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Quibble & Quibble for Girls

| Monday, September 15, 2014
 
 
Happy Monday Readers!  I am thrilled to finally be able to feel fall in the air, or for us knitters, "Sweater Season."  Its always such a festive time of year and the changing of the leaves is always a favorite.
 
 
I have a feature designer and her Mother & Daughter design to share with you today.  Speaking of fall, the feature design needs to go to the top of everyone's queue. Please let me introduce you to Amanda Woeger.
 
"I love to knit and while I do so, I have gotten into the habit of wanting" to figure out my own designs and patterns. I enjoy thinking about how to make something fit together just right. I am a perfectionist and always strive to make things just right when designing.
 
Amanda has a very active Ravelry Group that she keeps up to date with all of her newest pattern releases and fun KAL's that she might be hosting.  You all should take a look at all the amazing patterns that she has already out for the public.  Amazing!
 
Today we are taking a look at  Quibble & Quibble for Girls.
 


 
This pattern is so fun!  I love that you can just pull it over a long sleeve shirt and you have the perfect outfit.
The pattern is complete with a kangaroo style pocket in front and a hood in the back.  This is a great alternative to the "favorite hooded sweatshirt."  You could change things up and still be just as comfortable, if not more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amada has done a great job with the construction of the pattern.  I especially liked the small cable detail that she put in  running from the underarms to the hip.  A small detail that really makes the pattern come alive. 
The pattern its self is very well written.  Clear and direct to exactly what she wants you to do. 
 
One other feature that I really appreciate as well as most of you all; she offers the pattern in a tremendous amount of sizes.  Not just your typical 4 sizes and then you are left to do a bunch of math and alterations.  Her pattern sizing goes from 28' bust to a 44' bust, everything in between is in increments of 2 inches difference.  If you are not really a 'hood person' she offers directions to knit the piece with out a hood.  Brilliant!!
 
And if this pattern were not cute enough, she made the matching Quibble for Girls!!
 




I just can not get over how adorable this would look on any little girl.  It would be the perfect "Day of Play Outside," little pull over.  Something to be worn and adored until its time to knit another one because she has out grown the current one.  This is a pattern that can really grow with your child.  Sizing is from age 1 (20' chest) to age 12 (30' chest).  I have my daughters cast on in a natural brown color of cascade.  I am so looking forward to finishing it and seeing it on her this fall!  I'm hoping to have it done for when we as a family go to the pumpkin patch and snap a few family photos.
 
 
Not matter what pattern of Amanda's you choose, she is a very well written pattern designer and you should really give her a try.
 
 

Amanda Woeger Designs  receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Amanda for your fantastic designs!!!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
 
Two of you lucky 'Readers' will win a copy of one of these patterns!!!!!
 
 
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 or Show me what yarn you would use and if you would like the Mother or Daughter pattern better to knit.
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on September 22nd.
 

Geek String

| Monday, September 8, 2014
 
 
Happy Monday Readers!!  I trust you all had a good weekend and are ready for another full week.
I am so happy about the yarn and the yarn company that I get to share with you all this week.  It just tickles me 'Pink!'

 
This has to be the best bio I have ever read, hands down!!!
 
"A long time ago, in a dye bottle far, far away....
I first dumped dye on yarn waaaay back in 2005. From humble beginnings (Kool-Aid and Paton's wool... "started from the bottom, now we here") sprung forth an unrivaled adulation of color and fiber. in 2011, I did business on Hyenacart and Etsy as Zion Fibers, but as of 2014 felt the transition to GeekString better encompassed my dream: to bring themed yarns to my fellow geeks, nerds, pegasisters, bronies, Whovians, guild masters and fangirls/fanboys. While I don't exclusively dye geek-themed colorways, it's absolutely the thing I love most -- there is something oh-so-special about translating something you adore into a whole new medium to enjoy. While I started out dyeing yarn specifically for other moms who knit wool diaper covers for their babies, I now dye primarily on superwash bases and will soon be delving into sock & lace weights to better serve my geeks. In addition to hand-dyed yarn - which my Etsy store will focus on - I also knit the aforementioned wool diaper covers with my own geeky twist and sell them on Hyenacart, a more parenting-focused site.

GeekString is a home studio created by myself, Melissa, and run by my husband Jon and I. We both dye yarn using my own, painstakingly-developed proprietary technique to ensure colorfastness, uniform results, and clean color breaks. I am the resident winder and skeiner, and he does the shipping. Our children provide plenty of inspiration and come up with some of our best colorway ideas to mirror their own geeky hobbies, in addition to helping with packaging, winding, organizing and cleanup. In addition to running our business, we parent five awesome kids between the ages of 1 and 9 in our big house in rural Delaware. Our dream is to build GeekString into a sustainable business to help support our family, and it's truly a family effort! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for visiting our little shop and we hope you love what you see... and feel... and knit/crochet/weave! "
 
~Melissa~
 
I love that this is a family operation and that everyone plays a part, even down to the little ones.  It really makes me feel good when I buy from and indi dyer and you know that you are supporting the family.  Now for the yarn that is so "Geek Sheek" I can not get over how fun and happy it makes me!
 



 Sunwell Superwash Merino 

Worsted / 10 ply
 225 yards /100 grams
20.0 sts = 4 inches
100% Merino (Single Ply)
 


 
The colorway is called: Sonic Rainbow.  I don't think it could have a better name.  It represents so much of the color and I just love it.  I am a big fan of rainbow but I love the diversity in this color by adding the large amounts of sky blue to break things up and give it a different twist.  Speaking of twist, this is a single ply yarn and will knit up into some fantastic mittens or a kids hat.  I envy the kid that gets to go to school with mittens that look this amazing!!
 


If you are not a single ply kind of fan, she offers many different bases and she is happy to do custom orders.  If you think this color tops it all, then you are in for a surprise when you take a look at her Etsy shop.  She has colors that you can only imagine, and then some.  Her attention to detail and color is spot on not to mention that all her packaging is eco friendly.  (I really appreciate the thoughtfulness in being eco friendly)




https://www.etsy.com/shop/GeekString
 receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Melissa for your fantastic yarns!!!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
Please take the time to go and look at Geek String and see what colorways you must have!

The Yankee Dyer 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 1-12 came from the blog and 13-42 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 yarn is:
 
 
Lucky #9  yellwlamb2  [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 The Yankee Dyer for a fantastic review!!! 
 


Yankee Dyer Yarns

| Monday, September 1, 2014
Happy Labor Day Readers!!!  I hope that you all have plans for relaxation, family time and knitting today.  I am thrilled to share with you all a 'new to me' dyer.  I think you will find plenty to desire in The Yankee Dyer shop.
 
 
"We moved from Massachusetts to Maryland in 2008. A big change for a Yankee, but we adjusted in time.
I have been doing fiber arts as long as I can remember. I quilted for quite a number of years, mostly the 90’s and when we moved to Cape Cod, MA, I took up needlepoint and did that for about 10 years. I learned to crochet from my grandmother, but it never really stuck.
When we moved to Maryland, I was looking for something to do, mainly with a group and I found my LYS and I began knitting
I fell immediately in love with hand dyed yarn and had a fabulous time at Maryland Sheep and Wool. After a year, I decided to try dyeing and we fell in love. In 2012, The Yankee Dyer was born."
 
~Michele~
 
 

 
 
 

Yankee Sole II

Fingering / 4 ply
400 yards/ 100 grams
US 2 - 4 or 2.75 - 3.5mm
80% Merino/20% Nylon
 
This combination happens to be my favorite for socks.  Great twist to the yarn to help maintain strength to a sock; enough nylon to prevent holes yet soft enough to feel like your sock is hand made. 
 
I love all of the variety in color.  Such great combinations and fun color names.  I could see a pair of socks out of either of these two skeins. 
 
CRAZY MONKEY LOVE
 
 
 
 
NEAPOLITAN
 
 
 
I have to say that once you visit The Yankee Dyer's site, you will be sure to find a skein of sock yarn that is just calling our name.  She has more than just amazing sock yarn, she sells several other weights and bases.  I do think that you will agree with me that her color choices are amazing!!
 
Picture one of theses skeins knitted up into a Hermione's Everyday Sock or Monkey sock.  The choices are fun and endless.
 
 
 
 Yankee Dyer Yarns  receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Michele for all your color array of yarns!!!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
 
One of you lucky 'Readers' will win a skein of Crazy Monkey Love!!!!!
 
 
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 The Yankee Dyer shop.
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on September 8th.
 
 The Yankee Dyer can be found on Facebook as well, take a look and get the latest shop information.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CSDye Winner

| Sunday, August 31, 2014

 

 
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 1-18 came from the blog and 19-47 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 yarn is:
 
 
Lucky #1  Teresa Knits  [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 "Amanda" CSDye for a fantastic review!!! 
 



The Homestead Hobbyist 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 1-3 came from the blog and 4-23 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 stunning fiber is:
 
 
Lucky #7  ""   [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 "Ken" The Homestead Hobbyist for a fantastic review!!!
 



CSDye

| Monday, August 25, 2014
 
REVIEW 2 OF 2

 
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 review...so 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!"
 
~Amanda~
 
 
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
Wadsworth
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”
 
~Stephanie~
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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