Heather wants ALL the Babs. But she can't have it all. I need to save some for you, right? We received a new batch yesterday of Tarte and Hot Shot. Hot Shot is new to Babs- it's basically the same as Cosmic, but seems to be spun a bit tighter. Very, very similar.
We've been dyeing up new colors in the Poste Yarn studio. The two samples above just finished drying and we are in love. Big time. We'll dye up batches next week and have them available for you later this month. The color below is our newest gem, Haida Gawaii.
Finally, a photo of last night's stormy sky. There's something about the color in this landscape that really speak to me. That tinge of pink.
Opal's newest collection, inspired by animal "best friends", is now available! Eight totally knitworthy self-patterning colorways that give you not only an addictive time on the needles, but a completed pair that holds up to the least careful washing and drying. Opal and Trekking XXL are two that I seem to have been knitting more than any others over the past two years. Not only because I love letting the yarn do the work for me, but also because the finished socks hold up to machine washing like nothing else.
Today is one of those days. There's so much new yarn here at the shop that I'd much rather just look at it all, than do real work. I mean, I'd like to think that in my job just looking at yarn could be part of the description and could be considered ok, but there's always so much to do here that just "looking at yarn" isn't something I get to do. But today, oh today, that's all that wants to get done.
Not only am I literally surrounded by tables and tables of Tosh today...
...but Heather is in the midst of dyeing up all the amazing skeins for this month's Poste Yarn Club color in the studio. And if you are part of this club, you are going to love LOVE this color. I can't stand it, it's just so cool. (If you aren't in the club, this one will end next month and there will be sign ups for another in a few months.)
So not only am I tempted by tons of amazing yarn, but if I walk to the back studio to, say, refill my coffee or get a snack, I can't escape the awesomeness. Just so much color happening in here this week.
It's finally here. You may have heard the buzz over the past year as Madelinetosh tested their newest yarn base. Sock knitters have been asking for a merino/nylon sock yarn from Madelinetosh, and we have finally been answered with a beautiful, soft new yarn called Twist Light.
Twist Light is a rare offering from Madelinetosh, as it includes nylon. The artisan dyer usually sticks to all-natural fibers, but many sock knitters really do prefer a bit on nylon in their sock yarn. Thankfully our request has been taken to heart and we have a brand new yarn to offer you.
I currently have 80 colors for you to choose from, each one a stunning example of hand dyed beauty. From the glazed solids to the wild confetti colors, I'm betting you'll find something you love.
I do want to stress that this base yarn is unusually soft for a merino/nylon blend. To me, it even has the feel of a luxury blend that includes cashmere. But no cashmere and no luxury-blend pricetag! This is definitely a sock yarn that holds up to washing and wearing, but also would make a superb garment or shawl.
I'm so glad to be sharing this new yarn with you today. It truly is a work of art in a skein.
It's been nearly 10 years since I started this blog. For those of you who have been reading that whole time, or even a bit of that time, you realize that if there's one thing I adore in a sock yarn, it's STRIPES. Heck, I created a whole new yarn line dedicated to my obsession.
So it's no surprise that when it comes to trends in striping sock yarn, my shop would be on the leading edge of all that is stripes. Leave it to Poste Yarn to create something so bold, so amazing, that it makes one think "Why didn't someone do this sooner?"
Fear. Fear of being just TOO awesome.
All. Black. Striping. Sock yarn.
A total game changer.
I know, I know. It seems too simple. But sometimes the simplest knits are the best. I'll share the availability details on this as soon as I can. Til then, just imagine the possibilities.
Over the past several years, I've accumulated quite a sizable stash of single skein of highly variegated sock yarns. It seems I can't resist those tempting, squishy skeins, even though I haven't a clue what I'm going to knit with them when they make their way into my life (and admittedly many of them came from Simply Socks!).
I'd like to do something with these skeins, but I'm not in the frame of mind to do socks right now. I'd prefer to do a project I can keep on circular needles since I'll be enjoying quite a bit of traveling this summer, and the projects stay safer for me on circs when I travel. I know that designs like Hitchhiker are really popular with hand painted yarns, but I'd like some other ideas. I'm thinking I'd like to knit eight or nine shawls or shawlettes this summer so that I have some pretty gifts to give the women in my family for Christmas.
Can you Knitters recommend some single skein (or two skein) projects that I can use along with my hand painted skeins?
Tracy in Tacoma
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It's been hard to find time to knit lately. The boys, Joe, cooking, and playing volleyball have been getting more of my attention recently. Once or twice a week I take a few hours to create little stitches, but I'd say that the past month has been somewhat of an empty knitting landscape for me, but when I do knit it's been brightly colored projects that get my attention. Perhaps because of the weather (we are still getting snow here, as of yesterday!) When I do have a few moments, I've been working on this sock. Picture shown is of the first sock, but I'm halfway done with the second now.
It's Opal's Potpourri collection and its a very fun knit. I've been looking at my sock drawer and found that it's lacking in purple so this was a great addition. I think next needs to be some sort of blue. Perhaps from the Beach Treasure collection. Or a dark color. Most of my socks are bright in color because I knit mostly at night in a darkened room and looking at little black stitches would be maddening. Plus crazy colors are much more fun on simple socks. Especially during such a dreary time of year.
We got new Trekking XXL colors this week (staring at 579) and I'm considering one of those next. Opal is also coming out with a rare cotton blend collection soon, and I'm looking forward to that one too. So much to consider.... Now only if I had more knitting time. I love that knitting is always waiting for me, be it nightly or weekly. Never pressuring me for more, always giving.
Do you find that your knitting time is consistent? Or are there certain weeks or months that you knit much more than others? For me, this past couple months has definitely qualified as a knitting dry spell for me. Spring break is next week, and I'm hoping to have a lot of time to knit while spending time with the boys and family. Anyone have exciting spring break plans??
For those of us who have been waiting not-so-patiently for spring. For those of us who can't wait to celebrate better weather, new growth, and possibilities. For those of us who appreciate hand made goods that are created by artisans we'd love to sit across the table from and enjoy a stitch and mug of something tasty. This kit is for us. Treat yourself to a Spring Spendor Knit Kit, exclusive to Simply Socks Yarn Company.
More grand that our usual kits, this beauty features a merino/silk 6-skein Gradient Luxe set from The Unique Sheep. That's 50% more yarn than is typical. Perfect for those who would like a stunning gradient shawl. Choose any simple pattern and let the yarn do the work for you. I recommend this. Or apply the color changing formula used in this pattern to any simple shawl pattern and let the skeins do the work for you. Perhaps look at the Hitchhiker, Wingspan, or this simple triangle shawl.
The bag for this kit is made from the coolest fabric I've seen in a long time. So of course I had to have it. On the exterior, a chevron comprised of stripes, dots and ticking. On the inside, coordinating dots. It's an accessory you can carry around year long. It's the Tall/Skinny size from Vickie and Danny at Bird Leg Bags, which means that not only is it large enough for a sweater project, but it's of the highest quality you'll find in hand made crafting bags.
As always, I've chosen a select few tools to accompany your yarn. You'll receive a pair of snips that you can carry in your knitting tool case (shown below open and closed), a silver sock knitter stitch marker, and a wee little Soak Mini.
This kit is larger that our typical kits with 50% more yarn and a bigger knitting bag. By purchasing this kit, you are already eligible for FREE USPS Priority shipping. Just choose that option at check out. Because you're getting free shipping, it's a great time to add a few things to your order. What's new in the shop? I have new colors of Trekking XXL, new colors and huge restock of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Multi's, Nearly Solids and Stripes. As well as Solemate. What about the new colors we just got in the sale section from Mineville Wool Project for 50% off?? And if you think that trying the kit's featured yarn will make you want to keep knitting the Gradiant sets from The Unique Sheep, we have a stunning array of Sock Sets and 6-skein Luxe Sets for you.
I know many of you have been waiting for news about the upcoming Spring Knit Kit, and the wait is almost over! I anticipate putting it up for sale this coming Monday or Tuesday morning (I may edit this blog later when we have figured out which of those days it will go live). If you'd like more details of the kit they can be found here. Keep in mind that our special edition kits tend to sell out within a day, so if you think this is something you want in your life, don't hesitate too long. As usual, I'll blog as soon as it's available online. There will also be a link on the homepage of the website.
Also coming quite soon, perhaps as soon as Friday, is the second batch of superb sale yarn from Mineville Wool Project. Most of the colors we receive tend to sell out within a few days- this stuff is that gorgeous. If you'd like a preview of this yarn and what you can knit with it, I blogged about that a few days ago here. Here are two of the new colors that just arrived, Rainbow and Cosmic Dawn. WOWZA.
This selection of six self-patterning colors has created quite a following already, and it JUST became available in the US. I do expect it to sell out quickly in the store (and I believe we're the first in the US to have it available), and I'm told that there's no more coming to the US until late this summer. If it sells too quickly for you to grab some, just know I do plan on getting more in all colors.
If you adore Regia as much as I do, you might also like to take a look at the restocks of the popular Colormania and 6-ply Stripemania that we have. Or take a look at ALL the Regia we have here.
Edited to add a couple hours later- the colors have started selling out, so please don't hesitate too long if you would like one before the next batch this summer.
I have for you our latest special run from Mineville Wool Project: 125g skeins of DK weight single-ply yarn. Compare this 25%-larger-than-normal skein to a comparable skein of $29, and this means at $14.50 a skein you're getting 50% off! We had this same yarn in the sale section a few months ago and most of the colors sold out within hours. So please don't hesitate too long if you think this is for you. Make your way to the sale now!
What should you knit with this? ALL THE THINGS. Seriously. It's delicious. Your personal shopper/shipper Rachael knit this Enfield sweater from her skeins that she bought last time we had this in stock. The color is Stardust.
My friend, Diana, knit this adorable Honey Cowl and hat set out of hers. Color is Tidepool.
Heather, SSYC's shop manager, chose three colors and knit this simple striped cowl. Colors are Pumpkin, Charcoal and Pewter.
Rachael couldn't resist the yarn from this new batch and immediately snagged some and cast on. And wouldn't you know it, she comes back to work and the next time I see her she has a new hat. It's not even hat weather anymore, but she just couldn't resist! Pattern is Narwhal and she used on skein of the sale yarn in Cedar.
The possibilities are nearly endless. The only thing I wouldn't knit with it is socks. And that's b/c a single-ply yarn looks and feels amazing, but doesn't hold up as well to hard wear over time. This yarn is perfect for wearing against the skin and keeping you warm all winter. And because it's superwash, it can be machine washed without felting, though I do think I would hand wash things made from this, myself. And then I would snuggle in it EVERY. DARN. DAY.
I do have a second shipment of this yarn coming in a few weeks. So if the color you want sells out, just know I have many more coming in late March.
Spring is finally FINALLY showing itself. The weather is decidedly better, although still very wet, and we can finally venture outside without wearing layer upon layer. If you're in the mood to celebrate that, or if you just love these colors as much as I do, here's a preview of our upcoming Spring Knit Kit.
The stars of this kit are the stunning 6-skein Gradiance set from The Unique Sheep and a perfectly coordinating chevron bag from Bird Leg Bags. These two look so great together that I keep taking pictures of them together over and over.... and over.
A Hitchhiker would be stunning in this. So would a Wingspan. Or a simple triangle shawl. Since this yarn is a 50% merino, 50% silk blend, you could rock any simple shawl pattern by applying the color change formula used in this pattern. Pick a pattern you've been wanting to knit for awhile, and make it a stunner by using this 600 yarn Gradiance set, exclusive to this kit. Laura and Kelly are the dyeing duo behind the Unique Sheep, and their specialty is applying dye to mini skeins so that when the skeins are knit in order, they create a gradient. One skein flows into another, creating an effect that beautifully changes from one multi to another.
The interior dotted fabric of the bag is even adorable, isn't it? I'm so in love with this.
The kit will also include a useful and fun goodie or two. It will be a bit pricier than typical, and that's because not only is the bag the Tall/Skinny (more expensive) variety, but the Gradient set is not only 50% more than typically (it's 600 yards total) but it's also a luxury fiber blend. I expect the kit to be somewhere between $85-90. And if you are in the US, this qualifies you for free shipping!
If this is something you need in your life, it will be available in a week or so on the shop's website.. I don't have a firm date yet, but I'll definitely give you a couple days notice here on the blog so that you can plan your attack. The hand made nature of our knit kits means that there is limited availability. As much as I would like there to be enough to go around, the kits do tend to sell out within day (sometimes three hours). I know this can cause frustration. I wish I could force all the artisans to make stuff just for my shop, but I've already proposed the idea to Vickie and Danny (of Bird Leg Bags) but they just don't like the idea of being chained in my barn all year long, let out only to make cute things. Odd, right?
One of the things that changed in my knitting last year was the respect with which I treat it. Knitting isn't just a hobby to me, it's my meditation, my relaxation, my "me time". I learned not to put restrictions on my knitting and craft in general. I'm allowing knitting to be something that I enjoy and don't try to put any random limits on. If I want to start a project, I start it. No matter how many others I have on the needles. I know I'll get around to finishing them anyway (and if I don't, who cares?), so I don't try and make myself feel guilty or impose odd restrictions on this part of my life.
I've also learned to respect the time and effort I put into my projects. Partially by choosing yarn and needles that I really want to use (and not feeling bad if it doesn't work out and I need to tear out) and also by toting and storing my projects in worthy bags. I love when I not only get compliments on my projects by knitters, but also on the bags (even by non-knitters!). With all the time and effort I put into my craft, I feel compelled to keep them safe (and look adorable) in hand made bags.
I love that Bird Leg Bags makes affordable bags in fundand trendy fabrics. I have at least a dozen of Vickie and Danny's bags in various sizes and fabrics. Holiday ones, silly ones, graphic patterns.... you name it. Today I have some great additions to share with you in the Tall Skinny (for multiple-skein projects) and Sock Rectangle bags.
For those of you have been waiting.... that wait is over. Our newest batch from The Unique Sheep is here! There's just something about these gorgeous sets of mini skeins that just make my imagination go wild. Choose any of the Sock Sets and apply the color changing formula used here, and you'll have an addictive project that's sure to please. You can also choose a 6-skein Luxe set (merino/silk) to do a long pair of socks or a shawl. Just apply the same color changing formula to the shawl of your choice and you can't go wrong.