Thursday, 22 May 2008

Joining Sockamania

How To Join Sockamania

Thank you for your interest in joining Sockamania and wanting to become part of Sockamania family. To join is free and with that you get one of Tama’s sock pattern designs per month.

You have to be a member of the Blog first, then you will be invited to join the Google group. The Blog is for posting about your socks and finished photos, Google group is where the pattern will be posted for downloading. Beginning September 2010, patterns will be available every other month. When a new pattern is released a post will notify that it is ready to download. The previous pattern will then be available for purchase in The Twisted Hare’s Etsy shop (Tama’s online store). Remember that all of Tama’s wonderful patterns are copyrighted.

To be included in the draw, the current socks must be completed and the picture posted by the last day of the two-month on the Sockamania Blog. Only photos of completed socks posted on the Sockamania Blog will qualify for the draw. Pictures of finished socks from previous months may be posted but will not be included in the prize draw. One winner will be drawn and can either choose a skein of yarn, 2 accessories, or 2 patterns from Tama’s Esty Shop.

Before you request to join, Please note that the Blog and the group are both Google and the invites to both MUST be to the same email address. If you have a gmail/google mail account use that, this will make things easier for you and us.
Do not join the blog with one email address and then ask to join the group with a different one. If you do so you will have your blogger membership removed and you will have to start over again.

1 - Send a mail to requesting to join.
When applying, make sure you are using the email address you are going to use on the blog and group.. those that ask for a invite with one address and then join with another will be removed
This is done towards the end of the month, so please be patient and wait for your invite to arrive. It is up to you to accept promptly so your ready to start knitting from the start of the following month. The new pattern is normally posted on the first of the month and removed 5 days prior to the end. Again it is up to you to make sure you have downloaded the pattern before it is removed as it will no longer be available.

2 - Accept your Blogger invite. We do not receive notification that you have accepted your invite, so at this point you have two choices to join the Google Group.
The best and quickest option is to email us at stating you have accepted your invite and would like an invite to the Google group
(Again, it is important that you make sure you use the same email address that you have used to signed up with on the Blog)
Or you will have to wait until we have seen on the members list that you have accepted, The Google group is unlisted, you will not find it or gain membership by searching for it.

If an email address needs to be verified, you will be sent a message supplying you with a link to sort that out. If you do not accept your Blogger invite you will not be invited to the group. No show on the Blog, no go on the group.

Please accept promptly so your ready to download the pattern.. it is up to you to accept invites and up to you as a member to download the pattern to give yourselves enough time to knit that months socks.

To keep your membership:
Once you are a member, you will need to post one completed pair of the current sock pattern on the Sockamania blog in order to verify membership. After that you will need to post at least one completed pair of Tama’s sock designs in a six month period in order to remain an active member. Anyone not posting the “verifing” sock in the first month will be removed from the membership list. Anyone not posting at least one completed pair during a six month period will also be removed from the membership list.
If you have been removed and filled the requirements above, please email us with a link to your post.. to have your membership activated again.

Some Background Information About Sockamania:
Sockamania was started in May 2007 by Anni and has grown into something great.
Tama took over the Sockamania blog in October of 2009 to allow Anni to pursue new and exciting opportunities designing for magazines and other venues.
There are now only two of us on the Sockamania Admin Team:
Tama: writes the patterns and offers help, although please use the Blog for pattern queries, someone else might have the same problem.

Barb: Issues the invites and will offer any help you may need either Blog or Group related Contact She also maintains the Blog. Adding names of completed socks for the monthly draw and sending them on to Tama. She will also be available to help if you have problems with the pattern.

Both of us want you to have fun, but remember this is free so play nicely. We encourage members to leave comments on socks posted. To discourage spammers, only members are able to leave comments on the blog.

Happy Knitting
Sockamania Admin Team