Monday, 30 April 2007
What's wrong with me? Well, I've got an awful toothache - abcess. sTarted on Friday and wasn't too bad but went to dentish for antibiotics. Thought it was just a flare up of a severe abcess I had in January. By Saturday evenign my whole right side of my face was swollen and I felt rather ill. Swelling is finally starting to go down and the pain is under control but I'm feeling really ill. All I want to do is sleep and drink lots of water which is apparently what I'm supposed to do.
The pattern will be e-mailed out tomorrow morning. I'll get on to it as soon as the kids have gone to school. I'd actually planned to do it tonight as I wanted to go to a knitting club tomorrow, but the club is an hours drive away and there's no way I'm up to it, unfortunately. At least I'll be hope to do all the e-mailing.
I'll post a message on here when I've done the e-mailing. Get your needles ready. You'll need US size 2 or 2.75 mm (2.5mm will do though) needles and fingering weight yarn (yarn I used is from Bright Dyes (see sidebar) and it's similar to Opal).
Sunday, 29 April 2007
Thursday, 26 April 2007
Hello, my name is Orchid, I come from Mama Llama Knits and I would like to be knitted into something pretty very soon. I have been waiting in Audrey's stash box since Christmas and I now feel the urge to unravel my secrets. You cannot beat them out of me with sticks, as I have no bones, but you can certainly knit them and wear them on your feet. Please Audrey, set me free!
Okay, I haven't had enough caffeine today! I just wanted to say I was looking forward to May 1st :)
Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Sunday, 22 April 2007
After agonising over the pattern for the May socks I've finally made my decision. I had decided on a design but the yarn Chrissy donated to be used for the socks didn't go well with the pattern, so I had to rethink. I've been swatching like mad for the last few days but nothing grabbed me. But this morning I had a break through. I was doing some knitting just after I had my breakfast and it just clicked. The design I've chosen works great with variegated or self striping yarn and looks great with a busier yarn too. I've done two pattern repeats now. This is the yarn I chose - it's the Easter Parade colourway from Bright Dyes. The other two skeins that Chrissy donated are the prize yarns for May. Yes, there will be two prizes for May.
To help you all get ready for May 1st the needles you'll need are US size 2 or 2.5/2.75mm. I'm using my 'Boyes' dpns which are American size 2 and US size 2 translates to 2.75mm, but 2.75mm aren't that easy to get hold over here in the UK so if you've got some 2.5mm they'll do just fine. I wish the whole world would use the same needle classification system - would make things a whole lot easier.
I may give you all a tiny sneak preview in a few days. ......... or maybe not.
And, I've decided to let Miss V (aka my daughter, Ness) join us. She's not had a go at socks yet and I told her she had to learn - she didn't seem to keen but I'll work on her. She's an honorary member and I may even let her post on her. LOL. She said she only wanted to join to get the free patterns as she likes freebies - what's she like?!
Hope you're all having a lovely weekend and getting lots of knitting done. We've had glorious weather and I slept on the beach yesterday afternoon and in the garden this afternoon - had planned to knit this afternoon but slept for 2 hours instead. LOL.
Back to my socks now.
Thursday, 19 April 2007
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
I must say any child who is willing to write such a well written letter of complaint deserves to be allowed to join! I mean, heck I got in and all I had to do was say "Please!!!" Well, okay, I may have begged....I try to blot that from memory - it's not so pretty.
Let Miss V join the fun!
Monday, 16 April 2007
Re: sockamania club
To whom this may concern,
I would like to lodge a complaint on the unfairness of this club these are my reasons.
1. Due to me not having a blogger acount i can't join.
2. You say i can't join because i can't knit socks
These are my reasons why i should join
1. I live in the same house as you so that means i shouldn't need a blogger acount
2. I would like to improve my knitting
3. I like free stuff
I hope you are well and reply soon,
A complaint from my daughter, Vanessa. So do I let her become and honorary member and teach her to knit socks? She's got initiative and her reasons are good. And they have obviously taught her something at school or does she get her complaint writing talent from her Mum (does who know me in real life think I'm prettty good at complaining and a bit stroppy, okay, a lot stroppy.)
Hope everyone had a good weekend. Gorgeous weather here in Cornwall. I was supposed to be sock knitting but finished a shawl instead. Pics on my blog soon. But I'm back on the socks now.
Thank you for giving me the information to join. I am really excited and a little nervous I am brand new to sock knitting I just started first one this week only on the cuff and feeling unsure, but I am looking forward to having help thru the tricky parts from everyone here. Thank you for offering me this opportunity
Saturday, 14 April 2007
Looking forward to knitting along with all of you,
Friday, 13 April 2007
thank you so much for going beyond the original 25.
I am excited about trying out new patterns and seeing how everyone executes the same concept.
Don't worry about the blog part, it will run itself as we all post our finished socks and cheer each other on.
I'm planning a quite weekend with lots of knitting. Want to get my top secret mag submission socks finished and posted off next week. First one is done. Then I want to get the Sockamania May socks done. I've changed my mind about the yarn I was going to use (again). And I've been taking pics of my toe (well, not my toe but the sock's toe) for the tutorial. Next week my main focus will be to get everything ready to kick off this KAL on 1st May.
And a huge thank you to everyone who's joined - I really, really am very overwhelmed. Get your needles ready and start warming up for 1st May.
Thursday, 12 April 2007
I was thinking about this Silkwood sock yarn as a prize for May but then Chrissy pm'd me and offered to donate a prize. Check out her website. Her yarn is gorgeous - stunning colours. I've got another little suprise for the May prize too but I'm not revealing that.... yet.
And a big welcome to the latest members to join us. I've gone over 25 now but can't say no to people. The more the merrier (I hope).
More yarn candy on my main blog.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007
Patricia in SC
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
If you don't already have a Blogger account you'll need to set one up. It's really easy and free and it means that you can post comments on other Blogger blogs as well contribute to this blog.
And I've changed the name. I've taken Yarn Addict out of the name and added club, as I'm hoping it'll me a sort of 'club feeling' to the kal.
I started working on the sock pattern for May last night. I've got one pattern that I've submitted to a magazine for consideration but not heard back yet and I was thinking of using that one as I really like it but as I've had no decision from the mag yet I better not use it yet. I had one or two ideas floating around so started swatching last night. I did think of using Regia Bamboo as it's a new addition to my stash but it didn't work with the pattern at all and I'm not sure I like knitting with it so changed to a beautiful hand dyed 'Opalish' yarn. I'm doing a toe up sock at the moment but I'm thinking of doing a cuff down version of the same sock too to give you all a choice for the first month. The sock is fairly easy and I'll do a tutorial for the toe up version and put some links up to other toe up tutorials. I really like the way the patterns is coming out and i'm not going to tell you what I'm doing yet.
I'm doing the toe up sock in solid but I'll do the cuff down sock in variegated so you can see how it looks in both types of yarn. I'll probably only get one done of each variety before the kal starts as I've got to type up the pattern too and the tutorial but I can then do the 2nd socks for both pairs during the month so I can knit along with the rest of you.
Only problem with starting a new sock design in the evening is that I stayed up far too late last night. Didn't start the sock till gone 9pm and then spent ages charting and swatching (while tryingto watch a rather complicated film and completely lost the plot - of the film that is). By the time I had decided what to do and started on the actual sock it was already past my bedtime but I wanted to do enough to see how the pattern would work. And finally hit the sack just after midnight happy iwth the way the sock was looking. Today I've got to focus on a submission sock and my friend's birthday sock (it's her birthday on Thursday and I've got half a sock left to do).
This morning I had a mad idea which may panic you all, how about a 'Super Sock Challenge' - a pair of socks in a week? No, terrifies most of you. Okay, perhaps we'll talk about it in a few months for those of you who are really, really superfast with the needles. I can think of one or two forum friends who wouldn't have any problems with that. LOL. Don't worry, I get these crazy ideas sometime, but it soon passes.
Happy Knitting and get all those sock wips finished so you're ready to go on the 1st May. I'll suggest yarn (although any 4ply/fingering/sock weight yarn should be okay) and needles size a week or so before the end of April so you're ready to go.
Monday, 9 April 2007
Got about 15 so far. So if you want to join be quick as it's filling up quickly.
This is the idea of this club - I will send out an exclusive Anni Design/Yarn Addict sock pattern each month (sign up by the 10th May to receive the first month's pattern). Yes we start in May by the way. There may be bonus patterns on some months but the bonus patterns may not be exclusive to Sockamania (ie they may be offered for sale on my website). The Sockamania patterns will be exclusive to the kal and will only be available to current members. You cannot get previous months' patterns. But 6 months after the pattern was offered as a KAL pattern I reserve the right to release the pattern for sale on my website.
There will be a different theme each month covering topics like lace, cables, fair isle etc. You can use any yarn you like although I will make a recommendation to go with the pattern (all yarn recommendations will be available to order from online stores).
There will be a prize draw each month for any socks finished by the last day of the month - you have to post a pic to qualify for the prize draw. The prize will be at least enough yarn for a pair of socks but there may be extras thrown in. I'll provide the prizes, but as this is a free club/kal if you would like to contribute a yarn or related prize please e-mail me.
I'll do some tutorials to go along with the patterns too, so if you're inexperienced please join and I'll help you all I can.