Monday, December 31, 2007
So my first project for the Socks from Stash Club is a pair of Esther socks (pattern from the German Yahoo sock Kreatie group) in turquoise hand-dyed yarn from Fyberspates.
This is the oldest yarn in my stash, so I think that counts double, don't you?!
Pictures will follow... ready, steady....go!
The first pair that I will cast on for is from the 2006/2007 Sundara Petals club. The yarn is call Bird of Paradise. It's the one one the far left, just above the orange and yellow Woolarina skeins.
I did manage to trade away 2 skeins of Spunky Eclectic for 8 skeins of lace weight. Not a gain really, butI was also interested knitting the Icarus shawl without having to spend any money on new yarn.
I bought eight skeins of Shepherd Sock to myself and I have only knitted three of them so it's time knit some more. I chose colourway Baltic Sea because I live on the coast of it and I'm worried about it. (Baltic Sea is the blueish yarn in right, yes I also bought some Wollmeise then too).
Deciding pattern was much more difficult than choosing the yarn but today I finally did it. I'm going to knit Firestarters with my Baltic Sea and HiyaHiya (1.75 mm) circulars. I hope I have time to cast on them on Wednesday.
Happy New Year to all of You!
Happy New Year and Happy Knitting to all!
I am doing a pair of ankle socks with a 50 gram ball of camo colored Regia in garter rib. So far I am about 3 in into the first sock and it is going well. Updates will follow.. along with more sock knitting excitement....GL to all knitters!!!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
I think I have biggest sock yarn stash mentioned here, although some of them are 50g skeins. I have 40 different yarns (including the two balls of Opal Petticoat I ordered after Christmas). So it's no wonder I thought the idea of Club was so excellent when Roobeedoo mentioned it on her blog for the first time.
I'm going to pick my yarn using random number generator and my Ravelry stash. The choice for January is number 22, The Yarn Yard sock yarn in Rainforest. I bought this to make wool socks for my two little boys so I should make two pairs in January instead of one. They will be simple ribbed socks.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
I can either close sign ups in the beginning of January or then I'd ask some of you to take care of sending invitations to new members. We currently have 52 members and one open invitation. I'd like to hear your opinions on whether we should accept more members after the official starting date and if we do, is anyone willing to deal with invitations?
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I've decided that I want to try out the different sock yarns I have so I'm going to randomly choose a brand but then I can choose which actual colour I want to use (if I have more than one colour of that particular brand). This will suit me better because my colour mood changes dependent on the time of year. I'm rushing to finish a pair of socks I've had on the pins for ages, before the end of the month, and then I'm going to start knitting Socks from Stash. Although I've decided in January, as its my birthday month, that I can choose what yarn I want so I'm going to see if this lovely yarn which was gifted by a friend will work as a pair of Monkeys.
Sunnyside Ellen's Pigs in Mud Sock Yarn
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Below is my attempt at figuring out how large my sock yarn stash is and listing some patterns and ideas for what to use each skein for. Bold items are on the needles. There is probably a skein or two I forgot somewhere that's hiding among other types of yarn :o)
1. (2) Knit Picks Essentials - Peacock Multi - Magic Loop
2. (2) Knit Picks Essentials - Meadow Multi
3. (2) Knit Picks Essentials - Pine - Vinnland
4. (2) Knit Picks Essentials - Dusk
5. (2) Knit Picks Memories - Uzume
6. (1) Opal - Jaywalkers
7. (1) Trekking XXL
8. (1) Classic Elite Yarns Alpaca Sox - Fruit Salad - Purl & Lace Socks Knit 'N Style
9. (1) Socks that Rock - Fire on the Mountain - Eleanor
10. (1) Smooshy - Ruby River
11. (1) Art Yarns
12. (2) Regia - Horcrux Socks
13. (1) Sockotta
14. (1) Cherry Tree Hill - Maple Sugar - Fawkes
15. (1) TV Yarn - Meduim
16. (1) Tofutsies - Peppermint Twist
17. (1) On Your Toes
18. (1) Universal Yarn Wisdon Yarns Marathon New York
19. (1) TV Yarn - Bride of Frankenstein - Bellatrix
20. (1) Sunshine Yarns - Wildflower
21. (1) J. Knits - Kansas - Firestarter
22. (2) Knit Picks Pallette - Sky
23. (2) Knit Picks Essentials - Carbon Twist
24. (1) Knit Picks Essnetials Volcano Twist & (1) Black for Bucanneer Booty Socks
25. (1) Tofutsies
As we can clearly see I have more than enough skeins to knit not one, but TWO pairs of socks a month for the next year! Do you think this will stop me from buying more?!?! Nope :o)
So, just to introduce myself - I'm Kay, known as kayteau over most of the 'net. I've been knitting seriously for about 1 and 1/2 years now and socks are by far my most favorite thing to knit because they're easily portable and I'm a mass transit kind of gal. Living in the DC area, I get to spend a lot of time on buses and trains.
I haven't decided what my first pair will be although I have a couple of ideas. I have specific patterns in mind for a couple of pairs of socks, both of which would be new challenges for me and I just got some Socks That Rock in one of the Raven's Clan colourways that I really want to make into a lacey pair of socks... January 2 will hopefully see one of these three pair cast on!
Monday, December 24, 2007
I have an excel sheet listing all of the yarns I want to use up and a pattern for them. I will use a random number generator to pick my project. This year, I knit about 25 pairs of socks, so I'm hoping I can do 2 pairs a month in 2008.
Although I plan to use my sock stash...I also intend to concentrate on the rest of my stash. Usually when I get sweater yarn, I have a pattern in mind. However, I am sure that I am not the only person who can't remember what she intended to do with some yarn...not a clue...nada...when she finally was ready to knit....This year I began putting a copy of the pattern with newly acquired yarn.
Another plan is to convince my daughters to adopt and knit some of my stash....a win win situation.
I have been going through books, my patterns stash, and the internet pulling out sock patterns I like. My next plan is to pair yarns with patterns. I like the idea of making my own kits.
Right now I am trying to finish 5 projects before beginning another.....and hopefully begin and finish my January socks by the end of the month......
Ready to begin.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
After almost completely recovering from "knitters' elbow," like tennis elbow, I've now taught myself how to knit continental style, hoping to lessen the stress on my right arm. Happy sockknitting, everybody!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and am fortunate to have six LYS, each with a slightly different stock of yarns, although online shops are very enticing, too! No pictures of the entire stash as yet, but there are several plastic bins. And a drawer. And a basket.
Not sure yet what I'll pick for January, but my choices may not be as random as some. I'm really looking forward to this.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
As for me, I was hoping to get feedback from others on which to use first. I don't have a huge pile to choose from so I think that makes it harder for me. I can't randomly reach in because I know my yarns intimately and feel like I would roam with my hands until I choose the one I wanted. Kinda defeats the purpose eh? So which of my yarns do you think I should use....trekking, alpaca, lorna's, sokotta, angora, wool in the woods, or the other one.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I'm Kate - from New Zealand. I have only been knitting socks for a little over three months, and have somehow already managed to acquire a stash of 20 sock yarns. Not too sure how that happened, considering that the range available locally is somewhat limited! I find online shopping very easy and if you are paying for shipping, you might as well make it worthwhile, right? Add in a trip to Hawaii and a birthday present from a daughter in England and voila - instant stash! Of course I have other projects to work on as well, so I'm hoping you are all going to inspire me to to keep whittling down that stash (then I can buy some more...!)
Monday, December 17, 2007
I pulled out all of the sock yarn yesterday. I have yarn for 45 pairs of socks. I think I told my BF earlier today that I have 35 pairs worth and he thought that was a lot. Oh well. He doesn't need to know.
So in the above picture is what I will use for the knit along. It's 35 pairs of socks. I actually still have this:
It's mostly my Zen Yarn Garden, Scouts Swag, Sweet Georgia and anything that has huge amounts of yardage that I might use for a scarves. So it doesn't count.
I'm Patricia, currently living in central Florida. Socks are what I knit mostly due to warm climate conditions and their portability. My stash defies all reason and I am jumping at the opportunity to knit some of it up.
I have belonged to two sock clubs and have my regrets not renewing. I can no longer justify the yarn coming in the house faster than I can knit it. Someone on Ravelry suggested making ones own sock of the month club, placing individual skeins into bags, along with the suitable pattern and blindly grabbing one to knit every month. Great idea!
I hope to remain on the wagon until October, in time for the local fiber festival in North Carolina.
Good luck to all!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I'm Andrea and I so need to do this knitalong. I have a lot of sock yarn, probably enough to do at least 30 pairs of socks, maybe more. I've been pretty good the last couple of months and haven't bought much in the way of yarn. But I really need to use stuff up. I think I knit about 35 pairs of socks this year, but I'm looking forward to randomly picking yarn out and just knitting with it.
I am part of a sock club, so that's allowed for me. I'm going to have to spend a bit of time thinking how I will organize my stash for picking yarns and what kind of goals I want to meet.
I'm finishing up a pair of Christmas present socks than I'm going to take a bit of a sock break until January 2nd. Than it socks from stash time!
I took inventory of my stash after joining, and have 12 sets of sock yarn; if I can stay on a sock yarn diet, that should be perfect for 1 year. A couple are striped, some are solid, and some are multi colored, but with no set pattern to appear (I forget what the single word or small phrase for that is, and am too lazy to look it up right now :)).
I look forward to pulling out the Lucy Neatby, and forming plain sock patterns from Sock Wizard, and getting started!
I check my mail every day and send invitations once a day. You should get one in two days after requesting to join. I've recently changed the e-mail address in the sidebar, because I started to get spam to my personal account, so I'd ask you to use the sidebar address from now on.
I am determined to knit socks just from my stash next year. What I plan to do is to sew little project bags and put random skeins of sockyarn into them ( this will help with reducing my quilt fabric stash ) then I will just pick a project bag out of the closet each time I finish up a pair and decide what to do with it.
I am sure I will get lots of motivation here and great suggestions as well, I think I will stick at least in the beginning to my hand deyed stash of sock yarn that has been going trough a growth spurt this year and take if from there.
Monday, December 10, 2007
I hope everyone has a great Holiday!
I have included a sock stash picture as well as details about my stash. I normally will do toe up socks, so am not concerned about the amount of unknown yardage in my stash. In fact, I think it is harder to use things like the trekking and sockotta because I only have 1 skein of each.
This is my sock yarn stash. 2 skeins of Wool in the Woods in purples, blues and black (200 yards each), 2 skeins of undyed Alpaca from NY (yardage unknown), 2 skeins of Cacade Pearls in green (120 yards each), 2 skeins of a an angora mix in purples and blues (yardage unknown), 1 skein of trekking XXL in purples and blues (459 yards), 1 skein of sockotta in greens and blues (414 yards) and 2 skeins of Lorna's Laces in fun bright colors (214 yards each). This is enough to make 7 pairs of socks, so I am good until July. But of course I will buy more sock yarn and have other yarn in my stash that can be used for socks, although it is not specifically sock yarn.
Well, here is to happy socks. Since we are supposed to pick randomly from our stash, I thought I would take your feedback on what you think I should use first from my stash. Thanks for the input. I am excited to get started!!
Thursday, December 6, 2007
It's me -- Kemtee -- finally aboard, breathing, and able to post. And I'm confused.
Not about this here KAL, but looking at the stash, I'm confused about what to pick for January's sock! Who to knit for? Me? DH? DD? Someone else? Should I go with a color theme? Blindfold and just grab something?
How are you all picking that first fateful skein?
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I've a pair of socks ready to cast on before Christmas - these Pink Ribbon Socks. After Christmas I can't wait to get knitting a different pair a month!
I look forward to reading all your blogs and seeing the finished socks ;0)
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Finding yarn won't be a problem! I'm less positive that I'll be able to keep up the one pair per month pace, but I'm sure going to try!
I just ordered some Regia from Destash and 7 skeins of Opal Neon from LittleKnits (which is 60% off right now!!!) So with the added skeins I have enough to knit about 40 pairs of socks. I also love Knitpicks.....
Good Luck to all the sock destashers in 2008!
(i just updated my blog after being updateless for months)
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Being a bit of a techie geek (with the Ravelry t-shirt to prove it!) I am now trying to decide how to randomise my yarn-choosing, so that I don't just pick the skein I like best. I want to challenge my creativity and have the element of surprise that a sock club usually provides.
At the moment I have an excel spreadhseet with all the yarn makes, colours and names on it and I am thinking of sorting it by one of these columns and then asking my daughter to "pick a number between one and....errr... 23?!" Whichever row number she picks is the yarn I knit!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I got this question on my blog comments. I post these here as well so the people thinking whether they can join will find the answers easily.
Being a member in commercial sock club doesn’t mean you cannot join us. Socks from Stash isn’t yarn diet in strict sense. Our goal is to use the pretty sock yarns already bought, not to refrain from buying yarn in general. Your yarn of the month cannot be a new purchase (it cannot be the same yarn you get from commercial sock club at the same time) but there are no other restrictions. You can still buy yarn if you want and need. The idea behind the club is to focus on what we already have. Too often I see a lovely yarn online and forget all those old beauties I have in stash. My knitting tends to focus on new purchases. New yarns get knitted, old ones lay forgotten in stash. The club gives a fair chance to those old yarns.
Am I allowed to join if I’m member of the sock club which sends me more yarn? I might have little bit too much sock yarn so this club could be a good alternative. Can I still buy some sock yarn in 2008 if I really need it for some project or should I buy lots of sock yarn this year?
I decided to join as the following really struck a cord with me:
Have you ever been tempted to join a yarn shop sock club, even though you already have a stash of beautiful yarns you don't have time to knit?
I've been tempted to join a sock club so many times but the fact that I have enough yarn to make over 70 pairs of socks has always reined the temptation back in before I went too far. So here I am duly committed & ready for action once Christmas is out of the way. I'm making bed socks at the moment for but they've not been mentioned anywhere on my blog as they're presents for my nieces & nephew for Christmas.
So roll on January 2008 & I intend to use up some of my beautiful yarn & put my Ravelry queue to the test
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Do you love knitting socks? Trying out new yarns and patterns?
Then the Socks from Stash Club is the one for you!
Every month, members will choose a yarn at random from their stash, search out an appropriate pattern, and post their plans on the club blog.
By choosing your yarn "out of a hat", you will be challenging yourself to explore the frontiers of your stash. No cheating!
If you can't decide on a pattern, share your dilemma with the group to add to the fun. If you have a technical problem, ask the group for help. Lets create a sock-centred online community!
At the end of the month, we should all display our finished socks, or our socks-in-progress and give ourselves a cheer: woo hoo for the sock stash-busters club!
The challenge begins on 2 January 2008!