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Leventry Shawl Winner

| Tuesday, May 26, 2015
 
 
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- 5 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 pattern is:
 
 
Lucky #3 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 Sarah Jordan for a fantastic review!!! 



Leventry Shawl

| Sunday, May 17, 2015
 
Hello Readers! Today I am trilled to share a knit designer with you that I am head over heals for.  I went browsing on Ravelry, as we all do, and found a new favorite designer.  She is very well accomplished in pattern writing and has several patterns that you can choose to queue up.  It was hard to not want to knit them all.  May I introduce to you our featured designer and her spotlight pattern The Leventry Shawl.
 
 
 
 
"I’ve known how to knit since I was about 7 years old, when my aunt first put straight needles and some orange acrylic yarn in my hands. I stuck to knitting and purling for years until I was in grad school and living about a block away from a yarn store. It was then that I truly became obsessed, and I haven’t put my needles down since.
In February 2008, I took a learn to spin class at my local fiber festival and soon found myself hooked on another hobby. A Lendrum folding wheel came to live with me shortly thereafter, and a Hansen miniSpinner joined the family in spring 2011."
 
All of her fantastic patterns can be purchased right from Ravelry here.
 
 

Leventry Shawl

 

 
Leventry is a sophisticated shawl worked in two colors of fingering weight yarn. Starting with a garter tab, the shawl is worked from the top down and begins with two-color stripes that combine the textures of stockinette and garter stitch. The lower portion is highlighted by a band of geometric lace, and the border is finished with an additional stripe of color and a lacy picot bind off.
Roughly 400-420 yds./366-384 m of each color is needed for this shawl. The sample used less than one skein of each color of the recommended yarn.
 

 
 
I am currently enjoying knitting this pattern and find it so hard to put down because it is more exciting every row as it builds.  No matter if you are a written direction knitter or a chart knitter, you will find great ease in how Sarah has written her pattern.  Everything is clearly marked and given in great detail as to what you need to do. 
 
Sarah uses such elegance and simplicity in this shawl pattern it really leaves you wide open for how you want yours to turn out.  You could go with very soft and blended tones to give a sweet look or pack a bold statement like I am doing by knitting mine with an accenting color of Hot Pink. 
(Really...does that surprise anyone!)
 
Here is a sneak peek at my progress so far.
 
 
Sarah has such great talent in her designs I am sure you will all find one that you want to knit.  Her depth of design variety stretches from shawls to mittens and socks. 
 
If you are interested in staying current on any and all of her new pattern releases, I would like to invite you to take a look at her Group on Ravelry.  She does a great job of keeping her knitting fans in the loop with her designs.
 
She also keeps a great detailed blog as well for those of you who like that medium.
 
     The Leventry Shawl receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Sarah for sharing your stunning pattern!
 
 
 
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 copy of the Leventry Shawl!!!!!!
 

 
 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. Share with us what two yarns you would knit this shawl with. (Pictures are great!)
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on April 25th.
(disclaimer...unless I have my baby that day...lol)
if that happens it will post ASAP.
 
~Thank you all for your understanding~


Havirland Yarn 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- 25 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 amazing yarn is:
 
 
Lucky #19 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 Havirland Yarns for a fantastic review!!! 

Havirland Yarns

| Monday, May 11, 2015
 
 
 
Good afternoon 'Readers,' I hope Monday finds you all well and in good spirits.  And for those of you who are not finding Monday to be something to be excited about, this yarn review just might put you in a better mood and inspire some stash enhancement!
 
 
Havirland yarns is created by Carol. 
"I am a self-taught knitter (and now yarn dyer) located on the east coast of the United States. I've spent years knitting for family, friends and co-workers, who are probably sick of always receiving knitted gifts from me by now!   Horror movie enthusiast. I also (not so) secretly wish every day was Halloween.!!"
 
 
She has provided for our review today two of the different sock bases that she cares as well as two different dye techniques on these bases.  I know you will be just as excited about these two yarns as I was when I laid eyes on them.  Carol is extremely talented in her dye process and the photos that I am about to share with you will show that talent off very nicely.
 
 
 
 

75/25 Sock

Light Fingering / 3 ply
460 yards/100 g 
US 0 - 2 or 2 - 2.75mm
75% SW Merino / 25% Nylon
 
 
Colorway~ Cherry Blossom Festival
 
 
What is not to be desired about this yarn.  The name gives it the perfect look of its description.  You have a cream/light pink all over undertone and then you get these small strips of dark cherry red and a golden yellow.  Then to top it all off, she adds her own splatter technique that just makes this skein of yarn sing!!  The color is right on and would knit up into anything spectacular!
 
 
This base of 75/25 is also very generous in yardage coming in at 460 yards.  Not only could you knit up the perfect spring time socks but you have quite the overage for most fingering weight projects that are not socks.  I could see using 2-3 skeins of this for a light feather weight cardigan to kick of spring/summer knitting.  The yarn is extremely soft for the amount of nylon content in it, so this is for sure a 'next to skin' yarn in my book.
 
 
 

90/10 Sock

Light Fingering / 3 ply
480 yards / 100 g
90% SW Merion Wool /10% Nylon
 
 
Colorway~ Random Acts
 

I'm head over heals for this fun pastel color!!  How can you not see the fun pops of mint green, baby blue and what I would call baby pink.  Such a great color on its own or worked together with a solid.
 


 
I have to point this out again...Carol is amazingly generous with her yardage at 480 yards.  This base has a much squishier feel and a bigger bounce back when you manipulate it.  Great twist that will provide longevity to any of your projects.  I'm thinking a summer shawl would be outstanding for this yarn.  You really have to just get a skein or two for your self to really get the full effect of what Havirland yarns is all about.  You will be so excited that you did!!
 
 
     Havirland Yarns receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Carol for sharing your amazing yarns!
 
 
 
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 skeins of Cherry Blossom Festival!!!!!!
 
 
 
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 Etsy shop and tell me what colorway you like the best?
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on April 18th.
(disclaimer...unless I have my baby that day...lol)
if that happens it will post ASAP.
 
~Thank you all for your understanding~
 

EVE Infinity Scarf 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 Ravelry. Neither has a better chance of winning or loosing, they are all put through the random number generator.
 
 
 
The winner who gets to choose the pattern of her/his choice is:
 
 
Lucky #3 brbmom  Michelle [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 Alexandrea for a fantastic review!!! 

EVE Infinity Scarf

| Monday, May 4, 2015
 
Happy Spring Readers.  I hope your area of the world is showing signs of warmth and new growth of Spring.  I know for myself and my daughter, we are already enjoying temperatures in the low 80's F. 
Hopefully only three more weeks and our second daughter will be here!!! 
 
I am so pleased to share with you today the design of the EVE Infinity Scarf by Alexandra Davidoff

 
Alexandra is a seasoned pattern designer who is constantly putting out new patterns to add to her collection of already established patterns.  The EVE Infinity Scarf is just one in the line up of some amazing infinity scarfs.  She has a way of seeing texture and pattern that is unmatched by any one I have ever come across as a designer.  I think that is what drew me to her pattern collections.
 
Just to give you a taste of her design and collection, I have listed some of her other patterns as well.
 
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sherlocked-infinity-scarf
SHERLOCKED Infinity Scarf

 
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/anastasia-infinity-scarf
ANASTASIA Infinity Scarf
 
 

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bloom-infinity-scarf
BLOOM Infinity Scarf
 
 Today I am thrilled at her latest creation, the EVE Infinity Scarf.  The patterning and design that she has knitted up is so elegant and almost takes you back to a different time in the fashion era.  With the look of a fan and decorative bobbles it is just a work of art.  I love the soft pink tone that she chose to knit her sample in.  I think it would go well with so many of us who have a wardrobe of white, black and gray and use our knit ware to show off our style. 
 

 
Alexandra has even taken a few minutes of her time to talk a little more in depth about her newest design on her YouTube channel.  Just click on the photo to watch.
 
 
 
https://youtu.be/3dEek3RSlyU
 
 
I hope you all take a look at all the amazing Infinity Scarfs that Alexandra has in her shop and knit one up this year.
 
EVE Infinity Scarf receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Alexandra Davidoff for sharing your stunning pattern!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~

Cedar House Yarns

| Monday, April 27, 2015
Happy Monday Readers...yes its Monday again.  It seems to start going so much faster as we get closer to summer.  Today I have the privilege of sharing with you a yarn dyer who is just one state over from me.  Located in Mt. Baker, NW Washington is Cedar House Yarns.
 


This is Jenn Lysen, the master dyer and color artist behind Cedar House Yarns.
 
"The inspiration for my colors comes from those surroundings, the woods, plants and wildlife.  My yarns come in two weights, Old Growth Worsted & Sapling Sock.  I will soon be adding Yearling DK weight as well and Seed Lace weight.  I currently offer 10 colors but, since I can't seem to stop, more colors are continually being added.  I also have a few knitting patterns available on the website and will be adding more of those as well.
I like pretty things.  Ever since my great-grandmother taught me to knit, I have become obsessed with making pretty things.  I started this dye adventure and it quickly took over my life.  I work a full time office gig, I'm a new mom (to the cutest little Viking you have ever seen) and, in what little spare time I have, I dye yarn."
 
Jenn also has a fantastic BLOG that she keeps up to date with everything new and up coming.  You should really subscribe so that you can get the very latest on her amazing yarns!!
 
Ok...enough chit chat, I am sure you want to see what I am talking about when I say AMAZING COLORED YARN!
 
 
 

Sapling Sock

 - 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon - sock weight.
Machine wash cool, lay flat dry.
 
 

 
I have to tell you that this is unlike your normal 75/25 Sock yarn.  The bounce and softness to this yarn almost has the feel of a cashmere blend.  That is really the only way I can describe it.  Not to mention the very generous amount of yardage at 463 yards.  Your knitting patterns are in an entirely different scope with that extra 63 yards.  That kind of yardage will make for some stunning shawls or matching sets of items.
 

 
We have all heard the term, "pictures say a thousand words," well I did my very best to capture the hue and pure depth of this color.  You will just have to take my word for it or better yet order a skein for your self to see the depth of pigment in her beautifully dyed solid colors.
Not a single trace of under dying or loss of color.
 
 
This particular colorway is called "A Land Far Away"  inspired by the blue/grey color of the land on the horizon.  This is one of the newest colors to come out, but just getting a taste for Jenn's dying abilities, I am sure you will be pleased to see what she puts out in the future with the addition of her two new yarn weights. 
 

 
 I think Jenn has really outdone herself with the yarn she sells as well as her website.  Please take the time to head over to her SHOP.  Simply elegant and true craftsmanship all the way!!
 
She also has a new Ravelry Group that you should take a peek at.
 
 Cedar House Yarns receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Jenn Lysen for sharing your amazing yarns!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~

 

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