Super Yarn Giveaway!!


How do you get a chance win this awesome yarn?

  • Follow me on Instagram (I’m iknit2purl2 there too!) AND
  • Like the picture above on Instagram AND
  • Tag Two (2) friends in a comment under that Instagram picture

Want a second chance to win? Follow me on Twitter – I’m iknit2purl2 there too! and mention that you did under the comments on Instagram.

Want another chance to win? Like my Facebook Page – I’m iknit2purl2 there too and mention that you did under the comments on Instagram.

I will randomly pick a winner after midnight EST on Sunday February 7, 2016.

Giveaway Details:

  1. Participants must be 18 years old or older to enter
  2. Participants must live in the US or Canada to enter
  3. Entries for the giveaway will be accepted through midnight EST on Sunday February 7, 2016.
  4. One (1) Winner will receive:
  • One (1) skein of Dream in Color Smooshy in “Cloud Jungle”  – approx. 4 oz/450 yds 100% Australian Merino Superwash wool fingering weight yarn
  • One (1) skein of Dream in Color Smooshy in “Petal Shower”  – approx. 4 oz/450 yds 100% Australian Merino Superwash wool fingering weight yarn
  • One (1) skein of Dream in Color Classy in “Cocoa Kiss” approx. 4 oz/250 yds 100% Superfine Superwash Australian Merino Wool – worsted weight yarn
  • One (1) skein of Dream in Color Classy in “In Vino Veritas” approx. 4 oz/250 yds 100% Superfine Superwash Australian Merino Wool – worsted weight yarn
  • One (1) skein of MadelineTosh  Tosh Vintage Ltd Edition in “Saffron” 100% superwash merino wool, worsted weight, approx. 190 yds
  • Two (2) skeins of Aslan Trends Santa Fe fingering weight yarn.  Each skein is approx. 50 g/1.75 oz 180 yds/165 m 85% merino wool 15% polyamide

Winner must provide an email address to be contacted if he/she wins. Email address will not be used for solicitation purposes. The yarn will be forfeited after 30 days if not claimed.A random number generator will be used to determine who wins. Good Luck! And thank you for reading my blog!

 

Asbury Park KAL

 


We are getting ready to start an Asbury Park Knitalong (KAL) beginning February 1, 2016. (Just in time to have something to do while watching the Super Bowl!!) Post pics on Instagram to share your progress  – use the hashtag #iknit2purl2.

You can find the Asbury Park Pattern here!  Use any fingering weight yarn that you prefer!


We’ve got some great prizes for folks who complete their Asbury Park shawl by March 15, 2016! One skein of Ontheround Signature Sock Yarn in Rainbow Tweed, one skein of Ontheround Signature Sock Yarn in Silver Linings Tweed, a set of Swarovski stitchmarkers from Lima Pop Shop, a Namaste notions bag, a One Sock Wonder notions bag, project bags and tape measures. By finishing your Asbury Park shawl by March 15, 2015 and posting a photo on the Asbury Park KAL thread on Ravelry AND on your Ravelry project page (with a link to the Asbury Park pattern), you will get a chance to win one of these prizes! (I’ll randomly select winners on March 16, 2016). Don’t worry about blocking your shawl – a photo of the completed knitted shawl is fine for purposes of getting a chance to win a prize. :)

We hope you can join us! The KAL runs from Monday February 1, 2016 through Tuesday March 15, 2016. Added bonus – you get an extra day! It’s Leap Year!! Hope you can join us!!

Yarn Review – Cabbage Key by Lorna’s Laces


Product Name: Shepherd Sock in an Exclusive Colorway “Cabbage Key
Company: Lorna’s Laces via A Good Yarn in Sarasota, FL
Fiber Content: 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon
Per Skein: Approx 100g, 430 yds (Fingering Weight)
Gauge: 7 stitches = 1 inch on US Size 1 knitting needles
Care: Machine wash cold, Machine dry until just damp.  Lay flat to finish.

I recently received a skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the Exclusive Colorway “Cabbage Key” from A Good Yarn in Sarasota, FL.  I eagerly jumped at the opportunity to test this yarn – I used Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn for knitting socks many times in the past and I have a good deal of Shepherd Sock in my personal stash.  The yarn is soft, one skein is enough for an average size pair of woman’s socks, the quality of Lorna’s Laces yarn is well established and the colorways are always wonderful.  I opened the package from Stitchcraft Marketing and immediately fell in love with this vibrant colorway – a mixture of green, lime green, green-blue and black.

A Good Yarn’s website states that  the inspiration for this exclusive colorway came from a the colorful black and green Cristata Nudibranch (a marine sea slug).  Sarasota is close to Cabbage Key Island off the Florida Gulf Coast. Hence, a beautiful colorway is born!

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Of course, I decided to test this beautiful colorway by knitting a pair of vanilla socks.  I love to showoff gorgeous yarn with a simply knitted pair of socks.  Although the recommended needle size is US Size 1 (2.25mm),I usually use US Size 1.5 (2.5mm) needles.  Lately, I’ve been knitting socks using the Magic Loop Method with 32 inch circular needles. After casting on 64 stitches and knitting a 2×2 rib for 2 inches, I began the stockinette section of the sock.  I love the way the colors are knitting up!  While this is not a self-striping yarn, the yarn pools in a beautiful, almost striping manner. The black and lime green offset each other much the way that little sea slug looks!  And the sublte variations in green and green-blue look like the beautiful water of the Florida Gulf! Just gorgeous! I can’t wait to finish these socks!

 

Note: Results may vary. Gauge, Number of Stitches and Other Factors can affect the way yarn looks when it is knitted. 

You can find Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in Cabbage Key here. A 100g/430 yard skein is available for $28.
Disclosure: Stitchcraft Marketing sent iknit2purl2 (1) skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn in A Good Yarn’s Exclusive Colorway “Cabbage Key” FREE for review. iknit2purl2 was not compensated for the preceding review and all opinions in the above review are those of the blog author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of A Good Yarn store, Lorna’s Laces or Stitchcraft Marketing.

Greetings from Asbury Park

I’m so excited to share my first pattern of 2016,  Asbury Park, which is now available on Ravelry!

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Asbury Park is an asymmetrical, triangular-shaped shawl with a lace edge reminiscent of waves.  The shawl is worked flat with a lace edge on one side.  Since the lace edging is also worked in garter stitch, the shawl is reversible. The shawl pattern as written is designed for one skein of fingering weight yarn (approximately 410 yards). This shawl is perfect for that really special skein of yarn.  Asbury Park is a great project for beginners. The lace pattern is easy to memorize without any complicated knitting stitches. With the pattern starting at one end, the length can easily be modified to make the shawl longer or shorter.

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I would like to thank On The Round Artisan Yarn & Fiber for providing the yarn to knit the sample shawl.  Rachel has  been so supportive of this project and I am very grateful.  The shawl shown above was knit with one skein of ontheround Signature Sock Yarn in Rainbow Tweed. I love this colorway! It is absolutely gorgeous!

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FINISHED DIMENSIONS
Approximately 64 inches long by 14 inches wide after blocking. (Size can be easily modified).

GAUGE
25 stitches and 32 ridges equals 4 inches in garter stitch.

NEEDLES
US Size 2.5 (3.0mm) 32 inch circular needles (worked flat)

YARN
ontheround Signature Sock Yarn in Rainbow Tweed – 80% Superwash Merion Wool/20% Nylon, 3.5oz, 410 yds, 3 ply fingering weight yarn

NOTIONS
Stitchmarker, Scissors, Tapestry Needle

Note: The pattern is provided with both written and charted instructions.

Check out ontheround Signature Sock Yarn  here!!!

Download my pattern, Asbury Park, here!!!

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Yarn Review – Silver Spun Sport

Product Name: Silver Spun

Company: Feel Good Yarn Company

Fiber Content: 87% Combed Cotton,  11% Silver, 2% Lycra

Per Skein: Approx 50g, 173 yds (Sport weight)

Gauge: 23-26 stitches/33-36 rows using US Size 3-5 (3.25-4.25) knitting needles

Care: Handwash & Dry Flat

I recently received a skein of Silver Spun yarn from Feel Good Yarn Company.  I noticed two things about this yarn right away – (1) it is not sparkly as one might think based on the name – it does not contain the stellina strand that is added to the sparkly sock yarns that have been so popular recently.  This yarn contains real silver and (2) the yarn is extremely soft – much softer than I would ever expect from cotton yarn.  The overall effect is very lovely and I looked forward to knitting with my skein of Silver Spun yarn

Per Feel Good Yarn Company:  The silver adds thermal, conductive and therapeutic properties to the yarn and inhibits the growth of bacteria (including the kind which cause odor).  Additionally, the silver’s conductivity allows smartphone or tablet touchscreen use while wearing gloves made from the yarn.  Silver Spun is a natural product – no chemical dyes were used in the production of the yarn.  The Silver in the yarn is permanently adhered to the yarn and will not wash out or tarnish if used regularly.  Additionally, (per Feel Good Yarn Company), the yarn has thermal properties which are perfect for those who suffer from diabetes, arthritis or have sensitive skin.

I decided to test out my skein of Silver Spun by knitting a pair of fingerless mitts.  Checking Ravelry, I decided to look at fingerless mitts projects made with Silver Spun sport weight yarn and decided on  Clara Parke’s Foxglove Mitts.  (I already had the e-book, Brave New Knits).  The original pattern seemed kind of small lengthwise. I did follow some of the modifications noted by the other knitter on Ravelry – I lengthened the ribbing and added an extra round of the pattern both before and after the thumb. I have more than enough yarn to knit the pair of mitts as adjusted.  (additional info:  I used US Size 3 needles).

I tested the mitts’ conductivity by trying to use my iphone and I was indeed able to use my phone through the knitted material.  (Not that this is an issue with fingerless mitts but since the manufacturer’s notes listed this as a benefit, I thought it would be good to test that aspect out).  :)

The mitts are very soft and the Lycra makes them very stretchy – much like you would expect from a wool/nylon blend yarn.  I think the sport weight version of this yarn is perfect for mitts or gloves.  In fact, I would love to knit a pair of gloves just for the ability to use with my iphone!

You can check out the available colors of Silver Spun Sport here.  A 50g/173 yard skein is available for $28 and a 14g/50 yard mini skein is available for $12.50.  I think the mini skein would be perfect to add to the tip of gloves so you could wear your gloves and use your smartphone too.  Silver Spun also comes is a sock weight yarn which you can check out here.  An 86g/400 yard skein is available for $42.  Subscribe to the email list to get free shipping on your first order.

Overall, I enjoyed knitting with this cotton blend yarn. I think it would be a perfect alternative yarn for someone who is allergic to wool – it is very soft and stretchy.  I would definitely choose this yarn again to knit mitts or gloves and would love to see how a pair of socks turn out with the sock weight of Silver Spun.

Disclosure: Feel Good Yarn Company sent iknit2purl2 (1) skein of Silver Spun (Sport Weight) Yarn FREE for review. iknit2purl2 was not compensated for the preceding review and all opinions in the above review are those of the blog author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Feel Good Yarn Company.

merry knitmas – part 3

Today, let’s look at some more great gift ideas for your favorite knitter including notions, decorative items and a few yarn clubs. If you’re looking for Christmas gifts, I’d suggest checking shipping times. :) Click on the pics below to get to the various websites.

Sock Blockers are a Favorite to shape socks after knitting!

Small project bags are perfect for knitting socks

Medium sized project bags can hold items such as a scarf or baby sweater

Yarn Bowls are a great way to keep yarn from rolling all over the place

Knitters love stitchmarkers to keep their place at the beginning of a row and to designate certain areas of knitting. Check out these beautiful stitchmarkers:


Lastly, check out these yarn clubs for a really super terrific extra special gift for your favorite knitter!

Merry Knitmas!! 

Holiday Cup Cozies & Giftcard Holders

 Check out my new patterns – just released today on Ravelry:

Holiday Cup Cozies Available for Free on Ravelry!!!47415394-F45F-4DBB-9289-64B1AB1A969E

Holiday Giftcard Holders Also Available for FREE on Ravelry!!!
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Happy Holidays!!! Enjoy!!!

  

merry knitmas giveaway

 How do you get a chance win this awesome yarn and project bag?

I will randomly pick a winner after midnight EST on Thursday December 10, 2015.

Giveaway Details:

  • Participants must be 18 years old or older to enter
  • Participants must live in the US or Canada to enter
  • One (1) Winner will receive:
    1. One (1) skein Lynai fingering weight yarn in Sugarplum Fairy – 75% superwash merino, approx. 25% nylon 100g/3.5oz & 460 yds
    2. One (1) skein Lynai fingering weight yarn in Speckled – 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon approx 100g/3.5oz &460 yds
    3. One (1) The Original NANTUCKET Diddy Bagg – a perfect size project bag with lots of pockets for supplies inside.
  • Entries for the giveaway will be accepted through midnight EST on Thursday December 10, 2015.
    1. Winner must provide an email address to be contacted if he/she wins. Email address will not be used for solicitation purposes. The yarn will be forfeited after 30 days if not claimed.A random number generator will be used to determine who wins. Good Luck! And thank you for reading my blog! Merry Knitmas!

     

    merry knitmas! – part 2

    Still looking for a gift for your favorite knitter?  Earlier in the week, I talked about my favorite “big box” online  yarn stores – you can catch up on that post here!  Today, I’m going to share a few of my favorite indie yarn dyers with y’all!  These small online businesses dye yarn in small batches and create some of the most beautiful yarn that I’ve ever seen!

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    From top left and clockwise:

    Gynx Yarns – shop updates are usually on Tuesdays at 7pm – follow GynxYarns on Instagram to find out more.

    Knitty and Color – to find out updates follow knittyandcolor on Instagram.

    On the Round – Click on New Yarn and Fiber to see what’s new.  Follow  ontheround on Instagram too for more updates.

    Voolenvine Yarns – shop updates are usually on Fridays at 2pm EST.  Find ot more – follow Voolenvine on Instagram.

    All four of these yarn dyers sell a variety of yarn – including fingering/sock yarn, DK yarn and worsted weight yarn.  My favorites are  their sock yarns.  If you check out my Instagram (iknit2purl2), you’ll see that I have a nice variety of yarn from all of these shops.

    If you are looking at yarn in these shops for a holiday gift, be aware that occasionally some of these vendors have pre-orders which generally (in my experience) can take longer to process (2-3 weeks is a general estimate).  So, try to purchase in-stock yarn for an upcoming gift.

    FYI:  On The Round and Voolenvine Yarns offer gift certificates.  KnittyandColor and Gynx Yarns accept Etsy gift certificates.

    Next time, I’ll share some of my favorite knitting supplies (knitting needles, project bags, stitchmarkers, etc.) and where to find them!

    Do you have any favorite indie yarn dyers?  Share here!

    merry knitmas! – part 1

    Looking for some great gift ideas for your favorite knitter?  Online retailers are a great place to look – most of us cannot find nearly the selection locally that we can online.  Today, I am starting a three-part series on my favorite online sources.

    Starting with the obvious, of course – Yarn.  But you’re not at all familiar with that wooly ball of stuff that your knitter always seems to have nearby so where to start?   My best suggestion would be to ask what your knitter is working on.  That could give you an idea of what kind of yarn to buy.  Some suggestions would be to get either (a) about 200 yds of worsted weight yarn – usually 1 or 2 skeins – so that your knitter can knit a hat or a pair of mittens or (b) about 400-450 yds of fingering/sock weight yarn for, well, a pair of socks. Can’t make up your mind? – All of the stores listed below also offer gift certificates.  Here’s my go to list of online yarn stores:

    Eat Sleep Knit – Once you get to the homepage – click on “Shop for Yarn” which will take you to shop for yarn by weight.  I love this yarn store for the great variety of yarn and needles.  They also have a great frequent shoppers club which earns store credit and cute knitting prizes. I’m also slightly biased because the store is located in Smyrna, Georgia which means my orders get delivered by USPS very quickly.

    The Loopy EweOnce you are on the homepage – scroll over to yarn – you can shop for yarn by weight at this point.  Again, a fabulous selection of yarn and supplies and even though this store is located in far-away from me in Colorado, orders get shipped very quickly via USPS.  They too have a frequent shoppers club which earns store credit and prizes.

    Álafoss Wool Store – Want to really impress your knitter with your yarn-y knowledge?  Check out Álafoss Wool Store (located in Iceland) for a great selection of Icelandic Wool. Click on “Icelandic Yarn” to find  Léttlopi /Lite Lopi (a worsted weight yarn that I have used (and loved) on several occasions).  Buy enough for a scarf too – the average scarf uses  around 500 yards of yarn per Ravelry – everyone’s favorite online knitting community.  Orders ship and are delivered very quickly.   Super plus- use the coupon code iknit2purl2 by December 31, 2015 to get 15% off your first online order.

    Jimmy Beans Woolanother favorite yarn store.  Click on yarn and on the bottom of the page, select yarn weight.  A great selection of yarn and supplies and quick shipping.  Also, purchases qualify for quarterly store credit.

    Knitpicksanother great online yarn store with a huge selection – click on “yarn + fiber” to find worsted weight and fingering weight yarn. A great selection of supplies too!

    Next time, a list of my favorite indie yarn dyers!