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Product Review: The Silver Shed USA Project Bags

The wonderful world of podcasts taught me about project bags.  Before I learned of these actual knitting/crochet/crafting specific bags, I used spare purses I had lying around. But then I saw them.  I think it was first on the Stockinette Zombies podcast.  And then I found out Amy’s Mom made project bags.  I first tried some others that were a little smaller and cheaper and I’ll review those soon, but then I finally came around to these.  And it was love at first sight or use or both.


The shop is The Silver Shed USA.  These bags are wonderful.  And I think the price is amazing for what you get.  She has lots of fun fabrics, a variety of of sizes and even options to add things to the bags.  I haven’t done this yet because I just like the bags themselves.  I have bought both the Medium Wedge and the Large Wedge.  I have two of the medium wedge which are perfect for socks (even two at a time) and other smaller projects and one medium wedge which is perfect for a shawl pattern.  I’m sure it’s perfect for other medium-large projects as well but all I have tried it for so far is the Wildes Meer shawl by Voolenvine Yarns.  I like it because a printed pattern fits in it without having to fold it and as my shawl is getting bigger I don’t have to squish it to fit it in the bag.  The medium wedge is perfect for my two-at-a-time socks, because there is plenty of room for the two balls of yarn.  She has the add-on to add a lengthwise division to keep the balls of yarn separate.  I can see the benefit to this and will probably order this extra next time, but for now my bags work just great.  I have plenty of room in the medium wedge for a pattern, two balls of yarn and my sock project without having to squish anything.

And quality-wise, the bags are well made.  The zippers work great and coordinate well.  I love the inside fabric.  The construction is amazing and I know how hard this is to do.  I use to sew and try to make bags so I know that this is really great construction because I have tried to do this sort of thing.  Ann knows what she is doing and she must enjoy it because she is prolific at making bags.  She even has a custom order option.

So run check her shop out. She has all types of fabric from playful, to nerdy, to a more traditional look.  There is honestly something for everyone (who doesn’t love a bag with knitting kittens? This may be my next one.)  This is not a paid advertisement.  I bought my bags from her.  I just wanted to share a wonderful Etsy shop if you haven’t already heard of her.

I will be featuring other shops in the near future so stay tuned!


Posted in WIP

WIP Weekly

So I thought I would do a weekly round-up of what I have been working on that week.  I usually have more projects on the needles but have been trying to focus on 2-3 projects per week so I can make some headway.  So what have I worked on this week?

My first WIP is Wildes Meer by Kristen Lehrer of Voolenvine Yarns.  I am loving this pattern.  I am working on it using Hint of Moss Voolenvine Blitzed base yarn, which is a lovely light green specked with some dark spots.  It’s going to make a gorgeous shawl.  The first part is easy to memorize and work on and I find it great TV knitting or sitting around watching podcast knitting.  This is my first knitted shawl and I have caught the bug.


My second WIP I shared yesterday is my dish towel using I Love This Cotton in a gray color (I’m not sure of the actual name, I have misplaced the band).  The pattern is the Double Bump Dishcloth by Missy Angus and I used a 55 stitch cast-on I believe for the dish towel. This is coming along quickly and makes a great car project, easy to work on in traffic, drive-thrus, and pretty much anywhere.  I also work on it in the evening while watching Game of Thrones as you really have to pay attention when you watch it.  It also stores nicely in a Vera Bradley cosmetic-type bag my mom found for me at a yard sale.  I have three and they are brand new.  Perfect for pens for my planner and for small knitting projects!


And my last WIP for this week are my Hermione’s Everyday Sock pattern by Erica Lueder.  I am working on these in Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso Base in the Purple Rain colorway.  I ordered this just weeks before Prince died so it seemed fitting to start on them shortly after finding out about his death. He was a big part of the music of my youth.  My poor kids were inundated with his music for a few weeks as I grieved his passing. Yes it may be strange to do this but for some reason I did feel a connection to him and his music. More so than some of the others that have died lately.  But back to the knitting, this colorway is working up lovely and works great with this pattern.  I am working two-at-a -time and hope to finish before the end of the month.


So that’s what I’m working on this week?  What’s on your needles?  I would love to see/hear about it.  Am I missing a linky that covers this?  If so please let me know.

Have a wonderful knitting day and a great weekend!


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What I’m reading

As an aside, I thought on Thursday I would do a “What I am Reading” post.  So many of us knitters are also big readers.  So what am I reading this week?

Well usually I am a big fiction reader, but recently I’ve been into self-help, specifically into financial, then branching into business.  My husband is self-employed and I’m thinking of things I can do on the side to increase our income so some of these are extremely relevant to that.  And then also I am working on exercising daily so I need motivation there.  Soon I plan on getting fiction back in because I have some excellent books from the library and downloaded on my Kindle that I cannot wait to read.  And I use to listen to audio books a lot but it seems podcasts have taken over there.  Oh well.

So here you go:


See a pattern?  Yes I might be a little obsessed with Dave Ramsey right now.  I guess there are worse obsessions to have.  I am truly trying with the help of my husband to get the family on track.  But oh it hurts to tighten the budget.  And Voolenvine is having an update Friday. Sigh . . .  Did I make a misc category this month in the budget, I must go see 😉

What are you reading?  What kind of books do you like to read?  I read just about anything so any suggestions are great.

Have a happy knitting and reading day!

Note: I have amazon affiliate links associated with the books above. That is not my motivating factor for making this post, but if you would like to purchase through my links I greatly appreciate it. My motivating factor is simply to share what I am reading 🙂

Posted in WIP, Yarn Along

Yarn Along: Dish Towel

So I started knitting with a dishcloth in a class at my LYS.  I loved it and loved using it.  I made some from time-to-time.  Then I started using them regularly and fell in love with them.  Now I always have a dishcloth or dish towel on the needles.  Some may be for me, some may be for gifts, some may be for a future etsy store.  All are for my knitting enjoyment.  I mean they are easy to work on, mindless even.  I work on them in drive thrus, on the beach at the Cape, at home watching tv, sitting in traffic, at the doctor’s office, pretty much anywhere.  They are awesome, easy, quick and practical.  What more can I say.   The pattern I am using is the Double Bump Dishcloth by Missy Angus (I think I use a 57 stitch cast-on for the dish towel here) and the yarn is Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton in gray. So here is my contribution for this week’s Yarn Along (my first) along with my current book.  I’m reading several, more on that tomorrow, but this is my main one.  I’m loving it, it’s actually helping me plan out this blog and motivate me. I love Dave Ramsey!


Want to join in the Yarn Along or simply see what others are working on and reading? Click below and visit the Small Things blog and participate!

Posted in Podcasts


Podcasts have become one of my favorite things about knitting.  I have a few knitting friends nearby but life is so busy and nearby is technically almost an hour away along with my LYS, so podcasters  have become my friends.  How many people can relate to that?

So weekly I enjoy my fix of seeing my friends chat about their knitting, spinning, sewing, and other interests along with their lives and I love it.  I feel like I’m in a knitting group and while I can’t contribute, this works well with my quiet, shy personality.  Yet it makes me long to go to a retreat or a fiber festival so that is next on my to do list.  I would love to go to SAFF this year but driving 7-8 hours across NC alone with a chronic illness is not something my husband is crazy about letting me do.  2-3 hours, yes, that far, no, not really and he’s right.  I would exhaust myself.  And unfortunately it falls in the middle of deer season or otherwise he would be glad to take me.  So for now I enjoy my podcasters and live vicariously through them.

I both listen to audio ones and watch video ones.  The audio for the car and sometimes doing things around the house, and the video for when I sit and knit.  I have my favorites but I am always looking for new ones.  Here are some of my favorites:

Audio knitting podcasts:

Video knitting podcasts:

These are just a sampling, and the ones I watch as much as I can.  There are others I watch pretty regularly and I will add them in another post in the future.

Have a suggestion of a podcast you don’t see here?  Have a podcast you don’t see here?  Let me know in the comments.  I’m always looking for new podcasts to watch/listen to!

What are some of your favorites and why?  Let me know.  I love talking about podcasts.

Have a great knitting day all!

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I’m Back . . . .

So I’m back and plan on sticking with it this time.  I at first changed my name and started a new blog and then realized that was stupid. I really liked this name.  So here goes (and if you’ve seen part of this post before, don’t worry, more original posts are coming, I just wanted to migrate over my new posts).

My knitting time can be great and it can be small but I treasure it however much I get.  It helps keep me sane and I love that I can create something beautiful with my hands.

I will knit just about anything. My current projects include a dish towel, the Wildes Meer shawl by Kristin of Voolenvine Yarns and the Yarngasm Podcast, and a pair of Hermione’s Everyday socks in Purple Rain by Desert Vista Dyeworks.  I will get pictures up of my progress in the next few days.  Along with links to my Ravelry profile and my other social media, but I wanted to start the blog with something so here I am.

I hope to chronicle my adventures in knitting and I would love to hear from you and see what you are doing as well!

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A Fresh Start

So I’ve blogged on blogger as a book reviewer so now I’m going to try my hand at blogging about my yarn crafting.  I am currently primarily a knitter though I learned to crochet first and still love to do that as well.  But my main love is knitting (well besides my family obviously) 😉

So this blog will be about my yarn adventures.  I’m just trying this out so we’ll see how it goes, but I hope you will join me in my journey.

A little about me, my name is Crystal, I am married and have two boys, one is 14 and about to start high school and the other is 10 and about to start 5th grade.  We also have two cats, Nala and Batman and you will probably see them in some pictures. And we have a dog, Chewey (Chewbacca).  I taught myself to crochet almost two years ago. I could not for the life of me teach myself to knit so I finally took a class at my kind of LYS.  It’s about an hour away.  I took the class before Christmas got busy and promptly forgot everything. Then a friend of mine suggested we take a boot cuff class together at the kind-of-LYS.  We did and that spawned me to be a knitting maniac.  I don’t have a ton to show for the last 7 months, but I am steadily trying new things and new projects.

I have a bunch of projects kitted up.  Plenty in my ravelry queue and library and lots of yarn.

I am in the  midst of my first sweater.  I am knitting it for my husband and I will show you more of that in the next few posts.

So that’s it for now.  Look for pictures, progress and just general what’s going on in future posts.  I look forward to meeting and communicating with you.  If there is something you would like to know or see, just leave a comment and I will work on it.

Happy Thursday al!