Yarn Review #1: Color Made Easy from Lion Brand

Due to some technical difficulties, I am posting this 4 days after I said I would…but I promise the next review will be posted this Friday. Now let’s get into one of my current faves!!!

Color Made Easy is a gorgeous, multiplied yarn whose name says it all. It currently comes in 22 vibrant shades of rich, beautiful colors. It is a size 5 bulky yarn, 100% acrylic and is machine washable AND dry-able!! Each ‘ball’ weights 200 grams (7 oz) and is 247 yards (226 m) in length. This much yarn per ball means you can make a whole lot more for less!

10 round granny square made with a 6mm hook in Color Made Easy – Pale Lilac

Some pros for this yarn:

Vibrant colors; super soft; no pilling; and the amount of yarn you get is just…A LOT!! I can make 5 of my Bhava Earwarmers from one ball of Color Made Easy (2 large, 1 medium, 2 small and there’s enough leftover for a medium-sized bow).

Some cons that I’ve experienced:

Strands tend to untwist while I’m working…which causes snags and some stitches become too tight if not corrected; knots in the middle of my ball of yarn where it looks like one length of yarn was connected to another length of yarn. Other than these two negatives, I have had no issues with this yarn.

I tried Color Made Easy for the first time back in February and was completely struck by the inspiration gods. Lol. I wanted to make so many things. The drape this yarn creates is somewhat soothing. And not having to play yarn chicken with bigger projects is such a plus in my book. You can purchase this yarn from Lion Brand’s website (they are currently having a sale) or from Michael’s (they’re always having a sale, LOL).

http://www.lionbrand.com/color-made-easy-yarn.html

Link to Michael’s.com where Color Made Easy is on clearance for $2.97 each

If I had to rate this yarn, I’d give Color Made Easy a 9.5 out of 10 stars.

Have you tried Color Made Easy yarn yet? Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this yarn and my first yarn review.

XOXO,

Melanin

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Yarn Reviews and Other News!!

Hey guys, Melanin here with some news.

I know I’ve been such a slacker with this blog and posting on social media. If you know me, you know that my life is so crazy and hectic and a complete mess that I don’t have much time for sharing. And as much as I love planning and all that, it’s really difficult to remain consistent when your kids are off-the-wall crazy (typical for a 9 and 2 year old), starting a new job that isn’t close to home, and trying to get some decent sleep at night (I usually get about 2-4 hours of sleep a night). I have recently invested in an app that allows me to schedule posts and plan content ahead of time, then it will remind you when its time to post. Hopefully, this app will keep me on track and more consistent for you guys. With all that being said, let’s get into some stuff!!!!

All of my life, I have been into the arts — I loved drawing, writing poetry, painting, singing, dancing, and I even had an interest in theater and acting. I was so into my inner voice and expressing myself when I was younger. I knew I had important things to say and wanted the world to hear it. As I grew up though, this changed drastically as I developed anxiety and depression and no longer wanted to share any part of me with the world. I became an introverted artist who used her creativity and inner voice to keep people from getting too close. As an adult, now, I have come to terms with my anxiety and depression and I am managing life a little easier now. (Sad story ends here, I promise). I now use my creative outlets as forms of therapy and it definitely helps.

Crocheting is, by far, one of my favorite creative releases. It allows me to create amazing things with my hands, some string, and a hook (I’m planning to learn how to knit before the end of this year). As a fiber artist, I have had the privilege of joining a community of makers that are so inspiring and dope. They push me to want to try new forms of art daily.

With crocheting, I have learned a lot about myself — the boundaries I am willing to push, rules I am willing to break, my dedication and commitment, my ingenuity, etc. I’ve also developed a {healthy} obsession for yarn; which has allowed me the chance to try different yarn fibers and weights. I’ve recently gone a little crazy with yarn purchases (I have so much yarn, I could open a store, lol) and thought I should use this opportunity to share my thoughts and feelings on a few. Starting tomorrow (April 5th, I will be posting a weekly yarn review featuring one of my favorite yarns — I have a lot of favorites. Although I am a bit biased, I will try to keep the reviews as impartial as possible. I want you guys to know all the facts behind the yarn so you can make informed decisions for yourselves.

Along with the yarn reviews, I’ve wanted to start a YouTube channel for awhile. I feel like videos will allow you guys to get to know me a little more and put a face with the ‘voice’. I am a bit self-conscious about my voice in video, so I’m not sure when the videos will be ready. Lol. I also have a few ideas for some other avenues of creativity and I hope to share those with you guys in the next few months.

Thank you for reading all of my ramblings. I really appreciate your loyalty.

XOXO,

Melanin