Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I'm An Offical Yarn Tester! - Part 2

I took to knitting with Dancing Dog Dyeworks "Big Dog" bulky yarn right away! I decided to use size 8 double pointed needles (I always use DPNs for my monsters, instead of the Magic Loop) to give me a nice tight knit. Right from the start I was loving how soft and squishy the yarn was! As I cast on my Petunia the Patio Monster, I noticed that even though the yarn was 100% non-washable wool, it was surprisingly easy on my hands. As I kept working, my stitches stayed nice and even, and had enough stretch to make K2togs easy to do, but enough strength that my pieces kept a great shape.

I was able to knit up my Petunia in just two days, and out of the 200 yards I was given she used only 136. A true test of the yarn comes with the stuffing of the monster. I stuffed the monster generously with polyfil and made sure that it wasn't lumpy and the yarn held up great! There was some stretch, which is to be expected, but it stayed tight enough that none of the stuffing showed through.

And of course, the real highlight of the yarn was the color! All of the different shades of green worked so beautifully together, and made for one fantastic looking monster! Michelle has an eye for color which makes any weight of Dancing Dog Dyeworks yarn really stand out from other indie dyers. I am truly honored to have my "name" as a colorway.

Monday, March 28, 2011

I'm An Official Yarn Tester! - Part 1

I was privileged enough to be asked by Michelle (aka woolylove on Ravelry) who is the owner of the indie yarn dying company Dancing Dog Dyeworks to be the official yarn tester for her new line of bulky yarn called Big Dog!  Michelle was even awesome enough to let me pick out and color(s) that I wanted it to be! I replied instantly with LIME! I've had the hardest time finding a true bright lime.

I can't even begin to express the excitement I had when she told me it had been sent and would be arriving in a couple days. But nothing could compare to the excitement I had when I opened up my package this afternoon and saw this!

It's gorgeous!!! I couldn't love the color more if I wanted to! The colorway was even named after me- "Retro Lemon's Lime"! The deal was- I woud be sent 200 yards of whatever color bulky yarn I wanted to make whatever Danger Craft monster I wanted to, in exchange that I give a full report, good or bad, of what I thought about the yarn along with how it knits up and include a photo shoot of the monster.

I immediately got the yarn on the yarn swift and wound it up, and cast on Petunia the Patio Monster from Rebecca Danger's Big Book of Monsters. The yarn so far is so soft and squishy, and I can't wait to see it all knitted up, stuffed, and assembled- which will be Part 2 ;o)

Monday, March 21, 2011

I'm A Winner!

I am one of those people who never win anything. So, when Martingale & Company announced it was having a contest to win a monster handmade by Rebecca Danger herself I never thought I'd be one of the winners. But, I thought what the heck I'll give it a try. The contest announcement was made Feb 3 and all monsters must be submitted my March 14th. Each monster needed a name and a description of what your monster like to do and where it liked to hang out.

As in a previous post I have become a bit obsessed with these cute knitted monsters, and I ended up making 17 monsters out of the book and entering them. I had more fun then I can even describe making them and giving them their own personalities. I tried to work just from my stash, but some monsters just begged to be certain colors, so a few yarn orders needed to be placed. I tried to come up with original ideas for all of their personalities and tried to use lots of props for their photos shoots.

I was on pins and needles waiting for them to announce the winners. I assumed they got a lot of last minute entries, but when March 15th came and went and no words of the winners yet, I was a bit nervous. So while I was just finishing up my lunch on the 16th of March I got the email saying I was a winner! When I got the email I was a bit in shock, but I was also elated!!

Next came the waiting. In my congratulatory email from Martingale & Company it said my monster would be shipped out that week. I was wondering would it be the end of the week? Would the ship it priority or first class? AND, which monster was I getting?? There were 5 monsters, actual ones from the book, that Rebecca donated to the contest and they were all different monsters and different sizes. I was not told which one I was getting and I thought it would be rude to ask, because after all, it didn't matter. I was going to love whatever monster was sent my way!

Saturday March 19th it arrived! The mail even came a tad early and I couldn't get the box opened fast enough! And to my delight when I opened the box Bea the Basement Monster was staring back at me! I was so excited to see her in all of her pink cuteness!

I couldn't believe I had in my hands a monster knitted by the monster queen herself! So of course I had to take pics, and I even made sure I sent thank you emails to Martingale & Company and Rebeccca Danger a long with a photo of Bea and her new monster family. This was a great experience and I feel honored to have been chosen a winner.