Yarn Cravings and Amazon Adventures

Happy January…I’ve been battling an illness for the past month, and am still not well. The bugs swirling around in winter at schools finally caught up to me. The past 2 weeks it’s getting progressively worse. You know I’m sick when I miss my precious ski days! It’s depressing. On the bright side, I have had extra time for net-surfing, reading, writing, and knitting. Surfing for patterns and yarn, of course. Here are some of the goodies I found and the adventures along the way.

Since finishing the Baby Surprise Jacket (see last post), I started an adult-sized version for one of my daughters. It is progressing nicely. Here’s a photo of the work in progress. The yarn is Elann Peruvian Highland Donegal in Oatmeal and blue, with bits of Patons Classic Wool in blush, and a Caron Cake in Rainbow Sherbet.

While knitting I was also surfing, planning out the next jacket, and browsing through more garter stitch patterns. Here’s one I absolutely drooled over: the Hue Shift Afghan from KnitPicks. Wow, it’s stunning, and it’s offered as a kit and a pattern. Although the kit is low-priced, it’s from the USA and I would have to pay exchange and duty. I may just get the pattern and shop for yarn in my stash or LYS.

Shop local is my mantra (I love my LYS), but I just couldn’t help myself with this one. There is a yarn supplier & pattern designer I’ve been a fan of for years, Elann, based in Vancouver. (So, they’re kind of local.) Elann now outsources their shipping to Amazon.ca. Anyway, I ordered a 5-pack of the Meander wool in the Bohemian colourway. It arrived last Friday as promised, but when I opened the box, my order was sprinkled with, of all things, SOY SAUCE. It was actually spilled inside the box. I guess the Amazon warehouse order-picker-packer was eating his lunch while he packed my box. Thankfully the yarn was packaged in a plastic bag, so it was not damaged, but it stunk like soy sauce. Awful, except, Elann’s customer service was fast and amazing. They replied to my complaint within a couple of hours, and offered to replace the yarn and give me a free pattern. I decided to keep the yarn (the smell will easily air/wash out), and chose the Pinwheel Sweater pattern. You can find Elann on Ravelry, and on Amazon. Check them out. I am still a loyal customer thanks to their fabulous customer service. The Meander yarn is delicious and is destined for my next project, probably another Surprise Jacket, or a cozy “swoncho” (poncho-sweater-thing, thanks Knitting Daily emails for the name).

What are you working on? Feel free to post links in the comments here.

I hope you are all healthy and well. Happy knitting and crocheting!


Etsy shop grand re-opening October 2014!

Visit us on Etsy!

I’m back on Etsy with a selection of premium wools, unique & vintage patterns, and handmade gifts, including these Slouchy Slipper Boots for ladies. Check back soon for the pattern.

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Back to school means back to knitting

There’s something about fall that makes me want to cocoon at home and make warm woolly things. I’ve finished a top-down knit raglan pullover sweater for my daughter, a bunch of hats (knitted and crocheted), and slippers too. My other daughter asked for a raglan cardigan in a sparkly yarn, and that one is nearly finished. She is just deciding on a few customizations. I finally finished this toque (a toque is a winter hat, for all you non-Canadians), made of springy Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran superwash merino (luxury!).


Upcoming: Craft Daily Trial Subscription Review

Are online crafting videos worth the subscription price? Blueberry Creek Crafts puts it to the test. Many companies, like Interweave, Craftsy, and Craft Daily, offer pay-per-view online video instruction for knitting and crochet. I originally wanted to watch the Knitting Daily TV series, now available through Knitting Daily. The first season is on Craft Daily, along with many other workshops by famous names like Doris Chan and Lily Chin. I subscribed for one month. My trial is in progress – I’ll report back after a month with what I’ve found useful, what wasn’t worth the money, and an overall rating.


Frozen-Inspired Halloween Hats

I thought we were Frozen-ed out here at home, but as soon as my daughters saw these Anna and Elsa costume hats on the Hopeful Honey blog, they told me I HAD to make them!

There’s a lot going on here at Blueberry Creek Crafts, and I hope you’ll join me.

Enter the Stampin’ Up! Digital Giveaway on Facebook – ends Nov. 22nd!

Stampin’ Up! is having a giveaway on Facebook for a chance to win our next My Digital Class to help your customers share our excitement about these new classes. When people enter to win, they’ll be hit with all our My Digital Class awesomeness and will get a preview of the classes that will be available for purchase. Those who enter will also get a customized link that they can share with others.

Everyone who enters has a chance to win our next My Digital Class, but those who share their customized link will get their name entered into the drawing one more time for every person that uses their link to enter. So, after you enter, make sure to post your link to the giveaway on your Facebook page, Twitter, e-mails, and anywhere else you hang out online.

You can enter the giveaway starting on Tuesday, November 12. To enter, just go to our My Digital Studio Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mydigitalstudio) and follow the links there.

Host a workshop in November and receive a free gift

Not sure about workshops? Find out more about what we do by watching this video.

Call me to book your workshop. You’ll get a free gift at the workshop. Your guests will have a great time making cards for Christmas, and they’ll be entered to win a door prize. Making cards is fun and easy. Try it out!

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