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Skeino Moon Shawl Kit

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Disclaimer: This product was sent to me to review by Stitchcraft Marketing and Skeino. The opinions in this post and blog are entirely mine, and I was not otherwise paid, compensated, contracted, or obligated to review this product.

In the beginning of this year, Skeino sent me this beautiful Moon Shawl Kit to review. I picked the White-Silver colorway, and I was really excited to show it off, so I did a mini Show and Tell here: Giant Squoosh Yarn from Skeino.

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SKEINO MOON SHAWL KIT

Yarn: Moon Yarn I-cord construction (68% Featherlight Baby Alpaca/10% Fine Merino/22% Nylon)
Bulky weight, 120 yds/skein

Pattern: Moon Shawl (Free Pattern)

The pattern calls for 600 yds (9 oz/258g) of the yarn, and US Size 11 knitting needles. Because my garter stitch gauge tends to be a little loose, I used US Size 10 needles instead. The pattern is available for free, and it's really easy--simply decreasing on one side, increasing on the other to keep the same stitch count, just switching yarn colors for the gradient effect. It's truly a potato-chip knitting project, you just keep knitting and knitting on autopilot.

The yarn is very lightweight, but warm and soft. You can see in the picture how it looks like single-ply yarn, and it's as lofty as well, but it's surprisingly resilient. I'm embarrassed to say that I had to rip out few times because my "Mommy Brain" couldn't keep the right row counts, but the yarn held up great! I have used single-ply yarn enough times to know that if I did the same to those, the yarn would've fallen apart after once or twice of ripping.

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I have a few more rows to completely finish the shawl, but it has been a pleasure to work on this project and I can't wait to finish and wear during the June Gloom season here in Southern California. 

 

 

The giant squoosh yarn from Skeino

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A couple of weeks ago, I received a beautiful package from Skeino, with their Moon Shawl pattern, to play with and review. 

I haven't cast on yet and will review once I'm done, but I had to take many many pictures of this beautiful packaging before I unskein and ball it up. The yarn is 68% Featherlight Baby Alpaca, 10% Fine Merino and 22% Nylon blend. I am a huge fan of alpaca yarns (In fact, my very first self published pattern was done in an alpaca blend yarn), and this one does not disappoint. I can't wait to cast on. 

Review & GIVEAWAY: Spud & Chloe Stripey Fine Socks

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Clockwise beginning at the top: Blueberry Cheesecake, Tootie Fruitie, Grape Freeze, Cherry Sundae, Neopolitan, Orange Crush, and Mint Chip in the center.

Clockwise beginning at the top: Blueberry Cheesecake, Tootie Fruitie, Grape Freeze, Cherry Sundae, Neopolitan, Orange Crush, and Mint Chip in the center.

On Monday, I featured a picture of my WIP, Popsicle Socks in this Spud & Chloe Stripey Fine yarn ("Cherry Sundae" colorway). The socks are coming along nicely and they're very easy, straightforward socks. If you've never knitted socks before, or just want a solid simple sock pattern, be sure to check out this pattern developed for Spud & Chloe Fine yarn by Susan B. Anderson. If you're reading this, you can get 50% off this pattern on Ravelry! Use the DISCOUNT CODE: Stripey.

And now the review, and your chance to WIN FREE YARN!

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Background

Spud & Chloe just launched this new line of yarn in January this year, and kindly sent me some samples to play with. They come in 7 new colorways, in the same base as the Spud & Chloe Fine yarn: 80% superwash wool, 20% silk. Due to its silk content, the yarn has slight sheen to it, and it's heavy fingering weight, perfect for not just socks, but shawls, baby knits, and other accessories. 

Each skein is 50 gram skeins, approximately 191 yards/175 m per skein. 

The colors are variegated, and actually come from the solid-colored Fine palette! You can definitely do some interesting colorwork by mixing and matching the two. For instance, this Cherry Sundae colorway contains Lipstick (#7810), Popcorn (#7800), Tickled Pink (#7826), Red Hot (#7815), and Sassafras (#7808). 

You can also check out their first pattern specifically developed for this yarn, Stripey Wristlets. The sample of this pattern was also knitted in Cherry Sundae colorway. 


Testing

So I decided to knit a pair of socks with this sample yarn. I am currently a little bit obsessed with plain Stockinette st socks. So the Popsicle Sock was perfect to test this yarn. 

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I am almost done with the first sock and so far I love it. It's a bit different from other wool/silk blend sock yarn I've tried. It feels a little more sturdy and "fat." I used Size 0 (2.0mm) needles with this sock pattern because I tend to have looser tension, but I think Size 1 (2.25mm) would've worked well too. I started trying it on as I was knitting and already love how soft but durable it feels on my foot.

Giveaway Contest!!

Also, the good news for you is, that Spud & Chloe sent enough yarns for me to give away THREE!!!! skeins!!! They will be more than enough for a pair of socks with long legs (I've made mine 7.5" long before turning the heel, and I'll need to start the second skein before working the toe).

 

To win these gorgeous yarns,

1) Leave a comment on this post, with an answer to this question: what would you make with this yarn?? 

2) Make sure you leave your email address and/or Ravelry ID so that I can contact you somehow.

The comments will be numbered and the winner will be chosen randomly. You can enter this giveaway contest until 11:59 PST on Thursday, MARCH 5, 2015.  And then I'll announce the winner on Friday!

 

 

Product Name: Stripey Fine 
Category: Yarn (Sock/Fingering)
Manufacturer: Spud & Chloe
Washing and Drying Instructions: Wash gently in cool water with mild soap. Tumble dry low until damp, block to shape. 
 

 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me to review by Stitchcraft Marketing and Spud & Chloe. The opinions in this post and blog are entirely mine, and I was not otherwise paid, compensated, contracted, or obligated to review this product.