Your Poison colorway, which will be used for the cuffs, heels and toes of the socks. The main body of the sock will be done in my Always Carry Antidote colorway. See what I did there? I know, I’m so clever 🙂 Both of these are on my TwistleBee Sock Base, a high twist sock yarn. They are both available in my HalesBee Handmade shop on Etsy (affiliate link).

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More selfish knitting in my DK hand dyed yarn. Bag from KnitForBrainsDesigns on Etsy.

Last in my entry today is a bit of enabling from Instagram. I saw a knitty friend had completed the Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor in three colors rather than one. Loved it! Had to plan one for me! I selected a few more HalesBee Handmade DK colorways (there I go again!) and popped over to Ravelry to get the pattern. My plan is start with my Remnants, do the middle section in Coffee and Pie Oh My!, and finish out with my Chateau de Bleu colorway. I’m so excited to have a shawl for me!

Well, that’s all for this entry, folks! I had better get back to knitting if I want to have more to show later 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed this peek into the HalesBee Handmade life. If you have clicked on the links marked affiliate and made a purchase (which gives me a small commision) then I thank you from the bottom of my HalesBee heart!

Happy knitting! Love from HalesBee!

 

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