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WIPs & FOs: ...and Spud & Chloe DISCOUNT CODE! (..Giveaway?)

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I have a quite of bit of things to show you, since I took a week off last week. I have some things I made for Logan, and a thing I made for myself, and at the end of the post, there's a DISCOUNT CODE for a Spud & Chloe pattern!

Last week's FO projects first!

Last few weeks have been extremely hot in Southern California. 85+ degrees almost everyday! So naturally, I just couldn't bring myself to even touch the other projects that I was working on in thick wool, especially sweater projects that are half done so that they would cover my lap. 

So I picked up this wool blend yarn called Vincent Rich 8-ply, from KnitLove. KnitLove is the company I met at TNNA a couple of years ago, and they graciously gave me some samples to try. 

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The yarn has 95% wool and 5% acrylic, and because it's mostly wool, it doesn't feel cheap or plastic-y at all. The 5% acrylic does make the yarn a little more splitty, but in Stockinette st it just worked out fine.

The pattern is Striped Boatneck Sweater, from What to Knit When You're Expecting. I omitted the sleeves part so that Logan can wear it over his shirt without getting too warm. 

 

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Again, in warm weather, I like to work on small projects that I can finish knitting in a couple of days. 

I improvised on this one. I used Berroco Comfort DK I had, and made a really cute bow for the finishing touch! I was able to cast on and finish in a few days. I'm going to have to wait until the weather cools down a little bit to wear it, but I really like this impromptu project. 

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This one is another one for Logan. I just knitted a regular yoke cardigan in the round, but added random scraps of yarn for the top portion. I made the sleeves a little longer so that Logan can wear it for a long time. I have NO IDEA how big/small babies are so I'm just hoping that these all fit him well. :)

The buttons are of course, from my haul last year. These are Vince buttons, probably from their factory in LA. They look so mature, and match perfectly with the tweed yarn I used for the MC.

The tweed yarn is Tahki Yarns Sedona in "Burgundy" colorway, and I used some leftover worsted weight wool from other projects.

Now onto the WIP project!

This one is currently on my needles - it's Popsicle Socks, by Susan B. Anderson. They were originally designed for Spud & Chloe Fine yarn, but recently Spud & Chloe came out with new line of yarn, Stripey Fine. It's in the same base, 80% Superwash Wool and 20% Silk, but dyed in variegated shades. The one I'm working with is Cherry Sundae! It's cheerful and sweet. 

The Stripey Fine's each colorway is comprised of colors from the solid-colored Fine palette! This means, you can mix-and-match Fine and Stripey Fine for stripes and colorwork for more interesting effects. GENIUS.

DISCOUNT CODE &... and a GIVEAWAY:

From today until March 7, 2015, you can use this DISCOUNT CODE: Stripey to get 50% off the Popsicle Socks pattern (the code only works on Ravelry)! I'm also going to be giving away 3 skeins of this Stripey Fine yarn so that you can make your own Popsicle Socks! Stay tuned for the review and the giveaway contest this Friday!

Other Obsessions: Spinning Panda roving and finished BFL

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Panda roving handdyed by me in really yellow color. I want to call it "Sunshine."

Panda roving handdyed by me in really yellow color. I want to call it "Sunshine."

My spinning wheel has been a little bit neglected in the past 2 weeks. So I spent some quality time with my Ladybug this morning. 

I handdyed this roving few weeks ago. It's SW Merino/Bamboo/Nylon blend and I'm going to 3 ply it for some nice sock yarn.

Handdyed 60% SW Merino/30% Bamboo/10% Nylon blend.

Handdyed 60% SW Merino/30% Bamboo/10% Nylon blend.

I think the undyed roving was from Ashland Bay and I got it from Paradise Fiber. It was a while ago so I am not 100% sure but I used to buy a lot of undyed roving so I can practice dyeing and spinning... I still have some leftover so I think I'm going to be dyeing a little more in the next few weeks.

And I finally skeined the Superwash BFL from Squoosh Fiberarts. This was Squoosh Fiberarts' 2025 colorway. It's part red, part brown, part light blue... basically really wonderful. It was really soft, and I just spun it straight from the roving without dividing it or anything, and navajo-plied it. It came out a little thicker than true fingering weight yarn so I think this will be a really great sport-weight socks if I knit it on Sz 1 or 1.5 needles. 

Review: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock

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I almost didn't want to write this post. 

Because.

I don't want to share or fight over this gorgeous yarn with anyone else. :D

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock in "OOAK Sea Slug" colorway, exclusive colorway.

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock in "OOAK Sea Slug" colorway, exclusive colorway.

Name: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity Glitter Sock in "Sea Slug" Exclusive Colorway for A Good Yarn Sarasota

Fiber Contents: 80% SW Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% sparkling nylon

Yardage: 400 yds/100g

Recommended Needle Size: US 1~3

Washing Instructions: Hand/machine wash & air dry

This colorway, "Sea Slug" and other exclusive colorways in the Purl Diver Collection was inspired by A Good Yarn Sarasota's shopowner's husband's underwater photography.

Sea Slug colorway is a variegated yarn, with a little bit of deep red wine color, earthy browns, and different shades of burgundy, and the sparkling nylon is embedded all over, making this yarn specially pretty and festive.

Did you hear that the Color of the Year in 2015 is going to be Marsala, a red-brown fortified wine color? This Sea Slug colorway is right there in the Marsala range, only prettier, because it's a yarn and more saturated and has sparkling nylon all over. 

To test the yarn, I decided to make another version of my Lady Sybil socks, except with longer legs and with short-row heels.

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This 3-ply (4-ply if you count the Sparkling Nylon) yarn has just enough twist for excellent stitch definition, as you can see here in the Lady Sybil's lace pattern. And even though the color changes occur frequently enough to be variegated, the colors work so harmoniously that it almost works like a semi-solid colorway. 

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The sparkling nylon, or Stellina fiber yarn, is all the rage this year and with cashmere and merino contents, Serenity Glitter sock yarn is just perfect for that soft, luxurious sock project. In the skein, you really can't feel the full potential of this yarn. Once I finished the first sock, I tried it on and felt like my foot was wrapped in clouds.

I am seriously in love with the glitter and all the deep rich red colors in this yarn. Can't wait to finish the project! 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me to review by Stitchcraft Marketing and A Good Yarn Sarasota, an LYS located in Florida. The opinions in this post and blog are entirely mine, and I was not otherwise paid, compensated, contracted, or obligated to review this product.