It's begun! It's that six-month time of year when we anticipate the first of every month so we can see what Veronica and her team at Dream in Color have dreamed up for us. Each month, Sept thru Feb, you'll see a special edition Dream Club colorway paired with a free-to-you pattern. You don't have to sign up for all 6 months, you simply pay-as-you-go, seeing each skein each month, deciding if it's for you, and pouncing before it's gone for good.
This month is super special because not only is it the first time that Dream in Color has offered you TWO color Dream Club options in one month, but the pattern is designed by none other than Romi Hill. Yeah. Super awesome.
You get to choose between this more tonal color (which is also the color shown in all the pattern pictures)
But who am I kidding. Some of us won't "choose" at all. We'll grab them both. Because... reasons.
Don't you need this shawl in your life? I do. When you get your package, you'll see a little note inside with a link to this pattern, and a coupon code to download it for free. Just make sure to do it soon because I do believe it expires after a few months.
Mineville Wool Project is a branch of adored Fleece Artist (dyeing yarn for over 30 years) that specializes in offering short runs and special lots at discounted prices. So when I can get a great price on something awesome from them, you know I'll offer it in the sale section. If you missed out on the last batch we had of this same yarn, I have more for you in dozens of semi-solid and multicolors.
If you are one of the many who have been waiting for the three new Hedgehog Fibres colors, your wait is over! I now have Boombox, Genie and Banana Legs (from bottom) on both their Sock Yarn and Merino DK!
I know you all love a deal, as do I. I'll soon have more of the gorgeous Merino DK from Mineville Wool Project (an offshoot of beloved Fleece Artist). I've had these skeins in the shop twice before, and they sell out very fast. The price is around 50% off what you'd expect from comparable DK weight merino which sells at $22 a skein. So for $11 a skein you're getting an amazingly dyed, super soft merino that's perfect for sweaters, blankets and more.
I expect these to be available in a week or two in the sale section, when everything clears Customs. I'll update you on the progress. Here are some of the colors you can expect to find.
I mean, aren't these gorgeous hues? Perfect for solid sweaters or multicolor blankets.
Want to win one of these four fantastic self-patterning skeins of Berroco Sox? Simply answer the following question in the comments below:
With August ending soon, and Labor Day just around the corner, I've been thinking about summer traditions: trips to the zoo, visiting family, boating, gardening, there never seems to be quite enough time to do it all. What are your summer traditions? Alternately, is there something you did for the first time this summer, that was awesome and you want to do every summer?
I'll choose a winner Monday August 31, at noon EST. One entry per person, please.
If you're as addicted to knitting self-patterning yarn as I am, this is your time. When Rachael dubbed this week "yarn overload", she wasn't joking. We've received dozens and dozens of boxes of Regia and I am having a hard time deciding what to cast on first.
Perhaps I should start with Pairfect? This is an innovative way to make sure you have two matching socks from one pair of socks. There are instructions included on your ball band telling you how to start your two socks at the end of each yellow thread, giving you two perfectly (or Pairfectly) matching socks.
Do you adore a more simple design? How about the thin stripes separated by dots of the Metropole collection? This is perfect for gift socks when the person you're knitting for has more of a conservative preference for socks and you still want to knit something addictive. It also would look really nice in outerwear like hats and mittens. Heck, it's an all-around awesome sock yarn.
Are you thinking of cooler weather and holiday knits? Get a head start on warm, cushy socks for the fall with the 6-ply Digital collection. This will be a quicker knit- I would use a US 3 myself. Such beautiful designs and colors in this collection that you'll want to cast on as soon as this hits your doorstep.
Finally, a combination of camo and stripes makes up the Camouflage collection. There are 12 different colors to choose from, so you know you'll find something perfect for the camo-lover in your life.
Do you love bright, hold hues? We have restocks of the super popular Fluormania collection. Heather knit a hat out of the second color shown here and wears it during cooler weather when biking to work so she's not only warm and adorable, but easily seen by drivers.
I don't remember this much Regia arriving in one time. Ever. In 10 years. You should totally take advantage of this opportunity to find exactly what you're looking for.
If you are in the Fort Wayne area this weekend and want to come visit the shop, I highly recommend it. With all the Hedgehog and Madelinetosh that also recently came our way, you're sure to find several lovely skeins to give you hours of awesome knitting. The shop is open 10-4 this Saturday, August 22, and we'd love to see you!
Just some moments from the past week: My boys on the lake, a surprise sunflower in my yard, ALL the yarn that has arrived (Rachael calls it #yarnoverload), and me and My little Mini at the zoo today. Please share a great moment from your week in the comments!
Oh Madelinetosh Pashmina, how I love you. With merino, silk, and cashmere in each skein, you make for a lightweight yarn with a touchable softness that begs to be knit up into scarves, shawls, cowls, and other against-the-skin projects. And with a generous 360 yards per skein, the list of projects knit up with just one -or two- skeins is nearly limitless.
Dream in Color likes a party as much as any of us, and to that end they have sent us 5 (FIVE!) skeins of Jilly to give away to some lucky winners. Some are regular, named colors, some look like they may be one-of-a-kind. So let me know what you would knit with one of the skeins of Jilly, I'll be choosing the five lucky winners at noon EST on August 21st, one entry per person, please!
Congratulations to Leslie, Lynn, Julie, winners of the sKNITches contest, and Patty M, who won the Wooly Wonka gradient! Winners have been emailed, so if this sounds like you, check your inbox!
By the amount of e-mails and comments I've been getting, I know that this new batch of fibery goodness will make MANY a knitter happy. I have a whole slew of new colors and restocks of Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn! This includes all the colors you adore, but five new colors that are exclusive to Simply Socks Yarn Company. I hope you love them as much as I do. They are:
If you looking to knit something a bit heavier, don't forget about their DK Merino, which arrived a couple weeks ago.
James started 2nd grade today!
I forgot how easy it is just to have one kid around. No bickering, no forced sharing, no name calling. It was downright easy!
Henry even came to the shop with me briefly, though he disgustedly asked "Where are all the toys??"
Each skein is 435 yards of sparkly merino/silk, dyed to subtly change from one color to the next as you knit. No switching skeins or weaving in extra ends, the yarn does all the work for you. And a complete steal at this price.
UnspunElysse knit up a skein of Rainforest into the Cinder Shawl taking advantage of the gradient to turn a fairly simple shawl into a work of art!
And it looks just as fantastic in a crochet shawl. Epspins crocheted this feather and fan shawl, also in Rainforest.
(All photos used with permission.)
I see a lot of possibilities for a skein (or two) of this yarn: scarves, shawls, hats, baby clothes, socks (although you would need two if you wanted matching socks.) It works up great by itself, or would be fantastic striped with a contrasting solid.
What would you knit with it? Let me know, I have a skein of Winter Storm to give away to one lucky winner, who will be randomly chosen at noon on August 13th.
Out kits often sell out within a day, so while I do hope there are enough to go around, please don't hesitate too long if you think you'd like one. Thanks so much for celebrating our 10th anniversary with us!
We're into the third month of the Simply Socks 10th Anniversary celebration, and I have for you a chance to win some sKNITches Nimble! In keeping with tomorrow's upcoming kit (Set your alarms, if you're hoping to buy one - these things tend to sell quickly!), tell me about a knitting or crochet tool you couldn't live without.
You have until Tuesday, August 11th at noon to enter, when I will randomly choose three winners to each win a skein. One entry per person, please.
Miss Babs has dyed us up a new batch of showstopping color. I have it on both the Tarte Sock (a merino/tencel/nylon blend that knits up with the shine and drape of silk, but without the price) and their merino/nylon Hot Shot. I could go on about it, but really, let's let the yarn speak for itself:
I've been hinting at our 3rd and final 10th anniversary kit for a couple weeks now, and finally here's the reveal! This coming Tuesday, August 4, you'll have a chance to grab one of these packages featuring yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts and the awesomely useful Yarnit accessory to tote and protect your yarn.
So let's talk about the special edition yarn. Tina and her team dyed up this glorious colorway, Jitterbug, on their popular Socks that Rock Lightweight base. Yes, this would make gorgeous socks, but the color seems to be one that would look good on nearly everyone, so I'm thinking a Sockhead. I'm almost always thinking Sockhead, so I'm somewhat predictable.
The yarn comes protected by a cool new accessory known as the Yarnit. It's a super invention made by Kate Sullivan, and she has this to say about the Yarnit:
"My "aha" moment happened at 30,000 feet. My yarn fell out of my lap, rolling under multiple passenger seats behind me and all over the grimy floors of the airplane. By the time passengers were able to kick it back to me it was covered with months of crumbs, dirt and who knows what else from the airplane floor. Additionally I purchased a small farm in upstate NY and was having some renovations done. The 4 hr drive in the car back and forth every weekend was prime yarning time but now, unavoidably, the car floor was covered in mud, stones and bits & pieces from the construction. It was wicked when my yarn fell from my bag or lap to the car floor mat.
Now add to the above PK, my curious yarn chasing cat, Yankee, my needle eating dog and the tangled mess of storing my yarn loose in a knit bag, only to be constantly loosing time sorting everything out when I did get those precious few minutes, resulted in the invention of the Yarnit.
My precious yarn is now kept safe & clean, protected from grime and pets and ready to go at a moments notice.
The Yarnit is a lovely glass-like globe made of Lexan (the same material your eye glass lenses, race car and hurricane windows are made from) making it highly durable,, practically unbreakable and it won't discolor.
Easily pop your yarn in and out. Changing yarns is so simple and the centrifugal force design means your yarn flows like butter keeping your tension smooth and sweet. The Yarnit is a 5" globe that is a perfect size for your knit bag, or use the strap and work anywhere anytime. It makes knitting a true joy but is especially great for the knitter who loves to take their knitting everywhere they go. Heck it even fits in the cup holder of your car. There are docking slots to keep your yarn and needles protected and the base which offers storage for your stitch markers and darning needles, will hold firm to all surfaces without causing any damage."
The base of your Yarnit slips off and easily holds your tapestry needle, stitch markers (not included in the kit) or other accessories so you can keep track of everything and not worry about losing your tools.
Kate even customized the Yarnit with the Simply Socks Yarn Company logo to commemorate our 10th Anniversary. How cool is that?
Rounding out this kit is a set of gift tags so you can tell a loved one how much knitting for them means to you.
This kit will sell for less than $60, which is a super deal. I'll have other Yarnits in the shop for you later, but this custom one is available just in this kit.
Our special edition kits tend to sell out within a day. Our last two kits this summer sold out in just a few short hours. So please don't hesitate too long if you think this one is for you. I typically put these on the website around 8am EST. Yes, I know this can be a bit trying for those in other time zones, but since this is the time zone we work in, this is what works for us. We are a small team, so we do our best to be as efficient as we can and keep costs to a minimum for you. I take all your suggestions and even your complaints to heart. I know it can be frustrating when you miss out on something you really want, and I wish I could have more kits available, but it's not something we can do and still maintain the quality we are known for.
We all greatly appreciate your interest in our kits! Designing and sending these to you is one of the highlights of what we do. Really. And we have some awesome things planned for the upcoming fall and winter. I'll keep you updated!
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!