As we move into the second month of Washington's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order, customers have asked us to develop a shared craft-along experience for inspiration and camaraderie. We decided that the best option would be to completely adopt the #ExtremeBlanketFortMode and #BattleSocks hashtags that we've created to help us cope with the strange reality of our current situation.
So here's how this is going to work.
DATES: April 24 - June 27. Please note: you MUST sign up in this form (or by contacting the shop) to get your team stickers and be eligible for the finishing prizes!
MEETINGS: Completely optional. We're going to offer online gathering opportunities via Zoom, and we're asking you for input for the best times in the sign-up form. We're operating on the assumption that we won't be able to gather in close quarters for at least the first month after we start the Craft-Along.
There are two paths: #ExtremeBlanketFortMode (#TeamEBFM) and #BattleSocks (#TeamBattleSocks). We've chosen three patterns to focus on for each group: 1 easy knitted pattern, 1 intermediate/advanced knitted pattern, and 1 crocheted pattern.
Want to work a different pattern for either path? Go for it! Since our team is small, we needed to choose patterns to limit our scope - but we welcome people who are making other patterns, too! (Your Sock Madness projects can ABSOLUTELY work here! Read on!) Lindsey has made a Ravelry bundle for both groups that have some ideas if you're not crazy about our chosen focus patterns. Patterns like Tina Tse's Home Sweet Home Formula are ideal for stashbusting or making excellent use of your precious single-skein purchases/gifts!
Can you join us to motivate yourself to finish pending WIPs? Sure!
Stashbust to use up stuff you already have.
Stashbust, but supplement with some new colors that might add a little bit more pop to your project.
Buy from the store shelves (either through video conference or through our online shop). We are super-well-stocked on sock yarns from The Fiber Seed, West Yorkshire Spinners, Candy Skein, and Lang!
Use Berroco's amazing 123DropShip offer while it lasts - you get exactly what you need/want from ANY part of the Berroco catalog (including Amano, Lang, and Wool Friends yarns!), you support your local yarn shop, and you get your supplies shipped straight to your door.
We've put together a table of costs for various blanket pattern/yarn combos so that you can choose a price point and fiber content option that works for you. See it here. We've also set up listings in the online shop so that you can easily purchase a yarn bundle, complete with a 10-minute yarn consult with Lindsey.
Making a big blanket (larger than a baby blanket)? We offer a standard 10% discount for adult garments and large blankets - we know these projects are huge investments of time and money, and we want to give you a little bit of a break in getting your materials to make them. You're eligible for the discount for any of the yarn you purchase from us, even through the 123 DropShip program.
Purchasing yarn already in the shop for either a baby blanket for Team EBFM or any project for Team Battle Socks? We'll offer you a 10% discount, too. (Purchasing inventory that we already have on the shelves keeps our bank account more balanced and healthy, which leads to our ability to continue to serve you for years to come. We want to thank you for helping us with that!)
Ordering yarn through us, whether it's off the shelves or through 123DropShip? You get a free sticker for whichever team you're on. If you want to attempt both an #ExtremeBlanketFortMode project AND a #BattleSocks project, you can get one of each. Just let us know when you order! (We're going to have extras available for purchase, too.)
ALL completed projects will receive a free enamel pin representing their team, even if you didn't purchase your yarn through Stilly River Yarns - limit one pin per team per customer. You must either bring your project in to show us (assuming social distancing has been relaxed) or submit a photo of your finished project to the shop - yes, both socks must be in the photo for Team Battle Socks! (Again, we'll have extras available to purchase.)
ALL completed projects - even those whose yarn wasn't purchased through Stilly River Yarns - earn you an entry in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to the shop. Make 6 pairs of socks? 6 entries. Make 3 baby blankets? 3 entries. 1 giant blanket and 1 pair of baby socks? 2 entries. The certificate winner will be chosen at the end of our Shopiversary celebration on Saturday, June 27, 2020!
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9913 271st St. NW Suite A Stanwood, WA 98292 Shop phone: (360) 631-5801 Email: Lindsey@stillyriveryarns.com Text: (515) 833-0689