Sunday, October 2, 2011

Blogiversary Giveaway Week & Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted Review and Giveaway!

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Please help me wish a happy birthday to Creating a Family Home!  It was one year ago today that I started sharing my thoughts, crafts, recipes and knitting with like-minded mamas (and knitters).  It’s been fun and encouraging having you along for the ride, and I’m so excited to be close to my goal of reaching 200 followers by my first blogiversary.  I’m thrilled that you find what I have to say even remotely interesting.  And if you’re only here for the free knitting patterns and craft tutorials, that’s okay, too.  : )

To celebrate, I’m hosting a week’s worth of giveaways!  Today’s giveaway is sponsored by Knit Picks.  I’m reviewing and giving away a hank of Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted in one of my favorite fall-inspired colorways of all time, Playtime.  Isn’t it beautiful?  It knits up beautifully, too, as you’ll find out if you keep reading….


Review and Giveaway Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted, Colorway Playtime


I’m choosing to review Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted sock yarn in colorway Playtime because it’s what I used to make my latest free pattern, Nathan’s Raindrop Socks.  You can knit up a pair of toddler socks and still have enough yarn leftover for a pair of adult-sized socks!  I used it to knit up a pair of Drop Dead Easy Lace Socks from Knitting from the Toe Up.  Go check it out on Knit Picks’ site and read on to find out what I think of it.  Then, find out how to enter to win a hank of your own!



Clearly, I am quite taken by the colors in the Playtime coloryway—if you’ve been reading for a while, you know how inspired I am by nature!  This colorway has fall written all over it, but can still be worn any time of year without making you think about fall.  The colors shift from leaf red to pumpkin orange to light green, turquoisey blue, sandy brown and dusty pink.  The yarn was clearly painted by hand (as the name suggests) and didn’t pool or do anything funny in the how-it-knits-up department.



Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted is so incredibly soft that it’s hard to believe this stuff is meant for socks.  I love ‘em (socks, that is), but they’re meant to go on feet.  So the yarn should be hardwearing, and you might take that to mean scratchy or hard.  And clearly Stroll Handpainted is hardwearing, but this is the first time I’ve ever associated hardwearing with soft. 

I’ve knitted with other brands of sock yarn and they were nowhere near this soft in my hand or on my feet—and they didn’t wear nearly as well.  It didn’t take much time at all for one of those other brands to wear a hole in the toe, but my Knit Picks socks are going strong after many wearings and washings—and I wear them constantly.  (I even found a few chilly nights to wear them in the summertime!  There’s at least one good thing about having a husband who likes to keep it cold in the house in the summertime.) 

The socks are holding up great, and of course I appreciate being able to put them in the washing machine.  They are 75 percent superwash merino wool and 25 percent nylon for strength and durability (you’d never know the nylon is in there).  I wash them inside out on the gentle cycle (or the regular cycle when I forget!) and then hang them to dry—and they still look pretty darn good.  The yarn band says you can dry them on low, which I have done with success, too.

Please check out the yarn and colorway on Knit Picks’ site… and read on to find out how to enter to win a hank of your own!

How to Enter

I’m giving away one hank of Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted in colorway Playtime.  You have five chances to enter, the first one mandatory:

1. Mandatory: Follow Creating a Family Home via Google Friend Connect and leave a comment saying you follow.

For additional entries:

2. Like Creating a Family Home on Facebook and leave a comment saying you do.  (If you already like Creating a Family Home on Facebook, leave a comment saying so.)




         

3. Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment saying you do.  (Ditto.)


4. Post about this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter (or both) and leave one comment each.

That’s five possible entries per person!  Entries will stay open until 8 p.m. on Monday, October 10.  I’ll use a random number generator to select the lucky winner and will announce the winner the following day.  Please make sure I have a way of contacting you. 

Good luck, and thanks for following!

There's sitll one more giveaway tomorrow, so.... see you then!

61 comments:

  1. I follow you by Google and love Summer Vacation. (Actually I surprised myself because it is not my normal color palette, but for some reason I really liked it best tonight.)

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  2. I shared your post on Facebook.

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  3. i really like this colorway! juice box is fun, too. ;)

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  4. I love the color Watermelon. I don't do Facebook or Twitter, but I am already a follower. Congratulations on your blog birthday! xx

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  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE this yarn! I'll probably buy it even if I don't win it! I don't have a facebook or twitter account, but I am a follower! So there's my entry :-)

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  6. I am a faithful follower and I really love the colorway Tree Fort.

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  7. GFC Follower: Melody Johnson I love Lullaby.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I've read your blog for months! Now I just became an "official" follower! I like the tree fort colorway, such dreamy colors! Thanks for the chance!!

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  10. I "liked you" on Facebook and have become a follower on blogger, but have not been on GFC before and having a bit of difficulty with it. I love the Watermelon colorway! Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  11. I'm following you blog via GFC. thanks!
    Debbie H gussek on Ravelry

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  12. I like you on Facebook. Debbie H

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  13. I'm following you on Twitter. Debbie H

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  14. I posted on facebook about you! Debbie H

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  15. I just visited Knit Picks and like the color Tiger (our family has many Auburn graduates) and Playtime.

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  16. yay! Happy anniversary and many more to come!
    I'm following you through RSS :)

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  17. Liked you on FB (Sandra Mil) - I have to add to and my previous comment that I couldn't find GFC, but I follow you through my account - guess that's it?

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  18. Follow you on Twitter (sandrachirps)

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  19. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/sandrachirps/status/121280875261460480

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  20. Followed via GFC. Checked out the colorways and really like Pony Ride.

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  21. Followed on Twitter.

    @CrochetBlogger

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  22. I now follow via GFC (was doing reader), I really like the country fair colourway, it's the rainbow in it!

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  23. I love blues and purples so those are my favs - Lullaby, Berry Patch, Make Believe... I can't pick one favorite :) The new Country Fair is awesome too, I hadn't seen that one yet.

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  24. Happy Blogiversary! (I don't know how I missed this earlier.) Okay, the yarn - no wonder you were taken with it! Gorgeous colours. I'm in the midst of a project with sock yarn and have been scheming about future projects. Learing to knit socks would probably be a reasonable next step :-P

    Blessings...

    (Already a follower)

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  25. I follow on twitter @Lealee33

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  26. I liked you on Facebook @ Debra Rodkey Lee

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  27. Itweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/Lealee33/status/123182847631687680

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  28. I shared on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=167071426713866&id=1392606405

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  29. Awesome looking yarn! I follow you on GFC

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  30. I follow you on twitter (cmouse01)

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  31. tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/cmouse01/status/123223703218683906

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  32. I follow with Google Friend Connect

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  33. I liked your page on Facebook

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  34. I already follow you on facebook. I love getting your updates and i love your blog. It makes me feel cozy.

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  35. I shared your blog on myfacebook page too! http://www.facebook.com/MADEbyJaqui

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  36. I forgot to add that I may knit Hawkin socks, but I see this beautiful yarn knitted up as a hat for me...

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  37. I shared your giveaway post on FB

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  38. Lovely! I am a follower of your blog!

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  39. Posted on my facebook page. :)

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  40. so lovely! im following your blog through gfc! raineoc@yahoo.com

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  41. i liked you on fb :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  42. Blog follower via GFC

    anna_k67 at yahoo dot com

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  43. Like on fb-Anna Ku

    anna_k67 at yahoo dot com

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  44. I'm following your blog through GFC.

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  45. I follow you on twitter - gorgeous socks !!!

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