Here at The Sock Report we love our yarn, we love our customers, and we love designers! We work with independent designers and we feel strongly they should be compensated fairly for all the hard work they put into creating a design, writing a pattern and making sure it works. That's why The Sock Report pays a royalty to the designer on every single sale we make. So knitters can feel assured that when they purchase a single pattern, or an entire collection, from The Sock report, they are supporting the livelihood of an independent designer. We feel good about that, and we think you will too.
Today's Sock Report Contest:
Can you guess what sock yarn this is? (hint: it actually has sparkly silver in it, and it doesn't start with "S"). To enter the contest, please go here and enter your guess!
Congratulations to our Day 2 Contest Winner - Jan ter Heide! He correctly guessed that yesterday's sock yarn was Socktopus Sokkusu. Jan wins a copy of the first Sock Report collection!
Here at The Sock Report headquarters, we not only love sock yarn, we love our customers! The Sock Report is a magazine/collection of gorgeous patterns that all use sock yarn. We've lived intimately with these patterns for months now and we think they're all winners, and we hope you think so too. We think one of the best things about The Sock Report is our win/win pricing scheme. Fall in love with a single pattern? You can buy just that pattern for $6.50. Fall in love with the whole collection? You can buy all the patterns together for only $1 each! Sound good to you? It does to us too.
We can't wait to show you our collection.... But you'll have to wait just a bit longer.....
In the meantime, we have Today's Sock Report Contest:
Can you guess what sock yarn this is? (hint: it's not from the U.S., and it starts with "S") To enter the contest you must go here and enter your guess!
Congratulations to our Day 1 Contest Winner - Nannette Donohue! She correctly guessed that yesterday's sock yarn was Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. Nannette wins a limited edition Sock Report "kit keeper" project bag.
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It's no secret that over here we love sock yarn. We love it when it's squishy, when it's strong, when it's plump or has many plies, when it's made of BFL, or merino, or has a little cotton and especially when it rolls around with cashmere. And oh mamacita, do we love the colors! We find that sock yarn makes great socks, but also shawls and mitts and hats and scarves and even sweaters. In fact there's not much you can't do with sock yarn!
Now imagine a place dedicated to the love of sock yarn. Can you feel the love? We can too! And to make it extra fun we've got a little contest for you....
I first learned to love rhododendrons (and rhubarb - but that is another story) when I was living in Denmark as an exchange student. Until then, I had never seen a rhodie! I remember spending an enchanted week at the summer house in Sejs, a nice rustic spot in Denmark near Sky Mountain (Himmelbjerg) the highest spot in Denmark. I laughed and laughed when I saw the famous Himmelbjerg, because you could easily stroll to the top in half an hour. Coming from the Western part of the US, I was used to fairly spectacular mountain ranges. I remember our summer house had a nice long rambling backyard of an acre or two to get down to the lakefront, and I'll never forget tripping along the footpath, coming around a bend and being startled by several 16 foot mountains of gorgeous blooms in pinks and reds. Those were my first rhodies, and, in my mind, rhododendrons have ever since occupied a place of mystery and beauty.
Late April through June is rhododendron time here in the Pacific Northwest. Our backyard is very shady so our rhodies bloom a little bit later than their counterparts in sunnier spots. But when they bloom they really give it their all! I was thrilled to discover, when we were buying our house, that we have lots of rhododendrons in our backyard, several are about 15 ft. tall. Every May they put on a show for us, and this year looks the like the best one yet! We just bought a few new ones to add to the yard, because they are one of the plants that does well in a shady or part shady location, and we have a few spots we'd like to camouflage.
This one is about 16 feet tall. These are two of the new ones we bought. I love that red color!
These are all on some 14+ ft tall bushes right outside our bedroom door
And here's the view right outside our bedroom. We have a big sliding glass door, and every morning we wake up to this sight - I am a lucky girl!
I hope your May is turning to be as gorgeous as ours, and that you're enjoying whatever blooms best in your area!