product review

THERE'S A NEW KID IN THE FLOCK!

POST UPDATE:

I have received notice from a couple of people that they are struggling to leave messages on this blog post. I honestly don’t know why! But if you are struggling, please just leave the required information on the Instagram post and we’ll make sure to count you in for the giveaway!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’re likely well aware that my Biffle, Heather, is the owner of Ewe Ewe Yarns. What you may NOT be aware of is that she’s just added a new line of yarn to her “flock” of already adorbable yarns!

Meet Fluffy Fingering!

Fluffy Fingering is the new little sister to all of Heather’s other yarns. Did you know: when I met Heather she had just 10 colors of Wooly Worsted? Yep… and that’s all it took for me to fall in love with her yarns. Since then she’s added 15 (FIFTEEEN!!!!!) new colors to the Wooly Worsted line and has expanded to have 4 different weights of yarn, all of them a bouncy, saturated, soft-as-anything superwash merino: Fluffy Fingering (beginning to ship pre-orders now!), Ewe So Sporty, Wooly Worsted (her flagship line) and, lest we forget, the sweetest name: Baa Baa Bulky.


So - what do I think?

It’s always hard to be un-biased when it comes to talking about your besties products but I gotta say: I FREAKING LOVE FLUFFY FINGERING!

I’m an avid sock knitter and definitely have an opinion about sock yarns. While I was knitting up a new design (socks… of course!) using Fluffy Fingering, I couldn’t stop rubbing my thumb and forefinger over the sole of the sock. It felt like satin! It’s so soft and yet so spring-y. And don’t even get me started on the stitch definition and depth of colors that Heather has chosen for her yarns! I mean - I COULD start but we’d be here all day.

Want an inside peek at our chats about her yarn? This is a screenshot of our conversation when I shared an in-progress photo of my latest design with her:

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So… yeah, I guess that kind of speaks for itself, right?

Are you curious what colors Heather chose for her new Fluffy Fingering line? Pffft…. you know I’m gonna show you! If you’re already familiar with Heather’s colors, you’re going to notice a few schnazzy new additions to this palette!

The Red Velvet and the Citrus Pop absolutely SLAY me! Aquamarine will always have my heart and that Forest Fern? C'mon… it just makes me think of being in a cabin in the woods with my knitting and a roaring fire (and maybe a dram of Whisky!).

Let’s Talk Designs!

When a new yarn line comes out, I love to see what the maker of that yarn envisions being done with it. With the launch of Fluffy Fingering, Heather has collaborated with me and others to break out 7 new designs, all releasing soon! She’s got:

  • 2 pairs of socks

  • A shawl

  • A sweater (pullover)

  • A hat

  • Fingerless mitts, and,

  • the cutest little lacey kerchief you ever did see!

I’ve convinced Heather to let me share a shot of one of my newest sock designs I collaborated with her on: Stripe It To Me uses 2 skeins of the main color and 1 skein of a counter color. I want to see this knit up in ALL the combinations but LOVE this duo of Wheat, a tried and true neutral, and Iris Blossom, one of the brand new colors on the line! Those. Stripes. THO! I die!

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ITS’ GIVEAWAY TIME!

If you’re already an avid fan of Ewe Ewe Yarns (‘cuz if you’ve tried it, I suspect you are) then you’ll be psyched to enter this giveaway. If you’re totally NEW to Ewe Ewe Yarns this is a great way to win a chance to try her newest yarn line AND get a free pattern!

This giveaway is going to run concurrently on Instagram and here on the blog. There are some rules to enter so here we go:

  1. Follow me, @notsorryknitter, on Instagram.

  2. Follow Heather, @eweeweyarns, on Instagram.

  3. Leave a comment below with your Instagram and Ravelry usernames along with which 2 colors of Heather’s new Fluffy Fingering you’d like to use to make these Stripe It To Me socks

  4. Go tag a friend on the Instagram post linked here:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BnopaT4nQu4/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet
    The more friends you tag, the more entries you get!

  5. No, you don’t have to repost anything, though if you want to, you’ll get an extra entry into the drawing!

I’ll be announcing a winner on Instagram Live next Wednesday, September 19th around 2pm PST so be sure to check it out!

Happy knitting, my lovelies! <3

Product Review: Knit Crate, March 2017

You know when you sign up for a subscription service (magazines, clothes, KNITTING THINGS) and you're all "Oh man... I hope it's super awesome" and then it shows up and your blown away? Welp! That's all I gotta say about the March Knit Crate that showed up at my door the other day. 

In the past I've signed up for package knitting services and have enjoyed them, but this time, when I opened my Knit Crate box, the first Knit Crate I've received, I think I actually said "Wow!". For serious. Wow. I mean, sure, yarn is always pretty, but this whole package is beautiful.  

Let's break it down!

So, beyond the clean outer box, this is what's inside:

  • A descriptor card about the inspiration for the month - this month is all about the earth tones of root vegetables and winter crops. 
  • A double-sided pattern postcard that shows a sneak peak of the Beginner pattern and the Intermediate/Advanced pattern available for you to download and knit with the included yarn.
  • A feel good business card with the express purpose of giving back!
  • A little bag with some oh-so-cute progress keepers to keep you on track as you knit the pattern, AND... duh duh duh DA!
  • THE YARN! 

Postcards aside...

There is a lovely business card inside this box for "Butterfly Boxes". Now, I'd never heard of Butterfly Boxes but I feel like it's something I would really like to get on board with. And I love that Knit Crate, a business (aka: for profit), has taken the time to find a way for their customers to give back to those in need.

The general idea with Butterfly Boxes (a non-profit, BTW) is that we, as knitters (or crocheters) can send completed fiber-y items (blankets, toys, wash cloths, bags, hats, etc.) to the Butterfly Box organization, and the items will be distributed, along with other necessities, to refugee families in need arriving in Portland, OR. I mean, come on, right?! Maybe it's just me, but that hit me in the feels, y'all! We have such an amazing skill, as fiber artists. How special to share it with someone who would truly appreciate it?! Just do it! *stepping off my soapbox now*

Lest I forget the progress keepers!

These adorable little sheepy-wonders are super adorable. They've got a claw clasp on them so you can clip them to your project bags for easy transport for new projects. Or, if you're like me, to a zipper on your jacket so you always have a sheep friend with you! 

OK, can we discuss this yarn?!

I have heard of Knit One Crochet Too yarn but have never actually touched it. And now I'm kind of kicking myself for not squishing it before! The kit includes 2 skeins of Crock-O-Dye, a fingering weight yarn in a blend of superwash, nylon and silk. Yum-My! 

Time is of the essence!

If you love this kit, you've got just 9 more days to get your hands on it (aka: March 31)! Once they're gone, they're gone, and the April boxes will be up for grabs!

How do you get one? Click this link: http://mbsy.co/gR3nS

You'll be directed to a page where you can choose from this crate, or a selection of other crates (Beginners, Socks, and Newbies and CROCHET, too!) that you can order by the month (a one-time purchase), 3-months, or even a full years subscription. And yes, the multi-order plans are discounted! Woot! 

And, just 'cuz I love you guys (and the Knit Crate folks love me) I have a discount code to share with you, should you decide to purchase the March Box. Just use UK20 at checkout and you can save 20% on your Knit Crate. I mean... does it get any better than that?! Nope... didn't think so.

So... why are you still here?

Go get your Crate. Save some $$ with UK20 and get to knitting with some incredible yarns (and patterns, of course). Thanks for stopping by! More knitting goodness is coming your way, soon!

Oh! And did I mention?! If you snap a photo of your Knit Crate and share it on social media with #KNITCRATE and #UnravelYourKNITCRATE you're entered to win a $50 Knit Crate gift card?! Yep... that's more than a month's box worth. Double 'woot'!