| Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review (2 of 2)

This weeks review is a big one and I am thrilled to be able to share it all with you, 'My Readers!'
Coming to you by way of Switzerland, is the fantastic yarn company of Wunderwolle. 
"Wunderwolle is situated in switzerland and was founded in November 2014 with an ambitious aim: To consequently sell yarn, that is manifactured in an animal- and environment-friendly way, in order to take a stand against exploitation of animals, people and the environment. Besides that, we wished our yarn to be washable, soft and long-lasting.

We are proud, to have reached these exceptional aims. All of our yarn bases are mulesingfree, fair-traded, sustainable and organic, as noted."

~Fräulein Wollga ~
I would really encourage you to take some time an look around her website, not just at the yarn but at the length she goes to use 'animal friendly' yarns.  It really is very interesting to hear about her process.
Take a look at all the color and beauty here!!  I am so excited with each different base and color choice.  If you think these color choices are spectacular, you should see all the other ones that she has to offer, this is really just a taste.


Fingering / 4 ply
75% Wool, 25% Nylon
459 yards / 100 grams

This is a perfect display of the range of colors that Wunderwolle provides.  You have your warm tones and your cool.  This fingering weight yarn is a fantastic strong and sturdy work horse yarn.  I am currently knitting a pair of socks out of this base and am loving the look and the brilliance of it.
All of you "True Sock Knitters" this is your yarn.

Bio-Merinowolle FINE

Sport / 5 ply
100% Merino
350 yards / 100 grams  
Super, super soft!  I cannot believe how amazing this base is.  Sport weight is such a fun weight.  Sport socks, mittens, hats, you name it.  Did I already mention how amazingly soft this yarn is...ok you got the hint.

Bio-Merinowolle COZY  

Aran / 10 ply
100% Merino
175 yards / 100 grams

This Aran weight yarn is just screaming winter accessories to me!  Cute kids hats and mitten sets for days to come.  Super soft and very plump, this fiber will lend its self to some great cables and textured stitch patterns.  I love how the colors are all in the same family but are gradually mixed in different hues, such a neat technique.  The look stands out even more when knit up.

 Wunderwolle.  receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Fräulein Wollga for sharing all of your fantastic yarn bases!
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
  For TWO of you lucky readers: You will win one of the following skeins of 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. Go over to the Wunderwolle website and tell me what base & colorway you would like to try?
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on July 6th.

Classic Elite Yarns: The New Generation


Review (1 of 2)

 The New Generation

      A collection of modern classics with a vintage feel for babies and toddlers, knit with soft, easy care yarns, perfect for the new generation.      
One of the newest collections from Classic Elite Yarns that is sure to make a bold statement in Baby & Children's knits.  I am loving the fact that this collection has several items in it that I would knit as gifts or for my children as well.  It is not often you find two maybe three patterns from a book or eBook that you would knit, so when I found almost six patterns that I could easily see knitting, this collection became a new desired favorite.
You will find garments, blankets, smocks and much more.  A variety of designers and an array of yarns.  Each pattern having a unique design or pattern element to it.  Let me show you just a few of these adorable patterns.

I could easily knit all of these for a quick baby shower gift!! 
I am currently knitting the Mini Dress.

This is being knit out of the designers choice of yarn; MESA
by; Classic Elite Yarns

Aran / 10 ply
100% Cotton
85 yards / 50 grams
Cotton is not my favorite fiber to  knit with because it can take a real beating on my wrist.  I will tell you I have not had any problems and am really enjoying this baby knit that is 100% cotton.  Cotton is really 'care taking friendly' for those who do not know how to take care of wool hand knits.
Back to the patterns; all the patterns are written very clearly and for those that require charts, they are so easy to follow.  I really appreciate the added notes, skill level and other helpful hints in the back of the book. 
One of the very neat features about this collection is that if you order the paper back book, you will find a code in the back of the book that allows you to download a digital copy as well.  Really you all have your choice of media when considering purchasing this pattern collection. 

You can even head over to Ravelry right now and purchase your digital copy today!!!
The New Generation Collection receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Classic Elite Yarns for allowing me to feature your yarn & pattern collection!
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 collection of patterns in paperback!!!!!!
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 of the 12 patterns in the collection, what would you most like to knit?
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on July 6th.

Baerenwolle Winner


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- 10 came from the blog and 11 - 29 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 amazing yarn is:
Lucky #26 Stephanie () [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 Baerenwolle for a fantastic review!!! 


| Sunday, June 21, 2015


Take a trip with me 'Readers' all the way to Niedersachsen, Germany for this next yarn dyer.  I am excited to introduce to you;
Vicky has a fantastic website that is not only in German but in English as well.  No matter what part of the globe you are from, she is happy to ship to you!  She has several bases that really should be looked at.
On with the Yarn!! 
The bases for BAERENWOLLE yarn are made in Germany by Atelier Zitron. Production is certified according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100, class 1. All yarn and fiber is hand dyed and hand painted by me, using professional acid dyes, in a smoke- and animal-free environment.

BAERfoot Sock

 Fingering / 4 ply
80% Merino, 20% Nylon
437 yards / 100 grams
Oh, so soft! Luscious Merino wool in a high-twist 4-ply. For soft and cuddly shawls, socks and other favorite items.
 Right away when you are touching this yarn, you can not help but squish it.  No joke, it is so bouncy and has such a loft to it you will just want to take the skein right to your cheek.  (All you knitters know what I am talking about!)

I love the bright combination of yellow/green color that Vicky has chosen to feature her yarn.  Such a bright and summery color it really gets me thinking of a summer evening shawl that I would love to cast on the needles.  How amazing with this "Summer Shawl" be wrapped around your shoulders with a little black dress to go with.  I'm thinking 'Date Night!'

Baerenwolle receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Vicky for allowing me to feature your yarn!
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 skeins of Lime!!!!!!

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. Go over to the Baerenwolle  website and tell me what colorway you like?
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on JUNE 29th.


Hello 'Readers'! I hope today finds you well and that your indulging in some kind of crafting.  I imagine that most of you are enjoying your days outside in the warmth of the sun, drinking a tall glass of iced tea and taking a few minutes for your selves.  That is my hope for you all.
This week I would like to introduce you to an amazing dyer; designer, blogger and knitter.  She has recently launched her Etsy shop and has some amazing color choices and a large range of bases for you all to check out for yourselves.
Such a vibrant young woman with a true talent for the fiber arts in so many avenues.
"I began knitting over 10 years ago in college and quickly discovered how therapeutic and productive it was. I would knit in between painting classes at school using the wooden ends of paint brushes (usually different sizes), which produced some pretty wonky scarves! I loved everything about it immediately. I couldn't wait to finish a painting so I could reward myself with some knitting time.
After graduating art school, I just felt I that I needed a break from paint and canvas, so I picked up the needles full time, and haven't been able to put them down since. It wasn't long before my love for art and knitting transformed into one big yarn ball I began dyeing, relearning color theory, and designing patterns. Of course my need to share all of these things took priority as well, and thus Lambstrings was born!

I mean, really...
What's not to love about yarn? The look, the feel, the origin, creating the color, dyeing the yarn, the process of creating a personal handmade piece of art, and finally, the finished piece, it's a no-brainer!
So much love and heart goes into creating a handmade piece. It is truly the most thoughtful gift one could share with a loved one or cherish for themselves.

My mission is to provide the most beautiful building blocks for those treasured items!

My colors are inspired by nature, people, stories, and emotions. They are colors that I wish were more available, colors that make me happy, colors that I have fallen in love with and want to wear. I am always looking fore more inspiration and experimenting with new ideas and color combinations!"
What she has provided for our review today is her Sport base.

Ramsey Sport

100% Certified Organic Merino Wool
298yards/ 3.2 oz
5.5-6 sts/ 1' on US# 4-6 needles
Hand Wash, Lay flat to dry
Let me first say...I did my best to show the depth of color in this skein of yarn, but the photos are never as good as in person.  Having said that, I think this is such a lush and blush shade of pink, it just makes my heart sing.  I love that you get subtle hues that blend into the dye as you hold it in your hand.  Knitted up is even more elaborate and decadent.  I would call this a mix of a solid and a tonal, not really falling into one or the other category, but a beautiful blend of each.

Sport weight yarn is such a versatile tool in a knitters stash.  This can be used to knit several items that you will be sure to fall in love with when all knit up.  The hand to this yarn is amazingly extra soft for a 100% Marino.  I would easily put this next to skin for a cowl, hat or "A set of cabled Mittens Anyone!!!"

I just have to say how much I appreciate Shanna's extra and personal touches.  Her yarn tags as so adorably printed and on fantastic cardstock, it makes me what to just hold on to the tag because it is so well done.  Great touches like this can really tell you about the quality of a dyer.  As well as the adorable stitch minder that she included with the yarn.  Take a look at this beaded marker with the adorable silver bike charm attached to it.
I am just gushing over this yarn and many more of the yarns that she has listed in her shop right now.  I say RIGHT NOW because, after this posts I am not sure how many she will have left.  Really 'Readers,' this is some amazing yarn that you all need to consider picking up a skein of.
 Lambstrings receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again ~Shanna Felice~ for sharing your brilliant yarns!
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
Q:What colorway is calling out to you making your heart sing?


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