I know the exact date I started this project, which is rare for me. I only know this b/c I envied the color idea of Liz, who came in the shop on a Saturday to get yarn for a two color project. Rachael suggested that she combine a multicolor from Miss Babs Tarte with a solid-ish color from our Poste Yarn Patina (b/c they are the same base, or at least look/feel to be to us). Heather helped Liz pick out the color combo of Zombie Reunion and Antelope Canyon. And I loved it so much that I grabbed some for myself and chose the Phi shawl. So I guess it took four of us to come up with this idea.
It has a bit of an odd shape, so I'm not sure exactly how I'll wear it yet. It is longer on one side of the triangle than the others, so it could easily slip off my shoulders while trying to work or wrestle the boys into the car. So I think it will be worn more as a scarf around my neck.
I liked the combination of a multicolor Tarte and solid-ish Patina so much that I then picked two more colors to start another project. A Stripe Study shawl using Patina in Taj Mahal and Tarte in the color that Babs dyed up for last year's anniversary kit.
But that's on hold right now as I knit some OnLine Rio socks in color 1660. And then I'm choosing some sock yarn leftovers to knit a coffee cup cozy or two. This one was knit by a friend who just cast on 64 stitches in a fingering weight (this is BMFA Socks that Rock) and did a rib for a few inches. She said it was a bit too big, so I think I'll cast on 56 and do a 2x2 rib. Something quick and satifying and definitely gift worthy to have on hand.
And in case you didn't see, we got in a bunch more sale yarn today. Check out the sale section for 50% off of some great self-patterning colors. I'm working on a sock in the Rio collection, color 1660 this week.
Striping sock yarn is one of my favorite things in the whole world. It's something that gives me true joy. There's something about seeing one tiny stitch after another develop into a colorful display, don't you think? I have for you today three different striping collections.
First, Striped Turtle Toes from Turtlepurl Yarn. Genevieve dyes her skeins in her Canadian studio. You don't get one skein, you get two 50g skeins which are dyed to match and create perfectly matching stripes on your socks (as long as you pull from the same ends of skein after winding into a ball). Below are colors inspired by angry birds, Pac Man, and Burberry.
Finally, we have received many requests for more of our Poste Yarn striping highlighter colors, and we aim to please. You'll find all those back in stock (til this batch sells out). We even have a few more to share later this week. Below is the adorable Lanesplitter skirt that Rachael knit out of one skein of Gold Coast and one skein of Cascade Heritage in Charcoal.
The yarn we all went crazy over is this new striping sock yarn from Turtlepurl Yarn in Canada. I'll have this for you on the website later this week. Super awesome hand dyed stripes. One box was delivered several days ago, and after people saw that one box, we literally stalked the USPS guy to get that second box (which had been delayed). We found his truck across the street and left a little note on it asking for it to PRETTY PLEASE be delivered asap. Thank you for having a great sense of humor, Dominic! Our USPS carrier knows we area loony bunch.
Our Saturday ended in the 12th hour, as we wanted to get all the sale yarn packages on their way to you. For those who missed out on some of the colors, I'll have a lot more sale yarn in a few days in the Sale Section.
This is how I spent my Sunday, knitting away on a new sock. These colors remind me of late 70's nylon track suit colors. I love them! It's OnLine Rio color 1660 and will be back in the Sale Section in a few more days.
SSYC is having a March Madness sale which is set to start in the shop tomorrow during our in-person shopping hours. But I thought I'd start things a day early online! Afterall, we could all use an infusion of color right now- it's still white outside, and now the temps have dipped back down below 0 again. So let's kick February out the door with feet adorned in colorful hand knit socks (shown below in Rio color 1656, which just sold out with more coming in a week).
If you're planning on coming into the shop on March 1 (Saturday from 10-4) to snag some of these, you are welcome to place your order online and then e-mail that you'd like to pick them up instead of ship. But I don't anticipate any of these colors selling out in one day. Edited to add: OK, I was wrong. A few hours later a few are already sold out, but I hope to get more.
So what do I have for you? Check out the Sale Section for dozens of OnLine Supersock colors- in fingering, DK and worsted weight. Some even infused with aloe & jojoba. All of them machine washable and dryable. All wonderful deals of 50% off or more. The details of these collections are below.
Online's Supersock 4-ply London Color. A collection of self-striping black and gray with a thin line of color. Perfect for those days when you want your socks to blend in to what you're wearing instead of stand out. Or great for that person who wants you to knit them black socks, but the idea of all those tiny black stitches makes you want to teach them to knit for him or herself. This is a collection I could wear every day of the week.
Online Supersocke Rio 4-ply Color. I just may stash one of each of these. Not only are they colorful, but the fiber is infused with aloe and jojoba, which pampers your feet and lasts through several dozen washes.
Online Supersocke 4-ply Sydney Color. These colors you need to see in person to see how vibrant they are, and to see how the colors in each sock really play together. The kind of socks you'll be proud to wear or gift to someone.
Online Supersocke 6-Ply Vegas Color. This 6-ply, DK weight yarn is a quicker knit that the traditional 4-ply yarn shown above. You'll have thicker socks that are not only warmer, but hold up to wear even better. Each ball has 150 grams, so you're getting 50% more than a typical ball of yarn. PLUS this one's infused with aloe and jojoba to pamper those tootsies.
The following three collections are restocks of ones you may have seen in the Sale Section a couple months ago, but they sold out and we've been able to get a bit more.
Online Supersocke 4-ply New York Color. Tonal stripes that are not only fun to knit, but great to wear.
Online Supersocke 6-Ply Milano Color. Choose among these eight colors for a quick, satisfying knit. The finished socks will be slightly thicker than their fingering weight cousins, and will also be warmer and wear a bit better. A 150 gram ball.
Online Supersocke 8-ply Aspen Color. This is a rare light-worsted weight collection. It knits up into thick socks that defy cold temperatures. Also consider for accessories like mittens, hats and scarves. One ball for smaller feet, two balls for large feet.
The restoration of our building, coming up on three years ago.
Demo took a short amount of time, but boy, there was a lot of debris from take down two floors to open up the 14 foot ceilings. See below how many of the window are missing? They were covered with drywall.
Yeah, wood shake was uncovered. But so was the original post office wall tile, so there's that!
All the interior office walls torn out. The first 10 feet of the shop's original terazzo floor restored, and original wall tile made like new (much of it was painted ORANGE).
The men placing the floor tiles were truely talented, and great sports. Not only did I want the floor tiles placed in sets of four to create super large squares, but I also wanted them placed on the diagonal to make the space seem even more expansive. AND I wanted them to all radiate perfectly from the middle of the front door. Thankfully, they were sticklers for perfection as I was.
The building in our first neighborhood that Joe and saw potential in years before. So glad fate brought me here, to this place in Fort Wayne, Indiana, now full of fiber. The yarn shop of my dreams.
The wait is over! If you want to buy this awesome yarn online, Simply Socks Yarn Company is the place to be! I'm proud to offer such a wide array of the highest quality sock yarn in my shop, and Blue Moon Fiber Arts definitely fits our promise of offering you the best we can find at the fairest prices we can. After nearly nine years of waiting, Tina (owner of BMFA) has decided to change things up a bit and offer her yarn to select shops to sell online. We are the first local yarn shop to debut this option to you, to purchase from the comfort of your own home.
What do I have for you? First off, BMFA's most popular yarn, Socks that Rock Lightweight (shown above in Broody Bantams). This yarn is obviously great for socks, but is also fab for sweaters, baby garments and accessories. Snag one each of the colors you like to keep on hand for things like a stunning Sockhead hats (like I did) and Vanilla Latte socks. Afterall, this yarn is perfect to keep on hand for simple projects because the colors can certainly stand alone.
I have a dizzying array of color choices for you, but I know that many of you will be most excited about the holiday colors. These are usually available just the last couple months of the year, but I know that some of you like to snag Christmas-themed colors early to make sure you have it for when you need it. So you'll notice several of these colors in this batch.
Want a thicker weight Socks that Rock? I also have the heavyweight (shown above in Cockamamie, one of Tina's heirloom chicken colorways), which is a light-worsted weight which comes in a very generous 7 ounce skein (nearly double the size of similar yarns). This would make awesomely warm socks, super cool hats, mittens, baby garments and blankets. Try one of the Tipsy colors, which are white with a tip of color to them. Wouldn't that be awesome for a baby blanket? Mostly white with just a few streaks of color here and there?
Want some BFL? I have that too! Shown above in Black Magic, this fingering weight wool sucks up the color in a stunning way, giving you super saturated skeins. This base isn't superwash, so don't agitate it with hot water, but instead handwash cold. Makes awesome accessories.
We all deserve luxury, so I have a treat for you. Marine Silk Lace (shown above in Copperline) and Marine Silk Fingering (shown below in Jade). There's something about this combination of silk (51%) merino and sea cell (a plant fiber) that creates an almost metallic-looking skein. The sheen on this is unmatched in anything I've seen at this price. The Marine Silk fingering weight has nearly 500 yards, and the lace weight has over 850. Plenty of yardage for larger projects. If either of these is something you think you might like, please don't hesitate bcause I have a limited amount.
Like several of the hand dyed lines I offer, I hope to get in batches a few times a year. But I don't expect to have BMFA in stock all the time. I may procure enough of some colors to last an hour or a few weeks. I'll do my best to have the skeins in the shop that you want, so if you have suggestions for types of BMFA yarn or colors, just e-mail me at email@example.com. I'm here to listen and get what you need!
Last week, I showed off to you shop manager Heather's Iron Maiden shawl knit in the new yarn line we have in the shop, Wooly Wonka Fibers. Each day we're open, it gets a lot of attention- it's just one of those patterns that catches the eye and is a great use for fingering weight yarn. Today, I'd like to share with you some more designs of Marisa Hernandez, and give you the opportunity to win a free pattern of your choice.
Heather isn't the only one who appreciates Marisa's designs; Rachael (who is your personal shopper and shipper each time you place an order online) is working on a dark red Mariposa shawl right now (above), and I'm considering her Cable Rouge hat in some MadelineTosh DK (like the Tomato it looks like in the picture).
Marissa has been kind enough to offer a few patterns for a contest here. Are you in? All you need to do is look through all her patterns here on Ravelry, then comment below here on the blog which you would choose and perhaps tell us what yarn or color you're thinking of too. To be entered to win, all you really need to tell us is the pattern you'd choose, but we all find a lot of project inspiration in the comments, so if you've been considering a special skein, or would like to share what color you think would be awesome, please do tell. Maybe take a look at our Patina, Madelinetosh Merino Light, Malabrigo Sock or Wooly Wonka Fiber's Artio sock. Leave me one comment by Friday, Feb 28 at noon EST and you'll be entered to win one of three free coupon codes to redeem on Ravelry. I'll announce the three winners (and e-mail them) the following week.
I love our knitters. You are talented, generous, and appreciate the work and talent that goes into the skeins that we offer you and the stitches you create. It is important to me that I offer you the finest yarn I can find, at the most reasonable prices, and that everyone I work with represent the best of what you would want in yarn and in a small business. So when Tina Newton told me months ago that she wanted me to offer her yarn to my customers, I was so proud and happy. Proud that I got the opportunity to work with someone whose artistry and work I admire. And happy that I'd get to offer you skeins that you'd been requesting from me for nearly nine years.
Photo above of BMFA dye barn, courtesty of Tina Newton
Last year, SSYC started offering Blue Moon Fiber Arts in our storefront (and online in our sock yarn club and two holiday kits that sold out in just a few hours) and now Tina and I are nearly ready to offer you her yarn in the online shop as well. In less than a week, you'll be able to purchase Blue Moon Fiber Arts from Simply Socks Yarn Company from the comfort of your own home, wherever you are in the world. it's something that's been in the works for awhile now, and I'm so proud to launch this. Monday's the day.
Click on that picture. You NEED to. Yowza.
I have dozens of colors of Socks that Rock Lightweight and Heavyweight, BFL Fingering, and even some of the sumptuous Marine Fingering and Marine Lace. I have quite a lot available, but like the most sought after collections, it's likely to sell somewhat quickly. After all, Blue Moon Fiber Arts is a specially selected team of seven, not a huge corporation utilizing machines and lever-pullers. This isn't something that will be in stock all the time. Think of this more like a curated collection of yarn and colors that I'll offer a few times a year. Some colors may sell nearly immediately, and some may last a bit longer. I do hope I have enough to last awhile each time though.
Shown above, my Sockhead Hat in progress (now finished and worn) in Socks that Rock lightweight in Free Range Chickens
I'm so happy to be able to offer this yarn to you in a few short days. These are skeins that I adore and I can't wait to be able to share them. Though I will admit that as we have been taking photos, we have been saying things like "Oh, man, I can't believe I didn't get this skein," or "OK, I really need to buy one of these before it's gone. What if it looks different next time?" You'd think that after 9 nears of working with yarn that I'd be somewhat immune to its charms. Nope, I'm still bewitched.
Thank you to all who participated in our yearly 12 Days of Sock Yarn Contest. It's our own little holiday celebration, and it's always a good time. I love to read each response, be inspired by your ideas and creativity, and I got more e-mails than ever this year from those of you who also love reading all the comments. I won't make you wait any longer.... here are the winners! Every winner has been e-mailed, so if you think one of these winning comments is yours, check your Inbox.
Winner of the 1st Day of Sock Yarn is Maureen who was asked "What did you knit more of this year using sock yarn? Socks? Or non-sock projects." She responded, "I knit more scarves and shawls. I used fingering yarn of the Madelinetosh Light that I had received as a gift for my birthday. I knit some with Ella Rae yarn as well. I knit others with stash." Maureen won an Amy Butler Cara Tote!
Winner of the 2nd Day of Sock Yarn is Beth who was asked, "What is your favorite hat pattern to knit with sock yarn?" She responded, "After seeing the Sockhead hat that you knit, I had to give it a try and I love it. It is now my perfect travel project. I am on my third one." Beth won four skeins of her choosing of Simply Sock Yarn Solids!
Winner of the 3rd Day of Sock Yarn is Kat who was asked, "Do you use yarn or knitting to decorate for the holidays?" She responded, "I have not used yarn or anything I've knitted for holiday decorations. Knitted decorations = trouble for mischievous knitties." Kat won the color of her choice in the popular Little Prince collection by Opal!
Winner of the 6th Day of Sock Yarn is Judy who when asked, "What was your favorite skein you purchased from Simply Socks Yarn Company this year?" said "Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Socks that Rock was new to me and I love the two skeins- Sadie Sue Tipsy and Lady Edith. Need to find the perfect patterns for these lovelies." Judy won three skeins of Socks that Rock in Rauen... a line that will be available online in a week at SSYC! Details to come...
Winner of the 7th Day of Sock Yarn is Nancy F who was asked "How do you typically celebrate on New Years Eve?" and answered, "We relax with family and have the crockpot cooking with that great old Southern tradition of blackeyed peas to include with our main meal on New Years Day. The kitties usually spend the evening in a closet or under a bed from the neighborhood fireworks." Nancy won the color of her choice in the newest 6-ply collection from Opal.
Winner of the 8th Day of Sock Yarn is Leah H who was asked "What was the most ambitious or outside-your-box project that you started or completed this year?" and answered "I did my first sweater this year, as well as learning stranded colorwork (though I haven't finished my project yet!). Despite those knitting milestones, I think my biggest challenge is the one I'm working on now-- starting and finishing a sweater within 1 month, while abroad, doing fieldwork for my Master's theses. If I get it done, I will be very impressed with myself." Leah won the two featured skein of Cascade Heritage 150 solids!
Winner of the 9th Day of Sock Yarn is Amy who was asked "What method do you use for knitting your socks?" and said, "Started on DPNs, but have taught myself to use Magic Loop and circulars. I think it's important to expand the knitting arsenal! I'll take any of them, as along as I have socks on the needles." Amy won two skeins of her choosing in the Rowan Fine Art collection!
Winner of the 10th Day of Sock Yarn is Amy who when asked "How many hours a week do you dedicate to the fiber arts?" answered "Life does get in the way sometimes! My fiber arts are knitting only right now. I spend about 9 hrs per week on average knitting-- I'd go longer but my eyes get tired." Amy won the who pictured skeins of Cascade Heritage, one paints, one solid.
It's Valentines Day today, so of course I want to share with you some yarn that I love. Manos Del Uruguay sent us restocks and new colors of their Alegria sock yarn. Luscious combinations to inspire us all. Check them out on the website or come see us in person tomorrow, Saturday from 10-4! The weather is finally decent enough to get out and about, and we'd love to see you. Happy Valentine's Day!!
I'm always excited to add a new dyer to the shop, and the yarn of Wooly Wonka Fibers is one the whole SSYC team has been salivating over for months. Shop-manager Heather knit up this awesome shawl to test the Artio Sock base months ago, and since then, it's been a constant reminder of the large amount of yarn coming from the mountains of New Mexico to the plains of Indiana.
Anne typically sells her wares at fiber festivals throughout the west, but recently decided to take on a few more shops. I'm so glad to be able to offer her skeins to you, not only because the colors are gorgeous and textures divine, but the prices are a deal. Each skein is $24, and that's with great yardage and luxury fibers. I have three bases for you to choose from Artio Sock (silk/bfl) Aerten Sock (merino/cashmere/nylon) and Arianrhod Sock (merino/silk/sparkle).
Shown below, Artio Sock in Around Midnight
I asked Anne to take a few moments with me and share a bit about her art and life, and here's what she had to say.
Allison @ SSYC: I'm so glad to be offering your skeins in the shop. What made you decide to take on new shops and change things up a bit?
Anne @ Wooly Wonka: Just in the last year I've started adding on shop customers. IN the past, I've only sold through my website and at fiber festivals. However, I've had several contacts from shop owners I had met at various festivals asking if they could carry my yarns and it's wound up to be a great opportunity for me as well as the LYS owners. Here in the Southwest, there aren't the prevalence of fiber shows that you'd find back east; committing to a 12-hr drive each way for most shows is a BIG committment, and being able to sell to stores gets me a little extra exposiure to knitters without having to drive quite so much!
Shown below, Aerten Sock in Nantucket
Allison @ SSYC: Tell me where we can find you this summer. What are some of your favorite or more memorable fiber fests or events?
Anne: This year I've cut back a bit on shows for the spring. I just had a book proposal picked up by Interweave Press and whew! Crazy schedule to get 23 garments and accessories designed, knit and out the door to editors by September. So I'm sticking close to home for the first half of the year. I have tentative plans for the Salida (CO) festival this fall, as well as the new Heart of NM Gathering in Albuquerque this summer. I'll possibly get to Texas in November.
I'll be the first to admit that I really like indoor shows. One of my favorites is the Dallas/Ft. Worth show. Well organized, nice space and great attendance. And I get an excuse to hang out with a great group on knitter friends from the area too. I did one outdoor show in Salt Lake years ago where we had a lovely, absolutely perfect weather day on Saturday, and then Sunday the winds started. They were just HOWLING down the mountain. We spent the day chasing skeins and hanging onto the tent for dear life! (Which is why I really like indoor shows. Not much chance of the booth blowing away!)
Allison: WOW. I can completely understand your change of pace. We're quite thankful that you're devoting more time to shops, as we will be one of them to benefit! I like the idea that by shopping at SSYC it's like browsing the aisles of a fiber festival.
My shop manager, Heather, knit the Artio Sock in the Dark Roast colorway into an Iron Maiden shawl. She said that every once in awhile there was a tiny red dot on the brown yarn and every time she saw that, it was like a treat. It made her happy and want to keep knitting til she saw another. While she and I know the reason for these artful inconsistencies in yarn, please tell readers are bit about dye and how it works. What causes these and as a dye artist what are your thoughts about the unpredictability of color?
Anne: The little flecks are caused by a "break" in the dye. Each color is made up of several base colors, some of which are happier to stay in solution than others. Reds are notorious for liking to pop up in odd little places. And a lot of my brown mixes have red in them for a warm tone, so that component sometimes becomes fugitive, leaving those tiny little specks.
Personally, as a knitter, yes I like them. To me it says "created by hand" and I love all the little changes from skein to skein. As a dyer, they sometimes are frustrating because it might not be what a customer envisions in their project. And of course, when dyeing a large batch at a time, you can bet it will be on the one skien that doesn't quite get a close going-over when it comes out of the pot and winds up in the hands of someone who prefers no flecks at all!
Allison: See, I love those inconsistencies. You can send me all the skeins that have flecks... I'll send you my home address...
So is yarn your full time gig? Or do you have a "day job" as so many dyers do?
Anne: Right now, I'm dyeing and designing about 35-40 hours a week, so in that respect, yes, it's a full-time gig. I also have another full-time day job (40 hours a week), which I'm hoping to give up in the short term and move into dyeing and designing as my only full-time job. Good thing I manage without a lot of sleep, eh?
Allison: I'm starting to realize that no one in this industry sleeps much! Well, thank you for taking time out of your super busy schedul to create amazing little skeins for my customers. Several of these lovelies were sold right out of the box on the day they arrived here, and I'm so glad to be able to share your talent with many others.
Shown above, a detail of Arianrhod Sock in Elphaba, so you can better see the sparkle.