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AD Sockalong Giveaway!

We're nearing the end of the Sockalong, and we think it's about time to host a giveaway here on the Alpaca Direct blog! This giveaway is open for everyone, whether or not you're participating in the Sockalong. You can still join the Sockalong in the Alpaca Direct Ravelry Group. You can also catch up with all our previous blog posts: July 23: Sock Knit-A-Long July 30: Ready to Start Our First Knit-A-Long! July 31: Working the Toe August 6: Sock Progress Report August 14: Adding Patterns to Your Socks Blockers (1)   Giveaway Enter for your chance to win Sock Blockers! These are used for blocking your socks after you've finished knitting them to help even out the stitches, shape the socks, and make sure they are nice and clean before their first wearing. To enter leave a comment on this post telling us about your sock knitting experiences. Haven't knit socks yet? Tell us what's holding you back! Want to know more about knitting socks, and have a question for us? Is there a sock related topic you think we should do a tutorial on? We'll choose one lucky winner on Sunday, August 31. Good luck! Note: You must be a US resident to enter.


Posted by Carolyn Ross on

I’ve been knitting socks for the past few years and I love the superwash merino fingering weight yarns for them. Top down or toe up, two at a time and a multitude of heel designs make each pair a learning experience and a valued gift for myself or others. Whenever there’s a desire to knit something quickly, sometimes mindlessly, but always satisfying in the end, sock knitting can’t be beat.

Posted by fldaigle on

I have yet to complete a pair of socks and was hoping I’d be able to participate in this KAL. Summer was just to hectic with the arrival of a new granddaughter and moving my husband from Washing to Louisiana and a son from New York to California. Whew!!! No wonder I’m tired, :-). I hope that you’ll do another one soon and that I’ll be able to participate.

Posted by Rose Scott on

I have yet to make a pair of socks. The knitting in the round intimidates me.

Posted by Linda on

I just had a pair of socks turn out so differently because I did not check the dye lot numbers. You’d never know they were from the same yarn. Live and learn.
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Posted by Jamie Walcott on

My fav experience knitting socks is using the hiya hiya circular needles because it makes the knitting glide along smoothly, unlike using fiddly dpn’s.

Posted by Lynn Pettigrove on

I have made baby booties but have not made socks for myself yet. Worried that they will be too tight as my left leg tends to swell I am not sure how to make them for this. Should I use yarn with elastic? Heard conflicting things so have not attempted them yet.

Posted by Merry on

I am absolutely addicted to knitting socks. I rarely knit anything else and get super excited by new patterns and/or yarn. Socks are magic!
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Posted by Andrea B on

I’ve done quite a few socks but have learned not to do the toes while knitting in public. After 4 rows I discovered I was knitting my toe 90-degrees from where it should be.

Posted by JoyceAnna D'Alessandro on

I love knitted socks but i’m so slow at it!

Posted by Connie K. on

I have knit A sock, yep, just one. Still trying to conquer sock knitting and these sock blockers may be just the encouragement I need to go on.

Posted by InJuneau on

I’ve knit a couple of pairs of socks and love them. Now I need to knit some for my husband!

Posted by Patsy Coats on

I ’ve knitted several pairs of socks for my sisters, but none for me, yet.

Posted by Michelle on

I literally just started my first pair of socks yesterday and I’m already 1/2 way done with one. I’m loving it! I think I’m already addicted! I’d love to be able to block them properly and these would certainly do the trick!

Posted by Susan M. on

I have yet to knit socks. I don’t know why, but I am intimidated by the thought! I kit sweaters, shawls, scarves, cowls. I think socks should be my next challenge!

Posted by Lynn Pettigrove on

Doesn’t matter if they don’t match that is the style now. Look how much some companies are charging to buy mismatched you got them and much cheaper! Plus the fun of making them!

Posted by PPK on

I enjoy making socks. I’m generally a two at a time, toe up on two needles sock maker.

Posted by Rachel ravelry 100Creations on

I love knitting socks! after bigger projects they knit up so fast. They are so fun to wear too.

Posted by Phyllis Drackley on

Working on my first in the round project now. Socks are next!

Posted by SherryG. on

I have knit a few socks but always had to use a heel flap because I constantly messed up the heel. I just learn how to do a FishLip heel and it is fantastic. I just finished my first toe up sock because I wouldn’t calculate the correct amount of yarn top down. I now need to find the toe design that works best for me.

Posted by amchart on

I enjoy knitting socks when I actually manage to do it. I’m forever telling myself I don’t have time.

Posted by Myha on

I am on my second toe-up 2AAT socks and am looking forward to making a few more pairs for the upcoming winter. :)

Posted by sheila on

I do not have a pair and to win one would be great!

Posted by Jan on

I learned to knit just so I could make socks! I haven’t tried two at a time but have usually knitted them in the round with circs. The last three pair I have used the tiny HiYa HiYa needles and they are so fun.

Posted by Patty on

I am ready to start my first pair of socks. Yarn, purchased. Needles, ready. I’m on the edge of my seat, ready to take the plunge. Just need a push of encouragement!

Posted by Lee on

I really enjoy knitting socks! I have numerous patterns in my queue and always have at least one pair on the needles. Beware of second sock syndrome, though!

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