Who Names These Yarns?? -__-

Bernat Softee Chunky in a questionable ‘kimono’

My fellow crafty ordered this yarn and expected it to be more red because the color sample image she saw online wasn’t true to the yarn’s actual colors. But as it turns out this Bernat Softee Chunky in “kimono” actually mirrors a koi pond. It does not make me think of a kimono, which as a concept would be hard to capture because a kimono can come in just about any colors. Though kimonos can have koi print theme, this ombre yarn in no way summons the general thought of a kimono, which is why me and my friend think its strange, misnamed, and potentially appropriative. Which is what happens when brands make lose references to somebody else’s culture, in this instance Japanese culture. The colors of the yarn bring to mind many images of teal, green, aquamarine plant life and waters. The white, orange sometimes pinkish, and red colors a koi fish’s scales.

Names Bernat Could’ve Called This Yarn (by me and Shanay):

  • Koi
  • Ocean Sunset
  • Lily Pond Sunrise
  • Random Reference to Japanese Culture

http://www.lovethispic.com/image/14463/koi---goldfish

Guess What I Got For My Birthday!

YARN!! I bought expensive YARN!!!

My birthday was on the sixteenth and I got money. I’ve wanted to make myself something nice so, after some indecision, today I went and ordered yarn from Nordic Mart (will post again when it gets here). I fell in love with their DROPS Muskat coral red and decided to use it make the Avalon Top pattern my friend and fellow crafty showed me a while back.

I’ve never had DK weight yarn before, especially not any this expensive. This top will be the most expensive thing I’ve ever made and I’ll have to buy the remaining skeins I need to finish it in installments 0__0. The most expensive yarn I’ve ever bought is from DROPS/Nordic Mart, my favorite DROPS Big Delight in chocolate banana and autumn forest. If only I could have all the yarns…*sigh*

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! ^__^

Pattern of the Week: The Flower Power Valance

I cleared off my desk and finally decided to sit there with my laptop for activities such as writing this post. My mom creepily informed me that she was looking through the space on the side of my blinds and could see my laptop from outside one day. Why she was looking through my window, I can’t say. Whatever, I decided I wanted some protection before I sit over there again.

So I googled for crochet curtain patterns, free patterns of course. I wasn’t looking for flowers because I think my room looks like a kid’s playpen already but I really liked the one I found–the Flower Power Valance by Robin Sanchez.

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My valance is worked in taupe and white by Bernat Baby Sport using a Boye H 5mm hook. I extended it two rows (three motifs on each side) by repeating the last two rows and I think it adds a too fancy touch to my small room. There’s a tutorial that I didn’t watch, which is probably why I had to spend time figuring out the half flower motif and wrongly assembled it the motifs at first? My bad? I used push pins to get the valance up there since I don’t have curtain rods. I love the colors displayed on Robin’s blog in her valance and I have a lot of bright yarns but I decided to use softer colors so I didn’t hurt my eyes or wonder whose house I was in every time I come in my room or wake up and look at the window everyday. I might add this curtain/valance by Dearest Debi underneath underneath it for extra protection that still allows light through.

This free pattern for the Flower Power Valance can be found on Robin Sanchez’s blog, Once Upon a Pink Moon. A little fancy for my little room but I feel peepers (I’m lookin’ at you, mom) being repelled by the power of my flowery valance already. Thanks, Robin!

Bernat, WHY???

Cotton-ish by Bernat

Cotton-ish by Bernat

 

“Cotton Club”, black yarn from Bernat in JoAnn

Who at Bernat thought this was a good idea?

This is a skein of “Cotton-ish” yarn from Bernat that I saw in JoAnn while looking for something else. It is a black skein of yarn labeled “Cotton Club”.

All I think of when I see this is a couple of confederate flag-waving white women sitting around chuckling to themselves while knitting socks.

It’s not like the Cotton Club was a good thing for Black people and it can’t be a coincidence that a skein of black yarn by Bernat is labeled “cotton club”.

People, please learn your history (and from the perspective that matters).