It's nearly time to celebrate SSYC's 11th anniversary for the last time with a knit kit, and this one, THIS speaks right to my heart. It combines two things that I love dearly, knitting and food, and I can't express how much I adore these hand made, tiny veggie stitch markers.
One awesome perk of owning your own shop is that you can pick and choose things that are EXACTLY how you want them. I get to choose the quality, the quantity (within reason), the artists and the colors and styles of everything in my shop. I like to think that after 11 years, I do a good job choosing goodies that everyone likes. But this time I'll admit that even if no one else in the universe would choose this kit, I would still have created it. I like it that much.
The inspiration for the kit was this fabric. Vickie (of Bird Leg Bags) and I have chatted quite a lot over the years I think she's gotten to know what I like and what I simply can't live without. I'm sure she knew what she was doing when she showed me this fabric. I've blogged and Instagramed a bit over the past few years about canning and freezing our garden's bounty each year (or my Amish neighbor's bounty) and I know many of you can relate. Canning has seen quite a resurgence too, as more people have realized how easy freezing is for things like jams and veggies and applesauce.
When fabric is this adorable, how can you not say yes?
And if you think the outside fabric is awesome, just check out the inside with the vintage labels. *Swoons, hits floor. Luckily falls into pile of sock yarn.*
I also love that over the years the team at Lorna's Laces so knows what I like that I can give them little direction and they pop out something so perfect. Beth and Amanda and crew are true professionals. This skein is exactly what most of us want in a color right now. Natural with a smattering of dappled color. Perfect for a cabled pair of socks like these, or the perfect accent in a larger piece perhaps paired with Carrot or Ysolda Red or Grasshopper (shown in the photo below). Bold Red and Chagrin would be nice too. They even dyed up a few extra skeins for those of us who might want to tack on an extra skein of this yarn to the kit order (but only for those purchasing the kit- sorry, there's not enough for individual sale).
And you know I love to include a tasty treat and a tool with kits. So why not combine the two into veggie themed stitch markers, hand made with polymer clay by a very talented artisan. I mean, look at the little peas in a pod. How can you resist these?
The kit will go up for sale on Wednesday, July 6 around 9am EST. Could be a bit earlier or later in the morning. As usual, I do expect this kit to sell out within a day, so please don't hesitate too long if you think this is something you don't want to be without. And if you want more than one skein of the dappled yarn, you'll have an option to add a skein to your kit order (while supplies last). But the yarn cannot be purchased without the kit.
I'd love to be able to have more kits, but there's a limit to how many hours each artisan can commit to my kits, let alone keep my shop stocked with their wonderful bags and yarn. So please don't send me too many unkind e-mails about how I should keep better inventory/stock more kits/ better manage my shop... I like what I do and even though I'll likely never see your sad/angry face, it does affect me to think that I've disappointed you. But there's only so much I can do.
I do have other awesome kits planned for the fall and winter, so you'll have more chances at one of our kits. I GREATLY APPRECIATE your interest in the fun and creative things we do. Working with people I like to create something that will make many people happy is one of the best parts of my job, and my staff really like staying busy watching the shop grow. Thank you for allowing us and the dyers/makers we support to do what we love!