Yarn review: Caron Cupcake

When my brother sent me this photo while on holiday in America,

I messaged him back saying PLEASE BUY SOME IMMEDIATELY!!! I’d seen Cupcakes on Instagram and Facebook for months, but never managed to get hold of any, so you can understand my excitement.

Suitcase limitations meant he could only bring back one for me (and one for mum because he’s smart), but that’s one more than I had to start with so I was happy!

It’s a 100% acrylic DK yarn that comes in a cake with a pompom. The colourway I got is called Peach Sorbet.

I’ve mentioned before that I thought the whole point of these Cupcakes is to have just enough yarn to make one hat, which you can then top with the pompom. But I managed to get two whole hats out of my cake. Two whole adult hats at that.

It seems strange to be disappointed with MORE yarn than expected, but I do so love the idea of essentially buying a deconstructed hat and making it up with no (or at least very few) scraps.

The ball band includes a pattern for various hat sizes, although they’re all children’s sizes, which I now find a bit odd considering how much yarn there is to play with. “You can make hats for all three of your children, and we take no responsibility for the ensuing battle over the single pompom!”.

I followed the instructions up to a point, but then carried on increasing to make both hats adult sized. In the first one I also went with back loop only stitches because I really like that line they make.

I’ve used a lot of Caron Cakes over the last couple of years so I thought I knew what to expect from the yarn itself, but this stuff is unlike any Caron I’ve ever used.

It’s really, REALLY scratchy. Like, making-the-skin-of-my-tensioning-finger-sore kind of scratchy.

I blocked the first hat with some Eucalan and that helped a bit. I’m going to try putting the second through the washing machine to see if that has better results. Either way, it’s really not much fun to play with pre-blocking. Unless you like scratchy yarn of course. To each their own.

On the plus side it frogs really easily and the colours are all super pretty.

So overall my first encounter with Caron Cupcakes was a fairly disappointing one. It’s possible that this was just an off batch with the scratchiness so I am willing to give them a second chance, if I ever manage to get my hands on some more. I am prepared to be pleasantly surprised.

Stats

  • 100% Acrylic
  • DK weight
  • 223m
  • 85g
  • Suggested hook size 4mm (although I used 4.5mm)

Have you used a cupcake before? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 15.02.19

Hey guess what? I got a whole nother adult hat out of my Caron Cupcake. Here they are together.

What a cute pair.

I have to say I don’t much enjoy sewing pompoms on. How do you stop them flopping all over the place? I tried sewing it as tight as I possibly could and it was still a bit woobly so I took it off.

My first Caron Cupcake experience was not at all what I expected. I will have to write a post about it, but not right now; I need a serious tidy up of my box room so I can make enough space for my very own bow!! I’ve been doing archery for almost a year now and I’m suuuuuuper excited to finally get my own equipment. So I’d better go and get on with it.

Has anyone else got FOs to share? Any fun plans for this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 08.02.19

I was under the impression that a Caron Cupcake was exactly enough yarn to make one hat, hence the single pompom on top.

But I’ve finished my hat and there’s still this much yarn left.

So I guess I was wrong.

I think my idea for the cupcakes is better. One pompom = one hat with no leftovers. It’s just logical, and neat, and satisfies the completer-finisher in me.

Anyway, rant over. Here is my hat!

You may notice that it’s missing a certain embellishment. This is because I’m quite tempted to keep it, and I feel like I look silly enough in hats without adding a furry ball on top.

Luckily there’s enough yarn leftover to make another one so I shall add the pompom to that hat instead.

I’m not sure how big it will be. I don’t think it’ll make another adult sized hat, but also it will probably be too big for my friend’s baby. I’ll just have to make it and see what I end up with!

Probably not this weekend though; my parents are visiting tomorrow so I’ll be busy keeping them entertained. I’m going to take them to archery! Mum has wanted to try it even longer than me so I hope she will love it as much as I do.

And that’s all I’ve managed to finish this week. How’s about everyone else? Got some fun plans this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 06.02.19

Current WIP count: 4

It will come as no surprise to anyone that my itchy fingers got the better of me this weekend and I started another 2 projects.

The first is a hat, using a Caron cupcake that my brother bought me. I actually started this project once before, pulling from the centre of the cake as you do, but it came out like this.

When I finally noticed that I was making an accidental boob hat, I stopped and frogged it. This weekend was the first chance I got to start again, this time from the outside of the cake.

It’s turning out much better!

The other new start should make it into the history books to be remembered for all time, because I’m knitting my first ever gauge swatch!

I bought some beautiful WYS yarn last year specifically to make a jumper for myself. It’s my first knitted item of adult clothing EVER, and the yarn is just too pretty and silky soft to mess it up, so I’m determined to do everything by the book. I am aware that I could still make a right pig’s ear of it, but at least it won’t be for lack of preparation!

There has been some progress on the dragon so he now has ears, tail, and a tummy patch.

And I’ve realised why Roses for Grandma isn’t really going anywhere. The border is not an easily memorise-able pattern so it needs constant concentration and stitch counting, which really doesn’t work when I have Angel on in the background. So now I know this, I can schedule in some quiet time and give it the attention it deserves.

So it’s been a busy crafting week, and I’m enjoying having such varied projects to work on. There’s no chance of boredom setting in any time soon.

What’s everyone else crafting at this week? Any handy tips for my first knitted jumper? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah
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FO Friday 01.06.18

So I could have shared my sunhat last week because it was finished.

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But…I kinda hate it.

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I said I like floppy sunhats, but it turns out you can have too much flop. This just looks ridiculous.

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Yeah I totally hate it. I’m getting rid of this one. On the plus side it’s a WIP off my list so I don’t need to feel guilty about having cast on another knitting project!

Has anyone had a good finish this week? Or even a mediocre one? Give me some good news!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 14.01.18

Current WIP count: 6

Oh I am enjoying working on this Tunisian top. Just look at the pretty colours!

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When I was planning it out, I actually didn’t understand the construction of Tunisian stitches so I didn’t know it would come out with one colour on the vertical bars and the other on the horizontal stitches. But the more I look at it, the more I like it.

It’s also given me an idea for another one (I have a baaad case of start-itis that I’m trying to resist!) – I would keep the rainbow colours for the stitches, but use black yarn for the vertical bars. I reckon that would look even better.

My WIP count has gone down thanks to some frogging rather than finishing. The grey knitted hat was turning out absolutely massive, big enough to fit a baby elephant massive, so I frogged it and I’ve put the yarn aside for another project. I don’t think it wanted to be a hat after all.

And I haven’t really touched anything else, Tunisian is strangely addictive! So that’s my week so far. What’s everyone else working on? And what do you think of my black rainbow top idea? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 07.02.18

Current WIP count: 5

I managed to cross some WIPs off my list over the weekend, so of course I started a couple more!

Having learned a raft of new Tunisian skills on Saturday, I’ve decided to embark on my first proper item of clothing; a long-sleeved top.

There’s not much to show yet, just the start of one sleeve

Because I’m me and I just love to run as soon as I can walk, I’m making it a rainbow top. You can see that the first section is pink and purple, and I’ve just started the next section which will be purple and blue. The one after that will be blue and green, and so on.

These are the colours I’ll be using

In reverse order because the sleeves are done from the cuff up.

I also started another tube hat, just for something simple to do at choir and on the subway. It’s basic knitting in a rather dull grey colour so no photos yet. I might crochet a bright flower and sew it on, give it a pop of colour.

So that’s what I’m working on. How’s everyone’s week going so far? What are you working on? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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2017 makes

I have no new FOs to share this week – still plugging away at my swirl hat. So instead I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and have a look at all my FOs from 2017.

I’m so, so glad I have this blog to look back on because my memory is not that great, if you’d asked me to guess I would have said maybe 30-40 yarny items and 20 cards. Want to know what I actually made?

1 bikini top

1 cushion cover

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1 custom doily

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2 cowls

2 pairs of fingerless gloves

3 phone/kindle cosies

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3 coasters

3 pairs of baby bootees

6 blankets/lovies

6 daisies for Vicky

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7 hearts for Manchester

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8 shawls/scarves

8 octopoms

9 non-octo amigurumis

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12 hats

15 snowflakes

And 35 cards

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That’s (if my maths is working today) 87 knit and crochet goodies in a year! 87!!

I mean, some of them were teeny snowflakes that only needed 15 minutes max, but there was also my friend’s mahoosive flat warming blanket, which took me two weeks of non-stop crocheting.

It’s been really tricky choosing my favourite makes of the year. There are so many different types and I’m proud of them all for different reasons.

The flat warming blanket is definitely up there. I finished faster than I expected, it was huge, the colours suited my friend’s flat, and it just so happened to fit perfectly on the back of his sofa.

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I loved the Daisies for Vicky and hearts4MCR, because they helped other people and that’s important to me.

The Seafoam scarves make me inordinately proud. My first knitting that wasn’t just garter stitch, plus they’re beautiful.

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Also my hats in the round, which was a new technique for me.

I’m also proud of the couple of items I made without following a pattern, and the fact that Dad looked at my amigurumi pokemon and nearly asked me where I bought them from.

Basically, it’s been a good year!  I can’t wait to see what makes 2018 will bring.

Have you reviewed your 2017 makes? I bet it surprised you too. Do you have a favourite (yours or mine)? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Ho Ho Oh.

I feel like I say this every time, but where did this month go?? It’s whizzed by and I’ve hardly got anything done!

These were my goals for November:

  1. Get my snowflakes listed in my shop.
  2. Write up my waffle hat pattern
  3. Make at least one Christmas present per week.
  4. Make all Christmas cards for my family/friends

Number 1 has got nowhere at all thanks to rubbish winter light, busy, busy weekends, and my new ring light not working. Sadface.

BUT the good news is number 2 is complete! I have finally written up my waffle hat pattern!! I don’t know why I faffed about for so long, it was basically ready in the blog post and I just had to neaten it up a bit.

Does anyone fancy having a test of it for me? Just to make sure I haven’t written in any stupid mistakes or missed out something vital. If you’re interested, drop me an email at quietwatercraft at gmail dot com.

My third goal went a bit by the wayside when I got distracted by my new circular knitting needles. Although one of the hats I made is a gift so at least I wasn’t completely off track!

I’ve started two amigurumis this week, which will end up as Christmas presents, so I’m not too far behind schedule. Yet 😉

The Christmas cards are actually going pretty well, I just haven’t shown any of them on here. I finally have a night off this evening so my plan is to finish up the last few, and that’ll be another goal complete.

It helps that I’ve gone for quite simple designs this year with a lot of blank space; I must be going through a minimalist phase!

Well there we go I’ve managed half of my goals, that’s not as bad as I thought. I’ve decided not to set any goals for December though. It’ll be busy enough with singing events, secret Santas, cards and presents to make, and Christmas meals with everyone.  I just hope I can get my Christmas goodies into my shop before the actual day arrives!

How was your November? Did you have goals and did you meet them? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 24.11.17

There are even more finished hats this week! I’ve lost track of which ones I’ve shown off and which I haven’t, so here’s a photo of all of them:

Can we talk about how different the colours look close-up compared to that group shot?

I seriously need to get a proper camera.

Anyway. I do know I haven’t shown you this one because I made it last Saturday, and I can tell you now I’m never ever making a hat with this yarn again.

Stitch definition? What’s that? Never met her.

Honestly this thing will probably just fall apart one day because sewing in the ends properly was impossible. I’ve no idea if they went under/over/through any stitches at all because even up close, in really good light, all I can see is fuzz.

I also have some non-hat FOs. Remember the snowflake book my mum sent me? I decided I want to make them all to see which I like best, which isn’t actually as huge a task as I first thought.

So far they’ve all been only 3 or 4 rounds, and the most complex one took me just 15 minutes.

These are my finished snowflakes so far:

The different threads seem to give me slightly different sizes, with the silver sparkle being the biggest.

When they’re all finished I’m going to make some of them into ornaments to hang on a tree, and some into very dainty garlands.

I think some designs would also work well as coasters if I make them with thicker yarn. I’m definitely going to have a go.

Any more suggestions for ways to use 100 tiny snowflakes? Got any FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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WIP Wednesday 22.11.17

Current WIP count: 5

Not to cause mass panic or anything, but did you know it’s less than 5 weeks til Christmas? Argh!

My snowflake decorations are coming along nicely, but I’m beginning to despair of getting any light good enough to take photos of them. I bought a ring-light in the hope that it would help, but of course I was sent a dud and it doesn’t work. Sigh.

My hat-obsession continues and there’s yet another one on my needles, plus I’m onto my second crocheted santa hat having finally finished one I was happy with.

I also out-cuted myself with this newborn/preemie hat. It is so tiny!

This weekend will be super busy with my choir’s 15 year anniversary concert, and singing at the switch-on of some Christmas lights, plus my parents staying with me. But after that I really need to get cracking with my Christmas presents. There will be a list, and I will stick to it!

What’s everyone else working on this week? Anyone else considering taking a holiday from work just to catch up on crochet?? let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 17.11.17

I’m naming this week Hat Week, because I’ve been whacking them out and I’m now onto my fourth!

You’ve seen this rainbow lovely, which I decided not to make a pompom for so it’s finished as is.

I also (totally on purpose, honest) made a baby version with pompom using the same yarn.

This might be the cutest thing I’ve seen all year – I made it and even I squee a little bit every time I see it. It’s just so CUTE!!

This one here is the first one I made using my circular needles.

I’m calling it the Ribbit Hat, because the number of times I had to frog this thing is into double figures. And, y’know, it has ribbing.

That weird stripe in the cream was an attempt at a pattern using knit and purl stitches. They’re supposed to be triangles, but clearly it needs a yarn with clearer stitch definition because it just looks a bit wavy.

This one came out as a slouchy hat, which I didn’t think I liked, but then I tried it on and it actually doesn’t look too bad.

The santa hat is not quite finished because I was finishing up my Captain America cushion instead.

What do you think? It’s not quite as I imagined, but you can definitely tell what it’s supposed to be so that’ll do for me! And my Mum is pleased with it, which is what really matters considering she ordered it.

So that’s been my pretty productive week. Does anyone else get into trends of making the same thing? Got any FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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