The new year is fast approaching and I’m sure we’re all eager to see the back of 2020! It also means it’s time for me to talk you through the new subscription clubs for the next twelve months - where does the time go?
After a lot of deliberation I have made the difficult decision to take a break from the Fluff of the Month Club - hopefully not indefinitely - as the time required to card batts and fibre is no longer manageable and is preventing me from keeping my batt stock updated in the shop. One of the things I love most about carding is the creativity of blending textures and colours and making so many multiples of the same colourway each month is draining. I am hoping that by taking a step back I can rediscover my love of carding and come up with some new and exciting batts on a regular basis to share with you all.
My two yarn clubs, however, are continuing with the addition of a new member.
I have enjoyed the Smash the Patriarchy theme of this year’s Beauty is Skein Deep Club so much that I am extending it for at least another year, this time including inspiring historical women as well as those of the modern world; filling in the gaps that the history books leave out. This is a DK weight club on a BFL base which is great for quicker knits or working together in a larger project such as a blanket with an optional contrast Skein or double up also available.
Bejewelled is my luxury yarn club, which as the name suggests is inspired by gemstones and precious jewels. The base varies but always contains something special like alpaca, cashmere or silk - likewise the yarn weight is generally either 4ply or DK but remains a surprise each time. As with BISD you can either double up or add an optional contrast Skein which allows you to fill out a project requirements - for example, I know I’m biased, but what about a two tone Improbability Shawl?
Both Beauty is Skein Deep and Bejewelled are bimonthly clubs which leapfrog over each other (ie are dispatched every other month) and include a blurb explaining the inspiration behind the colourway. There are six colourways of each in total over the course of the year and you can sign up for either or both as you would prefer.
Lastly and new for 2021 is the brand new Sock Club. Unlike the other two options this is a monthly club which does not have any specific inspiration other than a love for bright colours and yarn. The base is either a 4ply or sock weight in British BFL or occasionally Peruvian Merino and may contain a small percentage of nylon for durability or be a high twist yarn to prevent dreaded holes from appearing in the heels of your hand knitted socks. There is the option to add a mini skein contrast for the toes and heels if you choose to make socks as the title suggests but otherwise this club is a great way to help build your 4ply stash.
Please note that due to the multitude of methods of sock creation (toe up vs cuff down, two at a time vs second sock syndrome, fish lips heel vs short rows or even after thought heel) this club will not include patterns but if you are in need of any suggestions get in contact!
I shall be adjusting the payment system that I use for clubs in the new year as I am not satisfied with the set up that I have been using for the last couple of years. Invoices will be automatically recurring to your email address but you will be able to adjust them via your online account if you need to make any changes to your subscriptions. Payment will not be automatic and will require you to pay manually each month but as the sub clubs will be processed via my website each month there is an added benefit of planting a tree with Ecologi for every club you purchase as well as receiving loyalty points which you can put towards in shop and online purchases!
As always if you do have any queries relating to clubs please do not hesitate to get in contact!