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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Brews Cruise February 7, 2012

Last night was the second of the Karbach Brews Cruises that I’ve participated in. This is a biking pub crawl with a stop at the brewery in the middle.

It’s a great way to meet fellow cyclists and craft beer aficionados.



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Website redesign February 4, 2012

I have loved my website ever since I first laid eyes on it. I love that you could scroll through a blog post while not leaving the major information links behind. But I was struggling to adapt it to e-commerce. I will eventually be moving all of my shopping over here and keeping only a few of my shawls on etsy.

So I came to a breaking point and wanted something new. Now!

I have done a very small amount of HTML adapting, but had never adapted or even installed a WordPress theme! I started reading up on child themes and found this great theme that is rather easily customizable in the WordPress desktop. It seemed to do what I need it to do and interfaces well with WP e-commerce.

There are still some details I want to fix and some idiosyncrasies to inevitably discover, but right now, I’m tickled pink!

If you’re reading on RSS, here’s a screenshot of the landing page!


Many thanks to Tracy Tesmer for all of her hard work on my logos and the previous incarnation of the caged yarn as well as the two photos for blog & contacts which she took a few years ago and still inspire me every day. Also, thanks to Jen Mathis for cleaning up the naked beer drawing and making it so pop-sizzle for the cycling jerseys that are now for pre-order!


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Finished object: Shifting Stripes Shawl February 2, 2012

It has been a while since I had a good finished object post. After the ramp up to the holidays and lots of deadline client knitting, I decided to take a break and knit some things that were not BeerSox.

I love knitting them and seeing them find their places in the world, but I do love knitting other things like shawls and baby blankets.

So Christmas week, I took on two such projects. The first is a Shifting Stripes Shawl in the Pegasus & North Woods colorway. I loved it so much when I finished it that I decided to keep it. Plus Pegasus is no longer in production.

Here are a few progress and complete shots of it!





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BeerSox Beer of the Week 19 January 23, 2012

When out and about, it’s normally rather difficult to find drinks that are neither alcoholic nor caffeinated. Ginger beer or even ginger ale is usually in short supply unless on an airplane. Most restaurants or bars will say that they “make” ginger ale for you: sprite with a splash of cola. That just plain disgusts me.

Then there are the classic cocktail bars. They are a thing unto themselves. I have found that they often actually make their own ginger brews! These brews are not for the weak of palate and pack a sharp ginger kick in the mouth. A fantastic tonic that heals all the wrongs of the world. Or at least in my opinion, it does.

It gave me respite while meeting up with the Houston Ladies of Craft Beer last Thursday evening. While still pining for a hoppy beer, I found the ginger beer at Downhouse to be quite the thing I needed.



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BeerSox Beer of the Week 18 January 18, 2012

Oh, I’ve been so busy!

But just to get back on track with the January beer alternatives, I tried out this zero cal ginger root beer from Zevia. I was hoping it would be more like ginger beer than root beer, but I was wrong. The flavor is good, sweetened by stevia, and refreshing.




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Registration open for Spring 2012 Knitting Course January 13, 2012

For all those interested in joining my knitting course this Spring on Tuesdays from March 6 – April 10, 2012, you can register here:

It should be a great time, and fewer holidays to work around!

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BeerSox Beer of the Week 17 January 3, 2012

During the month of January, I’m doing a little something different. I’m giving my liver a rest and staying away from alcohol, including my beloved beer.

But that just means I can focus on finding the perfect ginger brew! I have a soft spot for the spiciest of spicy ginger beers.

This week’s BeerSox Ginger Beer of the Week is the Outrageous Ginger Ale from Natural Brew which touts itself on being small batch microbrewed. The spice of the ginger plays off the sweetness and I could see it becoming a favorite even beyond the month of January.


You may notice my Christmas tree is still up. I keep it up until the 12 days of Christmas have finished!


PS I’m hoping to have a couple good finished object posts coming up soon!

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Merry Christmas 2011 December 25, 2011


Hope your Christmas is filled with the ones you love!

I’m getting to knit while hanging out with the family and relaxing!

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BeerSox Beer of the Week 16 December 22, 2011

I have the afternoon off, so I came down to the tour at Saint Arnold! One of my favorite beer combinations is Weedwacker and Elissa IPA. I call it a BananaBoat!

IPA plus a bit of banana esters from the yeast in weedwacker!



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