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Here I am…

Here I am, it’s 10 am and I am sitting in my big comfy chair working on my latest crochet project. My fluffy dog is at my feet and I can hear the living room TV Blaring the Mickey Mouse Club House intro over and […]

Fun Facts About this Blogger

Fun Facts About this Blogger

It seems as though I have sort of ‘dropped the ball’, when it comes to really allowing you guys to know more about myself. So I figured, why not do a little post about some fun facts about this crochet blogger. Well, here goes nothing! […]

Adventures of the Slouchy Hat

Adventures of the Slouchy Hat

This past weekend the mister and I actually got to enjoy some alone time without any kiddos (that’s right, we had absolutely NO KIDS lol). So we took a little day trip to the Natural Bridge in Ky and just got lost. One of our favorite past times is going hiking and taking photographs of our mini adventures.

It may have been pretty cold, but the fall colors against the dreary lighting were AMAZING and sort of created this euphoric feeling that we just couldn’t get enough of and I just couldn’t wait to share some of the photos we took. I really want to go back after the first snow. I really feel the location would produce some gorgeous winter photos.

Outside of our hike, I did take advantage of the 6 hour (round trip drive) and whipped up a nice warm beanie for my mister.

Why Crochet????

Why Crochet????

Why do I crochet? I get asked this more often than not and I for the longest time would simply state because I enjoy it. However, my reasoning stems from much deeper than that. In this post I am going to open up quite a […]

What to do when the Crojo is gone…

What to do when the Crojo is gone…

Crojo… You all know what I am talking about. Your crocheting mojo. We all have it, yet we all also know how quickly it can be gone.                 You cannot tell me that you have never in your crocheting career, started a project and midway […]

Mandala Yarn Review: The Verdict is In!!!!

Mandala Yarn Review: The Verdict is In!!!!

 

I have worked with many types of wonderful yarn (as many of you wonderful hookers have as well) and it will come to you as no surprise that I also have quit the yarn addiction as well. I cannot even begin to explain the pure bliss I feel when I enter the yarn isle and I begin to take my time touching each and every brand they have to offer.

So it should come as no surprise that when I first laid eyes on the Mandala yarn my heart began to do back flips! However, to my dismay I was one of the unfortunate states that Mandala had yet to make it presence known.

So for months and months, I sat and watched all the lovely ladies in my Facebook Crocheting Groups create some of the most amazing, visually stunning projects I had ever seen. I became obsessed with constantly checking my groups to see all the posts concerning this specific yarn.

Then the moment finally happened, my mister and I were at our local Meijer and to my complete shock, there it was!!!! So I snagged me three skeens and went home to begin my very first virus blanket. I cannot explain how excited I was.

No let me start off this review by telling you that the very first thought I had when I began to use the yarn (other than the colors being very vibrant), is how incredibly soft it was. Seriously it does have a wonderful texture to it. But, not long after I got into the project (like 3 rounds), I ran into a section that was tied together in a knot (pic below). I don’t know about you, but I find this to be such a letdown.

The next thing that I noticed almost instantly is that there is literally no gradual build up to the color changes in almost every single color switch (also pictured below). I found that to be one of the most disappointing features of this yarn. However, I still very much LOVE the color choices and how beautifully they all work together.

Now here is my BIGGEST and most concerning complaint. I saw literally no consistency when it came to the thickness of the yarn. I would go from normal feeling yarn to pretty much feeling as though I was working with thread. I don’t know if this was done on purpose to allow a difference in textures or what. But, I did break the yarn at one point literally just undoing a slight knot that had formed while I was working. SOOOOO DISSSSAAAPPPOINTED!!!!!

So what is my final take on this said Mandala yarn? And do I feel it is worth the $5.99?

Yes, I will most definitely purchase this yarn again. Even though I did have a few issues, I still feel as though this yarn makes a gorgeous project. I also think that it is very easy to work with and overall I truly enjoyed working with it!

So my dear readers, I hope you found this review to be helpful! Let me know your thoughts and experiences with the Mandala yarn in the comments section below!

Until next time, Happy Hooking!

 

Sorry I’ve been gone…

Sorry I’ve been gone…

I am not gonna lie, I pretty much dropped the ball when it comes to my blog. See, when I started this endeavor I was about 3 weeks out from having surgery to remove a mass from my pelvic region. I had planned to take […]

Oh So Soft…. (A Yarn Review)

Oh So Soft…. (A Yarn Review)

Hey all! So I want to get real with you all really quick. Now as many of you know, just because a yarn feels nice and looks nice doesn’t mean that it’s all that great to work with. So I wanted to take a moment […]


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Oh So Soft…. (A Yarn Review)

Oh So Soft…. (A Yarn Review)

Hey all! So I want to get real with you all really quick. Now as many of you know, just because a yarn feels nice and looks nice doesn’t mean that it’s all that great to work with. So I wanted to take a moment and discuss this beautiful, amazing yarn that I have had the pleasure of working with here lately.

What is the so-called yarn from the Gods that I speak of? It’s the ‘Big Twist’ Yarns- Rainbow Classic (can purchase here). Never (and I mean NEVER) have I been so completely satisfied with a yarn. From the way that it looks (very warm and inviting), to the way that it feels (seriously oh so soft). I was nervous at first that it would be hard to work with due to the texture of it. However, it is actually very easy to work with and I feel that it shows my stitches very nicely. I have posted a photo of what I have done so far with this yarn (current WIP is a queen sized blanket for my 9-year-old daughter. All done in SC & DC).

 

 

So if you are looking to try something new, I would highly suggest trying this out. I am so excited to finish up this project and share the finished product with you.

                What are some of your favorite yarns to work with? I would truly love to hear from you and hear your suggestions. Feel free to email me at marie@hookandpen.com.