I’m cleaning up … always seems to be an ongoing project around here. It’s the end of the year and I have to do a physical inventory of my business yarns as well as an accounting of what I bought from myself for personal use. It’s a BIG project!
I’m pretty good about keeping the business yarn separate from the personal stuff but …. sometimes the two piles get pretty close together and there is some skein jumping that goes on. Gotta get that all under control today! ( or at least by Jan 1)
I went through a pile of papers sorting out teaching notes, patterns, stitch ideas and project notes as well as a few random receipts. Here is my cowls class notes as a freebie for all of you trying to tame your sock yarn stash.
Sock Yarn Stashbuster Cowls look in the patterns section of my website for the download link.
I’m so enjoying my current project, a simple 4 shaft weave with handyed Classic Sock weft and undyed Classic Sock warp. I’d almost forgotten how satisfying it is to work on a simple project with simple tools in simple yarns. Nothing complicated going on here but the results and experience is wonderful. Seems like the perfect project to be working on during the holiday season. Happy Holidays
Club YARN !! details for the 2011 Handwerks Sock Yarn Club are now up and open for sign up here. The 2011 club is inspired by 4 California destinations. I’m hitting all the high points – mountains of Lake Tahoe basin; northern rugged coastline of Bodega Bay; inland central Death Valley; and fun in the sun Santa Monica, southern California beach living. I’ll be dyeing and shipping yarns in Feb, May, Aug and November, giving you enough time to knit the wonderful sock pattern that will come in each mailing.
Four seems just right, not too many so you are always behind… I hate that… and not so few that you are bored twiddling your thumbs in between.
Come join the fun, sign ups are open.
Here is my favorite kind of Fall colors: new Sock Plus 8
Here is what is left – of the Sock Plus 8 skeins on sale. Some colors are already sold out. If you’d like a small sample of this yarn, send me an email and I’ll send one out to you.
Here it my Fall Newsletter in case you missed the announcements – I love having all the news listed together –
What’s New for Fall 2010:
Handwerks Classic Dk was recently featured in the Fall 2010 issue of Twist Collective (http://twistcollective.com/2010/fall/magazinepage_049.php). Designer Faina Goberstein used Handwerks Classic Dk in Tropical Seas in her gorgeous Crown of Leaves hat.
Independent designer, Hunter Hammersen , released “Gramercy”, a lovely lacey sock, in Handwerks Sock Plus 8 (formerly Sport Sock) in London Fog on http://www.violentlydomestic.com/
The new”Knitting Knee-Highs: Sock Styles from Classic to Contemporary”, by Barb Brown, from Krause Publications is now available for pre-orders on Amazon.com. Brown’s book features several Handwerks yarns in sure to be favorite sock patterns.
Sock Plus 8, formerly “Sport Sock” is coming in new larger 400 yard/120 gram skeins, the perfect size for one pair of socks. With the new larger skeins, will be a newly expanded color line.
Silky Sock is on its way to being a favorite staple for many Handwerks customers. New colors in this versatile 50/50 silk/merino yarn will be coming this fall.
Handwerks is available for Trunk Shows and Custom Orders.
Hunter Hammersen just released a new sock pattern using Handwerks Sock Plus 8. Its offered at http://www.violentlydomestic.com/
Not only is it free but there is a contest for a free skein of yarn to go with the pattern. Follow the link and read the blog to find out all the details.
I always get so excited when I see my yarns knit up. I love them in the dye pot and skeined up but it’s particularily thrilling to see what someone’s creative mind and nimble fingers can knit with them! Hunter’s sock patterns are lovely. They are so knitable and wearable. I’m anxious to get started on my own pair of Gramery……..Thanks Hunter!
Off to knit-
P.S. – This is perfect timing since new stock of Sock Plus 8 is on its way in larger 120 gram skeins.