Saturday, April 15, 2017

Giant Crochet Pineapple

A few weeks ago my dear friend Nicki was visiting someone in Chicago. The hotel she was staying in held a giant crochet pineapple! Being the wonderful friend that she is, she dutifully photographed said pineapple so that I could share it with all of you. It was created by crochet artist Gina Rose Gallina, whose work has also been featured such places as Vogue Knitting Live. Cool!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Review: June Cashmere DK Yarn

Today, I'll be reviewing Cashmere DK yarn from June Cashmere. Disclaimer: I received this complimentary yarn in exchange for a review. I am not being paid to write this review and everything shared here is my real opinion. June Cashmere as a company is really interesting and worth reading about. Check them out!

When I received this review yarn in the mail, I was very excited. It is completely gorgeous and soft. Also, the lot for the colorway was 1! I've never had that happen before. Very cool. I was feeling old-school that day, so I even wound it by hand instead of using a winder. There were no snags in the hank at all, making winding no problem.

To be honest, I was concerned about one thing; I only had 50g of yarn to test with. As you may know, I am looking to improve my knitting skills. Crochet is my first and forever fiber love, but branching out into new territories is good for everyone. Plus, knitting illuminates my crochet skills and design ideas in new ways! Since knitting tends to use about 1/3 less yarn than crochet (on average), I decided that I had better knit with my precious June Cashmere in order to stretch it out.

The yarn and the project ended up being a heavenly match. I chose this fox scarf pattern, but I diverged from it quite a bit. I had exactly the right amount of yarn, with a touch leftover. The yarn was very pleasant to knit with and produced crisp stitches. I supplemented with some stash DK in the appropriate colors.
I don't think I could have chosen a better yarn for my fox scarflette if I'd tried. The color, Pumpkin, was spot-on. I totally adore the finished project. Usually, I would love to tell you about the alterations I made to a pattern as I worked it up. However, this time I just went with the flow. I practiced my knitting shaping in a very organic way and didn't write anything down.

Thank you to June Cashmere for letting me test their yarn. I unhesitatingly recommend it, especially for its rich colors and stitch definition. Maybe I can squeeze a tiny project out of the leftovers!