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.
From Lisette D & Danielle Bowen, Knitique, A Yarn Boutique, via email.
Dear Chris (she’s our Chief Soaksperson),
Thank you again to Soak for your donation of the Soak samples for our fund raising event for Louisa’s charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
Our event was an overwhelming success and we raised over $1, 400.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The attendee’s loved that their Louisa Harding hat kit came with a Soak sample!
Thank you again for your donation and thank you for being a company that cares.
It’s our pleasure. If you are a Soak retailer and you’ve got an event. We would be honoured to hear about it. Thanks Lisette!
As business people in the yarn industry and avid crafters, we are often gifted yarn. Lots of yarn. Some we claim for our individual projects, some we gift again, but most we keep at the office, cued up in the land of imaginary projects and endless time, displayed for our enjoyment as decorative art.
Carrie is in charge of yarn organization. She is the master of style, protector of all pretty string, to borrow the phrase from Lorna’s Laces. Before Carrie, you see, yarn was scattered throughout the office, in boxes, in the warehouse, on shelves and under desks. It was chaos. There was no rhyme or reason to the piles, just yarn arriving and being abandoned amongst the magazines, bags and other samples.
You can use this yarn, but only if you have a special project in mind. Another classification contains single skeins of delicious colours, exclusive samples and precious yardage earmarked for only the most exclusive projects. You have to ask Carrie really nicely to secure yarn from this stash. Guests who peruse our yarn stashes are steered away from this group.
Then there’s the bin of yarns that, while lovely and vibrant, are misfits, random balls, samples and promotional pieces that seem to have appeared out of nowhere, but have chosen our office as their home.
Carrie loves all yarn. She provides safe havens for all of our stash, regardless of its past, present or future. She has also reduced the yarn clutter from the office library, from my office (in particular, as I didn’t used to part easily from my yarn) and from our minds. We are all confident that our yarn is better off thanks to Carrie’s presence at the office.
Like a good friend, Carrie also offered to help organize our home-based yarn stashes. Her wise ways are as useful in the office as they are in personal spaces, keeping our minds and homes clutter free so we can focus on our knitting.
Want your yarn (or other creative stuff) organized, at home or work? Invite Carrie over and your stash will never be the same. She can’t wait to meet you.
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.