• Product Reviews

    Farmhouse Mug Mats Review & Giveaway

    Cover image of Farmhouse Mug Mats: 12 Quick-to-stitch Mug Mats by Lisa Mcdonald
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I was given the opportunity to review one of their newest crochet book releases: Farmhouse Mug Mats: 12 Quick-to-stitch mug mats by Lisa McDonald and I have a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky reader! Keep reading to learn more about this book and how you can enter to win a copy of your own.

    Annie’s has provided a copy of this book to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

    Pin this for later HERE.

    I’m not sure when exactly it happened but sometime last year, mug mats or mug rugs became a really popular project to make. If you haven’t heard of them or aren’t sure what a mug mat is, it’s essentially a fancy coaster for your mug. As the title suggests, there are 12 different mug mat crochet patterns included in the book. Those patterns are:

    • Honeybee Mug Mat
    • Tree & Candy Stripes Mug Mat
    • Trio of Trees Mug Mat
    • Sheep Mug Mat
    • Piggy Mug Mat
    • Pumpkin Truck Mug Mat
    • Pair of White Cats Mug Mat
    • Hen Mug Mat
    • Rooster Mug Mat
    • Coffee Cups Mug Mat
    • Hearts Mug Mat
    • Dragonfly Mug Mat
    crochet mug rug with a sheep on it
    honeycombe and honey bee mug mat

    The crochet mug mats in Farmhouse Mug Mats are all geared towards a farmhouse aesthetic and they are beautiful. Almost too beautiful to put a mug on because you just want to look at them. Honestly, with all the work that would go into creating one of these masterpieces, my heart would break if I spilled coffee on it. That won’t stop me from making them though because they are just too beautiful and fun to make. They would make fantastic gifts too. I know a few people on my list that will likely get a couple of these soon. Housewarming gift anyone?

    Farmhouse mug mat with coffee cups on it

    Each mug mat pattern comes with a colour chart to help you know where to make those colour changes to create the beautiful images on the the mug mat. The patterns all utilize a DK weight acrylic/cotton blend yarn from Sheepjes so you’ll have to shop online or at your local yarn store (not Michaels) to find this yarn if you’re wanting to use what the designer used.

    All the patterns in Farmhouse Mug Mats are graded as intermediate level and I completely agree with that assessment. There is a lot of colourwork involved in these crochet mug mat patterns and although they use relatively simple stitches, the colour work could be tricky for beginners. There are no additional resources in the back of the book for those new to tapestry crochet so I’d recommend this book to those that are already experienced with tapestry crochet techniques or those that are willing to figure it out as you go. The patterns themselves were clear to get the point across but if I was new to tapestry crochet or colourwork I could get frustrated without having some extra help.

    Overall, Farmhouse Mug Mats is a book full of beautiful and fun colourwork projects for intermediate crocheters. If you’re looking for some great mug mat patterns that take the concept of mug mats to the next level, then you’ll likely want to check out Farmhouse Mug Mats HERE.

    crochet mug mat with a pig on it from farmhouse mug mats

    If you want to purchase a copy of Farmhouse Mug Mats by Lisa McDonald, you can check it out HERE.

    If you enjoy crochet pattern books, you can check out some more of my crochet book reviews on my blog:

    Farmhouse Mug Mats Giveaway

    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I have a PDF copy of the book Farmhouse Mug Mats by Lisa McDonald to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    The Farmhouse Mug Mats Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants and ends Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only. Please note that by entering your email below, you are subscribing to The Loopy Lamb email list. We will not send you spam, just notifications about new free crochet patterns, news and giveaways.

  • Crochet Book Reviews,  Product Reviews

    Winter Warmers Honeycomb Set Pattern Review

    Woman modelling the Winter Warmers Honeycomb Set being reviewed
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    Thanks to our friends at Annie’s Craft Store, I have at copy of the Winter Warmers Honeycomb Set pattern by Britt Schiesing to giveaway to one lucky winner. Before we get to the giveaway, I’ll let you know a bit more about the pattern you can enter to win.

    Pin this for later HERE.

    Materials used in the Winter Warmers Honeycomb Set Pattern:

    • Yarn: This pattern uses 5 balls of Berroco Medina light weight (DK/size 3) cotton/acrylic/vicose yarn (3.5oz/295yds/100g per ball)
    • Hooks: 3.75mm and 3.5 mm crochet hooks
    • Tapestry Needle

    Sizes Included:

    The pattern incluses the following sizes:

    • Hat: 17/5 (19, 20.5)” in circumference x 9.5″ tall (small, medium and large)
    • Mitts: 7.5″ in circumference x 8.5″ tall (one size)
    • Scarf: 6.5″ wide x 72″ long (one size)

    This pattern is appropriate for intermediate level crocheters.

    If you want to purchase a copy of the Winter Warmers Honeycomb Set Pattern by Britt Schmiesing, you can check it out HERE.

    If you enjoy crochet pattern books, you can check out some more of my crochet book reviews on my blog:

    Winter Warmers Honeycomb Set Pattern Giveaway

    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I have a PDF copy of the Winter Warmers Honeycomb Set Pattern by Britt Schmiesing to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    This pattern giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants (except where void by law) and ends Tuesday, January 5, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only. Please note that by entering your email below, you are subscribing to The Loopy Lamb email list. We will not send you spam, just notifications about new free crochet patterns, news and giveaways.

  • Product Reviews

    We Crochet Stroll Tonal Yarn Review

    Two blue hanks of We Crochet Stroll Tonal Yarn being held in hands
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    It’s another Yarn Review Saturday here and today we’re taking a look at some We Crochet Stroll Tonal Yarn. I’ve been checking out a lot of fingering weight yarns the last few weeks and this will be my last one for a bit while I work through some projects. A little while ago, I did a review of We Crochet’s Stroll Tonal Mini Packs and started a project with that. This week’s yarn, We Crochet Stroll Tonal is from the same yarn line.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

    Pin this for Later Save

    Before we get into our yarn review, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet Stroll Tonal Yarn:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 19. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Package Size: 100g
    • Yardage: 460 yd / 422 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.25 – 3.5mm(B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.25mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    • Care: Machine wash gentle, tumble dry low
    If you’re planning on buying some We Crochet Stroll Tonal Yarn, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free yarn reviews like this one and free crochet patterns.
    WeCrochet Stroll Tonal Yarn next to some swatches with a Furls crochet hook & Scissors

    Check out the video review of We Crochet Stroll Tonal yarn:

    So far, of all the fingering weight yarns I’ve tried from We Crochet, my favourite has been the Muse Hand Painted Fingering Weight yarn. The colours are just lushious. But We Crochet Stroll Tonal is a very close second. I love We Crochet’s Hawthorne fingering weight yarn too but no only does this tonal yarn’s colours work up beautifully, it’s incredibly soft.

    This plump little fingering weight yarn was a pleasure to crochet with. I had no issues with splitting. For my swatches, I did one in basic crochet stitches and another in tunisian crochet stitches. For my tunisian swatch, I used the colourway Blue Yonger and it was a dream. Blue is my favourite colour and this colour way just speaks to me. The tunisian swatch is plush and soft. I did Tunisian Simple Stitch on the bottom of my swatch and Tunisian Knit Stitch at the top.

    For my basic crochet stitch swatch, I used the colour way Frozen Tonal. I started this swatch with single crochet stitches and then followed with rows of half double crochet and then double crochet stitches. This colourway is very subtle and actually reminds me of the movie frozen. I think these two colourways together could make a beautiful project.

    We Crochet Stroll Tonal yarn in Frozen in a crochet swatch
    Blue Yonder tonal yarn tunisian crochet swatch.

    When I did my review of We Crochet’s Stroll Gradient yarn, I wanted to make a pair of socks with that yarn but I think a pair of socks with the tonal yarn would be absolutely dreamy as well. But this yarn would be great for garments, shawls, accessories and more.

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Stroll Gradient yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to see all my newest content, behind the scenes sneak peeks and be the first to know when I’m hosting giveaways.

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheLoopyLamb
    Instagram:
    www.instagram.com/TheLoopyLamb
    Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/theloopylamb
    Subscribe to my YouTube Channel: The Loopy Lamb on YouTube
    Newsletter: Sign up for my newsletter!

    While you’re here, you may like checking out some of my other reviews:

  • Product Reviews

    We Crochet Palette Yarn Review

    4 balls of We Crochet Palette Yarn in a flat lay
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    It’s another Yarn Review Saturday here and today we’re taking a look at some We Crochet Palette Yarn. This is a fingering weight wool yarn that comes with an impressive colour selection to choose from. I’ve had the opportunity to try out some really fabulous fingering weight yarns so I’m interested to see of We Crochet Palette Yarn stacks up in comparison.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

    Pin this for Later Save

    Before we get into our yarn review, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet Palette Yarn:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 156! Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Ball Size: 50g
    • Yardage: 231 yd / 211 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.25 – 3.5 mm (B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.5mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    • Care: Hand Was/Lay Flat to Dry
    If you’re planning on buying some We Crochet Palette Yarn, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free yarn reviews like this one and free crochet patterns.

    Check out the video review of We Crochet Palette yarn:

    I received a few different colourways of We Crochet Palette Yarn to try out. I got some of the Palette Twist yarn, two different shades of pink and some Ashphalt Heather. The colours were really pretty and I loved the Palette Twist yarn the second I saw it. I wasted no time starting a project with this yarn because the colours just worked together so well.

    I am seriously impressed the the array of colours available in We Crochet Palette Yarn. 156 colours in total?! That’s crazy and I love it. It’s designed for colourwork so if you want to make a project that has an ombre effect or has a ton of different colours, the selection of colours in this yarn can’t be beat.

    Crocheting with We Crochet Palette Yarn

    Crochet swatches done with We Crochet Palette yarn

    This fingering weight yarn is durable and soft enough to be worn next to skin. The yarn was enjoyable to work with and once I got past the foundation rows of my project, started to work. up quickly. There were couple of issues with splitting while doing my foundation rows with the Ashphalt Twist crochet swatch but it was minimal and once I got further into the swatch, it was no longer an issue.

    Crochet swatch done in Ashphalt heather

    For the Ashphalt Twist swatch, I did the basic stitches and then finished off the swatch withsome tunisian simple stitch. Stitch definition is minimal due to the marled effect of the yarn. I’d probably stick to simple stitches when creating with the Palette Twist yarn to let the twist be featured instead of the stitchwork.

    For my pink swatch, I did the basic crochet stitches starting with double crochet, moving to half double crochet and then finishing off the swatch with single crochet. The yarn was great to work with, not issues with splitting and it had great stitch definition. As I work with more fingering weight yarns, I’m finding that starting with foundation stitches instead of working into a chain is much quicker and less tedious. If you haven’t tried doing foundation stitchces before you can learn how to do them here:

    Pink crochet swatch with a lime Furls Odyssey crochet hook next to it.

    This yarn would be great for a wide variety of projects and I am still blown away by the colour availability in the Palette yarn line from We Crochet. I’ve already started a project with my yarn and am hoping to design a shawl with it. Have you tried We Crochet Palette yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to see all my newest content, behind the scenes sneak peeks and be the first to know when I’m hosting giveaways.

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheLoopyLamb
    Instagram:
    www.instagram.com/TheLoopyLamb
    Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/theloopylamb
    Subscribe to my YouTube Channel: The Loopy Lamb on YouTube
    Newsletter: Sign up for my newsletter!

    While you’re here, you may like checking out some of my other yarn reviews:

  • Product Reviews

    Standout Hooded Cardigan Review & Giveaway

    Woman wearing the Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    Thanks to our friends at Annie’s Craft Store, I have at copy of the Standout Hooded Cardigan pattern to giveaway to one lucky winner. Before we get to the giveaway, I’ll let you know a bit more about the pattern you can enter to win.

    Pin this for later HERE.

    This crochet cardigan pattern was designed by Margaret Hubert. It is a long and cozy looking sweater, made in a solid colour to become a fall and winter wardobe staple.

    Materials used in the Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern:

    • Yarn: This pattern uses Premier Yarns Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted medium (worsted) weight acrylic yarn.
    • Hooks: 5.5mm and 5.0 mm crochet hooks
    • Tapestry Needle
    • 6 – 1 1/2″ buttons

    Sizes Included:

    The pattern incluses the following sizes:

    • Small (47.5″ Bust measurement)
    • Medium (53.5″ Bust measurement)
    • Large (57.5″ Bust measurement)
    • Extra Large (62.5″ Bust measurement)
    • 2XL (66.5″ Bust measurement)

    The Standout Hooded Cardigan pattern is rated as an intermediate level crochet pattern. The pattern is created useing simple stitches and was very straight forward. Diagrams of the garment pieces are included to show the measurements of each piece which is helpful.

    If you want to purchase a copy of the Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern by Margaret Hubert, you can check it out HERE.

    If you enjoy crochet pattern books, you can check out some more of my crochet book reviews on my blog:

    Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern Giveaway

    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I have a PDF copy of the Standout Hooded Cardigan Pattern by Margaret Hubert to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    This pattern giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants and ends Friday, December 11th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only. Please note that by entering your email below, you are subscribing to The Loopy Lamb email list. We will not send you spam, just notifications about new free crochet patterns, news and giveaways.

  • Product Reviews

    We Crochet Stroll Gradient Yarn Review

    4 Cakes of We Crochet Stroll Gradient Yarn and a Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    It’s another yarn review Saturday here on the blog and today I’m sharing my review of the Stroll Gradient Yarn from We Crochet. I’ve been absolutely loving working with fingering weight yarns since I tried Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn also from We Crochet, earlier this year. I found out that it doesn’t take nearly as long as I feared it would to make things with it so I decided that I needed to try all the fingering weight yarns now. Last week we chatted about Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn and this week’s yarn, Stroll Gradient Yarn is also a fingering weight yarn.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

    Pin this for Later Save

    Before we get into our yarn review, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet Stroll Gradient Weight:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 15. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 75% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Ball Size: 100g
    • Yardage: 458 yd / 419 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.25 – 3.5 mm (B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.5mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    • Care: Machine Wash Gentle Cold and Tumble Dry Low
    If you’re planning on buying some We Crochet Stroll Gradient Yarn, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free yarn reviews like this one and free crochet patterns.

    Check out the video review of We Crochet Stroll Gradient yarn:

    The vibrant, bold colours of the We Crochet Stroll Gradient is what caught my attention in my first impressions upon opening the box. Stroll Gradient yarn is a gradient yarn with long colour changes. There are 15 different colourways available and they have some really fun names. I got to check out Pet Rock, Camper Van, BFF and FOMO. This is a sock yarn so it is thinner than the Muse Hand Painted Fingering Weight yarn or the Hawthorne Hand Paint Speckle Yarns that I’ve tried previously. I’d probably say this is a light fingering weight yarn.

    4 Cakes of We Crochet Stroll Gradient Yarn and some Clover Tunisian Crochet Hooks
    Moving from left to right (from the top-left): Pet Rock, Camper Van, BFF and FOMO

    According to the We Crochet website, due to the long colour change, you would need 2 cakes of this yarn to make a pair of identical socks. If you don’t mind weaving in ends and you had the right pattern, you could possibly split the colours up and get away with one cake. There are lots of free patterns listed on Ravelry that use betwee 300 – 400 yards of yarns. It just depends on how much work you want to put into it and how you want the socks to turn out.

    The yarn is really soft to the touch and I bet wearing a pair of socks made with this would be dreamy. I’ll level with you. I’ve been scared to try crochet socks but I’m definitely willing to try it to make a pair in the Camper Van colourway I got to try. I don’t know what it is about this colour way that I’m so drawn to but I just love it and really want a pair of socks made with it.

    Two cakes of We Crochet Stroll Gradient next to hands holding Furls Odyssey Crochet Hooks

    Crocheting with We Crochet Stroll Gradient

    I chose the Camper Van and BFF colourways to do my crochet swatches for testing out the yarn. For the Camper Van sample, I did the basic stitches, starting with single crochet, moving to half double crochet, double crochet and then some tunisian stitches up top. For the BFF sample, I did some tunisian knit stitch and a few rows of Tunisian garter stitch up top.

    Crochet swatch of Camper Van
    Tunisian crochet swatch sample done in BFF colourway of We Crochet Stroll Gradient
    Tunisian Crochet Swatch in BFF

    The samples did take quite a bit of time due to the fact that the yarn is so thin. Once I got a few rows into my swatches, things sped up a bit. The yarn did split a little bit as I was working with it but nothing crazy or overly frustrating. It’s worth mentioning that the colours are not solid. They have a bit of a tonal variation through the colours (at least in the colours I used).

    This yarn would be great to pair with a solid coloured yarn for shawls or on it’s own for socks. I’d personally like to try holding two strands of the same yarn doubled for a project to see how that turns out. I enjoyed the yarn, loved the colours and the name of the colours but I think if it came down to it and I had to choose, I’d go with Muse Hand Painted Fingering Weight or one of the Hawthorne fingering weights instead just because the yarn is a little plumper and works up a bit faster than the stroll gradient.

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Stroll Gradient Yarn yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to see all my newest content, behind the scenes sneak peeks and be the first to know when I’m hosting giveaways.

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheLoopyLamb
    Instagram:
    www.instagram.com/TheLoopyLamb
    Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/theloopylamb
    Subscribe to my YouTube Channel: The Loopy Lamb on YouTube
    Newsletter: Sign up for my newsletter!

    While you’re here, you may like checking out some of my other yarn reviews:

  • Product Reviews

    Cascading Blocks Throw Pattern Review and Giveaway!

    image of the Cascading Blocks Throw draped over a couch.
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    Thanks to our friends at Annie’s Catalogue, I have at copy of the Cascading Blocks Throw pattern to giveaway to one lucky winner. Before we get to the giveaway, I’ll let you know a bit more about the pattern you can enter to win.

    This crochet throw pattern was designed by Rena V. Stevens. It is a gorgeous throw pattern that will easily become an heirloom piece because it just has that timeless look. This design uses the crochet staple granny square in a unique qay which produces a fun, chevron edge to the blanket. The finished blanket size is 49″ wide x 72″ long (excluding the fringe).

    Pin this for later HERE.

    Materials used in the Cascading Blocks Throw Blanket Pattern:

    • Premier Basix Worsted Weight Acrulic Yarn
      • 6 skeins in the main colour and 3 skeins in the accent colour
    • Size J/6mm Crochet Hook (or whatever size needed to obtain gauge)
    • Size Q/16mm crochet hook
    • Tapestry Needle
    • 20 Stitch Markers

    The pattern is rated as an intermediate level pattern.

    A diagram is included with the pattern to assist with assembling your blanket to ensure you get your granny square placement correct.

    If you want to purchase a copy of the Cascading Blocks Throw Pattern by Rena V. Stevens, you can check it out HERE.

    If you enjoy crochet pattern books, you can check out some more of my crochet book reviews on my blog:

    Cascading Blocks Throw Pattern Giveaway

    Thanks to Annie’s Craft Store, I have a PDF copy of the Cascading Blocks Throw Pattern by Rena V. Stevens to giveaway to one lucky winner!

    This pattern giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to worldwide participants and ends Friday, December 4th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only. Please note that by entering your email below, you are subscribing to The Loopy Lamb email list. We will not send you spam, just notifications about new free crochet patterns, news and giveaways.

  • Product Reviews

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn Review

    Two hanks of Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn in a flat lay with Furls Crochet Hooks
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    It’s another yarn review Saturday here on the blog and today I’m sharing my review of the Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn from We Crochet. I’ve been absolutely loving working with fingering weight yarns since I tried Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn also from We Crochet, earlier this year. I found out that it doesn’t take nearly as long as I feared it would to make things with it so I decided that I needed to try all the fingering weight yarns now.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

    Pin this for Later Save

    Before we get into our yarn review, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet Muse Hand Painted Fingering Weight:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 7. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Ball Size: 50g
    • Yardage: 423 yd / 385 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.5 – 3.5 mm (B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.25mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    • Care: Machine Wash Gentle Cold and Tumble Dry Low
    • Other Yarn Weights Available?: Yes! Also available in Aran/Heavy Worsted Weight. Check it out HERE.
    If you’re planning on buying some Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free yarn reviews like this one and free crochet patterns.

    Check out the video review of We Crochet Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn:

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn cakes in a flat lay with crochet hooks

    The Muse Hand Painted Fingering Yarn has been, as the name suggested, hand painted. The We Crochet site says Muse Hand Painted Fingering is “meticulously dye by Japanese artisans, who blend and apply colors by hand to achieve a range of colors and chromatic explosions. Precis districution of color minimizes the streaking and pooling you might see in other hand-painted yarns.” The colours I am checking out in my review ar ethe Impulse and Exquisite colourways of this yarn. I was immediately drawn to the Impulse colour and Equisite is the absolute perfect match for it. After reading on the site about how the colours are dyed I couldn’t wait to start hooking this up to see how it worked up.

    The yarn in the hanks is gorgeous and soft. Hanking it up on my swift was fun (yes, I am aware that I am a total yarn geek right now) because seeing the beautiful colours in the Impulse hank unwind was stunning. It seriously got me really excited to work with it. In the hank, the yarn looks like a small piece or watercolour art. This yarn was giving me some serious build up to the make.

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn cakes in a flat lay with crochet hooks

    Crocheting with Muse Hand Painted Fingering was a lot of fun. I loved watching the ways the colour changed as I stitched up my sample. The colour changes were really gradual, with the colours blending together in a really beautiful way. By the time my brain registered that a colour change was even happening, I was in the next colour and watching it blend into the next.

    Muse Hand Painted Fingering has a tighter ply so I didn’t experience any issues with splittling while I worked with it. For my sample in the Impulse, I did the three basic stitches as I normally do (single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet) and then I transitioned into some tunisian crochet. I did a few rows of Tunisian Simple Stitch and Tunisian Knit Stitch. Just when I thought that the yarn couldn’t look more beautiful it upped it’s game and looked stunning in the tunisian stitches. The colours blended even nicer in the tunisian stitches and is seriously making me consider making a sweater in this yarn for myself.

    Bright multicoloured yarn in a crochet swatch

    The Exquisite yarn was beautiful and had variations between black, grey and the occassional speck of white. It’s harder to capture a good picture of this swatch due to how dark it is but it makes a fantastic contract to the Impulse which is this gorgeous explosion of colours. Working the two into a project together would no doubt be stunning. For my swatch with the exquisite I did some of the basic stitches and then tried some Thicket Stitch to see how the yarn did with a simple, textured stitch. In person, it’s really pretty and spread over a larger sample, I think you’d be able to pick up that texture much more easily.

    Black Yarn in a crochet swatch

    Shortly after starting this review it was brought to my attention that you can get Muse Hand Painted Fingering yarn in an Aran/Heavy Worsted weight (find it HERE). I obviously ran over to the We Crochet site to check it out and found out that there are 15 different colourways of this in the worsted weight version. You don’t get as much yardage but now that I’ve fallen in love with the fingering weight Muse I’m drooling over a couple of the worsted weight Muse colours that I’m definitely adding to my wish list.

    Crochet swatches using hand painted yarn from We Crochet

    This yarn can be used for a wide variety of projects like socks, tops, shawls and accessories. The Impulse colours remind me of a gorgeous sweater that I saw in a movie once and I would seriously wear a sweater made with this everyday. Those that know me in real life, will attest that I tend to wear a mix of blacks, greys and blues so it would probably surprise my family to see me sporting something with so much colour but I’d absolutely do it without hesitation. It would be too beautiful not to be worn. Muse Hand Painted Fingering may be close to taking the the place of my beloved Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn as my favourite fingering weight yarn but shhh.. don’t tell Hawthorne.

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Muse Hand Paint Fingering yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to see all my newest content, behind the scenes sneak peeks and be the first to know when I’m hosting giveaways.

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheLoopyLamb
    Instagram:
    www.instagram.com/TheLoopyLamb
    Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/theloopylamb
    Subscribe to my YouTube Channel: The Loopy Lamb on YouTube
    Newsletter: Sign up for my newsletter!

    While you’re here, you may like checking out some of my other yarn reviews:

  • Product Reviews

    Preciosa Tonal Worsted Weight Yarn

    Two hanks of Preciosa Tonal Worsted Weight yarn in blue and green
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    I have a new yarn to share with you all this week from our friends at We Crochet (crochet.com). It’s called Preciosa Tonal Worsted and it is currently available on the We Crochet website in worsted weight but you can get this same yarn in bare fingering weight yarn as well. Today we’ll just be talking about the Preciosa Tonal Worsted. While shooting the video for this yarn review, my husband (who kindly edits all my videos) made the connection between the pronouciation of this yarn and a clip from Harry Potter (my fave!). He even put something about it in the video so now I’ll never forget how to say Preciosa.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge but all opinions are my own.

    Pin this for Later Save

    Before we get into the review, let’s go over the basic info on Preciosa Tonal Worsted so we have a better idea of what we’re chatting about.

    We Crochet Preciosa Tonal Worsted Weight Yarn:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 12. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool
    • Weight: 4 (medium)
    • Ball Size: 100g
    • Yardage: 273 yd / 250m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 5.5 – 6.5 mm (I – K)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 4.5 – 5.5mm (US 7 – 9)
    • Crochet Gauge: 11 – 14 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 4.25 – 5 sts = 1″
    • Care: Hand wash and lay flat to dry.
    If you’re planning on buying some Preciosa Tonal Worsted Yarn, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free yarn reviews like this one and free crochet patterns.
    Two hanks of Preciosa Tonal Worsted Weight Yarn

    Check out the video yarn review of We Crochet Preciosa Tonal Worsted yarn:

    I have two different colourways of Preciosa Tonal Worsted to review: Cacti (the green one) and Summer Sky (the blue one). The colours in person are bright and beautiful. It’s hard not to fall in love with them. I had a small heartbreak moment when I realized after starting my video review of this yarn that I had accidentally cut through my yarn when I opened the box my yarn arrived in. Blue is my favourite colour and when I realized that the Summer Sky hank had been cut through and left me with a lot of yarn lengths only two arm lengths long, I cried a little inside. It got put on a time out until I figure out something with short rows to use it with or a small project to use the remainder of the intact yarn on.

    Working with Preciosa Tonal was pleasant I thoroughly enjoyed how subtle the colours changes in this yarn happened. I honestly didn’t even notice the yarn changing as I worked. It wasn’t until I stepped away and took a look at my swatch did I notice the colour changes. I loved how they looked and they weren’t abrupt or in your face. They just create this pretty, soft colour change that was great.

    This yarn is very soft and looks like a squishy cloud. I’ve squished this yarn in the hanks more times than I can could. Even my husband who isn’t into yarn or crochet has gone out of his way to give this yarn a squish and comment on how nice it is.

    Preciosa Tonal Worsted in Cacti worked up in a crochet swatch
    Preciosa Tonal Worsted in Cacti worked up in a crochet swatch

    As with most roving yarns, there was a little bit of a halo/fuzz factor but it was really minimal. Because it’s a roving yarn, there were no issues with splitting and despite being a roving yarn, this yarn has great stitch definition. I don’t tend to use a lot of roving yarns because as a designer, I do a lot of frogging (ripping the work out) which isn’t eay or fun with roving yarns. The yarn gets tangled and then I get frustrated. I didn’t have that issue with this yarn when I used it in the tunisian part of my sample. I ended up doing this tunisian sample twice and both times there were no issues with having to rip it out. I suspect this is because you aren’t wrapping the stitches in the same way as normal crochet stitches. So I may be giving roving yarns a second chance at love with me by using them for tunisian crochet.

    My husband is in love with the Cacti colour of the yarn and is begging me to make him something with it so I’ll likely be whipping something up with this yarn in tunisian crochet. What would you like to see made with it?

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Preciosa Tonal Worsted yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to see all my newest content, behind the scenes sneak peeks and be the first to know when I’m hosting giveaways.

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheLoopyLamb
    Instagram:
    www.instagram.com/TheLoopyLamb
    Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/theloopylamb
    Subscribe to my YouTube Channel: The Loopy Lamb on YouTube
    Newsletter: Sign up for my newsletter!

    While you’re here, you may like checking out some of my other reviews:

  • Product Reviews

    Gloss Fingering Weight Yarn Review

    Two hanks of We Crochet Gloss Fingering Yarn with some crochet accessories and the We Crochet Magazine.
    This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

    It’s another yarn review Saturday here on the blog and today I’m sharing my review of the Gloss Fingering Weight Yarn from We Crochet. I’ve been absolutely loving working with fingering weight yarns since I tried Hawthorne Fingering Weight yarn earlier this year. I found out that it doesn’t take nearly as long as I feared it would to make things with it so I decided that I needed to try all the fingering weight yarns now.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

    Pin this for Later Save

    Before we get into it, let’s go over the yarn label information so we know what we’re talking about here:

    We Crochet Gloss Fingering Weight:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 18. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk
    • Weight: 1 (Fingering)
    • Ball Size: 50g
    • Yardage: 220 yd / 201 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 2.5 – 3.5 mm (B – E)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 2.25 – 3.25mm (US 1 – 3)
    • Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″
    • Care: Hand Wash, Lay Flat to Dry
    If you’re planning on buying some Gloss Fingering Yarn, please consider doing so through this affiliate link. It helps to support the blog at zero cost to you and allows me to continue to bring you great free yarn reviews like this one and free crochet patterns.
    Two hanks of yarn with some crochet hooks and accessories

    I have the Harvest and Captain colourways of Gloss Fingering yarn to check out and they are GOR-GEOUS. This yarn is aptly named Gloss because it has a beautiful, yet subtle sheen to it and paired with the gorgeously bold colours, it’s just beautiful. There are 18 different colours available in this yarn and I would use every single one of them in my wardrobe. A top made in the Masala, Navy and Zinc colourways? YES PLEASE!

    The yarn is put up in hanks and first impressions upon picking one up was that it felt soft yet sturdy. I had expected it to be a bit softer because of the silk content. I’ve been surprised before by yarns so I grabbed my hooks and got started.

    Crocheting with Gloss Fingering Weight

    Crocheting with Gloss Fingering Weight was a smooth ride from start to finish. The yarn strand has a nice tight ply so it wasn’t prone to splitting while I worked with it. Once I started to work this yarn up, I noticed that it felt softer to the touch than it did in the hank. The sheen in the swatches was subtle and gave a nice depth to the colour. Stitch definition was good and the drape in my tunisian sample was great. I’m a bit of a tight crocheter and think the drape in my basic crochet swatch would be better if I went up a hook size or two from the one I selected for my sample. I really liked the tunisian crochet sample swatch with this yarn but I think I want to do another one with cables as I bet cables would look fab in this yarn.

    Gloss fingering yarn in harvest worked up in a crochet swatch

    Check out the video review of We Crochet Gloss Fingering Weight yarn:

    The colourway Captain did leave some colour transfer on my hands that wasn’t great. I didn’t have anything like that happen with the Harvest colourway however. I think this likely happened due to how dark the Captain colourway is dyed. It washed off my hands easily enough and I know to wash this separately to ensure any bleeding colours don’t affect my other laundry. Since this yarn requires that things be hand washed, this isn’t a big deal since I do hand wash items on their own anyways.

    Gloss fingering yarn worked up in a tunisian crochet swatch

    This wasn’t my favourite We Crochet yarn but it was still a lovely yarn to work with. Honestly, I’ve tried so many great yarns from We Crochet it’s hard to choose a favourite. Gloss Fingering is a yarn that I’d probably indulge in if I wanted to make something that was a bit of a luxury item or as a gift for someone. It would be great for shawls, garments or acccessories.

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Gloss Fingering Weight yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to see all my newest content, behind the scenes sneak peeks and be the first to know when I’m hosting giveaways.

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheLoopyLamb
    Instagram:
    www.instagram.com/TheLoopyLamb
    Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/theloopylamb
    Subscribe to my YouTube Channel: The Loopy Lamb on YouTube
    Newsletter: Sign up for my newsletter!

    While you’re here, you may like checking out some of my other yarn reviews: