Schaefer Yarn will soon be delivering a very special collection to Simply Socks Yarn Company... a commemorative collection of colorways dyed in Anne yarn only. A collection named Sock the Vote which includes 4 colorways named Cindy, Hillary, Michelle and Sarah. Regardless of your political affiliation, I bet you'll find at least one that tickles your fancy. I'm partial to the muted tones in Hillary myself... that seems odd- using "muted" and "Hillary" in the same sentence.
These colors will only be dyed until Election Day, and after that NO MORE (though I have ordered a LOT so that it may last a few extra weeks). I'm taking pre-orders for these colors nowand they will arrive here in a few days, at which your pre-orders will automatically ship to you. Or you are welcome to just wait until they arrive in stock to place your order. I'm offering a free Lace Cuff Sock pattern with purchase, so just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org after placing your order and I'll e-mail that right to you.
Want to learn more about this limited edition collection? Cheryl Schaefer, yes- the woman behind Schaefer Yarn- answered a few questions for me, and I'm pleased to share her answers with you here.
I recently read an article where I learned that you were the dyer to first coined the term "hand painted" when referring to yarn. How have your dyeing techniques changed since that time? Has your huge popularity forced you to come up with ways to dye yarn more efficiently?
Cheryl: All the wool fiber except the sock yarns are still dyed in the way they were done in the beginning. What is different is that we had to develop more repeatable formulas in order to grow. The original pots were one of a kind and there was no way to offer them nationally. Whatever spontaneity lost in creating formulas was more than made up for with the sock yarns because we create new colors for them every day, in addition to those done in named colors. I only dye occasionally now, although I make the sock colors. We have three full time dyers now.
What inspired you to start the Memorable Women color collections and how long have you been dyeing with these women in mind?
Cheryl: We have been dyeing the Memorable Women collections for many years now. The original idea came to me after days and days of thinking about the colors we were doing, which had numbers and not names, and that was boring. I knew I wanted something sustainable, something we could become known for, but it didn't come to me until one batch of yarn looked like Lucille Ball's hair and another was truly regal: purple, navy, red and gold. The latter became Elizabeth I, and the rest is history. I've sought to use women who made their mark in all walks of life, in other cultures, other centuries, as well as the more familiar. People want to identify with them , which is why there are many more recognizable names among the women. I personally enjoy finding obscure women who did interesting things and introducing them to contemporary women who probably never heard of them.
Tell me what inspired the color choices for the Sock the Vote line. Who designed the color choices for each of these Memorable Women?
Cheryl: The idea for the Sock the Vote promotion was Nichole Faulkner's, one of my dyers. I put the colors together based on the clothes the women have been wearing, and Nichole came up with workable formulas.
I love the idea of celebrating these women with sock yarn! What other new things are on the sock yarn horizon for Schaefer Yarn?
Cheryl: I ordered our new yarn today. It will be called Nichole, in thanks for her efforts. It's 80% fine merino superwash, 20% nylon in a cushy twist that we love. A 5 oz. skein will have 405 yards and knit on US 2 needles at 7.5 sts/in. It's really lovely.
You can guarantee that Simply Socks will be carrying that yarn when available! Thanks so much, Cheryl, for taking the time to share your inspiration with Simply Socks knitters. Sock knitters, if there are particular colors you want to see me carry in the new Nichole line, visit this link to take and look and leave your favorites below.