Saturday, December 27, 2008
Happy New Year everyone and hope you all had a wonderful holiday season :)
Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Happy Holidays to everyone!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Hope everyone's doing well and Happy Thanksgiving to those in the USA who celebrate this holiday this week.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Happy Thanksgiving to those in the USA for next week! We got our first snowfall here in Ontario and what a shocker that was! Not just a bit either...more like over a foot and guess who had to shovel it all? Oh, my aching muscles! LOL Winter surely came in with a vengeance this year!
Have a great weekend :)
Friday, October 31, 2008
Everything ships on schedule on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Monday, October 27, 2008
I've decided to use 100% superwash merino this month as it reflects colours a little more brightly and I think it'll suit this painting nicely. Deciding what yarn to use on a monthly basis is also a consideration every month. With different base yarn compositions I will get different colour results so each month I have to think about what yarn to use depending on what painting is chosen. Pretty cool eh?
Hope everyone's doing well! I can't believe it's almost November...where does the time go?
Hope everyone's doing well :)
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Happy October everyone!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Congrats to Julie who's our random winner this month and will receive next month's for free! Happy knitting everyone :)
Friday, August 29, 2008
Looking at this yarn, it reminds me a bit of the blog button too - something subconscious going on there? LOL
Anyways, have a great one everybody and see you in September!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Hope everyone likes the piece - it is called Improvisation No. 23.
Monday, August 18, 2008
How's everyone doing? Summer is coming to a close and I'm itching to get back into the cooler weather not only to help my knitting mojo return but also my dyeing mojo. When it's hot, it takes a lot of motivation to dye the yarns! It was a rather hot and humid couple of days painting this month's colourway but in the end, it's so worth it when I see everyone enjoying the yarns!
Happy knitting everyone!
Monday, August 4, 2008
I've been mulling it over a little and I've decided to return to choosing the art piece monthly. Why? I miss it terribly and part of the fun is picking the art piece that will inspire my dyeing. It also gives me a bit of leeway when it comes to what art pieces are chosen including up and coming artists and even unknown artists. I have a few ideas for these too and would like to slide them in every once in awhile to mix things up.
As for the contest, I love having a monthly contest so we will continue to do so! The format will be similar to August's in that everyone who is a member for the month will be eligible and the winner will be chosen randomly by having the words "WINNER" or "YOU WIN" on their insert card. This will help with keeping the contest random and for making everyone eligible to win each month. I think it's kind of fun to open your package and hope for those little words on your card! Whoever wins will win the next month free!
Hope this sounds good to everyone and thank you for being a member of this club...I appreciate everyone's support in making it what it is!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Oh, and to make the drawing for 2 winners for September completely random, I am going to be putting "winner" on two insert cards for August and if you have the card, you're one of the winners so make sure to double-check your insert card to see if you won! I didn't know how else to make it totally random and thought this would be fun...a bit of a scavenger hunt with your packages :)
Monday, July 14, 2008
August is our anniversary month so in celebration, I'm going to do a random drawing and give away two (2) free memberships for September! You just have to be signed up for August and that's it to be eligible.
Thanks everyone for your continued support and if you have questions, don't hesitate to email me at zenyarngarden AT yahoo DOT com.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Also, August is going to be the club's first anniversary! Wow, can't believe how quickly time flies! In celebration of that monumental date, I'm going to put the contest on hiatus for the month of August and choose the art piece myself! To be honest, I've been missing this part of the club a bit and in lieu of my choosing, I'll be picking two (2) random winners for a free month in September! All you have to do is be signed up for August and you're eligible - it's a nice way to give the new kids on the block a chance to win too! So with that, Happy Anniversary to the ART WALK Sock Club and I'm looking forward to the next year of great masterpieces! Thank you to everyone for your support this past year as without you, this club wouldn't be possible!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I'm looking forward to painting this yarn - it's always fun to work with bright and vibrant colours!
Congrats go out to Miriam for this month's art piece choice! Thank you :)
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Please submit by Sunday, May 25, 2008. Thanks and good luck everyone!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Happy knitting everyone! What have you decided to knit with this colourway?
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
A note about the SeaCell blend for those that haven't worked with it before. The yarn can tend to have slubs in it which is what you ask? They are little misspun areas in the yarn that for some reason just don't spin right at the mill. I thought it a quirk of the first few yarn I got from the mill but they seem to be quite consistent in all the yarns I have gotten so far. What do you do with them? I pick them out if they are large or if they're small, knit right through them! This quirk definitely gives the yarn a "green" feel which is not a bad thing at all and it's yummy enough to deal with the slubs. No worries though - they only appear every once in awhile and not throughout the entire yarn.
Happy knitting everyone! The yarns are going out tomorrow :)
Friday, April 25, 2008
We haven't done anything by Henri Matisse either so it's a wonderful choice for that reason too! So Springy and with the base yarn I'm going to use for May, it'll work out really well! Can't wait...now to dig into the dye pots and have fun with these colours!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Overall, I like the effect and I can't wait to see how this one knits up for everyone as it'll surely be quite different. Don't feel inclined to only try socks - maybe a scarf or another project will work better for the way the colours will distribute with this one.
Enjoy everyone! I had a great time dyeing this one!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Rules are the same as when we started the contest in February.
Oh yes, if you are on Rav and need a reminder of what colourways/artists we've already done, please click here. You can also make your suggestion in the Rav group here if it's easier for you!
Good luck everyone!
Monday, March 31, 2008
This month's colourway was indeed a challenge! At first I thought maybe I could dye the yarn to create the cubes like in the painting but since we knit in a circle, that's a bit of a mathematical feat so I decided to try to get the colourway to look "blocked" with colours. I hope everyone enjoys this one - I'm anxious to see how these knit up as I have never dyed this way before but I like the results! It looks very "artsy".
Enjoy everyone and have a great week!
Monday, March 24, 2008
I’ve been a fan of Roxanne’s yarn for awhile now and just love the idea behind this club. I am getting quite a collection of gorgeous sock yarn. I suppose I’d better knit some socks instead of just petting and admiring all my yarn.
I can’t wait to see what Roxanne does w/ these colors. I know it will be lovely.
This painting called Flora on the Sand sings Spring to me and thank you to Tara for suggesting it!! I have a few ideas on what to do with these colours too so I'm anxious for April to get here now...LOL!
Tara will drop by and say hello to us all too...congrats Tara for being this month's winner!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Have you made a suggestion for April yet? If you haven't, please make sure to!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Rules are the same as when we started the contest in February. Good luck everyone!
Oh yes, if you are on Rav and need to get a reminder of what colourways/artists we've already done, please click here.
Invoices for April's membership will be coming out in the next day or two.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Enjoy everyone and I have dyed these yarns in such a way that you could easily do a simple sock pattern and have all the colours do the work for you! That's my plan with this one anyways :)
Have a great weekend!
Monday, February 25, 2008
NO. Really. I'm delighted to have won! This painting was the first I saw when I went out to search, and nothing else (tho' there were many I liked) said "early spring" to me quite the way this one did. I cannot wait to see how Roxanne interprets it - I just know it will be gorgeous!
I'm Knitnana and you can visit me at my blog where I detail everything knitting-related in my life. I'm also Nana Sadie Rose, which is my fabric bag business. I live with my two kitties: The Meezer and The Calico Curmudgeon, and I sew, knit, and work a full time job and have a business client as well. (Whew!)
(No, I have no life outside of that, it's true!)
Well, not exactly true. I have countless friends all over the world, thanks to the internet! And I have a daughter, three grandsons, and a Big Sister I knit for, when I'm not just knitting for me. I don't knit sweaters. None. Nada. Never. Socks, felted bags, scarves, shawls, mitts. Lace and cables. But no sweaters...
What I enjoy doing most is knitting to classical music, opera, and books on CD. I see that as the ultimate retirement to aspire to. So I'm stashing yarn now for my retirement - and Roxanne's yarns are my most favorite of all (so there's a LOT of Zen Yarn Garden in my stash!!)
Thanks, again, Roxanne! I can't wait to see this colorway!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Thanks again everyone for all the wonderful suggestions - some really great ones come through each month and I appreciate everyone taking the time to look up and suggest art pieces too - it really helps to inspire me :)
Sallee is going to drop by and introduce herself and this week I'll be painting the yarns for everyone - yay! I can't wait :)
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Everyone ready for March? Don't forget to get your contest guesses in soon so I can consider them. Deadline to get your entry in is February 24, 2008.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
What have you decided to knit with this colourway? I'm working on some no-purl Monkey socks :)
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
What am I leaning toward for March? Something with a bit of a Spring feel - after all, it's coming soon!
You can leave your suggestion here or in the club's Rav group.
EDITED TO ADD: If you would like to see all the artists & colourways done to date, please click here for a summary of these (Rav link).
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Lynda...thanks again for a wonderful selection and I hope you guys enjoy this one. I'm pleased with it and you'll notice the skeins are a little different from usual - shorter and more plump which makes them oh-so-squishy! I love that this new skein length has upped the squish factor! For those of you who don't have swifts, it should be much easier to wind and for those who do, it'll fly off your swifts when winding into a cake. I am quite sure I'll keep this style for the rest of the club yarns - hope you enjoy it!
Is it bad of me to already be thinking about March? Okay, never mind...let's get these out in the mail and off to everyone!
If you are a late comer to the club, I'll know tomorrow if I'm including you with this shipment (I've emailed you already) - I'm quite sure I'll be able to sneak you in. If you have extra yarns coming with this shipment, your packages will go out on Saturday but won't actually get in the mailstream until Monday. I need tomorrow to get them organized for you.
As always, happy knitting and enjoy everyone - I had a lot of fun with this colour this month :)
Monday, January 28, 2008
Hi, I'm Lynda and I won the February contest for choosing the art piece that Roxanne is going to use to base the yarn colors on, woooo hoooo! It's a gorgeous piece, and when I saw it, I immediately thought that it looked like February, but it also looked like Roxanne. You know, not that Roxanne looks like discarded roses, but it looked like the kind of work that she does in her dyeing. Anyway...
My husband and I own our own trucking business and we travel the United States from North to South and East to West and all the while, I have the opportunity to knit. I do have other responsibilities that cut into my knitting time, like paperwork, homeschooling our son, paperwork, surfing the web, paperwork, trip planning, load finding, fuel finding, etc. I am extremely fortunate that my DH is a nice guy and tolerates my yarn habit. He's very good about helping me to contain the yarn that I carry on the truck. Oh wait, that's not true, he complains about the yarn on the truck and then threatens me with losing it if I don't contain it....that's how it works. But, I do have a rather large plastic bin of yarn, 2 knitting bags and a tote bag full of yarn that is available to me. I also have yarn stashed at my mom's in Colorado and several boxes and bins of yarns stored/stashed in our container in West Virginia. I also have a couple of favorite LYS that I shop at when I can convince DH to stop.
I really like to knit socks because they are small, I can have several pairs going at any given time, they don't take long and sock yarn is absolutely gorgeous. I have started knitting different things here lately because DH and I found out that his middle son and daughter-in-law are going to provide us with our first grandchild. How cool is that, although I am not old enough to be a grandma. I think it will be fun and our daughter-in-law appreciates hand knits.
If you want to find out more about me, you can go to my blog and sporadically catch posts about my knitting and our travels across the country. I am getting together another post that will have some pictures of our trip across Vail Pass in Colorado the other day and so pictures of FO's and Wip's that haven't been pictured before on there.
Thanks Roxanne, for the chance to win and for having such good taste as to pick the artwork I chose for you.
And stay tuned for next month's contest too - this month was so much fun I'd thought it'd be great to continue!
Friday, January 18, 2008
I’ve been really thinking about how to get everyone more involved in posting here and on Ravelry and here’s my first idea - let’s have a monthly contest!! And yes, it does involve free yarn…if you get chosen!
Let’s try it out for our upcoming February month. Here’s what I’m after - suggest an art piece for me to dye and tell me why you think it’d be a great piece to use!
In order to win, I will have to choose your art piece as the colourway for February. What do you win? The following month membership free! Yup, that’s right…free! Free yarn and free shipping!!! So get your thinking caps on and post away!
The only thing I ask is the following:
**You have to have been a member for 3 months and also a member for the coming month you’re suggesting for. The 3 months don’t have to be consecutive either, just 3 months so tell me how long you’ve been in the club when you post.
**You can only make 2 suggestions - any others will be disregarded - hold that thought until the next month as I plan on doing this every month.
**Please make sure it’s a fine art piece so as to keep with the theme of the club - it’s masterpieces we’re after!
**Duplicates will not be considered so please try to suggest something someone else has not - only the first suggestion will count.
And that’s about it until I think of something else….LOL Now get to suggesting and have fun with it…I do every month.
If I don’t choose any of the suggestions which I reserve the right to do - don’t worry, I’ll do a random drawing of all those who entered to give away the next month’s free membership.
Oh yes, a good resource I use to find the artwork is Art.com.
(cross-posted on the Ravelry group - please feel free to suggest either on the blog here or in the Ravelry group)
Sunday, January 13, 2008
With what you ask? The REIMS STOCKINGS pattern...LOL! Mostly it's because I almost have the pattern memorized and it's an easy knit when you do that...can just keep knitting without referring to the pattern charts all the time. I quite enjoyed knitting this one - the colours came out quite fun. Photos are of each side of the sock since the colours came out slightly differently on both.
Have you started knitting with Flaming June yet?
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I haven't thought about February yet BUT I am leaning toward something Valentine-ish in colours. What does everyone think?