On Nnenna’s Nails #7: Not-so-Mellow Yellow and Shimmery Magenta

Zoya Nail Polish Cream

Yellow* Zoya Creamy

This bold yellow color is the second color that I picked during Zoya Nail Polish’s 2012 promotion.  Honestly, I thought it was going to be a much softer, paler yellow, but I definitely like this shade too.  I got several compliments on this color, even from a couple of guys, so I guess it’s a standout color! :)

 Shimmery Magenta* Essie It’s Genius

Last week, I won this pretty Essie polish from Jenmarie’s giveaway- how awesome is that?!  The magenta is lovely on it’s own, but made even prettier but the subtle gold flecks running through it.  This is my first official Essie polish!  I’ve bought it as a gift for other people and I usually choose Essie on the rare occasions that I get my nails professionally done, but hadn’t yet bought a bottle for myself.  I already knew I loved Essie and now that I’ve got my first bottle, it’s going to be tough not to go on an Essie streak… ;)

P.S. Details about the Correspondence Club will be on the blog tomorrow- don’t forget to check back! :)

Merino Wool: No Finer Feeling

Merino Wool- No Finer Feeling 1

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When I heard about Woolmark’s Merino Wool Campaign, I was really excited because merino wool is my favorite fiber to work with! It is wonderfully soft and smooth, and even better, it’s all-natural. There’s a stereotype that wool/knitted garments are stiff and itchy, but trust me, merino wool is nothing like that! :)

Whenever I start a new project, picking out the perfect yarn is an important step. Especially when I’m working on a larger project that will require weeks or months of commitment, I want to be knitting with a yarn that I love! Of course, the tactile experience is very important when picking out a yarn, so at my local yarn store, I’m often caressing different yarns or rubbing them on my wrist to see how they feel. The softest yarns that I’ve felt are usually composed of some merino wool and my favorite yarn (Malabrigo Worsted) is 100% pure merino wool- absolutely delish!

For my etsy shop, I think it’s important to offer not only quality workmanship, but also quality fibers, which is why the majority of my projects are made from natural fibers like merino wool and alpaca. Not only do I enjoy working with these yarns, I also get a good feeling knowing that my customer is getting the best possible product I can make :)

my gray soft knit bow headband in 100% merino wool

I’m not the only one who’s a fan of merino wool! Many designers (for example, Giorgio Armani) use merino wool in their fashion collections and they are inspired by its delicate, soft texture and versatility.

Woolmark has put together a great campaign to demonstrate that merino wool is a very fashionable material: check out the video below and you can learn even more on their website!

Merino. No Finer Feeling

I love when fashion and knitting combine like this! Check your tags and tell me if you’re wearing some merino wool right now! :)

For the other knitters out there, tell me: What are some of your favorite fibers to use?

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