Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Autumn Leaves for October

Today is the last day to post your finished socks for the two pattern, big finale finish for Anni. It's been really exciting to see everyone's socks! Good luck to everyone in the drawing.
Barb isn't going to be here tomorrow so I am posting the October pattern today! Check out the Google group later today to get your pattern and get started.

(Drum roll here please)
Without further adieu..................................Here is the October sock!
Three pictures to show off all the fun stuff going on in this sock. The heel and toe can be made as shown or you can simplify it by ending the leaf pattern when you start the heel and toe.
Happy Knitting!

Socks without a name


My first socks for this along is finished :) It's a bad picture, but I hope you can see it is a pair of Socks without a name.


Finally and Just in Time

These socks were made from a very wrong color scheme in Lorna's Laces. The striated black and gold look terrible. The pattern was really great though. It is Colosseum. I greatly enjoyed knitting the pattern. Thanks Anni. It has been great fun. I wish you the best with your new adventures.


I finished the two patterns in time.
Thanks Annie for the lovely pattern.
The blue one is not matching my foot lol ,it´s for my son.

balloons flying off the needles

Here are my hot air balloon socks. Pretty quick knit. Thanks Anni!
Good luck Anni! And Tama I can't wait to see what you have for us around the corner.

Just Under the Wire

I finished my hot air balloon socks today. Yarn is Patons Stretch Socks. The socks were a joy to knit. Thank you for the pattern Anni.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009


Last night I finally finished the Colloseum socks. Nice long, warm and stretchy and my friend is very happy with them. Thanks Anni for another great design.
Groetjes Mirella

Monday, 28 September 2009

Better late than never!

Footloose. These were fun to knit up. I just finished them yesterday, doesn't look like I have time to do either of the Sept socks in time. Both are lovely patterns. Thanks Anni for all the wonderful patterns and inspiration! I hope you will still be popping in now and then.

Thanks to Tama for taking over! I am looking forward to your October pattern.

Sylvia in Ephraim

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Roller Coaster Socks Finished

Sorry it took me so long to finish these, they're beautiful! Thank you Annie for such a wonderful pattern, I only wish I had more time to knit.

hot air

thanks for the pattern, it is beautiful and was fun. the yarn is a bamboo/merino from yarn pirate i believe. they fit perfect and my friend loves them.

One more down, one to go

Here are the No Name Socks in Happy Feet yarn. As soon as these came off the needles a friend had them on her feet. Happy friends equals more happy knitting. Thanks for the pattern!

I have one more sock left on the next pair. I hope to finish up before time runs out. These will be my 3rd pair of socks for the month. :)

Saturday, 26 September 2009

No name socks-Coloseum

Here are my socks....
Not the best yarn-choise, but they went great in live...

My daughter has already taken them...:o)

Nice to hear that the club will be going on, Thanks....

Have a nice day you all//Birgitta

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

My Hot Air Balloon Socks

Here are my finished "Hot Air Balloon Socks". Knitted in Trekking and neadles size 2.
I have to say that left and right sock are in the same size! I have used 2 pattern repeats both on the foot and the leg.
The pattern is great, but I think I will try to use chart 2 for the whole leg and no pattern at all on the foot. And probably only 10 rounds for the cuff.

Finished my first ever Sockamania socks!

No name socks for my 4yo ds.

I originally started knitting these for myself, but 3/4 way through the foot of the first sock, I realised I wasn't going to have enough wool! After a bit of calculation, I resized them and knitted them for my ds instead, he loves them :-) so that makes me happy!


I've been a member of Sockamania ever since Anni started it, and have knitted every pattern, I think, maybe missed one or two. I've missed the deadlines a few times...but I also won yarn once, and it's been a great time. I was sad to hear that Anni decided to quit,and exited that Tama will take over.
So- over to the last Anni-socks! Maybe you can come back as a guest designer...? Black ones- #2 socks, knitted in Silja/Senja from Gjestal, 2.5mm circular, magic loop, 2-at-a-time. These are for hubby. Nice pattern, they look good.
The grey ones: can't remeber which yarn, probably something from Viking, it's softer than the black ones, but still has some nylon/polyamid in them. Same needles and method. Fun pattern, and I finally figured out shortrow heels!!!
These go into the giftbasket- someone said Christmas is around the corner...;-)

Thank you Anni for all the time and effort you've spent on the club these years. Good luck wit your new adventures. And welcome to Tama!
Have a great day.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Collosseum Socks

My ds has been asking for another pair of socks, and these seemed to be perfect. The yarn is very busy, but he loves them.

Thanks Anni, we'll miss you. Looking forward to next month's pattern with our new designer!

I enjoyed this pattern very much. I agree with the knitter who said she would do the sock pattern again but do it all with chart 2. I liked how the stripes in the yarn were altered by the chart design! The yarn is by Premier Yarns, the Deborah Norville collection. It was Serenity sock weight and the colorway was aquamarine.
Thanks again, Anni, for all your beautiful patterns and the work entailed in completing them and providing them to us. Best wishes!

Friday, 18 September 2009

#2 socks

Mine are done! They were very fun to make. I took two pictures, one with a flash one without hoping to get close to the color I used, this is closest to what the yarn the color is. One of Anni's sock yarns from a sock I wasn't able to knit up yet. lol Now I can go on our mini vacation with my socks done. I need to work on my brother-in-laws sweater, I much perfer socks, they are faster. ha ha

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

My "September no 2"

Here are my "No name socks" made in Regia Surprise Color 1264 and size 2½ neadles. To fit myself I made 4 pattern repeats on the leg and 6 repeats on the footpart. Great pattern and I will do this again.

Hot Air Balloon Socks

Deborah Norville Serenity sock yarn. US1. I was apprehensive about using this varigated yarn for this pattern so I knitted the foot plain. I was pleasantly surprised that the pattern looked really nice on this busy yarn. So nice that I'm starting a second pair but I'm planning to use chart 2 only for the whole sock.

Thank you Anni for letting me participate these past 3 years. I enjoy knitting your patterns with the added benefit of using up my stash.

Monday, 14 September 2009


My name is Tama and, as you have heard, I will be taking over for Anni. It's a very talented pair of shoes that I will have to fill, but I hope that you will find my designs to be fun, challenging, and exciting.

My grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet when I was 5 or 6 years old. I wanted her to teach me how to make socks soon after that but she kept telling me, "Oh you don't want to knit SOCKS! They are really hard and I was never able to make two that matched." Finally, one day as I was shopping in a yarn store I came across a sock booklet that had some really exciting socks in it. Hearing my grandmother's voice echoing in my head, I purchased the book, yarn, and some needles to go home and see just how "hard" these really were.

Well, 20 years, and several hundred pairs of socks later, everything I know about "how to knit" I learned making socks. Sure, grandma taught me the very basics, but everything else...came from socks. And what a journey it has been! I now find that there isn't anything, any pattern, I can't knit. I LOVE KNITTING SOCKS!

I am so excited to get started in October! In fact, as I laid in bed the other night I was so excited I couldn't go to sleep. So, I designed the next years worth of patterns in my head. It's going to be so much fun!

I won't be changing anything about Sockamania. All of the information will stay the same. However, I am going to offer the yarn that I used for my sock design for sale each month in case you would like to use the exact same yarn. I will have it available at least two weeks before the pattern is posted on Google so that you will have time to get the yarn to use for the pattern. (this also gives you a little hint at what is coming up for the pattern!)

October's yarn is now available in my etsy store. I created two different colors so that if you aren't into one you can use the other. The first one is called "Autumn Maple Leaves"

And the alternate color is "Autumn Evergreen".

I can't wait to get going.

Happy Knitting everyone!!

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Pink Hot Air Balloons

I may call these my "good luck" socks because the day I finished them it finally rained here! These are the first socks I've knit with Anni's cotton yarn (color "Sweets") and it is so wonderfully soft.

Thanks for all of the great patterns and lovely socks Anni. I'm looking forward to next month and our new designer!

Friday, 11 September 2009

**Great Sockamania news**

Hi everone,

Great news! sockamania will continue. Tama has offered to take over the designing. The designs she's done so far are great. We've not worked out all hte other details yet but for the time being Sockamania will continue as normal. If there are any changes we'll keep you informed.

Look out for Tama's design for October.

And don't forget our big prize draw this month so hurry up and get knitting.

Happy knitting,


Sunday, 6 September 2009

Chokolate Balloon Socks

This is my balloon socks...
I called them my chokolate socks for all the timeI knitt on them I felt a sweet tooth...:o)
It´s another lovely pattern so thanks Annie...
I´m a little sad that theres not gonna be any more patterns but I understand the reason and I wish you good luck with your future project Annie...
Have a nice day//Birgitta

Sock name winner

As I couldn't decide I let Simon choose the name of the 2nd September sock. After all I'm knitting them for him. Although I'm spinning some sock yarn for myself (or at least I hope it'll turn into sock yarn (see my blog) and I may knit these socks again.

Anyway, after careful consideration Simon has decide he would like the socks to be named Colosseum (did I spell that right? better check that before I add them to Ravelry). Which means the winner is Orghlaith. E-mail me with your details and I'll send you the October parcel of the Sock Variety Club next week (latest posting date is 17 September).

Thank you to everyone who entered.

Happy knitting,


Friday, 4 September 2009


Just wanted to let you all know about the big sale that has just started on my website. I've reduced most yarns to clear some much needed space. Free shipping details are here. Sock yarn starts from £6 and lace yarn starts from £8. Sale ends on 16 September.

Happy shopping.


Thursday, 3 September 2009

September pattern number 2 - a name competition

I've nearly finished the pattern for the 2nd pair of September socks. These are designed with men in mind but make great unisex socks. However, I can't think of a name so I've decided to have a 'name the sock' competition. The winner will win a sock kit containing the October Sock Variety club yarn and pattern and a project bag. Only members of Sockamania can enter this competition. Post your entries in the comments on this post only.

The competition will close at 6pm UK time on Saturday 5 September. I will post the winner Saturday night or sometime Sunday.

This is one of two patterns available for the September knitalong. Scroll down a couple of posts for details of the other pattern and details of this month's prizes.

Close up of the alternating rib pattern on the leg:

Close up of the alternating rib pattern on the foot:
I'll be posting this pattern without a name on the Google group very soon. Unfortunately as this is the last month for Sockamania sign ups for new members is now closed.

Happy knitting,

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Winners of August Draw

Congratulations to the winners of the August Sock Draw:
Barb W.
Please e-mail me at:
with your choice of yarn from my website.

September pattern

I promised 2 patterns for this month and there will be two patterns. I've uploaded one pattern just now but got a slight problem with the 2nd pattern. The pattern is all ready to go but yesterday I realised I'd forgotten to take photos and as it's man socks (well, actually it's unisex socks) I was going to get my husband to model for me but forgot. A my daughter has quite big feet too I may get her to model this afternoon or my husband this evening. So, I'm hoping to post hte pattern either later tonight or tomorrow. Sorry for the delay. But the other pattern, Hot Air Balloon socks has been posted. They are toe up with a pretty lace pattern. The main lace pattern running up the front reminded me of the balloon of hot air balloons, hence the name.

This is the last month of Sockamania and there will be a mega prize draw with the first prize being a 3 month membership to my Sock Variety Club and 2 runner up prizes. If you knit both pairs of socks this month you will be entered in teh draw twice, so get knitting.

Happy knitting,


Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Good News & Bad News

I've got some good news and some bad news. I'll go with the good news first. September we'll have the choice of 2 Sockamania patterns and one is especially designed for men. And there will be a grand price of a 3 month membership of the Sock Variety Club for the winner of the prize draw plus 2 runner up prizes of a skein of yarn of winner's choice. So make sure you join in the knit along next month.

Now, for the bad news and the reason we're having a big prize draw next month. After months of consideration I've decided to finish Sockamania. During this year my design workload for magazines has increased dramatically and I'm finding it difficult to find the time to design a new sock pattern every month so I've made this very difficult decision. I've enjoyed Sockamania and i hope you have too. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my helpers, Pixie, Barb and Pam for all their help in running the club. I coudn't have managed without them. And I'd like to thank all you guys for being members and knitting my patterns.

There may be the odd suprise or two during September so check the blog often and do take part in the knitalong and prize draw for your chance to win our grand prize of a 3 month Sock VAriety Club membership.

the September patterns will be posted on 1 September.

Happy knitting,