Tuesday, September 4, 2012

My Crocheted Hat Using Fangrrl Fiber Arts Yarn (and a Review)

I must say, working with this yarn has proven to be an adventure!  I love the yarn, I really do, but this overall project has been fraught with difficulties.

This crochet adventure began in the ball winding stage--a delicate stage as anyone who works with yarn could tell you!  In the midst of winding the ball I had to leave it, half-done, on my desk for a little while.  When I returned to the yarn it was tangled.  REALLY tangled.  I didn't get it untangled for over two days.  (I believe an adorable and curious toddler might have had something to do with this...)

Then I couldn't find the pattern that I had mentally set aside for this particular skein.  I thought that I had it bookmarked in my browser, or in my Favorites on Ravelry, but I never did find it.  

I eventually settled on a hat pattern, but ultimately wasn't satisfied with how it was turning out.

So I unraveled it.  (This was the one that I shared on my WIPS post.)

Two more started and then unraveled projected followed.

Finally, I found a pattern that worked and I am very happy with the result!  





Despite some setbacks I must say that I really enjoyed working with this yarn.  In the beginning, when I was spending lots of time untangling it there was a small amount of excess dye that came off onto my fingers, but that washed off easily.

This yarn has a great feel to it, and it is not scratchy at all (like many wool yarns are).  This is a superwashed yarn, which basically means that you can machine wash it and it won't felt even though it is wool.  Of course, you do need to make sure to wash it gently and on cold.  Don't put it in the dyer, as heat can damage the superwash finish.

Kate, the shop owner and self-proclaimed geek, is super friendly and certainly has a fun personality.  You can see some of her personality shine through in the names of her yarns.  All of the yarns in the shop have awesome names!  Toxic AvengerGoblin, and Left Hand Green are just three of the yarns you could purchase!  I just have to add that I love that these yarns are all hand-dyed--this means that each skein is unique.  

Basic Yarn Information
Color Name: Tim Burton 
Content: 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon
Weight: Fingering
Yardage: 462*
Where you can purchase: Fangrrl Fiber Arts
Giveaway to win a Custom Dyed Skein of Yarn: Click Here

*A note about the yardage, even after finishing the hat (which I would say is roughly a woman's medium) there is quite a bit of yarn remaining!  Certainly enough for a matching scarf, so be on the lookout for this yarn in a future project.

I was very happy to be able to crochet with this yarn, and working with Kate from Fangrrl Fiber Arts was a pleasure!

Disclosure: I received one skein of Tim Burton yarn from Fangrrl Fiber Arts in exchange for reviewing purposes.  
All opinions are my own; and of course, these are my honest opinions.   

7 comments:

  1. Wow! That looks fabulous! I wish I knew how to do something like that! I may look into learning!

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  2. Wow, I can crochet but I don't think I can do anything like that...beautiful!

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  3. What a beautiful hat. I wonder if I can handle this project. I am going to pin it and try it. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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  4. Such a cute little hat. (nice model too!!)
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  5. This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing!
    www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

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  6. Very nice! I love the shape and brim of that hat - so classic. Thanks for sharing at Hookin On Hump Day!

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