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Embracing Color


We are almost half way through March (how did it happen?!) and I am finally free to show the contents of my January and February surprise yarn boxes! KnitCrate is such an out-of-the-comfort-zone-pusher for me – usually in the yarn store, I go straight to the shelf with neutrals and probably wouldn’t even consider most of the shades, but opening January and February boxes, I was “splashed” with colors! I am also super excited about February’s extra – lavender bath bomb by Etsy artisan Petting My Unicorn (I think the name is genius 🙂 ). Such a sweet and thoughtful item to add to the package…


February Standard and Socks Box

I love how one small skein can sparkle the ideas. One of January’s skeins (far on the right) is a hand dyed worsted merino by ModeKnit Yarn. As soon as I saw it, I remembered that I have hand dyed lace weight skeins by Knit Picks in my stash that I wanted to mix in one of my projects, just like I did for the Gallery sweater – holding two strands of lace yarn together. I really loved the effect it created in Gallery and wanted to recreate something similar, but more playful and colorful. Though I wasn’t sure if the yardage was enough, that’s why i put it aside for awhile; but with this new worsted weight skein, I definitely have enough for a sweater! First I want to swatch on the knitting machine and experiment with different stripe sequence. Yay, super excited!


“Shadow” by Knit Picks and ModeWerk Worsted by ModeKnit Yarn

February colors by Mrs. Crosby loves to play remind me of my Wall sweater… I am definitely going to use them together. I have an idea, but will have to check if the yardage will be enough. I wouldn’t add anything to this color combination – it is perfect as it is!


As spring is definitely here, I am ready to dive more into colorful and playful shades in my knitting. It is always nice to change things a little bit once in awhile… Thank you, KnitCrate for an inspiration! If you ever decide to sign up for it or sign up your friend as a gift, make sure to use my special discount code GOK20 for 20% off your first package.


I hope you are welcoming spring in your part of the world!

Have a wonderful day! Make sure to check Yarn Along for knitting and reading ideas!


By | 2017-03-22T06:56:33+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Knitting, Yarn|27 Comments


  1. SarahD March 15, 2017 at 7:01 am - Reply

    Wow what beautifuul colors! I always always choose color over neutral- I love everyone else’ leaning toward neutrals and think I’m going to use more of them but when it comes time for me to choose I almost always choose a bright color to knit with, paint, or wear. So I LOVE these! 🙂 happy knitting!

    • Alina March 15, 2017 at 7:05 am - Reply

      Thank you, Sarah! It is one of my crafty goals for the year – to explore color knitting much more than I used to! We are just so lucky to have such a variety of choices, it keeps the craft alive and more engaging 🙂

  2. Caroline March 15, 2017 at 7:18 am - Reply

    That really is a feast for the eyes! What lovely colours. I’m also drawn to the neutrals, but trying hard to branch out 🙂

    • Alina March 15, 2017 at 7:23 am - Reply

      It is definitely worth it trying out new things – such a boost of creativity and inspiration!

  3. Jennifer March 15, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

    I had a similar subscription to Yarn Box. But I had to cancel it because I had too much yarn. Is that a thing? I was feeling a little overwhelmed so I stopped it until I can catch up. But I”ll have to check out Knit Crate when I’m ready to start again.

    • Alina March 17, 2017 at 7:23 am - Reply

      I think it is a good idea to have yarn subscription for several months and then cancel it for a bit, if you feel like you need a break. My stash, no matter how big it is, is always ready to welcome more yarn 🙂 I know, it is not the best practical thing, but I notice that I get more creative this way – I almost never start working with a certain yarn right away, so it often happens that a year old skein is a perfect companion for a new yarn stash enhancement!

  4. Donna March 15, 2017 at 8:37 am - Reply

    We are welcoming Spring but it doesn’t seem to want to come and visit. Very chilly weather up here in the Northeast. Brrrrr…. I just love that blue/green combo. So many possibilities!

    • Alina March 17, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

      Hope you’ll have more sunny days soon, Donna! Yes, these colors are so perfect together!

  5. Cheryl | TimeToCraft March 15, 2017 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Something wonderful about holding two yarns together and imagining them as a project. So much inspiration. Love Knit Picks yarn. Happy times.

    • Alina March 17, 2017 at 7:29 am - Reply

      Yes, Cheryl, mixing yarns opens up so many knitting possibilities!

  6. martha March 15, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Ooohhh that yarn. <3

    • Alina March 17, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

      I know 🙂 So beautiful!

  7. Hanni March 15, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Aww, that blue skein! I love it!!

    • Alina March 17, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Yes, the color is the perfect shade of blue!

  8. Elizabeth March 15, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Oh how yummy! Must be fun anticipating what will arrive each month! Great idea to be pushed in new directions for color choices and find new yarn companies to follow!

    • Alina March 17, 2017 at 7:32 am - Reply

      It is, Elizabeth! I think you could also contact KnitCrate and offer your product – each package contains a small sweet extra and your stitch markers are adorable!

  9. Sierra March 15, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Love those colors! Can’t wait to see what you are going to make out of them.

    • Alina March 17, 2017 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Love them too, Sierra! I have so many ideas and so little time 🙂

  10. Juliana @ Urban Simplicity March 15, 2017 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Wow, those are gorgeous yarns! I really love the three heavier weights together, but then I’m kind of a sucker for navy and green and cream. What delicious ideas!

    • Alina March 17, 2017 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Choices, choices…. But that what makes fiber crafts so exciting, right? 🙂

  11. Tahnee March 16, 2017 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Oh it’ll be so interesting to see what you’re going to make with these! I am indeed so used to coming to your blog and feeling inspired to stash up on neutral yarns (something I rarely do).

    • Alina March 17, 2017 at 10:06 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Tahnee! I am glad the posts inspire you in some way. Your blog is to blame for my sock knitting adventure 🙂

  12. Lisa March 17, 2017 at 8:11 am - Reply

    So many subscription and deliver to your door services these days, I am kinda sick of hearing about them. But this is different, because this is YARN! I totally agree that those pinks and oranges need nothing added, they are phenomenal on their own.

    • Alina March 17, 2017 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Yarn makes everything better, right? 🙂 I am glad you like the color combo, I trust your artist judgement!

  13. karen March 17, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

    beautiful colors! I tend to pick neutral colors or the same colors. something like this would make me go outside my “zone”

    • Alina March 17, 2017 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Thank you, Karen! I try to change things once in a while to get inspired by new things even if I don’t stick to them for a long time.

  14. andi March 19, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Nothing like beautiful colors to bring you out of your comfort zone. I am rather excited to see what becomes of all these lovelies!

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