Crafting A.D.D

I like to try my hand at many different crafting endeavors.. Some are successful, and some…. Not so much….

So the most recent endeavor I decided to undertake is Cross Stitching.  I came across some awesome patterns at weelittlestitches and Iamnotadoll. I decided on some patterns that I would like to try. Weelittlestitches has a Labyrinth pixel people pattern that was an absolute MUST seeing as The Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies of all time. So that is going to be my first attempt.

I purchased the pattern, downloaded the PDF (it only took about 3 minutes to be delivered after purchase), and went to the store to get the color thread and canvas I needed. While at the store I became completely taken with all of the different color threads, and organizer boxes for the thread, and the bobbins to wrap the thread on. I left Jo-Ann Fabric with much more than I needed to start my project.

I talked to my sister about starting my cross stitch pattern and she had this wonderful suggestion that I attach the thread color number to the bobbin so I will always know what color it is and make organizing it easier. So I decided to take her advice. Since taking her advice I have gone completely off track with my project! It has been four days since I went to the store and got my organizer and a plethora of thread that I didn’t need for my project. I have since spent HOURS winding bobbins with thread and organizing those bobbins by color then by number. I could have actually started and probably gotten quite far in my project if I hadn’t contracted this form of crafting ADD. All of that said… I am very thrilled with how wonderful it looks, but I have yet to start my project. The good thing is that I actually ran out of bobbins and am almost out of room in my box for them. So the rest of the thread has been stored away and will be wound when I actually need that color….maybe.

Hopefully I will have a progress photo from my project soon.

Splurge Review: Denise In A Della Q Double

Its time for a Splurge Review!!! So there are times when I go out and spend a large amount of money on an object like an e-reader, shoes, underwear, pajamas, knitting needles, yarn, etc. What better way to feel content with blowing my money than to share that wonderfulness with you!

I have been wanting to buy an interchangeable knitting needle set for a couple of years now. But, I have very bad decision making skills (they are practically nonexistent) and I couldn’t get over the price for them. So I never got any. A few weeks ago I was working on a knitting project for a friend, and as I was looking for the appropriate knitting needle I was sitting on my bed with a pile of tangled needles trying to get the one I needed to come free. DISASTER. It finally happened, but needless to say I didn’t want to try that again. Thus I started my search for a set once again. With all of the money spent on bamboo knitting needles one at a time and still not having or being able to find the size I need, the money for a complete set would be well worth it.

Here is what I found…. There are A LOT of interchangeable knitting needle sets out there! and even more reviews. Every set has people that love it and people that think it is utter rubbish. I had to think about what I knit a lot of…. shawls, and hats….mostly hats. I work on other things too, but those are my go-to boredom projects. Not many sets offered cords in smaller lengths… most of the cord lengths I found started at 24 inches. But I found the Denise Interchangeable set and they had smaller cord lengths. AND (this was the selling point for me) you could purchase the set in a Della Q organizer. SOLD. So as I was clicking the add to cart I found that for about $25 more I can get an entire set of interchangeable crochet needles added to the set in a Della Q Double, and I had the choice of 4 colors… each case color corresponds with the cord colors.

I chose to go with the purple case and it came with lavender cords. Its gorgeous. The shipping time (if you put in the correct zip code… I tend to have a problem with this) is about 3 days.  Upon opening the package I was very excited. Rolled up and tied it is not overly large. It can easily fit into a bag or purse, making travel knitting a bit easier. Also speaking of travel knitting, these knitting needles are not wood or metal, they are made from plastic and are deemed airline safe. SCORE! Knitting on a plane is back my friends! So here is a list of what came in my roll:

14 pairs of knitting needles (US5/3.75mm – US19/15mm including a second pair of US5/3.75mm needles and 7mm needles), plus 12 crochet hooks (from F5/3.75mm to 19/15mm), and9 cords (2 each of 3″ & 5″, 1 each of 9″, 12″, 14″, 16″ and 19″) (8, 13, 23, 30, 36, 41 and 48 cm), along with 4 end buttons, and 2 extenders. All in a specially adapted della Q case of poly/silk, with needle pockets labeled in US and metric sizes.

Pretty Stylish huh!? Another wonderful thing about this set…. all of the parts are guaranteed for life! So if anything goes wrong it will be replaced. That’s pretty fantastic in my book.

Ok so knitting with these bad boys… I was very nervous about this. I have been knitting on bamboo needles since I started knitting. I am used to them and thought that I would HATE knitting on plastic. So not the case. These needles are amazing. They are smooth and knitting just seems to glide. The connections where the cords meet the needles are  a little locking contraption and thus far after 1 and a half projects I have had no issue with them coming undone or my yarn getting caught. Also, I should note that I am a notoriously tight knitter, but these needles made it not a problem. They easily slipped into y tight stitches and glided off. No issues. No struggling. No frustrations (I always got frustrated with my wooden needles, especially trying to knit my cast-on row).

Thus far I am very happy with my purchase and would recommend these needles to others. Don’t be turned off by the fact that they are not the fancy colored or stained wood needles that you get in some sets, these needles can absolutely hold their own again them and are sleek looking in their own right.  I just started to work on a cardigan (my first garment knitting project ever!) and I will let you know how these needles hold up with a bigger project.