Giveaway is closed, thank you to all who entered!!
I was looking through my previous posts and realized its been a super long time since I’ve done a yarn review! Since I’ve been on a Gynx Yarns kick for several months I figured this would be the perfect yarn company to talk about since I have several finished projects in a few of her bases. Also, some folks in the last giveaway mentioned they had not heard of Gynx Yarns so allow me to give you a better introduction! :)
I first came across Gynx Yarns at the 2011 or 2012 DFW Fiber Fest and later looked up the shop in Etsy. Laura Jinks Jimenez, the creator/owner of Gynx Yarns, is also based in Texas and offers an array of beautiful colors and squishy bases which are difficult to pass up. I first tried the organic merino sock base when making my 2nd pair of socks. I wrote a bit about them last year and still find them to be very comfortable. That base is discontinued but it looks like Laura still has several skeins available in the shop should you be interested. There are 437 yards in each skein so there’s enough to make a nice shawl too. I have a decent-sized stash of the organic merino sock since I wanted to gather my favorite colorways on the base before they sold out. I recently made these ribbed socks for my best friend using the Spirited Away #2 colorway. The yarn has a more relaxed feel but it makes a wonderfully comfortable and cool fabric.
Next I picked up a few skeins of the Merino sock base (100% Merino wool, 400 yards). It’s different from the organic version in that it’s got a bouncier feel and more energy. This yarn, to me, is absolutely perfect for socks. With it I’ve made another pair of plain toe-up slip stitch heel socks (top photo) in the Lantern Festival colorway and a pair of Jaywalkers using the Unsafe for Swimming colorway (bottom photo). I’m still wild about the gorgeous dye jobs on these yarns. Seriously, perfection.
Lastly, I’m currently working on some modified toe-up socks (basically the same recipe in Wendy Johnson’s book but added a k1,p1 row between plain knit rows) in the Strong Sock base (80% Merino/20% Nylon, 400 yards) and in the Jellal colorway. This base has much more stretch than the others have but still contains that nice energy that I like in my sock yarns. The colors practically glow on this base too, I’m looking forward to having them done.
So with that said I hope you take a moment to check out Gynx Yarns! I believe in supporting small businesses but I should also make clear that this post is not endorsed in any way. I hope Laura doesn’t mind me rambling on about her yarns, but I think they’re worth looking into for sure. I’ve been nothing but pleased with my experience with her yarns thus far. :) Those of you who are podcast listeners might also enjoy Laura’s podcast called The Dyer’s Notebook. She talks about dyeing as well as other topics including spinning, knitting, and running a small business.
Now on to the mini-skein mini-giveaway! Actually, this is a little bit different giveaway than I’ve done in the past. I wanted to have more than one winner this time so I divided up a skein of the Organic Merino Sock into 4 mini-skeins containing approximately 88 yards each. That way 4 people have the chance to be winners! The color is Totoro #1 I believe.
leave a comment on this post between now and Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 11:59pm US Central time and I’ll announce the winners using a random number generator on October 4th. Everyone is welcome to enter no matter where in the world you are. I’m always happy to ship wherever. I plan on including a few other goodies with each package but at this moment I can’t say what it will be (probably yarn-related but maybe not!). New commenters will need to have their comment approved by me (thanks to spam, I can’t let it approve automatically) but I’ll do my best to get to them as quickly as I can so they show up. Good luck and please let me know if you have any questions!!