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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!

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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