Tell me in the comments below about your favorite, non-sock way to use self-striping yarns, and I'll randomly choose a winner. Links to patterns and projects are as always appreciated. Contest closes next Friday (that's the 31st) at noon EST, so don't take too long to answer!
If you live in the Midwest like us, you are familiar with ALL THE RAIN that we've been experiencing throughout this summer (sorry, California. Don't mean to rub it in.). Day after day, we see rain fall from the skies, drowning our crops, flooding our rivers and parks, and ruining infrastructure. It's been a wet one, and it's finally starting to dry up and we are now experiencing the balmy, hot summers that we are known for in Indiana.
The arrival of yarn has mirrored our weather patterns over the past couple weeks, and I'm swimming to keep up. This isn't a bad thing though. It means that even during the busy fair and festival season, our dyers are still making you a priority and sending along amazingly colored skeins to inspire us. I do hope to have these all available on the website for you in the next couple days (or come in the shop this Saturday from 10-4 to see EVERYTHING in person).
Shown above in Lorna's Laces, clockwise: April Showers, Grasshopper, Thunder Storm and Lava Flow
Just some of what I'll have for you includes: new colors and restocks of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock; new colors and restocks of Madelinetosh including Tosh Sock, Merino Light, Pashmina and Tosh DK; restocks of popular lines of Regia like Fluormania, Arne & Carlos, and Colormania; new hues from The Cyborg's Craft Room and Hedgehog Fibres; PLUS another SSYC 10th anniversary kit coming in early August featuring a special something from Tina and gang at Blue Moon Fiber Arts. There's so much great stuff to share soon and I'll do my best to continue photographing and getting it on the website for everyone to browse.
Shown below, SSYC exclusive colors from Hedgehog Fibres, clockwise: Ruin, Sangria, Sand Castle and Leaf
My apologies for being somewhat radio-silent over the past few weeks here, on Facebook and Instagram. Just trying to keep up while also having the kids all over me during summer break. There's just so much going on fiber-wise and life-wise and I'm fortunate for this, but darn it if it doesn't eat into my socializing with all of you! Also expect a lot more contests in the coming weeks as we and our awesome vendors continue to celebrate SSYC's 10th Anniversary!
Want to win some awesome Regia from our good friends at Westminster Fibers? Heck yeah you do!
Tell me in the comments below about your favorite knitting spot, and I'll randomly choose three people to win. Contest ends Thursday, July 16 at noon EST, so don't hesitate too long to enter!
My favorite knitting spot is with my friends at a local coffee place. Until I joined their weekly group, I never knit with a group before, and I have to admit that I'm super happy I took the plunge and joined in. Now we do all sorts of things together and are lifelong friends, I'm sure. It can be somewhat daunting to join in a group that you've never met before, but these ladies have turned out to be some of my closest friends and I'm lucky to have found them. If you have yet to join others in your craft, I encourage you to do it. I'm so glad I did.
If you like to be treated to awesome, one-of-a-kind skeins, this club is for you. The theme this time around is "splendid surprise", and you'll receive an unexpectedly colored skein each month from September through December. This is the type of club that will introduce you to new color ideas and textures and allow you to knit outside your normal crayon box of colors.
The four dyers participating in this club are unparalleled. One artist is brand spankin' new to us, someone I've wanted to have in the shop for YEARS, and her yarn will make a debut in the club. I'm only going to share one of them with you now, and the rest will be a surprise they arrive each month at your doorstep. Who is that dyer? Beata at Hedgehog Fibres. The colorway she composed for June's 10th Anniversary Kit sold out in about three hours, which is super fast, even for our quick-selling kits. So the fact that she was willing to take on ANOTHER special project for us, well, that makes me super proud. You are going to LOVE what she's creating for us.
Want in? Great! The details are all listed here. Basically, you pay upfront to secure your subscription, then the dyers start creating your skeins, and you'll receive your first one mid-month in September. US shipping is already included in the cost, and if you are not in the US, you'll see the one-time flat shipping rate added to your order. If you are local and would like to pick up your order in the shop, just choose in-store pickup and I'll refund $20 to your payment method. Please don't add anything else to your shopping cart with the club, just the club alone. As usual, you can order several clubs on one order, and I'll refund $20 for each additional club ordered and shipped to the same address. A lot of you order more than one b/c you like to have extra yarn for larger projects, or you order some for a friend as a gift. And I'm happy to refund the extra shipping portion of that so you aren't paying for more shipping than you should.
Have any questions? Just e-mail me here and I'm happy to help! Sign ups usually stay open for two weeks, but it could be less if the spaces sell out.
This is the first silk blend I've found with sparkle and it's amazing. The colors dyed by Felicia and the Sweet Georgia team are bold and saturated. Perfect for all those shawls and lace pieces that you want to have a bit of glitter, but also appropriate for long-wearing socks.
And if you're one of the very patient people waiting for more Tough Love (merino/nylon), then your wait is over. I have dozens of colors for you to choose from right now. Like Spring Garden
Time for more SSYC 10th anniversary fun! Tell me how many pairs of socks you've knit so far this year, and I'll randomly choose one person to win these size 9 sample socks from Regia. I LOVE this color. We had this collection in the sale section earlier this summer, and it went quickly. I wish I would have snagged a ball for myself when it was available.
Leave one comment below before noon EST on July 10 and you could win. Thanks for playing!
Thanks so much for the interest in this week's 10th anniversary kit. It did sell out quickly, and your support is greatly appreciated. I've had lots of questions about this one, mainly if we will have it available again, and we will not. Our kits are typically available just once. But we do have another awesome anniversary kit coming next month. We are still busy shipping out orders from this week and we'll likely get them all out the door before we take off for the holiday weekend here in the US.
Do you have big plans for the 4th? We will have having a small cookout at our place for our family and will be celebrating the boys' birthdays while everyone is in town visiting. Then it's off to watch the fireworks downtown... with a tired wee one at 10pm, it should be interesting. It's hard to believe that Henry is nearly 3 and James is nearly 8. This morning, the three of us were all cuddling on James' bed, waking him up, and it was such a sudden change to see Henry grown into a boy's body instead of a baby's. He and James are all skinny, tan limbs and summer hair cuts, when just a year ago I would have considered Henry to still be a baby with curly locks and chubby cheeks. How things change.
I'm currently thinking about tomorrow's menu, which may have to have THIS on it. Have a great holiday weekend!
Sarah at Fiberstory sent us her new Gradient Sets. These sets include 7 little skeins that can be used together to create a stunning effect for socks or larger projects. We are even giving away three of these on Instagram contest this week!
It's nearly time for the release of SSYC's next 10th Anniversary Knit Kit! This Super Stripes Sock Kit features our exclusive Poste Yarn, Striping Sock in the Mystery Spot colorway, a coordinating project bag, floppy Floops stitch markers and a handy needle gauge. And for the first time, I'm offering a 10% anniversary discount on the kit, so instead of $54, you'll see it marked down to $48.60. A real steal, if you ask me.
The 10"x14" bag is made by Hadaki of New Orleans and is the perfect size for your one-to-three skein projects. The exterior and interior fabric are both water resistant, which is perfect for someone like me who happens to spill coffee on a regular basis.
You'll find a set of 10 flexible Floops stitch markers in your kit, as well as a 24-hole needle/hook gauge. I find that I can never have enough of either of these tools. And even if I have sets in every bag, I often end up asking a friend to use hers.
The Mystery Spot colorway for this kit was dyed in our own Poste Yarn studio by Heather and Angela. Heather does the wet work, and Angela does the dry work. You wouldn't believe the amount of hands-on time that goes into each skein. The winding from cones into a 30-foot skein to make stripes, then securely arranging the skein so that it dyes up in stripes (in the right order without any spots or speckles), dyeing, rinsing, drying and finally rewinding into the normal-sized skein that fits on a typical swift. It's quite a long process, and Heather and Angela are responsible for each colored stripe you knit. They are true masters. And they have the kind of patience that I know I'll never achieve.
My bud Diana convinced me to let her test out a skein early, and here's her sock in progress (scrubs and all). She has quite a few partial skeins of Simply Sock Yarn, Solids, so she chose to knit different colors on each the toes, heels and cuffs so she could use up three colors of leftover bits.
If you'd like to do toes/cuff/heel in a solid color, here are my recommendations using Simply Sock Yarn, Solids, which comes in 50g skeins. Shown here: Turquoise, Slate and Fiesta Lime
Shown below: Sunflower, Cherry Red and Hottest Pink
I anticipate putting this kit up for sale on the website on Wednesday morning. Typically, our special kits sell out in a day, so please be prepared with your online account set up and perhaps other items in your cart so you're ready to grab one should they go quickly. Last month's 10th Anniversary Kit sold out in around 3 hours, which was quite fast for us. I do wish I could have more kits available to go around, but the handmade nature of the items makes them available in limited quantities. Once gone, well, you know. Thanks so much for your interest and allowing us to create these fun and colorful packages for you!
Do you want the warmest mittens or sock slippers ever? Then you need a thrummed kit in your life. Fleece Artist pairs up a skein of aran weight yarn with some fleece, give you a free pattern, and you have a great project to later use yourself or gift to someone who you know will appreciate toasty warm hands or feet.
If you take a close look here, you'll see a Stardust colored skein of yarn paired with some red/black/saffron fleece. They are two separate hanks, just twisted together for convenience. You just win the skein into a ball as usual, and use the enclosed instructions to carry along the fleece as needed to make your fleece-lined mittens or socks. The Yarn Harlot even wrote up a tutorial on how to do this, if you'd like some help getting started.
It's time to win something super awesome with the help of Lorna's Laces and Joji Locatelli!
Photo above courtesy of Joji Locatelli
I've been knitting up Joji Locatelli's Three Color Cashmere Cowl, and I want you to be able to do the same. Lorna's Laces is gifting three lucky winners three skeins of Shepherd Sock of your choice to knit up this pattern, and Joji is giving each winner a pattern to make a cowl of their own. All you have to do is take a look at the nearly-solids and multicolors to choose three colors you'd use and tell me which ones in the comments below. You can choose any combination of multis and solids (all solids, two solids and one multi, or whatever you'd like). Just leave your comment by Monday June 29 at noon EST and you could be one of the three winners.
This is our Lorna's Laces wall at the shop- hundreds of colors of Shepherd Sock, all in one place! It's quite a stunning wall in person.
If you've been patiently waiting for the past few months for more of the Regia Arne & Carlos collection, the wait is over! It's finally gotten back to the US!
I'm currently knitting the one below.
Just a reminder, this batch of the Arne & Carlos collection comes in 50g balls, so you need two for a pair of socks. Three balls if you have a men's size 11 or more (or typically ladies size 12).
And if you've been waiting for the Mineville yarn I've been teasing you with, it's now in the sale section. Dozens of gorgeous new hues prices at half of what you'd expect. Here are a few colors that I think are stunners....
Thank you so much for coming to the shop today and sharing in our fun. We had a wonderfully busy day, and I greatly appreciate everyone who came out to see us, support us, and wait in a super long lines to do so. I'm so overwhelmed with your passion for the fiber arts, your kindness, and your inspiration.
Here's our day in a nutshell.
Your SSYC Team, clockwise from the top: Angela, Me (Allison), Heather and Rachael
Just some of the dozens of cupcakes. These were banana cream, and it's the first time we've ever run out of cupcakes before the day ended!
This line was THIS LONG for four hours. From the back of the store to the front and the curled around. You are all so patient and awesome.
Some of the smiling faces that not only waited in long lines, but did so with kids perched on hips and projects to show off.
And we adore the super special people who brought us AND OTHERS, like Katherine Misegades, who brought CDs of her popular patterns for so many people.
It means so much that you support us in so many ways. Thank you for everything. I look forward to continuing the party online all summer!
For those who wanted some of the sale Mineville yarn that I hinted at yesterday, it will likely wait til Tuesday because several MORE boxed showed up today! New colors will be in the sale section next week, instead of today.
A little tease of the awesome yarn you'll find in the sale section on Saturday afternoon. Dozens of colors of that fab DK at half off! Just $11 a skein.
On another note, Shawl won this contest. Shawn says that "My most satisfying project was the fingerless mitts I designed for my mom. Its a simple pattern that shows off Malabrigo Mecha's beautiful colors." Thanks for playing, all!
Simply Socks Yarn Company is celebrating our 10th anniversary online all summer long with contests, sales, gifts and more. But this Saturday is our chance to thank you in person, and we'd love you to come out and party with us! Each person who has purchased online, encouraged others to do so, sent kind e-mails, read or commented on the blog or Facebook, joined our Ravelry fan page, shared photos on Instagram... you're each a part of the longevity of this little shop and I thank you.
So let's party from 10-4 here at the shop on Saturday, June 20! You'll find us at 1315 E. State Blvd in Fort Wayne, Indiana. There's plenty of parking here (though there's a big block party in our neighborhood that day too, blocking off part of State Blvd which means you'll have to access our shop and parking lot taking Crescent Ave to California). Speaking of the East State Village block party, it's going to be fun and full of food and music, so you might want to spend some time there in the afternoon too.
We'll have cupcakes, contests, a Bird Leg Bag Trunk Show, and tables and chairs set up so you can sit and relax and knit with your friends. You'll even see hundreds of prize balloons, each filled with something just for you- a special discount, a gift certificate, or a prize, and you'll find out what yours is when you choose your balloon and bring it to Check Out.
Thank you SO MUCH for allowing us to serve you for 10 years! It's been a pleasure and my team and I look forward to many more.
What's a birthday without gifts, right? Not only are we celebrating our 10th with kits, contests, sales and a party, but also some free swag! Orders placed online today through Tuesday, June 16 at Simply Socks Yarn Company will receive a free set of eight of these lightweight locking stitch markers. (If you ordered yesterday and we haven't yet shipped out your package, you'll still get some.)
If you were quick enough to grab one of the Tic Toc sock kits from last week, you received a set of these in your package. I've gotten MANY e-mails about when we will have more of these, and we will soon have them for sale in the shop too. For now, all you have to do is place an order online June 11 through the 16th and you'll get a free set (in a variety of colors) in your package. Just a little gift from us to you to show you how much we appreciate your support over the past 10 years. You are awesome!
We've dyed up something very special in our Poste Yarn dye studio, and we're offering it this summer at a low 10th Anniversary price. Instead of $26 a skein (which is already a very fair price for something with 20% wilk and 20% yak) you can grab it right now for $20.80 a skein. Yak Luxe is a sumptuous blend of superwash merino, yak and silk and is not only super soft, but reflects light in a way that these colors have unbelievable depth of color. You'll love how the yarn performs in fingering weight sweaters, shawls and winter accessories. Yes, you can use it for socks, but I think the fiber combination lasts longer when it doesn't get daily wear from the feet.
I'm knitting it myself right now into this cowl by Joji Locatelli and I'm already halfway done even though I started a couple days ago. The colors I'm using are Red Rock Canyon, Boyne Valley and Fingal's Cave (remember, we name Poste Yarn colors after destinations, real or fantasy). Knitting at this speed is a big deal for me, as I haven't had too much time to knit with school being out for James, two-year-old Henry potty training, and all the 10th anniversary shop contests and party planning going on here. But let's just say that sleep is being sacrificed. And I don't mind a bit, because these three colors were meant to go together and I love watching it develop.
Here are a few pattern ideas, some of them pulled right from yesterday's contest here on the blog.
I don't expect this first batch of 10 colors too last long, since it's such a great yarn at a fab price. We will dye at least one more batch this summer and offer it at the same price, and likely trying out new colors too. Thanks for helping us celebrate our 10th Anniversary this summer!