Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TUTORIAL: Knitting With Beads

Many of you have asked me to share my technique for knitting with beads. Ask and thou shall receive!

In the tutorial above, I'll show you how to add a little sparkle to your lace with the use of a little dark craft otherwise known as (knitters, brace yourselves) crochet!

All you'll need is a US size 10 (1.30 mm) crochet hook and size 6/0 beads ... and perhaps a little patience. Remember, practice makes perfect! Once you get the swing of it, knitting with beads will become second nature.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Episode 154: A Very Holla Knits Summer

I'm excited to announce, Voolenvine Yarns will be featured in Holla Knits Summer 2015 Magazine! My yarn was used to knit two patterns, Beach House and Backbone.
All patterns are available to purchase / download via Ravelry. Check'em out! 
Holla Knits Summer 2015 Magazine!


One sock down, one more to go on my Lynai "Across the Universe" socks


This past week I've been powering through my Lattice Shawl by Maria Montzka.
Stitch Marker by Little Skein In the Big Wool


I finished sewing my moth skirt!
Simplicity Pattern 1369, version C
I took a class on CreativeBug.com


Red Lipsticks:
  • NARS - Jungle Red (wearing on podcast)
  • Revlon - Really Red
  • MAC - Russian Red
Pink Neutral Lipsticks:
  • MAC - Twig
  • Revlon Lip Butters - Pink Truffle
  • Laura Mercier - Baby Lips
  • Mabelline - Mauve Mania (forgot to mention, but wear it all the time!)

SHOP UPDATE: Monday, June 29th 2015 @ 2pm EST
In this episode I mention that the next shop update would be on Friday, June 26th, but there's been a slight change in plans. The next shop update will be pushed to Monday, June 29th 2015 | 2pm EST. 

Thanks for your patience! :) 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Recipe: Lentil Salad

As promised, here is a recipe for my version of Lentil Salad!

When Dennis and I were living in Greenpoint, I used to grab weekend lunch at this place called The Garden. They made an awesome green lentil salad and would order it all the time!

Bushwick isn't that far from our old neighborhood, but not so easy to get to by subway. Needless to say, visits to my favorite lunch spot are pretty rare. So I took it upon myself to whip up my very own homemade lentil salad and who knew? It's pretty darn close, and super easy!

I usually make a giant bowl of it and eat for lunch during the week. Call me crazy, but I just don't tire of it. 

  • 2 cups,  uncooked lentis (1 lb / 16oz bag)
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups, cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 large raw carrot, grated / shredded
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 6 Tbsp, plain white vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp, lemon juice
  • 6 Tbsp, red wine vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp, extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp, garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp, Kosher Salt (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp, ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • Cracked Red Pepper (optional, to taste)


  1. Bring 6 cups of water to a rolling boil. 
  2. In the meantime, pour lentils into a strainer and rinse. 
  3. Place rinsed lentils into boiling water and cover, leaving lid slightly ajar. 
  4. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until lentils have absorbed all the water and are very tender. Be sure to check on it and stir occasionally.
  5. Turn stove off, and remove from heat. Let cool completely. 
  6. Place lentils in a large bowl and add other ingredients. Mix until all ingredients are distributed evenly. 
  7. Add more seasonings to your personal preference.
  8. Served chilled. Cover and store in fridge to enjoy throughout the week!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Episode 153: Cake Adjectives

  • Lynai Socks, Across the Universe
  • Lattice Shawl by Maria Montzka
    • I ended up frogging the version I cast on using O Wool yarn and cast on a new version using Brooklyn Tweed Loft. I will be using the "Postcard" colorway for the body and "Fossil" for the applied border.
  • Campside Shawl by Alicia Plummer
    • I'm knitting this pattern with my own hand dyed yarn, Voolenvine Yarns in the "Ocean in a Shell" colorway. 
    • I haven't been making much progress on it and to be honest, I'm not crazy about the knitting process — finding it a little under-challenging.
  • I plan to cast on my Featherweight cardigan today or tomorrow using some Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Socks That Rock Lightweight in their "Blecker" colorway for the Little Bobbins KAL.  
Some Cross Sitch and Lattice Shawl Version 2.0

I created a mini cross stitch for our new powder room, using a pattern from Andwabisabi on Etsy 

I also enrolled in the "Learn to Sew Clothes" class from Creativebug.com, which teaches you how to sew a skirt (Simplicity's 1369) from start to finish in three hours!
I purchased the following patterns from Simplicity:
  • 1369 - Simple circle skirt with pockets
  • 6457 - Summer dresses
However, my progress was halted when I couldn't find my sewing machine's foot pedal and power adapter.

A Gorgeous Gift From Isabelle <3 br="">

This week, the lovely Isabelle of the Fluffy Fibers podcast completely surprised me! She sent a package FILLED with the most gorgeous goodies!
  • A beautiful handmade project bag from her Etsy shop
  • Juno Fibre Arts Hand Dyed Fibre in the "Muted" colorway
  • Le Vernis Avril nail polish in "Rose Bollywood"

This week's update will happen on Saturday, June 20th @ 12pm EST


This past weekend, Dennis and I attended the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island! 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Episode 152: The HOs Of Kristin's Past, Present ... and Summer


I knit a Blue Bird of Happiness stuffed with Catnip for Bella — LOVES IT!


FLK Heel Socks: Lynai Yarns - Across the Universe
- Link to my free Favorite Socks Pattern

Lattice Shawl: Unfortunately, I wasn't in the right mindset to knit on it this week, and made a few mistakes. Will need to rip back and repeat the lace. 

Campside Shawl: Voolenvine Yarns - Smitten DK - "Ocean In a Shell" (with Speckles)

I also want to cast on the following patterns, this summer:
Prospective Summer Knits


GypsyTheDog On Ravelry Asks ...
Hi! I love how you do your makeup and was wondering what brand eyeliner and mascara you use?
I use Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner and Rimmel's Scandaleyes both in black.
Here's a great video tutorial showing various tips and tricks for cat-eyeliner, from Michelle Phan!


There will be a shop update Friday, June 12th 2015 @ 2pm EST
And yes, I will have more Sealab!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Episode 151: Two FOs and a Flood

Settling into our new home continues to be a little rocky. We experienced a minor flood in our basement, during heavy rainfall over the weekend. No damage (thankfully) but still lots of work to be done around the house.

On a happier note, my in-laws came to stay with us and had a great time!

Yarn: A Thing For String - "Monet"

A Thing For String Socks - I gifted them to my MIL and were received very well. Yay!

Canopy Shawl - I love, love, LOVE the way this knit up! Will definitely get lots of wear this summer. (I get cold ... a lot!)

I also dyed up some of my "Ocean In a Shell" colorway on DK to knit a Campside shawl.


Lynai Yarns Socks - "Across the Universe"

Cozy Memories Blanket - I added 4 news squares including some handspun, more yarn from Lynai Yarns, On the Round, and Republic of Wool.

Lattice Shawl by Maria Montska - I'm using O Wool in "Barn Owl"

My In Laws took a trip to Webs and surprised me with a mini haul!
  • Cascade Alpaca Lace - Colorway 1417
  • Noro Taiyo Sport - Colorway 14
  • Toria - Colorway 51


This week I talk about how I stay organized while working from home. Some things I mention:

I will be launching VoolenvineYarns.com with a shop update on June 5th, 2015 at 2pm EST!
Please be sure to update your bookmarks.

Going forward, please make custom order requests through the contact form or VoolenvineYarns@gmail.com — Thanks so much!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Episode 150: Planned Pooling

Show Notes Coming Soon ...


For Memorial Day weekend, me and Dennis visited the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge out in Rockaway. I hope everyone was able to enjoy a nice long weekend, too!


A Thing for String Socks ... almost done!

I put another dent in my Canopy Shawl while watching Mad Men on Netflix

Friday, May 22, 2015

Episode 149: Up In the Air


  • Plain Cuff-Down Socks with yarn by A Thing For String. Colorway: "Monet"
  • Lattice shawl by Maria Montzka with yarn by O Wool. Colorway: "Barn Owl"
  • I finished spinning and plying my Loop Bullseye Bump! After navajo plying it, it ended up being more of a worsted weight yarn.
  •  The fiber I started spinning on my Lendrum right after, is deep stash from Mulberry Fibers on Etsy.
  • If you're going through D-SPAKAL withdrawal, I also mention Holli from the Swift Knits Podcast is hosting a Hat SPAKAL.
  • Lynai Yarns - "Across the Universe"
  • Fibernymph Dye Works - "Time to Make the Donuts"
    • Lisa also has a podcast called 90% Knitting — check it out!
  • Custom bracelet from Origami Owl (THANK YOU KELLI!!!)
  • New Podcasts
    • Suburban Stitcher hosted by Dianne
    • Knitting Expat hosted by Mena

No shop update this week. Update will be moved to Monday, May 25th, 2015 @ 2pm EST. See you then!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Episode 138: Lots to Digress

This week I give a recap of my Gauge + Tension Trunk Show. Super big thanks to Michele, and everyone who swung by to hang out!


I finished knitting my Waterlily top! However it wasn't without a few hitches and glitches.

The back of the neck had a case of the saggies (Why yes, I totally made that word up)! Recalling a technique tip from the Yarn Harlot, I added some crochet reinforcement to the back neckline.

I previously used the same technique on the neckline of my Velynda Cardigan.

Kitchener-Stitched Sleeves

Latvian Braid and Lace Detail


I cast on a new pair of socks with yarn by A Thing For String in her "Monet" colorway — a gift from Laura of Gynx Yarns But the yarn is so pretty, I kind of want to frog the socks and knit a shawl with it.

I'm still plugging away on my Canopy Shawl ... 


This week I put a rather large dent in my Loop Bullseye Bump ... in fact, I'm Navajo plying the thing as I type (intermittently, of course!)

I also worked on a Fondant Fibre Fuzzling, using my Spanish Peacock spindle. 

My Gauge + Tension Mini Haul

One does not leave G+T without a haul of some sort. I came away with two gorgeous skeins of O Wool's O-Wash Fingering in "Barn Owl" and a braid of Merino from Queen Bee Fibers.


Next Shop Update: May 15th, 2015 @ 2pm EST

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Episode 147: Things to Do In Brooklyn


I finished my Grainbow Socks by Gynx Yarns!


I've been knitting away monogamously on my Waterlily top. I'm almost done! Hoping to have it finished in time to wear to my trunk show at Gauge + Tension, this weekend.


A HUGE thanks to everyone for all the cross stitching tips. The problem was that I was stitching with three strands of embroidery floss on 40 count linen, when all I really needed was one strand.  Thanks to you guys, my cross stitching is smooth sailing!

I also give mention to the Loop technique.

This week I finally announce the D-SPAKAL giveaway prize winners!

Congrats to everyone who participated and completed your projects - it wasn't easy.
Even bigger congrats to the following prize-winners:

Places to visit in Brooklyn:

There will be a mini shop update this Friday, May 8th, 2015 @ 2pm EST and another on Monday, May 11th, 2015 @ 2pm EST.

Come say hello to me at G+T this weekend where I'll be having a trunk show!

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