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A birthday contest!

April 16, 2007 @ 9:19 am
posted by kris
Filed under: contest

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the winner will be announced on the 24th. OK, so here are the questions:

1. I’m always on the lookout for fun knitting blogs written by “regular people”. What’s your favorite non-knitting-celebrity blog?

2. I love sock knitting – what’s your favorite sock pattern/yarn combo?

3. What is your favorite brand of sock yarn???

One winner will receive one skein of the incredible Wollmeise superwash sock yarn!! It is a 150g fingering weight superwash skein, so it’s approx 525m (350m/100g), the wool has a silky appearance and a smooth surface. All of her colors are just scrumptious!!! Visit our Wollmeiseholics flickr group for pictures of yarn and finished projects.

Two winners will receive one skein each of Wollmeise worsted weight yarn. The Worsted weight is a 1ply 100% merino wool, handwash only. It is 200m/100g. It is very soft and has a slight twist and high tear resistance due to long fibres.

Thanks for playing! Your comment might get put “under moderation”, but rest assured, I will approve it and it will show up shortly (unless it is spam of course!)

Comments (27)


Comment by Mevrouw Walvis

Made on Monday, April 16th, 2007 @ 10:56 am

1. I can’t name just one! Here are some blogs I read almost daily:,, – enjoy!
2. For self-striping/patterning yarns I prefer plain vanilla sock pattern (yes I know I’m boring!), but I do like cables, too… And felting socks is great fun too! So here goes: Plain vanilla socks/Wollmeise, cables/Regia, felting/Fritidsgarn or “wool fluff”.
3. Wollmeise. No surprises here!

Comment by Cauchy09

Made on Monday, April 16th, 2007 @ 12:07 pm

There are quite a few knitting blogs I really like to read:
For the best in sock-knitting with exciting patterns expertly executed, I choose Mustaa villaa. For the ultimate in yarn pron, there’s sock pr0n, with its big archives of a few years of sock yarn shopping. [Her knitting is just as good!] For down-to-earth knitting and great writing with excellent photography, I lean towards Knitting Phillistine. For a nice list of blogs to check out, see the sidebar on Criminy Jickets.

Favorite sock yarn? Hmm, that’s not easy. I love the colors at Wollmeise and Socks that Rock, but I use so many different ones it’s hard to choose just one. At present I’m using Ewa’s Sockewolle and really loving it!

Comment by Guinifer

Made on Monday, April 16th, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

My favorite non-knitting blog is, I also like

My favorite yarn/pattern combo is Yarntini w/ Roza’s Socks by Grumperina.

My favorite brand of sock yarn is Lisa Souza’s Hardtwist.

Comment by Bobbi

Made on Monday, April 16th, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

1) My favorite blog for humor is Franklin’s One of my favorite’s for socks is Sock Pr0n
2) My favorite sock pattern is always the one I’m currently knitting. In this case, I am knitting my own pattern (and should have it on my blog soon) for the fourth time! I love it, but am also itching to try one of Cookie A’s designs.
3) I love German sock yarns. They hold up SO well!!! Regia, Opal, Meilenweit. Those are the only ones that we get (with regularity)in the states and I love them each. When I first started knitting I loved self-striping yarns, but now that I am knitting more patterns with “design” to them I’ve gained a whole new appreciation for solids and semi-solids.
Thanks for running the contest and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Comment by Uta Reichert-Büchsenschuß

Made on Monday, April 16th, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

1. I enjoy reading the blog Alles Alltäglich regularly, his main website is located at It’s a man of my age that posts his personal experiences and thoughts at his blog.

2. I just love knitting the JayWalker- and Broadripple-patterns using Wollmeise-yarn or Austermanstep with jojoba and aloe vera; I also enjoy knitting patterns from a book called “Omas Strickgeheimnisse”.

3. I really like the Wollmeise yarn brand.

Best greetings
Uta from Halle, Germany

Comment by Christa

Made on Monday, April 16th, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

Favorite blogs – and
Pattern/yarn combo – I LOVE the jaywalker and any Cookie pattern. As for yarns – any crazy colors!

Favorite yarns – Socks that Rock and KnitPicks Memories are current faves.

Comment by stacey

Made on Monday, April 16th, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

I have to second Musta Villa – she has some amazing sock projects! My fav yarn/pattern combo – Trekking and the Gentleman’s Fancy Sock pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks. It shows off both the yarn and it’s Nancy Bush – how can you go wrong!!! As far as yarn – so far I love Cherry Tree Hill supersock but have not tried Wollmeise!!!

Comment by natalja

Made on Monday, April 16th, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

1) I’ve been reading dooce’s blog for ahem … could it be four years already?! I recently discovered and I han has cheezburger, which are both totally hilarious!

2) I’ve just completed a pair of socks using Trekking XXL and my own pattern, which I’m quite pleased with. I think it shows off the colors and structure of the yarn really well. I have to take pictures of the socks yet. Other than that, I usually knit plain stockinette socks. But if you’re looking for ideas, I totally love this and this yarn/pattern combo!

3) I only have knitting experience with Regia, Meilenweit, Trekking XXL and some no-name yarns :D. I acquired some Wollmeise yarn in the Veilchen colorway but gave it to my mother as a present on Easter :( Apart from Wollmeise I would love to try Sundara, Lorna’s Laces and Socks that Rock …

Comment by kathy

Made on Monday, April 16th, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

1. my fav knitting is, and I don’t have a non-knitting.

2. There’s a really basic pattern I found that I use all the time. I like fat fluffy socks for lounging. Just starting to get into socks and I am currently working on snicket socks by sabine (my sp9 pal).

3. Love Cherry Tree Hill.

Comment by Anne Martin

Made on Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 @ 2:11 am

1. I read pretty regularly (can’t get enough of that smut gossip! LOL) and I also really like .. sometimes very profound, sometimes funny, sometimes xrated, sometimes kid like, but almost always thought provoking.

2. I am just moving into knitting socks, so I don’t have any favorites yet!! I just bought my SP10 pal some Trekking Pro Natura that felt so nice (it had a bit of bamboo in it so I think that did the trick!)

3. I don’t know enough to have a favorite yet :) I have loved a lot of the colors I’ve seen in Socks That Rock and Cherry Tree Hill, but I’d think it would depend on what you’re making the socks for!

Comment by Christine

Made on Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 @ 2:33 am

1)I did a the knit mit kit swap and Peaknit was my pal – since then I’ve enjoyed reading her blog:
2)I like Jaywalkers in Socks that Rock.
3) My favorite sock yarn is stuff hand dyed by Scout!

Happy B-day!

Comment by Oblivia

Made on Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

1. I’m always on the lookout for fun knitting blogs written by “regular people”. What’s your favorite non-knitting-celebrity blog?

Is this a non-celebrity knitter or a non-knitting celebrity? >;)
I’m terrible at making the rounds on “non-celeb” knit-blogs, so I’m usually just checking in on Grumperina, KnitAnon, and HelloYarn. I use LJ, so I do the blog reading all on the friends list for one-stop reading when I get to it. I’ve just been lurking around Flickr most of the time though. I check on Postsecret every week and stalk Destash.

2. I love sock knitting – what’s your favorite sock pattern/yarn combo?

I just love the Monkey socks by Cookie at I have made two pairs, and the Monkeys in the Wollmeise Sultan is my favorite, if you can’t tell in my Flickr. ;) I have knit extensively with Cherry Tree Hill and it is really luscious.

3. What is your favorite brand of sock yarn???

I am in love with Hello Yarn, but I keep collecting it and petting it and not knitting enough with it. I’ll need break into more skeins later on this month, I’m sure.

Happy birthday!

Comment by Elemmaciltur

Made on Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 @ 10:16 pm

Okay, here goes:

1. I’m always on the lookout for fun knitting blogs written by “regular people”. What’s your favorite non-knitting-celebrity blog?

Domesticat and Brooklyn Tweed because of the great photos and great content as well as great knitting.

2. I love sock knitting – what’s your favorite sock pattern/yarn combo?

– Hmmmmmm….I don’t have a favourite pattern yet, since I haven’t knit that many socks. Although I guess you say that I like JayWalker and the Universal Toe-up Sock using Magic Cast-On.

3. What is your favorite brand of sock yarn???

– Regia or Wollmeise….although I’ve still two Jitterbugs here that I still have to test. I also quite like the Trekking pro Natura I’m test-knitting for Maschenkunst.

Comment by fbz

Made on Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 @ 9:35 pm

1. I’m always on the lookout for fun knitting blogs written by “regular people”. What’s your favorite non-knitting-celebrity blog?
I really like Sailing Knitter‘s blog.
2. I love sock knitting – what’s your favorite sock pattern/yarn combo?
Oh too many combos possible! Right now I think toe-up magic loop plain stockinette or ribbing or cables with Wollmeise is my favorite.
3. What is your favorite brand of sock yarn???
Wollmeise hands-down. Second place is the Panda Cotton from Crystal Palace.

Comment by Ingrid

Made on Thursday, April 19th, 2007 @ 10:36 am

Hi Kris
Here goes:
I think some of my favourite non-knitting-celebrity blogs are written by people I have either sent gifts to or who have sent to me. Julie (I sent her a scarf for ISE3) writes a lovely blog, with great recipes:
and I love Saartje’s blog
Is Lene a celebrity because her blog is beautiful:
Non-knitting blogs I like are Posh Mum (snide school run mum – someimes funny) and Vegan lunch box (when you have three packed lunches to make every day you need some inspiration!)

On the subject of sock knitting, I like Koigu and Fleece Artist together with wavy patterns, so some of my favourite patterns are Wendy’s feather and fan sock
and the razorshell sock by Miriam Felton
My secret pal this round also has a wavy sock pattern, Tropicana:

As for favourite brands of sock yarn, I love Koigu and Fleece Artist, and also like Cherry Tree Hill and Lorna’s Laces. Socks that Rock is my favourite for admiring and stroking and looking at all the pretty colours! I have some Trekking to try as I have heard rave reviews from others about it and want to see if it lives up to them. Posh Yarn does beautiful yarn, although I don’t know how hard wearing it is, and Hello Yarn I am itching to try. I also love the Wollmeise yarn Sabine sent me and love Claudia’s Hand-painted yarns and Vesper yarns. There is so much choice out there on the Internet it is hard to pick just one!

Happy Birthday for the 23rd!

Comment by Emma

Made on Thursday, April 19th, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

1. I subscribe to so many knitting blogs, so my favorites rotate. However, I really like this one:

She’s a local girl, although I have never met her, and she doesn’t post often, but she cracks me up nonetheless!

2. I love Fleece Artist, and my favorite socks I have made so far have been the Unst pattern from Knitting on the Road in Fleece Artist. they’re great socks!

3. Love Fleece Artist, Piece of Beauty, and all the usual suspects. I have lots of sock yarn in the stash that I haven’t used yet, so there are plenty I am looking forward to!

Comment by deknit

Made on Friday, April 20th, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

1. Currently I really like two norwegian knitting blogs
Bente B’s Blog and Hildes hekle-strikkeri-hurra!.
(Lucky for be both of them blog in English in addition to Norwegian.)
oh, and I also like PuNk rAwK pUrL

2. I’m a big fan of sock knitting as well, I just started knitting (socks) again in January. Of the ones I have finished since then I favor Lana Grossa Meilenweit Multiringel using a knitty pattern – a slightly modified (toe-up) Thuja.

3. I like Meilenweit and also Regia, but waiting for me as the next project is a skein of Socks That Rock yarn, it already feels and looks so nice, so I’m very curious how that will work out.

Happy Birthday!

Comment by Liz in Raleigh, NC

Made on Saturday, April 21st, 2007 @ 2:11 am

I stumbled over here from your glorious yarn photos posted on Flickr. (They truly had me drooling!) So… here are my answers:

1. >> What’s your favorite non-knitting-celebrity blog?
I really like Two Left Needles ( – she’s a really down-to-earth person who writes quite eloquently, and her posts are always filled with lovely pictures of WIPs – dyeing, knitting, and spinning (all of which I very much enjoy, myself).

2. >> what’s your favorite sock pattern/yarn combo?
I’m not one who likes to follow patterns, generally speaking, so I usually come up with my own patterns, depending on my mood and what the yarn is begging to be knit up as. Lately I’ve been knitting up a lot of my own hand-dyed stuff, and that’s great fun, because the yarn starts calling to me from the very beginning of the dyeing process, and by the time it’s dry and wound up neatly into a cake, I’ve got the perfect idea of what kind of sock the yarn wants to be turned into!

3. >> What is your favorite brand of sock yarn???
Like I said, lately I’ve been knitting a lot of my own hand-dyed sock yarn (Ellie’s Ewe Hues –, but as far as commercial yarns go, I love Koigu (who doesn’t?), Claudia Hand Paints, and Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock. I’d like to try the Trekking Pro Natura (it’s calling to me) and Jitterbug… And of course, the sock yarn you’ve posted pictures of is absolutely delicious – I would love to get my hands on some of that! :)

Thanks for posting all those lovely pictures. :)


Comment by Breibeest

Made on Saturday, April 21st, 2007 @ 9:05 am

Happy birthday!!

1. Same here, I’m also always on the lookout for good blogs by “people like us”! I really enjoy my Secret Pal’s blog as she writes very well and makes lovely things — but of course I can’t reveal the URL yet, haha :-) I always read Lolly and am amazed at the way she is such a wonderful facilitator of all kinds of social activity in the online knitting world. I also find that I most enjoy reading blogs by people I know or met in person, so I like to read blogs by my fellow Stitch ‘n Bitch members Storm op Zolder and Knitting Ajour. Berthi unfortunately only writes in Dutch, but her blog is very interesting as she does a lot of research on vintage and historical Dutch knitting patterns.

2. I only just got started knitting socks, but my most successful combo, until now, has been Jaywalkers with Trekking XXL in colorway 147. You can see a photo of one sock here.

3. I am totally, ultimately and irreversibly addicted to Zitron’s Trekking XXL. Three hurrays for Trekking XXL! (Of course, I haven’t tried Wollmeise yet… so I may still change my mind, haha!)

Comment by adrienne

Made on Saturday, April 21st, 2007 @ 11:57 pm

1. Two of my favourite knitting blogs are sock pr0n and Sugar Bunny Blvd
2. Oooh, that is hard. I like striping yarns knit up into Jaywalkers. Or feather and fan.
3. I’m not sure what my favourite brand is – I haven’t tried enough to certain! I like Lorna’s Laces, I like Vesper too. For sturdier yarn, I like Trekking.

Comment by Jennie

Made on Sunday, April 22nd, 2007 @ 12:01 am

Happy early Birthday wishes!!! :)

Hmmmm okay…
1. I really love reading blogs. I am at times a blurker. Ya know the ones who read and don’t ever comment. hehe. I’ve come to know some really great people via their blogs. Check them out: Twisted Knitter, Mixed up Beauty, and Pale-Autumn.

2. Sock knitting hmmm. This is my new obsession. I want all the yarn possible. Any brand I hear of or see all knit up an pretty, well if I see it somewhere, it’s going into the shopping basket. I can hardly knit pass stockinette but do plan to learn some pattern stitches by the end of the year.

3. Favorite sock yarn…please refer to #2, LOL. Didn’t I just say I want them all? I’m just gonna be a hoarder.


Comment by laptitelili

Made on Sunday, April 22nd, 2007 @ 9:54 pm

Happy Birthday!

1) My favorite non-knitting celebrity blog is Jess Hutch’s one (
2) My favorite yarn/sock pattern combo is Wollmeise Frosch or “Am kalten Polar” with Knitty’s RPM socks
3)My favorite brand of sock yarn is Wollmeise!

Comment by Lucette

Made on Sunday, April 22nd, 2007 @ 10:03 pm

A very Happy Birthday to you.
1 My favourite blog is toomuchwool. Cassie is a fast and amazing sock knitter and her blog is very entertaining.
2 My favourite yarn is fleeceartist and it comes with a pattern on the kit.
3 fleece artist. what more is there to say

Comment by Linnea

Made on Monday, April 23rd, 2007 @ 9:27 am

Okay, twist my arm to enter a contest… Happy birthday! :)

1. I really enjoy reading Bezzie’s blog: – very entertaining, and some really brilliant ideas, too. Now if only she would post the recipe for the peanut butter brownie confections she has everyone drooling at…
2. I have a confession to make. The only sock yarn I have ever used is from Wolle Roedel – of the 4-ply, mini-ringel variety. I’m a new sock knitter! And as for patterns, well, my current favorite is the Jaywalker. The different colors of the Wolle Roedel yarn work really well with it, I think. But I don’t really have that much room to talk about yarns and patterns!
3. See above :)

Now to start reading all the other blogs that people have recommended! Thanks!

Comment by Yarnissima

Made on Monday, April 23rd, 2007 @ 12:12 pm

And a very happy birthday to you….

1. >> What’s your favorite non-knitting-celebrity blog?

2. >> what’s your favorite sock pattern/yarn combo?
Pattern: basic toe-up, with my own alterations/cables/gussets/traveling stitches, combined with Wollmeise or Trekking XXL

3. >> What is your favorite brand of sock yarn???
Rohrspatz & Wollmeise

Comment by ann-marie

Made on Monday, April 23rd, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

i really like january one (
for patterns i really like the jaywalkers (from magknits)–i’ve made 4 of them and cara (from january one) is the queen of jaywalkers.
i’m really liking Opal yarn these days, but I just bought some Colinette Jitterbug that’s quite dreamy.
Fleece Artist is my new obsession

Comment by Sara

Made on Monday, April 23rd, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

1. I’m always on the lookout for fun knitting blogs written by “regular people”. What’s your favorite non-knitting-celebrity blog?
i love or
i don’t usually read personal blogs

2. I love sock knitting – what’s your favorite sock pattern/yarn combo?
hmm, i’m obsessed with Widdershins from knitty and self-striping yarn.

3. What is your favorite brand of sock yarn???
probably mountain colors bearfoot or koigu

happy birthday!

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