Wholesaler Introduction – Suffolk Socks

The lovely Julie from Suffolk Socks is proof that once the knitting bug gets you it’s very, VERY hard to let go.

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Here’s Julie

“Years ago I used to own a bricks and mortar shop but due to childcare when the lease ended I decided to close. I’ve always had an idea to reopen at some point.

My husband specialises in retail ecommerce and behind the scenes (behind my back) he’d set the wheels in motion for me to develop an online yarn shop.

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My daughter who’s an illustrator did the logo,my son an IT teacher did some of the sliders and my other daughter who’s a make up artist helped with the aesthetics of the site all I had to do was give the nod.

How did I not know what was going on?

This idea was presented to me whilst holidaying up north on Holy Island. It didn’t take me long to say yes.

I know socks,I love knitting socks,I teach sock knitting, I live in Suffolk….made sense to make the focus of my shop socks and Suffolk Socks was born. All my yarns are British sourced, my project bags are made by me. I stock no more than 3 to 5 skeins of one colour way,this means that I’m continually bringing new colours and stock into the shop.

You can find me on www.suffolksocks.com ,Instagram,FB,and our ravelry group Suffolk Socks.

Next year I’m hoping to exhibit at some of the lovely fibre festivals. I’m hoping to bring in an exclusive colour range for the shop and maybe print some of the patterns I’ve designed”

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#miniskeincomp – the shortlist

When Rachel and I started trying to whittle the #miniskeincomp entries down to a shortlist we knew that there were going to be lots of amazing images which didn’t make the final 10.

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That meant that we ended up with an amazing shortlist. A shortlist that I wanted to play with.

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So I’ve dyed up a mini skein set for each of the 9 photos which made the shortlist but weren’t the overall winner.

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All 9 sets will be in the shop update on Friday – so it’s time to start planning what you’d make with a perfect little collection of colours. We’ll be donating £1.50 from each set sold to our 3 charities – Mind, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Stroke Association.

Pictures of the actual mini skein sets will follow soon – as I’m sure you can imagine Bobbie has a fair amount of winding to do.

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Shop Update 30.07.15 – and the #miniskeincomp winner

There are masses of new delights for this Friday’s update – new yarn, new bags and last but very definately not least the winner of the #miniskeincomp which we ran with Rachel of my life in knitwear.

First up – the new yarn which will be in the shop this Friday – a gorgeous DK Falkland merino with just a hint of sparkle.

The yarn is spun in Yorkshire from 96% fine Falkland merino and 4% lurex. – It’s fair to say that this yarn is gorgeously soft. The lurex which adds the sparkle also picks up the dye, so the sparkles match the yarn.

Each 100 gram skein gives approximately 240 meters of yarn.

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charcoal

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silver

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walnut

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sage

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blue

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turquoise

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navy

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green

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raspberry

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violet

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gold

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There are also 10 new colours of our 4ply British wool and alpaca blend. Louise from Knit British reviewed this recently. Find out more and see the 10 new colours here.

The next new thing isn’t yarn – it’s a range of screen printed tote bags, zipped pouches and box bags.

The tote bags are a cotton canvas, and come in 5 designs. Each tote bag also comes with two badges, “The Knitting Goddess” and “I hold the potential to make beautiful things”

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The fabric for the zipped pouches and box bags is a heavy cotton canvas. This is then interfaced for extra strength. The pouches and box bags are fully lined.

All of our screen printing is done with soil association approved water based ink. Designs are then heat set to ensure durability.

Zip pouches come in two sizes and four designs.

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Small zip pouches are 17.5cm by 12.5cm

Large zip pouches are 24cm by 15.5cm

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garter stitch

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granny square

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I hold the potential to make beautiful things

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Turned inside out so you can see the inside.

Box bags come in two sizes and three designs.

Small box bags are 19cm long, 11 cm deep and 9 cm tall

Large box bags are 23 cm long, 12.5cm deep and 11cm tall.

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granny squares

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I hold the potential to make beautiful things.

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Both ends have cotton webbing loops, so could easily be clipped to a belt or larger bag.

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Turned inside out so you can see the inside.

Finally ….. I feel this needs a drum roll or fanfare of some sort

I’m delighted to have the winning colourway from the #miniskeincomp turned into a set of mini skeins.

Congratulations to Amelia who gave us this lovely photo.

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The winning minis

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The yarns above will be in the shop from 1900 on Friday 30th July.

You can sign up for the September clubs. – get your place here – we’ll be closing sign ups on the 31st of July.

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Happy shopping – what will you make?

Joy

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Yarn Review on the Knit British Podcast

I’m a real fan of podcasts. They’re something that I enjoy while I’m in the workshop or melting glass. Some of what I listen to is business related, some is because the subject matter is fascinating, and some is just fun.

One of my favourites is the Knit British podcast hosted by Louise Scollay.

Recently we sent some of our gorgeous polwarth, alpaca and zwartables to Louise so she could review it, and you can hear her opinions in episode 35 – Kiss My British Wool!

It’s always lovely to listen to someone who really knows and understands their subject, so hearing Louise talk about the different sheep breeds and fibre qualities which make this yarn so special is a real treat.

There’s even the chance to win a skein of polwarth, alpaca and zwartables – so go and have a listen and find out how to be in with a chance of owning a skein of this fantatsic yarn.

If you’d like to buy this yarn there’s some in the shop now – and 10 new colours will be joining it when the shop update takes place at 1900 this Friday.

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gold

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copper

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chocolate

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navy

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walnut

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charcoal

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turquoise

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green

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plum

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electric blue

My thanks to Louise for providing such a detailed review – and for keeping me company in the workshop when I’m winding yarn.

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Fibre East

We spent last weekend at Fibre East.

For once I remembered to take a couple of photos of the stand. Well, I remembered once Bobbie told me to……..

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Yarns all neat and tidy and ready to be fondled.

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The new screen printed box bags, zipped pouches and tote bags. We sold out of several things very quickly, so printing more fabric is the first thing on my to do list tomorrow.

We also found out that crocheters have a violent streak – there were many, many requests for as bag which said “I crochet so I don’t kill people” Someone assured us that crocheters are homicidal maniacs too. So we’re working on a tote bag for you.

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Hat samples and signed copies of Painted Woolly Toppers. Woolly herself popped by for a visit and charmed several people who found out that they could wear hats after all. Watching people try hats on and realise how fantastic they look is a real treat. We’ll be bringing all of the hats plus a mirror to Yarndale, so please come and play.

We’ll be adding signed copies of the book to the shop as part of the Friday update.

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Finally a look at Rachel Coopknits stall – now I want to knit all of the socks. We also found time to hatch a plan involving mini skeins – so watch this space.

Huge thanks to everyone who came to see us on the stall. It’s lovely to catch up with people, to see what last year’s purchases have turned into and what’s being planned next. There was even a shawl in Tunisian crochet which has made me think I might need to learn how to do that.

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#miniskeincomp – the winner

Voting for the #miniskeincomp closed at midnight.

Huge thanks to everyone who entered.

Find out who won on Rachel’s blog.

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#miniskeincomp ends today

If you haven’t voted for your favourite entry in the #miniskeincomp time is running out – voting ends at midnight tonight.

Here are the 10 images we chose – they’re in no particular order.

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Voting will take place on Ravelry and will remain open until midnight UK time on Sunday 26th July.

VOTE NOW

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