Monday, 20 April 2015

REVIEW: Austermann Step Sock Yarn



-     Fibre content: 75% wool, 25% polyamide
-     Yarn Meterage: 420 m /100 g
-     Needle Size: 2.5 - 3 mm                    

They say:
-     our prize-winning sock yarn
-     the original with extra care permanent aloe and jojoba treatment
-     cashmere-like, soft touch
-     get creative - knit pullovers and cardigans for big and small

Prices around £7.60-7.90


My Review: Austermann Step
I bought this particular skein from www.loveknitting.com (great service by the way), partly because of the colour name... Vulcan... Yes, Darrin and I are Star Trek fans! At the time of purchase I must admit that I missed the Aloe Vera treatment on the yarn... I just needed a new pair of socks on the needles for Darrin and preferably 'true stripes', not the faux fair isle stripes I had been knitting.

When the yarn arrived and I read the label, I remember being surprised and excited by the prospect of knitting with a new type of yarn. I remembered a pair of jeans I had once watched being engineered at a factory, where they were treating the denim with Aloe Vera... The crazy things you do in fashion! So as you can imagine I was fascinated to see how these might knit up.



The first thing I noticed during knitting was the softness of the yarn and the Aloe Vera. It makes for an incredibly nice knitting experience. One that I would love to repeat!

The stitches remained nice and defined during knitting and I loved that the stripes felt almost blended at the edges, rather than very separate block colours.

I'm giving this a thumbs up and am hoping to buy some again in the future.

Have you tried Austermann Step?

Have a wonderful day... Sara x

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Blog Crush: A Beautiful Mess

Image from http://www.abeautifulmess.com/
If you haven't come across A Beautiful Mess, then I urge you to go look as soon as you have finished reading this.

This is one of my favourite examples of a blog transitioned into a business. I have read this blog for a few years and watching the transition they have been making is wonderful and partly my inspiration for giving this ago last year and trying advertising (which I may return too when I can handle the VAT aspect of it, as well as Sara's Texture Crafts).

The blog business now employs staff and so the concept of 'blogzine' has really taken over... but that's ok, because the transition hasn't left you feeling like you were a personal part of the original blog now left behind. Instead you feel like you are still enjoying the journey of it all.

The team still captures a true 'lifestyle' image, which I find is often lost in other blog businesses... their posts are aspirational, but achievable and include crafts, food, fashion and  home.

Go check it out! 

Have a wonderful day... Sara x

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