Wednesday, August 31, 2016

caron cakes yarn review...

Caron took the fiber world by storm with the introduction of "Caron Cakes", their new and delicious gradient yarn. Prior to the release of this new yarn, at Michaels stores across North America, gradient cakes were something that you only saw in high end yarn stores. As soon as pictures of the new Caron Cakes started to grace the web, I was instantly intrigued and I wondered how this box store gradient yarn would measure up.

In a nut shell...I loved it! It was a fun and affordable way to try something new and exciting. Caron Cakes yarn is 20% wool, so it had no where near the plastic feel of many acrylics, plus the colourways are amazing. Soft and squishy, the Caron Cakes also boast a generous yardage of 350 meters (383 yards), which is more than enough to complete your basic crochet project. The Mostly Harmless pictured was completed with just one cake of Cookies and Cream.

Mostly Harmless Shawl by Kaylie Dawn

The only really negative thing that I had to say about Caron Cakes would be about the abrupt colour changes. It would have been nice to see a more gradual colour change, but at this price point I don't think that it's really worth complaining about. Besides, if you find the colour change bothersome, the yardage is generous enough to fasten off at the end of a row/round and then start the next round with the new colour.

(September 1, 2016 - I forgot to mention that this is an independent post and that we are
not sponsored by Caron Yarns.)


Monday, August 29, 2016

new crochet pattern - forever young peter pan collar by kim miller.

Forever Young Peter Pan Collar by Kim Miller

Skill Level: Intermediate

That coveted chic style is simple to achieve with this DIY detachable Peter Pan collar!

This crochet pattern is complete with written instructions, and lots of illustrations to help you to successfully complete your project.

This detailed crochet pattern calls for ½ of a ball of Knit Picks® Comfy Fingering [50 g (1.76 oz)/199 meters (218 yds) per ball], a 2.75 mm (C) crochet hook, a 9 mm (3/8”) button (or size needed), and a yarn needle.

The pattern instructions are written for one size, and the finished collar measures 50.8 cm (20”) in diameter, and 5.7 cm (2¼”) in width. Please note that the size is approximate and will be affected by the gauge and the brand of yarn. 

(Purchase this pattern from and receive 20% off by using coupon code "PeterPan20" at the checkout. 
Offer valid until Monday September 12th, 2016)