Want a Summer Bounty Knit Kit? Now's your chance! I wrote about how much I luuuuurve this kit here, with full details of its awesomeness.
I even have a handful of extra skeins of the Summer Bounty colorway for those who purchase the kit and would like an extra one or more. Due to limited availability, the yarn is only available as an add-on for those who purchase the kit. If you do add it to your cart without purchasing the kit, we will regretfully take it off your order before shipping (and this could affect your free shipping).
Thank you so much for your support of our (and the artists we employ) creative endeavors! Designing these kits is always a joy. If you'd like to get free US shipping with an $85 purchase, or tag more things onto your international flat rate shipping, consider the new Sock Yarn or Skinny Singles Duos from Hedgehog Fibres. I also added in more Opal solids to the sale section, as well as last year's Dream in Color Dream Club colors that we had left. Shown below is December's two-skein set, now just $25.20 plus a free brioche pattern. These are all 30% off, plus free patterns with each!
These are two-skein sets that Beata and team are dyeing up for us this summer in celebration of our 11th anniversary. Grab them in Sock Yarn and Skinny Singles while we have them because once they are gone, well, you know.
I have a really embarrassing amount of Hedgehog Fibres on its way from Ireland. I'm hoping that next week you'll see it all on the website, give or take some time b/c of Customs. We usually stock a lot of Sock Yarn, Skinny Singles and Merino DK, but this amount, well, I went a bit crazy. If there's something you've been waiting for, it's likely you'll soon find it.
Congrats to Bethe, who was the randomly-chosen winner of this week's contest for a skein of Miss Babs Hot Shot! Bethe said "I love Miss Babs! All of their yarn! Sea Life makes me dream, knitty dreams about shawls and socks and heels and toes....." So true. We around here get swoony around Miss Babs too, Bethe. Enjoy that skein of Sea Life, I can't wait to see what it becomes! I've sent an email to Bethe, so if this sounds like you, be sure to check that my email hasn't been sucked into a spam folder.
Keep your eyes peeled for more fun things, both here and on Instagram!
It's nearly time to celebrate SSYC's 11th anniversary for the last time with a knit kit, and this one, THIS speaks right to my heart. It combines two things that I love dearly, knitting and food, and I can't express how much I adore these hand made, tiny veggie stitch markers.
One awesome perk of owning your own shop is that you can pick and choose things that are EXACTLY how you want them. I get to choose the quality, the quantity (within reason), the artists and the colors and styles of everything in my shop. I like to think that after 11 years, I do a good job choosing goodies that everyone likes. But this time I'll admit that even if no one else in the universe would choose this kit, I would still have created it. I like it that much.
The inspiration for the kit was this fabric. Vickie (of Bird Leg Bags) and I have chatted quite a lot over the years I think she's gotten to know what I like and what I simply can't live without. I'm sure she knew what she was doing when she showed me this fabric. I've blogged and Instagramed a bit over the past few years about canning and freezing our garden's bounty each year (or my Amish neighbor's bounty) and I know many of you can relate. Canning has seen quite a resurgence too, as more people have realized how easy freezing is for things like jams and veggies and applesauce.
When fabric is this adorable, how can you not say yes?
And if you think the outside fabric is awesome, just check out the inside with the vintage labels. *Swoons, hits floor. Luckily falls into pile of sock yarn.*
I also love that over the years the team at Lorna's Laces so knows what I like that I can give them little direction and they pop out something so perfect. Beth and Amanda and crew are true professionals. This skein is exactly what most of us want in a color right now. Natural with a smattering of dappled color. Perfect for a cabled pair of socks like these, or the perfect accent in a larger piece perhaps paired with Carrot or Ysolda Red or Grasshopper (shown in the photo below). Bold Red and Chagrin would be nice too. They even dyed up a few extra skeins for those of us who might want to tack on an extra skein of this yarn to the kit order (but only for those purchasing the kit- sorry, there's not enough for individual sale).
And you know I love to include a tasty treat and a tool with kits. So why not combine the two into veggie themed stitch markers, hand made with polymer clay by a very talented artisan. I mean, look at the little peas in a pod. How can you resist these?
The kit will go up for sale on Wednesday, July 6 around 9am EST. Could be a bit earlier or later in the morning. As usual, I do expect this kit to sell out within a day, so please don't hesitate too long if you think this is something you don't want to be without. And if you want more than one skein of the dappled yarn, you'll have an option to add a skein to your kit order (while supplies last). But the yarn cannot be purchased without the kit.
I'd love to be able to have more kits, but there's a limit to how many hours each artisan can commit to my kits, let alone keep my shop stocked with their wonderful bags and yarn. So please don't send me too many unkind e-mails about how I should keep better inventory/stock more kits/ better manage my shop... I like what I do and even though I'll likely never see your sad/angry face, it does affect me to think that I've disappointed you. But there's only so much I can do.
I do have other awesome kits planned for the fall and winter, so you'll have more chances at one of our kits. I GREATLY APPRECIATE your interest in the fun and creative things we do. Working with people I like to create something that will make many people happy is one of the best parts of my job, and my staff really like staying busy watching the shop grow. Thank you for allowing us and the dyers/makers we support to do what we love!
Don't miss out on the latest batch we have from Miss Babs in Tarte Sock (merino/tencel/nylon) and Hot Shot (merino/nylon)! This is a busy fair and festival season for Team Babs, so I'm quite pleased that she and her crew were able to send us such lovely skeins, all shown here on Hot Shot sock yarn:
If you had to choose a fave from any of these, which would it be and why? Let me know in the comments below and we will choose one person to win the skein of your choice. Leave one comment by noon EST on Thursday, June 30 ad we will let you know the winner!
Even though it's the middle of the busy fiber fair and festival season, Anne is still dyeing up gorgeous batches of her Wooly Wonka Fibers for the shop. And this batch of Artio that just arrived is a stunner. With 50% silk 50% wool, you know this has a sheen and feel that you'll appreciate.
When new batches of our faves arrive, you know we do the same thing you do, immediately search for new colors and inspiring combos to make the latest and greatest projects. For all those two-color shawl and scarf projects out there, here's what we are thinking.
Heather's choice (SSYC's shop manager and Poste Yarn dyer extraordinaire)
I have two special sets from Hedgehog Fibres this month! All summer long as part of our 11th anniversary celebration, I'll have two limited edition sets of two colors, both on Sock and Skinny Singles.
Shown on Sock above and Skinny below, these are only available until they sell out, and then no more. Hedgehog has specifically created duos to go together for all those popular shawl and scarf projects. Use them together for something like Phi or Cozy Does It or Stripe Study (yeah, I've done all those), or separately for the project of your choosing.
Stay tuned each month this summer to see what else Beata and her team send us from Ireland!
I have slew of new sale yarn to help us celebrate our 11th anniversary summer! Check out the dozens of options I have for you in OnLine Supersocke. 100 g skeins of fingering weight, some with cotton stretch, some infused with aloe and jojoba, and DK weights with aloe and jojoba too. All for 45% off while they last!
Thanks so much for last week's great response to our first of two Anniversary Knit Kits (next one coming in a month)! Many of you have been asking if the yarn and bag will be available later, and while they will not, there are some other cool options in the shop right now.
If you want free US shipping with a $85 purchase, I suggest adding one or more of the following:
The new Poste Yarn Test Kitchen Set. These are two skeins of our Patina (merino/tencel/nylon) yarn. One is a multicolor and one is a semi-solid. We will pair two that we think would look lovely together, and it will be a complete surprise to you for 25% off. Order as many as you like til they are gone for good. This is our way of testing our new dye methods or yarn bases in our own studio and we'll be offering different sets all summer long. And if you want single skeins of Patina, they are always available here. After you receive your Test Kitchen Set, you might find you want more skeins for a three or four skein project and these single skeins would go well.
It's been quite awhile since we've had Online Supersocke in the sale section, but it's coming back soon at a price you won't want to miss! Here's a preview of a few of the collections you'll see mid-June here. All summer long, expect an ever-changing sale section to celebrate our 11th anniversary!
Wednesday morning of this week, I'll have available the first of two 11th Anniversary Knit Kits- the Vintage Kitchen Knit Kit.
This throwback design features a skein of Vintage Kitchen striping yarn from Knitterly Things, a Skinny Sock bag from Bird Leg Bags, and a set of adorable macaroon stitch markers created by an amazing artisan out of polymer clay.
Isn't this combination to die for? I mean, I thought I loved the yarn. Then I see it with this Pyrex fabric and the tiny little macaroon stitch markers and I just swoon.
As usual, I do expect this kit to sell out within a day, which is typical of our special edition kits. I'd love to have more for everyone, but as each part is hand made, there is a limit to how many I can create. Please know that I'll have another special edition kit to celebrate our anniversary again in July, and of course more for the holidays throughout the remainder of the year.
Thank you so much for your continued loyalty to Simply Socks Yarn Company and the artists and companies we represent. You have allowed us and those we support to grow and thrive in an industry that lets us to do what we love with integrity and pride. We support our families while making a living in the arts and crafts, and that's because of YOU and how you value what we do. Thank you ever so much for that! We will continue doing our best to support your love of the fiber arts and creating things that are worth your time and hard earned yarn dollars.
Just in: New, fun, summery prints from the folks over at Bird Leg Bags! Some people match their shoes and handbags, some coordinate knitting bags to knitting, and we're had some fun choosing what we'd pick out to go with these new bags. Throw in your favorite color of Floops and Stitch Keepers which we both just restocked, and you have the perfect summery kit!
What about you? Do you match your knitting to your knitting bag? Your knitting bag to your outfit? All of the above? I'll admit, I'm still toting around one of the special edition Yarn Bombing Reindeer bags from this past Christmas. And it definitely doesn't match what I'm knitting.
This past Saturday was our 11th anniversary party and it was a busy, fun day! Thanks so much for those who joined us in person, finding great yarn and eating tasty ice cream. Shown here are just a few snapshots of the day- me and my stash (at least til it becomes yours!), Diana's awesome sweater, a super cool blanket in progress, Carousel Ice Cream's tasty offerings, and Linsey's beautiful Pure Joy.
Yarn Overload 2016 continues, and do I have a doozy of a surprise for you! As part of SSYC's 11th anniversary celebration, Madelinetosh has sent over fifty colors of their cashmere blend 80/10/10 MCN Sock. Not only that, but I'm able to offer them to you for $22 a skein. That's the same price as Tosh Merino Light or Twist Light, and two+ dollars LESS than Tosh Sock but with 10% cashmere for luxury and 10% nylon for durability. Basically, you're getting cashmere for free. FREE. Happy birthday to us and you, right?
Found Pottery above and Fragrant below
Need some pattern inspiration? While the MCN Sock would obviously make great socks, it would be a shame to not try that cashmere right next to your neck. Ideas for one, two, and three skein projects, as well as a couple of sweaters we think would be lovely in this blend:
This MCN sock isn't a base that Madelinetosh normally offers for retail, so if there's a color or three you're thinking about, grab them soon, because it won't last long. This is just a special from them to all of us to start our summer-long anniversary celebration on a super high!
Also, happy Memorial Day to everyone today! Here in the US, we honor this as a federal holiday, which means for our shop we are closed as USPS celebrates this federal holiday too. Thanks for allowing us an extra day to get your orders to you, as we get back on track after our long weekend.
Here in Indiana, summer seems to have arrived all at once. Memorial Day weekend, the end of the school year, and the warm weather have me wanting to knit bright, breezy, summery colors. So when we opened up the newest offerings from Knitterly Things, I knew this batch of Vesper Sock was the exact thing I was looking for. Now I only have to pick a color.
Many more new colors and restocks in Socks that Rock Lightweight- over ONE HUNDRED colors in stock right now. And don't forget to take a look at the Super Sparkle that arrived for the first time as well! Awesome colors for summer. Shown below in Sherbet.