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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.

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…

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

- 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
- 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.

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.


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
- 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

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

Yarn Review: Caron Cakes

Happy Monday! This week I'm telling you what I think of Caron Cakes. This yarn was (and still is) insanely popular. In the beginning it sold out very quickly and it prompted many brands to put out similar products. So, does it live up to all the hype?

Stats - 
Caron Cakes is a 4-medium weight yarn that's a blend of 80% wool and 20% acrylic. It comes in "cakes" of 383 yards.

Price & Availability - 4/5
At this time, Caron Cakes is a Michael's exclusive. It's $7.99 per cake. If you're buying for a big project that can get expensive quick, but Michaels typically has good sales or coupons. Cakes can sometimes be found on sale for $6. Pair that sale with a coupon and that's a great deal!

Softness & Drape - 4/5
I'm not usually a fan of wool, but wool blended with acrylic is pretty great. Cakes is softer than most mid-range acrylic or wool, and the drape is nice as well.

Look & Colors - 5/5
Since new colors were recently added, Cakes now comes in …

Throwback Camera Pouch - Free Pattern

In honor of throwback Thursday, here's a new pattern: the Throwback Camera Pouch! I wanted something cute to keep my camera in, but this pouch would make a perfect coin purse too!

A downloadable PDF version of this pattern is available here: Ravelry Link. Don't forget to add it to your favorites and projects! Enjoy!

Throwback Camera Pouch

- G (4.25mm) hook
- Medium (4) yarn
-Less than half a skein of cream, brown, and black.
-Very little of red, yellow, green, and blue for cross stitching.
- Scissors
- Tapestry needle
- Zipper or other closing hardware
- Keyring
- Chain 1 does not count as a stitch.
- Join each round with a sl st to the first stitch of the round.
- Stitch counts are indicated in (parenthses).
- Gauge is 1” = 4 single crochet. Measurements are given for height so row height gauge is not important. Finished bag is approximately 4.5” x 4.5” not including keyring loop.
Stitches and Abbreviations
Ch – Chain
St – Stitch
Sl st – Slip stitch
Sc – …

Springtime Broomstick Lace Scarf - Free Pattern

Good morning! This week I've been working a lot with broomstick lace. It's such a pretty technique, and I don't think it's used enough! So I've designed two scarf patterns for you using broomstick lace. The first is my Springtime Broomstick Lace Scarf. It's perfect for this time of year, when it's getting warmer but there are still a few chilly days. Put it over a light sweater, or a cute sun dress!

There is a downloadable version of this scarf available for purchase here: Ravelry Link. Remember to favorite this pattern and add your projects! While you're there, why not check out some of my other patterns too?

Springtime Broomstick Lace Scarf

- 1 skein medium (4) yarn. (Pictured is Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn in "Soft Blue" and "Rosy Cheeks")
- I Hook (5.5mm)
- Large knitting needle or other “broomstick” tool (mine is 16mm, but I will provide dimensions for gauge)
- Scissors
- Tapestry needle
- This pattern is fairl…

Broomstick Lace - Photo Tutorial

I have to admit, I put off trying broomstick lace for a long time because it looked so intricate that I assumed it would be frustrating! Now, I'm so glad I gave it a shot, because it's super easy and looks so pretty and detailed when it's finished. So, I'm going to show you how to do broomstick lace and give you some tips for customizing your own broomstick lace project! In my next post I'll have a free pattern for a circle scarf using the Broomstick Lace stitch.

Let's get started!
-Yarn. The great thing about this is, you can use whatever kind of yarn you like. Use something easy and comfortable for you. For this tutorial, I'm using Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn (Swatch is done in "Orchid" colorway).
-Hook. Again, you can use whatever hook you like. It's best to choose a hook that compliments your yarn. For this tutorial, I used an H 5.00mm hook.
-"Broomstick." Now it's probably not super convenient to use a bro…

Yarn Review: I Love This Yarn

Happy Monday! This week I'm reviewing Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn.

Stats - I Love This Yarn (ILTY) is a 100% acrylic worsted weight (4) yarn. It comes in skeins of 252 yards (variegated) or 355 yards (solids).

Price & Availability - 3/5
The price for one skein of ILTY is $3.99, which is somewhat reasonable for a yarn of this quality. Where ILTY loses points is in availability. It can only be bought in Hobby Lobby stores or from their website. Another problem is that Hobby Lobby rarely has great sales or coupons for yarn.

Softness & Drape - 4/5
ILTY is probably the softest acrylic yarn I've ever worked with. It's great for blankets, garments, and kids' toys. It has good drape and is also stretchy.

Look & Colors - 5/5
ILTY comes in many solid colors, and it also comes in many multi varieties including neons, stonewash, prints, stripes, and more! It's hard to beat ILTY in color selection. It also comes in a sport weight version!

User Friendliness - …

Arabesque Fringe Purse - Free Pattern

I have another new pattern for you! This is my Arabesque Fringe Purse. It uses Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn. If you're not a fan of fringe, this bag is a great blank canvas for your favorite embellishments! Get the downloadable/printer friendly version here: Ravelry Link.

Arabesque Fringe Purse

- 2 colors bulky yarn (Suggested yarn: Bernat Maker Home Dec)
- J Hook
- Scissors
- Tapestry needle
- Zipper or other closing hardware of choice (OPTIONAL)

- Chain 1 at the beginning of the round does not count as a stitch.
- Join each round with a slip stitch to the first stitch of the round.
- Stitch counts are indicated in parenthesis.
- When making the strap, ch 1 and turn at the beginning of each row.
- Gauge:1” = approx. 3.5 stitches and 4 rows. Bag measures about 8” x 8.5” when laying flat. Gauge is not crucial to this project.

Stitches & Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Sc dec – Single crochet decrease
Hdc – Half double crochet
St – Stitch
Sl st – Slip sti…

Scrubby Stripes Cloth - Free Pattern

Are you looking for a crocheted cloth with a little extra scrubbing power? Look no further! This wash cloth is the perfect mix of cotton and Red Heart Scrubby! Use it to clean your dishes, or even for exfoliating! Get the downloadable & printer friendly versions here: Ravelry Link

Scrubby Stripes Cloth

- Red Heart Scrubby yarn (less than 1 ball)
- Any medium weight cotton yarn (less than 1 ball)
- I hook (5.5mm)
- Scissors
- Tapestry needle
- Ch 1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.
- Turn your work after each row. You can also carry your yarn up the side of your work or cut and rejoin for each color change.
- The round immediately after the scrubby rounds can be worked between the scrubby stitches rather than into them. I did mine this way to make it easier to work the stitches. It’s a personal preference and should not noticeably affect the look or size of your piece. Be sure to count your stitches to make sure you don’t lose any!
- Stitch counts ar…

Yarn Review: Red Heart Scrubby

Happy Monday! This week I'm reviewing Red Heart Scrubby yarn.
Stats -
Red Heart Scrubby is a medium (4) yarn with a slightly rough, "scrubby" texture. It is 100% polyester and comes in balls of 92 yards (solids) or 78 yards (prints).

Price & Availability - 4/5
One ball of Scrubby ranges from as low as $3.98 at Walmart to $5.49 at the Red Heart website, so it can be a little expensive if you don't shop around. That being said, it is pretty widely available both in stores and online. That price can still seem expensive for a small amount, but it's unlikely you will want to use it for large projects; it's perfect for dishcloths and, well... scrubbies! 😃

Softness & Drape - N/A
I'm skipping the rating for this category. Scrubby is a textured yarn that is meant to be a little rough for cleaning and exfoliating, therefore it isn't very soft and doesn't have much drape. So it's perfect for its intended use!

Look & Colors - 5/5
Scrubby has a n…