It's the time of year when we knitters, who more often than not gift others with our talents, get to treat ourselves to something full of holiday cheer. The time of year when our hearts are full of love for others as we continue knitting tiny stitches into a thoughtful fabric that keeps those we care for comfortable and warm. Don't we deserve something bright and awesome to fuel our passion further? To show appreciation to ourselves or maybe even to the knitter in our life who is giving and thoughtful? For that person, I've designed the Holly Jolly Sock Kit, soon to be available only at Simply Socks Yarn Company. As soon as Saturday, November 24, if all goes as planned.
For this kit, I've paired a cheery limited edition multicolor and solid from Three Irish Girls in their Adorn sock yarn, a merino nylon blend that is a soft and pleasing knit. With the full sized and mini skein, you're getting nearly 550 yards- certainly enough for a pair of socks with contrasting toes and heels, or a shawlette project with a solid ruffle or edge.
Sharon, owner of Three Irish Girls who had her fourth baby right around the time I had Henry, and her dyers came up with the lovely multicolor that you see above. And they even managed to dye up A LOT of this while in the midst of remodeling their new 3-story studio. And below you can see how that one mini skein of aqua really changes the entire look of the colorway. How combining those two skeins into a project would give you something akin to a tropical Christmas. Sharon has named this combo Holiday on Ice, and the only way you can get this awesome color is here at Simply Socks Yarn Company.
Vickie at Bird Leg Bags has stitched the awesome coordinating sock project bag for this kit. The striped bag can really be used any time of year, but when you open it you'll be reminded of the holidays with the snowflake interior.
Like always, Vickie's creations are of the highest standards, featuring a coordinating zipper and beaded pull.
To round out this kit, I have for you a special sweet treat from a local candy maker. You'll really like these hand-dipped, artisan treats from Dip Sticks Gourmet Pretzels. You'll receive one Candy Cane (with caramel, peppermint candy and white chocolate) and one Pecan Pie (with caramel, toffee bits, pecans and milk chocolate). How do I know you'll like them? Let's just say that the SSYC Team has thoroughly and *ahem* selflessly sampled these.
Finally, because I've told you for years that I recommend washing your special hand dyed socks in a lingerie bag, I'm including one in this kit. I've even found ones using a drawstring closure instead of zippers so there's absolutely nothing to snag those precious socks in the wash. Shown below are three 100g skeins of sock yarn to show the size, so you could easily fit three pairs of socks in each lingerie bag.
I really enjoyed seeing this kit come together. It's one of the best parts of my job, collecting special items and sending them all over the world to you. Like always, I put together as many kits as I can, but they do sell quickly. In this case, I'll have half the kits for you likely on Saturday the 24th (watch for your e-newsletter or the blog) and the other half for you the first or second week of December. So when they sell out, you'll have a second chance at snagging one at that time. Please note that it will take a few days longer than usual for these to reach you, as we take extra time carefully pack each kit to protect it during shipping. And the large number of these does take us quite awhile to ship out to you.
If you look closely, you'll see three of the new Poste Yarn holiday striping colors in the mesh bag above. These will be available next week, or you can come by the store on Saturday, November 24 from 10-4 for a preview of all five!