Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March Madness

I don't know where I've been exactly but... hi, hello and how do you do? I'm busy on secret things but I'm pretty tired of keeping everything to myself.

I'm swimming in a mish-mosh of taxes, passport renewals, designing, and daydreaming.

Here is a wee update of the march madness of sorts happening in the free world:

1. Socks For All Seasons is going strong!

Thursday is the last day to buy the Ides of March pattern by itself. If you join the club you'll get the pattern anytime, though.

Ides of March

Buy this pattern now here: $3.99


Read all about the club and maybe even sign up for the whole year of sock patterns for only $14.99 here.

April 1st is right around the corner which means a fresh new sock pattern will drop. Let me just say it's a doozy.

2. Did someone say passport renewals? Yep! I'm going to Scotland this August to teach at the UK Knit Camp! I've never been to Scotland and I'm pretty excited about the opportunity. I'm trying to sort out a side trip too, while I'm so far from home.

Might you join us in Scotland? Learn more here.

3. Something bright?

My pal Vivian is always patient with me when I ask her to pose in something I made. It's a bulky cowl you're looking at and the pattern will be available soon-ish.

4. Speaking of patterns, the Not-So-Socks Club from Yarn 4 Socks will feature something fun in April too! My pal Melanie at Black Trillium Yarns has dyed up something special inspired by the film Breakfast at Tiffany's and I got to make up a project with it! Not a sock pattern but made with sock yarn. Cool! It was really quite fun and I'll show pictures on the first of April, no joke.

Q. What does the Y4S Sock Club consist of exactly?
A. The Y4S Sock Club runs every other month. The 2010 installation will start in April of 20109 and will run until February of 2011. This year, the theme is Movie Classics.

Q. How do I sign up for the remaining months?
A. You can sign up for the entire year of Sock Club until February 15, 2010. Starting February 1st you will be able to purchase April's club by itself. The price for each individual month is $35.

Q. What do I get for $35?
A. For $35 you will get a sock pattern, a skein of sock yarn enough to knit the attached sock pattern, shipping to the US and sometimes a little surprise.
For US and Canadian participants, please select "Will Call" at check out to not be charged an extra shipping fee. For all other countries, please pay the shipping that comes up automatically when you select the country to ship to.

If you have any other questions you'd like to have answered, feel free to contact them at yarn4socks at yahoo dot com

Learn more or sign up here.

5. I'm late for work. I've got more to share and another update will happen here on Thursday.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Blue Moon

Feeling like somebody. But I don't know who.

Have you seen Tina's latest blog post?

I'm in it!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Ides of March

The first pattern for the Socks For All Seasons club has dropped! I'm excited to tell you about it right now.

Ides of March

The Ides of March was once a festive day dedicated to the Roman god Mars. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C. This sock design was inspired by ancient Roman tile. Just go ahead and jump in - there is nothing to beware of here!

Sizes available: Women’s Small, Medium, Large

Foot circumference: 7 (8, 9) inches 17.5 (20, 23 cm) unstretched. Will stretch to fit 8 (9, 10) inches 20 (23, 25.5 cm).

Gauge: 32 sts/48 rows = 4" in st st

Needles: 1 set US #1/2.25mm 32” circular needles (magic loop) OR 2 sets of 24” circulars (two circulars) OR double pointed needles, or size to get gauge.

Ides of March

Yarn: Two contrasting colors of fingering-weight yarn that gives you proper gauge. You’ll need approx 50 (70, 90) grams of the Main Color and 30 (35, 40) grams of a Contrasting Color. Sample shown is knit with Shalimar Yarns Zoe Sock (100% SUPERWASH Merino wool; 450 yd per 4 oz skein), color: cayenne; 1 skein and Dream in Color Smooshy (100% SUPERWASH Merino wool; 450yd per 4oz skein), color: purple rain; 1 skein.

Notions: Cable needle, Tapestry needle, and (optional) a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

Ides of March

NOTES: This advanced sock pattern is worked from the cuff down with two colors. It includes a sideways cabled cuff, mosaic knitting, a heel flap, and a grafted toe. The slipped stitches create a fabric that is slightly less stretchy than standard stockinette stitch. Keep this in mind when choosing yarn and sock size.

Ides of March

Oh yeah, the pattern comes with a word seek puzzle at the end, just for fun!

Buy this pattern now here: $3.99 (Only available for individual purchase now through the end of March)


Read all about the club and maybe even sign up for the whole year of sock patterns here.