Favorite Yarn: Araucania Huasco

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Oh yeah, this blog is about knitting too, right? Well let’s talk yarn!

I’ve had a skein of Araucania Huasco Botany Lace sitting around in my stash for at least two years. As with any great skein, I bought it because it was just so damn pretty–a beautiful kettle-dyed mix of blues and greys. Yet, being a fingering weight, I have resisted using it because I either can’t decide on a project or don’t feel like self-inflicting carpal tunnel with #1 needles that day. 

Finally, after completing a ginormous sweater for Rhinebeck (that can only be described as Bjorkian) I wanted to do something small-scale with a bit of intricacies. I pulled out my Araucania, some #4’s, and cast on for a hat. 

I am literally addicted to knitting with this yarn right now–which doesn’t bode very well considering it’s finals week and I’d rather make a hat and watch Sailor Moon. The texture of the yarn is squishy, never stringy, and the variegation in color is oh-so subtle. The best part: the stitch consistently is really beautiful. I’m working the honeycomb stitch in the round and the results have been really even and lovely. 

This would be a seriously rad yarn for a sweater or bigger project (if you have the patience…pshhhh). I can’t even imagine these colors on a large scale! The yarn is delicate and it’s advised to be dry-cleaned, so I wouldn’t suggest socks despite how good they would feel. I think scarves, shawls, hats, and other down the middle projects would be made really special with this yarn.

Have you knit with Araucania before? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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Kate Hudson Convinced Me to Buy Exercise Clothes And…

My teenage anarchist self would be so pissed if she found out that Kate Hudson convinced me to buy activewear, via an advertisement on Facebook. But $25 for a complete outfit? Anyone who has ever set foot in a Nike store knows you could buy about one boob’s worth of a sports bra with $25. 

That in mind, it’s not hard to figure out why my workout wear consists largely of beat-up Soffe shorts left over from high school Ultimate Frisbee, paired with any t-shirt I ever got for free. It’s a perfectly acceptable look, certainly, but lately the wedgie-inducing shorts and suffocating polyester blend tee’s have been getting to me. So, when a 45º angled Kate Hudson invited me into a world of affordable compression and support, I shrugged and clicked. 

Now on Fabletics.com, I was directed to a fancy lil’ quiz, asking me how and where I liked to work out, and what I thought about a bunch of unfortunate color palettes. Following the quiz, I was presented with my own “personalized picks” featuring gear that best suited my needs.

The introductory $25/outfit offer applies to a specified selection of outfits, but there was still plenty to choose from. I, personally, chose the “Indio” outfit, as it had three pieces, while most had two and, as we already established, this entire mission was of the more bang for your buck variety. 

The Indio ensemble features the Barbados Tank, the Salar Crop, and Joliet High Impact Bra. You can pick and choose from several colors, but I went with the standard pink and black.

It’s worth noting: make sure you check the size guide before ordering. There’s some seriously weird vanity sizing going on. I chose my usual size in everything, but then some celestial inspiration came down upon me and provoked me to check the size guide, where measurements revealed I should actually order a size up. (And after trying everything on, thank the lawd I did!)  

Less than a week later, and my shiny new clothes arrived at my doorstep. I unpacked each piece and all I could think was “damn this is soft.” Everything was so cute I was inspired to go running right away. I put everything on, it fit like a glove, and hell yeah I looked good. Certainly an improvement from the usual reflection of a sweaty “2006 Middle School Field Day” variety. 

From the top down: the Joliet High Impact Bra was without a doubt the most hardcore support I’ve ever experienced. I generally don’t need that much support in that area, but wearing this made a noticeable difference in comfort, even for me. Bonus: it’s multi-layered, which means I was able to stash my keys and iPod in it. 

The Salar Crop was also lovely. Essentially, they keep it tight with nary a hint of a muffin top. I have seen the errors of running in yoga pants! 

Finally, the Barbados tank topped everything off really nicely. It’s ultra-drapey and doesn’t cling to the body at all, even when you start sweating hardcore. For those of us who hate the feeling of wearing a tight shirt/anything with sleeves while exercising, but also haven’t transcended to a mental state where we can be okay in just a sports bra, this top is the perfect medium. If (and I assume this is true) all of their similar tops are of the same material, I want 10 in every color. 

So yes, I am down with Fabletics. The clothes are cute. Quite cute at that. Most activewear follows a similar model, regardless of brand, so it’s more or less variations on a theme. But some of those variations are really quite rad. Some of my favorites include the Switch Back Tee, the Salar Capri, and the Sicily Top. Not too shabby, right?

Of course a well-priced pair of pants isn’t going to knock a minute off of your mile or make you able to lift five more pounds, but I found that I genuinely felt good working out in these clothes. I wasn’t bothered by the hinderances of modified street clothes (see aforementioned wedgie) and this made for an overall experience that was more fun and more productive. And best of all, I felt cute while doing it! Hot dog, I even wore a bracelet! 

So, would I recommend Fabletics to a friend? Sure! Am I going to order from them again? Probably! Especially if they give me a coupon for writing this.