Monday, 8 November 2010

Tails of Another Yarn

Tails of Another Yarn is a new blog created by Tama Vaughn (The Twisted Hare) and is a spinoff of Sockamania. Instead of just knitting socks, Tama would like to offer you a place to showcase your other knitting projects and win prizes too.

Each month, members will be able to post a photo of a Work In Progress or a Completed Project. At the end of the month the names of the participants for that month will be entered into a drawing and winner will be chosen.

Occasionally Tama will post a new design pattern - Tama's Special. It could be anything. She has even hinted at doing a Mystery Knit-A-Longs. Anyone who participates in Tama Specials and completes their project, will be entered for a special prize draw. Unlike Sockamania, where the winner could select their prize, drawing prizes for Tails of Another Yarn will be chosen by the Tails of Another Yarn admin team.

If you would like to become part of Tails of Another Yarn, please go to the blog at: tailsofanotheryarn.blogspot.com. More information about this new blog are there, along with the email address of where to join.

This a new blog, so please bear with us as we work out the kinks. The first prize drawing will be scheduled for December 31, 2010. Beginning January, 2011, prize drawings will be held monthly.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

PLEASE READ!

Hi everyone,

This is a difficult message to post and it's been a difficult decision to make. Unfortunately Sockamania will be closing. I have not been designing for Sockamania for some time now as I just did not have time to keep this club going. Tama offered to take over from me and have done a fantastic job. I love all the socks she has produced. Unfortunately she is no longer able to continue.

Add to that the fact that participation has dropped, we've taken the decision to close this club.

A huge thank you to Tama, for keeping this club going and to Barb for helping running things. Also a big thank you to Pixie, who was a helper until fairly recently. I really appreciate all the work you've all done.

There will be no more Sockamania patterns but I won't delete the blog. It'll stay live for some time so you cna still admire the fabolous socks knitted.

Tama and Barb have something new planned and they'll make their announcement soon and I hope you will support them.

Thank you to all current and past members. I started this club when I was just starting out as a designer and it gave me a huge boost of confidence to see people kniting up my designs. My career has grown immensely since then and I'm thrilled to be able to do what I'm doing and I'm sure it's a lot due to Sockamania members giving me the confidence to keep going.

Happy knitting,

Anni x

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Winner September/October Prize Draw

Congratulations

JUNGLEMAMA

You are the winner of the September/October Prize Draw.

As the winner of the prize draw you may choose your prize from either Tama's Etsy Shop: The Twisted Hare or Anni's On-Line shop Yarn Addict & Anni Design.
Once you have made your choice, please email either Anni or Tama and let them know that you have chosen your prize from their shop and which yarn you have chosen. Make sure you include your shipping address.

Monday, 1 November 2010

done with major computer problems


loved it! thanks yarn is sundara and scouts swag both very yummy

Friday, 29 October 2010

LAST CALL for September/October Socks

Has anyone else completed the September/October Socks? Reminder that Sunday is the last day you can submit a photo of your completed Autumn Sunset socks. Drawing will be done the first of the week and the winner announced.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Two Weeks Remain To Complete Sept/Oct Socks

Reminder that there two weeks left to complete the September/October Autumn Leaves Sock pattern.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

August price

Thank you Tama!

A big yellow envelop, very soft when pushing it...

Tadaaaa!


This beautiful yarn is waiting for a pattern of long socks so my feet and leggs will be kept warm this winter.
And this sunny yarn came along, all over the big blue sea, after a hard time ordering it. Luckely for me, knitting goes a lot better!
Thanks again, Tama, for the lovely price, and your patience....

Friday, 1 October 2010

Two-Handed Fair Isle Technique Tutorial

The Philosophers Wool Website has a great tutorial (video clip) explaining how to do the Two-Handed Fair Isle Technique. http://www.philosopherswool.com/Index.htm

After learning this technique, it made knitting fair isle easier, more fun, and best of all, no longer had to worry if I was knitting too tight and would not be able to pull the sock over my heel.

Autumn Sunset


I, too, am new at two-color knitting so couldn't get up the courage until I got to the leg. My tension is not good, but they do seem to fit. I used Socrates yarn. The heel was not easy, but the second one went faster than the first.
I joined the group in order to be challenged and this first pair certainly fulfilled that. Thanks for doing this for us and I am looking forward to the next challenge.
Jan

Autumn Sunset

This is my version of Autumn Sunset. I'm not very good at with stranded work yet so I only did the pattern at the toe and cuff - knitted toe up with a heel flap. Increased the cuff to 70 stitches and was able to get the sock over my heel. US2 using unknown cream yarn purchased from Stitches West.

I've casted on a 2nd pair of Last Leaves of Summer to continue practicing stranded knitting. I may try to cast on Autumn Sunset with US3 as Sandy and Steve did but maybe just for the cuff and leg and see if I can get it over my heel. Would love to be able to do more colors changes but way too advance for me now.

Thank you Tama for continuing to challenge me and help me improve my knitting skills.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Autumn Sunset

Don't forget that the drawing for current sock pattern, AUTUMN SUNSET, will be on October 31st. So far we have two beautiful entries -- Great Work Ladies. Anyone else?

Monday, 27 September 2010

September Twilight

Made with a Knitpicks sock blank that I dyed myself (see earlier post), and a solid blue that I don't remember what it was. Knit toe up with a corrugated rib cuff. I have enough left of both yarns to make a second pair. These came out smaller than I had hoped, and will grace a friend's feet instead of my own. I'll use size 3 needles instead of size 2's on mine. This was my second try at socks with an inserted heel, and I think they will be my last. Trying to pick up all those live stitches was way too nerve-wracking. Thanks for the pattern, Tama!

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Autumn Sunset

At the moment, it looks like I'm addicted: the fair isle seems to be all I want to do. Luckely for me, Tama gave us this pattern, so I could cling on my addiction :))
I used yarn that someone wanted to throw away, but I could save it just in time. It's an old yarn, from the 'nederlandse wolfederatie' named 'Sterka'.
75% wool
25% plyamide
The yarn with the autumn colours is a leftover from Lana Grossa.

After the legg, I knitted always one row extra between the 'leaves'.
It's a size 27, another pair for my three year old. (60 stitches, 2.5mm needles)
He already wants to put them on to go kicking the leaves!

It was great fun knitting them!
Thanks Tama.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Semi-September

These are turning out to be so cool that I couldn't wait until they were complete to show them off. I'm knitting them from a Knitpicks sock blank that I dyed myself. As you can see, it's impossible to tell what the socks will look like by looking at the sock blank. I'm having lots of fun!

Friday, 10 September 2010

Firecrackers in September


I finally finished my Firecrackers! Better late than never, right? LOL They were so fun to knit! I love the lace and it was easy to memorize; I think I'm making these again *grin*. Thanks for the wonderful pattern!

I used Plymouth Sockotta yarn and US 2 needles.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

August Prize Draw Winner!

Congratulations

MariecusBruyn
You are the winner of the

August Prize Draw



As the winner of the prize draw you may choose from either Tama's Etsy Shop: The Twisted Hare or Anni's On-line Shop: YarnAddict & Anni Design.

Once you have made your choice, please email Anni or Tama and let them know that you have chosen your prize from their shop and which yarn you have chosen. May sure you  include your mailing address.

Big Sale

For any of you looking for some GREAT yarn at a GREAT price I have my Back to School Sale going on in my etsy store right now.  FREE shipping and 25% off everything in the store.  Check it out!  It's a great time to stock up on yarn for all your winter knitting!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Autumn Sunset

I love autumn!  All the yellow and orange leaves.  I found this great yarn at a shop near where I live and knew I had to make these socks for the Fall pattern.  It really isn't as difficult as it looks.  If you have a hard time carrying your yarn for the color change try Barbara Walker's motif method where you slip all the stitches of one color on the row while working the other color, then go back and work the slipped stitches.

Have a great season!  Happy Knitting!  The pattern is ready to go at the Google Group.

Firecracker


These are a gift, and I do hope they will fit the recipient!!
She's a regular firecracker herself, and the colourway of the
yarn is called 'Fireworks'!!

Monday, 30 August 2010

Last leaves of Summer and May socks



The August socks were a quick knit in worsted. yarn from my stash--I think the blue was Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride. They are going to Mongolia for the Wool Aid Project. The May socks are Panda Silk; the yarn was a dream to knit and so so soft. These are a gift for a friend, but I have some Panda Silk in red that I want to knit up for myself. I need to put myself on my sock list!! I also have 1 1/2 July Firecracker socks finished, but other more pressing project have gotten in the way.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Last leaves of summer...

My camera and computer finally decided to cooperate again...so I can show you my August socks. Knit in sockyarn, on 2.5 mm needles, both at the same time, magic loop, 56 stitches, and they should fit a child. Will make a nice present:-) I used a variegated/selfstriping yarn for the leaves, and intarsia on the heel. Fun and quick pattern.
I'm so glad Sockamania will live on for some time longer, and I think a new pattern every other month is a great idea. Maybe more of us will be able to finish on time and post.
Looking forward to Autumn's first pattern!

Last leaves of august

Hi,

Finished this pretty and fast knit yesterday on a very windy, autumn like day.
I love autumn and I love these socks. Knitted on 3 mm with 56 stitches.



I'm very happy to read Sockamania is still going on, I'll keep knitting your lovely patterns.

Have a nice day, Mirella

Sunday, 22 August 2010

the last leaves of summer

What a great idea to make one pattern in three different sizes of yarn!

I took the pattern of the thickest yarn, and used size 2.5 mm needles, so my son of three has great leaves-socks.
I've used Lana Grossa left-overs, the white spickle is wool, the purple-ish is with more cotton in it. I could'nt find the labels anymore, so unfortunatly I can't give you more specifics.

Of course I'm gonna make myself a pair of these too, they are just too lovely!




Tuesday, 17 August 2010

August socks


Here are my August socks. I have one sock done in fingering weight yarn. I started it and tried to do the colored pattern. I must tighten the tension so much that I couldn't get it over my ankle. So...I took it out and just did the two beginning rows and two ending rows on the graph--no leaves. I didn't try it on again until I was to the toe. Guess what? It was too tight. So I put it aside and knitted the sock in worsted weight yarn. It is a fast knit. I did not do the leaf pattern either on the leg or the heel. The yarn is Caron Simply Soft in country blue. I don't know what I will do with the other sock. Maybe undo it and knit with larger needles. I have wanted a pair of black socks but every time I try it, something goes wrong.
I have learned so much from Sockamania--first and foremost how much I love to knit socks. I am so glad that it will continue. Every 2 months will give me time to finish a pair and maybe try a second pair, too. Thanks so much!

Monday, 16 August 2010

THANKS


This lovely yarn is my choice when I won in July. Thank you so much!

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Last Leaves of Summer


US 1.5 Unknown cream yarn purchased at Stitches West on a cone. Variegated yarn JL Salvia. I didn't do the leaf on the heel because I needed the thicker sl1 k1 heel flap and heel. I still need to practice knitting with multiple colors but I was able to get these over my heel. I love being able to use my scrap yarn.
So glad to read that Sockamania will continue. This site has definitely taught me different techniques. Looking forward to the September sock.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

SOCKAMANIA LIVES!

After much discussion we have decided to give Sockamania one more chance. We realize that the summer months for some are months when little knitting is done. Once fall rolls around and the new fall yarns start appearing at your local LYS, there is a renewed interest. So, beginning with the September pattern we are going to change to every other month. This not only gives Tama extra time for designing, but also gives the members extra time for knitting.

So have fun with the August pattern and beginning in September the pattern will be posted for two months (September and October), the next pattern will be for November and December. We hope by doing this there will be an increase in participation and Sockamania will live on for many years to come.

As a side note, I hope when you are thinking about what yarn to use for your Sockamania pattern that you are looking at all the beautiful yarns Tama has in her Etsy Shop The Twisted Hare (www.etsy.com/shop/twistedharefiberarts). As an added bonus Sockamania members receive free shipping!

Happy Knitting!

Monday, 2 August 2010

Firecracker socks

Hi Everyone,
I was on vacation during the deadline for the firecracker socks, so mine are not finished.  I just wanted to let you all know that yours look fantastic.  I was also very sad to see that Sockamania will be ending with the August socks.  I have loved being a part of the group for the last six months, and I appreciate all the time that you put in for us.  I have learned so much since the beginning of the year:  toe up, cuff down, heel flap, short row heel, inserted heel, plus all the beautiful stitches (new to me) that Tama has added into her patterns.  I am now a confidant sock knitter, and I can say without a doubt that it's because of the help I received from Sockamania.
Thank you,
Chris

Sunday, 1 August 2010

July Prize Winner

Congratulations
EVA
You are the winner of the July Prize Draw.

As the winner of the prize draw you may choose your prize from either Tama's Etsy Shop: The Twisted Hare or Anni's On-Line shop Yarn Addict & Anni Design.
Once you have made your choice, please email either Anni or Tama and let them know that you have chosen your prize from their shop and which yarn you have chosen. Make sure you include your shipping address.

Last Leaves of Summer

This is a great pattern!  I have created it so that you can make it in a variety of yarn weights and needle sizes depending on how heavy, or light, of socks you would like to make.  The worsted weight makes up SUPER FAST!!! (Shown in picture above)  The heel has a great leaf detail and the leg features a running vine of leaves around the leg.  The pattern is all ready to download from the Google account.

I had planned to use this pattern for September, since it really is appropriate for that time of year, but since participation has dropped off so much we have decided that August will be the last month for Sockamania.  I will really miss the fun.  I love to design socks and will continue to do so and sell them in my Etsy store.  If you would like to see what's new be sure to stop by there once in a while and check it out.

I hope everyone has had a great time and enjoyed the patterns.  Happy knitting!
Tama