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.


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.

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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!

FO: Antipodes and a giveaway

The weekend seems to have turned into giveaway time!

I don’t mind a bit and I’m sure you won’t either 😉

I recently finished a test knit for Libby of Truly Myrtle.

I told myself I wasn’t going to test much anymore and when Libby asked me I said that I didn’t really have the time to test right now. She sent me back a picture of said test in return……. just in case…..geez she really knows how to twist my arm!!

To be honest I have been wanting to knit a couple of cowl/shawls to wear at work. Something a little more neutral that could go with just about anything….

I had a skein of Softrope bfl sock in my stash that I bought from a friends destash. It wasn’t something I would normally choose, *grey, pink and beige combo* but it turned out to be the perfect skein this time around. *note: it always pays to go out of your comfort zone sometimes*

Pattern: Antipodes by Libby Jonson

Yarn: SofTrope BFL sock in Rapture

Needles: 4mm circs *straights would be fine for this too*

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The shawl is knit from end to end in one piece.

A simple garter stitch body with the perfect amount of lace to keep things interesting.

The pattern gives instructions on how to make your shawl longer or shorter depending on the amount of yarn you start with. This would be the perfect project if you want to give shawl knitting a go.

SofTrope was lovely to work with, Jessica does soft subtle colours perfectly! I look forward to working with more of her yarns again in the future.

Libby has kindly offered up a copy of the pattern to giveaway to one of my fabulous readers! You must pop over to her blog and read about the dress she is wearing in her Anitpodes pictures.

So the question is where would you wear your Antipodes?

Leave your answer in the comments below to be entered to win a copy. Comments will remain open until wednesday the 19th at midnight est

Good Luck!

Zig Zag Wings

The winner of the What the heart wants giveaway is

EMMA who wrote “Behind my back is my favourite, I could see me wearing that a lot. It looks a lovely collection. I am just off to add it to my rav favourites!”

I’ll be contacting you shortly Emma to send you your ebook.

Speaking of Justyna and her beautiful designs I recently finished a test knit for her.

Pattern: Zig Zag Wings by Justyna Lorkowska

Yarn: Colour Adventures Sweet Merino DK in Sherwood

Debbie Bliss Wool/Cotton colour 125

Needles: 3.75mm and 4.0mm circs

My Rav Project page

The minute I saw Justyna’s version on Instagram I knew that I wanted to knit it and exactly what I would use. My Hierro mittens sample recently came back and I knew I wanted a hat to go with them. I wasn’t sure how it would look with the green as the main colour but once I had more than one repeat knit I was smitten.

This would be a great first colour work project for someone. The motif is very simple, knits up quickly and makes a beautiful finished project! The pattern comes with two different motif choices so buying the pattern (for $4) is like getting two hat patterns for the price of one.

A big pom pom definitely sets off this hat so I couldn’t resist adding it although I could wear it either way no problem.

My version is definitely more of a beanie style than some other slouchy versions you may come across.

I wore this on a few walks before blocking it and decided that the pre blocking state is best for keeping warmth in and the cold wind out.

Of course there always has to be some goofin around when it comes to pictures and this girl. A girls gotta have some fun :)

 I think another version of Zig zag wings is in my future using the other motif.

I just need to decide on a colour combo.

All Kinds of Random

The random number generator chose comment #53

Natalie who wrote: Pillar Box is my favourite! I would probably make scarf or a shawl, but it would be for me – I haven’t made anything for myself in over 2 years.

I’ll be contacting you shortly for your choice and address.

How can it be the middle of October already?

The days are slipping away and I feel like nothing is getting accomplished creatively lately.

Two days after we moved I started a new job and it has put a stand still on getting anything done around these parts.

Soooo I’m thinking that until I can get things under control more around here I’d like to do some posts Truly Myrtle style. Libby does Share All The Things Fridays and I do enjoy the randomness of it. My posts will probably won’t be weekly and who knows what they will entail so lets call it All Kinds Of Random.

My computer is wreaking havoc this week. The battery is worn out and won’t stay charged. On top of that the cord that plugs into the computer is wearing out and won’t keep the computer on……… talk about frustrating. Today, I came home to a new battery sitting on the table… hopefully this will keep me sane for a while longer.

 I have been all over the place with knitting projects lately. I can’t seem to find the RIGHT project but I do know that my mind is sorely missing that quiet monotonous time. I have a pair of plain socks on the go to keep me occupied during gymnastics. The yarn is Knit Picks Felici in Foxglove and they seem to be the only thing I can concentrate on at the minute.

T and I made some delicious apple sauce this week using apples we picked during Thanksgiving. Warmed up this is the most delicious little pot of Fall flavours.

I finally broke down and bought the Clover Pom Pom makers in all the sizes. My days of cardboard pom pom making are offically over! These are definitely worth the money and pom pom’s now only take 2-3 mins to complete. BLISS!!  I can finally get back to that little project that required a few pom pom’s to finish it off. Expect a pom pom clad FO soon!

Miss Molly, the dog we always said would happily lay out in the yard all day has now been dubbed Houndini….. Twice she has escaped the fence we put up the day we moved in. I don’t think she thinks of this house as her home yet and is frantically searching for us when she gets out. Thankfully we have amazing neighbours and one managed to get Boss back in and tied up before letting me know Molly took off. The fence has been bolted together so she can’t pull it apart with her teeth anymore….. She is a crafty weasel I tell ya and will do whatever it takes to be with her daddy.

 Off to put my child to bed and find myself something to knit…. who am I kidding I’ll probably fall asleep on the couch….


I’ve talked about my designer crushes before, you know those designers that just design ALL the things that you want to knit.

Well I have developed a new crush this season.

© Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed

Dianna Walla is the designer behind the Sundottir sweater from Wool People 6 *probably my favourite edition so far* that I just HAVE to knit right now!

It seems to be a popular pattern at the moment and I can definitely see why. It is a beautifully timeless sweater and something I need to make for my wardrobe overhaul. I’m going to be frogging an old cardigan, Penny, and repurposing the yarn for what I’m hoping will be one gorgeous Sundottir.

Poor Penny had three runs through my knit and reknit mill but I was just never 100% happy with it. It was the first sweater quantity I ever purchased that wasn’t acrylic and I’m excited at the prospect of having something wearable with it after all this time.

I also recently came across a pair of colour work socks that I added to my queue right away. It was only after the fact that I realised it was another design by Dianna.

© Dianna Walla / Paper Tiger

Nikoline is a beautiful classic pair of socks that are inspired by Norwegian knitting. I’m going to be diving into sock yarn scraps for this one but I think I’m going to keep with the classic look.

I also found a wicked colour work cowl that you guessed it just so happens to be designed by Dianna. So much goodness I can’t stand it!!

© Crillia Rose / Skacel

This is the Pine Bough Cowl and is a free pattern on Skacel Fiber Studio and Dianna’s Ravelry Store. This one is going to take some more contemplation over colours and yarn choice but I hope to knit it up too.

So it looks like it’s going to be a Fair Isle Fall around these parts and I’m looking forward to playing with a bit of colour!

What strikes your fancy during this Autumn Season??