Out kits often sell out within a day, so while I do hope there are enough to go around, please don't hesitate too long if you think you'd like one. Thanks so much for celebrating our 10th anniversary with us!
We're into the third month of the Simply Socks 10th Anniversary celebration, and I have for you a chance to win some sKNITches Nimble! In keeping with tomorrow's upcoming kit (Set your alarms, if you're hoping to buy one - these things tend to sell quickly!), tell me about a knitting or crochet tool you couldn't live without.
You have until Tuesday, August 11th at noon to enter, when I will randomly choose three winners to each win a skein. One entry per person, please.
Miss Babs has dyed us up a new batch of showstopping color. I have it on both the Tarte Sock (a merino/tencel/nylon blend that knits up with the shine and drape of silk, but without the price) and their merino/nylon Hot Shot. I could go on about it, but really, let's let the yarn speak for itself:
I've been hinting at our 3rd and final 10th anniversary kit for a couple weeks now, and finally here's the reveal! This coming Tuesday, August 4, you'll have a chance to grab one of these packages featuring yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts and the awesomely useful Yarnit accessory to tote and protect your yarn.
So let's talk about the special edition yarn. Tina and her team dyed up this glorious colorway, Jitterbug, on their popular Socks that Rock Lightweight base. Yes, this would make gorgeous socks, but the color seems to be one that would look good on nearly everyone, so I'm thinking a Sockhead. I'm almost always thinking Sockhead, so I'm somewhat predictable.
The yarn comes protected by a cool new accessory known as the Yarnit. It's a super invention made by Kate Sullivan, and she has this to say about the Yarnit:
"My "aha" moment happened at 30,000 feet. My yarn fell out of my lap, rolling under multiple passenger seats behind me and all over the grimy floors of the airplane. By the time passengers were able to kick it back to me it was covered with months of crumbs, dirt and who knows what else from the airplane floor. Additionally I purchased a small farm in upstate NY and was having some renovations done. The 4 hr drive in the car back and forth every weekend was prime yarning time but now, unavoidably, the car floor was covered in mud, stones and bits & pieces from the construction. It was wicked when my yarn fell from my bag or lap to the car floor mat.
Now add to the above PK, my curious yarn chasing cat, Yankee, my needle eating dog and the tangled mess of storing my yarn loose in a knit bag, only to be constantly loosing time sorting everything out when I did get those precious few minutes, resulted in the invention of the Yarnit.
My precious yarn is now kept safe & clean, protected from grime and pets and ready to go at a moments notice.
The Yarnit is a lovely glass-like globe made of Lexan (the same material your eye glass lenses, race car and hurricane windows are made from) making it highly durable,, practically unbreakable and it won't discolor.
Easily pop your yarn in and out. Changing yarns is so simple and the centrifugal force design means your yarn flows like butter keeping your tension smooth and sweet. The Yarnit is a 5" globe that is a perfect size for your knit bag, or use the strap and work anywhere anytime. It makes knitting a true joy but is especially great for the knitter who loves to take their knitting everywhere they go. Heck it even fits in the cup holder of your car. There are docking slots to keep your yarn and needles protected and the base which offers storage for your stitch markers and darning needles, will hold firm to all surfaces without causing any damage."
The base of your Yarnit slips off and easily holds your tapestry needle, stitch markers (not included in the kit) or other accessories so you can keep track of everything and not worry about losing your tools.
Kate even customized the Yarnit with the Simply Socks Yarn Company logo to commemorate our 10th Anniversary. How cool is that?
Rounding out this kit is a set of gift tags so you can tell a loved one how much knitting for them means to you.
This kit will sell for less than $60, which is a super deal. I'll have other Yarnits in the shop for you later, but this custom one is available just in this kit.
Our special edition kits tend to sell out within a day. Our last two kits this summer sold out in just a few short hours. So please don't hesitate too long if you think this one is for you. I typically put these on the website around 8am EST. Yes, I know this can be a bit trying for those in other time zones, but since this is the time zone we work in, this is what works for us. We are a small team, so we do our best to be as efficient as we can and keep costs to a minimum for you. I take all your suggestions and even your complaints to heart. I know it can be frustrating when you miss out on something you really want, and I wish I could have more kits available, but it's not something we can do and still maintain the quality we are known for.
We all greatly appreciate your interest in our kits! Designing and sending these to you is one of the highlights of what we do. Really. And we have some awesome things planned for the upcoming fall and winter. I'll keep you updated!
Tell me in the comments below about your favorite, non-sock way to use self-striping yarns, and I'll randomly choose a winner. Links to patterns and projects are as always appreciated. Contest closes next Friday (that's the 31st) at noon EST, so don't take too long to answer!
If you live in the Midwest like us, you are familiar with ALL THE RAIN that we've been experiencing throughout this summer (sorry, California. Don't mean to rub it in.). Day after day, we see rain fall from the skies, drowning our crops, flooding our rivers and parks, and ruining infrastructure. It's been a wet one, and it's finally starting to dry up and we are now experiencing the balmy, hot summers that we are known for in Indiana.
The arrival of yarn has mirrored our weather patterns over the past couple weeks, and I'm swimming to keep up. This isn't a bad thing though. It means that even during the busy fair and festival season, our dyers are still making you a priority and sending along amazingly colored skeins to inspire us. I do hope to have these all available on the website for you in the next couple days (or come in the shop this Saturday from 10-4 to see EVERYTHING in person).
Shown above in Lorna's Laces, clockwise: April Showers, Grasshopper, Thunder Storm and Lava Flow
Just some of what I'll have for you includes: new colors and restocks of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock; new colors and restocks of Madelinetosh including Tosh Sock, Merino Light, Pashmina and Tosh DK; restocks of popular lines of Regia like Fluormania, Arne & Carlos, and Colormania; new hues from The Cyborg's Craft Room and Hedgehog Fibres; PLUS another SSYC 10th anniversary kit coming in early August featuring a special something from Tina and gang at Blue Moon Fiber Arts. There's so much great stuff to share soon and I'll do my best to continue photographing and getting it on the website for everyone to browse.
Shown below, SSYC exclusive colors from Hedgehog Fibres, clockwise: Ruin, Sangria, Sand Castle and Leaf
My apologies for being somewhat radio-silent over the past few weeks here, on Facebook and Instagram. Just trying to keep up while also having the kids all over me during summer break. There's just so much going on fiber-wise and life-wise and I'm fortunate for this, but darn it if it doesn't eat into my socializing with all of you! Also expect a lot more contests in the coming weeks as we and our awesome vendors continue to celebrate SSYC's 10th Anniversary!
Want to win some awesome Regia from our good friends at Westminster Fibers? Heck yeah you do!
Tell me in the comments below about your favorite knitting spot, and I'll randomly choose three people to win. Contest ends Thursday, July 16 at noon EST, so don't hesitate too long to enter!
My favorite knitting spot is with my friends at a local coffee place. Until I joined their weekly group, I never knit with a group before, and I have to admit that I'm super happy I took the plunge and joined in. Now we do all sorts of things together and are lifelong friends, I'm sure. It can be somewhat daunting to join in a group that you've never met before, but these ladies have turned out to be some of my closest friends and I'm lucky to have found them. If you have yet to join others in your craft, I encourage you to do it. I'm so glad I did.
If you like to be treated to awesome, one-of-a-kind skeins, this club is for you. The theme this time around is "splendid surprise", and you'll receive an unexpectedly colored skein each month from September through December. This is the type of club that will introduce you to new color ideas and textures and allow you to knit outside your normal crayon box of colors.
The four dyers participating in this club are unparalleled. One artist is brand spankin' new to us, someone I've wanted to have in the shop for YEARS, and her yarn will make a debut in the club. I'm only going to share one of them with you now, and the rest will be a surprise they arrive each month at your doorstep. Who is that dyer? Beata at Hedgehog Fibres. The colorway she composed for June's 10th Anniversary Kit sold out in about three hours, which is super fast, even for our quick-selling kits. So the fact that she was willing to take on ANOTHER special project for us, well, that makes me super proud. You are going to LOVE what she's creating for us.
Want in? Great! The details are all listed here. Basically, you pay upfront to secure your subscription, then the dyers start creating your skeins, and you'll receive your first one mid-month in September. US shipping is already included in the cost, and if you are not in the US, you'll see the one-time flat shipping rate added to your order. If you are local and would like to pick up your order in the shop, just choose in-store pickup and I'll refund $20 to your payment method. Please don't add anything else to your shopping cart with the club, just the club alone. As usual, you can order several clubs on one order, and I'll refund $20 for each additional club ordered and shipped to the same address. A lot of you order more than one b/c you like to have extra yarn for larger projects, or you order some for a friend as a gift. And I'm happy to refund the extra shipping portion of that so you aren't paying for more shipping than you should.
Have any questions? Just e-mail me here and I'm happy to help! Sign ups usually stay open for two weeks, but it could be less if the spaces sell out.
This is the first silk blend I've found with sparkle and it's amazing. The colors dyed by Felicia and the Sweet Georgia team are bold and saturated. Perfect for all those shawls and lace pieces that you want to have a bit of glitter, but also appropriate for long-wearing socks.
And if you're one of the very patient people waiting for more Tough Love (merino/nylon), then your wait is over. I have dozens of colors for you to choose from right now. Like Spring Garden
Time for more SSYC 10th anniversary fun! Tell me how many pairs of socks you've knit so far this year, and I'll randomly choose one person to win these size 9 sample socks from Regia. I LOVE this color. We had this collection in the sale section earlier this summer, and it went quickly. I wish I would have snagged a ball for myself when it was available.
Leave one comment below before noon EST on July 10 and you could win. Thanks for playing!
Thanks so much for the interest in this week's 10th anniversary kit. It did sell out quickly, and your support is greatly appreciated. I've had lots of questions about this one, mainly if we will have it available again, and we will not. Our kits are typically available just once. But we do have another awesome anniversary kit coming next month. We are still busy shipping out orders from this week and we'll likely get them all out the door before we take off for the holiday weekend here in the US.
Do you have big plans for the 4th? We will have having a small cookout at our place for our family and will be celebrating the boys' birthdays while everyone is in town visiting. Then it's off to watch the fireworks downtown... with a tired wee one at 10pm, it should be interesting. It's hard to believe that Henry is nearly 3 and James is nearly 8. This morning, the three of us were all cuddling on James' bed, waking him up, and it was such a sudden change to see Henry grown into a boy's body instead of a baby's. He and James are all skinny, tan limbs and summer hair cuts, when just a year ago I would have considered Henry to still be a baby with curly locks and chubby cheeks. How things change.
I'm currently thinking about tomorrow's menu, which may have to have THIS on it. Have a great holiday weekend!
Sarah at Fiberstory sent us her new Gradient Sets. These sets include 7 little skeins that can be used together to create a stunning effect for socks or larger projects. We are even giving away three of these on Instagram contest this week!