LoveCrafts? I’ve got a discount code for you!

A while back I did a profile on LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet. Well, a lot has changed with them lately, so I figured it was time to take another look at one of my favourite online craft shops. (Keep reading for a special discount code!)

LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet have combined together, added a dash of needlework (yes, cross stitch!!), and are now LoveCrafts. You can still find all the great yarns and patterns that used to be part of LoveKnitting and LoveCrochet, and they also now carry DMC floss, cross stitch kits, and lots of other goodies. And, as I understand it, more needlework is on the way.

Lost Souls Shawl

The yarn selection of LoveCrafts is excellent. I’m crocheting up a positively spooky Lost Souls Shawl using a ball of Scheepjes Whirl in Liqourice Yumyum that I bought from LoveCrafts. How awesome will this shawl look with tessellating skulls ranging from black at the bottom to white along the top? (You can get my favourite crochet hooks from LoveCrafts too–Clover Soft Touch.)

I’m probably most excited about the new needlework section. Cross stitch is my first love, and I’m always so happy to find new places to buy awesome cross stitch kits. LoveCrafts carries tons of DMC kits, which can be hard to find in North America. I’ve already added a couple of kits to my cart in anticipation of my next order.

And, speaking of orders, LoveCrafts has given me a discount code to share with all of you. From now until August 31st, 2019, use the code LOTUS15 to receive 15% off on all orders of $10+. Make sure to add the code when you check out to get your discount. And, be sure to come back here and let me know what you bought. Yarn, notions, a cross stitch kit?

While you are visiting LoveCrafts, be sure to take a look at the Inspiration tabs in each section. They are full of tutorials, round-up articles, and lots more. LoveCrafts is much more than an online craft shop. It is a crafty community full of ideas.

(LoveCrafts graciously supplied a discount code, but they did not pay me for this post in any way. I do not receive any commission from your purchases. All opinions in this post are my own.)

Yarn Review: Lion Brand Go For Faux

As some of you know, I am a non-wooly knitter–I am very allergic to all kinds of animal fibres. I’m always on the lookout for cool new non-wooly yarns. So, when Yarn Canada reached out to me and asked if I wanted to review Lion Brand’s new Go For Faux yarn I jumped at the chance. A fur-like yarn that is completely animal free? Yes, please!

Go For Faux is Weight 6 (Super Bulky) faux fur yarn from Lion Brand. It comes in array of animal-like colours and pastels, and it knits and crochets beautiful. Both projects I made turned out super squishy. I almost can’t wait for the cold winter weather so I can wear them and be toasty warm. (Today is the hottest day of the year so far, so some winter weather would be super nice right now.)

Cheltenham Hat and Luxe and Lush Cowl

The yarn is 100% polyester, and it feels like the softest baby kitten belly fur that you’ve ever had the pleasure to rub. No, I’m totally serious. It is so soft.

Close-up of the underside of Go For Faux yarn

Go For Faux is a tape yarn with furry stands along one side of the tape. This construction (as opposed to being furry all the way around) makes it so much easier to knit and crochet with. (And, yep, your project will be furry on both sides! Don’t worry!) The yarn lies neatly on knitting needles, and it is easy to feel (yes, feel, not see) the stitches when crocheting. The finished product for both methods looks very similar, as you can see from the pictures below. I didn’t experience any shedding when either knitting or crocheting, although I understand some people say it has shed for them.

Close-up of crocheted Go For Faux yarn

The hat was knit using the Cheltenham Hat pattern from Lion Brand, and the cowl was crocheted using the Luxe and Lush Cowl pattern from Lion Brand. Both are in the colourway Grey Wolf.

Close-up of knit Go For Faux yarn

Go For Faux comes in eight different colours in 100g balls with 60m of yarn per ball. One ball is enough for a short cowl or a hat. The yarn is machine washable, so perfect for winter accessories.

I’ve still got one ball left to work with. I’m thinking of making some mittens with fabulous fur cuffs. What do you think? Does that sound like a good idea?

You can buy Go For Faux from Yarn Canada or your favourite yarn outlet.

Thanks again to Yarn Canada for sponsoring this post and providing me with the yarn.

Disclaimer: Yarn Canada provided me with the yarn for this review. All of the opinions in this review are completely my own.


 

Review – LoveKnitting.com

I am always so delighted to discover a new online knitting shop, and I’m even more delighted when it actually goes out of its way to make my life easier. LoveKnitting.com is more than an online shop stocked with 100s of different types of yarns and more tools than you’ll ever need, it is also a pattern library, a place to record projects, and a vibrant online community.

Note: This post is sponsored by LoveKnitting.com but all content and opinions are my own. And be sure to keep reading for a discount code.

LoveKnitting.com landing page. Look! A sale!

LoveKnitting.com, and its sister site LoveCrochet.com, are at heart an extremely well-stocked yarn shop. They carry yarn brands from around the word, ranging from Bernat to Wool and the Gang and just about everything in between. (I even found some of my favourite, now discontinued, sock yarn and you bet I stocked up on it!) LoveKnitting also has a couple of house brands, like Main Street Yarns, which features some of the lovest acyrlic yarn I’ve ever used, and Paint Box Yarns, who’s focus is amazing colours in a range of weights and fibres. I’ve got my hands on a few different brands and I’ll be posting about them in the coming weeks. (Check my Instagram for some sneak peeks!)

So many tools!

LoveKniting also carries HiyaHiya and KnitPro needles, bags, stitch markers, etc. Looking for some Denise interchangable hooks or some Addi Sock Wonder needles? They’ve got ’em.

Some of my collections. I’m just getting started!

The coolest thing about LoveKnitting/LoveCrochet is the profile and collections capability. Sign up for an account and then setup your profile. Now you can save anything you see on the site into a collection. I’m collecting together patterns, tools, and yarns as a way to help me remember what I’d want to make, or just what I love and wish I could make!

You can even follow other LoveKnitting members and designers, so you can keep any eye on their latest collections or projects.

Adding yarn to one of my projects.

Projects, I say? I do! LoveKnitting has a great system for allowing you to enter projects, complete with yarns, patterns, tools used, notes, etc. The system is very robust and connects with LoveKnitting’s huge database of yarns and patterns.

Patterns for days!

Speaking of patterns, LoveKnitting/LoveCrochet has a huge database of patterns, both paid and free. You can use filters to look for exactly what you want to make next, then click through and buy the yarn, needles, and other tools all on one site. Super convenient!

If you’d like to give LoveKnitting a try (and I hope you do), they are offering my readers a discount code. Just enter WELCOME15 to get 15% off your first order on all regular priced yarn. (And be sure to let me know what you order!)

Also, be sure to look for me and give my profile a follow. I’ll follow back. 😉

WIP Wednesday – Back At It

I’ve been stitching again! I’m not sure why, but the stitching bug bit again this weekend and I’ve finally started putting needle to fabric again. Actually, that isn’t true. I do know why. The next Smalls SAL check-in happens this Friday, and I didn’t have anything done. (If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I have a back-up plan or two.)

Enchanted Ornaments Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP)

I’ve done a bit more of the background for the Enchanted Ornaments Stocking that I am making for myself. I’ve also added the holly and mistletoe berries on the one side. But there is still sooooooo much more to do. I’m pretty sure I won’t have a pretty new stocking this coming Christmas Eve. (Can you believe it is only 152 days until Christmas?!)

Hygge Shawl (WIP)

I’m also back to work on the Hygge Shawl, a free CAL from Scheepjes and Haak Maar Raak. The yarn is Scheepjes Stone Washed (the heathered grey background yarn) and Catona (the brightly coloured yarn used for emblishement). I just adore this shawl, not only because looking at it brings me joy (says the KonMari devotee), but also because it combines crochet and cross stitch, two things I love. 😀

Don’t forget! The Smalls SAL check-in is in a few days. Don’t be like me and realize at the last minute you are missing a couple of threads. That means the mystery from the other day will have to stay mysterious for a while longer. 😉

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Playing with Yarn

Hello, Stitchy Friends!

Summer vacation is in its second third week already. Amazing how quickly time is flying by. We’ve been busy making bottle rockets, reading great books, and mostly doing just a whole lot of nothing. Sadly, that also means I haven’t been stitching much. My mojo has waned as the heat has grown.

But, even school holidays demand at least a tiny bit of a schedule. So, when the little man is working on some worksheets (gotta prevent the summer knowledge leak!), I settle down with my lovely shawl project.

Edlothia Shawl, designed by Jasmin Räsänen

I haven’t made much progress since the last time I shared, but it is still moving along. As before, the pattern is Edlothia, designed by Jasmin Räsänen and available for free on Ravelry.

Meandering Socks, designed by Dana Gervais for Knit Picks

My other little project is Meandering Socks, designed by Dana Gervais for Knit Picks. It is part of their Artful Arches pattern book. Every pattern in the book is designed to look good with hand-painted or stripey yarn. I’m using Lana Grossa Meilenweit Solo Cotone Print in colourway 4002, which is a beautiful tonal purple. Unfortunately, I’m stuck on the heel of this darn sock. It is a modified Feegle, which I love, but I keep losing count! The heat has melted my brain!

More stitching and other good stuff is coming soon, I promise. Until then, keep cool (or warm).

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