Thursday, August 20, 2009

Toe Up Socks

As some of you know, I'm not a big toe-up sock knitter. There are a few reasons for this. I've only found one toe-up heel that fits my feet well. One of the main benefits of knitting socks toe-up is not having to worry about running out of yarn, and I don't usually have to worry about that anyway. The gusset is my favorite part of the sock, and toe-up socks don't usually have a gusset.

Sometimes I do knit socks toe up, but then I use a gusseted short row heel, which means more calculating when to start the increases on the foot to end up on the right pattern row to start the leg after the heel. In this case, cuff down is just easier.

But, toe up socks have been playing a bit of a role in my life lately, so here goes...

I have an extra signed copy of Chrissy Gardiner's new book Toe-Up! to give away! I helped proofread the book, and picked up two copies at Sock Summit - one for me and one for the lucky winner. I'll also throw in a PDF copy of my newest sock pattern - also knit toe-up - Falling Up.

And, as a little bonus for the runner up, they get a copy of my pattern too.

So, how do you win these fabulous prizes? Well, just guess how many pairs worth of sock yarn I bought at Sock Summit. I'll give you some time to contemplate - entries will close on August 25th.

Listening to: The Drapery Falls ~ Opeth

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Blogger Snarfy said...

Oh god. I should know this D:

I will guess... 18.


8:50 PM  
Blogger WingedStrategos said...

I've never let a lack of patterns stop me from knitting toe-up socks since I often have to modify them to fit me in the first place. Stitch patterns can fall where they may.

As for the yarn acquisitions, I'll guess 10 pairs worth of sock yarn.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Tece said...

My guess is 21...I think you had a very good time.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Knitting in Pink said...

I'm a big fan of toe up socks so I'll have to guess 7 pairs worth of sock yarn.

12:46 AM  
Blogger Walden said...

Going to guess conservatively . . . 4.

2:49 AM  
Blogger ccr in MA said...

My guess is 14.

3:44 AM  
Anonymous marcy said...

17 cuz its my number.
have been wondering about that book...
hope you had fun!

4:29 AM  
Blogger Joansie said...

My guess is 23....and I hope you'll post a pic of your newly acquired stash.

5:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

19. That's a good number, right?

6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For some unknown reason, the number 9 jumped into my head when reading your post, so that's what I'll go with. 9.

NStreicher at aol dot com

6:34 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Hmmmm. It was either ton, or you'll surprise us.. I'll go with 6.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

I guess an even dozen.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

23 pairs worth of sock yarn. And toe up socks are fun--I've finally found a recipe that works for my crazy feet.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

I'm going to guess yarn enough for 15 pairs of socks.

10:12 AM  
Blogger dianne said...

What a fun idea! Now, I'm thinking that you were very restrained at sock camp, so does that mean you continued to exercise taht control or that you were saving up to go hog wild?? Hmmmmm... I guess 24

11:12 AM  
Blogger Sarah-potterknitter said...

I'll go with 16, it was my first guess and it doesn't look like anyone else has guessed that yet. Can't wait to see it.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I'm thinking 18.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Eloise said...

Darn, I really should know this...

I'll try 9 as my guess.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous MJ said...

20 pair worth?

.. even though that's more than my entire sock yarn stash! LOL

10:13 PM  
Blogger Batty said...


Because that's what I'd do if I went to Sock Summit... I'd buy and buy and buy and come home with a stashlet.

2:12 PM  
Blogger yarn4kalei said...

ok...I'm going to guess 11. Somewhere between restrained and hog wild. :0)

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Lynn said...

11. If you were lucky, but didn't have much time at the marketplace, that would be a good haul.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Annep√•landet said...

I guess 14?

5:11 PM  
Blogger Mamere Knits Too Much said...

hmm....i'll guess 13!
and really love the Dashing Dachs in Froggin :)

4:51 AM  
Anonymous Marla said...

I'll guess 31, one for each day of the month.

1:09 PM  
Blogger dawn said...

I'm going to guess 21...cause that's how many I probably would have bought had I been there.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

What big numbers people are guessing! I'm going with 5. Yeah, frugal. Probably way off, but it's also my favorite number. ;)

I'm also a fan of toe-up socks.

9:34 PM  

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