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.
We're having a Flash Tote Giveaway! If you place an order online today only, we will include one of these canvas totes in your package. If you are local, and choose "in store pickup", we will hold a tote for you for one of our open days.
Why? Well, just because we like and appreciate you! We like to give you fun things when we can. You don't have to e-mail us to request it and you don't have to add it to your cart. If you place an order on March 22, it will be in automatically included in your package.
I love spring. It brings so much promise. With it comes new color, new weather, a whole slew of things we can do outdoors, and a whole change of life here in the Midwest. I especially love how dyers and artisans in the shop seem to come out with more inventive, vivid colorways, as if they too feel the seasons change and want to play along. You can definitely see that in the yarn dyed for our two SSYC Spring Knit Kits, so lets take a look!
First the Curly Q Sheep Knit Kit. This kit features a new-to-us-dyer, Qing Fibers. Layla and her team dye highly sought after yarn in the UK, and I'm happy to introduce her to the SSYC family in this kit with her Donegal Tweed Sock. I'll have a wide array of her colors later this spring in the shop and I'm just so pleased that she decided to share her skeins with us. I've been loving her skeins from afar, and I know many of you have too and have been asking us to get her wares to you.
The medium wedge bag from DnA Designs features fabric with grazing, curly haired sheep, coordinating interior, a beaded zipper pull and fits a 3-4 skein project. It's a beautifully made bag that's not season-specific and can be used year round.
I'm also happy to announce that we are starting our own line of faux fur pom poms and we're introducing them in these kits! These are extra large, as you can see from the comparison photo with the yarn, and would be adorable on a winter hat, don't you think?
The tool in these kits is a pretty set of scissors. They are small in size, fit easily in any project bag, and come packaged with a tip protector and their own case.
Then I have the Black Sheep Knit Kit, inspired by the little black sheep on this fabric. This bag is the large Tall Skinny size, which means it will fit a 5-6 skein project. Look how it dwarfs everything else in the picture! This one is also made by Angie at DnA Designs and features coordinating interior fabric and a beaded zipper pull.
The stand out of this kit is the expertly dyed striping yarn from Knitterly Things. The extra special thing about this yarn is that not only does it stripe, but it speckles. The white stripe has green speckles and the other colors have black and grey speckles. I mean, how cool is that?! That's a lot of extra time and work for each individual skein.
The Black Sheep Knit Kit also comes with a pom pom and a pair of scissors. Same extra large size, but gives a faux husky look.
I'm really proud of these kits. I love the large size and the extra detail put into the bags, and the dyers created truly imaginative colorways for us. Qing Fibre used a tweed sock base with flecks in a multitude of colors instead of the neutral colored neps typically found in tweed sock bases. And Julia at Knitterly Things really went the extra mile in creating a colorway that has that extra umph with stripes and speckles (I think I might have to cast on my skein tonight). The pom poms are high quality and big and all around awesome. If you're able to snag the kit you like, I think you're going to be super pleased when it hits your doorstep.
I do hope that one or both of these kits speak (or shout) to you, and if so you'll have a chance to grab them this coming Tuesday, March 27. Typically we post the kits mid-morning EST. Our kits tend to sell out within a day, especially ones like these that have large hand made bags and extra special yarn. So please don't hesitate if you think you'd like one or more. They will be priced a bit over $70 and worth every penny, as three of the four items are hand made by talented craftspeople who made these just for us. And as usual, you're welcome to order more than one of each kit- many of you purchase several so you have gifts for friends, or so you have extra yarn (and then give away the extra bag as a gift to a knitting friend). We don't put limits on what you'd like to purchase- it's a first come first served kind of thing. We think that's the most fair way to do it- everyone knows when the kits will be available and can order however they like.
If you've made it to the end of today's blog, I'll share a secret... we are planning on giving away free canvas totes with your purchase in the shop tomorrow, March 22. I'll post about it here on the blog and send out the newsletter too, but I wanted to give you a heads up if you want to start filling your online cart with goodies now, and check out tomorrow the 22nd.
So I basically spent every spare moment I had this weekend knitting. After knitting on Friday and Saturday, I had this.
Then on Sunday, I was down to the final ribbing
And today I took this photo.
I was inspired by our recent batch of Serenity 20 from Zen Yarn Garden, and I just couldn't stop knitting. I chose the Sockhead Cowl because I wanted a mindless knit that wouldn't compete with the colors in the Notebook skein. Sorry, this color quickly sold out but we have many other lovely ones available. I love how it turned out, and I'm hoping I'll have the willpower to be able to give this up as a Christmas gift late this year.
After such a nice, three day knit, of course I wanted to start another one. So I just wound some Madelinetosh Twist Light in Texas Bama into a cake and I look forward to making another one! Perhaps everyone's getting a cowl for Christmas....
If you're coming to the shop tomorrow, it's your lucky day! On Saturday the 17th, come in the shop and spend $17 and you can get this free book: Neck Effects- 30 Scarves, Wraps and Coals to Knit for Now
I have 30 books to give away tomorrow in the shop, one per person/family, per $17 purchase. So come see us from 10-4 at 1315 E. State Blvd in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You know you want to!
So, there's not one color from our new batch of Zen Yarn Garden's Serenity 20 that I don't really like. Each one of these I'd knit, and I'm having a hard time not stashing eight of them right now. I like them so much that I seriously considered featuring each one with a pattern idea, but that's pure craziness, as I don't have time for that in my busy child-rearing-business-running life! What I will share is a few of my faves and that these are inspiring me to knit my friends and family each a cashmere cowl for Christmas. No, I'm serious. Wouldn't a cashmere cowl make everyone happy? Even if it's something as simple as this. Your thoughts? Are there any simple gifting pattern's you'd love to share with me?
A couple months ago, we introduced a short run (limited availability) of Mineville Wool Project's 100g Sock in the Sale Section. Mineville Wool Project is an offshoot of Fleece Artist- after 35+ years in the business, Fleece Artist has great connections and is able to buy end runs from mills at a discount and pass the savings along to us and you. The 100g Sock sold out fast and now we have more. I pretty much bought them out this time, which means we have a lot of colors in the Sale Section like Arctic Fox and Blue Jeans (shown below) that sell out really fast. We have lots more colors coming, but it all trickles through Customs.
I have just 16 colors to start with, and double that coming. I'm told this is the last of the 100g Sock, but of course we'll carry more from Mineville as lines become available and as I test it.
I especially like how much aqua there is in Beach Walk this time (shown above) and Canadian Rockies (shown below) is darker, which turned out stunning.
Trekking XXL has long been a staple for sock knitters, and Zitron is always keeping things fresh with new colors and patterns. We just received restocks and the newest self patterns (starting at 676) and this just screams GIFT KNITTING to me. Not only are these going to be fun knits, but the finished socks hold up really well to washing and wearing, even for the recipient who might not know how to take care of hand knit socks. Heck, I've been known to accidentally throw my Opal and Trekking XXL socks in the wash and dryer with towels with no repercussions! (I usually put my own hand knit socks in a lingerie bag with other color water items and don't machine dry ever.)
Here are a few of the newbies, 681, 680 and 684.
A few years ago, I knit up this color of Trekking XXL and it was loved by all. It was gone for a few years and now is back as color number 686, for those who want to snag it. The striping is pretty random in the width of each stripe- your socks will not be matchy matchy, but they will be awesome.
I've announced the Instagram contest winner on Instagram, and the winner of last week's Poste Yarn contest was Deb J who commented:
My first two favorites are Viva Las Vegas and Electric Avenue Multi...in fact, I immediately went off to purchase them before they ran out! Viva Las Vegas was a no brainer--given that I still, after all these years, immediately start dancin' if I hear Elvis beltin' it out!
Shown below in Camelot Speckle
I love the comments we received about the names we chose for the Select Sock. Since we name our Poste Yarn colors after destinations (real or fictional) we thought it was fun that we named all these colors after songs about destinations, and you seemed to find it fun too! We have just eight colors left from the original 44, and the special price of $16 ends after today. Then the price goes up to $18 and we hope to have a new batch of Select Sock for you in April. We have a pretty darn busy dye schedule, but this yarn was really popular and we'll make room to offer colors here and there, much like we do our Patina and Stripe Sock.
What can you expect this week from us? We have a huge restock of Zauberball if you want something box that changes color while you knit.
Below in Zauberball color 2310
I'll also have some new needles to share and new yarn from Primrose Yarn Company. I'm betting there's a lot more too, but apparently I'm not fully caffeinated this Monday morning!
Woah, you all really know a good deal when you see one! As part of our Week Long Release Party for our new Poste Yarn collection, Select Sock, we offered an introductory price of $16 and it has nearly cleared us out of yarn in just a couple days! Most of the speckles and multicolors are gone, and while we do have some tonal colors left, most of those just have a couple skeins available. We do have this yarn on the dye schedule again for April, but keep in mind that the price goes up to the original price of $18 in a few days. Yeah, that's still a really great deal though, I know. We keep the price low by seeking out great deals on fiber, and then dyeing it all in house. Then we pass the savings right onto you!
I was going to post today with color combo for patterns, but all of my ideas won't help you now because the colors are gone! We originally had 44 colors, and now have a third of that, and every combo I was going to share had at least one of the sold out colors included. So I think I'll share all those project ideas when the colors are available again.
I will share another combo I'm obsessed with right now. Life in the Long Grass in Rose Gold, Weathered and Barefoot. I mean, look at these together! Are they not totally Fade-worthy? Not only would they be awesome for Free Your Fade ,but can't you also see this in the new Joji pattern, Washed out? WOW. These are all shown on Singles but I have them on DK and Sock too. You could totally add a color at either side of this fade and make this DK So Faded sweater.
Should you want to fade something else in Life in the Long Grass, we have an amazingly beautiful array of colors right now and we are always happy to help if you want to e-mail us with your fave color or two, or give us a color to start from or build around. Ocean Flight (shown above) is one of their new colors, and I think it looks particularly super on DK. I could really use a hat in this..... so I think a skein will now be stashed.
Finally, Caroline dyed up a color that isn't in her dye schedule right now, but we've had so many requests for it that she did us the favor of dyeing up a batch just for us (and you). You might remember Garden Party, shown here on Sock (available on Skinny and DK too). You should really grab some now if it's one you've been waiting for.
I'm betting Caroline wanted to dye up Garden Party just because the weather in Cork Co, Ireland is so bleak and oddly snowy right now that she needed some color in her life! Take a look at this picture- this definitely isn't what I think of when I think of Ireland, right?
How's the weather where you are? We had a really bad winter here in NE Indiana- so much snow and ice, but the low temps are what really got to me. Finally we are in the 40's here, so it's definitely cold and windy, but the sun has been out all week, which is a really welcome change. I'm SO looking forward to spring. You?
Our latest Poste Yarn is LIVE! I'm so happy to introduce to you Select Sock, a hand dyed, fingering weight yarn dyed in small batches only for us in our little dye studio.
Select Sock is a super soft yarn with superior stitch definition. There's a wide array of tonals, multicolors and speckles available right now, 44 colors in all, and we will continue to offer this yarn as we have time available in our dye schedule. This is likely the largest array of colors you'll see available of this yarn at once, as we already have a full dye schedule and Select Sock won't be back in the dye pots til later this spring. Some of these colors aren't repeatable, so grab what you like while you see it.
How are we celebrating this release? First, skeins are just $16! This will normally retail at $18, but for the next week (through March 5th) you'll be able to snag as much as you can for just $16 a skein. For a similar sock yarn, you'd expect to pay around $24.
Second, we'll have contests throughout the week here on the blog and on Instagram. Enter to win something awesome- read to the end for the first contest.
Third, I'll share pattern ideas and color pairings to help you combine the colors into this collection into more than socks. Of course, Select Sock is perfect for socks. It's soft, durable, wears well and is machine washable. But those are also the same characteristics that make it work for baby items, lightweight garments, shawls and accessories.
Thank you so much for your continued support of SSYC. I introduced our first shop yarn, Simply Sock Yarn Solids nearly a decade ago, and since then we have continued bringing you what you tell us you want by starting our own in-house dye shop and bringing you stripes, beautiful fiber blends, and great deals from our own Poste Yarn studio.
So let's kick off this release party with a contest! Tell us in the comments below what are your two favorite colors and one lucky person will be randomly chosen to win a $32 online gift certificate to the shop so you can buy two skeins! Contest closes at noon EST on Saturday, March 3. Now, I don't recommend waiting to snag any skeins you really want because these are likely to sell fast at this price, but perhaps use it for the next batch or for something else that's super awesome. Thanks for helping us celebrate!
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