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Revelations of a Delusional Knitter

| Sunday, October 19, 2014
 
 
Hello Readers!!  I am so happy to be sharing with you a new dyer,

I'm pleased to introduce you to Angela.
 
 
 
"I’ve been knitting and spinning for years, in 2011 after taking a class on dyeing, I started dyeing yarn and opened an Etsy shop. My operation is VERY small and I usually dye up 2-4 skeins at a time and have no real schedule (life often gets in the way).
 
Typically I dye just for fun, a lot of my colorways are OOAK (one of a kind) because I am just playing with dye and not concerned about keeping track or recording recipes. I also dye fiber and sometimes have small quantities of other yarn bases in the shop. Essentially if you like what you see, you should grab it while you can :o)
 
Self-striping colorways are reproducible and typically seasonal. I love to dye up 3 stripe colorways that reflect the current season or holiday. I just finished dyeing up Halloween colorways and will be working on Christmas / Winter soon!
 
I am a 911 dispatcher full time, live with my hubby and three cats and have a small room in my house dedicated to my obsession with fiber and yarn. And I have started designing knitting patterns, I’m currently working on an infinity cowl. I also host a video knitting podcast."
 
Now that you have a good idea about out fantastic host of this weeks review, lets get to the yarn goodness.
 
 

Illusion

Fingering / 4 ply
400 yards/100 grams
 US 1 - 3 or 2.25 - 3.25mm
75% Superwash Merino and 25% Nylon.
 
The BOO colorway.
 
 



 
Who does not love a great self striping sock yarn.  So many options now for patterns or for just a good old Vanilla Sock.  This is a total work horse yarn that can be worn and thrown in the wash.  These are some of my favorite kinds of yarns for that very reason, no special care needed. 
 
Her color choices seem so fitting for the colorway name.  The pairing of the lavender, lime and dark grey is just perfect.
 
Angela also has several other bases and yarn weights that she carries in her Etsy Shop, you should really take a look and see what you can find. 
 
 
  
Revelations of a Delusional Knitter  receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again for your amazing Yarn!
 
 
 
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 yarn!!! "BOO"
 

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 other colorways or bases you would like to try in her shop.
 
 Angela has also included a gift for ALL READERS
 
~~~~~~~~~~~ A 20% OFF COUPON CODE: hotpinksocks   Thru December 31st.
 
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on Oct 27th
 

Everything NEW @ Knitters Pride

| Sunday, October 5, 2014
 
Hello Readers!!! 
This week is really an exciting one.  I have the opportunity to share with you some of the very newest items you can get from Knitters Pride.  Be ready to make a list for Santa after you see all the amazing items I have to show you today.
 
 

Bags & Handles

Some of the most unique non-leather bags are here to stash all your knitting goods in.  These bags will fit more than just knitting; a water bottle, cellphone, iPad...you name it, it has a pocket for it.  The collections come in three color pallets and have a range of bag types and needle/notion cases to coordinate.
 
 
 
 
 

Knit Blockers

This is one of those items that I wish I could say, "I thought of that."  Unfortunately...I did not.  What a great concept for blocking.  It is a comb like object that has a series of pins all aligned in a row for blocking straight edges.  They all come packaged in a small compact box, perfect for any knitter who will be doing any kind of blocking.
 
 
 
 

Trendz

Every one loves an interchangeable needle set!  How about a set of acrylic needle tips that are all uniquely colored according to size.  What a fun way to introduce a friend to knitting.  Same great joins in the cables/needles that we have come to know and love from Knitters Pride Needles. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Karbonz

I would say that most of 'My Readers' are well aware of Karbonz needles by now.  However did you know that they just launched a new interchangeable set that is specific to 16' needles??!!  The kit comes with two 16' cables and caps and a ranging size of Karbonz needles.  These needles are unique in that the tips are only 4' long.  This makes the perfect 16' needle for hat knitting or sleeves, what ever you fancy. 
 
 
 
So many new and exciting things to put on your wish list this holiday season.  I hope that you found something new to you today that you want to take a second look at. 
 
 
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I would like to thank Knitters Pride for always having great customer service and the latest advancements in the world of fiber arts.
 
 

Manic Pixi "Harvest Moon" 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 10-35 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   (Crazy...same number as last week. Guess that is why they call it a Random Number Generator...lol)
snpcrklpop2  [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 Manic Pixi Yarns for a fantastic review!!! 
 


Manic Pixi Dream Yarn "Harvest Moon"

| Sunday, September 28, 2014

 
Im so pleased to welcome back to the blog, Bex!!  She is the designer/dyer behind Manic Pixie Dream Yarn. She had been featured before on the blog for her amazing self striping rainbow sock yarn if you recall.  Well Fall is just around the corner and she had brought out another self striping colorway that is just as stunning as before and so season appropriate.
 
 

Zooey

Fingering / 4 ply
400 yards (366 meters)

US 0 - 3 or 2 - 3.25mm
80% Merino /20% Nylon

 
Let me show you her Harvest Moon
 


 
 
I love how the fall colors stripe up so well.  If you take a really good look at the yellow, you will notice that it has splatters of reds and green tones, so fun to watch knit up.  I used the ZigZagular Socks for this pattern.  I wanted to show off the beauty of the yarn while not distracting form the pattern.
 
 
 
A great way to treat yourself or a swap partner this fall!  Her strips are right on.
 
 
  Manic Pixie Dream Yarn receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again for your amazing Yarn!
 
 
 
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
 "Harvest Moon self striping sock yarn"
( Shown above)
 
 
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 knit with this amazing yarn!!
 
 Bex has also included a gift for ALL READERS
 
~~~~~~~~~~~ A 10% OFF COUPON CODE: HOTPINKSOCKS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This can be redeemed at the time of checkout from her shop
 
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on Oct 6th
 
 

Quibble Pattern Winners

| Monday, September 22, 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 1-4 came from the blog and 5-14 came from Ravelry. Neither has a better chance of winning or loosing, they are all put through the random number generator.


 
 
The winner of the Quibble is:
 
 
Lucky 12  craftyknitter7  [Ravelry]
 
 
The winner of the Girls Quibble is:
 
 
Lucky #10  knitphomaniac13  [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 Amanda for a fantastic review!!! 
 

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!
 

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