6.03.2013

giveaway #112

The two winners of the Toil & Trouble giveaway are:

Kate A. & Tia

Congratulations! Please contact me at yarnonthehouse@gmail.com to collect your prizes.


Summer is fast approaching and all the bright colors of not only the flowers, but peoples' wardrobes are starting to pop up everywhere. I love lively colors! Now don't get me wrong, neutrals and especially tones in the gray scale are definitely my thing, but eye catching colors that shine do make me happy after our season of wet and dreary here in the PNW. Our guest and lovely sponsor today is an indie hand dyer with just the right touch to create those happy colors. Meet Sunrise Fiber Co.! Wren, is the sweet lady behind this brand and doesn't she dye up the happiest colors ever?! I'm not sure whether I want to reach through the computer screen and lick them, knit them, or just plain hug them! This would be the point in my blog post where I would point you to some of my favorites, but I honestly can't pick. I'm loving the variegated as much as the semi solids! Just go check out the whole shop and all 12 pages of skeins and you'll understand what I'm talking about. I had the opportunity to do a written interview with Wren for you. Enjoy!


wren


1. Please start by telling us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

My name is Wren and I own Sunrise Fiber Co- a hand dyed indie yarn business. I'm a full-time creative entrepreneur, a maker, a wife, and a new momma. Right now I work and live just outside of Denver, Colorado. I love lots of color, knitting, traveling, baking, and great books.

2. Your hand dyed yarns are bright and beautiful! Can you talk a little bit about what inspires you?

Thank you! My inspiration comes from the beautiful world around us- everything from a dragonfly I saw on a hike, to a cupcake I baked in my kitchen, to a street I walked on in another country. I notice color everywhere and take inspiration from that.

3. Do you have a favorite colorway or yarn that you offer?

My favorite colorway right now is Lipgloss. It's an awesome bright pink that makes me happy. My favorite yarn base to knit with is Vintage DK- it has amazing stitch definition and is great for quickly knitting up sweaters and baby stuff.

4. For budding new yarnies out there, what's the one piece of advice you have?

If you want to try hand dyeing I recommend starting with a semisolid on the stove (kettle-dying). Hand painting is fun, but it's hard to keep things from getting muddy. Also, make sure you're using a dye that's made for the type of yarn you have, don't forget the Citric Acid, and don't let the water get too hot. Oh, and write down what you do so that you can do it again if you want to!

5. What will be next for you? Do you have yarns or colorways in the works that you can share with us?

Right now I'm working on bringing in a new high-twist MCN sock yarn in regular and shawl-length skeins, and plan to offer a Superwash Merino bulky weight starting in the fall. I'd love to expand my line of semisolid colorways this summer. I'm also busy working on a website that will eventually replace my Etsy shop, and expanding into more local yarn stores around the country (my yarns will be available this summer at Happy Knits in Portland).

6. I always like to ask, why do you knit?

Because it keeps me sane! I'm naturally an introverted person and taking the time to knit every day helps me recenter and relax. Plus I think it's awesome to make a beautiful item out of simple materials.

7. When did you learn to knit and who taught you?

I learned about 6 years ago from an ex-boyfriend's mom. She taught me to knit and purl and I've taught myself everything else since then, mostly through YouTube videos and just slowly pushing outside my comfort level.

8. If you were to knit and live anywhere in the world, where would you knit and live?

Ooh that's hard! There are many places I'd love to travel to and knit, but I'd really love to knit and live in western Oregon (where I'm from) or the Pacific Northwest. Sitting in the sand and knitting while I watch the ocean sounds pretty good right now.

9. What's been your worst knitting or in your case it could be a yarn dyeing disaster?

Luckily I can turn most dyeing disasters into something good. I've come up with some pretty great colorways by accidentally adding the wrong color or too much of something. The main disasters happen when the yarn comes out of the pot in a giant knotted mess that can't be unwound. That happens more often than I like.

10. And last but not least, if you were enjoying a favorite drink while reading my blog, what would it be?

Either a cold glass of champagne after I've put the baby to bed, or a big mug of coffee with soy creamer in the morning.


Wren is offering one grand prize winner a chance to win a beautiful, big skein of a brand new MCN yarn that she will be debuting in her shop in the next couple of weeks. It has yet to be named. It's a high twist MCN in a shawl length (80/10/10 SW Merino/Cashmere/Nylon, 600yards/150grams). The colorway is called Aquamarine. It's a brand new colorway that she just designed for the Tropical Shawl K/CAL. It won't be available to the general public until the end of August. That means this giveaway is the only way to get this colorway if you are not participating in the K/CAL already!


aquamarine


aquamarine2


I would like you to do the following if you would like to be entered into this week's giveaway:


1. Read over the rules if you have not done so already.

2. Leave a comment on this blog post by the end of Sunday, 6/16/13. I thought it would be fun for everyone to offer suggestions for what Wren could name her new MCN yarn base (the actual yarn, not the colorway). Check out her shop or Ravelry yarn page for ideas.


I'll randomly pick the winners in 2 weeks and post the results along with the new giveaway, so be sure to check back. Good luck everyone.

Sincerely,

Ve

134 comments:

Kate Black said...

Oooh first comment - no pressure! Okay, so it's got nylon, so definitely "Sock". Cushy Sock? Or a spinoff of Plush Aran, Plush Sock, since they have the same fiber make up. Or for the 150g skeins - Mega Sock! Muhahahah!

TopHat said...

Sock of Awesome.

MJ said...

I'm with Kate on "sock"-- maybe Sumptuous Sock? Luscious Sock? Sockalicious?

I'm beginning to want to eat this yarn.

Michelle said...

Since she has a Lustre Sock, I think this should be Lot-a-Luscious Sock!

amchart said...

Just beautiful. Swivel Sock

Sheila said...

I like Kate's idea of Plush Sock to match the similar Plush Aran. I'm no good at original names, so I turned to the thesaurus for synonyms of plush. One I like is Sumptuous Sock - I'm a bit of a sucker for alliteration.

Victoria Williams said...

I like Abaco Blue. The color reminds me on the color of the water in Abaco, Bahamas.

florapie said...

I love the idea of shawl-sized skeins! So I'm going to go with Squishy Sock, which can also be Squishy Shawl in the larger skeins.

beth jillette said...

Beautiful yarn love the color have a dear friend name Marina. I think that would be a great name

Rachelle said...

Sublime sock

Dee said...

She could always call it Luxe Sock.

Amanda Larson said...

I see some familiar faces have already been by because we needs all the SFC yarn! I like Plush Sock, Squishy Sock, and Luxe Sock, but I'm going to offer up Wonderland Sock as a play off the luxurious Neverland Sock! Especially since it comes in small and large (sort like an eat me, drink me, pick your poison quantity!).

angelpai said...

sounds so yummy!

what about 'smooshy sock'

Melody said...

Knock Your Socks Off.

Monita said...

Ooh...this yarn looks delicious! What about Sock Deluxe?

vmarty said...

Lovely yarn and colourway! What about "smooth sock"?

Ely said...

I would like to snuggle into this yarn, so I suggest Snuggle Sock.

Suzanne said...

How about Sock Suave?

On another note, I don't think I have ever seen an indie dyer with that many pages of color and yarn weight options. The shop is truly amazing!

jennybookworm said...

hmmm... maybe Spring Sock or Twist Sock or ...

Fabiknits said...

What a gorgeous color! As for the name... This yarn makes me think of Walking on a Cloud or something like that... :)

Tracey said...

Love this color! Its like the Tiffany blue! I would call it Forever sock...
Thanks for the chance to win!

Chelsea W said...

Hmm, Hunk O' Heaven Sock? Thanks for the chance :-)

Hishandmaid said...

"Opulent", it's a word synonymous with luxurious and splendid

a1dawen said...

Squishy Sock Yarn

KnittingViolets said...

Reminds me of the color of the water in the Caribbean, so I would call it "Antigua".

Olivia said...

Could always call if fluffy sock...and then we'd all have reason to scream "IT'S SO FLUFFY!" every time we see it. :)

Kristen said...

Foxy Socks makes me giggle - probably because I have a toddler who's obsessed with the book Fox in Socks right now. ;)

Robin said...

Brillant Sock
Indulgence sock or even Indulgent Sock
A Richness of Sock

Marilyn a.k.a. Merry said...

Are we naming the range of yarn (I like all the sock suggestions) or the colorway? I'd vote for something like Carribean Lagoon for the color. No ideas on the line.
wahoomerryf on Rav

Debbie said...

"Snuggle" shawl/sock. LOVE this colorway and I can hear it calling my name!


Debbie4 on Rav

Adrienne said...

I'm going to go for Posh Sock. Cashmere makes it extra fancy. :)

Cynthia said...

Skooshy Tootsie

That MCN combo is soooo soft...


Cynthia

vbirschbach said...

Kate nailed it, Plush Sock is my top pick of those names so far! It would be nice to indicate the size of the skeins in the name somehow...hmmmm...If you are going to do normal sized skeins of the same base I'd say Plush Sock, and for the larger skeins Plush Shawl Fingering.

Wylie Kay Rundell said...

I love SFC. Her yarn is gorgeous! I would knit absolutely anything out of her stuff. Thanks for posting the giveaway. Squooshy Sock!

Smaet said...

I would call it Socksational.

Tammy said...

tropical wave

Liesef said...

I would call it Luscious Sock-I am winding a skein of Classic Sock now in Wild Strawberry-Love it

Rachel @ The Philosophers Wife said...

LOVE it! It really reminds me of the blue waters of the Caribbean--so I'm thinking "Sock of Caribbean". :-)

Sabrina said...

I'm thinking Scrumptious Sock. It sure looks nice and squishy!

lbhill said...

Squishy Sock!

katherinelynn_04 said...

I don't think it should be called 'Smooshy' as that name already exists in a major yarn brand in a fingering weight. You want something that is easily recognizable as your own. Maybe a play on the fact that it is high-twist? Let's Twist Again Luxe Sock.

Lindr said...

Abundance Sock - there is an abundance of length, softness, squishiness, color - just an abundance of everything!

Liz said...

Given the great yardage, how about Knee Sock?

Anonymous said...

Softee Sock


Fracksmom

Drae said...

Love that the etsy shop is done by color! Have to say I'm partial to all the blues especially Saphire. I love the name Wren so couldn't you do a play on that? The only thing popping to mind is that you wanted to knit in western OR, which is similar to wester WA where there is a town Renton - you could use Wrenton, although it does sound a little harsh for what is probably a very soft yarn.

Linda said...

Heavenly sock

lmecoll on Ravelry

Ay Oz said...

Twisted sock yarn :) she has lovely yarn!

Desiree said...

Simply sock!

Thanks for the give-a-way!

Side note, the colorway dragonfly on her blog is soooo yummy!!!!!!!!!!!

twistedsistah said...

Love that color!

Bohoknitterchic said...

Yummy! I'm so excited to try this yarn base!

How about Splendor Sock?

sillylittlelady said...

"Scrumptious Sock" or "Sock Luxe" - how do those sound? Very pretty colors, so glad to have been introduced to this company!

Debbie said...

Cushy Sock or I Love my Sock Yarn!
Thanks!

TracyC611 said...

Lovely ran. How about Lota Sock


TracyC611

heatherC said...

Since we all seem to be in love with it Ill call it Smitten Sock and Super Smitten Sock - super for the larger skein!

Boston Knitter said...

What beautiful colors! For the massive skeins, I'd go with Monster Sock, because whoa mama, that is a LOT of delicious yarn. Or maybe Gluttony Sock, because it is so tasty and I would totally gorge myself on it!

LindsayJoy said...

This color is awesome!

I love knitting with MCN because its so luxurious. So. I'd call it LUXE and GRANDE LUXE for the large skein. And if she ever gets other weights in MCN, she could specify luxe fingering, luxe worsted, luxe dk, luxe sport, etc.

Really, I love the color!

Danielle H. said...

This lovely color makes me think of that torquoise water around an exotic island. I'm thinking "Cancun". :)

lemonade sandwich said...

If in doubt, I always name inanimate objects "George."

OK, maybe not the best idea... But it looks so beautiful that I just had to jump in for a chance to take it home.

I will hug it and love it and call it George.

meeshelle said...

WOW! What a gorgeous skein, and I really love that it's shawl sized! Really great idea as most skeins aren't enough for a shawl. I'm going to suggest Squishy Sock/Shawl yarn

great giveaway and I faved her Etsy shop too :)

Jessica Powers said...

Classic Indulgence Sock - mcn is a perennial favourite with us knitters, after all, so it's a classic, but indulgent, blend!

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

Wren's Luxury Sock Yarn.

Samantha said...

Soft Sock, Cushy Sock, Spun Sock, Whirly Sock, socksocksocks? Idk, a lot of the other things I was thinking of were already taken! I also like MCN Sock because of it's simplicity.

sparky136 said...

I thought of Soft Sox but I see it has already been suggested.

Katie said...

"Luxe sock yarn" - that cashmere blend is a luxurious yarn!

Sarah Phalen said...

Reading all the other comments and watching baseball at the same time is not a good idea, considering my first suggestion was going to be Red Sox... lol... kidding!

I love the idea that its a 'rich' sock blend so I like Delicious Sock... or since you already have Classic Sock, what about Classy Sock or Chic Sock? Or La-Di-Da Sock... just because it would be fun to say :)

Celeste E said...

I'm thinking Plush One and Plush One Mega (for the 150g)

Anda said...

I love this color!

I like Squishy Sock and Luxe Sock.

Nicole said...

This is definately scrumptious!!! How about Cashsock? ;)

Ashley Parker said...

I'm thinking Super Sock because it's a large skein!!!!

sacha said...

I have no name ideas- but love the yarn and the color!

Susan Ipavec said...

My pick for a name would be "Luxe Sock"

andri. said...

Yummy Sock? Squishy Sock? ;p

Maxine S said...

Stunning colour! Maybe Luxurious Sock or Super Lux Sock?

Anonymous said...

Feet in the clouds for the sock yardage and wrap me in clouds for the Shawl yardage.
rosebob on ravelry

Zenitude said...

Galactic sock yarn could be a great name for such a large skein.
I love that colourway so much!
Rav: zenitude

Jubbers said...

I like the previous idea of Plush Sock, and again the previous suggestion of adding Mega, Ultra, or Big to the front to denote the high yardage.

I am already a fan of SFC, and excited to see Wren on here!

susanmhj said...

I'm not too good at creating names and there are already a lot of good suggestions here! I especially like the names Plush,Sumptuous, Lucious!

Zabbers said...

Velvet Glove Sock/Shawl?

melissa said...

How about Cloud Sock? someone else suggested Plush Sock, that would work well too I think.

Malin said...

Luxe Sock perhaps? Gorgeous colour, I wants it!

Amanda Vondrasek said...

Hmmm.. Maybe sock on top? Or Crazalor (crazy color put together) love the yarns! And the variety of colors

Anonymous said...

'Delicious' and 'Extra Delicious' bases
apple380 on ravelry

welshcob said...

Lofty-Softy! Lovely yarn and gorgeous colour... please count me in!

Anonymous said...

sensational sock
ilovemyipad on ravelry

Amy J said...

Such a lovely big skein.
knock your socks off :)
rav id - txtaurus

Maegwin said...

What a beautiful colorway and the yardage is great as well. I'm thinking a good name for the base would be Dreamy because it has cashmere and that much yardage is a knitter's dream. :)

rav ID: Eenae

Anonymous said...

What beautiful yarn, hmmmm smooshy sock?
rav id: zelator

Deranged Pegasus said...

How about "Sock Mock" or "Sock-it-Skien".

The color is beautiful.

Kristen said...

Sizable Sock? Big Ol' Sock? Sock it to Me? Now I'm just getting punchy, lol.

Elaine said...

"WrenCo Sock"? For your name and Colorado?

Great colours regardless!

Anonymous said...

WHY: Wren's Happy Yarn.
Asteride on Ravelry

Sgbooth88 said...

I love the idea of keeping the plush name for the similar Aran base, but since its a shawl sized skein it could be something like "Super Plush Sock" and then if there's regular sized skeins it could be just plain "Plush Sock" or something along those lines

Kristebee said...

Great color! So tropical looking. As for a name... Twisted treat? I'm horrible at naming things!

Kristebee.

Marty said...

Pretty Longstocking?

Debbie in KY said...

"Indulgence" since it has the yummy cashmere and it's an extra big skein.

Lisaknits said...

Soo Sock!

ikkinlala said...

I'm another vote for something along the lines of Plush Sock - it's nice to be consistent between yarn weights.

If this is meant to be shawl-length skeins, though, maybe putting sock in the name isn't the best idea. Plush Fingering?

Kendra said...

My vote is for Sockalicious!

LMH said...

squeee, I love Wren's stuff and am super excited to participate in this KAL. Alright, I am not fantastic at naming things, so here's a few:
I am a fan of Luxe Sock and Plush Sock which people have already listed. There's the triple S--Super Soft Sock. Snuggle Sock, scrumptious sock? ack, must use all the alliterations!

stephigordon said...

Fabulous Fingering.... thank you! Stephanie (indigodogmt on Rav)

Luv2CUSmile said...

Oh the colors are all gorgeous! For the new yarn she has coming out I was thinking
"Twisted Tootsies" or "Twisted Elite"... something simple but fun.
Luxury Twist or for the larger skeins Luxury Twist Elite... so many fun possibilities!
Great shop btw!

Anonymous said...

'Marvelous Cushy Nomnoms MCN Base'
reiki on ravelry

cwalden said...

I would name it hugs (for the sock skein) and kisses (for the shawl). or vice versa.

Anonymous said...

Sunset Sock? Or Rainbow sock.....
Sky themes......

Anonymous said...

I'd call it the Jennie base, for its generous yardage and abundant colors.
hotknitter

FlyingMonkeyHQ said...

Sumptuous Sock. or Sock of Splendor.
Thanks for the intro to your company and your advice on dying. :)
- Ariesandewe on Ravelry

Miss Agnes said...

I like the triple S- idea, as follows:
- Soft Swirl Sock
- Soft Swirl Shawl

Doubles up as tongue twister !
Anyway thank you for the discovery of this new brand, the colors are so yummy and I love the idea of the Desserts Lover Yarn Club. Too bad the shipping to Canada is a bit expensive. Good success with the new website!

Ravelry: missagnes

Laura K. said...

How about Soft Strength? It sounds like it would be soft, but the nylon would give it strength.

Laura M said...

Cashmerino Sock for the luxurious cashmere/merino combo...

Stranded Things said...

How about Swirly Sock? The color is amazing, too!

CoggiesMIL said...

Sock It To Me!........Pleeze!!:D

Jonathan Davila said...

Mercury's sock yarn, he was after all the roman god of abundance and commercial success!

ne-knopka said...

sock


Anna

ksurty@aol.com

Rachel said...

Sublime sock? Splendid sock?

Karin Ishibashi said...

Many Can kNit ... sock yarn.

Anonymous said...

Wow! So many beautiful colors. It;s hard to choose just one, so here goes: wild strawberry, fern and berry and so many more... I really like the tweed yarns too - haven't seen that done except big companies.

Since I cannot come up with a name of my own for the MCN yarn, I'd vote for Sockalicious.

Pavla

DonnaC said...

Divine Sock

kmvdvm said...

cross your fingers yarn- for the extra twistiness and the fingering weight that describes both sock and shawl. thanks for yet another chance to win - perhaps it will be me this time?

Brenda said...

Love it!

How about:
Sumptuous
Luscious
Satin Sock

Thx,
Goodstuff on Rav

Catherine said...

How about just Comfy Sock?

SherryG. said...

This yarn is yummy....
How about something like:

Incredible Plush
Yummy Delicious

sherryglover1 on Ravelry

melosa said...

I looked on her Ravelry page and, honestly, I like it just the way she has it listed. Mega Twist MCN Sock, I think that it describes the yarn clearly and there is no question whether that is the yarn you were thinking of, the description is included in the title. And, I like that its counterpart(normal skein) can just be called "twisted".

Anuradha said...

How about it Sock It! or Squishy Sock is nice too...

babyloveknit on ravelry

thewalshfam said...

Luxe sock? Luxury Sock? I am in love with that aquamarine! Beautiful!
Katie
Rnmama on rav

Anonymous said...

How about Luxe? It might go nicely with Lustre...
Thanks for another fun giveaway!

Sunshine34 on Ravelry

Iva said...

Thank you for introducing us to all these wonderfully talented people! Love this yarn, and several others in her shop.

Abigail said...

It's absolutely gorgeous!!!
My Raverly name is Cookiemonsta 18

InJuneau said...

Beautiful yarn!

Hm, so many possibilities for names.

Since her regular MCN is already called Twisted, maybe the large skein should be Twisted Plus.

Maryse said...

How about Soft? In any case, it looks beautiful! This colorway is stunning! Thanks for that interview and great contest!
anyonecanknit on Ravelry

Donner said...

Lovely yarn and thank you so much for your interview! I think I would name the new MCN "soleil".

Anonymous said...

"Squidgy" base
I think it looks fantastic.
yknitt on ravelry

Beth said...

I would call it Meri-Cash Luxe, to reflect the fibers and the specialness of this yarn.

Carmen Nuland said...

Ugh. I'm horrible at picking names. Fluffy soft? cnuland on Rav

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