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Roundabout Yarn

| Saturday, August 29, 2015
 
(REVIEW 1 of 2)
 
Hello Readers!! I am thrilled to share with you roundabout yarn.
 
"Former Shepherdess Turned Indie Dyer
Hello, thank you for checking out my ETSY shop!

My name is Terri and I am a recovering shepherdess. Seriously. My spouse and I have lived on a small farm in Minnesota since 2006. We recently sold off the last of our flock so my focus has changed to playing with color and yarn!

I hope to add local farm fiber, roving, batts to the shop in 2015. Sheep breeds will include Finnsheep, Shetland, BFL, Gotland, and crosses. If you are interested in learning more, check out our farm’s website at www.roundaboutacres.com"

Terri~
 
I have to chance to feature her 'Sporty Sock.'
 
Sporty Sock 75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon
274 yards/100grams
Machine Wash Gentle/Tumble Dry Low
 
I love her color inspiration.  This skein is called Spring Garden
You can see the blue, green, purple of the flowers and then you even have the color of rich soil to tie it all in.  What a great idea to put into a colorway


 
Every one who is a sock knitter loves when they find a 'Go To' sport yarn.  Socks knit twice as fast, they are thicker and just make for a great boot sock.  I love knitting sport weight socks!  And because this is a 75/25, you have all the strength in the world with the nylon in them.  The yarn its self has a great twist to it that also provides one more element to a great sock yarn.
 


You all really need to go and try a skein or two of Terri's amazing Sporty Sock.  You will be so pleased that you did, I know you will be back for more.  She has so many color inspirations to choose from you will be sure to find a few skeins to try out. 
 
  www.roundaboutacres.com receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Terri for allowing me to feature your Sporty Sock yarn!!!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
What is your favorite sport weight sock pattern & what color of roundabout yarn would you like?

Gleener 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- 4 came from the blog and 5 - 19 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 genius sock tool is:
 



 Lucky #7 who is  [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 Gleener for a fantastic review!!!  



Gleener

| Sunday, August 23, 2015


Review (2 of 2)
 
This review is not just for knitters, this is a product that I feel anyone can use.  I am so excited to share with you my experience with the Gleener.
This is a super user friendly and must have tool for anyone much more a knitter.  If you are tired of trying to take care of your hand knits and frustrated with what is on the market today for pill removers, then you are going to want to check this out.


 
This ergonomic pill removing tool is so simple and so effective to use, you are actually going to enjoy taking care of your garments.  It comes with three grades of attachments that can be used on several different fibers and fabric blends.  You will be able to clean up anything!
 
Shown below is a wool sweater with the before and after shot.  I have yet to find a pill remover that works this amazing. I really feel that while I was using it, it was not just removing the extra fibers but it was also protecting the integrity of the garment its self.  I always have a hard time thinking I'm going to put a hole in my sweater when using a hand held pill shaver, makes me very nervous.  No need to worry when using the Gleener.
 

It also does a fantastic job with lint removal and the newest feature, a removable rubber attachment that is perfect for easy clean up of pet hair. It is so simple and so effective it just makes sense to have one around for many purposes.
 
 
As a Mother, wife and Fiber Artist, I would recommend this product hands down!  Please take some time to go over to the fantastic website that they have.  Instructions on how to use each attachment, with before and after photos and so much more about this must have product.
 
 
 Gleener receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again for allowing me to feature your "Outstanding Tool!"
 
 
 
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 a Gleener of your own!!!!

 

 
 
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. Tell me what knitted items you think this would come in most handy for?
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on August 31st. 

The Uncommon Thread

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Review (1 of 2)

 
Hello Readers.  I am so happy to be back to share with you yet another fantastic Yarn!  I am sure you all have seen this yarn used or have heard the name a few times before, The Uncommon Thread.
 
"I started The Uncommon Thread in September 2010 after knitting for a few years, then discovering Ravelry and becoming thoroughly addicted – particularly with knitting with luxury hand-dyed yarns. I love colours, texture and I’m passionate about knitting.
We are an artisan company and dye all our yarns lovingly by hand in our studio in Brighton, England. Although still relatively small, we are constantly expanding in order to keep up with the demand for our products.
I aim to source a few unusual, British breed yarns that are often limited editions. These are spun in small mills from small flocks and are very special. But here you’ll also find luxury fibres, such as cashmere, silk, alpaca and merino for your knitting pleasure.
I am very passionate about the environment and aim to minimise the impact I have on it. I simmer the yarns for a long time so that as much dye as possible can bond with the fibres, rather than going down the drain. Our mailing bags are 100% biodegradable and our tags made from 100% post consumer waste – not only that, they are beautiful too! Our British breeds yarns are spun locally, so have few ‘wool miles’ and some are even spun in a mill partly powered by water."
~Ce~
 

Everyday Sport

Everyday Sport
Approx 100g superwash merino yarn
300m per 100g – sport weight
 
Lovely and round superwash merino yarn. Perfect for all kinds of stuff. Super bouncy!
Although I recommend hand-washing to prolong the life of your knits, this yarn may be machine washed on a gentle wool cycle, then laid flat to dry.
 
 
She has such a large color range you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for.  This is the perfect yarn for its own project or to be knit up together with another contrasting yarns to show off a pattern or just a good looking stripe.  The twist on the yarn is so bouncy and has a great hand while being knit up.  I am really enjoying it.

 
The great part about The Uncommon Thread is that you have every color and weight of yarn right at your finger tips.  All you have to do is just go the her extremely user friendly website and start shopping!!!  You will be swimming in ideas of what you can do with her amazing yarns.
 
Make sure that your subscribed to the news letter so that you get all the up to date info on shop updates and when special items are posted!!
 
 
 
 The Uncommon Thread receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Ce for allowing me to feature your stunning yarn!!!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
What colorway and weight of yarn are you drawn too?

 

Savvy Skeins

| Monday, August 17, 2015

 
 
Happy Monday Readers!! You have no idea how privileged I feel today to be able to feature Savvy Skeins on the blog.  I have admired and watched anxiously for a while at the amazing yarn and fiber that has been put out by this dyer. 

 
I give you the owner of Savvy Skeins, Ali. Independent yarn and fiber dyer out of New Braunfels, Texas, specializing in kettle and speckle dyeing. Each skein of yarn and braid of spinning fiber is dyed one by one in my home kitchen. A lot of time and love goes into each skein and braid.  As well as a Christian, stay at home, homeschooling mom of 5.
 
  In other words, she is the "Do it All, Wonder woman."
I find so much satisfaction in supporting women like myself that put Family; Faith and Fiber Arts at the top of the priority list. 
 
I love the fact that Ali has a unique offering of her yarns.  She features a colorway and then gives you to ability to choose what base you want it dyed on.  Most dyers just whip up a few bases in the same color and then you just pick from what they offer.  This is a totally custom feature that I really like and appreciate from Savvy Skeins. 
 
 Look at the choices she offers you;
 
Comal Sock
400 yards
Fingering weight
Super wash merino 80%
Nylon 20%
 
Guadalupe MCN
435 yards
Light DK weight
merino 80%
cashmere 10%
Nylon 10%
 
San Antonio Sock
400 yards
fingering weight
super wash merino 100%
 
Bejar Worsted
200 yards
Super wash merino 100%
Worsted weight
 
Lonestar DK
250 yards
super wash merino 100%
DK weight
 
Crockett Sock
250 yards
Polwarth 85%
tussah silk 15%
DK weight
 
Gruene Sock
400 yards
fingering weight
super wash Corriedale 75%
Nylon 25%
 
**New!**
 
China Grove
400 yards
Super wash merino 60%
Bamboo 30%
Nylon 10%
Pearland
438 yards
Super wash merino 75%
nylon 20%
Stellina 5%
 

 
With so many choices you are sure to get exactly what you want. 
I feel so honored that Ali has a brand new colorway that I have the opportunity to be the first to share with you!  This is one of her kettle dyed speckled yarns that she has named,
Fantasia
 
 
 Ali has captured the full range of purple and blue in this skein.  Starting with the lightest shade of lavender and then plunging into a deep purple/blue that is stunning.  To top it all off, she has then over dyed with the magic of her speckling technique.  Its just such a versatile colorway that I really think anyone can appreciate and find a use for.
 
 
This particular base is made up of Superwash Merino & Nylon.  Although you would never know that it had any nylon content to it.  It is so soft to the touch and really plush when it is being knit up and running through your fingers.  A very enjoyable knit.  I can invasion this skein being knit up in to a pair of socks, a baby item, a fingering weight hat or matched up with a sterling silver color and knit into a two color shawl.  Really Anything, it will all end up beautiful!!
 
If any of you, 'My Readers' have not indulged and bought a skein of Savvy Skeins to try out yourselves, Please let me be the first to encourage you to go over today and make your Monday even better with the purchase of something stunning!  Just think of how amazing the end of your week will be when you get a skein of Ali's yarn in the mail!!!
 
 
Savvy Skeins receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Ali for allowing me to feature your 'One of a Kind' yarn!  It was such a pleasure to share your talent with My Readers.
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 

I would love to know what colorway of Savvy Skeins you like the best?

 

The Sock Ruler 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- 2 came from the blog and 3 - 23 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 genius sock knitting tool is:
 


 Lucky #17 who is wooliegirl [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 The Sock Ruler for a fantastic review!!!  



The Sock Ruler

| Tuesday, August 11, 2015
 
Well 'Readers,' I'm a day off my game.  Moving will do that to you.  Please forgive the tardiness of my posting.
 
What I have in store for you today should more than make up for it.  I would say this is the newest- latest & greatest tool in the sock knitting world!  Right on top with the invention of self-striping sock yarn and a short-row heel.
 
This lovely woman is the inventor and creator of The Sock Ruler, Denise.

 
"I began knitting at the age of five, taught by my Finnish grandmother. Using a child-sized pair of needles I spent countless hours knitting yards and yards of nothing. The love of knitting had not yet been ingrained at that point, as I became interested in trying other artistic endeavors such as paint-by-number kits, sewing doll clothing, making beaded bracelets, learning how to draw horses, and ultimately going to the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.  But I digress... at the age of 15 I took up knitting again.  The first sweater I knit was a pull-over with a large cowl collar in emerald and black thick-and-thin yarn. I don't know what I was thinking but I wore it proudly. A few years later I tackled a three piece outfit: skirt, vest and cardigan. That was during the time of mini skirts and I believe the skirt might have measured 17 inches.  It was a really cute outfit and I still have it.  (No, I do not wear it!) Then I knit a pull-over sweater for my father on size 3 needles. My father was not a small person and it took a long time to knit a big sweater on those small needles.  I took a little more time off from knitting when I became enchanted with embroidery and began stitching designs on my clothing. That led to many other needle craft and artistic activities until I came back to knitting and embraced it completely.

But what about The Sock Ruler?  In the summer of 2012   I had been knitting socks for about two years, becoming increasingly frustrated with the measuring process.  Due to the three dimensional quality of a sock, tape measures and rulers were just not cutting it. I could never be sure the measurements were accurate. I needed something I could stick into the sock that would show me a true measurement.  I cut out a template from a cardboard cracker box and, aha!  It was just perfect! The Sock Ruler flattens out the sock, thereby providing that true measurement I was seeking. Best of all, no more floppy tape measures to deal with!  Knitting from the cuff down I could put it inside the sock and see exactly how much further I needed to knit to the start of the heel flap. The rounded end tucked right into the heel so I could measure from the heel to where the toe decrease would begin. It also worked for socks knit from the toe up.  I used my cardboard template for two years, all the while thinking that other sock knitters might like it. I took The Sock Ruler to where it is now; it has come a long way from the original cardboard template. I think you will find it as wonderful to use as I do!"
       -Denise Ilmanen
 
And here you have it, the magic of The Sock Ruler.
 
 
Specifically designed so that finding the perfect measurement is no longer a challenge for us knitters.  No matter your knitting preferences; toe up, cuff down, short row heel, gusset, all will work when knitting a sock.  I love the construction of this tool.  It is made from a very sturdy plastic that will not break and can be easily slipped into a knitting bag on the go.  One of my own ideas is to utilize the blank back side of the ruler.  I have taken measurements of those who I regularly knit for and used a permanent marker to take note and write it on the back.  So now, no matter what I can knit the perfect sock every time.  Measure the leg or the foot, no matter it will be "The Best Fit you can Knit."
 
I highly recommend that every knitter get one of these.  No more need to have a tape measure any more for socks.  This is a must have for every sock knitter.  Husbands...this would make a great "Stocking Stuffer" for Christmas.  Or should I say, "Ladies" tell your husbands this would make a great stocking stuffer...lol
 
For more information please visit the following link.  If you are a yarn shop owner or you would like to see your yarn shop carry this product, please follow this link.
 
 
 The Sock Ruler receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Denise for allowing me to feature your "Must Have Sock Tool!"
 
 
 
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 a Sock Ruler!!!

 
 
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. Tell me how you think this will help your sock knitting?
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on August 17th.


 

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