Thursday, May 21, 2015

Holla Knits Blog Tour & Giveaway

As I mentioned on Monday, I made my Holla Knits debut earlier this week with my SpringTastic Socks. This ankle-length sock combines easy eyelet lace with cables to create a fun-to-knit sock that is also quite fast - all the better so you can wear them right away!


It's shown above in Manos del Uruguay Alegria, which is a hand-dyed superwash merino sock yarn from the Manos Co-ops. I chose this yarn specifically because I have been wanting to try it ever since it came out, and besides all of the pretty color combinations to choose from, the yarn also has an interesting story: it's Fair Trade! Each yarn is signed by the artisan who dyed it, and it also tells you which co-op made your yarn. The coloway shown above is Periquito, and it's even more vibrant in real life! You can view all of the colorways here on the Fairmount Fibers website (they distribute the yarn in North America and provided yarn support for this design).


Every Manos yarn I've tried has been amazing to work with, and Alegria is no exception - I'll definitely be working with it again soon! You can read my Alegria yarn review here for more info on this totally knit-worthy yarn. 


The Spring-Tastic Socks also look pretty awesome in a semi-solid yarn, too, don't you think? They're shown above in Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Tonal yarn in the Poppy Field colorway. Stroll Fingering is a really great yarn for budget-conscious knitters, and I love the shaded solid colorways which they now offer. Best of all, you can purchase the entire Holla Knits eMag (as well as single patterns) through the KnitPicks website!

I am so excited to see everyone's SpringTastic sock projects, and if this will be your first time knitting socks, I highly recommend purchasing the entire issue of Holla Knits so that you can also read my sock-knitting primer for beginners! In this article, I explain all of the terminology associated with sock-knitting, plus I give an overview of the various types of constructions and where you can make adjustments to fit your exact foot measurements as you knit.

One more thing about the SpringTastic Socks: they would be perfect for the Knitting Sarah Summer Sock KAL, for those of you looking for a KAL to further enable your sock knitting (plus, there are PRIZES!). In fact, I'll probably be casting on a pair for this KAL very soon!

Giveaway
The folks at Fairmount Fibers have generously donated a skein of Alegria in the winner's choice of in-stock colors for one lucky blog reader! We'll also throw in a PDF of the SpringTastic socks pattern so that you are ready to knit yourself a pair right away. To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post sharing your favorite pattern from the new Holla Knits collection. Be sure to also mention your email address or Ravelry ID so that we can contact you in case you win!

I'll randomly select one winning comment to announce on my blog next Wednesday, May 27. Good luck! 

95 comments:

  1. Great socks! I love Manos and their practices, but I haven't tried Alegria yet. I checked out the new issue and I think I'd try the Taken by the Wind shawl by Leah Coccari-Swift (no fringe for me)
    Thanks for running the giveaway! I'm YeaIKnit on Ravelry.

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  2. Great socks! I love Manos and their practices, but I haven't tried Alegria yet. I checked out the new issue and I think I'd try the Taken by the Wind shawl by Leah Coccari-Swift (no fringe for me)
    Thanks for running the giveaway! I'm YeaIKnit on Ravelry.

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  3. Love that yarn! It looks gorgeous in that sock pattern! Would love to give it a try.
    Sumac on Ravelry

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  4. What beautiful yarn, and I would love to knit Springtastic this summer. I'm Knitarooooo on Ravelry ;)

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  5. I really like the Springtastic socks! and the yarn is to die for. Running right now to see the beautiful color ways.
    asteride on Ravelry

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  6. Oooh! Now that I get a good close up view of this sock, it might be my favorite pattern of the bunch! So pretty. Rav amchart

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  7. The Mykonos wrap is what I would wear the most. Love your socks!!!

    tktl

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  8. I love them all, would love to make a couple pairs of Springtastic socks. rkohlman on Ravelry.

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  9. The yarn looks wonderful. My favorite of the patterns is the Taken by the Wind Shawl.

    purple on Ravelry

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  10. I am absolutely on a shawl/warp binge, so very intrigued by the Taken by the Wind pattern. Also, trying to build up my hand knit sock stash, so those Springtastic socks are very tempting!! dktrout on Ravelry.

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  11. Though I like Taken by the Wind, my favorite and the one I want to make first is Springtastic Socks. I'm MarianSylvia on Ravelry.

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  12. I wasn't familiar with Holla Knits until reading your post however I've been looking for an ankle length sock pattern to knit. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your drawing!

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  13. Not seeing my comment. Thanks for pointing out the Holla Knits - must say, your socks look like the most likely to try pattern for me. Are the cables too tricky for a beginner? My ravelry name is rizamerk

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  14. My favorite is the Bowdoin hat. My mom loves slouchy hats and I would love to make it for her!
    Junglewife on Ravelry

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm excited to make the Francisco cowl since sock leftovers should be plenty of yardage.
    Rhymeswithcount on ravelry

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  16. I really like the Francisco Cowl, but I am an avid sock knitter so I'd probably made those too. Thanks for the giveaway. Savannagal on Rav.

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  17. I think I would be most likely to knit and wear Taken by the Wind Shawl. The yarn looks yummy - thanks for a chance to win.

    rachel-o on Rav.

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  18. Woohoo, congrats on your debut! Your socks are great, I also dig the zig-zaggy Bowdoin Hat. (shoelaceswitcher on Rav)

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  19. Oh man, I like all of the patterns in this Holla Knits issue! I really really like these socks and the Mykonos wrap, and can see myself knitting those two first.

    sewingonpins on Rav.

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  20. Favorite pattern is the Taken by the Wind Shawl, although the cowl is lovely too.

    sylver-and-gold on Ravelry

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  21. i like the Mykonos wrap the most, but they are all nice projects. my rav id is yollma

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  22. I love Taken By the Wind. Even though it's hot here in Florida in the summer, some places are kept colder than a meat locker, so I simply add a shawl from the vast collection I have knitted. Ravelry ID is: yarnladee

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  24. Love your sock pattern and the yarn is gorgeous! RAV ID GrammaCher

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  25. Love your sock pattern the best! Gorgeous in both colors! @ rav 100Creations

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  26. I would love to knit the Mykonos Wrap :-)
    Great sock pattern... I haven't tackled learning how to knit those yet!
    NatalouKathloon on Ravelry

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  27. I would love to knit the Francisco Cowl in the same green colorway! Also love the Springtastic Socks.

    JKnits51 on Ravelry

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  28. This is a great giveaway. My favorite pattern of the collection is the Taken by the Wind shawl. I'm in a serious fringe mood right now. Rav id: missagnes

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  29. Would love to try the socks lovely yarn and patterns

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  30. Man I love your socks and that cowl the most! Especially in green... the cowl looks like a dinosaur accessory!

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  31. Your socks are beautiful! I like that they're shorter; in the summer it's nice to have something a little cooler on my legs. My favorite pattern from this collection, however, is the Mykonos Wrap. It looks so versatile for a summer wrap - I can see that becoming a much used accessory.

    lindaran (on Rav)

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  32. Taken by the wind for sure (yay fringe!). Love your socks as well. Rav: knitsxgrits

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  33. This makes me eager to try socks. kom on Ravelry

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  34. Rav id is charlyfeathers
    I like the fransico cowl

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  35. Thanks for the opportunity to learn about the publication. The Francisco cowl is perfect for summer wearing here in the pacific northwest, Your Spring-tastic socks are also beautiful. Cables are great!

    janfromseattle on Ravelry

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  36. I like the Francisco Cowl. I especially like the eyelet details.

    I'm vernalequinox on Ravelry.

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  37. I think my favourite is the Mykonos Wrap.

    I'm NicoleS on Ravelry.

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  38. I love, love, love, love the Mykonos Wrap!

    Rav ID: SaraMCrafts

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  39. Taken by the Wind is my favorite!

    I am blakdove (no C) on Ravelry.

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  40. Taken by the Wind is my favorite!

    I am blakdove (no C) on Ravelry.

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  41. The Springtastic sox are something I want to try. Don't usually wear sox but these would work with my sneakers.

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  42. I really love all of those patterns. I seriously cant choose just one, because each one is a different accessory. I love them all, and even though I've never knit socks before, I do enjoy socks and plan to in the future. Maybe this could be my first pair?

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  43. I would love to try this pattern this summer I have not tried this yarn either... I am pbulatko on ravelry

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  44. The Bowdoin Hat is so cute! But then the Taken by the Wind wrap is gorgeous. Hard to decide which is best.
    RoamingKnitter on Rav.

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  45. The Bowdoin Hat is so cute! But then the Taken by the Wind wrap is gorgeous. Hard to decide which is best.
    RoamingKnitter on Rav.

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  46. Love your SpringTastic sock pattern - perfect pattern for cooler summer mornings and the bright colors make them more fun! clynch427 on ravelry

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  47. Springtastic socks for sure, though that Bowdoin hat is very cute too. TamsinB on ravelry.

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  48. Ravelry ID patricialonnie taken by the wind shawl

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  49. Besides the socks...I love the Francisco cowl is awesome.

    Nhsarab on Ravelry

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  50. Pretty yarn Would love to work with it.

    Blueyarnalways on rave

    Thanks sheila

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  51. I would LOVE to knit those Springtastic Socks! Definitely my favorite, just beautiful! mmmgood304@aol.com

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  52. The SpringTastic Socks are my favorites! I would love to win yarn and pattern! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  53. What a great giveaway! I haven't yet tried any yarn by Manos del Uruguay so would certainly love the opportunity. Out of the patterns in the latest Holla Knits collection, I think I would probably wear the Mykonos Wrap the most although I really love the Spring-Tastic Socks too. It would be awesome to try that pattern out for my first ever sock project. I'm 'TempusMori' on Ravelry. Thanks!

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  54. I love the Mykonos Wrap! Beautiful patterns! Thank your for this generous giveaway! Sylviemom on Rav

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  55. Love anything by Manos! The springtastic socks are my favorites but also like the fransico cowl. labrista on ravelry

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  56. The springtastic socks are so cute! canuckeh on rav

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  57. The springtastic socks are so cute! canuckeh on rav

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  58. In addition to your lovely socks, I love the versatility of the Mykonos Wrap. Thank you for a most delightful giveaway.

    sisterrobinson on rav.

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  59. My favorite pattern from the collection is the Taken by the Wind Shawl. I've been on a shawl kick lately. :)

    Thanks for this contest!!
    Purlescence from Ravelry

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  60. I like the Mykonos Wrap. doijdd@gmail.com

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  61. I really like the socks but also the Fransico Cowl.
    Rav ID: Kimert

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  62. Bodoin hat

    sparky136 on Ravelry

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  63. Bodoin Hat is my favourite from the collection, and I'd love to try out that lovely Manos yarn! Thanks!
    alisonj on Rav

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  64. it is a toss up between Taken by the Wind and the Springtastic Socks for favorite. great collection this issue!

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  65. My fave is Mykonos Wrap

    Rav: floooberry

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  66. It was hard to pick a favorite, they are all great patterns! I think I'm going to go with the Bowdoin hat. I'm in a slouchy hat mood today. My Rav name is jaguarrior

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  67. I like the Bowdoin hat the best (I can think of several girls to knit it for). My Ravelry name is lingfing

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  68. I like the Bowdoin hat the best (I can think of several girls to knit it for). My Ravelry name is lingfing

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  69. Thank you so much for offering this giveaway! There are several patterns that I like, but Julep Jacket
    by Katie Canavan is probably one of my favorites. I am Onlyknitting175 on Ravelry. Thanks again!

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  70. Omg-fringe is BACK! Taken By The Wind is no doubt my fave, I will Definetely be casting on for this lovely pattern . I am Fanciflower on Rav.

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  71. Another great set of patterns. It's hard to choose but I think my fav is Spring-Tastic Socks (asimplehomestd on Rav)

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  72. Spring-Tastic socks look amazing!
    (mypark908 on rav)

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  73. I like the Spring-Tastic Socks and Taken By the Wind shawl.
    I am vstarborn on Ravelry

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  74. Francisco cowl is an amazing pattern worth trying. The yarn look beautiful! Great giveaway.
    Rav: theloveofcuteness

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  75. Springtastic Socks make me think sock knitting is for warm weather too. Beautiful pattern! I am TesoroStitchery on Ravelry.

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  76. Love these socks!!! I've been wanting to knit a pair of ankle socks and this pattern looks perfect!
    Rav ID - downhomepurl

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  77. Love the socks! They and the bowdoin hat are probably my favorites :)
    Rav id is sadiekate

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  78. Great combo of pattern and yarn!
    I'm MsKniterrific on Ravelry.

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  79. I am lovin the Bowdoin Hat.
    sherryglover1 on Ravelry

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  80. Love your sock pattern best of all in the collection, thanks for the giveaway.
    Ohlalalaine on Ravelry

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  81. Love your sock pattern best of all in the collection, thanks for the giveaway.
    Ohlalalaine on Ravelry

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  82. I like Taken By The Wind, with fringe of course!

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  83. My favorite pattern is the Francisco Cowl, but the Spring-Tastic Socks also look like an awesome pattern as well!
    Suzieknittingmama on Ravelry

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  84. I love the Mykonos Wrap. Perfect for summer!
    gunnerfan on Ravelry

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  85. I can't choose just one...so my favorites are in no particular order, the Bowdoin Hat and the SpringTastic Socks.

    Rav ID - cookier293

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  86. I LOVE Taken By The Wind wrap! Beautiful!! I'm jjlrdomom on Ravelry.

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  87. I just love the Taken by the Wind. Lace and fringe? Win! Thanks for the opportunity!
    Rav: Ponchysue

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  89. I'm a sock knitter, so your sock pattern would get my favorite vote! (Deniserieth on Ravelry)

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  90. I"m a sock lover, so your Spring-tastic pattern wins hands-down! I'm BeadBiz on Ravelry :)

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  91. I'm addicted to knitting socks so definitely have to say Spring-tastic socks win! deeannebenson on Ravelry.

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  92. Love love love your socks - my joint favourite in the collection (it's between your socks and the taken by the wind shawl. I'm FionaClarke on Ravelry.

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  93. I like the Bowdoin hat. I'm globalite on Ravelry.

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