Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Getting an Ice Yarns' Coupon Code

I'm a huge sucker for Ice Yarns. It probably has something to do with their novelty yarns and with the shipping that gives you the opportunity of receiving the yarn right at your front door. The yarn itself is also great: good yardage, awesome colours and colour combos, great variety.
I probably place an order every month and I've recently found out that you can, quite easily, get a 10% discount code for your order. To achieve that, you need to have already knitted/crocheted an item with yarn from Ice Yarns and you should also have pictures taken of the item.

So, here's my tutorial for

Getting an Ice Yarns' Coupon Code
    1. Go to iceyarns.com;
    2. Click on "Knitters and Crocheters Gallery":

    3. Once you get to the Gallery, please click "Add you knitted item", on the right of the screen, or simply scroll to the bottom of the page.

    4. Fill out the form. Include your name and the email address you will use to place the order, since the discount code will only work with that address. Include a project name and a short description. After that, upload your pictures by clicking "Please select pictures from your computer". Your completed form should look something like this:
    5. Once you've uploaded your pictures, click on "Create my Project". A pop-up will confirm that your project was created:

    6. Now, you'll need to play the waiting game, but soon enough you will receive an email from Ice Yarns, with the subject "Knitted item on iceyarns #YYY". You will find a coupon code, valid for 30 days after submission.  Remember to use the email address you've included for uploading your project when you're placing your order.

    7. Coupon codes do not apply to promotional items. They also don't apply to shipping fees. It may be a while before you get your code (it ranges from a few hours to a few days), but it will come, don't worry!

    8. Enjoy your bargain yarn! <3

    Monday, 9 February 2015

    Perfect sweater for the little ones!

    It's safe to say that I'm a bit obsessed with this particular pattern. This sweater is the sixth I've made so far, but this time I decided to include long sleeves and a button band.

    Yarn: The original pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, but I decided to use sports weight yarn, maintaining the 3.00mm needles. I think sports weight yarn creates a tighter fabric, as opposed to fingering yarn, which creates a more open, holy fabric (see here). I used Ice Yarns' Baby Multicolor, 3 skeins, for a total of 450 meters (3-4T size).

    Sleeves: Instead of BO the stitches for the sleeves, I placed them in some scrap yarn and continued on with the top. When the body was done, I transfered the sleeves stitches to DPNs and picked up 6 extra stitches under the arm. I continued knitting in 2x2 rib for 12 inches before BO.

    Button band: With a 3mm crochet hook, I made 16 sc along the left side of the neck opening. On the second row, I did 1 sc, chain 5,  8 sc, chain 5, 7 sc, chain 5. TADA! Button-band-thingy done. This is definitely my favourite addition, since the neck opening on the other tops was quite wide and, with the buttons, it does become cozier.

    Again, this is one of my favourite patterns of all time. And don't let looks deceive you: it can come across as small or impossible-to-fit, but I assure you it WILL stretch and fit for a long time!