I'm Allison. My grandmother, Eloise, taught me to knit nearly 25 years ago when I was 7 or 8 years old. The first thing I made was a misshapen headband to hold my hair back while I washed my face. In 2005, I started Simply Socks Yarn Company. Before that, I consistently bought much of my stash online and couldn't really find a site that catered to my new obsession, sock knitting.
It's time to share the details of our third and final 13th Anniversary Sip & Knit Kit! This one features a lace mug by Charan Sachar, and a limited edition colorway from none other than Hedgehog Fibres! Beata and her talented team created a vibrantly modern take on autumnal tones to go with the honey glaze on this mug. And you might even notice that the lace details in the mug are defined even more with a bit of a red tint. Superb artistry on both the mug and the yarn.
Plans are to release this set this coming Tuesday (July 24) morning in our Kits & Clubs section. We typically list our kits somewhere around 9-11am EST, and I'll post here and send out the e-newsletter when it is available. As always, the blog is the first place I notify.
If you happen to miss out on this lovely pairing, I do have a (no mug) Knit Kit coming in August featuring yarn (plus mini!), a bag and accessories and some wonderful collections for fall and winter. Thanks so much for your continued support and interest in our creative endeavors. It's really a pleasure to work with so many talented artists around the world, and your patronage makes it all possible and has for 13 years!
I have more from London dyer Qing Fibre! You'll see new colors plus restocks of your faves in Sock, Merino Singles and Super Soft Sock (cashmere blend). This stuff is dyed by Layla Qing in the UK, and her colors are splendid, don't you think?
I haven't knit any more cashmere Sockhead cowls since I knocked off four in a month this spring, and I'm thinking that Super Soft Sock might be my fifth. I'm knitting a slew of cashmere cowls for Christmas gifts this year, and one of Layla's colors definitely needs to be on my needles.
I love the jewels that Sweet Georgia keeps sending us, in their Party of Five mini skein sets. And my the frequency of my restocks from them, it's pretty clear you like them too! I have several new colors to share, and a restock of Tough Love Sock too, which is the same base as the minis, should you want to combine things for larger projects.
Want to grab a kit? Now's the time! Full details are listed here. If you happen to miss out (they tend to sell out within a day) please know we still have one more Knit Kit and a Sip & Knit Kit coming up this summer as part of our 13th Anniversary celebration.
Today it's time to share the details of our 13th Anniversary Knit Kit! This Azure Watercolor Knit Kit will be released Thursday, July 12. It features a hand made, zippered project bag, Poste Yarn Cash Sock in the limited edition Grotta Azzurra colorway, a snarky set of gift tags and elastic thread for you to carry along when you want extra staying power at the top of your hand knit socks.
This yarn was dyed in our own Poste Yarn studio, and the name came from an idea in this contest that we sponsored with the Knit Girllls. It's a luxurious merino/cashmere/nylon blend that works well for socks or anything else you might like to wear next to the skin. It's lovely stuff.
Don't you love the fabric for this bag? It's a modern watercolor look, and the interior confetti fabric coordinates oh-so-perfectly with the exterior and the yarn. I love how the colors in the yarn bring out the flowers on the bag even more.
The kits will go up for sale on Thursday, July 12 in the morning at the Kits & Clubs link. Typically it's live anywhere from 9-11am EST. I'll post here first when they are available, it will be linked on our homepage and you'll also get an e-newsletter with the link. But the blog is almost always the quickest way to see when a new kit comes out. If you miss out, we do have one more 13th Anniversary Knit Kit and a Sip & Knit Kit planned for this summer. Still more ways to celebrate with us! Thanks for your interest!
What might you want to add to your cart to qualify for free US shipping? There are new colors in Hedgehog Fibres as well as Mineville Wool Project in the Sale Section. I think we have more Mineville colors in the shop now than we have ever had at once!
Thank you for your wonderful response to our 20th sock yarn club! I think this is the fastest selling club we've had. I've added more spaces three times now, and I will have to cap it soon. Please don't hesitate if you have been waffling, as space is limited.
What's coming this week? I do believe all our boxes of Hedgehog Fibres have now made their way through Customs, and I'll start listing the new stuff hopefully later today. It's likely to take a full day to get it all up on the website though. This includes restocks in Sock, Skinny and DK plus all the new colors AND three potluck colors.
I'll also have new hues of Mineville Wool Project for the Sale Section and some more from Dream in Color in Jilly. Tonight we have our first Monday night Goldfish Memory KAL in the shop. It's all sold out, so if you still want to join in, you are welcome to do so online on our Ravelry page after tonight, and I'll also be sharing pictures and color ideas here on the blog. Really looking forward to sharing this experience online with you!
SSYC is celebrating our 13th Anniversary with an amazing deal on our newest sock yarn club! We are parterning with Dream in Color, the popular small dyeing operation that has been around as long as we have, and offering you 2005 throwback prices on a 3-month subscription of a skein of sock yarn PLUS a coordinating mini. We are even throwing in a canvas tote! Come join our $100 Sock Yarn Club!
We have offered Dream in Color yarn from the the time Veronica and Nancy started dyeing yarn from a small studio in their Chicago yarn shop in 2005. Veronica called me out of the blue and talked to me all about the new method of dyeing she had perfected. She was trying to replicate a watercolor method she had learned, but apply it to fiber. She called these skeins "veil dyed." Layer upon layer was applied to the skein to give the final project a fabric that didn't pool or stripe, but instead had beautifully dappled color. Here's the first test knit of that method, which I knit up and gifted to a Sockapalooza sock exchange partner nearly 13 years ago. It's a bit blurry. Apparently my point-and-shoot camera skills weren't great way back then.
More than a decade later, Veronica and her small crew no longer rely solely on the veil dyeing method but instead employ various techniques to achieve semi-solid colors, shadow dyed (charcoal over tonals), speckles and variegated skeins inspired inspired by the richly textured hues of nature. I'm so glad to be able to honor both SSYC's and Dream in Color's 13 year history in yarn and offer this club. I do hope you'll take part.
We just received a new selection of Dream in Color's Smooshy Sock Yarn (with more bases and colors to come), and above are just a few photos to show you the kind of amazing artistry you could expect in your packages in August, September and October. Yours will be limited edition, surprise colors and minis. Please don't hesitate in signing up (please make sure the club is the only item in your cart at check out- it must be ordered alone to count), as there are limited spaces. I do try and keep clubs open for a week, but as this one is an unheard of deal, I'm not sure how long it will last. I mean, the last time we offered a sock yarn club that featured three months of yarn plus a toe-and-heel skein, that was ten years ago and it cost 11% more than this one. So this one is definitely a smashing deal at $100 in 2018!
Thank you for joining us in our 20th Club! Your first package will ship out in mid-August, when school is about to start and the summer heat is on top of us. It's definitely a good time for a surprise.
I greatly appreciate your interest in our kits. I know they sell out fast, and I do hope you know we have one more Sip & Knit Kit becoming available next month, as well as a couple awesome Knit Kits featuring hand made bags and accessories.
Take a look at our next Sip & Knit Kit, which will be released Thursday morning at this link, featuring the work of Charan Sachar and Irish dyer Life in the Long Grass.
These two pieces were created thousands of miles apart, but look so perfect together that they seem to be made in the same studio. The way the yellow and turquoise hand painted speckles on the mug mimic the speckled colors in the skein.... just wow.
I do hope that if you really want one of these sets that you'll be able to snag one this Thursday morning (typically around 10am EST, give or take). I know that the last Sip & Knit Kit went super fast, and so I thought I'd release this one a little early to so that those who missed out could grab one of these. Plus, I have one more becoming available next month as we continue to celebrate our 13th year.
Yes, that subject is worthy of many exclamation points, as it's been nearly two years since Malabrigo released their last batch of colors on Sock, which was just a handful... and then another three years before that that we received a nice sized batch of new selections. So, of course, this collection of a dozen new colors is certainly "exclamation point worthy!!!"
Here are all 12 of them. Some might look familiar because they have been available on other bases like Arroyo or Mechita and just now have been optimized for Sock. Some are brand spankin' new hues. Keep in mind that I take new photos with each batch we receive, so this is what the skeins look like today. If you see this post a few months/years after today and want to see what these skeins look like, always go by what our website shows, as those are accurate for the hand dyed skeins we actually have in stock.
009 Polar Morn
412 Teal Feather
415 Matisse Blue
035 Frank Ochre
845 Cirrus Gray
131 Sand Bank
Want to win three skeins of Malabrigo Sock of your own? Just tell us what three you'd like and please do share if there's something in particular you'd like to knit with it (the three colors are required, but the pattern idea is not required for the contest.... we just like your inspiration!). Leave us one comment here on the blog by noon EST on Friday, June 29 and we will randomly choose one winner for those three skeins! Thanks for playing!