Keblinger

Keblinger

Unplanned Peacock Studo

| Sunday, May 25, 2014

 
 
 
Review 2 of 2
 
 
I had the opportunity just last weekend to attend my local Fiber festival.   It was so great to see several faces that I have seen in years past and some new ones that I finally got to put faces to names.
 
 
https://kentuckysheepandfiber.com/
 
 
I have been talking to Natasha of the Unplanned Peacock Studio through Ravelry for some time now and I had the wonderful privilege of meeting her and her husband in person.  Talk about a knowledgeable, warm and friendly person to interact with.  She had some of the most unique skeins of yarn I had ever seen.  Color combinations that your might look at in swatches and think hummm....but when she put her dying skills to the test, they were stunning in person.
 
The yarn that she is sharing with us for a review today is one of her newest yarn lines and she is very excited about it.  You will quickly see why for yourself.
 
 

Whisper Fingering

 
Fingering / 4 ply
437 yards/100 grams
70% alpaca 20% silk 10% cashmere
 


Just holding a skein in my hands is unbelievable!  When you have any of the three fiber listed in this yarn (Alpaca, Silk, Cashmere) on its own, its amazingly soft.  So just for a moment consider how wonderful all three of them together is.  I will tell you it is unlike any yarn I have ever felt.
 
Like I said earlier, Natasha does a fantastic job of blending colors.  Her transitions from deep to medium hue of color are so well thought out.  That is what makes it that much harder to choose what color you want.  Some of her skeins take on the look of a real peacock feather with deep blues that turn into green and then a mix of both.  Absolutely stunning!!!
 
This is one of those skeins that if you are lucky enough to get your hands on will be a special and treasured knitted project for sure.
 
 
 
 You can find the Unplanned Peacock Studio Ravelry group Here
 
   
Unplanned Peacock Studio receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Natasha 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 a skein of the featured yarn!
 
 
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 yarn from Unplanned Peacock Studio you would like to add to your stash
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on June 2nd
 
 
 
 
 
 


Bijou Basin - Himalayan Trail

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Hello Readers.  I know I am posting a day early, but my little family and I are going on a last minute road trip.  Just wanted to be ahead of the game and bring you these reviews for the week.
 
This is review 1 of 2 this week
 
We are privileged once again to have a review from Bijou Basin Ranch. 
What makes this weeks review so special is that they have released  a favorite yarn blend in a color pallet of colors.
 

 
 
 
This is a favorite and unique blend of 75% Yack Down  & 25% Super Fine Merino.  It really is a base that until you have held it or better yet knit with it, you can not truly experience its bounce and luxury.  Now with the launch of 27 new colors to choose from, this should be on every knitters wish list for fall knitting.  You know the feeling, breaking into a few new skeins of yarn for that first warm project of the fall, I can picture knitting on a park bench watching the leaves turn and sipping on a cup of Joe.  Ok...enough day dreaming about fall knitting.
 
 
The pure yak fiber is blended to perfection with one of the best-loved breed of sheep, Merino! Both fibers are similar in durability as well as  versatility, ensuring a soft, warm and wearable yarn with an excellent hand. Yak fiber is warmer than wool and softer than cashmere, making it the perfect partner for the classic lightweight Merino.  I just can not get over how amazingly soft this yarn is and can only imagine what endless possibilities I can knit this into.
 
Next time you are out at a fiber festival and you see the Bijou Basin Ranch booth, stop by and pick up a few skeins of Brilliant colors for your stash.  And if you are anything like me and can not hold off that long, hop on over to the webpage and place your order today.
 
 Thank you again to Carl Koop for a Such an amazing line of yarn & pattern!

Bijou Basin Ranch receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
~Stephanie~


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Dovetail Pattern Winners

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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 1-4 came from the blog and 5-12 came from Ravelry. Neither has a better chance of winning or loosing, they are all put through the random number generator.
 
 
 
 
 
The winners of these three shawl patterns are:
 
 
Lucky #11  'Kbamr'   [Ravelry]
 
Lucky #7  'ScottieGirl1'   [Ravelry]
 
Lucky #3 Linda   [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 Judy Marples for a fantastic review!!!

Dovetail

| Monday, May 19, 2014
 
 
Happy Monday Readers!!!
 
I hope that most of you recognize this wonderful lady right away. It is none other then the well known pattern designer herself, Judy Marples!!  Can you believe it... I actually get to feature one of her newest patterns here on my blog.  I am tickled....what color... Hot Pink!
 
"My mother taught me to knit as a child and I have been knitting ever since. I began designing in 2010 and was immediately drawn into a passion for creating my own knitwear designs. I absolutely love the design process and the challenge of creating something from nothing with my hands.
My favorite thing to design is lace. I love the logic of lace, the math involved and playing with graph paper and pencil. I love all the little details that come together to form lace and I always try to create patterns that are intuitive for the knitter."
~Judy~
 
 
 
Judy has just launched the birth of her newest shawl pattern
 

Dovetail

I am going to quote her on the description she gives about this shawl, I tried to summarize but in the end, Judy just made the description of her shawl sing on the page.
"Dovetail Shawl is cast on at one wing tip with a few stitches, and then simply knit into a widening triangle for a slightly asymmetrical shape.  The color work is made easy by the simple slip stitch pattern and the use of two different colorways of self striping yarn.  The pattern is quick to memorize and the shifting colors keep the work interesting.  The size is easily adjustable to the yardage available, allowing you to knit a scarf, a shawl, or any size desired.
This sample is knit using Kauni 8/2 Effektgarn in the colorways EQ and ET.  The version shown here: Blocked measurements 60″ across by 27″ deep. I used approximately 75 grams of each colorway or approximately 300m/328yd of each colorway for the size shown."
~Judy~
 
 




 
I have already begun knitting my Dovetail using two different but coordinating shades of Kauni and am loving the look of the shawl.  Judy has a talent for making what looks like a tremendously hard shawl project easy to enjoy and follow along with.  Now by the look of the shawl you would think that this is a stranded knitting pattern, but its not.  You actually only ever use one yarn at a time and through a series of slip stitches you achieve the look of mastering stranded knitting.
 
The shape of the shawl seems simple but it really lends its self to so many wrapping options.  Worn as a traditional shawl; over the side of one shoulder, around the front like a scarf and so many other styles.
 
This would be a perfect project for anyone who wants to try alternating with two different colors but still having the comfort of a simple pattern.  Judy provides written and charted directions and even goes as far as to show you the proper way to block your final project for the best look.
 
This will be my FALL SHAWL for 2014~ I am so looking forward to sharing my finished project with you all soon.  No matter if you cast this shawl on or any of Judy's stunning patterns please know that I would highly recommend All her patterns. 
 
  
Dovetail by: Judy Marples
receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Judy for your amazing Pattern!!!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
 
  For Three of you lucky readers: You will win a copy of the Dovetail 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. Tell me what yarn you would use for your Dovetail Shawl &
What other Pattern's of Judy's have you knit.
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on May 26th
 
Tale a look at her Ravelry group - Purl Bumps Pattern Group
 
 



Ash Kearns Handknitting Pattern Winners

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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 1-6 came from the blog and 7-25 came from Ravelry. Neither has a better chance of winning or loosing, they are all put through the random number generator.




 
 
 
The winners of the two cowl patterns are:
 
 
Lucky #20  Amy  'mlalove1718'   [Ravelry]
 
Lucky #15 Laurie  'GBayfan'   [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 Ash Kearns Handknitting for a fantastic review!!!

Ash Kearns Handknitting

| Monday, May 12, 2014
 
 
 

Ash Kearns Handknitting

 
 
'I have been artistic all my life, but no medium has obsessed me more than knitting. I live with my needles in hand! After leaving a career in social work, I decided to make fiber art central in my life. I got started in the fiber craft industry managing Mary Maxim Boutique in Toronto and as a Designer’s Assistant for Americo Original. In May 2012, I moved to Guelph, Ontario to further pursue an artistic life. As a newer indie designer, I am building my brand, Ash Kearns Handknitting and publishing regularly. I currently display my designs and teach regularly in Guelph at All Strung Out Fine Yarns.'
~Ash~
 
I am in love with the pattern that I have the privilege fo share with you, My Readers, on this Monday.
As you can see the bio on our featured designer, Ash has a long history with being an artist.  She has over 46 of her own original patterns for sale.  Everything to fit head to toe, and all the others that are in between.  All of the patterns that she has out are a true representation of her skill and her level of quality in writing knitting patterns.
 
The pattern that she has featured for the blog for a review today is called;
 

Vanora

 



 
From the start, I loved the look and the convertibility of this cowl.  Having the style of a true cowl yet concealing the genius of using it as a head covering.  How nice would this be for those of you who are in a climate of snow.  To have a beautiful cowl and yet be able to pull it up over your head while walking to and from outside in the blowing wind and snow.  The look is functional and stylish all in one.
 
Ash has designed the pattern in a way that I think any knitter can enjoy.  Everything is clearly spelled out in her pattern and the lace portion is easy to follow.  One of the other unique features of this piece is that it measures larger at the neck and decreases toward the top to give a more natural fit, just like our natural measurements. 
 
I was immediately drawn to this pattern because of her use of quality pictures.  We all know that we are drawn to a pattern more so if it has good detailed photos.  You can easily see how the cowl would look in person and you get the closeness of the lace detail as well.
 
I am currently knitting my cowl out of Road to China Light
in the hope that I get a very warm and light drape to my finished product.

I am confident that you could choose ANY of Ash Kearns patterns and be more than pleased with them.
 
 
Ash Kearns Handknitting
receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Ash for your amazing Pattern!!!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
 
  For Two of you lucky readers: You will win a copy of the Vanora 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. Tell me what yarn you would use for your Vanora &
What other Pattern of Ash's you would like to knit.
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on May 19th
 
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Make sure you check out Ash Kearns Handknitting on Facebook
 
As a gift to all My Readers, The Vanora Cowl is 25% off through the end of the month!!!

 

 
 

Woolly Mammoth Knits Winner's

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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 1-5 came from the blog and 6-19 came from Ravelry. Neither has a better chance of winning or loosing, they are all put through the random number generator.



 
The winners of these two shawl patterns are:
 
 
Lucky #12  Kristen  'mamaholmes'   [Ravelry] (Salad Shawl)
 
Lucky #14 Jennifer  'wooliegirl'   [Ravelry] (Aubergine Surprise)
 
 
 
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 Woolly Mammoth Knits for a fantastic review!!!
 
 


Woolly Mammoth Knits

| Monday, May 5, 2014
 
Happy Monday Readers!!!  I hope you are as inspired by our feature designer and her patterns as I was when I reviewed them!!  We have two patterns that will be featured today and if you like them as much as I think you will...she has more to come in the set!!!!!
 
Linda Wilgus is the designer behind several stunning vintage inspired patterns that range in variety from shawls and sweaters to even baby knits.  Woolly Mammoth Knits patterns have been published in, among others, Knitty Magazine, Twist Collective, Creative Knitting, Yarn Forward and many books.  Just take a peek at her website to see all her amazing designs that can be purchased directly through Ravelry.  I could go on and on about how amazing her patterns are, but I will save you all and get to the two featured patterns that Linda is sharing with us today.
 

Salad Shawl

 
 
 
 
Salad Shawl is the first shawl in the Dinner Party Collection: a collection of shawls inspired by different dishes, which together would create a yummy meal for a dinner party. Each shawl is named after a different course and each pattern includes the recipe for the dish which inspired the design. Linda's husband loves to cook and they have decided to combine a love of respective talents in this collection: She create the knitting patterns and he the recipes.
 
The first course is the Salad Shawl, a small triangular shawl worked from side to side, with lace on one edge and a lovely little cable on the other. The shape and points on the edge are created by casting on stitches while you knit the first half of the shawl and binding off stitches in the second half. The accompanying recipe is Brandon’s Mediterranean Feta Salad recipe.
 
I just love the idea of this collection!!!  How fun would it be when someone asks you, "what shawl are you knitting?" You get to respond with what dinner course it is and the fun conversation that goes with it.  Brandon's Feta Salas...WONDERFUL!! I loved making it and sharing it with my husband.
 
Both Linda & Brandon defiantly have mastered what they love to do.
 
I have enjoyed this knit so much that I think I am already 1/2 way finished and I only cast on
 May 1st.  It is such a smooth and fun knit.  Here is a sneak peek at my shawl.
 
 
 
 

Aubergine Surprise

The second knit in this collection was just released so it is hot off the press. 
 



 
 
Aubergine Surprise is the second shawl in the Dinner Party Collection.
 
The second course is Aubergine Surprise, an asymmetrical, striped shawl in garter stitch. A bit of increasing on each row, some decreasing and last but not least some lovely short rows and voilĂ ! An eye-catching shape with eight points sticking out on one side and a smooth edge on the other. The tight top edge creates a slightly ruffled fabric, which can be smoothed out during the blocking process, as shown in the photos, or could be kept for a lovely ruffled shawl if you’d prefer. Worked from side to side, Aubergine Surprise is an easy knit in a fingering weight.
The accompanying recipe is Brandon’s Aubergine Eggplant Appetizer recipe.
 
This is a shawl that I can see everyone wanting to knit.  How many of you Readers have multiple 'Special' skeins of fingering weight yarn that you just don't feel are best suited for socks, way to special.  Well now is your chance to grab two such skeins and showcase them in a stunning shawl!!!  This shawl is a perfect 'Dress up or Dress down' item.  I would easily shoulder this over a simple black dress for dinner out as well as wrap around my neck with a white t-shirt and jeans, very versatile.
 
If you are a fan of Eggplant, this is the perfect recipe for you!!!  No matter if you purchase the patterns individually or you end up buying the entire collection, you will be knitting multiple shawls for years to come.

Both patterns are fantastically written.  You have your pick, all patterns are written out as well as have charts for you to follow along with.  Her instructions are clear and made very forward so you really have no question when reading the patterns.
 
  Woolly Mammoth Knits receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Linda & Brandon for your amazing Patterns and Recipe's!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
 
  For Two of you lucky readers: You will win one of the featured shawl 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 what shawl you favor the best & what special skein(s) of yarn would you use to knit it.
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on May 12th
 
 

 

 
 

 

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