In just a few days, Simply Socks Yarn Company starts our summer long 10th Anniversary celebration. I'm kicking it off with the first of three 10th Anniversary Kits, which will go up for sale on Tuesday, June 2 (the other two kits go up for sale in July and August). Typically, I put kits up for sale around 9am EST and they tend to sell out within a day. So if you think this kit is for you, please don't hesitate. I'd love to have enough to go around but because our special edition kits are comprised of most or all hand made items, there's a limit to how much I have. As usual, I'll post links on the homepage of the website, and I'll mention here and on Facebook and send out e-newsletters to notify you when the kits are available.
The design for this kit started out with this fabric. Vickie at Bird Leg Bags showed me this fabric (I think it was LAST YEAR when we started dreaming this up) and it seemed perfect. Whimsical and adorable, don't you think?
Time has definitely flown over the past 10 years, so I think the theme of this kit is oh-so-appropriate. It's hard to believe I opened this shop in my mid-twenties. Barely married, no babies yet, life was completely different. So much more sleep. And knitting.
Here's the interior striped fabric of the bag. Take note that for the above photos I put 5 skeins of yarn in the bag to give it some weight for the photo, but I could have easily fit one more, maybe two. This bag is generously sized, perfect for a sweater project or something that requires you to carry around several different colors. Like this. It features heavier weight fabric than we've offered in any of our tall/skinny sized Bird Leg Bags, plus heavy interfacing between the interior and exterior fabric. From the top stitched zipper with beaded pull down to the adorably coordinating interior fabric, this is a tote of the utmost quality.
I think it's helpful to show you several skeins of yarn in the pictures so that you get an idea of how each skein can differ. While your own Better than Tin skein will look similar to what you see, it will be its own unique combination and application of color. This colorway was dyed by Beata at Hedgehog Fibres in Ireland. If you'd like to learn more about her, I recently featured an interview with her here.
I always like to include a little tool or something new and cool in your kits (and often chocolate, but it's too warm to ship that!), and so you'll find a selection of pear-shaped locking stitch markers. Pictured with a US 1 needle to show the size (which is under 1"). You get a total of 30 of them- 10 each in white, orange and pink. James counted these out for you. Super useful and lightweight. Great for your little knitter's toolbox. I'll soon be offering an array of colors of these in the shop too.
Finally, I thought you'd like to see a bit of this knit up. I sent Vickie the first skein of the Better than Tin colorway a few months back, and she started this no-purl Monkey sock with a delicate picot edge. What a perfect pair of pattern and yarn, right?
Thank you so much for your support of our exclusive kits. I enjoy working with my designers and makers on these- it allows us to create something new and special and get to know each other and our process even more. I love the feedback I get from you and seeing what you create with each part. Thanks for allowing me to live vicariously through you and your creative process!