I have a fun little Etsy shop to chat about this morning. I was looking around and came across Duck Duck Wool. The name of the shop is enough to pull you in on its own, clever and cute. The tagline for the shop is "color worth chasing." I agree! The dyer and shop creator is Sandra from Northern Virginia.
I ordered this skein of beauty called, MCN Aran in the Art Smock colorway. I love the name Art Smock for a yarn, too, splatters of this and that all over a creamy white background. It's a very sweet yarn. So sweet, in fact, that I am designing a sweet new baby hat using Art Smock as we speak.
Here is the information on this squishy, colorful, spirited skein of yarn:
80% super wash Merino
180 yards/100 grams
I am knitting it on US 8s at 4.5 sts per inch in stockinette stitch. It's truly adorable.
I don't see the yarn in Sandra's Duck Duck Wool shop right now but maybe you could contact her if you'd like to try a skein of her Aran MCN or something else!
Sandra's tags are even colorful and eye-catching. I love everything about this yarn and shop. The new baby hat pattern will be available very soon. If you're interested, the baby hat has a girl-y detail and can also be made in a bulky weight yarn. I will have two versions available, aran and bulky weight.
You may have come to realize through the years that I have a serious love for speckled yarn. I love the speckles and the fun it brings to the knitted fabric. Dashes and spots and freckles and dips and dots..... it's all good in my book.
Well, when I placed my order of Duck Duck Wool Aran yarn, that generous Sandra included an extra skein in my package. She wrote me a sweet note and said she enjoys my work and was surprised to see my name pop up in her orders. She said she had to pinch herself (once again, she's super cute!).
Here is the information on the lovely extra skein above:
SOTA Sock in the Speckled Stone colorway (it's a light pink/peach with soft gray, rust, blue, and orange speckles)
80% super wash Merino
425 yards/115 grams
Sandra said I could either keep this skein or if it didn't suit me, give it away to my blog readers. It totally suits me and I would knit it up in a flash. Speckled Stone could be a toy, socks, a lovely shawl, mittens, a scarf, baby items, a hat, a cowl, etc. The subtle color and gorgeous speckles makes it very versatile. But instead of keeping the yarn for myself I thought what better way to introduce you to this wonderful new to me Etsy shop by giving this skein away to one of you! I think you will love it.
Are you in to win this luscious, soft and squishy speckled fingering weight skein of fun?
Please leave one and only one comment on this blog post. Please leave your Ravelry ID or your email in the comment. I will need to contact the winner to gather the mailing address so I can send out the yarn. Please do not email me to enter, you have to go to the blog and enter a comment (this happens a lot with email subscribers, they hit reply to enter). Please be patient for your comment to appear, sometimes it takes awhile for me to approve the comments. It will appear, I promise! Thanks for entering.
Thank you to Sandra of Duck Duck Wool for the giveaway opportunity!
I have been working my tail off with my knitting. I have lots and lots of good stuff in the hopper and it has been a very exciting time lately. I can't wait to share in the future and you may even be a bit surprised. What would I do without a huge block of post-it notes nearby. I actually number them like little pages while I'm designing.
So much to do, so little time. Don't we all feel that way?
Good luck on the yarn giveaway! I'll be back in a couple of days with a randomly selected winner.
Let the comments begin!
p.s. I recently reconnected with someone I knew and adored from my childhood, her name is Leslie. I've known her for around 40 years. Our girls were on the same soccer team this spring so we sat through many a game together reminiscing and chatting (and watching the game, of course). My friend is living through some health issues and when she heard I have a blog she was inspired to start her own blog. She told me she is ready for me to share her blog on my blog! Please go give her some love and support if you are able, it would mean a lot to me. Plus, not only did she start a blog, she started knitting socks! I helped her get started. She couldn't resist the socks after watching me knit sock after sock at the games. She's very smart, warm and personable, plus she is a knitter. Click here for Leslie Rethinks Health!