Friday, September 09, 2016

Rhinebeck Sweater Weather + MrsBrownsBags for you!

Hi, Knitters,
First and quickly, I am teaching at the Knit Circus Fall Retreat on Sept. 17, 2016, right here in Madison. I have two workshops and they are quite full but there are literally a couple of spots left. I'd love to see you there if interested.

Now for the business at hand, I have a treat for you today. I am excited to be able to give away a couple of sought-after prizes to one lucky winner. 

I believe I first saw Nomadic Yarns in the Rhinebeck Sweater Weather colorway of self-striping sock yarn on The Knit Girllls podcast. This was maybe a couple of years ago. I think Leslie was knitting a pair of socks with it. I immediately fell in love with the deep, rich fall-themed stripes. The entire ball has a golden hue and it is stunning. Although I thought long and hard about it I didn't end up ordering it at that time and then I basically forgot about it. 

Then my friend Becky, gathersnomoss on Ravelry, joined in the Smooth Operator Socks Knitalong. She was using the Rhinebeck Sweater Weather yarn for her socks and I was reminded about this beautiful colorway once again. This time I jumped right in and ordered some Rhinebeck Sweater Weather for myself and I felt so good about it. Becky's sock shows how beautifully this yarn knits up. It is dreamy and near perfection.

The yarn is dyed to order from Nomadic Yarns and you select the yarn base you would like. I like it when shops are set up like this because then there isn't a frantic update where you are trying to get that specific skein. It takes a bit longer to receive your order but I don't mind waiting a few weeks at all. After I received my yarn from Ashley of Nomadic Yarns I was not disappointed. 

I ordered the Brit Sock base which is 80% superwash BFL, 20% nylon, 400 yards. The stripes move from deep purple to sky blue to brown to gold to orange and finally to red. 

Click here for Nomadic Yarns on Etsy! Be sure to check out her other bases and self-striping colorways. Ashley is an amazingly talented dyer and project bag-maker!

Ashley of Nomadic Yarns wrote me a note asking if I'd like to give away a ball of her beautiful Rhinebeck Sweater Weather sock yarn in the base of choice to one lucky winner and of course I said yes.

The next part of the prize is being offered by half of one of my favorite podcasts The Grocery Girls. Jodi is the sister on the left and the talent behind MrsBrownsBags on Etsy.

Click here for MrsBrownsBags on Etsy! (It will be empty because her bags sell out in minutes!)

Click here for The Grocery Girls Podcast on Youtube! I subscribe and love this sisterly podcast that Jodi does along with her real-life sister, Tracie. They are adorable, sincere, talented and so funny. You will want to watch this one, trust me. There is just something about sisters that is so good. The way they talk and know each other and laugh, it's the best.

Jodi has come up with such a clever take on her project bags. She knits up a big swatch of fabric in her favorite yarns, then gets this swatch made into printed fabric which she then sews into her lovely project bags. It is completely original. The bags are well-crafted with attention to detail. I love her matching leather zipper-pull and zipper, and the small ribbon loop and tag on the side. The inside is a creamy colored subtle print. I like that, too, because it is easy to see what's inside your bag.

Out of the blue a couple of weeks ago Jodi contacted me via Instagram to see if she could send me one of her project bags. I said sure! I had been admiring them on her podcast but I am terrible at keeping track of shop updates and knew I would never get one of her bags on my own. What I didn't know is that Jodi and her sister Tracie were going to send me a bag of treats that included project bags, maple candy (they are Canadian), cute scissors, a ball of Nomadic Yarns in their original Sock Tawk colorway (it's completely random that I had a giveaway of Nomadic Yarns in the works already), and knit-themed notecards. One of the bags they sent was marked for a giveaway! Thank you so much to both Tracie and Jodi for the gifts and the giveaway bag. You are generous and appreciated.

So here is your giveaway prize....

One skein of Nomadic Yarns in the base of your choice and in the Rhinebeck Sweater Weather colorway!


The fantastic knit fabric project bag in the photo above from MrsBrownsBags on Etsy!

To enter to win the yarn and project bag please leave ONE comment on this blog post that includes your Ravelry username or an email address so you can be contacted if you win. Please be patient for your comment to appear, there is a delay. Only click on the publish button one time, please. Next week I will randomly select one winner. I will contact the winner to gather the mailing address so I can send out the project bag, and also to put the winner in touch with Nomadic Yarns to make arrangements for the yarn.

Good luck to you all. Have a great weekend ahead. I'll be back next week with more.
xo ~ susan