Jamieson & Smith

| Sunday, August 30, 2015
REVIEW (2 of 2)
Alright 'Readers', this is the review to tell all your friends about.  Today I have the privilege of sharing with you all a kit/hat pattern that is the official knit of the upcoming
I was recently introduced to the amazing wool from Jamieson & Smith.  I love the tradition of the process of raising, gathering and making of the wool.  They do such an amazing job of protecting the wool in its natural state as they do with the process of making the yarn.
The yarn that will be used in these adorable sheep friendly hats is by Jamieson & Smith.

Aran / 10 ply
100% Wool
66 yards / 50 grams
The wool is the perfect shade of neutrals with a little pop of color depending on what color pallet you go with.  The pattern is Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith.  It is a FREE Ravelry download.  So even if you are not able to go to this most amazing fiber week, you can still feel a part by knitting your own hat with traditional wool.
The spin on this aran weight wool is nice and loose and when knit together with color work will make a very warm hat for any winter.
Here is a few photos to show off the hat and the wool

Now I know you are all asking, how can I get this kit NOW!  I think this would be such an adorable hat for winter this year and you could show your support for these fantastic fibers.  Click on the photo above and get your kit today!!

So in honor of such an amazing event that will be taking place September 26 - October 4, the gracious folks over at Jamieson & Smith have given you all the chance to win a hat kit of your own.  Complete with all the yarn you need for your hat, a guide to all the events that will be taking place for the week and a keep sake bag to keep it all in.  Not only did they provide such a great give away, but they are giving TWO kits away!!!!!  Time to tell all your friends so they can have a chance at winning as well.
Jamieson & Smith receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again for allowing me to feature your Yarn and hat kit.
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
  For TWO of you lucky readers: You will win a complete hat kit!!!!

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 who you would make this hat for? AND invite one or more friends to join the Hotpinksocksreviews Ravelry group.
Don't forget: Everyone can download this hat pattern for themselves for free!!
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on September 7th 


Roundabout Yarn

| Saturday, August 29, 2015
(REVIEW 1 of 2)
Hello Readers!! I am thrilled to share with you roundabout yarn.
"Former Shepherdess Turned Indie Dyer
Hello, thank you for checking out my ETSY shop!

My name is Terri and I am a recovering shepherdess. Seriously. My spouse and I have lived on a small farm in Minnesota since 2006. We recently sold off the last of our flock so my focus has changed to playing with color and yarn!

I hope to add local farm fiber, roving, batts to the shop in 2015. Sheep breeds will include Finnsheep, Shetland, BFL, Gotland, and crosses. If you are interested in learning more, check out our farm’s website at"

I have to chance to feature her 'Sporty Sock.'
Sporty Sock 75% Superwash Merino/25% Nylon
274 yards/100grams
Machine Wash Gentle/Tumble Dry Low
I love her color inspiration.  This skein is called Spring Garden
You can see the blue, green, purple of the flowers and then you even have the color of rich soil to tie it all in.  What a great idea to put into a colorway

Every one who is a sock knitter loves when they find a 'Go To' sport yarn.  Socks knit twice as fast, they are thicker and just make for a great boot sock.  I love knitting sport weight socks!  And because this is a 75/25, you have all the strength in the world with the nylon in them.  The yarn its self has a great twist to it that also provides one more element to a great sock yarn.

You all really need to go and try a skein or two of Terri's amazing Sporty Sock.  You will be so pleased that you did, I know you will be back for more.  She has so many color inspirations to choose from you will be sure to find a few skeins to try out. receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Terri for allowing me to feature your Sporty Sock yarn!!!
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
What is your favorite sport weight sock pattern & what color of roundabout yarn would you like?

Gleener 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- 4 came from the blog and 5 - 19 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 genius sock tool is:

 Lucky #7 who is  [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 Gleener for a fantastic review!!!  


| Sunday, August 23, 2015

Review (2 of 2)
This review is not just for knitters, this is a product that I feel anyone can use.  I am so excited to share with you my experience with the Gleener.
This is a super user friendly and must have tool for anyone much more a knitter.  If you are tired of trying to take care of your hand knits and frustrated with what is on the market today for pill removers, then you are going to want to check this out.

This ergonomic pill removing tool is so simple and so effective to use, you are actually going to enjoy taking care of your garments.  It comes with three grades of attachments that can be used on several different fibers and fabric blends.  You will be able to clean up anything!
Shown below is a wool sweater with the before and after shot.  I have yet to find a pill remover that works this amazing. I really feel that while I was using it, it was not just removing the extra fibers but it was also protecting the integrity of the garment its self.  I always have a hard time thinking I'm going to put a hole in my sweater when using a hand held pill shaver, makes me very nervous.  No need to worry when using the Gleener.

It also does a fantastic job with lint removal and the newest feature, a removable rubber attachment that is perfect for easy clean up of pet hair. It is so simple and so effective it just makes sense to have one around for many purposes.
As a Mother, wife and Fiber Artist, I would recommend this product hands down!  Please take some time to go over to the fantastic website that they have.  Instructions on how to use each attachment, with before and after photos and so much more about this must have product.
 Gleener receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again for allowing me to feature your "Outstanding Tool!"
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
  For ONE of you lucky readers: You will win a Gleener of your own!!!!


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 knitted items you think this would come in most handy for?
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on August 31st. 

The Uncommon Thread

Review (1 of 2)

Hello Readers.  I am so happy to be back to share with you yet another fantastic Yarn!  I am sure you all have seen this yarn used or have heard the name a few times before, The Uncommon Thread.
"I started The Uncommon Thread in September 2010 after knitting for a few years, then discovering Ravelry and becoming thoroughly addicted – particularly with knitting with luxury hand-dyed yarns. I love colours, texture and I’m passionate about knitting.
We are an artisan company and dye all our yarns lovingly by hand in our studio in Brighton, England. Although still relatively small, we are constantly expanding in order to keep up with the demand for our products.
I aim to source a few unusual, British breed yarns that are often limited editions. These are spun in small mills from small flocks and are very special. But here you’ll also find luxury fibres, such as cashmere, silk, alpaca and merino for your knitting pleasure.
I am very passionate about the environment and aim to minimise the impact I have on it. I simmer the yarns for a long time so that as much dye as possible can bond with the fibres, rather than going down the drain. Our mailing bags are 100% biodegradable and our tags made from 100% post consumer waste – not only that, they are beautiful too! Our British breeds yarns are spun locally, so have few ‘wool miles’ and some are even spun in a mill partly powered by water."

Everyday Sport

Everyday Sport
Approx 100g superwash merino yarn
300m per 100g – sport weight
Lovely and round superwash merino yarn. Perfect for all kinds of stuff. Super bouncy!
Although I recommend hand-washing to prolong the life of your knits, this yarn may be machine washed on a gentle wool cycle, then laid flat to dry.
She has such a large color range you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for.  This is the perfect yarn for its own project or to be knit up together with another contrasting yarns to show off a pattern or just a good looking stripe.  The twist on the yarn is so bouncy and has a great hand while being knit up.  I am really enjoying it.

The great part about The Uncommon Thread is that you have every color and weight of yarn right at your finger tips.  All you have to do is just go the her extremely user friendly website and start shopping!!!  You will be swimming in ideas of what you can do with her amazing yarns.
Make sure that your subscribed to the news letter so that you get all the up to date info on shop updates and when special items are posted!!
 The Uncommon Thread receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Ce for allowing me to feature your stunning yarn!!!
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
What colorway and weight of yarn are you drawn too?


Savvy Skeins

| Monday, August 17, 2015

Happy Monday Readers!! You have no idea how privileged I feel today to be able to feature Savvy Skeins on the blog.  I have admired and watched anxiously for a while at the amazing yarn and fiber that has been put out by this dyer. 

I give you the owner of Savvy Skeins, Ali. Independent yarn and fiber dyer out of New Braunfels, Texas, specializing in kettle and speckle dyeing. Each skein of yarn and braid of spinning fiber is dyed one by one in my home kitchen. A lot of time and love goes into each skein and braid.  As well as a Christian, stay at home, homeschooling mom of 5.
  In other words, she is the "Do it All, Wonder woman."
I find so much satisfaction in supporting women like myself that put Family; Faith and Fiber Arts at the top of the priority list. 
I love the fact that Ali has a unique offering of her yarns.  She features a colorway and then gives you to ability to choose what base you want it dyed on.  Most dyers just whip up a few bases in the same color and then you just pick from what they offer.  This is a totally custom feature that I really like and appreciate from Savvy Skeins. 
 Look at the choices she offers you;
Comal Sock
400 yards
Fingering weight
Super wash merino 80%
Nylon 20%
Guadalupe MCN
435 yards
Light DK weight
merino 80%
cashmere 10%
Nylon 10%
San Antonio Sock
400 yards
fingering weight
super wash merino 100%
Bejar Worsted
200 yards
Super wash merino 100%
Worsted weight
Lonestar DK
250 yards
super wash merino 100%
DK weight
Crockett Sock
250 yards
Polwarth 85%
tussah silk 15%
DK weight
Gruene Sock
400 yards
fingering weight
super wash Corriedale 75%
Nylon 25%
China Grove
400 yards
Super wash merino 60%
Bamboo 30%
Nylon 10%
438 yards
Super wash merino 75%
nylon 20%
Stellina 5%

With so many choices you are sure to get exactly what you want. 
I feel so honored that Ali has a brand new colorway that I have the opportunity to be the first to share with you!  This is one of her kettle dyed speckled yarns that she has named,
 Ali has captured the full range of purple and blue in this skein.  Starting with the lightest shade of lavender and then plunging into a deep purple/blue that is stunning.  To top it all off, she has then over dyed with the magic of her speckling technique.  Its just such a versatile colorway that I really think anyone can appreciate and find a use for.
This particular base is made up of Superwash Merino & Nylon.  Although you would never know that it had any nylon content to it.  It is so soft to the touch and really plush when it is being knit up and running through your fingers.  A very enjoyable knit.  I can invasion this skein being knit up in to a pair of socks, a baby item, a fingering weight hat or matched up with a sterling silver color and knit into a two color shawl.  Really Anything, it will all end up beautiful!!
If any of you, 'My Readers' have not indulged and bought a skein of Savvy Skeins to try out yourselves, Please let me be the first to encourage you to go over today and make your Monday even better with the purchase of something stunning!  Just think of how amazing the end of your week will be when you get a skein of Ali's yarn in the mail!!!
Savvy Skeins receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Ali for allowing me to feature your 'One of a Kind' yarn!  It was such a pleasure to share your talent with My Readers.
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”

I would love to know what colorway of Savvy Skeins you like the best?


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