So much new stuff to share soon! New website design, new yarn, and free totes with purchase (details will be on the new website).
I hope you all have a lovely holiday weekend here in the US! And if you're not in the US, just a fab all around weekend anyway!
I have a few projects to share with you! First a cowl knit by one of you, Susan, in Trekking XXL 6 ply color 1837. Susan knit this cowl with one 150g ball of the yarn, and the Accord Cowl pattern. What a great use of this yarn, right? I'm currently knitting a pair of socks with color 1846, and now I think I just may have to cast on a cowl as well. Susan had this to say about her project, "Love this fabulous yarn and the way the colors developed lengthwise. The yarn is very soft after blocking and a joy to knit with."
Heather, SSYC's manager, finished yet another sweater! This one using two balls of the Regia 6ply HD from the sale section. This is the Condo Sweater, and I think this is a brilliant sweater to wear in the summer season and proof that one can wear wool all year 'round. Heather is on the move all day long and this sweater is great for someone who is constantly moving during the summer months, but still wants to sport awesome hand knits.
Finally, a bit of craftiness from me. Not a knit, but a stitch. I've finished with the bulk of my halloween sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, and now I've started on the ghoulish lace-looking border. Before starting this project, I hadn't cross stitched for years- probably seven or more. But I saw someone stitching this on Instagram and I immediately bought the pattern and went to the attic to dig out my floss. It's been such a joy to stitch this, and I may have bought The Mysterious Halloween Town Club as well.
I received a funny list in my Inbox recently from Joanne, one of my yarn reps. It's Lily Chin's top 10 ways to hide the stash. I love number 2. But I'll be honest, I don't have a reason to hide mine at all. Joe doesn't care at all how much yarn I have and I like to rotate it on display- a bowl of yarn on the counter, shelves of it everywhere. It's colorful and it's my art investment, so I like to show it off.
1. Tape a bag of yarn to the underside of all the chairs – who’ll know???
2. Put a slipcover over a bag of yarn, stick it on the couch, call it a pillow.
3. Remove the cushions of the couch, stuff with yarn instead.
4. There are narrow books that don’t reach all the way to the back of the bookshelf. That dead space behind such books is good for several skeins.
5. Do you wear ALL your shoes at the same time? No, stick a skein of yarn in each unworn shoe (boots are great for this very reason).
6. Everyone has clothes in the closet that are never, ever worn. Sew up the bottoms of the garments, insert yarn. Do not forget to sew up bottoms of sleeves. There’s enough in each sleeve for more than a bag’s worth.
7. Never cook, only order take-out or go to restaurants. You’ve now got the whole oven!
8. Look to the china cabinet. That large soup turrine? Maybe a bag. Large teapot? A few balls. Covered dish? The same.
9. The freezer is advantageous for fuzzies such as angora or mohair. Make sure to place in plastic bag first. This is known as the high-fiber diet!
10. Get a really large box and fill it up with lots and lots of yarn. Put a tablecloth over it. Voila, instant dresser (but you can’t get your feet underneath it).
I have lots of new yarn and a new website coming soon! I can't wait to share it all with you. Months of hard work leading up to this. Til then, I'll leave you with photos of new Jilly from Dream in color which will be live soon. And a pic of us getting ready for the huge sale tomorrow in the shop. Have a great weekend!
Been in the shop lately? If not in person, I'll still share with you what we're all working on! Afterall, don't knitters love to share what they've accomplished?? Heather (our shop manager) recently finished the Sockhead Hat above. She's been riding her bike to work lately, and wanted a bright hat for fall. Something so that she would be more easily seen by car drivers. I'd say this Fluormania hat qualifies, right?
Below, Rachael (she's your personal shopper/shipper) finished her Blooming Shawl in the new Lilt Sock from Black Trillium. She used the Ultramarine color. Fab, right?
I just stared a new pair of socks, leaving two single socks waiting. I couldn't help it. I'm a sucker for a good Opal colors (ok, I'm a sucker for umpteen good Opal colors). This one is from the new Rainforest 10 collection. It's color 8467. And I'm already eyeing several of the re-released Hundertwasser colors.
Heather walked in this morning wearing the awesomest sweater ever. Seriously, she rocks this thing, doesn't she? It's Ease, and she did do some mods (armholes, size) and she used the sale worsted we have in the sale section right now (MWP). She said she was surprised about the sizing and she had to end up knitting the XS size to fit her, which was smaller than she anticipated. She did alternate skeins on the body (since it's hand dyed) just to blend from one to another, but she didn't blend them through the whole sweater. The color is Allegiant.
Finally, this project wasn't knit by one of the team, but it was knit by one of you. The sweater pattern is Practically, and she knit it with no mods at all for one of her grand daughters. She used the MWP worsted weight yarn in the sale section in the Tempest color. Love it!
I'd love to show off some of your projects soon, and I'll be putting together a post in the near future with some of those. If you'd like to share, just e-mail photos and details to Allison at email@example.com .
Last week included a lot of firsts for James. First time being a first grader. First time riding the bus. First time having a locker.
Also the first time being tackled with hugs by his little brother when he ran off the bus. It was definitely the cutest thing I've ever seen. Henry latched on and wouldn't let go the entire way up the driveway.
It was a really nice week. I had some great alone-time with little Henry, something I hadn't had all summer. The dynamic is so different with just one of them at home- more relaxing, QUIET, and many more snuggles.
This week we are preparing for the big Super Sale here at the shop on Saturday. The details are all here. It will be busy that day, but I think we are alleviating a lot of the hustle and bustle by giving out numbers. That way, when you get here, if there's a wait to get in the sale area you can simply take a number and browse. Or go across the street and enjoy a cup of coffee or a pastry and knit for a bit and then come back over when it's your time to enter the sale section. I'm really looking forward to the day and seeing all the excitement over the great yarn and fab prices. We offer great deals when we can in the sale section, but this is a bit different. Over the past few years, we've amassed some wonderful one-off's from test skeins that dyers send us for kits, singles left from clubs, dye ideas from our own Poste Yarn studio, accessories and bags that seem to multiply on their own... just A LOT of great stuff that will all go to new homes.
It's starts right after the long Labor Day weekend in September. Like previous years, it's a "choose the months you like" type of situation. No need to sign up- every month, Dream in Color released a special edition color and pattern and you can take a look, decide how much you adore it, and click quickly if it's for you. There's no early sign up or anything to worry about. Typically the colors are released on the 1st of the month for six months, give or take a day. Sometimes Dream in Color has shipping delays or there are holidays and they change our release date on us at the last minute. I'll post here on the blog as soon as the colors go live on our website each month. Easy peasy!
And I've made this even sweeter- I've been able to lower our price on these Opal collections (and hopefully future ones) to $15 a skein. Regular collections retail at $18, and this Hundertwasser at $20, so that's quite a savings!
As you can imagine, as these 10 boxes of yarn arrived in the shop on Tuesday, there were exclamations and hands grabbing. And those included mine and the team. Some of you left with these colors, as well as some of us! I've already knit color 750 and I've worn these throughout the cold months at least once a week. The color has lasted well through wash and dry, and I'm quite pleased with them. And I may have snagged one of Rainforest 10 color 8467 as soon as the box opened.
It's been a few years since I've made big changes to the SSYC website, but oh, the changes are coming. Over the next few weeks, I will be finalizing a bigger and better website that I've been working on for the better part of this year. I think you'll really enjoy some of the changes being made- one of the best being images that are so large that you can actually see the individual fibers in many of the yarns. Seriously. Here's and example of the size (click to see the full size).
What does this mean to you? First, you may notice a few pages here and there not working as you'd expect, in particular things like order look up or password/ info lookup. If you find things not working as you'd expect and you have questions, you can always e-mail me (Allison) at firstname.lastname@example.org . I'm happy to help as we work through these changes.
Second, if you want to have access to your past order information, please go to the customer service link to log in and see your account. Once we switch to the new system in a few weeks, you won't be able to look at your old orders. So print them out now if you're one who wants to know exactly what you've purchased in the past and when.
Third, feel free to e-mail me with input on what you would find helpful and awesome on the new version of our website. Your feedback is what has grown Simply Socks Yarn Company into what it has become over the past nine years. You are the best advisors and I value your input greatly.
Early this summer at one of the fibery tradeshows, Veronica showed off to me something they had been thinking of for quite some time- a reworked version of their Everlasting sock yarn. Everlasting was a gorgeously dyed skein of sock yarn that wore really well- it was eight thin plies of superwash merino, and that translated to a really sturdy sock yarn. For some, it was a bit too sturdy feeling- not quite as soft as one is expecting from Dream in Color. But the main complaint was that it was splittier than one might want, which means that you might miss a ply or two when not paying attention while knitting.
So Veronica and her team redesigned the yarn- it's much softer and nine strands that make up the fingering weight yarn are now tightly plied into a springy, round yarn. I think you'll love it. I know I do. I currently have more than two dozen colors of this new, gorgeous version of Everlasting Sock in stock right now.
Shown below in Eggplant, Morning Glory, Tidal and Victoria.
If you're looking for amazing colors that shift seamlessly from one to the next within the skein, this is for you.
If you're looking for gift socks that will hold up to machine washing (and occasional drying) and wear day after day, this is for you.
If you're looking for an awesome knit that shows off simple patterns as well as complicated, this is for you.
Want to win a skein for yourself? Take a look at the colors I have in stock today and tell me in the comments below which one you'd like to cast on immediately. Extra love to you if you want to share the link for the pattern you think would show it off. Leave me one comment by noon EST on Tuesday, August 12 and you could be the one to win the skein of your choice!
I love the depth of colors that Melanie achieves on each skein of her Black Trillium yarn. I've carried several bases of hers over the years (I have Pebble and Merilon right now), and I have a new one for you in Lilt Sock. Lilt is a sumptuous blend of superwash merino and silk with a slight sheen and a wonderful drape.
When this arrived here last week, Rachael ask if we might need a sample for the store. Perhaps this pattern and this color? Well sure! She's nearly done with her shawl and I'll post a complete photo when it's blocked and dry. I can see why she was so excited about getting started... and finished.
Babs may have reduced her show schedule this year, but she's still devoting time to sending us some fab yarn throughout this summer and fall. If you aren't going to make it to Stitches Midwest or are disappointed that she's not doing Allegan this year, you know you can find a great selection of her colors here at Simply Socks Yarn Company. I have for you new colors (and restocks in your faves) in both Cosmic Sock (shown below) and Tarte Sock.
Above, Funny Papers
What's the difference between these two bases? They both are mostly superwash merino with a bit of nylon. But the Tarte has a tad of Tencel as well, which gives it a bit of a luxurious looking sheen. And they are plied differently- Cosmic seems heartier, while Tarte has a great drape in addition to being wonderful for socks. Tarte is a great choice for lace pieces too.
Below, Frog Belly
Don't see what you've been waiting for? We have another batch coming next month, so stay tuned.
It's been quite awhile since I have knit 6 ply (sport weight) socks. In fact, I can't even remember doing so, that's how long it's been. Or perhaps they just weren't memorable. THESE. These are memorable. Zitron's Trekking XXL 6 ply in color 1846. For the rib, I believe I cast on 52 sts with a US 3 and did a 2x2 rib. For the heel and foot I found I didn't get the nice, dense fabric I wanted unless I went down to a US 1.5. Perhaps I was extra relaxed on vacation last week and that affected my stitches? Regardless, I want these socks to hold up, so 1.5 it is.
I was away with family for the week while the SSYC Super Crew cared for the shop and your orders. We had a great time up north in Michigan.
I met several knitters in the wild, one was a server at Martha's in Suttons Bay, who even brought her current project to the table to show off- an adorable baby sweater she was finishing up for a soon-to-arrive grand daughter. I love how passionate we all are about our craft and how it brings us closer together.
We visited several yarn shops, ate wonderful food, bought art, built Lego castles, attended a friend's beach wedding, and generally had a relaxing and memorable week. It's the kind that I hope to continue to make time for as the boys grow older.
Is there a particular place you seem to vacation over and over? Where and why?
Heather and Rachael have finished some lovely projects lately and I wanted to show them off to you.
First, Heather knit this out of some of the Bulky weight yarn we had in the sale section from Fleece Artist last year. I believe the colors were Ebony and Puffin. Definitely a winter sweater, but she braved the summer heat so I could take a picture. She use the Mud Season pattern, but heavily modified it (stripes, sleeves) as you can tell.
Notice her black fingernails? Guess what color she's been using in the dye studio...
Rachael knit this Flow tank using some stash yarn (which she had to alternate skeins every row or two. While it's not a yarn we carry, I think it's a good example of having the right yarn arround for the pattern, whenever that pattern may be of interest.
We're making room for new dyers and lines here in the shop, as you may have noticed in our sale section over the past month. We're letting go of a few collections and you have seen them discounted in the sale section as "potluck sales" where we choose the color and you get a deal and a pretty surprise. I just added a bit more today- some of our Poste Yarn, Patina in test kitchen Potluck colors for 20% off. Shown below, Multis and Semi-solids.
Now we're extending this sale to our storefront for just one day. On Saturday, August 23 we're opening up an hour early and offering great deals from 9am-1pm on various fabulous yarns. Included in this sale are colors of Poste Yarn we didn't release, test skeins from indie dyers, leftover singles from clubs and kits, patterns, and a lot more. We'll have a ton of great yarn and accessories at discounts of 45% and up. I won't release details ahead of time on exactly what's going to be included. Rest assured, you'll leave with some awesome things whether you come at the very beginning or the very end. We have A LOT of wonderful goodies to share.
How will the SSYC Super Sale work?
-It's a cash and carry sale. All cash, no checks or credit cards on these items.
-Pleaes leave your coats, purses and bags in the car, as you won't be able to bring them in the sale area. Only a wallet.
-All sales are final.
-For each $100 you spend in the Super Sale section, you'll receive a $10 Sock Yarn Buck to use on purchases throughout the rest of the store on the same day only.
-There will be a separate check out at the front of the shop for you to pay, and then we ask that you take those items right out to your car so they don't get confused with regularly priced items. Of course, you can pop back in to browse the rest of the shop. The shop is open til 4pm that day for shopping, but the sale area will close at 1pm (or at least that's when we will stop giving out numbers- if it takes longer for people to shop the Super Sale section, we will allow that of course).
-The Super Sale area will be set up in a specific area at the front, with only a handful of people able to enter that space at a time. When you enter the shop, you'll be given a number and when your number is called you can enter the curtained Super Sale area. Til your number is called, you can hang out and browse the shop (or eat pastry across the street at the fab Zinnia's Bakehouse).
If you haven't visited our shop on our once-a-week in-person shopping days, we are located at: 1315 E State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
There's a parking lot on one side, extra parking in the library lot next door, and street parking as well. All parking is free and easy to access. Have questions? Others might have them too, so you're welcome to ask them in the comments below.
I took some time off this weekend for my first trip away from my boys (in this case, I consider Joe one of the boys). I think the last time I was away from my family for more than a day was Sock Summit in '09, so I think it was time for a girls getaway, don't you? Mine included cross stitch, kntting, relaxing by a fire (in JULY. Who knew?!), not cutting up anyone's food or wiping anyone's behind, shopping in quaint stores without hearing the phrase "I'm bo-ored", sitting on the beach with my eyes closed, eating foods that don't have the phrase "-n-cheese" in them. It was awesome.
Now it's back to reality. Thankfully, I like my reality. It's full of little pudgy little hands, shouts of MAMA and, oh yeah, all the yarn I could ever want.
I now have four-ish of these squares complete in a Halloween Sampler from this website. These ladies are awesomely talented and I may have splurged on several patterns.
I may, MAY have already snagged one of these to start on a pair later tonight. OK, so I may have started it yesterday. You, too, may need to grab one immediately. Or more. Who am I to judge? There's plenty in a ball for a very large pair of socks. Warm, thick socks that knit up quick, dyed in the Trekking XXL colors that we adore.
You all knit the best things, I swear. I love when you send me photos or wear your projects into the store. I wish I had time to share all the lovely photos you send, and I think I'm going to take more time to do that because you all really are a talented bunch.
Chevas knit this sock in Trekking XXL color 538. She cast on in a multiple of four, and after a rib she did a seed stitch rib. Row 1, knit 3 purl 1 all the way to the end. Row 2, knit all stitches. This brown stripe is a great addition to any wardrobe, don't you think?
Judy brought in her Vodka Lemonade sweater knit in Madelinetosh Pashmina in what looks like either Esoteric or Manor. It's so soft and the glazed solids of Madelinetosh really shine in large pieces like this.
Finally, a beautiful Tripinnate shawl knit by Brenda using two skeins of Malabrigo Sock in Zarzamora. She alternated skeins every few rows, because as most of us know Malabrigo skein rarely match, even within the same dyelot. But it's so pretty that we just curse and deal with it as best we can. I think she did a great job blending these two skeins throughout the shawl, don't you?