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Yarn Review: Lion Brand Mandala

Long time, no post! Sorry that I've been away. I'm currently visiting family in Indiana. I've finally got another review for you. This time it's another of the popular cake yarns: Lion Brand Mandala.

Stats:
Mandala is a 100% acrylic, light (3) weight yarn. It comes in cakes of 590 yards.

Price & Availability - 3/5
Mandala can be found from $4.97 to $7.99 per cake. It can be found at Walmart (for $4.97) and on the Lion Brand website. However, right now it is sold out on the website until at least January 2018! Until then, check your local Walmart to see if you can pick some up, and at a cheaper price!

Softness & Drape - 5/5
Mandala is very soft for an acrylic yarn. Its light weight gives it an excellent drape for garments, setting it apart from other cake yarns.

Look & Colors - 5/5
Mandala is a self-striping yarn with 16 colorways. Each colorway has several beautiful shades. The color changes are a bit slower than the abrupt color changes of Caron Cakes or Premi…
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Yarn Review: Red Heart Super Saver

Good morning everyone! Today I'm reviewing a yarn that is a staple in many fiber artists' work. You either love it or hate it: Red Heart Super Saver.
Stats - 
Red Heart Super Saver is a medium (4) weight, 100% acrylic yarn. It comes in skeins of 364 yards for solids, 236 yards for prints, 482 yards for ombre, and 482-744 for jumbo skeins.

Price & Availability - 5/5
Super Saver can be found in many stores, including Walmart and most big box yarn stores, and in several places online, from Amazon to the Red Heart website. For regular 364 yard skeins, prices range from $2.88 at Walmart all the way up to $4.49 at Red Heart. For everyday value, Walmart is probably the best place to buy, but they may not carry all the colorways and varieties.

Softness & Drape - 2/5
RHSS is notorious for sometimes being rough and scratchy. Some colorways are rougher and stiffer than others, and some are fine. Variegated colorways tend to be softer than the solids. Super Saver does soften over tim…

Yarn Review: Loops & Threads Impeccable

I'm back with a (delayed) yarn review! This week I'm talking about Loops & Threads Impeccable. I've been using this yarn for quite a while, as it's very versatile. It has become one of my favorite staples!

Stats - 
Impeccable is a medium (4) weight, 100% acrylic yarn. It comes in skeins of 227 yards (solids), 192 yards (prints), and even Big! skeins of 858 yards.

Price & Availability - 4/5
Impeccable is a Michaels exclusive. It can be ordered online if you don't have a store near you. The smaller skeins go for $3.49 each, and the Impeccable Big! skeins go for $9.99. The price is pretty fair for good quality acrylic yarn. Michaels has great sales and coupons from time to time, so it's possible to get this yarn for pretty cheap!

Softness & Drape - 4/5
This is a soft but sturdy yarn. Comparing to brands with similar uses, Impeccable is much softer than Red Heart Super Saver, and sturdier than the super-soft Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn. In my opinion, it&…

Root Beer Laptop Sleeve - Free Pattern

Happy Monday everyone! This week's yarn review will be a little delayed, because I'm bringing you a pattern instead! I do all my posting from a little 13" Macbook. With two little tots running around my house, the aluminum body of my laptop gets so many fingerprints and smudges! So, I designed a simple sleeve to keep it in when it's not in use. The pattern is easily adjusted for laptops of different sizes and even for tablets, too! Enjoy!

You can purchase a downloadable version on Ravelry here: Ravelry Link
Remember to add your projects; I love seeing them!

I'm also running a SALE right now! Buy one get one free on ALL patterns, no code needed! Expires May 31 at 11:59pm Central Time.

Root Beer Laptop Sleeve


Materials:
- H (5mm) Hook
- 1 ball Premier Sweet Roll yarn (shown in “Root Beer”) or similar. You will use nearly the whole ball.
- Button (Pattern uses a 1.5” button, but this can be adjusted easily)
- Tapestry needle
- Scissors
Notes:
- Bag is worked in joined ro…

Yarn Review: Premier Sweet Roll

Happy Monday! Sorry I've been away for a bit; I took some time off to visit my family for Mother's Day. This week I'm back with a review of Premier Sweet Roll.

Stats: 
Sweet Roll is a 100% acrylic, medium (4) weight yarn, made by Premier Yarns. It comes in cakes of 245 yards.

Price & Availability: 3/5
A cake of Sweet Roll yarn goes for about $4.99 - $5.99 regular price, depending on the retailer, which is an okay price. The value of cost per yard is similar to that of Bernat Pop, and although it is cheaper than Caron Cakes, it also has fewer yards. Sweet Roll can be found at Joann or on the Premier Yarn website. It does occasionally go on sale at Joann, sometimes up to $2 off per ball!

Softness & Drape: 3/5
Sweet Roll feels like your average acrylic yarn: decent softness. Comparing to Bernat Pop (because they are quite similar!), I would say that Sweet Roll is not quite as soft, but it is by no means rough or scratchy! The drape is also average for an acrylic yarn.

Loo…

Yarn Review: Bernat Pop!

Happy Monday! This week I'm review Bernat Pop! It's one of the 4 brands of self-striping "cakes" that are really popular right now!


Stats - 
Bernat Pop! is a 100% acrylic, 4-medium weight yarn. It comes in "cakes" of 280 yards.

Price & Availability - 3/5
Pop is sold at Walmart and online at Yarnspirations. Regular price for a Pop cake is $5.99. I would say this price is okay. It's cheaper than Caron Cakes, but it also comes in smaller skeins.

Softness & Drape - 4/5
Pop has decent softness for an acrylic yarn. I've found that it seems a little thicker than other medium weight yarns, which means the drape is not the best. It's good for more durable, solid projects, but I don't recommend it for lighter, openwork projects.

Look & Colors - 4/5
Like Caron Cakes and other similar cakes, Pop is self-striping. Each colorway has 5 shades, and it comes in 12 colorways.

User Friendliness - 5/5
Bernat Pop is easy to work with. I experienced no spl…

Autumn Broomstick Lace Scarf - Free Pattern

Last week, I showed you how to do broomstick lace and gave you a pattern for a scarf using medium weight yarn. Today I've got another broomstick lace pattern, this time using bulky yarn! This is my Autumn Broomstick Lace Scarf. It's great for those colder days when you need a scarf that's a little heavier. I made mine in neutral colors, but it would be cute as a pop of color, too!

You can also purchase a downloadable version here: Ravelry Link. Remember to add it to your favorites, and check out my other patterns while you're there! I love seeing finished project pictures, too!
Autumn Broomstick Lace Scarf
Materials:
- 2 colors of bulky yarn (less than half a skein of each is used). Yarn shown is Bernat Maker Home Dec in “Clay” and “Black”. You could also use one color or many colors. Make it yours!
- N (9mm) Hook
- 25 mm knitting needle (or similar)
- Scissors
- Tapestry needle

Notes:
- This pattern is fairly detailed but is for crocheters who are familiar with broomstick…