Sunday, 31 January 2010

Winter Socks

I didn't have the correct weight yarn in my stash to do these socks so I altered the pattern for fingering/4 ply weight yarn. The white is some yarn that I've had for some time. The blue is called Stormy Skies by Flutterby Creations.

I wasn't too sure about the stranded colour work when I first got the pattern. I really struggle to get the tension right. However, I did like the snowflake on the heel flap and thought that was a lovely design element. I knit these for my husband and he likes how they came out.

Thanks go to Tama for the pattern. I'm looking forward to next month's challenge ;)

Snowy Winters Eve Sock

Whew; finished in the nick of time. This is my first stranded project and I can actually get them on! I've heard that some people do stranded projects inside out to keep it neater so I may try that next time. The color is a little more muted than the picture shows but they're both really nice shades that go together well. Not too wintery though, maybe more fall.

Having a deadline is forcing me to knit faster, which is a good thing. I tend to be really pokey about getting my projects done
yarn: Cascade Yarns Boullicine Dolly (not sure if this is classified as an actual sock yarn but it got the gauge and better colors for the project than the regular sock yarn at my lys)
needle: size three

Overall, fun pattern to do and easier than it looks

Saturday, 30 January 2010


as you no doubt have read, I was busy with the snowy winters eve socks.
These are off!
It was a huge fun pattern to knit.

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winter sunrise

these socks remind me of the northwest beautiful winter skys, in the am or pm, purples and yellows and oranges. these socks are made with dashing dachs and yarntini... i still need work on the stranding but am slowly getting there, thanks for the pattern im going to do it in plain colors next time, these went to a friend who loves purple!

Friday, 29 January 2010


Well, I started them but I seriously doubt that they will be done. I have just turned the heels and am working on the star on the first sock. Don't think I have enough time to finish the stars, let alone do the leg.
I'll post when they are done sometime in Feb.
Maybe next month will be better.


Thursday, 28 January 2010


I almost forgot :-$ I have shown you a picture of the 1 sock, but not of the completed pair. Here it is:

They have already been worn several times as Dylan is very pleased with them.

Again Tama thanks for a great design!

edit: it's the Outdoorsmen pattern!

Eve's Snowy Winter Eve Socks!

No pun intended, but my little girl Eve got them. I just managed to get some pictures of them before she went to school this morning. I finished them last night and new socks just have to be worn inmediately ;-).
The were done in online 4-ply Dark blue and offwhite. 56 sts. This was the first and probably the last time that I have done colourwork. I really do not understand how people can like this! Don't get me wrong, I love the socks and the pattern and the way they turned out. I just hated knitting them. The 2 threads, ever searching for the right tension (especially since I knite very tight to start with), was nearly enough to drive me batty ;-). But I stuck to it and they are finished and my little girl has a new pair of socks.
Tama thanks for the pattern and the challenge!

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

January socks

I wasn't going to start until Feb but decided that I would go ahead and try to get these finished in time. That is still up in the air.
I am doing them toe up and am just ready to start doing the star on the heel. Wish me luck.

No pics as the camera is at home and I am at the store. Could use my cell phone but those pics are usually not that good (at least when I take them. LOL)

Saturday, 23 January 2010

I thought I would post a picture of my sock in progress. I am just finished with the heel and gusset. I plan to rip it out after posting it. I mistakenly bought worsted weight yarn so it is too heavy. I also am not very good at color work. I don't know how to space the yarn so the white stitches don't disappear when I put the sock on. I don't like all the yarn inside the sock. And it is very difficult to put on. So...I plan to buy a book, Color Knitting, when it comes out and learn how to do color work. I sure did like the color patterns knitted into the sock. I only wish I knew the correct techniques to make it work.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Snowy Winter's Eve Modified

US1 Deborah Norville Serenity. I didn't have any sport weight yarn so I increased the number of stitches to knit in fingering weight. I've never knitted 2 colors at once, I really struggled and when I final tried it on, it was too tight so I ripped 2 times and decided I'm only going to do the scallop cuff and toe and snowflake heel. When I got to the heel I rip back so many times my yarn got frayed so I ripped back completely and decided to go with the CC heel and purled the snowflake pattern. I barely got them over my heel for the photo but they fit MIL fine so their hers.

I really like the scallop cuff and toes pattern, it really makes the contrasting look like it was part of the sock. I'm starting my 2nd pair now, it gives me a chance to practice knitting 2 strands of yarn without stressing me out. I really like how the scallop pattern make the contrasting color blending into the main color.

Thank you Tama, for the introduction to 2 color knitting. I hope to do better next time.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

January Socks!

I didn't believe it when Tama said so, but these WERE a pretty quick and easy knit, despite juggling four balls or yarn for two at a time toe ups. I love them and will make them again. Yarn is Knitpicks Stroll Sport in clematis and hollyberry. I ordered another colorway too because I couldn't decide, and will make them also. Thanks, Tama, for another great pattern!

Tuesday, 19 January 2010


This is the yarn I chose from Anni's shop. Really love the color.
I want to make a shawl out of it for the chilly nights in summer.
Thanks Anni and Tama!!

Grand Prize Drawing Reminder

Reminder to everyone about the Grand Prize drawing to be held at the end of March. There are a few members that have completed all the sock patterns that began in October 2009. There are a few that are only a pair or two behind. There is still time to catch up. If you are not sure what you have completed, or not completed, check the list located on the sidebar in the blog.

We will have a "GRAND PRIZE" drawing every six months. Everyone who completes all six patterns in six consecutive months and posts their socks to the blog will be put into the drawing for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize will be a surprise! All kinds of goodies like stitch markers, needle bags, yarn, a sock pattern, etc. will show up in your mail box should you be the winner of the semi-annual Grand Prize!!!!!!

Monday, 18 January 2010

Snowy winter socks

Here are my snowy socks wich is needed here in sweden...
We have a lot of snow and we have had a real cold weather for a while...
I have done them in dark grey and offwhite...
The yarn is 100 % wool and I like them a lot...
Thanks for a great pattern...

Have a nice day//Birgitta

Sunday, 17 January 2010

January 2010 Snowflake Socks Completed

Snow is expected tonight and tomorrow so a perfect time for the Snowflake Socks. I chose Louet Gems merino sport in a purple and white. I knew I would not have enough of one color to complete the socks, so I chose to reverse them -- purple/white and white/purple. My needle sizes were #2 for the ankle and #1 for the foot. Perfect fit.

My second pair for 2010


While the last snow is melting away overhere I finished my snowflake socks for January.

Again a perfect fit. I used Regia 6-ply in black and white. I love the effect on the cuff and the toe. Thanks again Tama. And now I'll go through my stash wondering what I'm going to cast on while waiting for the February pattern. (Also love the new background).

Groetjes and have a nice day, Mirella

Friday, 15 January 2010


I am going to be gone from January 20th until the 28th.  As a result I will be unavailable to answer any pattern questions during that time.  If you have any blog or google group questions please direct them to the wonderful ladies that help me take care of Sockamania.

Don't miss the "Sneak Peak" of February's sock that will be posted Monday, January 18th!!  It's going to be a lot of fun to make!

Happy Knitting!

No socks

I haven't knitted any socks since october, have had so many other things to knit. But now (read February) I'm ready to go again. Just joined the group again and look forward to see the new patterns. Until then I will enjoy my vacation in the Canary Islands.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

In again

I started on this blog jurney when Annie originated it. I missed very few of her patterns. Love them all.
My DIL and I opened a pet bakery here in town in Nov and I have not had time to keep up. We started renovations on the building in Aug and worked very hard.
Hopefully I will have time again to do socks. I probably won't start until Feb.
Thanks for taking this over for Annie.

Judy "really snowy here" socks...

Done! I bought the yarn last Tuesday, and cast on late that night, and they were done on Sunday. Quick and fun. Yarn: DSA sterk , 40%alpakka,40%merinowool,20%nylon. 50grams=137meters.

Needles: circular 3mm (magic loop, both at the same time) for the plain knitting, DPN's, 4mm,(one by one) for the colourwork.

Gauge: 22 sts=10cm for the fairisle, 26sts=10cm on 3mm for the foot. And they are still too small for me...

Really cute pattern, and the yarn is so soft!
I have a plan to knit both mittens and a hat to go with this, think it will be a great giftset.

Thanks again for a great pattern, Tama:-)

Marit in Norway

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Opening to new members

You can now apply to join us

Please make sure you read fully what is required of you to keep your membership, this applies to all that request to join.. specially this part

To keep your membership
Once you are a member, you will need to post one completed pair of the current months' 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.

Please if you have any problems joining, mail   here  To be sure of a reply.
Do not use the contact at Google Group

Happy Knitting and enjoy your time with us

Monday, 11 January 2010

I have been very busy and haven't been able to knit the last few socks. I did knit two pairs of outdoorsman socks-one for my husband and one for me. The yarn is Patons Kroy Socks in the cadet colors. They are warm and comfy. I have two projects in the works-a sweater and a purse. So I don't know if I will get to the socks for January. Thanks for the patterns!

Clean up done

That went easier than expected.. thank you blogger

Invites sent.. please if you could mail me here when you have accepted your blogger invite, I can then send you out a google group invite.

When the active members have all re-joined and the join page set to go, a link and a post will be provided

Many thanks


Clean up has started!

Removal of all members is taking place, please do not mail us during this time.

There will be an update post when done and the invites to the active members been sent

Depending on how blogger behaves this process may take some time

Please be patient and hopefully things will go smoothly


Sunday, 10 January 2010

"House Cleaning" Reminder

We have decided to do a little "house cleaning" here at Sockamania so that we can open the membership back up for those who are putting in requests.This means that on January 11, 2010 we will be re-issuing memberships to all of you who have been active members--meaning posted a finished pair of socks in the past six months. When you get your invitation you will need to answer it ASAP or you won't be able to post your finished January socks. If you don't receive an invitation and have been active PLEASE notify one of us January 12th.

Anyone who has not been active will be deleted from the membership list in order to make room for those who would like to join. If you have not been active and would like to continue your membership you will need to click on the link for it, after January 11th, in the side bar and follow the instructions there. However, you will have to post a completed sock within 30 days of renewal in order to show that you are truly interested in being a member and then post no less than one sock per six month period in order to stay active. ANYONE not posting at least one sock in six months will have their membership dropped.

Friday, 8 January 2010

My snowy winter's eve socks

I finished my snowflake sock. I only did the snowflake on the heel with 2 different colors otherwise they would be to narrow again and won't fit me. I wanted some socks for me, myself and I. So the little snowflakes on the legg I made by slipped stitches.

Unfortunatly I had a short of yarn with the second sock so I made the little snowflakes wich were situated at the ankle near the toe on a lightblue stripe. I mesh the 3 flakes because I didn't want them on the bottom of my foot. Now it's only on one sock, maybe I also change the first

Thanks for the nice pattern Tama.

12-01-2010: Finally had good daylight so I took some new photo's. That's more like the real colors.

It's Not Snowy Here Socks

Here are my Snowy Winter's Eve socks. I used the Haneke yarn from Tama and it is soooo soft. There was quite a debate over who would get these socks, but amazingly, they fit ME perfectly.

I worked on the first sock while watching a football game and didn't realize that I'd made an error until I knitted the second sock; so I had to make it match (my snowflakes are two rows apart instead of one - the curse of knitting while cheering).

Thanks for the great pattern (and soft yarn) Tama - my feet are so warm and toasty.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Snowy Winter Eve socks done

Yeah, I'm done. I don't have much in the way of sport yarn, mainly lace, sock and worsted. These I did up in Bernat baby sport white which I have on hand for making baby booties for crisis pregnancy centers here in California and I had some blue Telmart sport from Knitpicks, don't know how washing these will work with two different types of yarn. I told my daughter, who got this pair that she needed to hand wash them. Still not too good with this two color knitting, either I am too tight or too loose. I do like the design and it was fun to try. My daughter is very happy with her new socks. I had to have her stand on the stairs because if I got down on the floor I wouldn't get back up. lol Now I can get back to knitting for my new little one who is due around March 5. lol Thanks for another fun sock.

Monday, 4 January 2010

December Prize Draw Winner


You are the winner of the December Prize Draw.As the winner of the prize draw may chose their prize from either Tama's Etsy Shop: The Twisted Hair (above) Or Anni's On-Line shop YarnAddict & Anni Design (below) at you have made your choice, please e-mail 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.

I'm not just slow, I'm really slow

I know, even for cathing up I am terribly late, but I finally finished my Celtic Cable Heel socks for my daughter Eve (3 years old). I had to change the amount of stitches a bit, but that was not to difficult. My knitting is so very tight that I need to cast on 52 or 56 st for her socks anyway (depending on the patern). It's not that she has got big feet, my knitting is just very tight ;-). So she has got a new pair of socks. And she is hapy now!

And Dylan (my son, 5 years old) is a bit happy aswell. This is the first of his Outdoorsman Socks. The yarn was dyed by a friend who was not to pleased with the results, but my kids loved it. So we made a swap and I am now making the first pair of socks out of this yarn for Dylan. I love the way the paterns looks on the leg and heel.

Thank you Tama and Anni for these wonderful paterns!

Hiker pattern

I appear to have lost the hiker pattern...I thought I had saved it, and I know I printed it out to go with the yarn I had chosen for it. However, it's not on the harddrive or in the ziplock with the chosen yarn.

Any idea how I can find a copy of it?

Same thing happened with the candy cane pattern, but I hadn't chosen the yarn yet for that one!

Can you tell I'm notoriously SLOW at knitting socks?

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Snowy Winters Eve Socks

Sorry I am a day late.  We had a death in the family Thursday morning.  So, I have family here from out of state and it's been a whirlwind. 

The January sock is one of my favorites!  I used Haneke's sportweight merino/linen/alpaca blend yarn in Navy blue for the main color and Haneke's angora blend sportweight yarn for the "snow".  This one is a quick and easy knit.

Don't forget that we will be doing some membership cleaning this month.  In order to post your finished sock you will need to accept your invitation. 

Happy Knitting!

Friday, 1 January 2010


Here are my hiking socks. I thought the yarn would be more self striping, but instead blotted up a bit in the pattern. Can't always predict! I like the sock thickness from the pattern, thanks!
When I finished these socks I thought I would get a flavor of peppermint, but the pattern was not on group page. Did I really miss it? :(
On to a fresh start in January!