Rockin' the Rainbow in 2012
It’s the end of November (whoa, typing that gave me a spasm) which means all the scheming and planning we’ve been doing for the next sock club year comes to fruition. So exciting!!! 2012 will be our 7th sock club year. I know... 7 whole years, right? I counted, it’s true.
Hard to believe isn’t it?
I know I say this every year, and it probably seems redundant at this point, but I’m truly stunned by this realization. I get older every year, too, so I do know how this year building upon year thing all works. Still.
It seems like just yesterday when we decided to start our little sock club and worried whether anyone would be interested. So, I’m pretty thrilled that seven years later we are still going strong and happy to be notoriously knitting our socks.
We’ve decided to celebrate this momentous occasion by shaking things up a bit in 2012. Remember the Rockin‘ component of the club? Well, you don’t get to be notorious by playing it safe.
A couple of years ago, we started Double the Fun: a two-pattern, two-designer, two-different-outlooks approach to our sock knitting. It’s safe to say we’re all enjoying the dimensions and choices this gives us.
Well, my lovelies, we’re going to build on this theme by having one of the patterns be a sock pattern and the other pattern (you might want to sit down for this, it’s a bit earth-shaking) be a sock-cessary (non-sock) pattern; say a scarf, mittens or hat or hey... maybe even a chicken. Who knows... the possibilities are endless. The only limit is our imaginations and, oh, that it needs to be made with a single 405 yd skein.
So... to be ever-so clear, we’ll have two patterns per shipment, one sock and one non-sock. Just to keep us all on our cozily-clad toes, it might not be two designers every month, it might be one or maybe a team of two on one pattern and one on the other. Who knows? (Shhh... don’t tell, but I know.)
We’re also going to be sharing more of our process via inspiration mood boards. I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile now and this is the year. Think of it as a little like the Dyer’s Notes on steroids, but from the entire design team.
All of this, my fine notorious sock knitting friends, brings us to the other change. I have finally given up the ghost and have enlarged the skeins to 405 yards. I’m sure you got a whiff of this change in the wind last year when a whole bunch of 405 yd skeins showed up in your packages. It wasn’t ‘cause we forgot how to count (although…). Nope, it was me finally conceding that things have changed. We are designing socks now with way more complicated stitch patterns that eat up the yardage. It’s a hard decision to make in an economy like the one we find ourselves in right now, but a necessary one nonetheless.
Which brings us to another change, pricing.
Warning: those of you who are uncomfortable talking about money might want to get some tea. As we all are aware, prices on just about everything are up. Yarn is no different. Yarn prices are sky-rocketing and actually have been for quite awhile. (Don’t get me started.) I expect the same to be true for shipping this year. We also might lose our beloved Scappoose Post Office, (we’re very sad about this) which would put the trek to get our packages to you farther afield.
Up until this point in time, the annual price increases for the sock club has been minimal. We work really hard to make this so because it’s very important to us that the club is accessible. This year, we’ve had to make a bigger jump, part of this is the extra yardage and part of it is just life. Prices have been raised $15.00 across the board. (Which isn’t that bad if you spread it out over the six shipments…)
All of us here at Chez Rockin’ Sock Club and Blue Moon hope you’ll join us for yet another year of knit adventure. Membership sign-ups open on January 4th. Gift certificates are available for purchase now.
Something new & different is a-foot in 2012!