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Odd and ends

Really this post is mostly about yardage and price increases, but odds and ends sounds so… much better than, price increase. Nobody really likes to talk about money, especially these days. However, it is a fact of our lives and really, just a means to an end.

After a good many years of resistance on my part, we’ve raised the yardage on both the mediumweight and lightweight sock yarn. So we’re offering both Socks that Rock lightweight and mediumweight in 405 yard skeins, which we feel is more than enough sock yarn for any size foot. (I feel a challenge coming on.)

Along with yardage increase comes a price increase.  I hate raising prices, it gives me a cramp. I work really, really hard to keep our prices reasonable for our knitters, that said, you can’t really add in more yarn without upping the cost. I did my best to keep it as low as I could while still making sure we all got paid.

You’ll also notice that we raised the pricing on a few of the garment yarns.

I mentioned at the beginning of the year that we were headed in this direction. I actually thought, as with the new colourways, that this would be a done deal by now. However,the website upgrade gods had a different plan in mind.  I wish they’d send out memos, it would makes things a whole lot tidier. I believe we’re finally on the tail end of all of this website drama. ( Knock on wood!)

Thank you dear knitters for bearing with us during all of this!

We are packing up and getting ready to head to Port Ludlow for Camp Cast Away today. If you’ve emailed or called in the past few days you’d have noticed that Paula is back. Our lovely Rosie is on vacation visiting her family in Mexico and Paula kindly offered to come fill in while Rosie is away. Yeah Paula!

I had a bit of an epiphany a few weeks after Paula left. I realized that she could easily handle a bunch of our customer service from Missouri and still be a part of our team which made us all very happy.

So Paula is back and we’re all thrilled.

If you have not already seen it the new issue of the Twist Collective is out. I spent an hour with a cup of tea scrolling through all of the really great designs and Spring colour.

There’s two designs with our yarn that are quite wonderful:

Xylem by Rachel Coopey using Socks that Rock Lightweight in The New Colour of Love. I love the lines on this sock, especially the back.


Nyame by Julia Trice using Marine Silk Sport in the colourway Nyame.  I love this piece and… more importantly so did both of my daughters!

And… Nyame is on the cover!

Well.. I hear the natives rustling around the kitchen and Debbi will be here in 29 minutes so I better get rolling towards the barn.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

ps. We moved the girls ( baby chickies) to their new digs, the hen house, yesterday. I only got up twice last night to go check on them. I think that’s pretty good. Don’t you?


ps. I might be a wee bit possessed. Don’t tell.

ps again: The sideways pictures, can’t even…

  1. Ellen #

    I’m so glad you’ve upped the yardage on the STR lightweight.  I’ll be able to knit socks for the men in my life now and not worry about running out of yarn at the toe. Have a great camp!

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  2. Hazel Smith #

    Woman: Would you please stop apologizing for something that we have all felt is both inevitable and necessary if you are to stay in business. At $21.00 a skein for light weight(360 yds.), you were selling cheaper that anyone I purchased from at Sock Summit 2011. Really Tina, we don’t expect you to eat every price increase!!!!!! And if some of us can’t buy quite as much yarn as we would like, well, that’s life. We’ll deal with it. Have a total blast at Sock Camp while I am in Toronto at a Renee Fleming concert at Roy Thomson Hall. Life is a toss up, isn’t it?

    Cheers and red wine, Hazel.

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  3. Hazel Smith #

    ETA: I should have mentioned your chicks. I’m glad you are loving them. Having raised some of them in a kindergarten classroom, I find I did not love them in the same way you seem to have done. The first 2 or 3 days out of the egg were fine, then I couldn’t handle the volume and smell and cleaning up of the excrement(a polite word for you know what). May they prosper, live long, and produce many eggs for you.

    Cheers and red wine, Hazel.

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  4. The chickies looks so small and their house so big. But very nice. With a window and everything. In a few months, everything will look like it fits, I’m sure.


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  5. BTW, the macro pic at the top of the blog is stunning!

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  6. Jentjes #

    Go baby Chickies!!!

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  7. Donna #

    Ditto what Hazel said!  Have a great sock camp, wish I was there.

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  8. Hey, so what do you think about people that dyed chicks? is it an inconvenient for them to have a good health?

    Carpas Hinchables

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