Kaya Lana

| Monday, March 30, 2015
Happy Monday 'Readers.'  We have a fantastic yarn review this week and it comes to us all the way from Z├╝rich, Switzerland.  I must say that as much as the Swiss are known for some amazing chocolate, they need to also add to the list, amazing silk yarns!!!
Our dyer Jana has some spectacular yarns to share with us today.
Besides the fact that Jana is just as adorable as could be, I have to tell you her yarns are a stand alone and you all need to make sure you take a look at her hand dyed yarn line.
"I am addicted to yarn. I love all shades of colour. That is the reason why I opened an online shop for yarn and fibre. I can touch and watch them every day.
I also offer my own yarn brand. I purchase the yarn from a Swiss spinning mill and dye the beautiful silk yarns by my own.
In my other live I am a IT Project manager in a hospital, wife and mother of a girl."


Light Fingering/ 3 ply
218 yards/ 50 g
US 2½ - 6 or 3 - 4mm
65% Swiss Silk / 35% Camel
I am so blown away with how touch ably soft this yarn is!  The Swiss silk gives the yarn its strength and the baby camel is just as soft as it sounds.  These yarns are every so slightly tonal with just a hint of color variation.  It really gives the yarn such a rich look when you have the skein in your hand.
You could really knit anything and everything with this yarn.  So soft and so warm, I think I would do a color work hat to show off the fantastic dye job. 



Sport / 5 ply
  328 yards/ 100 g
 US 2½ - 6 or 3 - 4mm
 51% Silk/ 29% Merino /20% Microfiber
Her sport weight yarn is just as stunning.  Everyone should have a skein or two of this in stash for sure.  A cowl, shawl, hat and if you just so lucky, a sweater!  How wonderful that would be.

I love how she had almost hidden little pops of yellow in the shades of the first skein.

    Kaya Lana receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Jana for sharing your amazing yarns!
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
  For ONE of you lucky readers: You will win the TWO featured skeins of BCS!!!!!!
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 make with this yarn if you win.
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on April 6th.

Color Storms

| Monday, March 16, 2015
Happy Monday 'Readers'.  Time is flying by and for those of us in the NW, we are getting a few warm and sunny days to enjoy.  For all of you who still have snow...I am so sorry!  But Spring is in the air and I hope to inspire you today with what I have to share with you.  We have a feature that I seldom get to blog about and I am really looking forward to it.  Today I will be sharing a gradient set of yarn with you!!

Please let me take a minute to introduce you to the master designer and dyer behind
 All of Linda's patterns can be found on Ravelry.
"I started knitting the night before I went into the hospital for a C-section for my son, so it’s easy to remember how long I was knitting. I only have to remember how old he is! I have been knitting pretty constantly with only short breaks since then.
 I’ve started a business dyeing yarn, selling yarn, giving workshops, and teaching knitting. I started this with my oldest daughter who taught me a lot about it (Osborn Fiber Studio), and then she kicked me out of her “nest” and got me to branch out on my own. (ColorStorms) Amazing.
Why that name?  I have always loved storms, and now almost any storm that blows our way will find my husband and I standing by the window or the door watching them.  Storms are a normal part of life as well as weather, and we have had many.

Color is also a big deal to me.  My summer purse is a rainbow of cotton  yarns.  My favorite sweater is slip-stiched with red, yellow, orange, and blue.  And the colors I extract from nature range from soft pinks and blues to very dark oranges, reds, and browns.  I hope you enjoy perusing the site and seeing the vast number of colors that come from nature and the storms of life."

Meritime Gradient Set

Worsted / 10 ply
 540 yards / 250 grams
5.0 sts = 1 inch / US 8 - 5.0 mm
50% Merino / 50% Tencel
I am first struck by the perfection in Linda's color gradient.  Each color transition is ever so slight and yet still retains its very same color family.  For those of you who are not yarn dyers, this process takes skill and time to master.  Linda has captured the perfect "Orchard Peach."
The hand of the yarn is the second that I am drawn to.  As a knitter we all love how a yarn flows through our hands while its being knit up.  This combination of 50% Merino / 50% Tencel is no exception.  I am currently working on creating a cowl with a simple texture pattern to really highlight the color changes.

I know that I have seen several dyers that offer gradient sets, but you will find very few who offer a set in worsted weight.  Linda's creation really is unique, her worsted weight color creation opens endless doors for knitting patterns of all ranges. 
Color Storms also dyes other fiber content gradients as well as single skeins that range in color from solid to multi-colors and really just about everything in between.  I challenge you to go to her web page and not find something that you just can not live without!! 
I know what I have been drooling over!!!

Linda, you have such an eye for color and I can see your passion spilled out into your work!  Absolutely stunning yarns and I am pleased to have shared them with my 'Readers' today.

   Color Storms receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Linda Jennings for sharing your color perfection yarn!
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
Make sure you stop over at Color Storms today so you can "Knit in Spring" with a gradient set of your own!  I would love to know what your favorite color gradient of Linda's is????

Glace Bay Winner

| Monday, March 9, 2015

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 1-2 came from the blog and 3-10 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 Shawl 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 Laura Aylor  for a fantastic review!!! 

Glace Bay

| Monday, March 2, 2015
Happy Monday Readers!  I am so excited to share an amazing and versatile pattern that I think you are all going to love.
"If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!"
I am thrilled to share with you one of Laura's newest patterns. 

Glace Bay

I fell in love with this shawl the moment I saw the pictures.  (By the way, her photos are just stunning and they really give a great representation of the pattern!!)  The shawl is so warm looking and really has a unique stitch pattern to it.  Who does not love a delicate ruffle on any edging, I know I sure do.
The construction of the pattern and how it is written is brilliant.  Laura does a fantastic job of making her directions clear and very easy to understand.  She takes the time to do some really detailed charts but better yet, goes the extra mile to write out all of her charts/directions.  That is such an extra for ma as a knitter just to be able to refer back to either one as I need it. 
I am really excited for my shawl already.  I have chosen to go rustic and use a fisherman's wool.  I am knitting mine with two different colors to give the stitch definition a pop with a coordinating color on the ruffled edge.  I am really excited to wrap this shawl around my shoulders this coming fall.
If Laura is a new designer to you, I hope you take the time to look at ALL her patterns.  She has several patterns and a wide variety of what she has to offer.  I know I could find several other sweaters and accessories to knit of hers. 
You can find out all about up coming patterns and KAL's in her group, here:
    Glace Bay receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Laura Aylor for sharing your stunning shawl pattern!
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
  For ONE of you lucky readers: You will win the
 featured pattern "Glace Bay".
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. Show me what yarn you would knit this shawl pattern in & what other of Laura's patterns you like.
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on March 9th.

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