This club features TWO things that you have requested from me en masse. Speckles and Knit Kits. Speckles are the thing right now. They are used almost as neutrals as a way to marry several bold colors. They are used alone for stunning accessories. They are collected as little pieces of art as each one is unique.
And since I get so many requests for more of our holiday and special edition Knit Kits that sell out within hours, I decided to include an element of those in each monthly shipment. So with each month's yarn you'll receive a special surprise from a craftsperson. Could be edible, knittable, adorable... you won't know until you open your package! But think of it as a mini kit without having the hassle of trying to get on our website at the right time of day, click to put yours in your cart only to find that someone faster has stolen it. This way, you just subscribe to the 3-month club and we automatically send you yarn and a goodie mid-month in April-May-June.
When you sign up for the club, please make sure the club is the only thing in your cart. For your subscription to be counted, it must be ordered alone. If you accidentally include more items, you'll receive an e-mail and a refund from me. If you are in the US, your shipping is included already. Just make sure you choose the free shipping option at Check Out. If you are outside of the US, our normal Flat Rate is added- but just once instead of three times for three shipments, which means you're getting a bit of a deal on International shipping. As usual, you are welcome to order more than one club in the same order. Some of you order several, which is awesome! And if you choose "in store pickup" and are picking yours up in the shop on one of our open days, then we will refund $18 to you as usual.
Thank you for your continued interest in the special edition offerings we've done over the nearly 12 years SSYC has been serving you. Your suggestions and passion make this fun for me, my staff, and the dyers and craftspeople that contribute to all of it.
With super special stuff from Knitterly Things and Primrose Yarn, a case of the Mondays is turned on its head! Seriously, this is a special day, my friends.
First, I have some Find Your Fade kits from Kelsey at Primrose Yarn. These 6 or 7 skein kits help those of us who might not have the time or interest in seeking out an artistic selection of colorways for this popular project. Kelsey has created 5 options for us so that we can get started immediately! The kits use her fingering weight merino singles, Adelaide, and it's super soft and glows with color. I have two seven-skein kits and three six-skein kits to give you a bit of flexibility on price and how you are executing the pattern.
For those who want to put your own Fade together, I'll have an epic selection of colors from Primrose in a few weeks.
Julia at Knitterly Things has started dyeing up a Bespeckled line of yarn and we are the first shop to share it. As someone who has worked with stripes for years, her ability to combine color in an artistic and inventive way is definitely put to great use in this new collection. You'll enjoy an array of speckles, splotches and waves of color that make each skein unique. If I weren't test knitting something right now, I'd have cast on last night while watching Victoria.
With some of these skeins, you really have to either click on the image to enlarge or see it in person to see the array of little tiny micro-speckles that adorn each skein. These things are so perfect I. Just. Can't. Even.
They are the kind of skeins that you could easily combine with a solid from Tosh Sock to make a two color shawl or project of some kind. They POP.
I hope this brings a bit of brightness to your Monday! It's sunny but cold here in NE Indiana again, so I could certainly use some wooly warmth in my life today!
I have for you Opal Yarn's newest collection, Illusion! This one features what Opal does best- boldy colored, self patterning yarns. What I noticed first thing about this collection was that it actually leaves a nice amount of natural/white yarn to accent the bold color combinations. If you look at every other Opal color I have right now, and I have a great selection, the finished socks are all saturated with color. But in this Illusion collection you will find part left natural to punctuate the inventive self pattern. I think that's a fun change, don't you?
I think it will be a fun knit too. Which color would you choose? Tell me in the comments below which is your fave and if you'd knit it for yourself or someone else, and I'll choose one commenter to win the ball of her/his choice. Please leave one comment by noon EST on Saturday, Feb 11. Good luck choosing just one!
Introducing Pont des Arts, the February striping color on our new cashmere blend! Throughout 2017, will be releasing a striping skein and coordinating mini skein for toes and heels. This set will be available for a limited time, though we will likely release just the striping skein later for you. This month's selection is based on the Paris bridge that was adorned with love locks. You can see more about it here.
We also just released 6 new striping colors on our regular superwash wool/nylon blend. A couple years ago we created a color line of grays with a stripe of color and now we have introduced six new striping options to this line! All of these feature slate, silver gray and a color. Which is your fave?
Hey, maybe it's time to announce the 12 Days of Sock Yarn Contest! What, you mean I meant to do that a month ago? Yep, that's me.... the overwhelmed mama and yarn shop owner. Time flies when you're playing with kids and yarn!
All winners have been e-mailed about their prize, and they are listed below. If you think one of these is you, check your e-mail and spam filter.
If you didn't participate in the 12 Days of Sock Yarn, do join us next year! It's our own yarny holiday that we've been celebrating here on the blog for years and it's a great way to get to know others- their holiday traditions, fave knitting projects for the year, and more. I have a blast reading all the responses and love incorporating your ideas and traditions into my own. If you want to see what we did, just click on each day below.
I adore her stuff so much. Whenever a shipment arrives, I just want to dive right in.
Miss Babs is one of those booths at summer fairs and festivals that has a super long line. Babs and team are known for their inventive colorways, and this batch of Yowza DK lives up to that love of color. If you haven't tried Yowza DK before, it's a half-pound skein of superwash merino, DK weight. Perfect for larger size accessories or sweaters (get two or more for that,).
If you want to dive right in too, check out the 20% discount that Susan is offering on her patterns right now and use it for the Yowza Weigh it Shawl of your choice (that one links to the 4th shawl). Brickless is also a super popular pattern that uses Yowza DK. I kinda like The Fool too!
I think I want to jump on the Find your Fade Shawl bandwagon. I have seen quite a lot of inspiration on Ravelry and Instagram and I've just about given into the craze. This pattern calls for several skeins of yarn and would be one of the more expensive accessory projects I have tackled, so I want to make sure I choose right.
Do "the knitters" think this pattern would be just as nice if choosing 7 skeins of yarn I like that don't necessarily graduate in color from one to the next? I have many skeins I really like together and can definitely find a few to fill the gaps at SSYC, but they don't go from one color story to another. They more-or-less jump from one variegated color to another. Do you get what I am explaining? If so, please put my mind at ease or tell me that I shouldn't do what I'm considering. I don't know a thing about color theory, but I just know what I like and don't want to start down a path that might, in the end, make me grimace at the wildness of it all.
Thanks for any assistance you knitters can provide!
- Fadeless in Charlotte
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First of, in case you didn't see in yesterday's kit frenzy, I have Opal Yarn's newest collection.... with SPARKLES. Yes, that's shout worthy. At least to me, since I adore a good self-patterning sock yarn. I'm loving it!
Thanks so much for your response to yesterday's two Valentine Knit Kits. I love putting these together and I appreciate the great interest in them too. As usual, they did sell out fast enough that I received many e-mails wondering if we can get more, and no, we cannot. I really appreciate how loved our special edition kits are, but there's a limit to the number of handmade items I can ask a craftsperson to make. I have some really fun things planned for 2017, so stay tuned! I believe the next kit's preview will come mid-March.
It's been a busy two days here, and we are packing up as quickly as we can to get your orders out the door to you. We try and ship the same or next day, but please allow us an extra day or two as we keep up with all we have leaving here this week. Busy times like this are very important in keeping a small business going and we do our best to be our best no matter how busy we are.
Before I leave you today, have you seen the big Find your Fade shawl fad happening? I'm seeing such inspired color ideas on Instagram and we've been putting together ideas and sharing them on Instagram too. I hope to blog about them all soon, but until then, take a look at our feed for our latest shares!
If you'd like more pictures and details before deciding, check out last week's blog post. Want to add more awesomeness to your order? These sets of our new Poste Yarn base and mini skein sold out in a day earlier this month, but we have dye one last batch for you. Next month will see a new six-color stripe and mini skein (but not at this 10% off introductory price), and the following month and so on.
Guess what else just arrived? Fiddle Knits! I have Erica's Aria Sparkle Sock and Dye-a-Tonic merino/nylon for you in all the colors you love plus some new ones. While these are perfect for socks, you can really show them off by combining the two bases in a two color shawl- perhaps with the main color being a sparkle and the coordinate being the non.
It's nearly time to debut our two Valentine Knit Kits!
I love creating holiday kits for you. I get to think outside my normal box and I get to work with new crafters and dyers and chocolatiers and bakeries to put together something special for those of us who like to celebrate our knitting. This time around, I have two different options for you- one adorably ghoulish and one sweet and trendy. First, the Zombie Love Knit Kit!
This one has a grey and pink skein that ends in an explosion of speckles, dyed up by none other than Yarn Love. It's a durable yet soft merino/nylon blend, so it should make it through the zombie apocalypse unharmed. The adorable yet grim bag features zombies in love on one side, and bones in the shape of hearts on the other. The drawstring bag is reversible, fits two skeins of yarn and is perfect option for those of us who have a tendency to overstuff our zippered project bags and then snag our yarn in the zipper. No zipper, no snagging!
This kit comes with a chocolate tasting bar from local Debrands Fine Chocolates and a set of 2 Clover tapestry needles. This kit will sell for $56. A fab deal for yarn, a project bag, a treat and a tool.
This next one speaks to my love of all things Flamingo. If I had a Florida house, I would be the lady with plastic flamingos all over my lawn. If you feel the same, you'll adore the Flamingo Flamenco Knit Kit. These well-balanced birds are all the rage in décor right now, and I just couldn't leave them out of this year's Valentine offering. The yarn for this kit is super soft because it's Dream in Color's Smooshy with Cashmere. With 20% cashmere in this merino/cash/nylon blend, you'll definitely notice the luxurious texture when knitting it up and wearing. The color, Flamingo Flamenco (sounds like Tomato/Tom-ah-to, right?) is a combination of salmon, bubble gum, and pale pink overdyed with a subtle grey. This color would look great on most of us- a cowl worn right against the skin or a lacy shawl. Aaaand I've just gone down the Ravelry Rabbit Hole... now I want to knit this into a Reyna. Or a Starshower. Eeek- what about Appia? OK, definitely the Antarktis. *sigh* Someone stop me. Deep breath.
The reverse side is nearly as awesome as the flamingo side, doncha think? Bubble gum pink hearts and Love scrolled across the fabric.
This kit is completed with a Debrands caramel pecan turtle and a set of two Clover bent-tip tapestry needles. It can be yours for $55. And if you click fast enough.
These kits will both go up for sale on Monday, Jan 23. Usually I list these early/mid morning EST. As usual, I do expect them both to sell out that day. I do wish I could put more kits together for everyone, but due to the hand made nature and all, there's a limited supply. I do have awesome things planned for spring and summer, so if you miss out, just know there's always something super to come too!
I've got some amazing hues coming your way next week from Hedgehog Fibres! Shown above is one of our Potluck (limited release) colors in Skinny Singles, and shown below is our batch of Fools Gold on DK which is so vibrant it nearly glows with color. If you've been waiting for a fresh batch of yarn to Find your Fade, check back next Monday or Tuesday. I have a handful of the 30-mini-skein sets now for those who have been waiting.
Also coming next week is a beautiful batch of yarn from Fiddleknits and info about our upcoming Valentine Knit Kits. One is adorably cute with flamingos and the other is zombie love themed.
I'll also have a new sparkly Opal Yarn collection and likely some other goodies (perhaps more from House of a la Mode). Next week promises to be a big one!
Want to be among the first to try out our new Poste Yarn cashmere blend base? Now's your chance and it's even at a 10% off introductory price! You're getting a full sized striped skein in the Playa Flamingo strip and a half-sized semi solid skein for $48 instead of $54. I knit the socks above in a women's size 8, and I have half of the mini skein and at least a third of the striping skein left! So you have plenty for a regular sock project and a ankle pair, or perhaps an adorable hat or these mitts.
I know there is a lot of interest in this, so if you find that the link says it's sold out, we will be doing a second batch of this set. Next month will be a different striping skein and mini. Eventually we will also release single skeins (without the mini) in the cashmere blend and an array of striping colors.