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.
Wow, what an hour yesterday! The 6 kit options we had sold fast and our first Roller Derby Sock Set sold out within an hour too. Thank you so much! While I can't get more bags to make more kits, the color that Knitterly Things makes for us is repeatable and we can offer that again in the future. And I've received many e-mails requesting preorder to get one of the Roller Derby Sock Sets that sold out fast. If you'd like to get one of these Stitch Together combos, I'll have a preorder listing on the website next week and the wait will be a few more weeks after than for it to actually ship. And yes, it will still include the roller skate stitch marker and a pattern code for the sock pattern that Casapinka is making for us in July.
If you'd like to be notified via e-mail when the preorders are available, please e-mail me (Allison) at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll make sure to e-mail you when they go live. We don't often offer preorders, but I'm so happy that this zany idea was so well received and that you appreciated my idea and I hate when things sell out that fast. I mean, it's great and all for a small business, but I don't like to disappoint people!
You can now find our Vintage Kitchen Knit Kits an Sock Set options here! There are six different bag options (two colors and three sizes) and you can just get the yarn without a bag if you choose. As always, these are limited in supply but if you scroll to the bottom, you can see a preview of our next Anniversary Knit Kit, coming out on July 1, and plan accordingly.
Today is also the first release in our WIP It Good Sock Sets! Take a look at what Stitch Together Studios WIPed up for us. These are sure to go fast, and if it's super popular we may be able to get more for a second release. Edited an hour later to add: Woah, this all went fast. I'll get more and let you know when they are available later this summer!
Then.... something we rarely get. Hand dyed sock blanks.
Sweet Georgia has released limited edition sock blanks, shown above in Eden and Canary Island. They have had their Tough Love sock yarn knitted into fabric pieces and then they dye it. This is quite a bit more labor intensive to make, as the yarn has to be preknit before it's dyed, and then the method for dyeing the different than dyeing a skein. The final result gives you a really cool gradient effect when knitting socks (which wouldn't be matching, but coordinating, as one would start at the beginning of the progression and one in the middle) or a shawl like this Eskra pattern.
And because you are so awesome for reading the blog, I'm giving you a super early sneak peak at our exclusive Summer Days Knit Kit. This features yarn from Life in the Long Grass (and come on, look at this color!) a gorgeous flowered bag from DnA Designs, and hand made stitch markers that are so adorable it hurts. The snail alone is enough to make me want this entire kit. I'll post more about it the last week of June, and it will go up for sale on July 1.
Thank you so much for your support over the past 14 years, whether it be in the form of purchases, sharing us with your friends, or commenting on social media. One of the best things about my job is connecting with you- helping you pick out the right pink hue for your newest grand daughter, hearing about the students you're teaching to knit in your Oakland school, or seeing on Instagram what you're knitting with our stuff. It really has been a pleasure and an honor to serve you and get to know you. I feel as though I've grown up with you (as has my family) since I started this shop at the ripe age of 26. I've made a lot of changes to the shop over the years, growing and expanding. But I don't feel like I've made compromises. I've kept to the honesty, fairness and work ethic that I would expect from any successful family business, even when I've been pushed to say and do things that I would consider unfair and unethical. I've made decisions for my shop to stay somewhat small in the scheme of things, so that I could maintain more control and conduct business in a way that I deem right. And I think if you've shopped with SSYC over and over throughout the past 14 years, you appreciate the same things I do. Thank you.
Can you help with other ideas? I told Gretchen I'd post and ask for opinions on other ways to use up her 8 colors of leftovers, as you all seem to have such great suggestions for me and others when it comes to design ideas. Especially in the Ask the Knitters series we do. Please do help us find something awesome for Gretchen!
It's time to give you a sneak peak at one of the special kits we are putting together this summer to celebrate our 14th Anniversary! Three years ago, Knitterly Things dyed up this awesome Vintage Kitchen striping skein and we offered it as part of a Knit Kit to celebrate out 11th anniversary. This was so popular that we decided to bring it back with a different spin- with a mini skein and also with a variety of bag options. So Wednesday you'll get the opportunity to snag one!
Then there are a few of the yarn/bag combos that you can choose, if you want a bag with the yarn. Each of these is pretty limited on the quantity that we have, so please don't hesitate if this is for you. This will be available on Wednesday morning.
We are also celebrating our 14th by starting a new themed Sock Set Collection that I know you'll love. I've asked select dyers to develop sock sets (full sized skein and a mini) inspired by Roller Derby. I love the energy, female empowerment and general kick-butt-ness of Roller Derby and some of the names of Derby girls are so fun that I thought they would make great colorways. Our dyers agreed an so this summer we are featuring our WIP-It-Good Roller Derby Sock Sets and Casapinka is even joining in the celebration later this summer by offering a pattern to go with (it's not ready yet- so if you order, you'll get the pattern code when available. There will be several ways to get this awesome pattern this summer). I even had tiny little roller skate stitch markers made to accompany each set!
The first set is Scarlet O'Scara and is dyed by Kayanna at Stitch Together Studios. It comes with what you see here- a full sized skein of Smooth Sock, a 20g mini skein and a little roller skate stitch marker. And when the pattern is available later this summer, I'll even e-mail that coupon code to you.
We are celebrating our 14th anniversary all summer with COLOR! And there's still more to come in the next two months!
Wow, what a week for new stuff. Not only did we get all the new colors from Hedgehog Fibres, but Canadian dyeing family Artfil sent us an amazing batch of hues. One thing they are known for is airbrushing skeins with color to create a really lovely speckled effect. Here's what I mean:
Of course, they also do some gorgeous variegate colors and tonal solids like Harvest and Copper shown on Belle Sock. Gorgeous, right?
Now, I want nearly every color in my life. But I've managed to select just a few to stash away for later (I have so many secret things on the needles right now!!). Do you want to stash away a couple too? Take a look at all the colors I have right now and tell me in the comments below what two colors really speak to you and you could be randomly chosen to win the skeins of your choice! Contest closes Saturday, June 8 at noon EST.
The winner of our last contest if Coby Hanna who said "I have only been knitting since 2016. The lovely Lauren E. taught me how and I've been addicted ever since! I think for my next project I think I'd like to make the Suburban Wrap by Joji. Would love to win a gift card to pick out new squish!"
Every once in awhile I'm able to offer a really great deal on some really cool accessories. Today I have a really nice mesh fabric bag in the Sale Section for 35% off. That means that you can have a very nice project bag for less than $10! The Small, Medium and Large sizes are less than $10, and the Jumbo size is just slightly more and is large enough to hold a blanket project, keeping it safe from pets, snags while transporting and, well, life.
I'm offering these as Potluck- basically you order the size you want and we randomly choose from the colors we currently have (they are all quite nice, and we have colors that aren't even pictured- greens, chocolate and more). You can always tell us in the note section of Check Out what colors you typically do/don't like and we'll do our best to accommodate you before we ship. But please know that it is for Potluck, meaning that you should expect a surprise if you finalize your order. Make sense?
I very rarely find such great deals on accessories. So please do take advantage of this if you need a new project bag. These are also great for traveling and keeping all sorts of things safe- swim and beach accessories, sports accessories, crafting supplies, makeup and hair care... gosh, just a good bargain for storing so many things.
Hedgehog Fibres has released fifteen new colors and it's time to introduce them! I'm showing them all on Sock, but they are also available in Merino DK and Skinny. Most of the Skinny Singles colors are still stuck in Customs, so it may be a few more days for all of those to arrive.
Say hello to:
These are such a fun departure from the bright, vivid hues we usually see from Hedgehog Fibres of Ireland. These are romantic, more subtly colored skeins and the semi solids like Cedar, Dew, Purr and Clay fill spaces in their palette that will help those who are looking for a particular look in a fade or other colorwork. While we do our best to keep well over 100 of Hedgehog Fibres' colors in stock, some of these may sell out fast and of course we'll get more for you. Usually, it takes just a few weeks for us to get things back from Ireland, barring any unforeseen Customs issues.
And here's a little tease of something that Hedgehog is currently working on for us. A little something special for later...
Our 14th anniversay party on Saturday was a huge success (more photos on Insta) and now we are taking the celebration online for the whole summer! We're kicking it off with a contest today as well as a two day special on our new batch of Poste Yarn, Select Sock. This superwash wool/nylon blend is dyed in-house and is usually available for just $18 a skein. But until Thursday morning, you'll find it for just $16 a skein! Just one way we are saying a big ol' THANK YOU for your support over the past 14 years!
Sometimes from Check Out it's hard to see how many people are in the shop at once... our shelves are tall and people are usually bent over exploring shelves. But sometimes you see a head bob up, much like a fish coming up for air! This is one of the few pictures I had time to take, as we opened up for the party.
Pre-party table of birthday cookies. Dang, these were goooooooood.
I feel so fortunate that I've been able to serve you for so long, and your guidance and support has made all the difference as SSYC has grown from a one-room operation into the 3500 square foot shop we are today. I am making some more additions/changes throughout 2019; you were all a big help in responding to this request for help/ideas this past winter. I really did mean it that I wanted to do as much as I could to make SSYC your online LYS for another 14 years. You gave me a lot to think about, including making our Wish Lists and website even easier to use (create an account to make a Wish List), adding more easy care solid yarns, making local shopping easier, adding more dyers, and making more kits in more price points and options (just wait a few weeks to see what we're rolling out this summer!). I do listen to you when you ask for something. I really hope you've seen how we've increased our inventory, respond to e-mail questions very quickly, and ship nearly all our orders out within 24 hours.... most often within just a few hours.
So let's make this day even more interesting with a contest! Tell me in the comments below how long you've been knitting and what kind of project/yarn/technique you'd like to tackle next and you could win a $50 gift certificate to the shop. Perhaps brioche? Or a brightly speckled yarn dyer you haven't yet tried? What about the popular self patterning Monet collection? Just share before noon EST this Thursday May 30 and I'll randomly choose one winner and e-mail that person and announce here as usual. And check out Instagram this week too as I do a contest or two there.
What's up next? We are doing a reboot of one of our most popular kits (with the option of a bag or no) and some really cool offerings from some of our fave dyers. I'll keep you posted on everything here on the blog as usual!
I love when we get a shipment from a dyer and a color that we already loved looks even better with the most recent lot. Case in point, our most recent shipment from Madelinetosh. A few colors that were already great arrived again, and they are oh-so-much more vibrant and amazing, don't you think?
As you may know, we take new photos with each batch of hand dyed yarn to ensure that differences in dyelots are shown in photos. It takes a lot of extra time, but as an avid knitter, I know that I would want to know if I'm purchasing one of these if they actually look like the picture shown, or like a picture from 5 months ago or from the dyer herself from a lot from three years ago. I know that we aren't the only yarn game in town, so I do hope that when you find yarn we don't carry that you love, that the person you are purchasing from takes pictures when there are changes. Of course, there will always be slight differences in skeins within the same lot or differences in how screens show colors, but dang, these images really do illustrate why new photos are important, don't they?
We will be celebrating our 14th anniversary all summer long with really awesome yarns. specials, kits and gifts. I can't wait to share everything with you, so I thought I'd at least tease you with what's coming up for next week.
First, we will have a new batch of our Poste Yarn Select Sock. This is our just-$18-a-skein hand dyed, superwash wool and nylon blend and we will be offering the new release of colors at just $16 for two days, and then the price will go back to $18. Yes, $18 a skein for hand dyed yarn is a steal already, but I want to give you a bit of a treat for our anniversary.
Above is Christmas in Dixie, below is Electric Avenue Multi
Then we will be offering a redo of one of our most popular Knit Kits, the Vintage Kitchen Kit. This particular striping skein was part of our 11th Anniversary Knit Kit three years ago, and it sold out in a day. This is one of our most requested special colors, so I've asked Julia at Knitterly Things to redye it for us, pair it with a mini skein for toes and heels, and we'll have it again in June. We will offer it with a variety of coordinating Pyrex-adorned project bags, or you can grab one without a bag. As usual, quantities are limited, but I hope this makes many happy who missed out years ago!