After a six week break to enjoy the new little bundle in our household, I'm back to work and the online store is in full swing again! Well, more than full-swing (if that's even possible) because there's so much new yarn in stock that all week we will be super busy with all hands on deck.... all except Henry, shown here, who is obviously very comfortable around his mama's yarn. Photos done for me by Happinest Photo (mute your speakers- website is great, except for the music)
What will you find in the store? Directly from Australia, new Skein yarn! I have this for you in a wonderfully soft BFL Sock and a merino Sock. Both have fabulous stitch definition and have a tight twist that holds up well to washing/wearing. If you are a knitter whose craft is fueled by being the first to try something unique and special, this is for you. Skein isn't widely available in the US yet because the cost of importing (and the US dollar compared to Australia's) makes it a bit more expensive, but it's definitely worth adding to your fiber passport. I have a wide array of kettle dyed colors right now- this dyeing process means that while one picture represents the colors you'll find in your skein, yours could have a bit more or less of each of those depending on where it rested in the kettle. It will likely be 2013 before I can get more. Shown below in Sockin Kaffir Lime, Beach Shack and Organic. Love.
You'll also find new colors of our exclusive (dyed right here in SSYC's studio) Poste Yarn striping colors! Right now, my fave is this wonderfully tangy fall color, Sedona Sunset. A photo can't do this hot color justice. I'm wearing these socks this Halloween. I love that the colors are feminine yet reminiscent of Halloween. This wasn't even one of the colors that I was going for in our first release- but it was a combo that Heather came up with and as soon as we all saw it we agreed that it had to be included. It's a really fun knit, watching the stripes develop and seeing the hand dyed variations and depth of color in each row.
You'll also find a traditional black/deep orange stripe, for those of you that want to get a head start on more traditional Halloween socks or mitts. I also have a few "manly" options along with feminine ones in this batch. While the SSYC team has been working during my maternity leave to dye many lovely Poste skeins, it still could sell in a few days or less. So if there's something you definitely want, I recommend a quick order. And yes, these colors will be reproduced, but I don't have a timetable for that right now, nor are we able to take special orders or holds at this time. This is a get-it-when-you-see-it type of yarn.
So many of you have been waiting for more Pashminafrom Madelinetosh, and it's now available in more fab colors. Madelinetosh has had a really hard time getting this merino/cashmere/silk blend from their preferred mill, and yarn stores around the world have therefore been waiting more than 6 months for orders to come in. I'll continue to carry this coveted yarn, but shipments will be unpredictable until Madelinetosh gets things ironed out. It could be well into 2013 before I get a lot more of this.
Want to know how Henry and family are doing? Check out yesterday's post. Thank you for your kindness and support as I took this time off to grow my family. I enjoyed the time with my husband and little ones, but am ready to get back to work!
And if you read this far, you deserve a chance to win this awesome pattern from Lara Neel. Lara is giving two of SSYC patrons a free coupon code for her Eulalia Shawl pattern on Ravelry, which take approx three 100g skeins of fingering weight yarn. Just tell me in the comments below (by 5pm EST on Wednesday, Aug 15) what yarn you'd likely choose to knit this beautifully simple design, and you could win a free pattern (you'll need a Ravelry account to download it). Would you choose one of the new Skein colors in BFL or Sock? What about Madelinetosh's Merino Light like is shown in this picture? Or would the dappled colors of DIC's Smooshy suit you? Or the cashmere blend version? So many options!
Want to see this shawl in person? We'll have it in the store for you to admire throughout August and September! And I don't promise that I won't be wearing it around myself. It's one of those designs that is super versatile- you could wear it to church, and evening out, a baby shower, or just around your shoulders at work when someone else is in control of the thermostat.