Wednesday, June 20, 2018

FibreShare: An Honest Experience

Like many people in the fiber community I started seeing the FibreShare posts on Instagram a little over a year ago. I instantly fell in love with the gorgeous pictures and idea of making friends and getting a box of yarn. 

So how FibreShare works is you sign up and pay a fee to be in the program (I paid $7 but I think the latest round went up to $8). Through matching you get two partners. The partner you send to and the partner who sends to you. The fee partially goes into running everything but also goes to sending replacement packages if they get lost in the mail or a partner is unable to send one for some reason. 

I signed up for the first round of this year and got my partner information on January 26th. With in a few days I was talking with the partner who would be sending me a box on Instagram and emailing with the partner I was sending to. 

So with my partner information I got to work on the box I was sending. I had a lot of fun putting a box together and went to three yarn stores in the process. I felt the box I sent was relatively well rounded and would be exciting to get. 

The deadline to send boxes for this round was March 4th. I sent my partners box on March 3rd and it was on the other side of the country in about three days. Then I started waiting for my box. I knew there was a lot of bad weather on the East Coast (where mine was coming from) so I waited patiently. 

After two weeks I contacted my partner and she told me it must have gotten lost in the mail. At this point I was thinking okay it happens I will just submit a missing package report. Then my partner messaged me saying she was going to send a second box. So I waited to submit the report. So I waited and waited and waited some more. I reported a missing package on April 13th which was right around the deadline to report a missing package. 

The missing package investigation was not a short process, but I understand why they want to get to the bottom of things. I finally got a replacement package on May 18th, WELL over a month after the final shipping date

I was not disappointed with the replacement package and will use the yarn I was sent. 

Overall I am still really disappointed that I didn't get more interactive partners and that my actual partner didn't send a box. It was also disheartening that the partner sending to me was selling parts of her stash online, many things I would not have minded getting in a box. I do not think she ever attempted to send me a box and if she was unable to for some reason or another it would have at least been nice to have been told one wasn't coming. It was honestly very upsetting to be waiting excitedly for a box and then not only not get one but realizing you were lied to about it. 

In the end it took way more time and energy than I was expecting but FibreShare did hold up their end of the bargain and I did get a replacement package.

Will I do this again? Most likely not. Next time I want a mystery box I will order a yarn mystery box from a dyer or have someone close to me choose something. 

Hope you have better luck than me.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A Favorite Gift Shop: The Waxwing

Wandering around the East Side one day I dragged my boyfriend into a little gift shop. This was sometime in early April and we have since been back at least four times!

If possible I absolutely love to shop local. Shopping local supports people within my communities and helps to keep shops I love open! I especially love shops like this because I am able to find unique gifts their intended recipient likely doesn't have and will hopefully love. 

I got both of my parents the Milwaukee Skyline Mugs for Mother's/Father's day, I knew if I didn't get them both one my dad would glom on to my moms (I was right he was eyeing it the first time she used it). I also found all natural bug spray (from Tippecanoe Herbs) and lip balm for my mom. I got a lip balm for myself as well and it is my current favorite. I can't wait to try some of their other bath and body products. 

My boyfriend got his mom a candle for mothers day. It is currently not available in The Waxwing online shop, it was Love Potion #9 by Brookly Candle Studio and it smelled AMAZING!  

For his dads birthday he picked up a copy of State of Craft Beer, which is such a cool coffee table book.

Recently I saw they had restocked some mugs and knew I needed to get them for one of my best friends and I. 

Another thing I absolutely love about this store is their support of different causes. During Pride Fest they donated 10% of all sales to CourageMKE supporting LGBTQ youth. This week they are supporting different causes donating 10% of all sales daily to help with the Crisis at the US with Immigrant Families and Refugees. These are just two examples I have noticed since following them!

I 100% plan on shopping here in the future, both for home items for myself as well as gift! 

Note: All pictures were taken from The Waxwing Instagram...Since most of these were gifts I forgot to take pictures before they were wrapped. I will link what I can below. 

Instagram: thewaxwing

What are you waiting for...go check them out!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

What the Fade: A Failed Attempt at a Knit Along

In August or September of 2017 I attempted to complete the What the Fade Mystery Knit Along by Andrea Mowry. Many good things happened during this time but life got in the way. There was a new job, a rapid move, and lots of new friends. However, not a lot of time for knitting especially for a big project, so it got put to the side in favor of smaller projects.

I recently picked back up my shawl and am slowly plugging away at it. The brioche section is finished and I am part way into "Garter Town". Currently I am on section five out of nine, but the rows keep increasing so it is hard to say if I am truly half way or not. 

So far my thoughts are:
1. It is very big and relatively intimidating if I am super busy
2. When I am working on it there are very repetitive patterns, making it good Netflix watching knitting. 
3. I am really happy with the colors I chose. 
4. I think I will like that it is really large when it is finished and I can use/wear it.

What is a project (knitting or non-knitting) that you are currently working on?

~ Katy

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

An Introduction

Since I have been MAJORLY neglecting my blog I thought a great first post back would be some facts to get to know me a little better. 

1. Knitting - It would be a little shocking if The Covert Knitter didn't knit! I started knitting the summer of 2013 when I was home on a break from college. I was hooked very, very quickly and have been knitting as close as possible to nonstop ever since.

2. Work - My degree is in science and I applied for many, many jobs while trying to find one that fit me well. I currently work as a research tech in an academic setting and absolutely love it.

3. Milwaukee - I moved to Milwaukee in October 2017 for a job, only knowing some family. It took me a little while to make friends. I am having so much fun exploring the city.

4. Food - I LOVE food and would definitely classify myself as a foodie! As I write this one of my friends and I are discussing all different types of tea. Unfortunately I developed a gluten allergy in 2012 which has definitely made things harder, but I always find something I can eat. 

5. Style - Trying to define my style has been difficult! Generally I buy what I love, if I don't love it I leave it in the store. Personally I would say three styles that I am closest too are Classic, Preppy and Glam. I love classic shapes and patterns in bright colors with lots of sparkle. 

Tell me something about yourself in the comments!

~ Katy

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Year in Pictures

Most of the pictures I take every year do not end up posted to either my blog or any of my social media pages. That is one thing I would like to get better about but we will see if that actually happens or not. While I may be bad at taking and posting a ton of pictures I am relatively good at living in the moment! Here are some of my favorite pictures from this year.


 Buster used my ball of yarn as a pillow.

 Henry trying to get me to move.

 That look...too cute not to include!


 DNA hats for the March for Science.


 A trip to visit friends in La Crosse! I do miss the food. 

 Bobby and I learned we are really not march we got a fabulous lunch. 

 Sun set on over the Mississippi River

 Always loved this view!


 High water over rapids...Getting to explore with someone new!


 Where I fell in love.


 Where he eventually broke my heart.


 Moved to a new city...and trying all the resturaunts!


 Exploring my new home. My brother was with this weekend.

 Meeting new friends!

 RIP Droid Mini you made it 3 wonderful years!

 Home for Christmas...I always love the tree!

 Buster is King of the ripped wrapping paper.

 Christmas Selfie...First one with my new phone!

And Henry...once again trying to get me to move so he could have my spot. 

Overall there were a lot of ups and downs this year. There are a lot of things I am proud of, like finally finding a job, and I learned a lot of lessons. Overall I am not sad to see this year go. I am looking forward to 2018 and hope it will be a great year. 

Have a fun and safe New Years Eve

~ Katy

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

New Beginnings + Homegoods Finds

At the beginning of October I moved into my first post-college apartment because I finally got a real job! I have worked multiple jobs during and after college but this is my first job working in the field I want to be in and using my degree. 

After moving and settling in a bit I have started to realize there are some things I want and need for my apartment. My kitchen is super small and there is really no room for a Keurig. Thankfully my mom recently got a new kettle so I was able to take her old one and have a relatively easy way to boil water. To make coffee I got a Bodum French Press. 

The style is Eileen and I got it on sale for $14.00. 

I also got some coffee to go with it. I found "When Coffee Meets Vanilla Glorious Things Happen" from The Village Coffee House. 

Personally I would give it a 3.5 out of 5, but for $4.99 how could I go wrong. 

I also realized I need a cup of some kind to keep my tooth brush in. I wasn't in love with any of the ones in the bath section; I did, however, find a thick glass in the normal kitchen wares section. 

It is by AmiciHome and I got it for $2.00.

I am finally starting to truly settle in an most things are finding their place. I also finally got internet in my apartment yesterday but did pretty good with only having internet at work. It was kind of nice to have limited access to social media for awhile. 

What are your favorite places to shop for home decor? 

~ Katy

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Inspiration is Everywhere

I have always been a creator. From the time I was a little kid arts and crafts has always been my favorite thing to do. Over the years this developed mainly into jewelry making and knitting, but I dabble in other crafts as well. One of my favorite things about this is finding inspiration for crafting everywhere I go. 

Magazines and the internet, especially pinterest, have always been a constant source of inspiration. One of my current favorite Pinterest board is my Colors pinterest board which I have been using to inspire color combinations for various things. 

I have also always been the type of person that takes pictures of seemingly random things everywhere. On a recent day trip to a historic site I took multiple random pictures of designs and textures. 

I spent several minutes trying to take the perfect picture of this door knob. The patern on it is absolutly stunning.

I liked the way the wood was angled for this door as well as the nail heads. It is a wonderful reminder that changing the angle of a line can completely change the look of something. 

Comment about what inspires you! (Pictures, quotes, books, everyday items)

~ Katy