New yarn for 2009 is starting to trickle in here, and I even have a bit at a special price! I also have an interview to share at the end of this lengthy blog post...
First off, I'm busy packing up your sock yarn club orders, and I hope to get them out early next week. The first special edition solid color is from Seacoast Handpainted Yarns, and I have to admit that I'm having a hard time not showing it to you now. But it's one of those colors that just has to been seen up close to be really appreciated- the way the light hits the merino/tencel combination slightly changes the color.... and that's all I'm going to tell you b/c you sock yarn club members deserve to be surprised when your package arrives. I'm casting on tonight. I just can't wait. But I wish I had a few more skeins of it b/c it would make lovely lace. Usually have a a skein or two extra, as you may know if you've been able to snag them. This time, I oversold my numbers a bit and I have no extra! Drats!
Along with the sock yarn club shipment from Seacoast came a few new colors of Merino/Tencel Sock and Panda Sock. The new Merino/Tencel colors include Retro, Night Sky, Silver Leaf, Verdigris, Blacklight & Chocolate Cherry (bolded shown below)
The new Panda Sock colors include Antique, Forget-Me-Not, Harbor, Easter, Retro and Black and Tan(bolded shown below)
And for a limited time, I'm having a sale on ALL Seacoast Handpainted Yarn- 20% off! Regularly $24 a skein, it's now $19.20!
Also new is the Winter's Tale (Wintermarchen) collection from Opal. This new collection features 8 self-patterning color combos- Check 'em out below.
Trail Sock: Aurora, Autumn, Glacier, Ireland and Blackberry
BFL Sock: Aurora, Peridot and Vintage
Casbah: Ireland, Sugar Plum, Foliage and Aurora (Ireland and Aurora shown here)
And last, but definitely not least, Dream in Color has sent a bunch of Classy (worsted weight) yarn in their new semi-solid colors, labelled 01-11. Boy are they lovely. Baby (lace) and Smooshy (sock) will arrive as soon as Dream in Color gets a shipment of their base yarns in to dye. It could be a few weeks.
Aaaaand if you made it through all the new sock yarn announcements without clicking away yet to purchase what's calling to you, I have an interview with Jen of Seacoast Handpainted Yarns. She has dyed the special color for the first installment of the Specially Solid sock yarn club, and I thought you all might want to know a bit more about her.
Allison: So Holly tells me that you recently took over Seacoast Handpainted Yarns. Congrats! What made you decide to take over her dyeing business?
Jen: I'd been working part-time for Holly for a few years and loved her colors. I've been a knitter to quite a few years now and thought it would be interesting and fun to make hand dyeing my business.
Allison: Well, Holly's had some wonderful things so say about you, FYI. So is Seacoast a full-time gig for you? Or, like many hand dyers, do you have another non-fiber job?
Jen: Hand dyeing is my main focus (and my fun and creative job), and I also work as a chemist
Allison: I would think that being a chemist would go hand in hand with dyeing yarn. Have you used your training as a chemist to develop new colors for Seacoast?
Jen: All of the standard colors that are currently available were created by Holly when I started. I have done some custom colors, like your sock yarn club's Lagoon, and am in the process of working up few new colorways to add to the standard list, too.
Allison: What inspires you colorwise?
Jen: Nature is probably my biggest inspiration for colors. Although I never know what I will see that sparks a new idea!
Allison: I think that many dyers find nature to make a big impact on what colors they dye their fibers. What is your favorite fiber base to work with?
Jen: My favorite fiber base to dye is superwash wool (Superwash Sock and Kona Superwash). They colors come out so vibrant and beautiful! The Superwash Sock is also my favorite to knit with. I like to use two strands, and am making a sweater with it right now. I've made socks with double strands (you can get a pair of socks knit with two strands out of just one skein) and they hold up so well and are super warm. Plus, I can throw them in the washing machine!
Allison: I'll have to add the Superwash Sock to the Simply Socks lineup! So, which colors sell like crazy for you?
Jen: It's hard to say which colorway is the most popular. Right now, Bee Balm, Coal and Fire and Retro seem to be leaving quickly.
Allison: How do you spend your spare time, other than knitting of course?
Jen: Yes, I do love to knit in my spare time (as you have guessed). I also have horses and like to go riding. And I love camping and hiking with my husband and our dogs.
Allison: If you had to share one thing that sets Seacoast apart from other sock yarns, what would that be?
Jen: The wide variety of colors to choose from and the consistency which they are dyed; it's the quality that really sets Seacoast Handpainted yarns apart from the rest!
Allison: Is there anything else that you want to share with the millions (heh.) of blog readers?
Jen: I love to see pictures of projects knit/crocheted/woven with my yarns. If you want to send a picture to be included on my website, please e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org along with your permission to use it.
Allison: Thanks, Jen, for taking the time to let us get to know you. I hope you are recovering from all the bad weather seen across the US in the past few weeks! And I hope you and those horses are staying warm!