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!