Spring Jewelry Collection

While recently it’s been difficult to go outside and enjoy spring, I’ve still been able to find ways to celebrate the blooming of spring! Self isolation has been rather dull, but I take comfort in knowing that all the people who are staying in are doing their part in slowing the spread of the pandemic. Fortunately for me, boredom has been the largest problem I’ve had to face. I know that there are many people who have been directly impacted by the virus, lost their livelihoods or are struggling to find the support they need when everything is closed. I would encourage anyone reading this to reach out to people they know and offer support in this time of need.

On a more lighthearted note, I will now introduce this collection ( which is more of an earring collection than a jewelry collection). It is inspired mainly by two things: my appreciation for spring greenery and my excessively comprehensive earring collection. After deciding that my horde of earrings had reached a size that needed to be capped, I resolved to stop buying more. And then I started to make earrings. At this point I realized that this problem had spiralled out of my control and accepted that my collection would inevitably grow. I have yet to run out of storage space, but fear that the day is near… please send help.

~ Fuzzy Fungi

Review: Mandala Tweed Yarn (Lion Brand)

So… What is this?

I’m doing my first ever yarn review! Recently, I was contacted by Yarn Canada (thanks guys!) to do try out the Mandala Tweed yarn from Lion Brand. Having never done a review before, I put my best foot forward and tried to cover all the bases I could think of. I had a fantastic time playing with this yarn and hope this is helpful for anyone planning on using Mandala Tweed for a project!

Yarn Specs

Weight: Worsted Weight (4 Medium)

Length: 520 m (568 yd)

Gauge (Crochet) : 15 sc x 28 rows on 5.5 mm for 4″ x 4″

Gauge (Knit) : 20 sts x 28 rows stockinette on 4.5 m for 4″ x 4″

Care: machine wash, machine dry

100% Acrylic

Gauge

Firstly, I started with making some swatches with the recommended hook size. My two squares ended up being roughly 4 by 4 inches and the resulting cloth was surprisingly springy. When I initially picked up this yarn, I found that it was on thin side for a worsted weight yarn and did not seem to have a lot of give. But, in the end, it works up nicely!

I also attempted to use a smaller hook (4.5mm) for comparison; however, I encountered issues with the yarn splitting, and frogged the swatch before completion.

Texture

For me, texture is very important when I choose yarn for a garment or project that will likely come into contact with skin often. This yarn feels very soft and light when working with it, although it does have a bit of a papery/powdery feel to it. For this reason, I personally would not use it to make a gift for someone with sensitive skin like a baby, but it’s definitely comfortable enough to make a garment out of (I ended up making a very fluffy-feeling shrug!).

Looking at the yarn, I can see that it’s made of 2 colours of yarn twisted together. Although it tends to split, as long as you use a hook larger than 5.5mm (recommended size), it generally isn’t a problem.

Colour

The colours of this yarn are absolutely lovely! The colourway I used, Seven, is very vibrant with a mixture of neon and pastel colours. While this can end up looking very busy and doesn’t lend itself well to texture-based patterns, it looks absolutely delightful and fun with a simple pattern.

This yarn has very long colour blocks and sudden colour changes (generally one colour strand at a time) which makes picking an appropriate project important. Colour blocking will definitely be a challenge with this yarn, so I think a project where the colour changes aren’t too important will suit it best. Also, since each colour can be rather lengthy, I would recommend a larger project like a scarf, shawl or blanket. Otherwise, if you were to use this yarn for a smaller project, say a hat, you’d likely only get about three colours.

I used a bit more than one ball of Mandala Tweed to make a shrug, working in the round, like a giant granny square. Since the lengths of each colour are about the same, as I worked outwards, the colour stripes became thinner. I thought this was a pretty neat effect, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind if that’s not what you want.

What do I have to say about Mandala Tweed?

It’s a fantastic yarn to work with! For me, the colours in this yarn are the highlight (ha!) of working with it. Every time I look at my project, it makes me smile, especially in this drab winter weather. I have to say that all those neons are, guaran-tweed, not for the faint of heart!

Happy making!

~ Fuzzy Fungi

Angel Wing Earrings

These earrings are a great summer project when you don’t feel like working on a scarf or sweater in the sweltering heat!! These wings are based on some techniques I learned from Irish Crochet which create a nicely textured look. You can choose to add beads as an accent to the piece, making it easily customized!

I’ve decided to start uploading my patterns as PDF files instead of images, which is a lot easier for me and will help retain the visual quality of each page 🙂

Star Trek Starfleet Patch

Being a Trekkie, (I was initiated by my father) I have enjoyed following this franchise to boldly go where no man – or rather no one? – has gone before! I watched every single movie with my brother and… still have yet to decide whether Star Trek or Star Wars is better. Unfortunately, this means that over the years, I have gotten the brunt of both sides of the fan-war. Yikes! Nevertheless, once I was set down the path of fandom, resistance (as they say) was futile. And so I found myself having joined yet another fandom again!

20 Minute Crochet Canada Day Patches/Pins

Happy (early) Canada Day!!! If you’re looking for something to make for your celebrations, these patches/pins are a cute and fast way to get festive! You can sew or pin these onto your clothing, bag and wherever else you like.

Polar Bear / Panda Bear Pattern

These bears are perfect for animal lovers, whether they’re for someone you know or yourself! While it is universally acknowledged that polar bears and panda bears are pretty cool (pun unintended), they are also known to be endangered species. Both have found themselves in this position due to the loss of their natural habitats, be it the industrialization of bamboo forests or the melting of ice in the arctic. The debate on this topic is an interesting one and highly controversial. Nevertheless, whether you believe that action must be taken or believe that these extinctions are inevitable like the thousands preceding it, this pawttern is pawsitively to die fur!

Finished Dimensions

Height: 5 cm (2 inches)
Width: 6 cm (2.3 inches)
Length: 8 cm (3 inches)

Materials

Hook Size: 3.5 mm (G/7)
Yarn Weight: Worsted Weight (4 Medium)
Eyes: recommended diameter of 5 mm (0.2 inch)
Stuffing: I used polyester, but any kind will work!

Yardage

Panda Bear:

  • White: 26.6 m
  • Black: 6.6 m

Polar Bear:

  • White: 31.2 m

Stitches Used

Crochet Terminology: Canada/US
ch: chain
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
hdc: half-double crochet
dc: double crochet
mc: magic circle

Notes

  • The Polar Bear is entirely made of white yarn, except for the mouth and nose
  • The Panda’s body is made of white yarn while the rest of it is black
  • I used Red Heart Soft yarn which is on the smaller side of the Medium yarns

Pattern

“Thanks A Brunch” Bag Pattern

I originally designed and made this bag for Father’s Day, but I think it makes a pretty great thank-you present for anyone who loves puns! This bag was inspired by my family’s tradition of having brunch together on the weekend and by my dad’s groan-inducing sense of humour. Looking at the pictures, you may notice that the style of bag is loosely based on granny square bags. I had a waffle lot of fun making this egg-celent bag and have bacon quite the pun master in the meantime! You can purchase my pattern for $3 on Etsy!

Details

Level: Intermediate

Yarn: Worsted Weight (4 Medium)

Hook: 4.5 mm (G/7)

Yardage: (Total of 547 m)

  • Green: 130 m
  • Red: 59 m
  • White: 136 m
  • Brown: 167 m
  • Blue: 48 m
  • Yellow/Pink: 7 m