Review: Denise 2 Go – Crochet

I was recently asked if I was interested in reviewing the Denise2Go interchangeable set that Yarncanada carries in their online shop.

To be honest I was a bit hesitant at first. I have my favourite knitting needles and I don’t usually stray from them especially as the Denise kit needles are plastic so I decided to give the crochet set a go.

The set comes with 6 hooks from size 5mm up to a 9mm but if you notice in the picture the hook length is on the shorter side. That is because this is actually an interchangeable Tunisian Crochet set that also can be used as regular hooks.

I have yet to try Tunisian crochet so at the minute I will be using these solely as regular hooks. I thought the short hooks would bother me when I first got started but they are actually quite convenient. I don’t have to worry about the end of my hook getting caught in yarn and my hand adjusted to the different length in no time.

As well as the hooks you get 3 varied lengths of cable, a 3 inch, a 5 inch and a 9 inch. It also comes with an extender with the option of joining 2 cables together and 2 end buttons so you don’t loose your stitches.

The coolest part about this set for me was that it fits on the palm of your hand. Perfect for travel and “on the go” as the set is called. I love that I can chuck this into a small project bag and have everything I need right at my finger tips to crochet my heart out. I can definitely see me taking this in the car with a couple of skeins of yarn to make some squares or my newest obsession Hexies!!

I would say I am pleasantly surprised by this set and at the price point of $52 plus free shipping from YarnCanada it would make a fabulous pressie or stocking stuffer for the crocheter in your life.

DISCLAIMER: Thank you to Yarn Canada for providing me with the set to review. All opinions regarding this kit are my own.

Now I know you all are going to ask about the project in the background so here it is!

My friend Sally sent me some of her leftover Berroco Vintage yarn. I knew I wanted to do a hexagonal blanket with them but wasn’t really sure how I was going to do it. I checked out Bella Coco on You Tube, my trusty crochet how to’er and found the granny hexagon. I already knew how to granny so adapting it into a hexagon was a breeze. She also shares the join as you go method which makes me feel less overwhelmed at putting all those hexagons together at the ve3ry end. I’m not exactly sure if this will be a full blanket or a lap blanket or what just yet. I am still wondering if I should add in other colours or just keep it to three. Who knows maybe T will claim it when she gets home.

Now I must be off to crochet a few more!

FO: Framed Slouch

I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Rhinebeck NY for the Sheep and Wool Festival. It was amazing to actually be there and see some real knitting celebs *although I didn’t  see as many as I would have liked*

I’ll talk more about Rhinebeck in another post but today I am all about an FO I wore there. I had big plans for all kinds of Rhinbeck sweaters that I was going to bang out this summer but being pregnant changed the ball on everything and I didn’t get hardly ANY knitting done at all. I seem to completely loose any lack of mojo in the first trimester. It is more about survival, getting enough sleep and trying to stay awake!

So back to that FO…. a couple of weeks before Rhinebeck I was knitting my test of Frosty Acorn that I showed you last time. In my head I was planning a sweater and a hat that I could wear to Rhinebeck that would jump on my needles and be knit like the wind.

Well the hat came first because I really needed an instant gratification knit.

Pattern: Framed Slouch by Tanis Lavallee

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label in Fjord

Needles: 4mm and 4.5mm

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Now before you say “That doesn’t look like much of a slouch!” Yeah… I totally forgot to slouch the hat before the pics. We were leaving Rhinebeck to come home and I asked Michelle if she could snap some quick pics, threw on the hat and didn’t think a thing about it until I saw the pics.

Truth be told I like it either way and it will probably be worn both ways depending on my mood.

I bought this yarn in one of Tanis’s boxing day updates a couple of years ago. It has been sitting in my stash quietly waiting for the right pattern to jump out at me. It just so happens that I have had framed slouch sitting in my library waiting to be knit up…. how could I go wrong??

The best part was, the cardi I started for Rhinebeck 7 days before the actual event didn’t get finished… no surprises there! *face palm* so I took my favourite cardi to date and ended up representing my favourite East Coast Indie in style!

“Rhinebeck baby! ” was Michelle’s constant phrase used this weekend and I feel like this picture is a perfect companion for that phrase!

More about Rhinebeck soon!

Frosty Acorn

I recently finished a test knit for Suvi of Suvi Knits.

I haven’t tested anything in a while and I honestly don’t really do testing anymore but when I saw Suvi’s sample I just knew that I wanted to knit it. It may have helped that I had the perfect yarn in my stash too.

I knit this with:

Yarn:  Schoeller and Stahl Fortissima Alpaka in colours 3011 and 3009

Needles: 3.75mm and 4mm

Size:36 – 2′ of ease is built in.

The pattern is well written and easy to execute. I love the details on the cuff and the ribbing at the bottom of the yoke. It really sets it apart from anything I have come across.

I decided to knit the 36 for this sweater. That turns out to be a 34 with 2 inches of positive ease and it is just the right size for me and my growing bump. Enough room to grow a bit but still small enough that I can wear it afterwards too.

The yarn used is a fingering weight Alpaca so while it is warm it is still super lightweight. This is a perfect sweater for Early Fall!

There are so many beautiful versions of this popping up in the test group. It really does look great in a rainbow of colours but grey on grey was calling to me and I don’t think I will regret my colour choices. It is just so wearable!

The pattern is available here.

Agatha Tour and Giveaway!

I was excited to be asked by my long time blog friend Claire, now podcaster of the NH Knits podcast, if I would like to give away a copy of her first ever knitting pattern.

Of course!!  How could I not support her with the release of her first pattern!!

agatha socks

Agatha Socks

Agatha, named after one of her chickens who quite often gets herself into trouble escaping the coop, is written in two sizes, Women’s Medium and Large and provides both written and charted instructions.


Knit top down these socks feature a beautiful all over lattice pattern perfect to wear throughout the Fall and Winter months. Can’t you just picture these cozied up on the couch in front of a roaring fire?

Claire currently hosting a KAL in the NH Knits Ravelry group for Agatha.  The KAL will run until Oct 31st and she is offering 3 prize bundles to giveaway. She will be talking more about the prizes in Episode 28 of the NH Knits podcast. Just in case you thought this couldn’t get any sweeter there is an automatic discount code on Agatha when you purchase through Ravelry. The pattern will be $2 until the end of day Sept 25th after which time it will go back to the regular price of $3.


So if you have some needles at the ready and would like to be entered into the draw to win a copy of the Agatha Socks for yourself, leave a comment below telling me what colour and or yarn you would knit your Agatha’s in.

Comments will be open until Sunday September 27th at midnight!

You can also check out other places on the Agatha Tour for more chances to win.

The demise of Blithe

Back in 2011 I started to knit Blithe by Kim Hargreaves out of some Rowan 4ply cotton I got from a destash. Those of you who will remember I had a skirt with a stripe of the same colour green in it that I thought would go perfectly with that top.

So it was all off to the races and I knit Blithe on 2.25 mm needles in a month. I had to add length from the get go because, as my Ravelry notes indicate “My waist is not at my hip!” I continued on, added the buttons up the front and the sleeve caps before I trying it on properly. Rookie mistake #1!!

Note: I do remember trying it on before adding the buttons but it was a little hard to get the right idea of fit until they were added.

I attached the sleeves and without weaving in ends tried it on…. well…. it was completely potato sackish on me. The sleeves were more like wings attached to the top of my shoulders and there was no shape whatever. Rookie Mistake #2 I knit a 34 instead of a 32.

So here I was with this tiny gauge top that looked like a potato sack on me and did absolutely nothing for my figure. Can you see where this is going?

I was mad…. I dumped it into a corner and promptly moved on to something else.

FAST FORWARD 4 years later!

As you know I have been frogging some knits that I just don’t wear and knitting things I will actually WILL wear.

The Trail tank by Mel Ski popped up in my feed about a month ago and instantly I could see it knit in my fennel green Rowan 4ply cotton that was currently stuffed in a ziplock bag where it has not moved.

I started the tank yesterday and figured I should take some pictures to show you this horrible potato sackish top that I clearly wasn’t going to wear EVER.

Well…. when I tried it on, it wasn’t so potato sackish… and the sleeve caps didn’t look like bat wings…. granted I am more a 34 now and not a 32 so this would probably explain my shock. It is however still on the too short side. I do have a skein left over that I used to start my tank but I’m questioning if it would even look right if I tried to add length to it and if I really even want to do that.

I’ve been wearing it around the house today to get an idea of fit and if I really want to keep it. I’m pretty sure Blythe will meet her ultimate demise today where she will be frogged so I can carry on with my tank. Fingers crossed if I do frog, this new top will be the one that the yarn was meant for and I can stop looking at this yarn as an angry rookie knitter.

So should I frog or should I not?



It was so amazingly awesome to have so many of you leave comments on my last post telling me you are all still reading! I guess the show must really go on for now :)

I’m currently prepping for a biiig yard sale this weekend and I might have completely gutted T’s room on Monday… so it is safe to say my house is in shambles right now. I’ll fill you in on the room reno in another post but right now lets talk about a knit for mama.

Moose and I had a little date last night so of course I did the obligatory, “Can you snap some pictures on the way for me?” His favourite phrase I am sure!

Humidity hair and all, “It is HOOOOT right now” this is Tuscarora.

I guess I should explain that in my absence I took a hard look at my knitting wardrobe and decided what was working and what was just never being worn. I reused this yarn from a previous knit in the hopes that I could knit something a bit more wearable out of it. I was looking for something with a bit of a more relaxed fit and this pattern jumped at me when I saw it.

Pattern: Tuscarora by Patty Lyons

Yarn: Colour Adventures SIlky DK in the colour Bluebell.

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The silk content in this yarn gives it a wonderful drape and its exactly what I was looking for in this knit. Something that just lay the way it should without constantly fidgeting with it

I also love the shoulders. I constantly have issues with knits because my shoulders are wide but the rest of my frame is small so although my bust measures 32″ for a garment across the shoulders always tends to be tight. I don’t have to worry about that in this one because the body just gets wider to make the sleeves, not a decrease in sight.

I think it was Megan from Stockinette Zombies who went to a workshop with Amy Herzog, some day I hope to take a class with her, and has the same issue about shoulders as I do.  Amy said that although you have a small waist, 32, your shoulders measure 36 or 37 so you should be casting on for a 36 or 37 and then decreasing down to the 32 for the rest of the body. Mind Blown! That makes complete sense!! I will definitely be keeping that in mind for future knits.

So there we have it.

One comfortable knit down with many to go!

I might add that I am attending Rhinebeck this year!! That sounds sooo strange to say but yes I am. I’m currently pondering what my “Rhinebeck Sweaters” shall be so there may be a whole lot of sweater knitting going on in the near future.

FO – Low Tide

Hello out there! Is there anyone left?

It’s been quite some time since I have used the blog but for some reason I feel compelled today to share. There has been knitting albeit not the amount that I am used to but that’s ok, things change and we all just have to adjust with it.

We went on a short little trip lately and I took something completely monotonous to work on. When I’m stuck in the car for hours at a time there is nothing I love more than stockinette in the round. I don’t need to look at it and my hands just automatically know the drill. I started Low Tide by Sara Gresbach.

It has been quite some time since I have knit T a garment and I decided she needed once last chance to actually wear something I knit her. She finds most things itchy so I let her pick out two colours from my never ending Cotton Ease stash.

Pattern: Low Tide by Sara Gresbach

YARN: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Stone and Azalea

Mods: I knit 2″ stripes and 2 decreases at the beginning of sleeve then knit straight to cuffs.

My Rav project page

The sweater knit up in no time and even having to adjust and reknit the sleeve an extra time still didn’t slow me down much.

I love the side split on each side of this sweater, it makes things less bulky around the bottom and it sits just perfectly.

The stripe sizes in the pattern are optional so I went with a thick stripe of 2″

The sleeves as I’ve said where my only issue. My girl spends 99.9% of her time hanging from trees and monkey bars so her muscular arms ended up looking like stuffed sausages in the sleeves as written. I opted to only decrease a couple of stitches and then knit straight to the cuff which fit much better on my little tank.

A quick and easy sweater that she will hopefully get use out of when it cools down a bit. For now we are going to take the sunshine and enjoy it!

If you are still reading I would love to hear from you. I’m on the fence about whether to keep going with blogging or not.

Learning something new!

I have had a jar of sock yarn leftovers that I have wanted to make into some kind of a blanket for years now. Year after year it sits there being unused and unloved…. that is until last week.

You see I recently watched a new to me podcast called Bakery Bears Podcast. If you haven’t watched this knitting podcast yet you should! The podcast is a husband/wife team, Dan and Kay and is very well done. Dan loves history and because they live in England they get to experience all the wonderful historical places England has to offer. They even take their viewers with them for a little history lesson.

Kay has toy patterns for sale on Ravelry that she calls Mr. and Mrs. Bakery Bear, hence the name of the podcast. They are awfully cute but I think my favourite is her newest design. Miss Gelato. How cute is she?

So while I was watching the show Kay holds up her “scrappy sock yarn granny blanket” and I knew that was what my scraps needed to become. There are several viewers of the podcast on my Instagram feed who are grannying also so it really did fuel the fire.

Last Friday I decided I was going to learn to granny. Now my mum grannies like a pro and I have tried to learn from her a time or two before but I’m so very visual and need to see things repeated over and over a bagillion times before I can perfect them. T and I made a trip to michaels to get the itty bitty 2.75mm crochet hook that I needed and that night, once she was in bed, I sat down with Bella Coco on you tube and learned to granny.

My problem is I get a little bit obsessive when I’m trying to learn something new. I want to be good at it right away, so I ended up staying up much later than I normally do trying to wrap my brain around it.

By the end of the next day and many ripped squares later, I had it down pat. There are still times when I find that I forgot to do 2 trebles in the corners but they are small enough that ripping back and fixing it isn’t a big job at all.

I am now well on my way to my first granny square blanket!

Design Along

This is my knitterly friend Sarah aka PrairiePoppins.

She is currently in the top 5 of the design along challenge that the A Playful Day Podcast is hosting!!!

If you listen to the APlayfulDay Podcast you will have heard about the Design Along challenge that is going on right now. If you don’t listen to A Playful Day “Where have you been??” Head on over there and have a listen.

You can read all about the Design Along challenge and the amazing opportunity the winner will receive here.

I didn’t get around to posting about the 1st part of the challenge before it ended…. not enough hours in my day, but part two is happening now so I thought I would give you a chance to be a part of it.

In part 2 they picked their favourite 5 designs and it is now open for public vote. The design with the most number of likes wins:

A 2 hour tech consultation from Kate Atherley, yarn support from Fyberspates for this design or samples and an hour’s consultation with A Playful Day herself to help them on release/ next steps.

How awesome is that for a budding designer getting their first published pattern out into the world?

I have watched Sarah design for her family for years and was very excited to see her take the next step to publish her work.  I know there are great things to come from this lady and am behind her all the way!

This is her Three Colour Plaid Cowl pattern that is in the top 5.

Features of the Cowl:

  • only one colour per row
  • squooshy, deep fabric that doesn’t curl
  • woven plaid look with simple slipped stitches pattern
  • button closure so you don’t have to pull it over you head and mess your hair if that’s important
  • tall enough to stand up and fight the winter wind if you want to
  • could be a two colour cowl, and would be fabulous with a gradient and a contrasting solid

Can’t you just imagine this in those rich Fyberspates colours??

So if you would like to encourage Sarah in her pursuits please head on over to the board and click like!

Voting is open until Monday the 9th February so get your votes in and cheer this lovely lady on!!

Good Luck Sarah!!