Instead of subscribing to a sock of the month club, we decided to create our own, using our stash yarns. (Because many of us have way more stash than is healthy.)
READ POST HERE about last year's KAL.
Using 12 containers of mystery (paper bags, can, boxes), 12 skeins of sock yarn are selected. (100g/400yds) These 12 are mixed up and then labeled by month. You are surprised by what is in the package and then challenge yourself by knitting up that yarn in its designated month. (I upload the pattern the last day of the previous month so you can cast on ON the 1st). Some of the yarn choices were a bit wild. I am always amazed at how combinations of yarn and patterns that would not have been typically chosen, turned out rather well. Stripes always surprise me.
This went a step further, and I talked to Jacie about how the SOM clubs often have a pattern for each skein that is sent out. So I created 15 patterns for the year. (more than 12 so that if there was a pattern you just did not want to knit, you had an optional design.)
I expected maybe 50 people to participate. It wound up being over 600!
It was a challenge and it made me have a deadline and create. And I met some wonderful people.
So... We are doing it again for 2016. 15 patterns, 12 mons, 12 skeins of yarn.
Socks are available in multiple sizes. Some of the socks are suitable for both men and women. All of the socks have charts, most have written instructions as well. This year I decided that I needed a theme. The theme for the 2016 Knit-From-Stash sock collection is all botanicals. Before living in California, I was working on my Botanic Art and Illustration certificate. ( As there are only a handful of places to earn this, our move was NOT to one of them.) I love plants, Fibonacci, the science and structure of botany. So far the 1st 6 patterns are done. I LOVE THEM....and I am actually quite proud to be ahead of the game rather than killing myself at the last minute to meet a deadline. You do not want to disappoint 600 people armed with pointy sticks.
The 2016 will begin on December 31st, for all of you who want to knit into the new year, and then hopefully knit on the 1st as it is a holiday for many. Instagram and the ASK facebook group are a great place to see what is being created. #knitfromstash and #knitfromstash2016 #addictedtosockknitting tags will help you sort through and find the projects. This year I am going to have Facebook prizes and Instagram prizes for our KAL.
The coupon code: tajemnica is good for 50% off through January 15, 2016 for those who are late to the party. 15 patterns at $6 each is a $90 value, with the coupon you get them for $2 a piece.
Ideas for your mystery bags:
Paper lunch sacks are excellent. There are so many ways to dress them up. It is a rabbit trail of its own over at pinterest.
|One Good Thing by Jillee via Pinterest|
Take Out Boxes
|Found on countryliving.com|
Last year several people made their own project bags for each month. This was an extra monthly incentive to complete their socks so that they could move on to the next bag.
When storing your yarns you may want to make some lil packs of Moth repellent to add to them.