Previous Activities — knitalongs, swaps, etc.

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Socktopia Socktopia is an ongoing sock knitalong with patterns every month.
This group is now 100% Ravelry.
Sockamania Club Knitalong Members of the knitalong club get a free pattern from Anni Design every month. Knit the socks in the allocated month to be eligible for a monthly drawing. (Update: If you miss out on the club, her patterns are available for purchase at Anni Design’s Etsy shop.)

August to October 2007 More Hogwarts socks! For second term, I was transferred to Slytherin House.
Knitters Virtual Vacation Swap June 1 to September 3, 2007 Travel virtually to a new location!
Sockapalooooza August, 2007 An international sock swap! I sent some lovely mosaic socks to Helga in Germany.
Summer of Socks 2007 June 21, 2007 to September 21, 2007 A whole summer to celebrate socks!

February 2007 through September 2007 A tried of colors is celebrated during every two months.
Hogwarts Sock Swap

May 1 to July 21 To keep ourselves busy while waiting for Harry Potter Book 7, we were sorted and assigned a secret pal. We knit socks for her/him in their Hogwarts House colors. I’m in Gryffindor.

The Buffy KAL

The Buffy KAL is what it looks like, a knitalong for fans of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer tv series.

Sock Madness

March to April 2007 Sock Madness will look familiar to NCAA basketball fans. Brackets in four divisions pit socknitters against other socknitters. Competitors knit a specific sock pattern for each 2-week match.

  • Sadly, due to bad timing (life got busy), and a sock curse, I was eliminated in the first round.
Flash Your Stash 2006 button graphic April 1, 2007. The whole hoopla.
Sock a Month Knitalong 3

February to July 2007 The goal of Socks a Month 3 is to complete a pair of socks each month.

  • Letters earned: F, M, A, Y, J, U; I completed all six months!

Red Scarf Project 2007

February 2007 The Orphan Foundation of America sends care packages to college students who have lost their parents. Knitters and crocheters volunteer to make and send handmade red scarves to include in the Valentine packages.

I contributed a scarf knit in a reversible stitch pattern for the 2007 packages. Pre-blog, I knit a cartridge rib in KnitPicks Decadence in WinterBerry for the Red Scarf Project 2006.

Knit Mitt Kit Swap

January 2007 The Knit Mitt Kit Swap is a secret swap where you put together a kit for your secret pal. You must make (eg: sew or knit) a bag to fill with a mitten (or glove or handwarmer) pattern and yarn.

  • See the basket I fulled for my pal in Sweden, and the package I received from Lauren in NM in this post.
From The Stacks Winter Challenge

November 2006 to January 2007 From the Stacks Winter Challenge motivated readers to pick five books that had been sitting on “To Read” stacks and post reviews.


Don't Come A Knockin' KAL

Members of the 2006 inaugural Rockin’ Sock Club by Blue Moon Fiber Arts were able to share experiences, tips, and finished objects and participate in contests on this blog. It moved to a members-only blog in 2007.

Knitters Coffee Swap

November 2006 The Knitters’ Coffee Swap matched up knitters who also love coffee for a swap. I received a wonderful package from Stephanie of Sharkypurl.
Lonesome Skein

October to December 2006 Lonesome Skein is a knitalong geared for getting through that oddball skein in your stash, and for working towards holiday gifts.


October 2006 I joined Fiberflix, a film discussion group for knitters (and other fiber artists).

Socktoberfest 2006

October 2006 A month to celebrate socks! I didn’t blog much about Socktoberfest, but I did have two small sock crises, and also participated in Sock Wars (see below).
KnitFlix Swap September 2006 We send to our swap partner a fun package including one movie and fun goodies for a movie night. I swapped with Megan of mega(k)nits. See what I sent her, and what I received.
Sock Wars 2006

September 22 to November 24 2006 This tournament pits socknitters all around the world against each other. Our weapons are our socks: the pattern, yarn and needles. We are assigned a target. Once our target receives a completed pair of socks, they have been killed off and must send their uncompleted pair and target info to their assassin, who gets to continue in the tournament.

June through August 2006 The One Skein Secret Pals Exchange was led by Interweave Press in conjunction with the release of One Skein. For June and July, we were to send a package to our secret pals containing an interesting or unique skein. Then in August, we had to send a handknitted (or crocheted) item made with one skein. I sent packages to Nicole in New York (blog-free) and received goodies from Molly (KnittinMol).
June through August 2006 We are matched up to spoil a knitblogger anonymously with goodies each month. My spoilee was Nicole of Knerq, and my spoiler was Lorinda from redhead ramblings.

February 2006 through August 2006 Each month celebrates a specific color. View my Project Spectrum gallery.
Summer Reading Program
June 1 through August 31, 2006 I set my reading goal for 40 books (~2-5 books per week). I was 4 books shy. Final tally: 36 books (12,414 pages). I also set bonus goals to clean out and organize my bookshelves and knit while reading. I accomplished these goals.

The Amazing Lace

The Amazing Lace was a fun knitalong with different challenges, Memorial Day to Labor Day 2006.

  • I entered Challenges #1, #2, #3, and #6.

Sock Yarn Addicts Club button logo

A three month diet for people who love Sock Yarn (April, May, and June 2006)! (One free day per month is allowed to purchase sock yarn, but you get a gold star if you make it 30 days without a purchase. For more details, see this SYAC post.)

  • June 2006—no sock purchases! (This was the easiest month, compared to April.)
  • No sock yarn purchases in May 2006! I did win a sock kit, though, cool!
  • I received a gold star for no sock yarn purchases in April 2006!
  • June 2006: I participated in a secret sock swap as part of the SYAC. I knit a toe-up pair with my own pattern for Jane (OzKnitter) with Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Glitz in River Run.

gold star gold star Golden Star! Spring Feet Sock Swap button

Flash Your Stash 2006 button graphic Flash Your Stash, April 1, 2006. Socks, and Everything Else.
Scarfin’ Knit Up Winter 2005-2006. This was a local (Twin Cities) Scarf Exchange. I knit a lace scarf for Dyann and Gretchen made me a wonderful Latifa.


Linen Washcloth Exchange Summer 2005.
I made three washcloths with one skein Louet Sales Euroflax Linen Originals (color Willow) that were traded with two other members.
Monk’s Travel Satchel Fall 2005.
Free pattern available at Interweave Knits‘ website. I used Lamb Pride Worsted in charcoal heather, deep charcoal, and Spice.


Thing-Along logo Thing-Along Winter 2004-2005. The goal was to knit a Sampler from Jacqueline Fee’s Sweater Workshop. I used my sampler to practice Continental knitting and ripped it out when I finished. I may make another one.

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In progress…

Sock Count (Pairs)

  • 2009 ~ 2
  • 2008 ~ 7
  • 2007 ~ 18 (1 baby)
  • 2006 ~ 20 (14 adult)
  • 2005 ~ 2
  • 2004 ~ 5
  • 2003 ~ 1
  • Total (sans 2009): 53

Just Stuff

  • Six Sox Knitalong
  • Sockamania Club Knitalong
  • zMeme
  • zRavelry
  • zSock Nation
  • zTSFB


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