Sunday, September 30, 2007

Game Day Socks

Just a quick update on my progress. I worked on the first sock while the Vikes lost to the stinking Packers. Had enough time to do the heel and gusset, now onto the foot!

My sister-in-law was kind enough to model my WIP.

I know they have Stitch 'n Pitch for Twins games, but do they have anything like that for Viking games? BTW, my family was extremely embarrassed by my need to knit, especially in public.

These are "pedestrian socks" (socks so easy that I can knit them while walking). They have been traveling in my vehicle for at least 1 year. I recently decided to finish them! Perfect timing for the SITC KAL.

The yarn is Anne from Schaefer. The colorway is much more interesting than what is shown in the photo and with a hint of mohair, so they are very yummy and soft.

Not so interesting, yet a possible contender in "favorites". Simple, plain.

One Sock Done

I'm mainly planning to use this KAL to encourage myself to finish Cookie A's German Stockings. I've had the first one one the needles for a couple weeks and just finished it today so I thought I'd share it with the group.

They're out of Louet Fingering Weight in Burgundy with size US1.5 needles. Now I've got to get going on the right one.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Don't delete me

Got an email today from Connie who hadn't gotten her invite yet... turns out she had. I did some research and found out that the invite is asking you to join Sarah W's blog. I guess it comes that way because I am the hostess and set it up under my account.

Rest assured, this is the Yarnery's sock blog, I am just helping out. But for those of you who think they have not gotten their invite yet, check your "junk mail" in your email. If you have deleted it thinking it was dreaded SPAM please email me asap and I will re-invite.

For those of you who haven't signed up yet (but I know you will) this is a head's up in advance.

Thank you, Connie, for pointing that out to me and hopefully each time I figure something out this blog will get better and better.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours

Hello ladies and (to be fair) gents. I'm here because as the hostess I thought it only right that I finish up a few socks that have been sans partner for quite some time. So I dug through my bag of UFO's and found this one.

It is Lana Grossa Meilenveit cotton stretch done on a size 1. I started the first sock on two circulars but those needles have escaped with my unfinished Jaywalkers and I can't find them. So hopefully they will be a matching set. Even so, they are only going to be on my feet, so I'm hoping no one will notice if the one isn't as nice as the other.

Also, please notice my stitch marker. This is a quick preview of other things that might pop up in the prizes. So come on, post. I'm waiting to see what is on those needles.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

My first KAL!

Hi everybody!

I'm Thuy (sound like Twee) from Moorhead, MN and this is my first KAL (actually first blog post ever.) I know it's still early, but I wanted to share my sock with the blog world.

This pair is knitted out of Lorna's Laces in Camoflage and the pattern is Yarn Harlot's generic sock pattern. I meant to have these done for the hubby before bow season started, but hopefully I'll be done by the time it REALLY gets cold! BTW, this picture doesn't do the colorway justice. It's way prettier in person!

Register Via Email

Last night I received an email wondering why we don't take registrations via email... here was my reply:

"I really did it that way so that my email wouldn't be totally bombarded and we at the Yarnery like to feel that we have connected with our customers... but to answer you questions, I absolutely will take email registrations. Thank you for the request."

But it really got me to thinking that we should, so we will!! Thanks to a great knitter we will be taking registrations at If it is easier for you please drop me an email and include your first and last name and your email address.

So now there are three ways to register so there should be no excuses!! Join us! Do it now!!

Also, last night at The Yarnery I had another great questions... this knitter didn't have her own blog so wasn't sure if she could be a part of the Knit-Along. Great question and just in case is isn't clear here is the answer. You DO NOT need your own blog. We, at the Yarnery, know that not everyone has one and that is ok with us. The beauty part of our KAL is that you can post here and that's all we ask.

And finally, hopefully soon I will have a few buttons that you can copy to your computer in case you do have a blog and would like to add our KAL button to your side bar.

Keep those registrations and questions coming!

Monday, September 24, 2007

We Are Glad You're Here

Welcome to the very first (hopefully not the last) Yarnery Knit-Along - hope you enjoy Socks in The Cities. We are thrilled that you are here and we can’t wait to see all those beautiful socks. Although the knit-along's official start date is October 1, please feel free to post before then with ideas you have for your socks, the yarn you want to use, things like that. We started this because we are interested in what you are doing.

As you may have seen on the we have some prizes already picked out for winners at the end of our knit-along.

The first will be sock yarn from Pagewood Farm:

The second is a skein of Fleece Artist Somoka (which is a yarn we don’t even have in the store yet).

If you are having any problems posting or working on the blog please email me at As the hostess of this knit-along I will do my best to keep everything running smoothly.

And don’t forget to print out your coupon and get into the Yarnery for sock yarn.

Again, thanks for being here. We hope this will be a great knit-along that we can do again.

Sarah W.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

These Is The Rules

Socks in The Cities is a Knit-Along in which members will try to complete one pair of socks. This round of the KAL will run from October 1, 2007 through October 31, 2007.

To join and receive your 15% off coupon, come in or call the Yarnery (651-222-5793) to register. We will simply need your name, an email address and your name as you wish it to appear on the blog side-bar. (Should more than one person with the same first name enter the Yarnery will add your last name initial to the side-bar. This will only serve to help us keep everyone straight.)
An invite with your 15% off coupon will then be emailed to you - once you accept it, you are ready to go!

It is not necessary for you to have your own blog to be a part of Socks in The Cities KAL. If you do have one and want to spread the word about our KAL we welcome links from your site.

You can join anytime during the Knit-Along (but we trust that you will only enter a pair of socks that were completed during the month of October). Socks may have been started at anytime.

We encourage multiple posts about your progress. When complete, please post a photo of the finished socks and info about yarn you used and pattern and anything else that you feel is pertinent about said socks. Remember to include your name (as it appears in the side-bar) at the bottom of each post. This will help your hostess know who you are, so she can give you credit for your sock and enter you in the prize-drawing.

For socks to be counted as a finished pair it must be completed and posted no later than midnight, October 31, 2007. For socks to count, they must have a turned heel and must be a matched pair. (You can't put two single socks together and call them a pair.) Baby and child socks count. Booties and slippers do not. Also, key chain socks, earring socks, doll socks and ornament socks do not count - you only get credit for socks that a human can wear. And as much as some people like to wear their Christmas stockings, these do not count either… that is a whole other Knit-Along.

Socks still in progress by the end of the knit-along are still interesting to look at so please post, however you will not be entered to win the prizes. We want you to have fun in the KAL, but we also are not enabling Second Sock Syndrome.

There are no additional entries for multiple socks posted by one person. We want to see them and hear all about them, however your name will not be entered into the random blog prize drawing more than once.

And there will be prizes. We will have two prize give-aways. The first will be a random selection from the blog posts. Anyone who has finished and posted their socks by midnight on October 31 will be entered into this prize drawing. The second prize give-away will be an in-store voting. Whoever can part with their socks for a short period of time should bring them into The Yarnery (840 Grand Ave., St. Paul) between Thursday, November 1st and Saturday, November 3rd. The socks will be displayed in-store from November 5th to the 9th where customers will be placing their votes for “Best In Show”. All socks will be returned to their creators. In order to be part of this prize give-away you must bring your socks into the Yarnery.

Also, we would like to take pictures of the winners and their socks. We have two dates scheduled for that. The first for the blog prize-winner will be Wednesday, November 7 at 7pm. The second will be for the Yarnery vote prize-winner and that will be Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm.

And our final rule is to enjoy this Knit-Along. Please feel free to make comments on other peoples posts, but remember people have worked hard on their socks so be nice. Please keep all your posts relevant to socks and the Knit-Along. And last, but certainly not least, if you have any comments, criticism or kudos please feel free to email Sarah W. at, but please remember this is our first (hopefully not last) and it is supposed to be fun. So enjoy and let’s get knitting.

Yarnery employees and teachers are not eligible to win the prizes.