03 October 2014

Great find: Isaac Mizrahi craft yarn

I really love Isaac Mizrahi. I find his designs a lot of fun, and he has a great personality. At first, I only knew of his fashion line from QVC, so I thought originally that "Isaac Mizrahi LIVE!" was just a line carried by QVC. Since that was really where I had heard of him, I thought he was just an in house designer.

Even though I never bought anything of his, I liked his fun fashion line, and I always enjoyed watching when he and Shawn presented the new things on TV. The two of them are so crazy together! Well, it gets a little more interesting because I went to work last week and noticed Band-Aid had teamed up with Isaac Mizrahi and created "Isaac Mizrahi loves" Band-Aids. I started to think he was becoming a bigger name in the fashion industry. My mom clarified that he has his own line separate from QVC.

The next morning, I got an E-mail from Michaels craft store showcasing Isaac Mizrahi's yarn line: Isaac Mizrahi craft. I was so excited because the yarn was really pretty and it was affordable. The past few weeks I've been looking for projects to start aside from Amigurumi. I've never made anything wearable or trendy with crochet. The crocheted fabric was always so thick and bulky, and most of the designs I've found weren't really my taste.

I had to do some birthday shopping for my father and sister and figured it would be an opportune time to stop by Michaels. The yarns looked much nicer up close than on the website. They were also really soft and didn't suck all of the oils out of my hands like most cheaper yarns tended to do. I found a slouchy hat pattern online and figured Isaac Mizrahi yarn would be perfect for this project. The only downside was that the yarns were either bulky, or super bulky. I like using dk yarn or worsted weight and smaller hooks. I needed to use a 9mm crochet hook. My regular addi hook set only goes up to size 6mm. I remembered that I had a 9mm hook in my tunisian Addi click set. The larger hooks 6,5mm and 9mm were plastic instead of metal. Even though I love Addi hooks, I wasn't too keen on working with plastic hooks. I guess a metal hook would have been really heavy? Oh well... C'est la vie.

I bought the Carlyle yarn -- it's a soft black acrylic blend with red metallic in it. It's really pretty. I made the "Waffle cone slouchy hat" by Gleeful Things. You can get the pattern here. The pattern went by really fast; it only took me a few hours. The hook size and the yarn weight definitely made a difference, and turned this into a super quick project. Here it is:
Waffle cone slouchy hat
I'm not really photogenic, and I hate pictures, so you can see the hat on me (though it does blend with my hair). Hey, at least you can see the cool shirt I got from the Kix concert a few weeks ago. That's always a plus...

Too bad you can't really see the metallics of it that well. I'm also not very photogenic. I thought about  having Beethoven model it, but you really couldn't see it that well on him. So, in order to make up for my lack of photogenic qualities, I pixelated my face like they do on TV. haha. I guess if you really want to see my picture, you could just look at the little avatar in my profile...

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