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Spring Cleaning and a New Editor!

Apr 11, 2014

Editor's note: Due to technical difficulties, the contest did not take place on the originally announced schedule. Please visit the updated contest page here to enter.

Win Sock Knitting Treasures

Spring fever has struck in the office. It snowed last night, but we can feel those May flowers on their way! And with spring comes the beloved spring cleaning.

What, you don't love spring cleaning? Well, you may love it when we clean for spring, because some of the treasures we've reviewed in past issues of Sockupied could come your way. I'd like to know what you'd like to see in future issues of Sockupied. We'll choose our favorite answer from the comments posted on this blog and send some spring treasures to the winner.

 

 

Here's what our Spring Cleaning Contest includes:

Tom Bihn Clear Quarter Packing Cube plus Yarn Stuff Sack

Chicken Boots DPN protector

The Sock Doctor keychain and tapestry needle

A Soakbox in Lace Kelly

A skein of Twisted Fiber Art self-striping yarn Striping in colorway Cuddy

A skein of Holiday Yarns Silver Sock in colorway Melonhead

To enter the contest, leave a comment below and share your Sockupied suggestions. On April 15, 2014, our panel of judges will pick one winner for best tip from the entered comments.  Check back on April 15 to see if you’ve won.  The Contest begins on April 10, 2014 and ends April 14, 2014, 10:59 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET"). Due to the variety of rules regulating contests worldwide, we can only select winners from entrants that are U.S. residents (excluding Puerto Rico), 18 years old or older at the time of entry; and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec). 

 

Get Ready for a New Face

It has been a great joy to edit Sockupied. It began as a crazy idea for a kind of knitting magazine we'd never seen before, and before I knew it we'd released ten issues in five years. It's time for me to move on to new challenges as the editor of Spin-Off magazine, but I'm thrilled to leave Sockupied in the hands of Amy Palmer. You may know Amy as the editor of Knitscene magazine, but before that she was part of the team that created the first issue of Sockupied. She is a passionate sock knitter and skilled editor, and she will take the eMag to places I never even dreamed of. (I almost resisted making a comment about taking the next step, but I couldn't quite help myself.) Amy is hard at work on the next issue, but for now you can see what she's been up to over on the Inside Knitscene blog.

I can't wait to read your ideas for new directions for Sockupied, and please welcome Amy!

Happy knitting,


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jennyeileen wrote
on Apr 28, 2014 9:18 AM

Who won? I haven't seen any posting.

CerraAngel wrote
on Apr 21, 2014 9:16 AM

My tip for new sock knitters is to try several patterns, so they will find the type of pattern they are most comfortable with.

sallyryan261 wrote
on Apr 20, 2014 12:19 PM

Sock Sanity Saver Suggestions: Cast on a longer SPN, knit/purl your first row and then change to your DPNs. Less twisting and easily joined. Make two socks at once on two sets of DPNS - cuffs of each then move to legs, on to heels then finish up with feet and toes. Measuring, count and tensions is more accurate with no Second Sock Syndrome.

Sally in Gettysburg, PA

on Apr 20, 2014 11:45 AM

I would love to see some patterns/ tips in Sockupied for making 2 pairs (or more) of socks at once on 1 circular needle, toe up with a Sweet Tomato Heel or other easy-to-reinforce heel.

Good luck to all in the contest!

Jeannie Fagerstrom

JeannieF on Ravelry

jeannieflymom@yahoo.com

on Apr 20, 2014 11:45 AM

I would love to see some patterns/ tips in Sockupied for making 2 pairs (or more) of socks at once on 1 circular needle, toe up with a Sweet Tomato Heel or other easy-to-reinforce heel.

Good luck to all in the contest!

Jeannie Fagerstrom

JeannieF on Ravelry

jeannieflymom@yahoo.com

sharonligh wrote
on Apr 19, 2014 12:09 PM

his is different from the usual Long-Tail cast on -- Did I send this to you? This is for left-handers like me, in case you have one in your family.   A very elastic cast on, especially for top of socks.  Sharon Light

www.youtube.com/watch

Here's one for Righties:  

www.youtube.com/watch

lizziejohns wrote
on Apr 19, 2014 9:25 AM

I was fortunate enough to have three aunts who taught me everything I know about various forms of needlework.  Unfortunately, they are all gone now but when I am working on a new pair of socks, I am remembering them in my heart and smile.  The tip I have for everyone is what they taught me...do not be afraid to try something new and above your knowledge.  The worst thing that can happen is that you will have to rip it out and start all over again.  However, you just might catch on right away and then you will use that knowledge over and over again.

youngec wrote
on Apr 14, 2014 4:44 PM

Would love it if you gave tips for each pattern regarding how to convert from cuff down to toe up, or vice versa.  Many sock patterns can be converted pretty straight-forwardly.  But some of the really interesting patterns are harder...

texlady wrote
on Apr 14, 2014 3:45 PM

I really enjoy Sockupied; so many great patterns!  The one thing I would change is for you to add written instructions in addition to the charts for your designs.  My old eyes have a problem with charts and I will often write them out myself rather than try to follow as I'm knitting.

KYfarmgirl wrote
on Apr 14, 2014 3:39 PM

I'd love to see more patterns, tips & tricks for using colorwork on socks without making them non-stretchy &  hard to fit.  Ways to make floats loose enough so the sock stays up and feels snug; alternative stitches to give the effect of colorwork but without the non-elasticity of fair isle; ways to add colors beyond basic stripes.  

Thanks for the great giveaway!  

KYfarmgirl wrote
on Apr 14, 2014 3:39 PM

I'd love to see more patterns, tips & tricks for using colorwork on socks without making them non-stretchy &  hard to fit.  Ways to make floats loose enough so the sock stays up and feels snug; alternative stitches to give the effect of colorwork but without the non-elasticity of fair isle; ways to add colors beyond basic stripes.  

Thanks for the great giveaway!  

KYfarmgirl wrote
on Apr 14, 2014 3:39 PM

I'd love to see more patterns, tips & tricks for using colorwork on socks without making them non-stretchy &  hard to fit.  Ways to make floats loose enough so the sock stays up and feels snug; alternative stitches to give the effect of colorwork but without the non-elasticity of fair isle; ways to add colors beyond basic stripes.  

Thanks for the great giveaway!