11 February, 2018

Episode 269: Opinions are like Noses

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Episode 269:


Weigh in:


True North hats: 2 hats wool ease thick n quick- size 13&15 needles

Raised squares waffle baby blanket- LionBrand ice cream- banana split size f hook

F bombs- no pattern- Cascade 220 scraps


On my needles and hooks:

Oversized vest- knit-1 (2006)- original pattern calls for LionBrand Homespun. I’m using Lion Brand Scarfie in Cream-taupe and 10.5 likke needles

Pink Potato Chip: Crystal Palace Yarns- Nocturne Aran in 623 Raspberry.

Size 9 hiya hiya needles. 



Fiber Addiction braid -2 ply- 145 yards



Be Sweet Magic ball

The Magic Ball is a divine arrangement of hand dyed boucle and brushed mohair yarns tied with knobby, ribbon, and metallic goodies. Available in 48 enchanting colors!

Yardage: 90-95 yards/87 meters per 50g skein

Gauge: 14 sts = 4" / 10 cm

Needle Size: US 9 / 5.5 mm

Care Instructions: Hand wash in cool water, dry flat.


More information about Be Sweet

Be Sweet was founded on the principle of being kind to others. Nadine Curtis created Be Sweet in 2003 while living in Cape Town, South Africa. In May of 2015, Laurie Cook purchased Be Sweet and relocated the company to Owosso, Michigan.

Be Sweet’s mission; to bring socially and environmentally friendly products to fashionable consumers that evoke an individual style and help support community development around the world.

Other helpful info:

Social media posts can use the #besweetyarns hashtag.

Be Sweet is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Ravelry.

Please credit Be Sweet for providing product for review.

1-2 skeins maximum per reviewer; we can ship to US and Canada.

If you would like to do a giveaway with this review, please e-mail us and we can help set that up for you.



Bijou Basin Ranch is pleased to introduce Himalayan Summit, a new fingering weight yarn base for fall. This 50/50 blend of Tibetan Yak and Superfine Merino will delight your senses, and you can choose from 9 hand-dyed colors in their Autumn Spices palette, inspired by the exotic flavors of the season. It's great for crochet, too! 


Talking Points for Himalayan Summit:

Fiber Content: 50% Tibetan Yak, 50% Superfine Merino

Hand dyed in semi-solid and variegated colors by MJ Yarns and ModeKnit Yarn

3.5 oz skein = 325 yards/297 meters

Fingering weight (16 wpi)

Recommended needle size: US 3 - 5, 6 stitches per inch

Care Instructions: Hand wash, dry flat for best results.

Exclusive knitting pattern for this yarn, Eyelet of the Tiger, is available as a discounted project kit or for individual purchase.

More information about Bijou Basin Ranch

Established in 2005, Bijou Basin Ranch is a small family owned and operated yak ranch situated on the open plains of western Colorado, about 65 miles southeast of Denver.

Our primary goal is to produce and sell high-quality fibers and yarns made with premium yak fibers and other luxury fibers. We raise registered, full-blooded Tibetan yaks that have superior glossy coats which are harvested annually. We also supplement the fiber we harvest from our yaks by purchasing quality yak fiber from other yak ranchers across the country and abroad.

Our yarns are made in the USA as well as abroad, and many are hand-dyed with care by color experts at various large and small dye houses primarily here in the US but in some cases abroad as well. Our full range of yarns and fibers are sold under the Bijou Spun label through our online store and other yarn retailers across the US. Bijou Basin Ranch also attends many fiber festivals and other knitting-related events each year.


Allure fine fiber and fabric wash: Allure, Fragrance Free

Fine Fiber and Fabric Wash!

Allure  provides a superior wash that removes soils and odors yet still guards colors.  Available in 16 oz. and 3.4 oz. bottles and a 0.23 oz. single-use packet.  This all natural, no rinse wash is backed by thirty years of experience; the premium no residue formula was developed specifically for fine fiber care by our own resident chemist, Eileen Koop!  Allure is available in three sizes, a 16-ounce bottle, a 3.4 ounce travel size (TSA approved) and a one gallon jug with a convenient pump perfect for people with a lot of fiber to clean like indie dyers

allure’s Fragrance Free wash is the same great no residue, no rinse formula, but with no scent added.  It is allure, without any fragrance added to take away the natural scent of the product.  If you are a scent sensitive person, use allure Fragrance Free on all your prized hand-knits and delicates.

 Our All Natural Formula is:



     Color Safe

     Tough on stains

     Septic/gray water safe               Contains:

     No dyes, enzymes, or phosphates

     No optical brighteners

     No formaldehyde

     No gluten




Natural Cleaning agents - (Derived from Palm oil and corn, lifts and suspends soil and stains)

Plant derived fiber conditioner (Helps remove soil and smooth fibers)

Natural fragrance (Composed of essential oils and extracts)

Preservative (Acts as an antibacterial to prevent contamination)

Not tested on animals


Grocery Shopping:

Retro ergo fit crochet hooks. Amazon. Comes with a case.

Wood burning wand and Learn to burn book

Metal stamping alphabet- 2 hammers. Need a metal plate to pound on. 

Mira handcrafts- 40 mini skeins -started a mini granny blanket. Might order another 40 minis.

Wrist Ruler- Black- Mimi’s needle basket on Etsy

AnnTudor- Critter Keesters- pigs and sheep stitch markers

Persian tiles afghan Book 



Word for 2018:


New quote each week at work. Fostering positivity. 

Essential oil jewelry. 



Olympics/ ravellenic games





On the menu:

Knit & Spin Day- March 10th  in Grand Haven           

      Also Trunk show at Michigan Fiber Studio in Grand Rapids

Yarn Con- Chicago

Stitches MidWest

Michigan Fiber Festival

Knittin’ in the Mitten 2018 about 1/2 full




  Coco Knits Leather cord and needle Stitch Holder Kit



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