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Friends, I am so excited to announce that I have become a KnitPicks Ambassador!!

Over the last couple of years, as I have dived back into knitting and crocheting, I learned about KnitPicks and its sister company, We Crochet. I actually found We Crochet first… and quickly started ordering their incredible yarns. (I even got my mother hooked on them!) Well-priced, high-quality… this brand has everything necessary to get started with crafting. I was thrilled to be able to bring my love for knitting to you by partnering with this company!

Let’s unbox what arrived this month, shall we? Oh… and there is a huge surprise at the end.

There was so much yarn!

Let’s talk about what yarn I selected for my make. I really wanted a bulky, warm, but soft scarf. Something oversized that I could wear with anything. My issue is that I can’t wear most wools because I have a slight sensitivity to untreated wool. If it’s treated, something like superwash, or blended, then I can usually get away with it. So I decided to try KnitPicks Bare Super Bulky Wool, composed of 70% Superwash Wool and 30% Superfine Alpaca. Can I tell you, although I read that this yarn was soft, I was surprised at just how soft and squishy it really is!! It comes in a bare, undyed shade which was perfect for me!

As I’m working on my project… perhaps it’s time to share my surprise?

In early December, I am going to be hosting 10 Days of Holiday Giveaways!!!

So if you’re not already following me on Instagram and Facebook, head over there and give me a follow! I’ve already teased one of the incredible prizes… may tease one more this weekend… Wait until you see the rest!! (I’m also on Ravelry, Pinterest and Twitter. 😉)

Are you going to be entering???

Psst, there’s also a site-wide 20% off sale at KnitPicks and WeCrochet – until November 30th!

~xoxo, Aire

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We can all agree 2020 has been a… new kind of year. AmIright?

We watched as supermarkets ran out of supplies (specifically, personal care, cleaning, and baking supplies), home-schooling became mandatory for many, parents struggled with working while keeping the kids learning/entertained/busy all while trying to not pull their own hair out.

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And this new social isolation led to… hobbies. Many, many hobbies.

So many of us turned to old faithfuls; tasks that keep us busy, but happy. Cooking and baking was one of my favourite things to do! I became a bread baker, creating everything from Simply So Good’s Crusty Bread to my own dozen iterations of this one bread (Olive Bread is my family’s favourite!), to old staples like banana bread and peach crisp pies. Boy, did we bake a lot! I became worried about the Quarantine20 so slowed the baking before I gained any more weight lol!

I find cooking to be a solace. Sometimes a chore, yes… but mostly, relaxing, calming… especially more so if there is a glass of wine in my hand and music in the background. The spring brought cool summery meals, while lately I have been whipping up my favourite soups (lentil soup is incredible, as is Italian Wedding) and Greek dishes (Youvetsi from Three Sisters is a favourite). I don’t know if I would say that I’ve been cooking more this year, but I definitely love cooking.

My favourite olive loaf

But let’s talk about my passion hobbies! How many of you took up crafting this year?

I’m talking knitting, crocheting, needlework, weaving, etc.

(Yes, knitting enormous chunky blankets with your arms does count!) Apparently one industry that did not suffer this year was the yarn industry. Everyone I’ve spoken with has seen empty yarn shelves, sold-out lines of yarn (I can’t tell you how many times the yarn I was dying for on WeCrochet was sold out this summer!) and needles and hooks out of stock. And I’m so happy that this happened!

As a lifelong knitter and crocheter, someone who learned as a small child in German schools and from my sweet mom, I always return to my favourite crafts. It used to be a seasonal affliction (haha)… where I would crochet a cute bag or bikini top in the summer… and make all the warm accessories in the winter. However, over the last two years, I find that I’ve started, and never stopped. 2020 especially brought a few converts to my corner! Friends, cousins, other bloggers, asking what they need to start this magical hobby. A couple of skeins of yarn and hooks and needles later, and thanks to the magic of the internet and YouTube, all have turned into incredible makers in a few short weeks!

My own design
Knitterella’s Wixom Hat

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve probably witnessed some of my makes coming to life. Maybe I’ll share them all here on the blog one day! Oh hey, I’m also on Ravelry!

Tell me all about your new hobbies? Have you rediscovered old passions? Taken up knitting or crocheting… perhaps painting or sketching?

Or perhaps you spent your time differently. Tell me more in the comments!

Let’s maybe talk about plants and journaling, and other #covidstereotypes, in another post! 😉

Can’t wait to see how everyone has been doing. Hope you have all stayed safe, healthy, and happy.

~xoxo, Aire

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Friends, it’s that time of year when you are most likely shopping for holiday gifts, planning family get-togethers, or simply (and so lucky if this is you!!) waiting for a few days off to relax by the fire with a good book or some good knitting/crafting and a drink!

To help you end this year on a high note, we are hosting a number of giveaways over on our Instagram page! We started with an amazing giveaway last week with one of our favourite moisturizers ever, IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream… and are continuing today with an amazing giveaway for all of our maker friends with one of the coolest Canadian yarn brands, Sugarbush Yarns!!

Head on over to The Obsessed’s Instagram page, drop down the menu under “following” then “notifications” and toggle both to on!

 

Hope to see you on Instagram, and GOOD LUCK to all who are entering!

~xo

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Totally NPC (not polish-related) but I wanted to share this. So if like me, you’re into craft projects like this knitting one, please read on. If not… I’ll share more polish-related posts soon 🙂

A few weeks ago, I spotted these amazing fingerless gloves on Instagram and set out to find the magazine they were in, KnitSimple Holiday 2012 edition. Now that I have it, I thought I would share the pattern with you.  🙂

 

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Happy knitting!!! I still have to find the time to attempt these, but I love them!!!

How many of you knit? Crochet?

~xo

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