I know it seems super late for a Meet the Sponsors post, but it feels like a lot of us are sort of scrambling this September, and I just got all the artwork for the sponsors last week! So- considering that it’s for-real fall, let’s take a look at this month’s awesome sponsors, some of which might be new to you:
Name: Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe
What She is All About: Alicia makes luxurious all-natural lotion bars and lip balms using skin-loving ingredients like lanolin, cocoa butter, almond oil, and vitamin E and mango butter. If you haven’t tried a lotion bar before you are missing out! it’s non-greasy and great for air travel (none of this liquid limit problem on planes, where the air is super drying).
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Pumpkin Spice lotion bar is just right for fall- if you love pumpkin spice lattes, then this is the absolutely perfect lotion bar for you! I adore these sheep soaps, and this lemon cake fragrance is amazing- I have a lemon cake lotion bar and the scent is so fantastic. You all know how much I love Alicia’s lip balms (I have one everywhere- every purse, knitting bags, everywhere!) and this winter clementine is next on my must-try list.
Name: Bijou Basin Ranch
What They Are All About: Carl and Eileen have a family-run Yak ranch in Colorado. They sell amazing yak fiber and yarns that are both 100% yak and blended with other fibers (like bamboo or merino) to give the yarn strength and variety. And if you haven’t tried yak fiber before, you are missing out- it’s very soft, and very good for those that have wool allergies. And if you want free shipping (who doesn’t want free shipping?!) Use the coupon code “KNITBLISS” at checkout!
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: I love the red and berry tones of the ‘Sigfried’ colourway in this Lhasa Wilderness Yak/Bamboo blend (fingering weight). No doubt one of the best things about having a fiber farm is to have access to the completely natural colours of animal fiber produced, and I love the rich dark brown of this undyed yak and como blend. And they have so many great kits- I really like this Celtic Forest Pullover kit, with the tree motif around the yoke- looks perfect for fall!
Name: Cold Springs Creations
What She is All About: Megan hand dyes gorgeous tonals and variegated yarns in a variety of fingering weight bases, as well as laceweight and DK. Lots of fresh, original colour combinations to be found in her shop, with some brights and some dark and mysterious.
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: This month I’m focusing on her sock yarns, because it’s totally getting into sock season! This beautiful hand dyed merino sock yarn in the ‘Mulberry’ colourway features lots of deep emeralds and plums, with some dark teals all against a dark grey. In the center we have the lovely ‘Acorn’ colourway, which is so perfect for fall. I can see this making an awesome scarf or cowl that would be a natural fit for this time of year. And if you are looking for some brighter blues and turquoises, then the ‘Nebula’ colourway is just right for you.
Name: Knit Play Colour, by Louise Zass-Bangham
What She is All About: Louise has created a really inspiring collection (both as an e-book and printed book) of ten accessory patterns, all of which include a variety of techniques or ideas to alter them and make them entirely your own. If you have always wanted to try modifying knitting patterns but didn’t quite know where to start, this is the collection for you. The official launch is September 29th!
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: Yarn Tamer is the perfect cowl pattern for that crazy multicoloured skein of yarn you bought, but have no idea what to do with. The pattern includes info for a whole range of yarn gauges and cowl lengths, too. Colour Trail is a stunning crescent shawl which can be knit in any weight from laceweight to worsted; and Umbra has all sorts of deep and cozy cables to keep you warm- knit it up in bulky or DK. The DK version is a perfect 1-skein project, too!
Name: Lyudmyla Knit Designs
What She is All About: Lyudmyla designs lots of cozy knits with lots of texture for little ones, like hats and cowls and blankets; but her size range is very inclusive- almost all her accessories are sized for baby, toddler, children, and adults. Oh, and she has a coupon code for Buy 1 pattern, get one free- code: Buy1Get1Free .
A Few of My Favourite Things, from Left to Right: The Laura Cowl has loads of lovely garter stitch, and a great asymmetrical design that is high on style, with sizes from baby through to adult. And how precious are these Baby Oak Mitts? I totally want to knit these for my soon to be winter baby. And I love the branches and grapes design of this Napa Valley Girl hat, with sizes from baby through to adult.
Those are my picks from this month’s amazing sponsors! Did you see anything new that now you totally need to get?