Saturday, 31 May 2008
Friday, 30 May 2008
Anni!! There sure are some great looking socks out there. Hope mine are next!
KarenO in Ohio
Thursday, 29 May 2008
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
I bought this yarn over a year ago and decided that I didn't really like it. (I have become somewhat of a yarn snob. LOL) But it was in my meager stash so I had to go ahead and use it. I knit up nicely but feels a trifle heavier than I am used to using.
Monday, 26 May 2008
I've got the Celebration Sock pattern ready to go - will pick out some yarn tomorrow and get started. Should have a photo update before too long.
Sunday, 25 May 2008
Be quick, they'll be gone in a few days.
I am happy with the result but are still not sure if I want to add some cuffs on the socks. They are quit wide now.
The yarn is from
(wool, cotton, silk), needles: 2,75 (bamboo)
On the second photo you can see the colour
of the yarn (and the 'spekkies') much better.
I hadn't been eating them for years.
They are very sweet.
Thank you Anni for this patten, I am sure I will make it again.
Saturday, 24 May 2008
I'm a bit of a lurker by nature, and also a bit behind with the socks, but wanted to post sometime as an indication that I'm participating!
I finally finished my Snowflake Socks - they were my first fair-isle socks, and it took me a bit of time to get the hang of it. Here is a picture of the first sock - I will have to get pictures of the pair, but the second sock is the same colors, only reversed.Hope you like them, and thanks, Anni for all of the great patterns!
Joy in Atlanta
I'm using Socks That Rock lightweight in Lenore. Since it's so dark, it was hard to get a good picture (the one above has been lightened to show the detail of the stitches).
The second sock is already on the needles. I'm not sure I'll finish before the end of the month (cables are slow for me), but I'm going to try.
Congratulation Anni to a year of Sockamania! Thank you for the beautiful pattern!
Knitted in unknown superwash merino wool given to me by my neighbor. US2. Off to cast on the May Day sock!
Friday, 23 May 2008
I'm not going to make the Celebration Socks in May. I need to finish my mums birthday present before starting anything else...
But I will make them eventually (love that pattern!) and then post them here. Even have my yarn picked out already...
By the way Anni: congrats to a year of Sockamania! And thanks for all those lovely patterns you have created.
Me is off to continue the dreaded stole of doom...
Thursday, 22 May 2008
I just finished my second pair of Simply Love socks. I was visiting my mom when I finished the first pair, which were going to my sister recovering from surgery, and my mom fell in love with them. She wanted some "just like them," but doing two pair of socks using the exact same pattern and yarn is too boring for me, so I talked her into this Reggia yarn instead. I've used this picot bind off now on three pair of socks, and it's so cute as well as stretchy.
My Celebration socks are still on the needles. I don't know if I'll finish them in time for the drawing. We had issues. This yarn is absolutely gorgeous, called Noro, but has zero elasticity. It took my almost two hours to do 10 rows of pattern because trying to make the yarn stretch for cables and ssk was almost impossible. So I switched to a thin and thin rib. About the time I hit the heel, I realized I had been using size 0 needles instead of the size 1 I thought I had been using. So I switched to size 2 for the leg, tried the pattern again, and it's going much more smoothly, although you can't really see it yet. This yarn has a HUGE repeat, so the socks will bear only a fleeting family resemblance to each other.
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.
TO JOIN THE BLOG:
1 - Send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Sockamania Admin Team
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Honest, they'd be finished by now if I knew the recipient. As 'tis they're in the Present stash awaiting assignation, when they'll get finished properly, wrapped & given. The idea is to save all that hectic pre-Christmas knitting, particularly as a lot of family birthdays also occur Sept-Dec. I think it's called Organisation, or something. Of course, it'll only work if I now put them somewhere safe, with knitting details, then remember where that is come gift season!.
Knitted in Regia Bamboo color 4-ply (45% bamoo, 40% wool, 15% nylon)
Sunday, 18 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Friday, 16 May 2008
I managed to visit not just one but two yarn shops today. The lovely Maud's Garn in Oslo. Wow, what a wonderful yarn shop, the best one I've been to in Norway yet. I got some wonderful pure alpaca aran/worsted yarn and some gorgeous white silk from India, think it's either fingering weight/4ply or dk. And a shawl pin, some Knit Pick options tips. They had some gorgeous yarn there and I could have bought a lot more but Simon was hovering outside and we have a prett ysmall luggage allowance flying home with Ryan Air.
I then found another yarn shop, Strikkedilla, in Oslo City. But I didn't buy any there, very restrained of me. I'm well impressed with myself. LOL.
Pics when Iget home.
Off to knit some more now. Just stared a new sock design, the 2nd one this holiday. Finished sock design one today in the car back from Oslo. they're not Sockamania ones though but submissions for something else and top secret for the time being.
Happy knitting everyone,
Thank you Anni! Now I can go back to the Celebrations socks!
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Okay, competition one: Where in the world am I right now?
Fairly easy question.
Answers in the comments please. Closing time is 6pm UK time on Friday evening. I'll get online sometime Friday evening and draw the winner. And announce a new competion.
Prize for this competition - a skein of my handpainted yarn of your choice.
And did I tell you that I've got free postage on everything in my shop, anywhere in the world.
And I've opened a new Ravelry group.
and finally, May Day pattern will stay up on the google group until tomorrow evening then I'll try to remember to take it down and post a new, former Sockamania pattern which will be available for a few days.
Monday, 12 May 2008
Sunday, 11 May 2008
I didn't get a third repeat in for the foot, so I made two full ones, and improvised until I started decreasing for the toes. I made the small size, with 64 stitches, on 2.5mm needles.
Thank you, Anni, for this lovely pattern!
Last month I became member of this Club. My name is Mieke, I do live in The Hague, The Netherlands.
I am nearly halfway with the Celebration socks. It will be really summer socks, in a candy colour. The colour really looks like the colour of sweets we call 'Spekkies' in The Netherlands, but looks like the colour off marshmellows as well.
I like the pattern, knitting is not going very fast, but I like the result.
The yarn is from Ewas-sockenwolle.de
Anni, thank you for this club and the patterns. Enjoy your holiday!
Saturday, 10 May 2008
The pattern is slow going but it will make some very pretty socks! Thank you Anni!
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Pattern: Simply Cables from Sockamania
Yarn: BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight in Blue Brick Wall
As promised last week i'm making selected previous Sockamania patterns available for a limited period. I've just posted the May Day sock pattern to the Google group. It was the very first Sockamania pattern. Download it and print or save it to your computer quickly as it'll be gone in a few days.
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
Happy anniversary, Anni. You are doing a marvellous job for us, and I do really look forward every month to get the yarn and the pattern in my mailbox.
I have finished the first sock, easy and very beautyful pattern. The next sock is already on the needles.
absolutely lovely and i really have to go shopping and try to find a special yarn color for this one. Congrats to the blue bell winners!
yarn: fabel from Garnstudio avocado colorway
knitting needles. # 2.25 metric size
yarn: Lucy Neatby's Celestial merino sock yarn, colorway : Honeypot, 2-ply
needles: 2.5mm for the foot and 4 inches up the leg, than I switched to 2.75mm, but didn't have to, now they are a bit loose
size: large, my feet are 10.25 inches long
I made 11 cable twists on the leg, plus the cuff, which makes them 7 inches long. I didn't have too much yarn left over either.
Unfortunately I don't have a long life expectancy for these socks, because of all the frayed places, throughout the skein. It must have been a faulty yarn, that's too bad, because I like how they look all knit up.
I first got attracted to this sock club, when I saw the May 2007 socks pop up on other blogs. I sincerely hope this will be one of the patterns, Anni is planning on making available this month. That would be awesome! :o)
Thank you, Anni, and happy Anniversary!
Monday, 5 May 2008
I'm using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Socks in the Somerset colorway. The skeins are from the Jimmy Beans Wool millends sale that they had a couple of months ago. I'm using Knitpicks size 1.5, 40" circular needle and magic looping these babies. I'm trying my best to finish them before the sock war starts on Friday, let's see how far I get.
I did slow down a bit during the year, but have knitted about 1/2 of the pairs total - some came out better than others, but they have all been worn at least once.
Keep up the great work, Anni - looking forward to participating for a long time to come!
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Saturday, 3 May 2008
There will be lots of special celebratory stuff going on this month. A very special knitalong too which has nothing to do with socks. The KAL will be revealed on Monday 5th May.
There will be some special prize draws this month. As well as a draw for finsihed pairs I'm also doing a draw for everyone who's posted at least one progress pic this month. So get those cameras clicking.
And some special competitions. First one in a few days.
And as a special gift to all our members, I'll be posting previous Sockamaina patterns on the Google group. They'll only be available for a few days though so be quick to download them or print them off. I'll announce on theblog when I make a previous pattern available, so keep checking often.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Barb W, Pam and Pixie for all their help. Without them Sockamania wouldn't still be going.
I'll be back on Monday with details of our special KAL and the first competition.
Friday, 2 May 2008
In my defense, I did try them in November, but had terrible fit issues using the smaller needles I prefer. I finally went up to 2.5 mm needles, and using a basic Cat Bordhi recipe, succeeded in getting an OK fit (still a bit tight going over the heel, but I think that's because the bamboo content in the yarn gives them less stretch?). Oh, and they have actually been done for maybe 2 weeks now....I think I was too ashamed of the delay to post them!
Yarn: Posh Yarns Lei
I'm going to give them to my mom for Mother's Day if they fit her. If not, they're all mine, because they're super-yummy! :-)
Thursday, 1 May 2008
Then I will start on May and really try to finish them on time.
Your socks are beautiful! Please e-mail Anni on email@example.com with your address and choice of yarn. You can choose one skein of yarn each from her Etsy shop.
May marks the FIRST ANNIVERSARY of SOCKAMANIA. The May Sock pattern will be posted on the Sockamania Google Groups site either today or tomorrow. Watch for it
I have finally got my act together and can announc the start of a special anniversary knitalong. It's a lace stole for those of us who fancy a break from socks and would like something light and lacy for the summer. The pattern is available on th Google group now for you to download. Please make sure you download and print or save the pattern on your own pc before the end of May as the pattern will be taken down then.
The knitalong will last until the end of June. There will be a prize draw for finished stoles. Post a pic of your finsihed stole to be included in the draw at the end of June. The prize will be a Anni Design/YarnAddict Yarns kit of your choice. Depending on how many finished items there are in the draw there may be more than one prize. I'm offering one prize for every 10 finished entries.
The stole is knitted in two halves and then grafted together although you could do a 3 needle bind off instead. It uses 800 yards/732 meters of heavy laceweight yarn. Lookfor yarn that has about 800-900 yards per 100gr. The sample is knitted in my Luscious Lace. Pixie knitted up the sample for me in record time. She even had to sort out the chart for the border for me. Thank you Pixie.
Don't forget you're entitled to 10% Sockamania discount on any yarn purchased from my Etsy shop. And i'm offering free shipping in May. All you need to do is tell me you're a Sockamania member during the check out process and i'll refund your 10% via Paypal ifyou've paid or send you a new invoice if you haven't paid. I'm going on holiday tomorrow though so if you want the yarn sent out before I go away you need to order by 6pm UK time today. If not it'll be posted on 20th May. If you want to knit the stole in Luscious Lace then you need 2 skeins. If you choose Merino Lace or Cashmere Lace you'll need one 100gr skeins. Please note that some of the Cashmere Lace skeins listed are less than 100gr.
Damned Blogger gave me issues again! I started trying at 11:57pm (NY time) to post but I guess finally posting just after midnight doesn't count, huh? Oh, well, here is the picture of my completed socks anyway. They are fresh off the needles that's why they look so wonky. Can't wait to see May's pattern.