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Bugbear Woolens

| Monday, September 21, 2015

BUGBEAR WOOLENS

Happy Monday Readers!  I am happy to say that Fall seems to be on the way...finally.  Anyone else feel it in the air? 
 
Today I have the chance to share with you a new to me yarn dyer.  Jennifer is the owner and dyer behind Bugbear Woolens. 
 
"I've been obsessed with yarn since I was a child.  I learned to crochet when I was about 7, and crocheted one of the world's largest granny squares in a ghastly light pink acrylic yarn.  No one taught me how to end my work so I just kept crocheting around and around until the skein ran out, and I'm still not sure if I ever figured out how to end that square.  Shortly thereafter I learned to knit, and even in college the local yarn store was one of my favorite places to go.  Even if I couldn't afford yarn, I would go just to pet the pretties.  In the mid-eighties, I got a job at Webs Yarn Merchants, and was in heaven.  In short order I learned how to actually finish knit/crochet projects, learned to weave, and to dye.  I worked there for about 10 years and knit for pleasure and wove a lot of scarves to sell at local craft fairs.
I then got a job in IT at a university, and put my fiber love aside, as a baby and full time work took over.  A few years ago I picked up my knitting needles again and remembered how much I love working with fiber.  My tastes have changed through, I'm much more patient and prefer socks and lacy shawls to the bulky weight sweaters I used to knit.  I began selling hand dyed yarn a few months ago, in hopes of developing a business that might let me retire from the world of computers sooner rather than later.  I love nothing more than rewinding a skein of freshly dyed yarn and seeing how it turns out and am so happy to have the chance to share my love of fiber and color with others.  All my yarn is dyed with professional grade dyes and I do my utmost to ensure quality.  My husband is a devoted rock hound and he was the one who thought my yarn should be named after various gemstones and he enjoys combing through his books to find just the right match for me."

~Jennifer~
 

Gemstones Sock

Fingering / 4 ply
75% Merino, 25% Nylon
463 yards / 100 grams
 
 
Love the color, just the right pop of fun.  How could you knit with this yarn and not be happy.  It just screams cheer and fun to me.  The yarn is really soft and would make a great pair of socks for anyone.  And given the amazing amount of yardage you could make a really good size pair of socks!

 
I would call the yarn a light fingering and would lend it's self to a very tight knit gauge, giving it a great stitch definition.  You could also make some really neat fingerless gloves as well.  No matter what you choose to knit, I am sure you will be really pleased with the quality and care that Jennifer puts into every one of her skeins.  Make sure that you all go and take a look at the amazing range of colors that she has dyed up and ready for you all to purchase!!
 
 
 
 
 Bugbear Woolens  receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Jennifer for allowing me to feature your Fantastic Yarn!!!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 

Andi Pandi Craft 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- 3 came from the blog and 4 - 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 #19 who is yarnstormer Laura [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 Andi Pandi Crafts for a fantastic review!!!  
 
 


Andi Pandi Crafts

| Monday, September 14, 2015
 
REVIEW (2 OF 2)
 
 
So happy to have found out about our next independent dyer.  She is a lover of all crafts and all fiber types.  Andi learned how to knit when she was young as most of us did but really fell in love and made it her passion at age 21.  Now at age 25 she is dying up a storm.  While living in Japan she started experimenting with spinning and dying and quickly found herself loaded up with more yarn and hand dyed fiber than she could ever use.  This prompted the need to start Andi Pandi Crafts.  She now has her own etsy shop that she sells her yarns and fibers from.  You are going to see a range of all kinds of color and I think you all will really like her creativity.  Thanks Andi~
 
 

SQUISH Sock

Fingering / 4 ply
100% Merino
400 yards / 100 grams 
 

Starting with a great base is always a good recipe for a good yarn.  This one is no exception.  I love the pastel pink and blue she has matched up with the plum purple to give it a fun hand painted look.  This is that "Anything" yarn for me.  I think it could literally be make into anything!!
 


You all know me an socks, so yes, I think this would make a stellar pair of socks.  And if they were on my needles, you can bet they would be for me.  Not gift knitting, way to great of a color for that.  lol...
 


 

Twinkle Toes

Fingering / 4 ply
75% Merino, 20% Nylon, 5% Angelina
400 yards / 100 grams
 
Be prepared to get on etsy and buy your next pair of stripped socks!!!!
 


We all love a good self striping sock yarn, right?!  This should be in with the best of them.  I am so loving how my socks have been knitting up.  Fantastic color transitions from one color to another and just the right amount of sparkle.  Everyone needs one of these hand wound masterpieces in stash just to show it off.
 


Have any of you already stopped reading the review and headed over to Andi Pandi Crafts yet....I bet a few of you have.  Please take the time to go and look at her fibers of all kinds.  This is a very talented young lady who I know we will all be hearing about having her own yarn shop and dying line some day.  Go get'em Andi


 
 

 
Andi Pandi Crafts  receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again for allowing me to feature your Yarn Andi!
 
 
 
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 skein of Flirt....
 
 
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 of Andi Pandi Craft you like and what would you make with it.
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on September 21st
 
 
 

The KiwiPop Studio

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REVIEW (1 OF 2)
 
 
Happy Monday Readers!  I hope you all had a great weekend and that you are in some way inviting Fall into your every day.  I figure that if we all start acting like its fall by knitting fall knits, drinking pumpkin tea and doing a bit more baking Fall will eventually come round...we will see.
 
 
I am thrilled to be sharing with you our first yarn review of the week.
 
 
The Kiwipop Studio is my small Indie Dyeing studio in the woods of Maine where I specialize in individually hand painted yarns and rovings. (Yup, I hand paint EACH skein of yarn and braid of roving one at a time.) "Where Color & Fiber Collide" is my tagline - and for good reason.  I love color. The more color the better in my book! I take extreme pride in my color combinations and love taking inspiration from everything around me. Maybe I have some beautiful flowers blooming in my garden, next to my daughter's sweater and against the back drop of a beautiful blue sky. I try to take everything in, write it down and recreate it in my studio. 
My studio is located in our home, which is great so that I can be home with our kids. We have a daughter who is in middle school, and our little boy is two years old. My days are filled with laughter, fiber, slinging color, family and a whole bunch of love. I'm super fortunate and blessed to be doing something I love so much each and every day.
 
~Judy~
 
 
Let me show you what we have to review today.
 

Studio Worsted

 
 Worsted / 10 ply
100% Merino
215 yards / 113 grams
 
 
I have to say that right off I am partial to the colorway name!!  Its JOY, this being that my mom; both my girls and my middle name is Joy.  You can imagine how tickled I was when I saw such a great color with a meaningful name.

 
I love the feel of this worsted weight yarn.  Great twist and so very soft.  It is 100% super wash so it will make for great gift knitting as well as for an kids you might me knitting for this winter.  Its so fluffy and warm feeling you will want to make hats and mittens for days!  Better make sure that when you order you buy enough for all your gift knitting.  It knits up like butter and I really enjoy working with it.


 
Judy has so many amazing colors to offer and in all different weights you are sure to find a few things you can not live with out.  I would just love to get a sweaters quantity of this yarn.  I am telling you, you would have no trouble finding a pattern and letting it practically knit its self its so nice.
 

 

I have to share with you just one more extra, Judy has some really neat cards.  Not only do they have all her contact info, but they are really neat.  Extra special touches that really set independent dyers apart.
 
 
 
The Kiwi Pop Studio receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Judy for allowing me to feature your stunning yarn!!!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
What colorway are you drawn to?
 
 
 
 


Ewe Sew An Sew Winner

| Sunday, September 13, 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- 8 came from the blog and 9 - 34 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 project bag is:
 
 

 

Lucky #1 who is Sheepskyn22 [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 Ewe Sew An Sew for a fantastic review!!!  

Ewe Sew An Sew

| Monday, September 7, 2015
 
 
(Review 2 of 2)
 
I am so so so excited to be sharing with you all today the Fantastically talented Sarah, who is the owner and bag maker of Ewe Sew An Sew.  If you have not seen one of her bags or have one of your own, listen up Readers, do not miss out on her amazing bags.  She has been so sweet to share her medium size bag with us for a review this week.
 
Sarah is passionate about creating custom made bags.  "Inside fabric is important to me, why should the outside have all the fun!"  I love that idea, she takes the time to mix and match until you as the customer is fully satisfied with what you are ordering.  So if you have had something in mind for a bag but just never seem to see it, this is your gal.  Contact Sarah and you and she will come up with "Your Perfect Bag!"
 

Her medium size bag is the PERFECT sock bag!  I have a cake of yarn, needles a notions pouch and a sock ruler in mine and it is just the right size.  I have been using mine for "Shot Gun" knitting, when my husband drives and the little ones are in the back in car seats.  It fits perfectly on the side of me while I just knit away.
 

 
The outside and coordinating fabric on the inside are hand matched to give each bag its characteristic look.  Each has a theme and is well thought out.  Every stitch, seem and join is perfectly crafted.  Sarah has a simple little pocket inside on the lining of the bag that is a perfect fit for stitch markers, or notions of any kind.  I love that she has a little silver charm on each of the zippers on her bags.  Some are a signature sheep and others are made to go with the overall theme of the bag.  A classy touch to every bag.

 
I love the feature of having a zipper tab end on her bags.  It is great to have something to hold on to when opening your bag and it is different from most bags that I have seen and I really think its a great feature.  Sarah also attaches a simple handle to each bag that is just the right size and complements the bag to its pattern. 
 
I know we all have out favorite bag makers, but if you are looking for a really well made bag and some fun patterns to choose from, make sure you order a Ewe Sew An Sew bag TODAY!! 
Treat yourself to a new bag just in time for Fall and that perfect project that you are wanting to cast on.  You will soon find out why Ewe Sew An Sew bags will become a go to for you. 

 
Ewe Sew An Sew receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again for allowing me to feature your Stunning Bags Sarah!
 
 
 
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 featured bag!!!!


 
 
Everyone is generously being offered a 10% off coupon code until the end of October!
Use the code: HOTPINK10
 
Now everyone needs a new bag!!!!!
 
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 bag you like the best in the Ewe Sew An Sew Shop?
 
Don't forget to join the Ewe Sew An Sew Ravelry Group to keep up on all the shop dates!
 
The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on September 14th 


 

Bora Knits

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REVIEW (1 of 2)
 
Happy Memorial Day to all of my US Readers.  And for those of you outside, Happy Monday to you!
 
I am excited to share with you a fantastic and new to me independent yarn dyer.
 
 
"Hi from Stephanie at Bora Knits,
I’m a small batch indie dyer, and I love playing with colors! I’m a big fan of teals, purples, greens, and blues, but I try to diversify and enjoy all colors. I draw a lot of inspiration from what I see around me, and I live in central Pennsylvania, so there’s a lot of beauty to see :) But I also just get crazy sometimes and draw from my own imagination.
 
All of my yarns are dyed with professional, wash fast and light fast acid dyes in a smoke free home. Please visit my Etsy shop, boraknits, for more info on my yarns and process."
 
 
 
Stephanie has given us the chance to review her
 

Silky Shawl Sock

Fingering / 4 ply
80% Merino, 20% Silk
600 yards / 150 grams
 
 
This is the "School Teacher" colorway.  I think it is a perfect name, all the colors of school supplies and items you might find on a teachers desk.  So fitting for all those kiddos that are going back to school.

 
I love the content and having that silk blended in makes for a strong sock and or for a really silky looking shawl.  I really feel that this is a versatile yarn.  I could easily see it in socks or a shawl.  It would make a great size shawl considering that she has given you an amazing amount of yardage, 600 yards to be exact


 
Such a fun colorway.  You will love going over to Stephanie's shop and seeing her creativity come out in her color choices on all different bases.  I am eying a few myself because they are so neat looking!
 

 
Bora Knits receive a 5 Needle Review Rating!
Thank you again Stephanie for allowing me to feature your stunning yarn!!!
 
 
 
Just remember;
“Anything can happen when you put on a pair of Hot Pink Socks”
 
~Stephanie~
 
What colorway of Bora Knits do you like best?

  
 

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