It's that time of year! We are celebrating our shop's 9th anniversary with an adorable sock kit! Read on to see what will be available early next week... and at a super special price.
I think this kit has had more hands-on creation time than any other kit I've designed. From the special edition fabric produced just for us, down to the perfectly striping yarn, it's all been a labor of love. One that we thought fate might intervene and stop. No, really!
Danny at Bird Leg Bags designed this fabric adorned with polka dotted sheep that match the dots you see around our website logo and shop. It's a great way to celebrate this event, don't you think? After Danny drew the fabric, it was printed by a fabic company (several times, to make it perfect), then the process of making the bags started. Vickie is the original mastermind behind Bird Leg Bags, and her husband is now part of the team. He gets to do fun things like draw designs and cut fabric... and apparently even had to go to the emergency room during the process due to a wee mistake! Yikes! If you follow their Instagram feed, you might have seen Danny's poor little injury and the fact that it's stopped his knitting for now as a result.
This bag is what I would describe as a "tall cube". It's 5"x5" on the base, but then 6.5" tall. This means that you can easily fit your double point needles inside, plenty of yarn for your socks or lace project, and have room to spare. The inside is a coordinating fabric, and there is heavy interfacing between the interior and exterior fabrics to make this bag stand up to wear. The bag is finished with a top-stitched zipper and beaded zipper pull. It's a bag that you'll want to carry around and show off to all your fiber friends. We've been showing off the bag here in the shop and a few teases on Instagram and the response has been delightful.
Lest you think that injury was the only hiccup to happen in the process of getting these awesome bags together... half the batch went down in fire. No REALLY. Last month, Vickie learned that the Fex Ex truck that carried half the bags (the bags with specially designed and printed fabric that took months to get right) were part of an accident between Ohio and Indiana and caught fire! Thankfully, everyone was fine. Vickie was able to move heaven and earth to have more fabric printed and make another huge batch of bags for us in only three weeks! She's quite awesome.
So let's leave the drama of the bags behind and look at this gorgeous yarn... which also had a bit of drama itself. We had a new roof put on the building a few weeks ago, and some water got in and landed right on the boxes storing the yarn! Good thing it was all covered in plastic and unharmed. But GEEZ. Fire, water, personal injury... what else could happen? Locusts? Anyway... Turtlepurl has dyed up a gorgeously coordinating striping sock yarn for us. You get two 50g skeins that match perfectly so you'll have two perfectly matching socks. There are so many ideas for how you can knit these. Let the stripes do the work for you in plain stockinette.
Or how about my favorite rib for hand dyed stripes, a knit 3, purl 1 rib* repeat on row one, then knit all stitches on row two, then repeat those two rows all the way. That way you have more knitted stitches than purl and it shows off the stripes a bit better while also giving a bit of elasticity from the rib and interest from the seed stitch. To me, the perfect, pretty rib.
Or get a little saucy and do a spiral rib, which is a simple knit 2, yarn over, knit two, knit two together* repeat to end, and for every row. You can even knit matching mits, goft club covers or hats by searching "spiral rib" on Ravelry.
Want to do chevrons with yours? Use the popular Jaywalker pattern. Just enjoy your knitting and let the stripes do the work for you!
To round out the kit, I'm including these hilarious and oh-so-true gift tags from Colorado company Knerd. We know knitters are some of the most generous people out there, but we also want to make sure that all our time and effort doesn't get felted or left unworn in a drawer for eternity. These funny cards will go a long way toward showing those giftee's that you worked hard for them.
Finally, we can all use a great helper in our knitting toolbox, and these stitch holders for when we need to keep those live stitches safe, but also want to use the needles that are holding them.
This kit will go up for sale on the SSYC website the morning of Tuesday, June 10. Our kits tend to sell out within a day, so if you think you might want one, please don't hesitate too long. I'll post here on the blog and Facebook, as well as send out e-newsletters. The hand made nature of the kits mean that there are only so many I can make up for everyone and sometimes that means that they sell out in two to five hours. As a thank you to those of you who helped us reach our 9th anniversary, I'm discounting this kit by 9%. This is a first for me, but I wanted to show my appreciation to everyone for your continued support of me and my staff and our shop. The kit would normally retail at $69 but I'll be offering it for $62.75.