Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Berry Colorful Yarnings Giveaway & More

Hi, Knitters,
I have selected a winner for the skein of the Julianna's Fibre Repeating Gradient sock yarn and the winner is..... Celticcaston on Ravelry! Congratulations Kelly, my New Brunswick buddy. I have contacted Kelly and Julianna. Thanks to everyone for entering.

Today I have another fun sock yarn giveaway for you. The owner of Berry Colorful Yarnings, Michelle Berry (how cute is that?), has sent me some of her beautiful self-striping yarn to try and I love it. The colors are so saturated and unusual and well-done. 

Starting on the left in the photo above, the colors are Hulk, Bright Beginnings and Berry Punch. The yarn is 25% Nylon and 75% Superwash Merino, 463 yards/100 grams, fingering weight. 

Thanks to Michelle's generosity I get to give away a skein of choice from the shop to one lucky winner! Please leave one comment on this blog post to enter to win. Please only click on Publish one time when you leave your comment, there is a delay before your comment will appear on the blog. Please include your email or Ravelry username so you can be contacted if you win.

Good luck!

I have a teaching event coming up right here in Madison on October 10th, 2015. KnitCircus is hosting a retreat at their new dye studio and retail shop. It is so close to my house and that makes me very excited. Amy Detjen, Jaala Spiro and I will be teaching all weekend. I am teaching my Sock Yarn Bunny Workshop and my new Shawl Shapes Design Workshop. I can't wait.

Read all about it and sign up by click right here: KnitCircus Fall Retreat 2015! 

I hope to see you there. It is coming up quick. 

On another Madison note I finished the first of the Madison Memories socks by Quaere Fibres. This is a custom colorway Janel dyed for the Itty-Bitty Knits Retreat group this past June. I am anxious to get the second sock finished so I can wear them this fall. I don't think she is making the Madison Memories colorway for her shop but she has lots of other fun yarns to choose from.

Needles: Signature Needle Arts dpns, 6-inch length, US size 1/2.25mm
Sock Blocker:

I am also working on another sock knit out of my handspun yarn. I spun 370 yards from 4 oz. of BFL roving in the Mulled Cider colorway from Friends in Fiber. I decided to add a red heel and toe on the Mulled Cider socks in some Opal Solid Series that I have on hand. I am using Knit Picks dpns in size 2.5mm because the handspun varies in thickness and tends to be a little heavier in spots. The sock fabric is turning out great. I cast on 60 stitches instead of my usual 64 stitches.

I have a new goal to always have a handspun sock on the needles starting this fall. I favor my handpun socks and I'd love to have more of them in my sock drawer to choose from. I need to get going on spinning up yarn for my next pair soon.

The cardinal yarn bowl is one of my favorite knitting accessories. It is made by the ceramic artist aaharrison and I feel like it is one of the most special pieces I own.

Click here to visit the aaharrison website!

Click here to visit the aaharrison shop on Etsy!

For the gifting season ahead you might want to keep this one in mind for any beloved knitter on your list. There are other styles and birds to choose from and you really can't go wrong it is all so lovely.

I have finished the funnel neck and yoke and have just separated for the sleeves on the Antrorse sweater by Shannon Cook. It is a simple, fun and fast knit. I love the funnel neck. The yarn is Quince & Co. Osprey in the Peacoat color. 

You can see the chevron pattern is starting to appear on the front of the sweater. The body should go really fast as it is just a straight down knit with only the simple chevron panel to be concerned about. Plus the yarn is heavier and I am using US size 10 needles which always makes for a fast knit.

Well, there you have a small snippet of what's going on at my house right now. August goes by quicker every year. I always feel like I'm hanging on to these last summer days by a thread. What's going on at your house this August? I'd love to hear.

I hope you are all well. Please remember to leave a comment to win a beautiful skein of striping sock yarn of choice from BCYarnings
xo ~ susan