Monday, December 31, 2007
I'm excited about this month's colours but I think I say that every month don't I? LOL! I always have fun experimenting with new colours! I hope you like these too :)
Can you believe I was so excited about these colours I already spun one into a yarn cake and have a sock started!!!???
Happy New Year everyone!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Well, it's Christmas eve already so Happy Holidays everyone and also a Happy New Year! Looking forward to getting January's yarn out to everyone too :)
I'll be pulling the colours from this one and putting it onto a fingering weight superwash merino, bamboo and nylon sock yarn for the coming month. And the bamboo yarn is a little different from the first one used in August too - this one is a true fingering weight which I'm also excited to get out to everyone.
I browsed through a lot of images to find something "bright" and this one is just wow...I didn't have to go further aftering looking at this masterpiece. I can't wait to paint the yarns for this one! Knowing how bamboo behaves, it will not be eye burning bright but a nice subdued bright too. Stay tuned!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thanks everyone for your suggestions on January's artist. I haven't quite narrowed it down yet but I'm on my way! I am pleased to hear you think something vibrant would be great for January - I thought so too for breaking up the winter blahs.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
As for December's yarn, I had a wonderful time dyeing this one for everyone. I tried a new dyeing technique and I really love the results and I'm so pleased to hear everyone else does too. I have about 3-4 extra skeins hanging around if you are hankering for another one...just let me know by emailing zenyarngarden AT yahoo DOT com - they are slightly more "pink" in the white areas then the ones I sent out but equally as pretty. Once they're gone, they're gone so if you really want one, let me know!
Oh yes, on the topic of being able to purchase previous month's colourways - I'm happy to do that for anyone who arrives into the club later or has missed a colourway they reallllllllly want. I haven't been posting about it until now as I don't want to get overrun with orders for past colourways when I need to be concentrating on the next one :) I don't mind a reasonable amount of requests though - just email me! I will dye it and include it with your next month's delivery to save on shipping fees. It won't include the inserts from previous months but as long as I have the base yarn in stock which I usually do, it can be done for you.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Can't wait to see what everyone knits with their November yarn and I hope a few of you will try out the surprise too...Alyson's design is just so awesome!
As for me, I have December on the brain already for art piece and also yarn...can't wait :)
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I'd not worked with Zen Yarn Garden before Roxanne contacted me about a pattern. (How could this be???) Once I had the yarn in my hands and had loved it half to death, I spent some time thinking about all the elements there were to play with. I knew I wanted something that would look good in both a semi-solid and a variegated, so that it would be equally complimentary to all of Zen Yarn Garden's wonderful yarns. I also knew I wanted something that would fit in with the arts and that was a little "zen". I started perusing some of my books and in one, I spotted a lace pattern, called Gazebo Lace, that had an element that reminded me very much of the flying buttresses and architectural elements of the great cathedrals of Europe. (And I couldn't help thinking that few things were more "zen" then centuries-old cathedrals!) I even recalled a photo I'd seen of Reims Cathedral in France - and I was set, with all my elements satisfied! I was really excited about playing with the lace pattern - the bobble cast on creates points reminiscent of the peaks and spires of Reims, and is a fun alternative to the standard ribbed cuff. The heel flap even evokes the tall, grand doorways of the European cathedral!
I was even more excited when I saw that Roxanne had selected Monet as her own inspiration - a colourway inspired by one of the greatest ever French artists just plays up the Reims pattern wonderfully!
The pattern is on Ravelry, if you want to queue it up (you know you wanna!). ;-)
It's been a real joy designing this pattern and working with Zen Yarn Garden (delightful yarn AND artist!) I really look forward to seeing what you create, and if I can ever be of any assistance whatsoever with pattern support, please feel free to contact me. My email is alysonknitsATgmailDOTcom, my blog is The YoYo Knits, and my Ravelry name is YoYoKnits. I'd love to hear from you!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
EDIT: To add sneak peek photo...LOL! There you go Suzanne...happy to oblige :)
Monday, October 29, 2007
Hope everyone's doing well - Halloween will be here very soon and then it's November already! Wow, time flies! I'm so enjoying seeing everyone's projects too - you are all such a talented bunch of knitters! :)
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Have a great weekend everyone! I'll let you know who it is next week :)
Friday, October 19, 2007
Leave a suggestion in the comments so I can take a look...November is quickly approaching!
Have a great weekend everyone!
And thank you for your consideration.
NOTE FROM ROXANNE: There is a group...LOL! Click here. Thanks Inky for wanting to start one...totally awesome of you!! :)
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Anyone else cast on the merino/SeaCell yet? I'm so curious to hear how you like knitting it.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I can't wait to see what everyone does with these yarns - I am working on the River Rapids pattern and have one pattern repeat done so far on the leg. I tried with size 2 US DPNs but it was too loose so I have gone up to the size 2.5 US DPNs and so far, so good. Don't forget the exclusive discount for the ART WALK members if you need a set. You can find them here and if those run out, I am taking pre-orders here which will have a wee wait time for the needles but I will get them out to you as soon as I receive them (about a week or so).
I'm already planning for November and have another surprise up my sleeve so stay tuned!
P.S.: Invoices went out today for all those who were clubbers for October - appreciate payments by October 15 or close to that date so the yarn can be planned for November 1's mailing. Thanks everyone for making this sock club so much fun!
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
(OK, so not all that much extra thinking was involved.)
I'm very pleased with how my tweaking is playing out. For those of you who are curious, the pattern I tweaked was Winding Trail I felt it might be too meshy for my taste.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Did I mention already November will have a non-yarn surprise included in the package? Stay tuned! I'm excited about this little enclosure too.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The yarns are mostly dyed now and I'm so pleased - well, beyond pleased actually. I can't wait to get these ones out to you guys - and again, I'm looking for your feedback on it - you guys are my "guinea pigs" for new yarn bases...LOL! Truly, this is a good thing because I have always been one to try new yarns...it's lots of fun that way and to have you guys try it for me it is a huge bonus of a sock club!
Can you hardly stand it? LOL! What yarn could she have possibly used and what colours this time?? Hee hee - I'm soooo bad for taunting! Don't worry - Monday they're hitting the mail!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
If you have just recently received a "canceled" invoice notice for October and it's not what you were expecting, please contact me at zenyarngarden AT yahoo DOT com and I'll re-invoice you for October. I always leave a few spots extra for each month so as to avoid any confusion issues and to accommodate any late joiners. Hope that makes sense but if you have anymore questions, don't ever hesitate to email me!
And in other news, lots of October yarns going into the dye pot today! YAY!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Hope you're all ready and how are you enjoying the yarn base for September?
Sunday, September 16, 2007
After 5 tries, I finally got it. Here is the start of my Kaibashira socks with the Starry Night yarn. The pattern is subtle and lets the beauty of the yarn shine through. This is the first pair of socks I have made that has no ribbing in it. The cuff has loops and the pattern has only a little stretch. Consequently, it looks a little bigger than other socks while still on the needles. I really like it and am so glad I persevered. Thanks for all the help, Chrissy!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
With the aid of my able assistants, I have begun a modular scarf using Starry Night. It is lovely to work with and though my photo skills don't do justice to the colors, they are more satisfying than I could have imagined.
I work part time at a local community college and took my lunch out in the glorious September weather. And of course, I was knitting in public. So many comments on how beautiful the colors were! And when I told people that the colorway was inspired by the painting, it was delightful to watch the light of recognition go on in a few faces.
This is an easy pattern, but a bit tricky to describe in places. Using size 1 needles (I always use circular) cast on 40 stitches, place a marker, and cast on 40 more.
Row 1: knit to marker, slip marker, knit 2 tog, knit to end of row.
Repeat till you have 1 stitch left. Do not break yarn.
Cast on 20 and knit one row, place marker, pick up 20 stitches from the edge of the piece you just knit.
work row 1 and repeat as before, always working a decrease after you slip the marker till you have 1 stitch left.
pick up 20 stitches along the edge of the piece you just knit, and 20 stitches along the edge of the first piece. Work as before.
Down to one stitch? OK, cast on 40 stitches, knit the row, place the marker, and pick up 40 stitches along the edges of the two little squares.
Continue working one big square, then two little squares, over and over. I'll let you know how far to go when I figure it out.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
As an aside, if you are waiting on yarn and it hasn't arrived by the end of this week (people in the USA) please make sure to contact me at zenyarngarden AT yahoo DOT com so I can confirm it was mailed and start tracking it if needed. All packages going out are insured and if they, heaven forbid, don't show up, I will get reimbursed and you will get another yarn sent out to you!
My first club yarn just got here.....IT IS REALLY REALLY REALLY PRETTY! I was a bit nervous-I am not really big on yellow. But I love all of the gorgeous blues! And the Starry Night card is very cool also! And squishhhhhhh!
Thank you thank you!
Monday, September 10, 2007
Okay, enough taunting in one post...how's everyone doing? I see the yarns are getting to a few people...yay! I will post my un-blurry, un-crayon-like photo this week of the yarn too. Have you decided what to knit with the Starry Night colourway yet? I can't wait to see what people are doing - I see on Ravelry we will get some non-sock knitting too - can't wait!
Happy knitting week everyone and welcome to those who have just joined too! :)
Saturday, September 8, 2007
I can't wait until next month.
hint*hint*MarcChagall*La Branche hint*hint
(was that subtle? no? oh. ok!)
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
All September packages have been mailed and those of you in Ontario will probably get your yarn as soon as tomorrow! October's yarn is going to be great too if I can get it pulled together...stay tuned and can't wait to see some Starry Night projects on the needles! :)
Do we have any pattern writers/designers in the group? I'd sure love to hear from you if you do write/design as I would like to discuss the idea of club yarn specific patterns. Contact me at zenyarngarden AT yahoo DOT com if you're a designer and are interested. Thanks!
Monday, September 3, 2007
The sock looks tie-dyed, which is perfect for this then-and-always hippie knitter! The pattern calls for 5 repeats, but I'm going to stop at 4 (just a few more rows) because I think they'll fit better. Since the foot is stockinette, it'll go fast.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
"Toreador monkeys on camp chair" a piece in several media.
The monkeys are finished and at this moment in Myrtle Beach with my daughter Emily who claimed them. The yarn worked really well with the pattern and they are very soft and feel comforting (aren't all socks supposed to feel that way?) The colors came out different on each sock but Em said "Meh, who cares?" They really are pretty. Here's another photo:
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Have a nice long weekend everyone and yarns will be on their way on Tuesday, September 4th since Canada Post doesn't move their mail on Saturdays and Monday is Labour Day!
Can you feel Fall coming? October's yarn should reflect the season that's coming I'm sure! Enjoy the new yarn base too - I started knitting an "oops" skein from the batch of ART WALK yarns and it's very "squooshy" (if that's a word) and has a nice twist to it too! Would love your feedback on it as it's a brand new yarn base from a new supplier and different from the other merino/nylon yarn I have been using.
See you next week!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I managed to finish one of my socks and hope to cast on for the other soon but I really badly suffer from SSS just because I'm so busy with dyeing yarn. Once I see how the yarn knits up, I want to see how the next yarn knits up....LOL I do like this pattern though - very easy to do without the heel and when I put it on, it doesn't seem to slide down at all - however, personally, I think I like the construction of a heel better overall just for fit and for wear but for mindless knitting, this was great!
How's everyone else doing? Johnna - your socks are beautiful and Donna Lee - your monkey socks are looking fab so far!
Welcome to all the new members and since September 1st falls on the weekend, yarns will mail on Tuesday, September 4th (Monday the 3rd is Labour Day!) - Canada Post doesn't move their mail on weekends or holidays which works great for me - 3 more days of getting everything ready for you guys! As usual, you will receive a shipment notice through email if you paid by Paypal.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Plain old, pretty as they are, socks but if you look a little closer:
I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Ahhhhhhh, blues and blacks and yellows....they will make for some lovely yarn colours and will be perfect for our transition into the coming Fall months! Now to choose the yarn base for this coming month...we shall just see what my yarn supplier has for me! And this month will be a surprise but I'm hoping for something fab from my suppliers. Stay tuned!
Oh, did you notice the new button in the sidebar? If you loveeeeeee semi-solids, I am also starting a limited spot HARMONY Semi-Solid Sock Yarn Club for September 15, 2007. Come join if these appeal to you - deadline to join is September 3, 2007!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Looks like Starry Night has quickly taken a lead for September's colourway! Wonderful colours! Everyone has until the 15th to vote...so register your choice as soon as you can.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Welcome to all the new members for September - I'm looking forward to next month already and I hope you are too! If you click the photo you will be taken to the club's Flickr album - if you haven't signed up for that page already, please join and I'll approve you immediately! Thanks everyone!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Suggestions will be taken until Friday, August 10, 2007 and shortly following a poll will be posted for everyone to vote and choose their favourite(s). Majority will win!
Comment away everyone - we had some fabulous suggestions in the comments already when this idea was brought up before.
Also, some questions have been asked about when to post photos of August's shipment. How does the end of this week sound? I'm hopeful that the majority of the clubbers will have their yarns by then as it'll be 10 days shipping time.
As always, thanks everyone and soon we'll be thinking about September's colours so stay tuned!
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
So folks, I give you the Hallucinogenic Toreador as our work of inspiration for the month of August! I am not going to tell you which colours caught my eye in the painting as there's a few but I am pleased with how it all turned out and I hope you are too! Way to go to the two of you who guessed who it'd be too! :)
And a little about my dyeing so everyone knows - when you get a skein of yarn from me, they are all going to vary slightly on degree of colour, placement of colour and how they knit up. The reason? My dye process! I have always wanted one-of-a-kind colourways so I haven't gone the traditional route of making sure to repeat colourways at the drop of a hat - suppose that's the artist in me because when I go to the dye pot I don't want to be restricted by science, I just want to dye how I feel and that results in every skein being its own. You may see similarities in colours but each of you will get a unique skein even if it was in the same dye pot as another - so if you're new to my dyeing, don't be surprised if your skein is knitting up differently from your fellow art walkers - I meant for that to happen! I hope that can result in knitting masterpieces too - one of a kinds for everyone!
Okay, back to the dye pot...this has been a fun, rewarding and interesting challenge for me...thanks guys!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Welcome to all the new members who've joined over the past little while too - I'm really pleased you've joined us. For anyone who hasn't been invited to the blog yet, please let me know so I can re-invite you - invites are sent as soon as I get your order but we all know Blogger isn't 100% foolproof so any re-invites I have to send - just drop me a line!
Can anyone guess what the art piece is that I'm doing for the first month? I can't tell you but I welcome all guesses! And next month - I'll be asking for everyone's help - suggestions on art pieces to do will be taken and we'll vote on which one we all want! So make sure to have your thinking caps on too.
Have a super day!
Thursday, July 5, 2007
It's bamboo you want, it's bamboo you'll get! :) Now I just need for it to get to me okay...everyone cross their fingers and toes that it does! We don't need anymore of Murphy and his laws interfering.
Who'd have thought yarn would involve such drama?!
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
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Have a great weekend everyone!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Ooh! Bamboo! I've never knit w/ bamboo before. Exciting!
I love the idea of this club because I used to be so into art--visted lots of museums, took art history classes in college, etc. But in the past few years I've sort of let that hobby slide. I'm very much looking forward to revisiting it
Saturday, June 23, 2007
I'm a lifetime knitter, 58 years old, happily married for almost fourteen years now, and living in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. And who are you?
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Thanks everyone! August is quickly coming!! Can't wait.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Looking forward to all the yummy upcoming selections. Thanks for offering, Roxanne!
Monday, June 11, 2007
I've been getting some regular questions so thought I'd post some answers here too in case others were wondering:
How long will the sock yarn club be for?
Seriously, as long as you guys are interested and we have members, we'll keep going! I hadn't envisioned an end date but if interest wains then I'll have to consider it. But even if there's just a small amount in the club, I don't mind doing yarns for everyone...small and cozy is fine for me too!
Are you limiting the amount of members of the sock yarn club?
So far, no - my idea is that people can join anytime they choose. I wanted to build flexibility into the sock yarn club and if there's a month where you'll be away or other obligations are taking your time, it's fine to un-join and re-join when you want to as well. If the club grows to a really outrageous # then I'll consider limiting memberships but for now, come and go as you please!
I think that's it for now but feel free to post anytime everyone! Before we know it, August will be here! Looking forward to it.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
P.S.: Don't forget to vote in the poll so we can decide which yarn we should use for August! :)
P.P.S.: If your Paypal email is different from your personal email, the invite may have gone to your Paypal email address instead. Please let me know if you'd prefer it sent to your personal email. Thanks!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Also, don't forget to subscribe to the blog through Bloglines to keep apprised of updates:
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Registrations will also be accepted after July 15, 2007. Your yarn mailing will depend on when you registered during the month. For instance, if you register on the 10th of September (before the 15th of the month) your yarn package will be mailed on the 1st of October. If you register on the 20th of September (after the 15th of the month) your yarn package will be mailed on the 1st of November. This mailing schedule will apply to all months following the 1st of August, 2007.
Thank you for joining and we're looking forward to creating colourways inspired by these world famous artists!