Bamboo Mingus

So I've been dyeing yarns for quite awhile, but I've avoided the sock knitting bug till now. Not sure why really, I guess I love the instant gratification of big chunky knits. Plus, I give most of my knitting away to non-knitters or sell them in my etsy shop, so the time and effort of small yarns and complicated patterns just didn't make sense. I have a feeling that's all about to change!

Here are my very first pair of real socks (I've knit socks with turned heels and everything before - just in bigger yarns for quick gifts) knit up in my new Bamboozled sock yarn. I love these socks... let me count the ways...

1. I'm totally in love with them.

2. I'm realizing how fun it is to do a small but intricate project. It finishes relatively quickly, but is a total work of art!

3. I have a crazy large stash of handpainted sock yarn that I've been knitting scarves out
of - hah! Now I find myself dyeing more sock yarn because I want an exact colorway for a sock project I'm drooling over.

4. I love these socks!

5. Knitting a complicated pattern is oddly relaxing. You can't really focus on anything else so you kind of end up meditating on the pattern instead.

6. I must knit more soon, or else these babies will wear out quickly - I can't seem to take them off!

7. Hiya Hiya 9" circulars mean I can knit them in the round, on 1 pair of circs - total bliss!

8. Did I mention I luuuurve them?

9. I rarely knit for myself and these are a just-for-me luxury I can really sink my needles into.

Oh there's more, but I'll stop there. I'm so excited to finally take the dive and become a real sock fanatic! My new compulsions are all the sock KALs on ravelry. Right now I'm planning to knit every sock in Cookie A's new book, "Sock Innovation" over the next year - at least one pair a month. And I have about 5 other great sock knitting books I've collected over the years as I was hoping to catch the sock bug. I really think it was the Hiya Hiya needles that gave me the extra push - I'm just not a huge fan of double-pointed needles and hate magic loop. Hooray!


Sock Yarn Cinema Season 2

Here are all the details you need to know to be involved this season!

1. Each package will include a skein of yarn inspired by the film, plus extra goodies, like stitch markers, chocolate, project bags, and other fun treats that go along with that month's theme. We'll be using a lot of different bases, but all will be superwash, fingering weight and enough to knit a pair of adult women's socks.

2. The price is $35 per month which includes domestic shipping. (Canadians will be charged $2 per package, everyone else will be charged $3 per package).

3. Some months will have only one colorway, some you'll be offerred a choice between a semi-solid and a variegated colorway, plus the option of buying both at a discounted price.

4. There will be two options for purchasing:

Option A: Reserve a Skein
For this option you need to email Kate: kate@knititupyarns.com with your paypal address. You'll receive an invoice each month before dye day for your package, if you want to reserve a skein, you pay the invoice, if you want to pass that month, just ignore it.

Option B: Scramble
For this option you'll want to join our SYC Junkies Newsletter by clicking here. You'll get an email each month telling you when the packages will be listed in the shop. Packages will be listed at the "secret" time, and they will be sold first-come-first-served. Once they sell out they are gone. You'll get a chance to preview the colorway while the extras will remain a surprise, but you do risk missing out so click fast if you know you want it!

You can always do both - reserve the skeins from your favorite films and then check out the colorways before buying the other ones. Just be sure to be on both lists. We'll also be notifying you of contests just for SYC groupies via the newsletter and the ravelry group.

Oh and of course you might like to know the lineup!

June: My Fair Lady
July: Dances With Wolves
Aug: Jaws
Sept: Under the Tuscan Sun
Oct: Coraline
(Plus I’ll be releasing a special Nightmare Before Christmas series this month!)
Nov: Members Choice
Dec: Christmas Story
Jan 2010: Funny Girl
Feb: Sleepless in Seattle
Mar: Pretty Woman
Apr: Singin’ in the Rain
May: Members Choice

I'll be taking suggestions for members choice months at our Ravelry Group and then we'll vote on the finalists here on the blog.

Can't wait! Invoices for My Fair Lady will start going out May 16th.