It's Tosh Time. That season when the hard-to-get (at least for many yarn shops- believe me, this stuff requires a long wait and some major voodoo) Madelinetosh arrives in huge amounts. Like all our orders finally make their way here after not seeing any for months. There's nothing quite like sorting through bathtub amounts of skeins, exclaiming "This is THE BEST new color!" Only to dig into the next refrigerator-sized box and shout "Oh My GAWD, this. THIS GREEN is the best green EVER." I have Madelinetosh's newest colors for you, this time on SIX bases instead of our typical five. We usually stock: Tosh Sock (two-ply all sw merino sock yarn) shown in Alizarin
Twist Light (the newest sock weight release, a sw merino and nylon three-ply sock yarn) in Geode
Merino Light (the super popular one-ply sw merino that's used in tons of popular patterns and takes dye and reflects light beautifully) shown in Clematis
Tosh DK (DK weight sw merino for winter accessories and garments) in Prairie Fire
Pashmina (decadently beautiful sport weight sw merino with cashmere and silk for garments and accessories) shown in Coal Seam
But NOW, and likely just this once, we have Home, which is Madelinetosh's Bulky weight merino. I just couldn't resist this since cold weather is fast approaching and I want to knit all the cowls and hats in the world. You know I don't carry bulky weight yarn, but I just love this stuff and I know you will too.
This color is Penumbra. Does anyone know what this word means? None of us here knew what this was, and finally Rachael looked it up. Google told us it is:
the partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object
the shadow cast by the earth or moon over and area experiencing a partial eclipse
the less dark outer part of a sunspot, surrounding the dark core
So know we know that the color-namers at Madelinetosh are infinitely more creative than we are. But I bet you can all be creative too. Tell me in the comments below what is your most creative, fake definition of the word 'penumbra' and I'll randomly choose one of you to win a skein of Penumbra in Twist Light. Leave one comment by Wednesday, October 7 at noon EST. Thanks for playing (and hopefully making us laugh)!
Thanks so much to the team and Miss Babs, Vickie and Danny at Bird Leg Bags, and Susan B Anderson for contributing to this special package. These artisans are all quite busy, and I'm very grateful that they worked with me on this collection.
If you haven't had a chance to really zoom in on the yarn for this, please do click on it and see the variation in each skein. Your skein of the half pound Yowza (light worsted weight) will be a unique work of art and will look stunning knit up in the Yowza Weight It Shawl 4 pattern. If you like a no-purl pattern, this one is for you. It makes use of every bit of this huge skein of yarn, and you'll appreciate the finished project all winter long.
We have all hands on deck today as we get your orders out the door to you. We always try and ship the same day, but during the crazy days, it could take an extra day or two to get to you as we give each order the attention it deserves. Thank you for your patience our team of four works hard to get your yarn to your doorstep!
This kit has been in the works for quite awhile now, and it's been hard not sharing details with you because you know I like to tease! I've put together a very special SSYC Knit Kit with the help of some of my favorite people and I know you'll adore what they have created for us!
First, the yarn. Miss Babs and her team have taken time out of their busy dye schedule to create a huge batch of their Yowza, which is a double sized skein of DK weight. At 560 yards and half pound, you'll definitely be saying "Yowza, what a skein!" when yours arrives at your doorstep. This is the first time I've offered this yarn at the shop; usually you'll find it only at Bab's booth at fiber festivals (and you know you're waiting in LONG lines for it, too). You can make a huge shawl with this, one that will warm you all winter long.
Isn't this color AMAZING?!? And you have to see it in person to really appreciate it. Gorgeous autumnal tones with a punch of apple green and chocolate. Yours skein of Playing in the Leaves will be a unique work of art.
What pattern should you make? Well, this one! Designed by none other than Susan B Anderson, this shawl is an asymmetrical triangle, easy to wrap around your neck like a scarf, or wear around your shoulders like a shawl. Named Yowza Weight It Shawl 4, it not only uses the entire skein of Yowza by weighing as you go along, but there are NO PURL STITCHES to be found in the pattern! For those of us who enjoy a wonderfully simple knit while watching all that new fall TV, this is perfect. You'll receive a coupon code to use in Ravelry, that way it will be stored in your Ravelry library for safe keeping.
Pattern photos used with permission of Susan B Anderson, color in photos not the kit color
Finally, the bag designed by Vickie at Bird Leg Bags. This fabric is a departure from our typical kit bags, as the sheepy fabric is custom printed and the bag's bottom is heavyweight canvas. You'll notice the unmatched quality with extra time taken to make sure the side seams match at the fabric join, closures with heavy duty purse zippers and long pulls with a suede lace tie. The sheep fabric is adorable, but not cutesie and this bag will not ever be available in Bird Leg Bag's regular offerings. If you like it, get it now. This is also the new design of their medium wedge bag, it's bigger, holds more and taller so it sits better while you're knitting from it. I know mine will get LOTS of use.
I love how popular our special edition kits are. I do wish there was always enough to go around, but the handmade nature of the kits means that there is a finite amount and it's never enough to fill demand. I expect this to go up for sale on Wednesday morning, hopefully around 10am EST if all goes as planned. The double-sized skein and oversized bag mean that the kit will be a bit more expensive than usual, between $70-$80. Since the yarn itself is over half the cost of the kit, it's well worth it. I promise.
Recently, one of you awesome knitters sent me an e-mail about our special edition kits and asked if there was a possibility of making something more "masculine." That all our kits seemed to be more girlish, or bright in color, and perhaps didn't feature colors that would be suitable for some men. When I took a moment (OK, several) to look back I realized that not only did most of our kits and clubs feature more "feminine" colors, but so did the majority of special edition colors offered by other companies.
Shown below is Super Manly on BFL Fingering Superwash
So Tina (Blue Moon Fiber Arts) and I decided to remedy that my offering two colors a month for the next four months. Colors that inspire you to knit holiday gifts for those in your life that might be more cautious around color, but will be interesting enough for you to enjoy your knit. After all, does anyone actually enjoy knitting thousands of little black stitches? I've done it before and I definitely won't be doing it again.
Each month, September through December, I'll release a Make it Manly color on Socks that Rock Lightweight and one other fingering weight base. It's a good time to try a new sock yarn from BMFA that you might not have knit before, or go with STR if you really enjoy that base. This month, Tina has created Something Manly and Super Manly.
Now, I know labeling something as "manly" or "girly" can irk some. But this isn't meant to insinuate that only men wear these colors and only girls wear other colors. It's just a way I'm trying to meet the requests of some of my supportive customers, and give the collection name that is short and descriptive. So please, please don't send me overtly angry e-mails about "categorizing people" and whatnot. I welcome open, kind conversation if you'd like to do that via e-mail. I always like to listen.
What's sitting on my desk... Something candy-corn-ish for an upcoming Halloween Kit.
Yarn doesn't dry any quicker if you watch it. Ghost Town sold out quickly, but you'll see it appear then sell out and reappear as the week goes on and we dye more for you.
We're unpacking a first for us- Madelinetosh's Home, a BULKY weight yarn. I couldn't resist. It's so squishy and awesome.
Tosh as far as the eye can see. And the eye can see far. All coming to the website soon.
My lunch dates. Henry and I visit James at his school for lunch once a week. Henry feels like a big boy and James loves all the extra attention. And I just love hanging with my little dudes.
At the end of the day, I put my feet up and am still covered in yarn, knitting this blanket. I have a spare moment to knit quietly before going to bed and starting a new day. Yarn filled and boy filled.
What two words would best describe your day? For me, yarn and boys. You?
Want something fall-inspired? Grab a Ghost Town, which is full of autumn hues with a punch of aqua skies.
And for those who love the idea of neon and black striped witch socks, or you just want to wear or know someone who needs a bold reminder of Halloween fun all year around.... take a look at these Poste Yarn stunners....
Seeing these hues created in our studio over the past month has been a delight. I couldn't be more pleased with the skeins we turn out in the Poste Yarn studio. It's just Heather and Angela on deck making all these beauties a reality. And they are true pro's at their jobs. I love that we have our own in-house dye studio to dye with the trends and keep up on all your requests. We do our best to make your crafy wishes a reality and I hope you love what we've make for this Halloween as much as we do!
If something you want sells out, just know we will continue making these skeins throughout the next month. Things will sell down and pop back up on the website as they become available.
As you know, Halloween is likely my favorite time of year. There's something about the whimsy the coming season that makes crafters like myself think big, knit creative, and explore color like we might not during other times of the year. We are TOTALLY exploring color in our Poste Yarn studio, and we have dyed some awesome colors coming your way next week. Including these five black and neon stripes.
I'd love your input on color names for these five striping colors. Since all Poste Yarn striping colors are inspired by destinations, either real or imaginary, we were thinking of places in 80's songs. There's something about these neon and black stripes and scream EIGHTIES to us. How about you?
So let's make it interesting and do a little contest. Leave me your color name ideas (remember, they must related to destinations, either real or fake) in the comments below. I like the idea of things that deal with the 80's but I'm open to anything. I'll randomly choose one person in the comments to win a skein of Poste yarn, Striping of your choice. All you have to do is leave your color name idea in the comments (destination) by Monday, September 14 at noon EST and you'll be entered.
I'd love it if we could use some of the names that come from this contest, so you're welcome to leave as many ideas in your one comment as you like. There's no particular prize if we do choose your name, just the pride of knowing you're super awesome and greatly appreciated. Thanks for your inspiration!!
Oh, you know, just a little tease of some upcoming awesomeness..... Like four new Poste Yarn striping colors and a fall kit featuring the work of Miss Babs, Bird Leg Bags and the super special Susan B Anderson.
I've had a wonderful time being able to give away such great prizes, and am profoundly grateful to the customers and vendors who have enabled Simply Socks Yarn Company to grow and thrive and become what it is today. I look forward to being able to serve you for the next 10!
That said, the generous folks over at Regia have donated quite a few skeins for me to give to you, and so we're going to finish up our 10th Anniversary contests with a bang! SEVEN lucky winners will get one of the sets of Regia pictured here (For those of you who count five, there are duplicates of two of the prizes).
To enter, tell me in the comments what you are knitting right now. Have you started thinking about holiday knitting? Are you knitting on a deadline for a birthday or baby shower or other event?
I'll be drawing for prizes at noon EST on September 15th, so don't delay. And be sure to check out Ravelry and Instagram, where there are other giveaways currently going on!
All summer long, you've seen contests, parties, special edition colors and kits and even sales to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. I have for you the last of our summer sales, and it's a BIG ONE. You'll find 40-50% off some amazing deals in the sale section. Do NOT miss out on this!
IF you like DK weight merino for sweaters, blankets and warm winter accessories, you'll love the new colors from Mineville Wool Project in the sale section. The greens and blues are especially out of this world. Of course, we know that's what I go for. Shown here are Emerald and Cornflower.
I have a rare find for you, a cotton blend yarn from Regia with a little bit of stretch. Cotton blend sock yarns aren't widely available, let alone over 500 yards under $10. Grab some while you can. Shown here in Beet and Bermuda
Finally, if you want something denim-y with a bit of interest, check out Regia's Jeans Style collection in the sale section. This comes in six colors, with Dust and Slate shown below.
The summer of our 10th Anniversary celebration isn't quite over yet. We still have some more contests to share, so don't miss out! It's been a great summer here, and my team and I are so appreciative of you and your support. Here's hoping for 10 more years!
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.