| Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Monday Readers!  I am so pumped about todays yarn review for a multitude of reasons that I will be sharing with you in this lets get started.
Please let me introduce you to Amanda, the creator and designer behind CSDye.
"I work full time as a Crime Scene Investigator. Since Twin Peaks aired, I have been fascinated by puzzles, "whodunits", crime and justice. I went to university for Forensic Anthropology and my career as a CSI has afforded me many amazing opportunities, including training at the world renowned Body Farm in Knoxville, Tennessee. I am passionate about forensic science, mysteries, thrillers and all things that go bump in the night. Being a CSI is definitely a trying career and over the years, knitting has become my relief from the stress. More recently, I began dyeing wool. Daily, I am inspired by the colors I see in my career and the investigative shows and movies I watch. There is so much beauty to be found in nature, science and forensics and I cannot wait to share the works of CSDye with you!"
I am in love with her entire theme for her yarns and dying.  Personal touches that go way beyond the normal.  The yarns that will be featured in this review comes from her CLUE Collection.  How many of us grew up playing that classic game; murder, mystery and the "who done it" at the end. 
She currently has released;
Miss Scarlet
Mr. Green
Colonel Mustard
and her newest launch... Professor Plum
Today I am going to show you Wadsworth & Colonel Mustard in two different bases.
So right away I am sure you can see the Crime Scene theme!!!  How creative and unique, she has sealed her bags with crime scene tape, so authentic.  One of the personal touches I just love.

Suspect Sock

Fingering / 4 ply
438 yards/100 grams
US 0 - 3 or 2 - 3.25mm
100% Merino

Suspect is the line of 100% superwash merino yarn offered by CSDye. Soft and springy, Suspect Sock is a strong, round 4 ply yarn perfect for shawls and socks. No need for nylon with this base! Treat your feet to easy care, 100% superwash merino wool for extra warmth and softness.
I love the deep dark saturation of the Wadsworth colorway. Such rich coal color makes me think that I could use this for endless project ideas.  I am a huge fan of everyone having a dark gray color in the stash for just such an occasion, 'ok really a few skeins of it!'
Spectacular twist to the yarn and I can just picture the stitch definition with it.

Alibi Sock

Fingering / 4 ply
400 yards/ 100 grams
US 0 - 3 or 2 - 3.25mm
80% Merino/20% Nylon

Alibi is the line of 80% superwash merino/20% nylon sock yarn offered by CSDye. Plump and strong just like its cousin Witness, Alibi Sock is a 2 ply twist that is a perfect choice for your next pair of socks!
What a great pair of cabled or textured socks this skein would make!  Cookie A pattern anyone??
Stunning resemblance to the color (Colonel Mustard) I remember when playing clue as a kid, I just love it.
A few of the unique and extra touches besides the ones that I already mentioned are these.
She includes a single Skull stitch marker that is Swarovski crystal in with you yarn, how generous and theme fitting is that. 
You can also purchase a set of Stitchmarkers to go along with your project if you want an entire set.
 Finally, her tags are classic!  They resemble toe tags that would be used in a crime scene.
 CSDye  receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Amanda for all your Stunning and Creative yarns!!!
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
One of you lucky 'Readers' will win a skein of Colonel Mustard!!!!!
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  colorway and yarn base you would buy from CSDye 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on September 1st.
 CSDye can be found on Ravelry as well, take a look at the Group and get the latest shop information

The Homestead Hobbyist

| Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hello 'Readers,' I am thrilled this week to share with you a fiber artist that has a stunning eye for color and fiber blending. 

This is 'Ken', the Dyer behind "The Homestead Hobbyist"!!!!
I started crocheting when I was 5--my mother gave me my own crochet hook and yarn so I would stop cutting her working yarn off a blanket she had been working on for years. I never did much more than crocheted hats. About 15 years later, I learned the basics of knitting--and just a year and a half ago, a friend taught me how to spin the cotton I grew in my garden plot, which really geared up my fiber adventures. I started spinning anything and everything on all sorts of spinning tools (supported spindles, drop spindles, and my wheel), and I started ramping up my knitting, making sweaters, shawls, gloves, and more. Ever since I got that tahkli and carded cotton cloud in my hands, I’ve been sliding down the slippery slope of the fiber rabbit hole. Upon the gentle nudging of Ravelry friends, I opened my Etsy shop in March, just 5 months ago, and I have enjoyed that just as much as spinning and knitting.
I’m inspired by a variety of sources, but with my background in biology (mostly microbial ecology and plant biology) and long history of gardening and garden blogging, specific plants are often the inspiration for my dyeing. Sometimes, my friends send me photos or nudge me toward thinking about incorporating certain colours (for example, Pink! I’m not a pink kind of guy, but several friends love pink, so I continuously push myself to figure out how to use pink). Other times, I just go a little wild and see where the mood takes me, and figure out what I dyed after the fact.
I have a lot of favourite fibers--anything with yak is high up on my list of awesomeness. Yak makes me swoon! The yak/silk blend I have looks like molten silver, and when it’s dyed, it seems to glow. It’s absolutely gorgeous. But I also love Rambouillet--it’s like Merino, but I enjoy spinning it more. It’s so soft and floofy! I like Falkland as another good general-purpose fiber, too, and it takes dye very well. I just ordered a custom blend of Polwarth/yak/silk--I’m excited to see how it dyes and spins! And if we’re talking raw fleece… Well, I have a ton of favourites: Rambouillet, Cormo, Romney, Shetland, and Finnsheep, especially ones that are any shade of grey or brown. I love buying local, naturally coloured fleece. I enjoy supporting my local farms and hand-selecting fleece to process (either for my personal use or processing it at a local mill for the shop).
When I’m not spinning, knitting on the bus, or dyeing fiber, I’m at work at a communications office just outside Washington, DC. My background is in microbiology, but I decided the lab wasn’t for me and spent some time working at a science newsmagazine and in a communications office in Saudi Arabia.
Now that you know Ken and his fiber story, don't you just feel like you could be coffee/spinning buddies!!!  I would buy the guy a cup of joe and pick his brain any day.  If  I'm ever in the area, consider it done.
Ok so on to the beauty Ken has sent for me to share with you 'My Readers.'


This bundle of goodness is appropriately named, 'Silver Pops.'  It is a Falkland wood and is generously weighing in at 4.3oz. 

As you can see the sheer base color of silver is sprinkled with pops of cotton candy pink, lavender, and hot pink.  Such a great blend of color that once spun up will be stunning.  I think this is going to be a 2-ply chain spin just to see how unique it turns out. 

The fiber prep is so soft and squishy, I just want to keep touching it.  Lets hope I don't start felting it with my love for the feel of
I greatly appreciate that his 4oz brads of fiber are slightly over.  It goes a long way when you are mid spin and you have just a few more ounces to be on the safe side.

You all know I am such a sucker for good packaging, Ken has left out no detail.  Cleanly packaged and labeled to perfection.
I love the fact that Ken is new this year to selling his fiber and I would really like to support his fiber efforts.  Make sure you all go over to his shop and take a good look at all the many fiber bases he has to offer not to mention the stunning colors he has created!!
 I highly recommend his fibers to all of you, with my utmost approval!!!
The Homestead Hobbyist  receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again for all your Beautiful fibers!!!
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
One of you lucky 'Readers' will win the featured fiber!!!!!
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 your favorite colorway and fiber is from The Homestead Hobbyist.
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on September 1st.

Spark Story Yarn Winner


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 1-14 came from the blog and 15-43 came from Ravelry. Neither has a better chance of winning or loosing, they are all put through the random number generator.

The winner who can pick either skein of Yarn is:
Lucky #23  "Weesheep" Julia  [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 Spark Story for a fantastic review!!!

Spark Story

| Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy Monday Readers.  Have I got some stunning yarns to review for you today.  Please let me introduce to you Joyce who is the dyer behind Spark Story Yarn.  I have included her bio below so that you can get a good feel for her passion and craft.
My Name is Joyce,
 my partner, Yuta, and I are the owners and dyers behind our Etsy shop, but we often joke that our little shih tzu, Momo, (pictured in my ravatar) is the overlord who oversees the whole operation.


Yuta is an architect and I’m a medical editor. We spend a lot of time together doing various arts and crafts.
Dyeing yarn started with Yuta joking to me that I should try my hand at dyeing because I was always lamenting to him that I was never able to get the colors I wanted from my favorite dyers. So with a starter dye kit, off we went into the wonderful world of dyeing yarn. Things just kind of started from there and we were loving dyeing so much that we decided to open an Etsy shop this past June to offer the yarns we dye. Yuta has a more methodical approach to dyeing, whereas I have more spontaneous approach. I think this helps make our yarns unique.
One thing that we really love in being able to offer our yarns to others is that the yarn we dye can become part of someone else’s creative process. We think it’s so special that we can be part of that.
Creative yarns is right, and its just the beginning of what these two have to offer in the way of yarn.  I was blown away with the yarns what were sent for this weeks review.  Lets me show you what I am talking about.


Bounce 3-ply Fingering

Light Fingering / 3 ply
490 yards/100 grams
100% Merino
I wanted to bring to you attention the tags on the yarn.  Not only are they perfectly detailed with all the information that you would find on a typical tag, but the front of the card is what is so unique.  The featured skein of yarn is actually printed in color on the card, with its color way name right on the front.  What a 'Brilliant' idea, it just shows how through Spark Story (Joyce) is.

This is the 'Stained Glass' color and what a fantastic name for such a stunning color.  You can see the light blue hues that run all through the yarn that remind me of glass and then the vibrant purples, pinks and deep blues that look like glass stain.  This takes talent to be able to dye yarn in this fashion.


Twistie Sock

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

This is the color 'Golden Charr' and what a color it is.  Such deep earthy colors with pops of a rich gold color.  I could think of 10 things to knit out of this color.  It is just one of those colors that every one should have in a stash.  It can go with anything in a wardrobe. 
The yarns themselves, aside from fantastic color, are really well prepared.  The softness of the fiber and the twist are really great to work with.  Knitting with them was really enjoyable.  I love how smooth the yarn worked up on the needles.


  Spark Story receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again for all your stunningly colored Yarn!!!
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
One of you lucky 'Readers' will be winning the featured skein of Golden Charr!!!!!
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 your favorite colorway of Spark Story is.
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on August 25th.
Spark Story can also be found on Facebook, make sure to keep up to date with new colors from the shop.


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