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End of the Row Yarns

| Sunday, July 26, 2015

End of the Row Yarns

 
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I'd like to introduce you all to Brenda, the dyer behind End of the Row Yarns.
 
 
 
 
"I started knitting in my early 20’s when I saw my mom teaching herself how to one night. “I want to do that.” I said. It’s been an addiction ever since. I’m a transplant from San Diego, California (Fletcher Hills/La Mesa area) with a 5-year stop in Fleming Island, Florida so warm weather knitting is what I should be doing and should be USED to doing, but the truth is; I am a wool-snob. I adore wool but I knit anything I can get my hands on. I’m now living in Annapolis, MD and enjoying all the Seasons, especially “real” winters and wearing all my wool garments! Woohoo!!
I recently opened a yarn shop on Etsy! End of the Row Yarns
I feature sock yarns in tonal and variegated colors in a variety of bases.
I have many, many knitters in my life so help and inspiration are always in reach! I love to learn new things."
 
Brenda has several bases that she offers in her shop and she has provided us with two different fingering weight yarns to review today.
 

Platinum BFL

Fingering / 4 ply
75% Bluefaced Leicester, 25% Nylon
464 yards / 100 grams
 


I love the deep rich colors that you will find all through this colorway.  It has shades of hunter green, Kelly green, turquoise, ocean blue and a few complementing shades in between.  One color transitions seamlessly into the other with out you ever realizing it.  Very generous yardage of 464 yards makes me think of several shawl patterns that his could beautifully be knit up into.  It also has a great twist to its plying that would also lend it to a fantastic pair of socks, pattern or not.
 

80/20 Sock

Fingering / 4 ply
80% Merino, 20% Nylon
400 yards / 100 grams  
 




So amazingly soft and just the right tonal shades to this orange colorway, perfectly named "Persimmon."  It is a perfect color match to the fruit that is so unique.  This tonal yarn would be amazing on its own or matched up with another solid/tonal yarn in any project.  A two colored shawl, stripes in a sweater or just an adorable fingering weight baby cardigan.
 
Fantastic twist and perfect for showing off stitch detail.  I love it!!!
 
 
No matter what base you choose to try of Brenda's yarns, I know you will be very pleased with what you pick.  She has color shades in all varieties, you will be sure to find one that fits your taste.
 
 
End of the Row Yarns receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Brenda for allowing me to feature your yarn!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
 
  For ONE of you lucky readers: You will win the featured skein!!!!!!
 
In order to enter the Give Away you must
 
As always:
 
1. Make sure you are a follower of my Blog or a Ravelry Group Member
 
2. Go over to the End of the Row Yarns website and tell me what colorway you like?
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on August 3rd.
  

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Show Me Yarn

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Its such a treat to share with you all today a remarkable independent yarn company that was started with a group of friends who have a love for the fiber arts!
 
 
 
I bet some of you will recognize these talented ladies for sure. 
 

Christa, Tammy, Ester, and Ginger started Show Me Yarn in the summer of 2014.  We have been friends for many years now thanks to our shared love of fiber arts.  We started playing with dyeing using food dyes several years ago just for fun and to see what would happen.  One of the best things about knitting and spinning is the beautiful colors of yarn and fiber, so it seemed only natural to continue down the dyeing road.  Tammy, Ester, and Ginger took a class with Peggy Doney of the 100th Sheep and came home full of inspiration.  They shared stories of their experience with Christa, who then grabbed everyone and plunged us over the edge into starting Show Me Yarn.
We have focused our color inspiration on the state of Missouri, which is where our name comes from, as well as our logo since the Dogwood is the state flower.  Most of the names of our bases and yarn have references to places, sayings, or events that are specific to the Ozarks.
When we started, we wanted to focus on getting a wide range of tonals that would make beautiful sweaters and shawls and to become your custom yarn shop.  We really want to be able to meet our customers’ needs by offering large quantities of a specific color, or by working with them to develop that elusive color they can’t find anywhere else.  We love for our customers to come to us and say, “Show Me Yarn!”  

 
You all are going to love this skein of yarn that they have sent for the review. 
 It is the perfect 'Show me Yarn' color.
 
 

Bootheel

Light Fingering / 3 ply
80% Merino, 20% Nylon
400 yards / 100 grams
 
 
I just love the fact that this is a "Tammy" colored skein.   A deep, rich red with twists of back intermixed.  Not only is it the color perfect, but the name is as well, "Heart of the Ozarks." They have kept all the color inspiration and names related to the region that they live in; drawing inspiration from all over nature, history and more.
 

 
This particular sock yarn base is great for socks with that nylon for strength, but it is still very soft and would make great; scarves, shawls or mitts.  I tell you what, I bet this yarn would be perfect for any project.  I could easily see this knit up into several project ideas that I have In my Ravelry Queue.
 
 
Show Me Yarn can be found on Etsy for purchase.  They have some amazing colorways in the shop and do offer custom orders to fit all of your large project needs.  I think you will find some amazing bases and colors that you just might want to try out for yourself.  Personally, I could take a full sweaters worth of the featured color, I just love it!!!!
 
 
Show Me Yarn  receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Christa, Tammy, Ester, and Ginger for allowing me to feature your yarn!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
 
  For ONE of you lucky readers: You will win the featured skein!!!!!!
 
In order to enter the Give Away you must
 
As always:
 
1. Make sure you are a follower of my Blog or a Ravelry Group Member
 
2. Go over to the Show Me Yarn  website and tell me what colorway you like?
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on August 3rd.
 
You all are being given a fantastic coupon code that is good for 10% off an purchase, including CUSTOM ORDERS!! (Good through September 15th)  Please everyone take advantage of this generous offer today.
 
Code: HPS10
 
 
You can find Show Me Yarn ;
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Or on Ravelry
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/show-me-yarn
 
 


Narwhal Needlework Winner

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So you are all aware of how I do each weeks drawing, you were allowed to post a comment on the Blog or on Ravelry. Comment 1- 9 came from the blog and 10 - 32 came from Ravelry. Neither has a better chance of winning or loosing, they are all put through the random number generator.
 


 
The winner of this stunning skein is:
 
 
 Lucky #11 who is Lisa911 [Ravelry]
 
Thank you all to everyone who participated in this week's review postings. Winner(s), remember to get in contact with me so that I can get your prize out to you. 
Thank you again to Narwhal Needlework for a fantastic review!!! 

Narwhal Needlework

| Monday, July 20, 2015
 
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Good Morning 'Readers!'  I am super excited to feature this weeks yarn review.  Admiring this yarn dyer is an understatement, I have been drooling over her yarn for quite some time now.  Hopefully you all feel the same way by the time your finish reading this review.  Make sure you see all the amazing yarn she has to offer in her shop.
 
 
"I learned to crochet in February of 2014 and that started off my crazy journey into the finer world.  I couldn't get enough of it, and soon I wanted to make my own yarn.  I taught myself to spin and knit using a combination of YouTube tutorials and knitting podcasts.  It was learning to knit socks that got me started with dying.  Once I discovered the wild world of sock yarn, I knew that I needed to start dyeing my own.
With all of these new hobbies, I quickly had more yarn and fiber than I could ever use.  Narwhal Needlework started as a hobby, through which I sold and shared m creations.  However, starting this business has opened me up to a community of fiber crafters that has been incredibly supportive and positive.  This feedback and support has helped me to turn my hobby into a business that I am passionate about growing.
Through my shop, I mainly sell hand dyed yarn and fiber, but I also offer some hand spun yarns.  My colorways are mostly based on my interests and travel experiences, with some interesting surprises from the dye pot thrown in, too!  I tend to dye in series, with my favorite being my Firefly-inspired series."
 
 
I just have to say..."How cute is she!"
 
Emily has provided two yarns for review this week; one is her most popular base and the other is a new base that she is really excited to share with you all.
 
 

Squishy Sock 

Fingering / 4 ply
75% Merino, 25% Nylon
462 yards / 100 grams
 


 
I can see why this is a popular base, it is really a Squishy Sock base!!  This particular skein is a Harry Potter inspired color that is perfectly named; 'Potions Master.'  This is a Snape color for sure. 
Emily does a fantastic job with her soft colors as a base and then finishes off with a speckling that really gives the skein its signature look. 
 

Silky Sock

Fingering / 4 ply
55% Bluefaced Leicester, 45% Silk
438 yards / 100 grams
 



 
"Queens Day" is an inspiration from travels to the Netherlands.  I am currently enjoying every bit of knitting with this yarn.  The silk in the base brings out a shimmer of each carefully selected color and makes it alive with elegance.  I really love the feel of the yarn as well.  It has a loose twist with the softest feel and slick feeling from the silk, it makes for easy knitting on the needles.  This yarn would make some stunning and strong socks, but I just has to make mine into a shawl that I can display around my neck.  I am going to love this come the fall when I can really get some use out of its warmth and perfect color!
 
I would defiantly recommend you all pick up as skein or two to try out Emily's amazing yarn.  For true sock lovers, the Squishy Sock is a must, for those who may not have a project in mind yet but really want to try Narwhal Needlework's yarns, take the plunge and order a skein of Silky Sock today.  You will not be sorry, in fact I will just tell you all that this is a big enabling yarn.  Shop until you drop!
Narwhal Needlework receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Emily for allowing me to feature your yarn!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
 
  For ONE of you lucky readers: You will win the featured skein!!!!!!
 
In order to enter the Give Away you must
 
As always:
 
1. Make sure you are a follower of my Blog or a Ravelry Group Member
 
2. Go over to the Narwhal Needlework website and tell me what colorway you like?
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on JULY 27th.
  

 

 
 

John Arbon Textiles

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Hello "Readers,"  I hope you are all ready for a fantastic introduction to some traditional British-made yarn from the heart of North Devon.  This is a feature that I have been looking forward to for some time now.  So lets get started. 
 
I would first like to introduce you to John Arbon himself.
 
 
"Textile fibre yarn knit machine enthusiast!
Dedicated to the processing and production of fibre/yarn/textile from British sustainable eco sources.
To this end we have invested (with the aid of grant money) in a new worsted processing plant to service small fibre producing fibres. This venture is the “Combing & Spinning the Hills Project” called Fibre Harvest.
We commission process and spin for farms and aid them in producing products for the market as well as linking specific yarns and fibres to designers, manufacturers and craft users requirements.
Consequently we have an ever growing range of specialist yarns for retail and wholesale.
Far too many fingers in too many pies!"
 
 
Read more about Arbon Textiles Here.
 

Alpaca Sock Yarn

Fingering / 4 ply
60% Alpaca, 20% Nylon, 20% Merino
350 yards / 100 grams
 


" Alpaca sock yarn is a warm and hard-wearing yarn designed for socks, fine knitting and accessories. It has the softness of Alpaca, whilst its nylon content and extra twist give durability."
 
I love the rustic feel and color of this sock yarn!  It is a 'go-to' for any kind of knitting that you really want to show off patterning/detail or traditional cables.  The alpaca has several great qualities in this sock yarn; warmth for the cold months and the softness and comfort that we have all grown accustom to with this amazing fiber.  John Arbon Textiles offers this particular blend of sock yarn in 6 different color shades. 
 
Charcoal,  Mustard, Rose, Oatmeal, Sapphire, & Moss 
 
 
This is just one of the many yarns they have to offer. John Arbon Textiles also offers fiber and machined socks.  To get a really good idea of all the amazing yarn, fiber and sock options, you really must take some time and visit the webpage.  I found myself on it for quite some time just admiring and making a wish list a mile long.  I think my favorite machined socks would have to be the
Merino Icelandic Wool Socks, talk about warm and beautiful!!  I am hoping Santa puts a pair in my stocking this year!!!


 
 
 
  John Arbon Textiles receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again John for sharing all of your amazing Self Striping Yarn!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
 
 

 

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