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December’s Sock Club Prize Winner

Friday, February 15th, 2013

As the new sock club begins, I’m wrapping up the last odds and ends from 2012’s club. We have another prize winner for completing a project from the December shipment!

Our winner is Joelle in Missouri, who won with her lovely pair of Striation socks.

Joelle's Striations

Our lucky winner will receive a copy of the elusive and out of print Tudor Roses by Alice Starmore PLUS enough yarn to make Elizabeth I in the prize winner’s choice of club yarns from 2011 and 2012. Joelle chose more of the Stricken Smitten yarn. Congratulations, Joelle!

December Prize

Another Winner – with Parallelogram!

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Inge from the Netherlands is our last winner for the fall Shapes + Form Knitalong on Ravelry. She has knit up a wonderful bright scarf and hat set that she adapted from the Parallelogram pattern.

Parallelogram scarf


I’m sending out a copy of Connie Chang Chinchio’s latest book, Textured Stitches, as well as a skein of the lovely Alisha Goes Around Richness of Martens (a fingering-weight merino, cashmere and silk blend) in a stunning shade of red. It would make some lovely gloves from the book – or of course a fantastic pair of socks.

Textured Stitches


Congratulations, Inge!

And the winner is…

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Congratulations to Louisa in Melbourne who has won a free membership in next year’s Sock Club!

All members of the Cookie A Sock Club Ravelry group who completed a pair of socks, knit up something in club yarn, or baked cookies and posted photos in the appropriate thread were entered into the drawing (one entry for each finished object). There were over 840 entries! The winner was chosen using the random number generator at

Louisa's Prizewinning Nanaimos

Louisa’s Prizewinning Nanaimos

Congratulations again to Louisa! She knit her Nanaimo socks for her brother-in-law and says they are a treasured gift.

It’s been interesting sifting through the Ravelry group, taking another look at all the lovely socks and yummy cookies over the past year. Judging from the Ravelry tally, 2012’s most popular cookie was a tie between the Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing and the Flourless Fiery Fudge cookies. The sock that had the most FO’s posted to the Ravelry threads was Nanaimo, with Reykjavik coming in a close second.


There are still spots available in next year’s club. I am looking forward to sharing another exciting year of new sock patterns and delicious cookies with you! Get all the details and sign up for the club.

I’m also pleased to announce the November winner of the Shapes + Form Knitalong, Gus in California!

Gus has been a prolific knitter-alonger (is that a word?). She finished Conic and has started in on Rotation, with plans for Pivot in her future! She wins 5 skeins of Plucky Knitter Primo fingering and a copy of Landing by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. Thanks for knitting along.

Gus’s Prize



Are you knitting along?

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Bethany from Ontario is the winner of October’s prize drawing for the Shapes + Form knit-along!

Here’s Bethany in her Slope sweater – it looks great.

Bethany gets a copy of My Grandmother’s Knitting and 5 lovely skeins of Alchemy Synchronicity.

Are you working on a Shapes + Form project? Be sure to join the discussion on Ravelry and post your finished projects to be eligible for prizes!

I have finally finished my Conic sweater in Socktopus Sokkusu-O, in grey. I loved working with Alice’s yarn, which she gave to me when we met up in Toronto earlier this year.

Here’s a close-up of the sleeve decreases:

I’m pretty sure I’m going to be wearing it everywhere.


Book reviews from across the pond

Monday, May 14th, 2012

I have quite the backlog of books that deserve to be reviewed.

Contemporary Irish Knits by Carol Feller

Carol Feller is an Irish knitwear designer whose designs have been featured in Knitting in the Sun, Interweave Knits, and Knitty and her own self-published pattern collections. I first met Carol when we both taught at Knit Nation in London last July.

Her book is organized around yarns available from Irish mills (and a couple of Irish hand-dyers). It’s interesting to learn about the production of yarns in Ireland, which now has just three major spinning mills to produce hand-knitting yarns like authentic Donegal tweed. I found this particularly interesting in relation to my recent trip to Iceland where we learned that all of Iceland has only one spinning mill compared to the Faroe Islands which does not have a mill at all and outsources their spinning to a Polish mill.

Carol includes a few pages at the beginning and the end of the book dedicated to ensuring proper fit and good technique. With 18 projects for men, women and children, there is a little something for everyone. The techniques include the expected Aran cables as well as lace and other textured stitches. She talks about how the “traditional” Aran sweater is only as recent as the 1950s, not centuries old as one might expect. Again, I thought this was interesting in relation to the Icelandic yoked colorwork lopi sweaters which have also been around only since the 1950s. I guess that was a great decade to begin knitting traditions!

Check out all the patterns from Contemporary Irish Knits on Ravelry here.

Little Red in the City by Ysolda Teague

Ysolda is a Scottish knitwear designer who has a lot to say about sweater shaping and fit. Probably best known for her Whimsical Little Knits series, Little Red in the City is a much larger volume with a wealth of information.

More than just a collection of sweater patterns, this book has over 100 pages dedicated to making sweaters fit at any size. The book is dominated by different kinds of modifications like short row bust shaping.

Each of the seven sweater patterns has an extensive size range, photographed on two models (Ysolda herself and Amanda of Lorna’s Laces), and is accompanied by a design story.

You can see all the sweaters from Little Red in the City on Ravelry here.

Whimsical Little Knits 3 by Ysolda Teague

The third in Ysolda’s series of little books of accessories is out, and it contains 8 charming patterns, each photographed on a different designer friend (or Ysolda herself). I was excited to see the photograph of Stephen West in Ysolda’s hat taken in London after Knit Nation last year.


Saturday Treat by Ysolda Teague

Ysolda worked together with the folks from Fyberspates to develop a few new colors in their Scrumptious yarns for this book. It features six quick projects, perfect for weekend knitting. While Saturday Treat has a similar concept as Whimsical Little Knits with quick knits, you’ll notice that it is more “grown up” with less whimsy and a different direction in styling.

For two lucky readers, I have a copy of Contemporary Irish Knits and Little Red in the City to give away! Comment on this post for your chance to win.

The fine print:

  • Comment on this post before midnight PDT Friday, May 18, 2012 for your chance to win. One comment per person, please!
  • Winners will be drawn by random number generator.
  • One winner will receive a copy of Contemporary Irish Knits by Carol Feller; the other winner will receive a signed copy of Little Red in the City by Ysolda Teague.


Who in the world is Mr. A?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

If we’re basing this on votes, 64% of you seem to choose based on hair compatibility and likeness to anime. Well, you guys are right. Here’s a more anime-esque photo from our trip to Iceland in 2009.

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

It might be February, but no it was not that cold in Iceland. He’s overdressed. And in case you were wondering what  sort of product he uses to get his hair to stand up like that, there is no product. It just does that.

So the winner of the contest is Kerrie! She wins two skeins of Socktopus Sokkusu yarn which is currently only available at The Loopy Ewe in the US, L’OisiveThé in Paris, and at the Knit Nation marketplace in London this weekend. I snagged three skeins when I visited the Socktopus studio yesterday: two for our lucky winner and one for myself. I was too distracted in the studio to take photos of the prize yarn, but I will do so tomorrow. Here’s what I was looking at:

Not only was I surrounded by pretty yarns everywhere, but the view was of a lovely canal. And what was going by?

Let’s take a closer look…

That’s right, it says “Pirate Viscount” and “Pirate Club” on that boat. Does that make it a genuine pirate ship? That is pretty cool.

After a day of inhaling yarn fumes, we headed out to the V&A for a bit of culture.

Unfortunately photos were not allowed, but the clothing certainly did not disappoint.

Another contest

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

So my flight over to London was so fantastic (I was shocked to discover that I’d been upgraded to business class and could sip sparkling wine before take-off) that I tweeted I would run another contest. Here we go!

The rules:

  1. One of the people on this webpage is my husband. Guess which one. (This should be amusing.)
  2. You can submit up to three guesses. One by commenting on this blog post, one by following me on Twitter and tweeting your guess to me, and one by “liking” my Facebook page and commenting on the contest post there.
  3. Each incorrect guess counts as one entry.
  4. Each correct guess counts as two entries (so you double your chances if you are right).
  5. Contest ends at noon California time, Monday, 11 July 2011.
  6. I will tally up all the entries and pick a random winner using a random number generator.
  7. I may or may not reveal the correct answer. 🙂

The prize is a coveted Knit Nation bag with a mystery skein (or two?) of sock yarn inside:


Secret sock yarn!

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

I was preparing the yarn for the August sock club shipment yesterday and took this photo:

Then I thought it’d be fun to have a little contest. The rules are simple:

  1. Guess how many skeins are in the photo (including what’s cut off in the bottom box)
  2. Follow me on Twitter.
  3. Tweet to me how many skeins you think are there.
  4. Whoever guesses right first wins. If no one guesses correctly by the time I arrive in London tomorrow at about 8am GMT, whoever guessed closest first wins.
  5. If you guess more than once, only your last guess will count.

The prize is your choice of one of the following:

  1. signed copy of Knit. Sock. Love. book + pdf
  2. Little Red in the City by Ysolda Teague*
  3. Knit, Swirl! by Sandra McIver
  4. The Enchanted Sole by Janel Laidman*
  5. My Grandmother’s Knitting by Larissa Brown**
  6. Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Budd***
  7. Charts Made Simple by JC Briar**
  8. A guaranteed spot in next year’s sock club and $25 off

*I’m pretty sure I can get it signed for you at Knit Nation or Sock Summit.

**I have a sock pattern in this book.

***I have a sock pattern in this book, and I’m pretty sure I can get it signed for you at Sock Summit.


HINT: As of this post, nobody has guessed within 5 skeins yet.