Ramping up for Yule

First things first!  Let’s get the pattern-wise info up & over with so we can get on to the real rambling! 😉

Every year I participate in a Ravelry group called “Super Sock Scarefest”. It starts in September and rolls right on through to October 31st. The goal is to complete as many of the sock designs released to the group within that time period, and to photograph them in the scariest way possible. Sock designs are inspired by some of the great B-movies of all time. The past two years, I’ve shared patterns with the group. The first pattern, “Baskervilles“, is available for free on Ravelry.  The second, “Graboids“, is now available for $6.

Graboids in Koigu and Lorna’s Laces

For a limited time (the end of the month), I have extended my offer for Movember to include Graboids.  Sure, you could give me 6 bucks — or you could donate a buck or three to Movember and get Graboids AND Magnum for free with your donation. Just sayin’.

As it stands right now, I’ve made about $46 in donations to myself, and one donation to my team (which was a happy surprise for all of us).  While my team really does appreciate the donation, I don’t know if it triggers the coupon code message. If you want the code, please donate to me personally. You can donate anonymously, but I do like to see who is contributing (and it helps me in case you have problems downloading the pattern(s)).

As always, I’m thankful for everyone who participates and donates. 🙂

Inspira Cowl
I made myself an Inspira cowl. They’re addictive.

I know, I was hoping to write more this month, but I’m right in the middle of knitting for Yule, and I’m never too sure what I should post and what I shouldn’t.  I’m going to be honest and say that I sometimes grumble and mutter over some projects more than others, and I’d hate to have someone think that their gift wasn’t made with all the love and affection that I can muster.  I would be sad to think that someone felt their gift was inferior or substandard, even though I obviously liked it enough to continue knitting on it.

I admit it…I’m a grumbler. Life would be so boring if it were sunshine and bunnies all the time.  Sometimes you need an ill-tempered cat to come along and hiss and swipe at things to remind you that things aren’t always easy all the time.

I’m also a worrier.  I don’t want anyone to compare materials and think that someone else’s gift was more special or precious than theirs because I used a store-bought yarn vs a handspun yarn.  Let’s be honest, my handspun is fun for me to make….but it’s not necessarily the same as some store-bought yarns. I choose yarns mainly for their properties, not the sentimentality.

I didn’t make this yarn myself and I love it. Madly.

Actually, working with Handspun can cause more problems than it solves. I’m actually knitting a project using my Handspun and I’m worried I won’t have enough yarn to complete it. See?  Definite drawbacks. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen, because I’m really enjoying working with it!

Let the Scarefest begin!

It’s no secret that my favourite season is autumn. I grew up in a town where as the summer wound down, the trees turned colour, and there was a hint of all the smells of fall in the air. Living in a city without a bunch of colour-changing maple trees has been a little disorienting…summer continues or ends on a whim, and the few varieties of deciduous trees seem to be a little confused at the whole process – plus, with the urban sprawl around here, the trees are fairly young and sparse.

I still try to keep my little rituals, though. I carve pumpkins, I try to get the house clean for winter, and I knit.  I knit a lot. One of the sly little enablers of my knitting addiction in the past couple of years has been the Super Sock Scarefest (aka: The Scary Sock Knitalong) on Ravelry. Usually I get one or two socks knit, and then real life responsibilities take over and I have to stop. Obviously, I’m not in it for the stamina…I’m in it for the fun!

Redrum Socks
Redrum socks, designed by Jenny Lee. Inspired by The Shining. 2010

Who wouldn’t want to participate in a knitalong that pairs scary movies and knitting? After all, when the weather is getting colder, you naturally want to hole up with a movie. When you’re getting closer to Hallowe’en, the movies generally get scarier. If you’re a knitter, you will happily knit your way through all of it.

Willow Socks
Willow Socks designed by Janine Le Cras, 2010

The Scarefest organizers release one pattern every ten days starting on September 1st and ending on October 31st  each year, generally adding up to seven patterns. In addition to that, they also release bonus patterns for those who are ultra-fast knitters. The patterns are exclusive to the group for the run of the Scarefest (sometimes re-released to the public after a suitable time has passed), and anyone who signs up before September 1st is considered a part of that exclusive group. For those who are competitive, there is a contest for prizes – the scarier your picture(s) of your completed sock(s), the more chance you have of winning (again, I’m in it for the fun, not the prizes).

Revenge of the Mummy Socks
Revenge of the Mummy Socks, designed by Janine Le Cras. 2008. Modelled by Lhiabelle

The Scarefest is getting ramped up to go…the first bonus pattern has just been released, and we’re about a week away from the first official pattern. It sounds as though we have an exciting couple of months of scary socks and movies coming up. I definitely recommend signing up – it only takes a couple of moments!

I may also have an ulterior motive for suggesting that my friends sign up, but that would be giving out spoilers…or maybe the appropriate word would be clues… 😉

And in somewhat related news, my Weeping Angels pattern can now be considered out of testknit…I haven’t had any new errors brought to my attention, so I took the testknit label off the pattern and updated the Ravelry page.  Happy Friday!