BeerSox Around the Holidays December 5, 2013

I’ve lined up a few locations for the month of December! And keep your ear to the ground, because there may be more coming.


You can catch me this Saturday, December 7th at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company from noon until 3 pm!

Then, from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm, I’ll be at my new Studio for an art showing, and I’ll have my door open! Come on by and check out the new digs!

Heights Art Studios & Gallery

214 E 27th Street, Houston, TX 77008



Saturday, December 14th, I’ll be set up at the Karbach Brewing Company Tour noon-3pm, so come by to stock up!



Saturday, December 21st, I’ll be at Liberty Station for their Last Minute Holiday Market starting at 6 pm! There are a couple of bands and a number of other vendors who will be there for your last minute shopping needs.

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Holidays 2013 December 2, 2013

We’ve had a busy summer and busy fall over here at BeerSox central!

It’s been great to see so many of you out and about through our travels near and far, out at the bar and the breweries, too!

It is the holiday season, and just as my Cyber Monday wanes, I thought I’d announce the holiday specials and delivery timelines!

There’s a special this year?

Why yes, using the code HOLIDAY2013, you receive 15% off of orders over $30! Any questions on how to enter a code, refer to the FAQ at


Don’t forget to order by December 18th! Since it’s just me and my fiance (yep, got one of those now) packaging and sending off your orders, we can’t guarantee Christmas delivery for orders placed after 5 pm December 18th.



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American Craft Beer Week May 13, 2013


It’s that time again!

American Craft Beer Week brought to you by is upon us!

To celebrate, I’m offering a 50% off coupon at!

Use the code ACBW2013 during checkout

Having issues applying the code? Check out the FAQ



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BeerSox Around Town May 2013 May 9, 2013


2013 has been a busy year for BeerSox! Many events, brewery tours, and festivals already under our belts already!

May is a month of family and friends, and working on the back end of The Caged Yarn and BeerSox websites.

We may do some weekday pint nights this month, and I’ll let you know through my twitter feed where to find us during American Craft Beer Week (May 14-18)!

We won’t be setting up any booths, but I always have a small to medium supply of BeerSox and BeerSox for Stemware on hand, so don’t be shy, come up and say HI!

James Katie

Our weekends will be spent with family and friends, in town and out of town.

In June, we’ll be back at the brewery tour scene, so keep your eyes and ears open!

As always, you can order BeerSox through and I’ll send them out ASAP!


Katie (and James)

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1st Annual TNT Craft Beer Bottle Share & Game Night April 22, 2013

This is an event that my friend Erin is hosting as a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this coming Sunday.

I’ll be there! Will you?

1st Annual TNT Craft Beer Bottle Share & Game Night

Join us for a fun night of craft beer & games in the First Annual Team in Training Craft Beer Bottle Share & Game Night benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Everyone is invited to bring a bottle of craft beer to share with the guests. Kevin & I will be bringing bottles from our own private stash & Buffalo Bayou Brewery & The Hay Merchant will be providing kegs of some awesome local brews as well. There will be plenty of games to choose from, including Cards Against Humanity, various versions of FLUXX, Settlers of Catan, Zombie Dice, and more!

All proceeds for this event will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for patient & family aid & for life-saving cancer research.

For more info on TNT & LLS, go to & For more info on why we are doing this, please visit our team page at

Get your tickets early! Price goes up to $25 on the day of the event at the door!


WHEN:  Sunday, April 28, 2013

WHERE:  Texas Real Estate & Co. – 2420 Washington Ave. – Houston, TX 77007 (parking available in the Sawyer Park parking lot next door)

WHY: To raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to further their mission to find a cure for blood cancers & to provide patient & family aid & education programs.

EXTRAS: We will have raffle tickets for sale for some fabulous prizes including gift baskets from Karbach Brewery & Saint Arnold Brewery, hair cut & color at Azur Salon, a month of bootcamp from Lonestar Bootcamp, & gift certificates for local restaurants/bars.

We will also have some home cooking & baked goods available to keep your bellies happy.


Special thanks to Texas Real Estate & Co. for donating their building for the event (it used to be a night club!) & to Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. & The Hay Merchant for providing delicious brews for the occasion!



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BeerSox Around Town: April 2013 March 26, 2013



BeerSox is headed on the road this month!

First off, I’m in the process of re-creating a new online shop through shopify since the homemade shop here has been malfunctioning on me. Please take some time to look through it and give me some feedback on it as I continue to develop it. Any purchases during this time will be discounted 25% if you enter the code TESTSHOPIFY at the end of the checkout process. It’s a great opportunity to get your hands on some discounted merchandise and help me create a better online experience for you and yours!


Are you in the Denver area?

I’ll be in Denver for my day job Sunday, April 7 until Saturday, April 13, I’d love to spend some time with you, and I’ll be making the rounds to some of my favorite watering holes and hopefully hitting a brewery or two on Saturday!

Saturday, April 20 Untapped Festival, Fort Worth, TX Panther Island Pavilion

Check for us in the Vendor’s Village!

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BeerSox Around Town – March 2013 February 28, 2013




This will continue to change through the month, so come and check back!

BeerSox will be set up at the following events:

Friday, March 1 5-7 pm at Karbach Brewing Company tour

Saturday, March 2 12-3 pm at Karbach Brewing Company tour

Saturday, March 9 2pm – ? at Petrol Station Warrior’s Feast with Karbach Brewing Company

More to come!

Follow me on twitter to see any last minute events!

@cagedyarn & @BeerSox

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Feature Article! February 27, 2013

This past Saturday, yours truly had the honor of being on the front page of the Houston Chronicle Business Section!!!!!!!

This was an honor. A true honor to be recognized in this way. I honestly never saw myself as being front page news. But it’s made me realize just how far this has come!

Here’s a link to Ronnie Crocker’s blog post about the article.  It also has a link to the full article in it.

How awesome is that?!

In response to the traffic I’ve gotten since then, I’m testing out a couple of new shop applications to try to get things to run a bit smoother up in here. I fear that the traffic has pointed out some bottlenecks on your end and would prefer a much smoother buyer experience.

This may mean that I begin hosting my shop outside of wordpress and my website.

Look out for an update on where I’ll be around town in March and a couple of dates to look forward to in April!



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January Events & Brewery Incubator January 9, 2013


Where in the World will Katie be with BeerSox in January?

Following is the current plans, which will fill out as the month continues!

Wednesday, January 9, 5:30-7:30 pm at Brewery Incubator Bottle Share

Friday, January 11, 5-7 pm at Karbach Brewing Company Tour

Saturday, January 12, noon – 3 pm at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company Tour

Saturday, January 12, 4-8 pm I’ll be present (maybe won’t have a table set up) at Brewery Incubator for the Warlocks: Games & Beer Event Tickets Here

I may add more, so check the Events calendar for events that say “BeerSox at”

Speaking of Brewery Incubator

They are running a kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for their project.

Here’s a bit more about them!

Mission: We are creating the world’s first brewery incubator to foster the development of craft breweries and industry innovation by providing a pilot facility, support network and audience accessible to all aspiring brewers.

Vision: We seek to extend the success of the Kitchen Incubator model, directly involved in the successful full launch of nearly a dozen companies in just under two years, to the brewers.

When brewers graduate to their own brewery, they will have all of the tools necessary to succeed – a built in customer base, established brand and industry connections, all the while having a great time and drinking some amazing beer.

We plan to host brewing classes, community brew days, homebrew competitions and general craft beer education outreach to the broader community.

Program Goals:

  • Create a permitted professional brewery and brewpub sales outlet for aspiring brewers
  • Provide a world class destination brewpub to the Houston, TX area (this is truly world class, as there is nothing like this concept in existence)
  • Foster innovation and creativity in the craft brewing industry by providing a low risk environment for adventurous brewing and collaboration
  • Implement entrepreneurial development programming for the craft brewing industry
  • Organize and host events to support member brewers and the local brewing community, helping to educate on craft beer and the importance of supporting local small businesses

Where we are right now:

Our brewery is located inside Kitchen Incubator at 907 Franklin St. in historic downtown. We have a brewery with a 1/2 bbl SABCO, temperature controlled fermentation room, walk-in beer cooler, and a beautiful storefront tap room with views of the downtown skyline (see Cafe Luz).

What we need to open:

A Kickstarter Campaign to help with licensing costs, tap system and additional equipment, build-out of our taps and finalize equipment set-up and licensing. Our goal is to raise at least $25k by January 25, 2013 for opening shortly after.

Community Memberships will be available through our Kickstarter. Brewers of any experience level may apply for an Aspiring Brewer Membership and experienced brewers seeking to launch a brewery or brewpub start-up may apply for a full Brewer Membership to start licensed production and selling their beer.



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2012 Recap January 8, 2013

A recap: 2012 was a year of GROWTH!

©The Caged Yarn 2012

If you’ve been following along, you may have noticed that the blog and website have made transitions last year, allowing for better shopping integration. I continue to revise and edit my website to make it a better user experience, but I can only do what I know how to do, which is a small amount of html and a lot of curiosity!  Next up is to really optimize and smooth out the user experience in the shop and aim for cleaner PayPal integration.

Apologies for the iPhone photos. When I’m running from sun up to the wee hours of the night, I document with the most handy of tools!


Raw Yarn Setup Dyeing Drying Drying2 Ready

Oh my, when I think about how far this has come, my head spins!

From simply having contacts in Peru (Kero Design) to finding the right raw wool yarn supplier in the US (Kraemer Yarns), dyeing my own yarn, learning export & import regulations, and starting not one, but two products.  In addition, I have a line of T-shirts, cycling jerseys, and lanyards.

Finished IKero BeerSox



Beer festivals, brewery tours, and bar nights!

GABF Booth GABF Cred GABF Awards

Since the first production run came in in August, I’ve had the opportunity to set up shop at a number of establishments around Houston as well as travel to Denver for GABF. It’s been exciting and eye-opening! Thank you, fans, for your support!

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to set up shop with you! I look forward to many more afternoons and evenings with you!

Karbach2 Draft Karbach

Friends, Loved ones

  Teri Phil BeerSox Packaging2Melissa Katie

From heeding the call to Packaging Parties, to spreading the word and being my cheerleaders along the way as well as the sense of perspective.  You have helped me more than you can possibly know.  I want to give a few special shout outs.

Jen BeerSox Illustration jersey

Jennifer Mathis has done an amazing job at making so much of the graphic design in the BeerSox line become a reality. When I have an idea and I don’t know how to make it look professional, I call her, I send her my thumbnail sketches and she gets inside my head and makes a finished product that is better than I could have dreamed. She is my go-to graphic design contractor! She also has a great webcomic with her husband!

My mom deserves much recognition for treking to GABF and working tirelessfully the whole time (and she doesn’t even like beer!). I wish I had a great photo of her helping, but the best one is below when we were headed in to set up for GABF.

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My friend Holly helped me drive to Denver and worked with me the whole week of GABF and drove back to Texas with me. Seriously. That woman is a road warrior. I couldn’t have done it without her help.

James Katie BeerSox Stemware IMG_6572

James, my boyfriend, has helped me countless times to set up and break down my table at various breweries, festivals, and fairs. Plus, he deals very well with dating a woman who will, every so often, let the knitting business completely take over her house and her schedule. From a first date that involved aiding me dyeing yarn, to weekends spent setting up and breaking down the setup all around town. Thank you, forever!

Packaging Party Packaging Party BeerSox Packaging1

The Packaging Party crew! Erin, Kevin, Erin, Matt, Jen, Chris, Melissa, Holly, James, Mom, Christine, and Mike may you dream of folding and sticking and stuffing with beer and pizza and friendship.

And YOU!

None of this could have happened without your support.



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