Knit Love Club 2011

The membership roster for KLC 2011 is now closed and will reopen again at the end of 2011. Thank you for your interest!

<!– Sign ups for the Knit Love Club 2011 open today (you can sign up at the bottom of the post) and will stay open until the 20 December, or until all the spots have gone (whichever is the sooner).

What you will get in the Knit Love Club:

  • 6 parcels of Socktopus special spun sock yarn, approx retail value £15
  • 6 patterns to go with each yarn, approx retail value £4
  • A bonus skein approx retail value £25
  • An accompanying bonus pattern, approx retail value £4
  • A souvenir year book containing all the year’s patterns, photos of members’ socks and a little bio on each member (unless you wish to opt out), approx retail value £20
  • All of which are exclusive to club members. Exclusivity on the patterns and yarn ends at the close of the club year

THE DETAILS

1) Designs: The designs will be by Alice (that’s me!) and exclusive to the club for the duration of the club year.

2) Yarn: This year we will have a totally new, specially spun, made in the UK sock yarn!  The totally new sock yarn is being spun exclusively for me here in Britain to the specifications of my socky heart. Which means it will be a lovely rounded 3-ply sock yarn (100% superwash organic merino) with a nice tight twist in a heavy fingering weight. The skeins will be approx 120 grams and 390m.

3) Colourways: I will be dying the colourways so I have artistic control over pairings between pattern and colourway.  Am very excited and have been like a mad scientist at the dye pots!  The colourways will range from solid, semi-solid, to variegated. Solid and Semi-solid are pretty straightforward, but the variegation needs a little explaining. There will be 2 kinds of variegated yarns. The first kind is a soft variegation – think Malabrigo, Manos, water based dying where colours softly blend into one another. The second kind where you have a splash of colour spiralling its way up the sock when the right gauge is hit. It’s sort of ‘spiral pooling’ not just pooling which I take to mean splotches of a colour with no discernible patterning. It’s not self striping because it is not round after round of a single colour, followed by round after round of another colour. For want of a better term, I’m going to call it spirooling.

4) Patterns: These will be pdf downloads from the club drop box. At the end of the year, members will receive a yearbook – a bound soft cover book (in technicolour!) of the year’s patterns, as well as member pages (members can opt out if they wish).

5) Bonus: There will be one bonus skein and pattern that may or may not be a KAL sent out with one of the parcels.

6) Schedule: The sock yarn parcels will be sent out during the 4th week of Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov 2011.

7) Club forum: There will be a club social group on http://www.ravelry.com (I encourage you to join Ravelry if you haven’t yet).  Ravelry is a fantastic and free resource and a fun place to meet like minded people.

8) Knit Love Club blog: The Knit Love Club blog (www.knitloveclub.com) is where I will post updates on the club, such as calls for address changes about a month before posting, and exact posting dates. All relevant links will be on the blog and contact details. Participation on the club forums is optional however the blog is where you should go if you want answers from the horse’s mouth.

9) Cost: The cost for Full Membership for the year is £150, including VAT, postage & packaging within the UK. For EU addresses add £10 for postage. For ROW (that is, the rest of the world outside the EU) add £33.  There is also a Pattern Only option below, which is £50 including postage & packaging with the UK.  The Pattern Only option includes everything but the yarn.

Full Membership

£150

Please select

UK EU (+£10) ROW (+£33)

Pattern Only Option

£50

Please select

UK EU (+£5) ROW (+£8)

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Exciting!

Well I’ve had some lovely news this past week… after a couple yucky weeks of being laid down with the flu and feeling rotten it’s a nice change.

First treat was that DH & I headed for some R&R down in Carcassonne.  I’ve wanted to visit the walled city ever since reading the Da Vinci code & Labyrinth.  We were chasing Cathar history, and walking around in the medieval walled city was amazing. It was admittedly pretty touristy, but the history and the architecture was so cool. Walls existing from Romans, and built upon century after century.  I managed to drop my camera and step on my memory card (the sheer luck!) so no photos.

Then I got home to some fab news – heehee not about me, but am waiting for a little while to spill the beans. Suffice to say am hopping around waiting to be able shout out the news! So happy!

ETA: Well, just saw on my cousin’s blog that she’s blogged about it – so I can also now say my little cousin’s pregnant! Yay! We’re going to have a babymango in the family. So so excited.  Teehee.

Another piece of news that I’m all freaked/excited about – I had been approached back at Knit Nation to write a book of socks… and had a project launch meeting with the publishers on Monday. Very very exciting…we talked design, layout, approach, and worked through my proposal and the structure of the book.  So cool!  The team is super nice. I’m looking forward to working with them and to seeing the end product – which is aimed to be released next October.  12 months.  Eeek!

I’m feeling rather virtuous as I’ve done my taxes now. Yay! So tomorrow out to Mrs Moon in Twickenham for a wee bit of knitting and hanging with friends before getting back to the grindstone!

Birthdays

Last weekend was B & Melissa’s joint 40th, 70s themed dinner party.  I’d been to a charity bingo to help fundraise for Cam’s scouts group – and went directly to the dinner from there.  There were some great 70s frocks, and shirts, and some awesome wigs. Romy had a waist length platinum blond wig, and David brought his scary mullet wig.  Lots of funny shots of various people wearing the wigs.  I loved the blond wig – I think I need to go blond! B & Melis had done a montage of photos from childhood to now, with all their friends and family making an appearance. It was great fun to watch, and a little horrifying to see some of the shots they had of me!

The past week has been pretty crappy. both David and I got hit by what we think is flu.  Whatever it is, it’s nasty.  Sandy came to visit for Iknit Weekender on Thursday, and headed out to her classes on Friday and dinner with everyone that night. Had to stay home as felt so rotten – sad!  Missed a great night out with the girls and catching up on lots of gossip!  But I did manage to haul my butt out to the show on Saturday afternoon which was nice. Except, I have only now realised that I COMPLETELY missed Marianne’s stall Fluff n Stuff. I saw it, but it just didn’t click in my addled brain that it Marianne’s Fluff n Stuff. So dumb. 😦  It was nice to catch up with people I did have the brains to notice, then home to stare into space and hack up my lungs again!

Next weekend is Simon & Cath’s wedding in Henley then off to Carcassone for a little getaway after that.  Looking forward to some lingering sun and heat and visiting the walled city. LOL and looking for Da Vinci code clues!

Bloodlines Sock Club… and brownies!

Brownies are a wonderful thing, aren’t they? I made some salted caramel pecan brownies yesterday -and am really pleased with the results! A little too pleased as I can’t stop eating them.

I went to Cornwall last week to check out the venue for the 2011 Socktopus Retreat (currently only open to Knit Love Club members).  I took this wee little plane


flew over the Isle of Wight, and landed in Newquay.
I didn’t actually go into Newquay, just straight to Watergate Bay.

Which is a beautiful beach with soft gorgeous sand… I squished my toes into the sand and splashed around in the surf. Such a gorgeous setting. The hotel is set on the cliff above the beach with huge windows overlooking the beach.
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The bar overlooking the beach has great comfy sofas, and i’m looking forward to whiling away the evenings with a cocktail and my knitting, and chatting and being silly and just having a nice relaxed time with like minded people.
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And purdy rooms!
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Can’t wait!

Oh and a little news – Dee & I have put together a Vamp & Hunter Sock club – themed parcels with lots of great bells & whistles (project bags/containers, kit themed goodies) – called Bloodlines.

It’s a 3 month sock club, with lots of goodies in each parcel (a specially made project bag/container, charms, stitch marker, vamp or hunter themed extras), and a choice of either variegated or semi-solid colourway to go with your ‘alliance’. The first month is True Blood themed (Team Bill or Team Eric), then Twilight (Team Edward, Team Jacob), and finally Supernatural (Team Dean or Team Sam). I made moodboards for the colourway choices, and had loads of fun putting them together. A great excuse to be scouring the web for fun photos of our favourite vamps and hunters. Sign ups are open until the end of October, first parcel out end of November!  You can sign up at http://vampsandhunters.blogspot.com