KNITCRATE : February - Petrichor
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In the last five to eight years, I learned the word petrichor and it became in instant favorite. It is defined as "a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather." Everyone knows this experience and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't smile at the thought of it. For their February theme, KnitCrate has gone with this word. The yarns members receive this month are deeply saturated blues and greens on Knitologie's new base Glowing Worsted which consists of a luxurious 40% merino, 30% silk and 30% alpaca. Each original KnitCrate membership kit includes two skeins of one of three colors: Mist, Raindrops, and, the one I received, the deep emerald Verdant (which sings to this May born gal!)

The kit also includes two cowl patterns--one knit and one crochet. Although we've had some teasing days, Spring is still a little ways away for those of us in the North East, so a cowl is still an accessory to grab when heading out the door.

In addition, you also receive exclusive coupon codes and discount offers. 

You can get your hands on this yarn by signing up here. The original KnitCrate membership is valued at $63 but you only pay $24.95. This includes everything I mentioned above AND worldwide shipping. You pay month to month and can cancel or switch your membership (they offer other fun crate subscriptions as well!) at any time. Be sure to use the code BUCK20 to receive 20% off your first month. 

KnitCrate has posted a blog entry addressing a concern some members have had with their February yarns bleeding here. It's not uncommon with such deep, heavily saturated colors of indie dyed yarn. When it comes to indigo, they use the term "crocking." It's basically excess dye that didn't affix to the fiber. This post does an awesome job of addressing the issue and how to deal with it.

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PODCAST : Ep 18 : Sock Designs for Days
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I chat about sock fever, getting worn out by marathon spinning and some great new yarn and fiber acquisitions.

 

Sign up for Knit Crate and get yarn like I show off in this podcast here. Use code BUCK20 to enjoy 20% off your first month!

*This post contains affiliate links. Please read more about what that means in my "About" page.

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Vogue Knitting : The Ultimate Knitting Book Review
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Out now from the editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine Vogue Knitting : The Ultimate Knitting Book. This book is a must-have for every knitter. First released 29 years ago, this is the third edition that is completely revised and updated for this generation of knitters. Features 70+ pages and over 1,600 new photos and illustrations and additional content throughout the book. I highly recommend adding this practical (and beautiful) to your knitting library!

Check out the video above for my review and a sneak peek inside the pages.

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Knit Crate : January Crate
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It's KnitCrate time!

For those of you who follow this blog or my Instagram account, you’ve no doubt heard me talking about KnitCrate. But if you’re new here and you've never heard of KnitCrate, they are a monthly yarn club. Members subscribe month to month and can cancel at any time. They offer many different crates, including the original KnitCrate, Artisan, Sock, Knitologie Sock and Knitologie Minis. You can find out more about the specifics of each crate here

KnitCrate's theme for their January crates is "Nature Study." When I spotted the sneak peeks on Instagram, I got pretty giddy. All the yarn colorways and patterns draw inspiration from nature. 

I received the original KnitCrate membership crate this month which features a kit that comprises of two skeins of their in-house premium yarn and a knit pattern and a crochet pattern. The overall value, including worldwide shipping, for all of these items, is $63, but if you are a subscriber, this crate is only $24.99. (That's more than 50% off for those of you who haven't yet had your coffee today!) So, as you can see, it pays to subscribe! 

Afraid of commitment? No problem! Membership is month to month and you can cancel anytime.

You can also get an additional savings of 20% off your first month by using code BUCK20 when checking out. So sign up now!

 

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REVIEW + GIVEAWAY : Dutch Label Shop
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Dutch Label Shop is a label production company based in Philadelphia that offers small (or large!) quantity custom labels for brands. They feature custom logo and basic woven labels, care and sizing labels, hang tags and more. Recently, they offered me a voucher to use in their shop so I could order and review some products. I was impressed with the production timing, quality, communication, and value. You can hear more about my experience and the products I received in the video above. 

I also ordered a set of 25 basic woven labels to giveaway to one lucky winner. They have an iron-on backing while the front is a gray background with white lettering stating "Handmade with love" and a sweet ball of yarn. They are perfect to iron-on to sewn projects or sew on to knit items and add the ideal touch to handmade gifts. To enter for a chance to win these 25 labels, simply comment below on what handmade creation you'll use your first label on! Winner will be drawn randomly on Friday, January 26th in the evening US Eastern time. 

This giveaway is now closed and the winner is Jackie!

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