Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.
“@Jacqueline_Soak I just bought a new bra and they wanted me to buy their lingerie wash. I declined since I had a big bottle of Soak at home.”
Thanks for the twitter love Melissa. This is one of Melissa’s lovely designs called Lily’s Lilies.
Melissa, knitwear designer: Soakworthy.
We love you @HandmadeRyan. Thanks for including Soak! Goes to show we’re truly embedded in the knitting community as the leading wash!
Sarah from Ravelry, is crocheting bunting from our creative juices yarn by Soak for Louet for the Ravelry booth at TNNA! We are all hanging out at the hotel knitting. The perfect Friday night.
-Jacqueline and Chris.
Four letters, four needles, four inches. For a girl who can knit sweaters and cables, there is one short word that scares the needles right out of my hands: sock.
For no apparent reason, I am terrified of knitting socks. I’m not sure if it is the really fine yarn, the skinny needles, my long fingers or lack of experience on double points, but I just haven’t convinced myself to conquer socks.
On the other hand, I am a great admirer of fancily designed and beautifully executed knit socks. When we launched Heel- our foot cream for feet worthy of hand-knit socks, we asked our good friend Amy Singer of Knitty.com to recommend a fantastic local sock designer to work with for our label photography. We not only love working with great designers, but also love finding them locally. Kate Atherley was our go-to girl for socks, patterns and perfectly executed samples.
I took great pleasure guarding the sock stash, sorting through colours and designs, matching them to Heel labels and graphic designs. We photographed toes, heels, feet from the bottom and socks from the top. The only downside to the sock experience was that Kate’s samples don’t fit my big feet! Luckily, Shannon Okey’s publishing company Cooperative Press is launching a book by Big Foot Knits this summer by sock designer Andi Smith, of Knit Brit. Maybe her larger patterns will inspire me to tackle other couple four letter words, just knit.
As part of the Knitting and Crochet blog week, they’ve encouraged us to try something a little different for April Fools.
Today’s assignment was to make a posting on our blog that was different from our typical day to day content. We’ve often had customers ask us for tips on how to block their finished projects, so we’ve decided to make a video to show the process of blocking a lace scarf. We’re new to this world of video so if you have some tips and tricks for beginners, please share!
I vaguely recall having learned to knit as a child when I used to sit beside my mom as she knit. She was a great knitter. I on the other hand was not and haven’t touched a pair of needles until I started working at Soak.
I’ve been interning at Soak for almost 7 months now and it’s hard not to pick up knitting while you are here. Jacqueline, Chris and Ngoc all know how to knit and they often bring in their projects to work on during lunch. Seeing their fun projects, as well as seeing all the beautiful colourful yarns laying around the office made me wonder if I could actually learn again and maybe even finish one project.
I grabbed some Louet Riverstone yarn and a pair of borrowed needles from Jacqueline and started to knit a simple scarf. I learned how to knit and purl. I finished in about a week. Even though it was a very simple pattern, I felt a huge sense of accomplishment as I wrapped my finished scarf around my neck.
I moved onto my next project right away after being inspired by a cupcake on Jacqueline’s office desk that was knitted by Chris. The instructions I found for cupcakes all suggested crocheting so I tried my hand at crochet. My first cupcake was horribly big; perhaps I didn’t pull the stitches tight enough. My next one was much better. It was so adorable that I gave to my friend as a present. I made one last cupcake before my interest started to subside. I looked through our library to see what I could make for my next project. I decided on a cute little yarn cactus.
I took a break from knitting until I went with Ngoc to a Heel testing/review at the Purple Purl, lead by Amy Singer. That was the first time I went to Purple Purl. I just loved the entire store and the people within it. Everyone was so friendly and made me feel so comfortable and relaxed. I decided that I had to buy some yarn and start my next project. I had initially picked up some black yarn but put it back once I saw Ngoc shaking her head in disapproval. She persuaded me to be a little wild and pick a beautiful raspberry pink yarn instead.
I went from not knowing how to knit or crochet to making 2 scarves, 3 cupcakes, and a cactus this winter. Not bad. For my next project, I might even try cables or even entrelac. Do you have any suggestions for a project for a pretty beginner knitter?
At the end of January 2010, just as I felt the cold weather would never leave us and the Olympics were set to begin in Vancouver, I decided my home needed a new blanket. I rarely knit for myself. I have a niece and nephew and lots of friends having children. Small projects are my preference. Big projects, such as a blanket, tend to lose my attention before they’re done and end up forgotten in the UFO bin.
Cold and motivated by the idea that I would sit and knit for hours each night while I watched the Olympics, I began my blanket. I had chosen a log cabin pattern for myself in 3 colours of Cascade 220. I chose this particular yarn because I fell in love with the colours, which does tend to be my way. Others at the shop had tried to convince me that neutral colours would be better for a blanket in my living room but I had spied the Cascade 220 in orange and meant to have it. Choosing the blue and green to go with it was easy.
Not long after I began the log cabin blanket, a friend announced her first pregnancy. After a chat with her about the baby and their home renovations which included her colour choice (shades of yellow and gold) for the baby’s room, I decided I would make a blanket for their new one’s arrival. I was clearly still in the delirium of love with the first blanket that I didn’t recognize what I was committing myself to with a second blanket while the first one was still barely begun.
I had seen a sweet basket weave baby blanket pattern that I could do in one colour. I just needed to choose that colour. I have a large stash of yarn at home and the office. After digging through the bins to find something that might inspire me, I came across Louet Gems light worsted in brown. I love brown. It can be accented with so many other great colours. I also thought it would be perfection in a room of yellow, especially since the happy couple was not going to find out the sex of their baby before the birth.
The patterns are quite different. One requires no attention at all, just knit every row within each block of colour. The other requires a small amount of attention or at least minimal internal counting. These are different yarns to the touch, too. Cascade isn’t soft but isn’t scratchy either. It is thick, warm wool which is what a blanket should be. Gems is super soft and machine-washable, perfect for baby stuff. They both have excellent stitch definition. The colour selection with Cascade 220 was spectacular so I can see myself going back to this yarn when something sturdy and warm is required. Gems is a yarn I will use over and over again because the varying weights and colour choices make that easy to do.
I am not what you’d call an avid knitter. I enjoy it. I particularly like making things for little people. I don’t, however, knit every day. I don’t even knit every week unless I’m working on something with a deadline. So there I was, with two blankets on needles and my attention slowly dwindling. You’d think a baby arriving would be enough of a deadline for me but I’d already knit two sweaters for the wee one. The blanket felt like a bonus.