Sock Knitting & A Contest!

Well, the Sock Marathon didn’t go quite as well as I had hoped. Wednesday was a pretty busy day, and not very knitting friendly. I did knit while waiting for lunch at a Mexican restaurant, which was a first for me. I’d knit a row, then take a chips and salsa break, knit a row, etc. I’m not convinced that knitting on the go is all that productive for me. I need to get into a rhythm in order to really enjoy my knitting.

So I knit during lunch, tending to my obligations, then spent a couple of hours watching episodes of Oprah that my TiVo had recorded earlier in the week. This is great to knit to because you don’t really need to look at the screen continuously to understand what’s going on!

Anyway, after 2 straight hours of knitting on size 2 needles, my hands were wrecked. The finger joints were aching, and my big thumb joints were particularly inflamed. So I put the sock down for the evening, thinking that after I had some time to rest my hands I would pick it back up again. I never did.

I measured the sock this morning, and found that I had knit 4 inches in approximately 3 hours Wednesday. Since the recipient has size 10 feet, I have at least 4 more inches, or 3 hours of knitting, to go!

All in all, I view April’s Spring Cleaning mission a success. Here are my stats:

Starting Yardage: 12,252
Sold or gave away: 1,205
Knit up: 665
Purchased: 1,826
Ending Yardage: 12,208

For a total decrease of: 44 yards!!! That’s pretty good considering how much I bought at Webs last week!

To celebrate, I’m going to hold my first ever Giveaway/Contest on this blog! I am looking for inspiration and ideas for using up more of my stash.

  • To enter, all you have to do is tell me what your favorite knitting project is. This should be something you’ve knit at least once before and enjoyed. I would particularly be interested in your favorite sock patterns, or patterns done using sock yarn. Be sure to include the pattern name and source, and even a photo of your finished item if you like!
  • Leave a comment on this blog post or send me an email at with your suggestion.
  • I will use a random number generator to pick a winner from all entries received by May 16th. That’s 2 weeks from today, so get your ideas ready!

The winner will receive 1 skein of Knit Picks Shimmer in Turquoise Splendor!

Even if you’re not interested in the prize, please submit your suggestions. I’m sure we could all use some new ideas and inspiration!

29 thoughts on “Sock Knitting & A Contest!

  1. What about gloves? They use half a 100g ball and knit up nice and quick. I have a favourite pattern which is a WW2 soldiers pattern that I use all the time. Even though it’s a men’s pattern it fits most women and I always have to adjust it for men, whats with that!

  2. My favorite knit has been the Kauni sweater (although you would have to buy yarn, if you don’t already have it in your stash.) For socks, I have made “Jaywalkers” by Grumperina on Magknits several times and they always come out well. And a basic sock pattern (Beginners midweight socks #242 by Diane Soucy, as well as “Fools Rush Socks” by Cassie Thoreson. Pictures can be seen of some of these on my Ravelry projects page under lizzzknits.

  3. Ok, I’ve thought about this a lot, it’s really hard to nominate just one pattern. I love the Lacy Bed Socks in Romantic Style by Jennie Atkinson. Why? Because they are beautiful, lacy, feminine, fun to knit, pretty impractical to wear apart from when wafting whimsically around the house and therefore totally frivolous!

  4. It’s not a sock-weight pattern, but my favorite knit ever has been the Pimlico Shrug from Knit 2 Together. It’s a sweater that doesn’t require any measuring or shaping, but still looks great and it uses up a LOT of yarn! Congratulations on your destash–hopefully these ideas help you get even further along!

  5. My vote is for the baby surprise jacket, which you can knit with sock yarn, or stashbust to make tons of stripes. You just can’t go wrong with that pattern.

  6. I haven’t started it yet, so can’t say if it’s my favourite, but I’m going to knit the Lace Ribbon Scarf from the latest
    I’m using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn.

  7. I’m a brand new knitter and I’m almost done with my first sock ever. I found the pattern on Ravelry and it’s the Lifestyle Toe-up sock. (No swatching needed!) And YouTube has a couple of videos to show how to do the toe cast on. They are helpful the first time you try it.

  8. I see someone else suggested the Baby Surprise Jacket, I just finished one and LOVE it (pregnant and due with baby in about 7 weeks) and also, I want to suggest the Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts for another fun non-sock project, with sock yarn!

    There’s also the Sweat Baby Cap, which I’m knitting with my leftover sock yarn (Lorna’s Laces) to match the Baby Surprise Jacket. If you have any babies to knit for or need gifts.

    Those are my suggestions!

  9. The Shetland Triangle in Interweave Knits’ Wrap Style takes one hank of sock yarn, and it is lovely. I finished one on May 1 and immediately cast on another one! You can see mine in my Ravelry projects; I’m MicheleLB on Ravelry.

  10. My favourite knitting project so far has been Thuja socks (from Knitty). They were the first project that really made me feel like a knitter, and my first pair fits me perfectly and has worn well despite my tendency not to follow the washing directions for the yarn. The pattern isn’t written for sock-weight yarn, but it’s easy to modify.

  11. Hi! Found your blog on Ravelry. I really, REALLY like Endpapers 🙂 I made 3 pair! I’m currently looking for the perfect fingering weight yarn to make the apres surf hoodie in the summer IK 🙂

  12. My favorite sock pattern is a tie between Mad Color Weave ( and Snickets (was on Magknits, but the site is no more. It’s a free ravelry download now). I love the way Snickets looks, but all the cabling is a pain. Mad Color Weave is beautiful and very interesting to knit (not tedious, but keeps your attention). My favorite other pattern is the Felted Entrelac Tote from KnitPicks (

    You can see my FOs (Mad Color Weave is still otn) on Ravelry (SpinKnitUp).

  13. Well recently I have been knitting toddler socks with a feather and fan pattern. Simple but easy for a beginner at socks like me. I think I have photos of them and a link to the pattern in my Ravelry projects (gimpykatk)

    Your prize yarn looks so beautiful. oh I hope I win, LOL

  14. Okay, I am totally nuts….you need to know that before I go any farther. Honestly, my most satisfying projects are the ones that use up left over yarn from other projects. I first started crocheting acrylic yo-yo’s that Chris Simon put out there on the internet….that got me into knitting and crocheting squares for charity afghans……and THEN I found Shelly Kang’s sock yarn mitered square blanket. Ohhhhh. Not done, but come on….a bunch of squares in odd colors with left over sock yarn into a work of art. I’m so IN!!!!!

    There’s the link. Go check it out…..and try not to get hooked.

  15. hey. I’m not Shelly Kang either……just thought I’d throw that in too! Really, I’ve never met her, but an awesome woman, bearing an awesome name living in an awesome state! LOVE IT!

  16. I know these are something of a phenom, but Cookie A’s Monkey Socks really are a fantastic knit and produce an awesome finished sock! Lots of pictures of mine can be found at Aesthetic Entanglementz:

    I love the pattern so much, I re-wrote the lace for toe-up construction:

    You’d love the Monkey pattern either way!

  17. My absolute favorite knitting project is hats. Any sort of hats, they’re quick, easy, sometimes complex or interesting, great gifts for yourself or for other people, and perfect one skein projects. Plus, you can give them tons of personality!

    If I were to choose a favorite sock pattern, I’d have to say that I liked the only one I’ve ever knit – the Cable Rib socks from “Favorite Socks”, a book I got for Christmas from my parents last year. I knit up my first socks out of Smooshy Strange Harvest and I’m very proud of them – I’ll be blogging about them on Wednesday, when I’m home and can use my camera.

  18. I’m only just getting into sock knitting I’ve finished the cuff for my first Jaywalker. Since its my first I’m doing it on tester yarn (sports weight) red heart supersave yarn and size 4 ndl. I’ve already started to mess up the first two rows of the actualy zigzg pattern and have frogged back to the cuff. I did use sock yarn to make a 1yr girl toddler top though. Check it out on my ravelry page.

    As for ideas….there’s this really nice sock pattern in my queue (look on the last page) I can’t tell you the name cause I’m at work and they’ve blocked ravelry :(! It looks like a shin sock and it looks short rowed with verticle green/blue yarn. I think this would be good for your Turquoise Splendor.

  19. I’ve knit generic socks no patterns really, but then I get bored with them. Perhaps I should find a pattern. My favorite things to knit are bags. I love knitting grocery bags, yeah pretty mundane but I went green this year . Right now I’m knitting up the Kitchen sink bag ( ) and it’s one of my fav’s so far.

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