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Keblinger

Frankenskein Yarn Co.

| Monday, July 28, 2014

 
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Happy Monday Readers!!!  I am thrilled to be reviewing a yarn for you from the UK today.  Erikka is the brains behind the Frankenskein Yarn Co.  She is a mother; dyer, knitter and a blogger.  What more could you want out of an indi yarn owner.
 
I need to start of by saying I love her website, it is so easy to use and everything you need to find is right in front of you.  We have all used those sites that are so complicated to use it really discourages you from buying anything from them.  Now... On to the yarn!  She carries several yarn bases and weights in her shop and her color sense is so fun, I am sure you will see that in the skein that I am about to share with you.
 
 

Silver Twinkle Sock Yarn

(How adorable is this base name!!) 
Fingering / 4 ply
 437 yards / 100 grams
US 1 - 3 or 2.25 - 3.25mm
75% Merino / 20% Nylon / 5% Other
 

 
[Yes...even my 13 month old daughter felt the need to handle the yarn it was so squishy...she just so happened to do it while I was taking photos.]




So much to love about this sock yarn!  I am a huge fan of tightly spun yarn for the simple reason that it tends to last longer when knit up into socks.  It is quite the challenge to get this twist and manage to have your yarn still feel soft and bouncy and Erikka has no trouble with that.  Her yarn is Snuggle Worthy.  You can see the bits of sparkle really well in some of the closer photos, who does not love a sock or a pair of mittens that have a little glamour to them...we all do.


 
 
Her bright and cherry colors leave you endlessly searching for just the right pattern to use for this yarn.  This is one of those skeins that is so pretty in person, you might want to just hold on to it for a while before you knit with it.  Better yet, pick up two skeins and have one to knit with and one to admire in the stash.  Either way, you will be very pleased with any of the Frankenskein yarns you pick up if you do so.
 
 Frankenskein Yarn Co. receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Erikka for sharing your fantastic yarn with us!!!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~


Manos Del Uruguay

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
 
 
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I am so pleased to be sharing with you all today a new favorite Lace Weight yarn.  Manos Lace to be exact.  Its being dyed up in solids and variegated skeins.  Now for those of you who have never purchased from Manos Del Uruguay, you have to take a little time to read about the fantastic genius behind this yarn company and how it helps women all over the world.  Take a look.
 
 
 
"With each purchased skein of Manos del Uruguay yarn you will be helping a woman to support her family. Each skein is signed, so you will know who made your yarn, and from which village it came. You will be supporting the hand-crafted rather than mass-produced, and contributing to an economy where the workers control of the means of production. You, as a handknitter, crocheter or weaver, will be contributing to women’s careers in harmony with family life, and contributing to the landscape, and cultural heritage of Uruguay."
 
~Manos Del Uruguay~
 
How about this stunning lace!
 
Lace / 2 ply
438 yards / 50 grams
US 2 - 2.75 mm
70% baby alpaca, 25% silk, 5% cashmere
 
This yarn has a wonderful halo from the alpaca and a softness that is hard to find.  All this with the strength of silk makes for a really hard working lace weight yarn but gives the feel of elegance and the look of royalty.  You will love the feel of the yarn as you knit with it and will love it even more once it is knit into a shawl or some other such lacy item.  The lovely shades they are dying up are fantastic for any season and will show off our hand knits in a way that you can only imagine. 
 
 
 Manos Del Uruguay receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again for all your wonderful Lace Yarn!!!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
 
One of you lucky 'Readers' will be winning the featured skein of Lace!!!!!
 
 
 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 you would like to knit with this skein of lace.
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on August 4th.
 

Sinkmates 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 1-7 came from the blog and 8-16 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 Fantastic Wash Cloth Pattern is:
 
 
Lucky #6 Amanda O'Connor   [Blogger]
 
 
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 Lorilee Beltman for a fantastic review!!!
 

Lavishea 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 10-26 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 Cucumber Mellon Lotion Bar is:
 
 
Lucky #13 Carrie ""  [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 Lavishea for a fantastic review!!!
 
 


Sinkmates (A pattern with a purpose)

| Sunday, July 20, 2014
http://lorileebeltman.com/
 
 
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I was so honored when I was given permission to review one of Lorilee Beltman's patterns.  She is a fantastic knit designer and has come out with a newer pattern that has a fantastic purpose.  This is Lorilee, had to include her picture, her smile just makes you want to be her friend.

 
Sinkmates was a pattern that she has created to help raise awareness and to raise funds to donate for the Special Olympics.  It is my understanding that at one point her brother had participated in the Special Olympics and had enjoyed his time with the organization very much.
 
 

 
   She describes her wash cloth pattern as follows;
 'Enjoy a clean, simple design with some nice details. Fun to knit, and great to have on hand for gifts. Make a pile. Consider gifting patterns to your knitting friends. Feel free to share links to this pattern.'
 
Lorilee had made the pattern as a $2.00 US Ravelry Downloadable pattern.  A great price for such a fun new twist on a wash cloth pattern!   All $2 of the purchase price (minus small Paypal fees) goes to Special Olympics.
 



 
 
The pattern was a fun knit, it took me about 45 min to knit up.  By using any of your favorite cotton, you will have the ability to create some new washcloths for yourself or for a gift.  I especially loved using some' laying around' small amounts of cotton to use as a color contrast for the I-cord edging.  Great design feature and functional as well, perfect for hanging on a hook or over the faucet sink. 
 
It makes my heart sing to have looked on Lorilee's blog page and found her latest posting:
(Her blog can be found by clicking on the heading photo)
 
Update July 19: 1,500 total pattern sales, plus a class taught with proceeds going to S.O. Another $500 sent from patterns, and $300 from class. ($2,800 total.)
 
We all know the generosity of knitters and how much good we can do to help support others for a better cause.  "My Wonderful Readers"  I am asking that you consider making the $2.00 donation and purchasing this pattern, or gifting it to a friend.  As well as; those of you lovely's who have podcasts, please share this great cause with other knitters and lets do our part to help Lorilee with her end of the year final donation count!!
 
 
Sinkmates receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again for a great pattern and cause!!!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
 
One of you lucky 'Readers' will be winning a copy of this pattern !!!!!
 
 
 
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. Please tell at least one friend about this great pattern and then let us know who you shared with. 
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on July 28th.
 


LAVISHEA

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I have been a long time fan of Lavishea lotion bars for years.  They are wonderful for keeping close to hand in your knitting bags to sooth that dry sensation you can get from working with wool after knitting.   These compact lotion bars are non greasy, rub into your skin effortlessly and hydrate with flavors that make you relax.  I personally love having a "bar" because they are so much more portable; in your car, purse or with your crafting.  They are perfectly housed in a small metal tin that has a lid to keep it secure from the outside elements. 
 
 


 
Featured above you have three very popular scents.
The MAN BAR ~ This scent is fresh and clean smelling with wood, citrus, and spice notes, a good men's cologne scent.
(By the way...my husband uses his "MAN BAR" every night before bed and he loves it...shhhh we won't tell anyone!)
 
The YARN BAR ~ This bar has a wonderful, light almond fragrance. Like all our bars, this bar will not leave a greasy residue on yarn. It is the perfect way to prevent dry skin from snagging delicate projects. Also, it helps control the drying effects of working on handmade projects.
 
The CUCUMBER MELLON BAR ~ Cucumber and Melon come together to bring you a fun fresh scent.
 
No matter what wonderful flavor you choose to use, your hands will love you for it!!
You can often find Lavishea bars sold in your local yarn shop, however if you can't pick one up easily be sure to head over to the Lavishea Website and order a few to have on hand today.
 
"You can feel good about your purchase of Lavishea Lotion Bars. All of our lotion bars are gluten free, made of wholesome natural ingredients (shea butter and 100% natural soy), and they are manufactured with ethical integrity in the USA."
 
 
Lavishea receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again for all your fantastic Lotion Bars!!!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
 
One of you lucky 'Readers' will be winning your own Lavishea Bar!!!!! 
 
 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 to the Lavishea site and tell me; What is your favorite lotion bar.
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on July 28th.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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