A hat my grandma made 40 years ago, Hedgehog Fibres on the couch at knitting, a friends first finished socks of the new year (in a one-off Poste Yarn), three colors of Primrose Yarn that I adore (Bloody Mary, Springy and Burn Out) and MORE shop fixtures
Dream in Color has released their January Dream Club offering, which features a lovely skein of Jilly with Cashmere with two free patterns, a bandana/cowl and mitts. You can get both patterns out of one skein of yarn, so it makes a really nice gift set. The colorway is less bold and turquoise than pictured in the pattern pictures that Dream in Color offered. The pictures of the yarn shown below are accurate, a denim and charcoal colorway with a big of vivid punch.
This is the type of color that is good for so many complexions that it could easily be a make-ahead gift that you have on hand for that last minute holiday gift. And who doesn't need mitts in their life? If you don't want the bandana (which can also be worn as a cowl), you can easily get two pairs of mitts out of the 440 yard skein, or two bandanas and no mitts at all. Up to you!
Next month is the last Dream Club offering before Dream in Color takes their normal 6-month break from the monthly offerings. So grab what you like while you can!
This yarn actually glow. No joke. GLOWS with color.
Shown here in Cosmic Dawn, Pinata and Red Fox, each skein is double-sized. 200 grams of chunky weight (240 yards), single ply wool/mohair/silk/nylon and it's SUPER AWESOME for winter accessories. It's will be priced at half of what you'd expect. Instead of around $50 a skein, it will be $24 in the sale section after the holidays. I know, a fabulous price for a super-sized luxury fiber skein. I don't have an exact date yet, but sometime the week following Christmas is my best guess.
Why a guess? Because we are taking some time off here at SSYC. We are all taking some time off to be with family and friends this Christmas and so we'll be back in the shop, shipping and playing with yarn, on December 29 (we are open that day to the public, too, from 10-4). Please note that if you order something online before that, it's unlikely to ship until December 29. Thanks for your wonderful support this year and for being patient with us while we rest and recharge with those we love. It's been a fabulous year here at the shop and I look forward to next year with you!
I'm giving a heads up that the newest Regia Arne & Carlos collection is supposed to arrive in the US before the end of the year. Woot! Here's a little preview of the six colorways.
The Arne & Carlos colors have been among some of the most popular Regia self-patterning colors that have ever been released. The well-known sweater designers are great at what they do, and I love how their colorwork translates to socks.
We will continue to get restocks of the previous Arne & Carlos collections for as long as we can. Right now, I have some available in 50 gram that JUST got restocked (you'll need two for a pair of socks), and 100 gram (just get one). Many of you have been waiting for these restocks, so please don't hesitate if there's a color you really want.
I'm knitting this one. One sock down, one to go
I'll let you know as soon as the new collection arrives here in the shop. As usual, I've ordered A LOT of these, but I'm sure there will be certain colors that sell out very quickly.
I'm trying to remember the reason for the season this time of year, instead of feeling rushed and stressed. There's not a whole lot of time for knitting lately, which is ok sometimes, but sometimes you really just need to feel the yarn running between your fingers, you know? You need that meditative *tink tink tink* of those needles to sooth your soul. This is the project I've been working on (my THIRD chevron blanket), slowly but surely, for a baby that was due three days ago. I feel like I'm in the situation that the Yarn Harlot writes about- like that baby can't arrive until I've cast off that blanket edge. It's just not meant to be! It's such a fun knit, and the nice thing is that the mama chose the colors, so there's no stress about wondering if she will like it or not.
This has been an oddly overwhelming season for me, bringing some wonderfully beautiful surprises and a few tragic moments. Most recently being the death of my grandfather, who really has been a father to me for the past 22 years, even walking me down the aisle. He was an epic person- the kind who survived a war when his friends did not, who loved my dear grandmother for 70 years (his telegram to her upon leaving WW2 was "Kick that soldier out, baby, I'm coming home!"), who worked at a factory for 40 years and never once took a sick day. His love for his wife, family and friends were what he lived for and I aspire to be the type of mother, sister, daughter and friend who will make him proud. I hope you all have or have had someone in your life that makes you want to be a better person, and my grandmother and grandfather were those people for me. I hope that they still guide my way, even though they won't be with me anymore.
I'm sorry to say that the annual 12 Days of Sock Yarn won't be happening this year. It's a fun annual tradition for SSYC and I enjoy sharing all those memories with everyone. Sadly, I just don't have the time to spare to organize those 12 days, but do I look forward to doing it again next year. I'd love to share with you some of the moments of the previous years, so if you'd like to go through the archives of Decembers for the previous years, the contests start on the 13th of December of each year and run through Christmas Eve.
This past weekend, we had a fabulous holiday party here at the shop, and a few of those pictures can be seen on Instagram. We always have such a fun time hanging out and helping our friends shop for wonderful things. Thank you so much for joining us!
I love what I do. I love ordering yarn photographing yarn, seeing it all stocked up on the shelves. But something I've really enjoyed seeing as we've grown even larger in our offerings over the past year is seeing the huge array of colors we have in a particular yarn.
Take a look at the newest dyer I've added to the shop, Kelsey of Primrose Yarn! I have her two-ply superwash merino, known as Helix Sock, and her four-ply superwash merino/nylon blend called Zig Zag Sock.
Super lovely fiber, inventive colors, fun names. What more could you ask for?
If you'd like to add some super awesome skeins to your order to qualify for free US shipping with your $85 order, we just got in a gorgeous batch of Sock Yarn and Merino DK from Hedgehog Fibres of Ireland.
Thanks so much for shopping with us and supporting my creative outlet in designing these kits! I'll admit that I love seeing whose name comes up on the orders and I especially love seeing names of loved ones buying kits for you. It's fun to know that you may be getting a surprise from another person in the form of a kit.
I have a whole slew of new colors and restocks of Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn and Merino DK. This includes brand new colors like Crybaby and Oracle...
...as well as our shop exclusive colors like Ruin, Pier and Sangria.
Come see all these colors, new Blue Moon Fiber Arts, and yarn from a spankin' new awesome dyer at SSYC's Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 12 from 10-4. We'll have contests to enter, cupcakes to nosh and yarn to show. And we'll have all the new yarn that's come in up on the website very soon too!
If you'd like to hang out in the shop for a bit, you're welcome to bring your own folding or lawn chair and sit and knit with your friends. Or if you just want to stop in with a quick Merry Christmas or Happy New Year, we'd love that too! SSYC is located at 1315 E State Blvd in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Come party with us!
This Tuesday, I'll have for you our last two holiday knit kits, exclusive to Simply Socks Yarn Company. These feature some furry friends, llamas and foxes, and I know that many of you have been waiting patiently for these.
First, the Festive Foxes Knit Kit featuring Festivus-inspired yarn by Dragonfly Fibers and an adorable sock project bag from Bird Leg Bags.
I love that every once in awhile a fox is wearing a striped sweater, and that same striping is repeated in the lining of each bag.
To polish off this kit you'll find a set of useful needle coils and a tasty treat that is a gift from me and an the crew here... a black and white truffle from Debrands.
Then I have for you the Winter Wonder Knit Kit which started out with this super cool wintery llama fabric and then Heather at our Poste Yarn studio created a speckled colorway that coordinates oh-so-nicely.
My knitting bud, Diana, couldn't resist testing this skein out for us, and the finished sock looks amazing, doesn't it?
This all USA made skein of Targhee/nylon knits and washes beautifully. We already have several hundred pounds of this yarn ready to dye up in the new year as soon as we are recovered from this busy season. But this is your only chance to get the Tinseltown colorway seen here.
With your kit, you'll get a set of 20 coordinating, locking stitch markers as well as a treat from me and the team- a Debrands chocolate/caramel/pecan turtle. I ate four of these last week and already one today. They are addictive.
These kits will go up for sale the morning of Tuesday, December 8. As usual, we have limited supply so please don't hesitate too long once you see them on the homepage of the website that morning.
Thank you so much for your support of my shop and our creative endeavors. Designing these kits is a highlight of what I do. I greatly enjoy working with dyers and crafts people to make something unique for all of us, and I know the artisans really appreciate your patronage too. Every time you purchase from my shop, it directly affects me and my crew and dozens of dyers, artists and delivery people. Add in the wonderful staff at the larger yarn companies, and your support affects hundreds. Really, you make quite a difference in our lives, and we appreciate it, especially this time of year when we are all thinking of our families and friends and how we can make the holidays memorable and wonderful for them.
Not only do these feature super awesome bags by Bird Leg Bags, but the yarn, oh the yarn. The Christmas Spirit kit features a spankin' new yarn base from our own Poste Yarn, a USA from sheep to skein Targhee wool and nylon blend that we will keep dyeing up this winter in fab colors. And the Holly Dolly kit features a special edition colorway from this year's hot dyer, Hedgehog Fibres of Ireland.
December's Dream Club features two full-sized skeins, one variegated, one semi-solid, and a superb brioche cowl pattern by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark. I haven't learned brioche, yet, but this pattern certainly makes me want to give it a go. Like tonight.
These two colors work so well together. You will adore using them together in this pattern. When you order this month's club, you'll get a special coupon code to make that pattern free on Ravelry and you can simply store it in your library. Easy peasy!
It's nearly that time! What time? Holiday Knit Kit time, of course! The past two years, we have had two different options for you. This week, I'll have two options for you, and the TWO MORE options next week! I know, right? Four different options. Boom.
First, a Nest basket from Bird Leg Bags which coordinates with a spankin' new Poste Yarn, USA made from sheep to skein, Targhee wool/nylon blend that is SUPER FABULOUS.
The basket holds six skeins of yarn and is reversible and perfect for keeping out during the holiday to hold yarn, fruit, or anything else you want to show off on a table. And the adorable snow globe fabric is specially printed and is limited edition.
Look at this yarn! This dappled color is called Candy Cane Lane. Want to know why??
Because depending on how many stitches you cast on, it could stripe like a dappled candy cane, or knit up into more of a confetti look. Heather knit up these samples. She cast on 120 on a US 2 for a beanie hat, and used this pattern for the mitt.
Need awesome stitch markers? These locking markers are perfect to keep on hand for any project. And the colors are super festive. You'll get 20 of these in your kit.
With this kit, I'm gifting you a Debrands chocolate Turtle. I might have eaten three of these this past weekend. The caramel in this is out of this world. REALLY.
Next is the Holly Dolly kit featuring these super cool dolls on the fabric bag from Bird Leg Bags and yarn from Beata and the Hedgehog Fibres team. This bag is the Medium Wedge size, so perfect for those multi-skein projects. Four skeins fit perfectly in this bag.
This stunning colorway is called Holly Jolly and is dyed on the sock yarn base that is super popular for Hedgehog Fibres. This yarn is a soft merino/nylon blend and will be perfect for socks or a cowl or whatever you fancy.
Don't you adore how perfectly the inside fabric coordinates with the bag?
This WIP-holder is a tool that you'll definitely appreciate when knitting your socks or mitts on double point needles. It will help keep your project and needles safe when you stop knitting, and make sure you don't lose stitches off the end. Super cool and simple idea!
I'll also be gifting you some Debrands chocolate with your kit. An awesome raspberry truffle that is a gift from me to you.
Thank you so much for your support of our holiday kits and our creative endeavors. The craftspeople I work with on these kits are as thankful as I am for your support. These kits do tend to sell out quickly, so please don't hesitate too long if you want these in your life. I expect to put these up on the website this Thursday morning, December 3. If what you want sells out, do keep in mind that we will have two more kits coming next week. Here is a preview of those, if you'd like to get an idea of what's to come: kit 1 bag and yarn, kit 2 knit up sock and bag fabric.
Use the code ThankfulSimplySocks to receive 15% off on the above listed collections. All you have to do is copy and paste that into the Coupon Code field (you'll find it on the Your Shopping Cart page) and you'll immediately see the discount reflected. Don't forget to enter the code because it has to be entered to get the discount. It's not automatic and not retroactive. This offer is good now through Black Friday, November 27th.
This is just another way I'm showing you how grateful the SSYC Team and I are for your spending your yarn dollars with us. I know you have other local and internet options for finding yarn, and I love that you appreciate our prices, sale offerings, large selection and quick shipping. Each e-mail you send about our service and selection makes an impact and I'll continue to stock Simply Socks Yarn Company with awesome fibers for another decade, as long as you're with me!
We just got in over 800 pounds of Madelinetosh, so it's a great time to add some Pashmina to your stash. It will take another week to put all the other bases up on the website, but the new Pashmina is up there for you to take advantage of the coupon code. With well over 100 colors, you won't see a selection like this very often anywhere.
If you've been waiting for the next Opal Yarn collection, your wait is over! Schafpate 7 is here! This collection supports the "buy local" concept, with each part of production happening in Germany where the company is located. The yarn is made through an all-German supply chain beginning with merino sheep at the Nature Preserve BioshpareAlb in South Germany. The wool is processed in Bremer Woll-Kammerei AG and spun in the Zwickauer Kammgarn GmbH. Finally it is printed into sock yarn by TUTTO Wolfgang Zwerger GmbH in Hechingen before being shipped throughout the world to sock knitters.
The colors are fab. I'm grabbing 8900 and 8901 for myself, definitely. Though I have to knit up Rainforest color 8970 before I get going on those. I hope there's something in here for you too!
Over the past few months, I've received e-mails that you might like more blogging content about me and my family. It's become more yarn lately and less Allison and the boys. What would you like? More stories about the shop itself and getting to know the team here? More family stories? Or more details about the yarn and projects that my team and I are working on? I typically blog three times a week, so that limits the space here. What would you like to read about? I've been blogging here for over 10 years now, so I'm happy to write what you'd like to read and change things up a bit if you prefer. Since I'm done having babies, those blogging moments are gone (oh, the pregnancy posts), but there's definitely other family and life moments to share.
Today, let's talk about parenting. I've been talking/e-mailing a lot over the years with dyers and mamas I work with. It's good to know that I'm not the only person in the industry who has made it through juggling babies and fiber (that's an image), and I know that a lot of parents don't have the flexible schedule I have. Working for myself allows me to be able to go to every field trip, every Veteran's Day program, and take 3-year old Henry to have lunch with 8-year-old James and his friends, but that also means that I may be working at 5am or still at midnight.
The odd thing? It's not the schedule I imagined when I opened a yarn shop and then had kids, but I don't mind it. I like working quietly in the dark in the wee hours of the morning. And I like the feeling of accomplishment when I get my books done and can spend the day with Henry playing Legos and going to Target. Of course I'd like a solid 8 hours of sleep every night, but I think at this stage in my life that's insane to expect.
What did you do or do you currently do to make your hectic family and work schedule mesh? Are you working yourself or are you somehow making your family schedule work with a spouse's busy work schedule so you can better all enjoy those precious few evening hours together? Does your spouse work a different shift than you, making each minute you have together a rare treat? Lately I've been really trying hard balance work and family life and I could really benefit from reading about other's daily lives and what you do to have some balance. Do you have little fixes or things you do that you'd like to share? I'd love to know!
....otherwise titled, yes, I really am blogging at 5am. I'm on mommy time!
Shown above in Red Fox
The awesome dyers at Mineville Wool Project has sent us fibery love from Canada in the form of their limited edition Fine Merino superwash fingering weight yarn in our sale section. Mineville is a branch of beloved Fleece Artist and they specialize in procuring short runs and special sale fibers and dyeing them up for us at a discounted prices. I have FORTY THREE colors of this gorgeous heavy fingering weight yarn in the sale section, and it's so super soft that you'll adore knitting and wearing it. It has a lower micron count that typical merino, and that means that it's even softer than you might expect. And the price is really great. You might want to grab it for socks, shawls, fingering weight sweaters, or even sport weight sweaters- Rachael mentioned that she thinks the gauge would also work for sport weight garments, which is what she plans to use it for. Afterall, it is a bit heavier than the typical fingering weight yarn.
Shown below in Majolica Blue
I'm so pleased to offer you such a fab deal as part of our month-long Thanksgiving celebration here at the shop. We're showing how thankful we are for you with giveaways, sales and contests. Thanks so much for your support and loyalty to Simply Socks Yarn Company. The team and I greatly appreciate each order we see come in the shop.
Shown above in Evergreen
You can tell I'm super excited about this deal if I'm blogging about it before 6am, right? Of course, having little ones dictates my schedule. Gotta get work done before morning snuggles, making breakfast and getting James to school. Do you (did you) rise early to get things done quietly before your house gets loud and busy? Or do your kids/spouse/sun wake you in the morning when they rise... which is what happens with me at least half the week. I'd like to say I'm organized and have had enough sleep that I can rise early every morning. This doesn't always happen!
All month long we are celebrating the month of Thanksgiving by showing you how thankful we are for YOU. Last week, we had a contest and also gave away super cool totes to shoppers, and today another contest featuring the lovely yarns of Dragonfly Fibers!
To have a chance at winning these two skeins of cashmere blend Djinni Sock (in Coral Reef and Kensington Farmer's Market), all you have to do is answer the following question in the comments below before noon EST on Saturday, November 21.... What project are you working on today? Tell me the pattern and the yarn you're using and if you have a link to your Ravelry project page, leave that too. Know it's always inspiring for knitters to see what everyone else is working on, even from far off!
Thanks again for joining in our month-long fun! What's up next? Dozens of gorgeous colors of fine merino from Mineville Wool Project in the sale section. Expect this to be added to the sale section as soon as Wednesday, though it could be the end of the week as well. This stuff is a beautiful, lower micron (meaning softer than you expect in a merino) count, and a heavier fingering weight. Could even be used in sport weight sweater and projects if you wanted. SUPERB STUFF and a great price.