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Win a Copy of “Loom Knitting Socks” AND a Ball of Sock-Ease!

August 16th, 2010

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UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who entered! The winner of this giveaway is Denise, comment #136, who will get a copy of Loom Knitting Socks PLUS a ball of Marshmallow Sock-Ease!

Here at Lion Brand, we love socks! (In fact, if you listen to tomorrow’s episode of YarnCraft, our radio-style podcast, you’ll hear from many different members of the staff here who talk about their favorite types of projects, which often include socks.) Not only do we love socks, but we also love all the different ways to make socks!

Whether you knit, crochet, or loom knit, making socks is within your reach! For loom knitters who want to explore the world of sock-knitting, we’ll be giving away a copy of Loom Knitting Socks by Isela Phelps, who has written several books about the art of loom knitting, courtesy of St. Martin’s Griffin. In addition, the winner will ALSO get a ball of Sock-Ease in their choice of color.

So how do you win this great prize?

Just leave a comment on this blog post telling us why you love making socks or want to try! And don’t forget to tell us which color of Sock-Ease you want!

One randomly selected winner will be chosen this Friday, 12 pm EDT. Good luck!

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  • Michell King

    I honestly have tried to crochet socks, and even tried to learn to knit so I could make socks, but I got so frustrated (esp after 30 years of crochet) that I gave up…BUT I enjoy using my circle loom for items that I like a ‘knitted’ pattern to…so it would be great do try…perhaps with a purple color of sock ease?!

  • Pat Haworth

    I’m retired and teach knitting [free] at our town yarn shop. I always like to start a new sock knitter on Sock-Ease as we can use #3 dpns, fewer stitches and get a “happy” product. Grape would be fun!

  • trish oneil

    hard to pick- I’d love to win some toffee color, or
    lemon drop or taffy or- they are all de-luscious

  • Sherry Anderson

    I would love to win this! I love socks and can never seem to get them both done! I think I would really like to try this with the loom!

    Thanks for all you do!

  • Misty Ratliff

    I just love that you can make socks any color or variation you want. They make the greatest gifts. Any time I can learn a new way of doing something I’m all about. Thank you for sharing a great new adventure, especialy with the holidays coming up.I love any kind of varigated yarn.

  • <fb:name linked="false" useyou="false" uid="1229659726">Leslie Blair Gallagher</fb:name>

    Hand knit socks are just simply the best. I have done the tops of stockings on a loom but didn’t know you could turn the heel. This book would get me to that.

  • Lilita

    I did love to knit and crochet socks for my grandchildren (now 16 and 12) It is a lot of fun to add bright colors and little animals; but this time I want to make a BLUE pair for my son (he is jealous because I’ve never done any to him) and BLUE is his favorite color.
    Also, I would like to use the loom. Thanks for this opportunity!

  • <fb:name linked="false" useyou="false" uid="1074274590">MaryAnn Towner Westfield</fb:name>

    I think knitting socks is fun because you can create a unique look and use many colors.

  • Cindi Chaltry

    I think hand knit socks are the best and would love to use the loom! Any color – the brighter the better:)

  • yolonda sanchez

    Knitting socks is meditation art. Nothing else comes close. It calms the spirit, lowers the blood pressure, feeds the soul and then, you have a beautiful piece of art when it is finished! Even if i make mistakes, it’s all part of the art of meditation, and it’s ok. i’d like to try marshmellow color and some fancy footwork stitches for the artwork.

  • Gerry

    I’ve made two pair of loom sox
    that mostly look like a beginner’s attempt
    but I do love them anyway.
    Now’s my chance to win an entire book on
    Knitting Loom Socks
    And wouldn’t I just love to knit my first pair from this book in PINK. Any shade or hue of PINK

  • Sandy

    I would love to loom socks! I’ve tried my hand at needle knitting them and always get twisted up and then frustrated… and eventually stop. Its especially frustrating because my husband finally got rid of his hideous, holey, at-least-ten-yrs-old wool socks and I’d been wanting to replace them BEFORE he threw them out.

    I have loomed hats and scarves and LOVE the quickness in which I can acomplish these items; I think the same efficency at project completion for socks would be FANTASTIC! And I’d planned on using grays, oranges, and browns so a nice toffee colored wool would be very cool!

  • Bette Omohundro

    I enjoy knitting socks. A good friend got me started on them and it is hard to stop. Any color is great on socks. I am happy that I found this Lion Brand site. Finding patterns, ideas, and great tips from other crafter’s is priceless.

  • Suzi

    I love making colored socks, because I think that leaves the visiaul prettier. And the knitting makes my day brighter. And the color I like best is blue.

  • Nancy Thornton

    I would love to try a new way to knit socks. I have tried making socks with the 4 needle technique and am OK with that method but I have that dreaded Second sock syndrome. I am always looking for new ways to knit. The color of sock ease yarn I would choose is “Root Beer”. Thank you for the chance to win this great prize.

  • <fb:name linked="false" useyou="false" uid="100000132177072">Sylvia Meyer</fb:name>

    Wow! I would love to try this new way of making socks……. I like the “Red Hots” color

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  • JoAnna

    I am craving a new knitting adventure and a pair of socks in cotton candy seem to be the way to go. So excited!!!

  • lois

    I just retired and would like to learn this way of sock making. Just love the colors and this is something i can take with me. my color would grape soda

  • Gale Fields

    I love knitting socks! They fit my feet better than a store-bought sock ever did. I spent some time on the Lion Brand website looking at Sock-ease yarn. Hard decisions. My favorite is Taffy. A basic conservative color with bits of surprise thrown in to make it fun. 😉

  • Patty Manders

    Someone should write an ode to homemade woolen socks. They’re definitely survival gear here in VT. I’m always looking to warm my feet come winter. I’d love to have a skein of Razzle Dazzle:)

    How about haiku?

    Drawer overflowing–
    Woolly socks plead and beckon–
    Let me warm those toes!

  • Deborah Carrithers

    I resisted the idea of socks for a long time, especially after my first pair turned out rather disappointing (I didn’t use sock yarn!). Then it occurred to me that I could customize my socks by adding ribbing to the instep for extra arch support. The first pair I made this way are now my favorite socks! And I love the effect of self-striping yarn…esp. “Sour Ball” Sock-Ease!

  • Always Alice

    WOW!! I have knitted socks with two needles, four DPs and even the ‘magic loop’ method but never with a loom…how exciting!

  • Mary Lou

    The idea of loom knitting intrigues me! And why not try it with something I have trouble doing with needles, like socks. This is such a great giveaway and we get some Sock-Ease to try our hand!

  • Janice Murphy

    Socks and what they say about the person wearing them are important. From 9 to 5 folks who never allow the cuff of a well-matched sock below the cuff of their slacks to those of us who prefer loudly mis-matched tootsies, feet may be the only place many feel comfy expressing ourselves. I have yet to master spinning sock-yarn. Luckily, because of Lion brand’s exciting colors, acquiring that skill is not so urgent that I’m compelled to learn it now.

  • Marissa Raglin

    I walk by the knitting looms all the time when I go to buy yarn, but tried them yet. The projects look cool and socks seem the best place to start. Besides making your own socks seem to scream that I have arrived and can move onward and upward from here. I especially like the Cotton Candy color, you can’t go wrong with pink and purple!!

  • Gail R

    I LOVE socks especially now that I’ve learned to do them on the dbl circular needles – hate the DPNs. I’ve not seen the loom sock knitting yet & am curious as to how this is done – I am a weaver also. Love any of the colors but the purples & pinks are my favorite.

  • Susan Harris-Rohde

    Why I like socks? I have crocheted for 40 years and crocheted socks just didn’t cut it for wearing in certain shoes, so I taught myself to knit just so I could learn to knit socks. Now, I take my WIP socks with me everywhere and have taught others how to knit socks. The Loom socks might just be the ticket for my mother who can’t hold a hook or needle well.The color- Root-beer, because she would make them for my dad’s birthday and would be a present for them both.

  • <fb:name linked="false" useyou="false" uid="780752984">Vicke Denniston</fb:name>

    I just got a sock loom and I am in the process of learning the stitches to make socks. I can’t wait until I know them well enough to get started. Book and yarn would be an awesome starter.
    @Susan, I have hand problems and can’t use a hook or needles, but the loom is great.
    I love warm socks, and the loom is the perfect size to take along.

  • Peggy Parks

    I’m a relatively new knitter (I started about a year ago), and am currently working on my second pair of socks. I struggled through the first pair and the results were less than ideal. Hopefully, this pair will turn out beautifully, and I’ll be hooked on knitting socks :) I’d love to win a skein in the Root Beer color–it would be perfect for my husband’s Christmas socks.

  • Gail Hollingsworth

    I have never tried to crochet a pair of socks. I would love to give it a try. My daughter and I try to out-do each other in finding and buying unusual socks. How great would it be to be able to learn how to make my own and design my own wild and “wooly” colors and patterns! Color of yarn doesn’t matter to me if I win. I am up for anything!!

  • Rhonda Stewart

    I like knitting socks because it lets me connect with my grandparents and great grandparents who had to knit socks out of necessity. Yes, I said grandparents, I have a grandpa that used to knit his own socks. It’s amazing to be able to do something that was so vital to them.

    I like the toffee colour of sock ease.

  • Beth

    I have been wanting to do knit socks for awhile. I crocheted a pair for hubby but would love to make some knit ones for my 2 girls. I have all the needles and hope to get a chance to work on a project I can take with me while sitting at soccer, dance and swim lessons. So, if I win anything in pink would be AWESOME!

  • Beth

    Oh, I forgot to mention in my earlier post, that my husband bought me a set of looms for xmas and I have yet to “complete” anything. I showed my 6 year old how to knit on it but we just could not make it all the way through a scarf. Something like socks might do the trick. Anything in pink please.

  • Linda Carboni

    I would love this book!

  • lisa

    I love knitting socks. currently I am knitting a pair for my youngest dd..
    I am planning on knitting socks for everyone for Christmas..
    always love to hear hints on how to do it easier & better :-)

  • Denise

    I love loom knitting and have a sock loom! But have never tried sock yarn?? I guess I am afraid of them. But with Isela’s book I would definitely make them I love her she is great. Her instructions are easy to follow. I have one of her books already and several of her patterns for Loom Knitting.
    The color I would like is Marshmallow!!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Kati

    I am just starting to try loom knitting and a good warm pair of socks are a great comfort. So a book and yarn are a perfect way to learn to do both. I love the root beer color of Sock-Ease.

  • <fb:name linked="false" useyou="false" uid="1802047557">Dawn Egan</fb:name>

    I have always wanted to learn to make socks. I tried a crochet sock pattern when I first learned to crochet and I didn’t bother trying to make the second! And I just love the Sock-Ease colors.

  • Amy

    Socks have always been a source of contention and I would embrace the chance to learn a new method! Thanks for this opportunity.

  • Janice Kessler

    I love loom knitting. While I’m still struggling to needle knit(I’ve just finished my first cable scarf but am struggling with slightly more advanced stuff), I’ve already made several items loom knitting. I’ve yet to attempt socks. They scare me just a bit.

    However, I’ve promised my step-daughter, who is 6’1″ when she stands up straight and has comparably sized feet, that I would make her some socks someday…socks, that weren’t athletic socks or a man’s style sock, socks that actually had a bit of wiggle room in the toes and still looked feminine and fashionable….perhaps in the Taffy color of sock-ease because she has “autumn” coloring and that would go very well with her.

    And this book by Isela Phelps, not only would give me the informational kick start I need, it’ll be a great companion to the book I already have by her.

    Thank you so much!

  • <fb:name linked="false" useyou="false" uid="100000043473550">Traci Sanford</fb:name>

    I love loom knitting and I’m always looking for new things to make. I have wanted to make socks for years but the patterns always look too difficult. I think socks would be easier if I were loom knitting.

  • Diana

    I love knitting socks and do them now with the little bitty circular needles but an very interested in loom knitting socks too.

  • Holda Chissell

    Wow, another way to make socks, without knitting needles! How exciting, my favorite is purple.


  • Brandy

    I would like to try making socks since they are very portable and can be finished fairly quickly for instant gratification.

  • Shellie Dunn

    I’ve been stretching my crochet horizons lately and my next frontier to conquer is socks! I can’t wait to try my hand at making actual socks — not slippers! My Sock Ease color choice would be red hots which have nice autumn colors.

  • Sandra Miller

    I would love to try these socks. I have circulation problems and need to wear socks year around for the extra warmth

  • Marlena

    I love knitting socks for gifts, they’re so quick and make wonderful last minute gifts.

  • Mardi Wunderlich

    I love knitting socks because I love to wear them! Lemon drop and Red hots are my favorite colors.

  • Barbara

    LOVE knitting 2-at-a-time socks, toe up, cuff down,lace, striped. They are very portable, knit up quickly, and keep my hands busy at night. SO many socks to knit! Liking the “Marshmallow”

  • Helen

    Hubby wears a size 16EEE shoe – YOU try finding comfy socks for that! My attempts so far have been abysmal failures. This may be my chance to shine :-)