GIVEAWAY: Is anybody out there?

About fifteen years ago, I gave my mom a nice leather handbag for Christmas. She was always complaining about the straps breaking on her old purse so I found one that seemed very sturdy. Months later, I saw the bag sitting unused in a drawer. I asked her why she hadn’t used it yet, and she said, “It’s too nice to use every day.”

Apparently you all think my new website is too nice to use, too, because I am not seeing very many commenters here.

So let me entice you to speak.

Remember last fall, when I designed these socks for Knitty’s Anniversary issue?


They are called the “Little Purls of Wisdom” socks, and were knit in a lovely yarn handdyed by Indigodragonfly. It just so happens that I was sent two skeins of this yarn, and only needed one to make the sample socks. Which means I have an extra skein of gorgeous handdyed yarn sitting around. I offered to return it, but was told “No, why don’t you do a giveaway on your blog?”

Leave me a comment telling me what your all-time favorite Knitty pattern is and I will use a random number generator to select a commenter to win a skein of this yarn. One comment per person. You MUST leave your email address in the comment or give a Ravelry ID or use one of those comment profiles that contains your email address. (Every time I do a giveaway, I end up picking a name that has no contact info available anywhere and it make me sad to have to pick another!)  Leave your comment by noon Saturday, March 16th to be eligible. And when I announce the winner I will tell you an amusing story about the photoshoot for these socks, which features Elvis’s lovely friend, seen above.   COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED!  THANK YOU!

77 Thoughts

  1. My favourite has to be Aeolian Shawl which lured me into trying lace knitting. I’ve yet to tackle it, but it will probably be attempted this year.

    I’m Stitched-Together on Ravelry.

  2. Donna Gerber says:

    I love the Clapotis shawl/scarf. Am making one right now out of a Noro yarn and am absolutely loving it. Can’t wait to see the finished product. Such an easy and fun project.
    -knittingramma on Ravelry

  3. Loraine says:

    My favourite Knitty pattern would be “Voodoo Wrist Warmers”. I have made dozens of them for gifts. Even a slow knitter like myself can crank out a pair of these in nothing flat!

  4. Laura says:

    I love the baby Trellis pattern. Many think it’s too intricate for a baby sweater but I disagree. Just enough fun and a ton of cuteness!

  5. Going to go with Fetching. I was gifted a pair and have since gifted many pairs myself. Comfortable, well designed and quick.

  6. Amy S-R says:

    I love the Clapotis!

  7. Deb says:

    I’d have to say the OpArt blanket. Just made one for a baby and it has been a huge hit. I think I am going to make a bigger version for my son to take to college.

  8. Crystal says:

    I wish I received more comments on my blog as well. I know people visit it as I offer free patterns that have been knit plenty on ravelry, just not a lot of comments! I sometimes make an effort to comment on others blogs, but sometimes I don’t even have time to read them, let alone comment!

    As for your question, I think my favourite knitty pattern is probably Calorimetry. It’s definitely the one I’ve knitted most!

  9. Julie says:

    Not sure yet! Guess I’ll go check it out.

  10. Emily says:

    I love the Mythos Cardigan designed by Laura Nelkin. I get compliments on mine all the time!

  11. Maryanne says:

    Wow, there are way too many great patterns published in Knitty for me to choose just one! If I judge by the one I’ve made the most times, that would be the Annis shawl. But I have so many more queued up to make, like the Aeolian shawl, the Summit, After the Rain mittens, and of course, the Little Purls of Wisdom socks.

    wil4ds on Ravelry

  12. Melanie says:

    Right now, my favorite is Afternoon Tea … which would be lovely in that yarn. Please.

    teabird on Ravelry

  13. Kathleen says:

    I guess it would be Clapotis, since I’ve made a few of them over the years. But right now, my favorite is Cadence – minimum effort, maximum effect!

  14. Marianne says:

    Favourite? That’s a tough one. I do love the Annis shawlette though, can be with the nupps or beaded, both are gorgeous.
    You know who I am, your little old Hoar in Oklahoma. ;)

  15. Well, I’m still here! (just quiet)
    Hard to pick just one fave, but I have a fondness for the Branching Out scarf ( It was my first foray into lace, and it really boosted my confidence. I facilitate the knitting clubs at my local senior center and local high school, and I often refer new lace knitters to this pattern as well.

  16. Bonnie says:

    I love Indigodragonfly yarn! The Knitty pattern I’ve knit the most is probably Knucks, but picking a favorite pattern is hard. Clapotis. No, Lace Ribbon scarf. No, maybe the Girl Friday sweater…

  17. Luann says:

    I’ve known and loved many Knitty patterns, but the Dim Sum cat toys from Issue Three have been very popular and oft-requested gifts from family members.

  18. Barb B. says:

    I don’t have a favourite pattern on Knitty. I don’t want to win the yarn as I have lots of yarn, including beautiful Black Bunny yarn (my prescioussss yarn) I just want you to know that I ALWAYS read your blog. I am like the Blog Stalker of Blog Readers.

  19. JullesT says:

    The Fetching Mitts, the Lilah Shawl, the Lace Ribbon scarf … do I have to go with patterns I’ve made, or does this also include all the patterns I want to make but haven’t gotten to yet? because that’s a MUCH longer list … : )

    JullesT on Rav

  20. Andrea says:

    Hard to pick, there are so many wonderful designs there. However, the fish hat that looks like it’s eating your head just makes me giggle whenever I see it so I love it for its silliness.

  21. Allison says:

    My favorite pattern, very old, is Shedir.

  22. Jocelyn says:

    Gotta go with Clapotis!

  23. Carolyn says:

    My favorite pattern would be Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery. I love all of her designs! I think that my email can be found through my comment, but my Ravelry name is ckknit. Thanks for having this giveaway!

  24. Beth says:

    So many favorites, it’s tough just to pick a favorite by category:

    Shawl – Aeolian (with beads!)
    Sweater – Bristow
    Socks – Monkeys, but your Little Purls of Wisdom is on my to-do list

    spinningphoenix on Rav.

  25. linda says:

    my favorite knitty to keep knitting is shroom – it is fast and always loved by those who got it. On that note my absolute favorite thing i made from Knitty was Anouk. I made it for my daughter’s first birthday and still miss that it doesn’t fit. (She’s 8).

    i just started my first pair of socks (a toe-up Wendy Johnson pattern), so I’d love this yarn to knit next. my knitting is going faster than i expected and easier than i anticipated.

  26. Andrea says:

    Probably the Beatnik sweater even though I will have yet to make it!

  27. molly tb says:

    While it isn’t *my* favorite, the Fish Hat has been requested by so many relatives that I’ve made more than 10 of the things.

    I’m AnneArquis on Ravelry. :)

  28. janice says:

    I’m not sure that I have a fave, but there sure are a lot that I love! Will someday join the Clapotis club, ditto for Aeolian!

  29. Carry says:

    Right now the one I’m dying to make is Rime’s the Reason. But if you’re going for made most often, it’s a toss up between Coronet, Clapotis and (in my early knitting days), the French Market Bag.

    (Rav name Tivity)

  30. I’d have to say Fruit Loops socks, bless ‘em.

  31. Lisa says:

    I know that there are millions of them, but my clapotis is my most beloved knitted item. It was not hard to knit, but I always get compliments. Most importantly, it’ all I need on a rare cold day.

  32. Stephanie says:

    My favorite Knitty pattern is Fetching.

    My Ravelry name is Stephaknits.

    Thank you!

  33. Jill says:

    The pattern I make the MOST from Knitty is Monkey Socks….they fit me perfectly and I usually get them done quickly which is all I really want from socks…Second favorite is the fingerless gloves Fetching….pretty much the same reason as Monkey Socks. I also love the Fake Fair Isle Tam but haven’t had the chance to make it yet.

  34. Deb Leary says:

    Annis! Right now I’m itching to make another…

  35. Marianne says:

    My favorite is always the pattern that’s on my needles now: Brenda Patipa’s Rivercat socks.

  36. Maria says:

    I’d have to say Monkey, though it’s a tough choice.

    I love your socks, too and I love Indigodragonfly.

    Anoush on Rav.

  37. KATE says:

    DUCK! I haven’t made a pair yet – but I have the yarn stashed…
    I DO read, but will clearly have to do better with commenting. Plus my blog reader ‘system’ had to be changed recently and I’m still adapting to the alterations. Excuses…right?
    (KTE on Rav.)

  38. Dawn says:

    Beautiful yarn! Annis shawl is probably my favorite but there’s so many choices! :-)

  39. Nancy says:

    My favorite pattern has to be Cozy. It was my first foray into lace as well as a cathartic knitting project. To this day, and we are talking YEARS, I always have one on the needles.

  40. Alison says:

    My favorite as in knitted more than once – Fetching. I made these as a give-away in a knitted-items gift basket. For socks, Monkey (so far) and I love to knit socks (hint hint)!

  41. Sharripie says:

    This is easy! My all-time favorite pattern from Knitty has to be CookieA’s Monkey socks. Runner up is Lana Holden’s Skew.

    Thanks for doing this giveaway! I’m Sharripie on Ravelry too.

  42. Katie says:

    I have made several pairs of monkeys, and just think they are lovely to knit!

    Twinklelilkatie on rav

  43. Kathy Beaumont says:

    Kieran Foley’s Seascape Shawl. It is so lyrical. I made my first one with worsted weight white. My 2nd was lace, just beautiful.

  44. Jenni R says:

    Pomatomus – no, I have not knit it, but I have loved it since first laying eyes on it!!! Thanks for the contest, Barb Brown’s, and your comments make me laugh every day!!!!!

  45. Helen says:

    I can’t decide on a favorite. And I check on your blog daily. :)

  46. Marie says:

    Brambles beret, which I had to make in black and dark charcoal for a couple of hipsters in the family. I want to make it again for me in a cheerier colors.

  47. Dianne says:

    I’m a Fetching fan!

  48. Jessica Nicka says:

    It’s not practical or useful, but it’s adorable and really fun to make: Elefante by Susan B. Anderson. I made it in blue for my nephew for Christmas – and now his mom is expecting twin girls, so I’m thinking they’ll have to have their own (in pinks of course!).

  49. Jennifer says:

    Aww, I feel bad – I often read your posts in a reader (soon to be disabled, apparently) and often neglect to click through to comment. I’ll try to be better. Because your new site is wonderful – but should be used!

  50. Mary Kay says:

    My favorite Knitty pattern is probably the Lace Ribbon scarf by Veronik Avery.

    My Ravelry name is MaryKayC.

    And I check the blog almost everyday, sometimes twice. I love your thoughts on all things and I miss your What-I-read-last-month posts. You introduced me to several new authors.

  51. India says:

    Hard to believe, probably, but I don’t have a favorite Knitty pattern! I’ve downloaded a bunch, got them in my queue, but…. in any case, I would have a great deal of fun with this yarn, whether I used it for plain vanilla socks, something a bit more complex, a shawlette or cowl or or or… you can find me on Ravelry as indiart

  52. Milla says:

    Love the Citron shawlette, my first ever knit shawl, and I’ve made several since then for gifts. If I had time, I’d make one in every color I could think of, that’s how much I like it.

  53. Mark W. says:

    The Knitty pattern I’ve made the most is the Wavy scarf, although I also loved making Clapotis, Dashing, and Voodoo Wrist Warmers.

  54. Karen Caplan says:

    Monkeys! Mine finally fell apart recently…. note to self: make another pair.

  55. Liz says:

    My favorite knitty pattern is the Broadripple sock pattern… I’ve knit it over and over again. Your patterns are lovely! I’m off to queue a few. Thanks!

  56. Carol M says:

    I just discovered Knitty patterns but am anxous to try Easy as Pie blanket

  57. Ulrika Reinholdsson says:

    It’s impossible to choose a favorite pattern from Knitty, so many brilliant designs to love! But the pattern I’ve knitted the most is Monkey socks… I’d love to try this yarn and your design though as I’m a huge fan of you!

  58. Emilie V. says:

    My favorite sock is “Sunday Swing Sock”,from…have made 2 prs so far.

  59. Sue says:

    Bigger On The Inside.

  60. Who doesn’t vote for their own pattern? I am still finding Sweet Spots and working on another Sweetspot afghan.

  61. Liz says:

    I like my fetching mitts, and the follow up dashing arm warmers!

  62. Heidi Smith says:

    I love the Fish hat

  63. Ramona says:

    Well, dang it all, do I have to pick just one? If I haveto, t would be Cookie’s Pomatomus socks. They entranced me and inspired me to design socks myself (I’ve only done two. Note to self: it’s probably time to get back in the game. but first, maybe another pair of Pomatomi. Say! They’d look great in that yarn, wouldn’t they?

    P.S. HBTY! HBTY! HB, DC!!! HBTY!…&mm!

  64. Katherine Hutter says:

    Another Clapotis fan here! I have made two and definitely plan on making another.

  65. Cheryl says:

    I’m in the I can’t decide on a favorite. I think I’m leaning towards the Bigger on the Inside shawl (a nod to Dr. Who) by Kate Atherley.

  66. Daphne Kirkpatrick says:

    I love the Sweetspot Afghan! I have made two so far and have plans for a 3rd and 4th…..just have to stash enough yarn!

  67. Cathy H says:

    It is a tie between Monkey and Fetching. When people want to learn how to knit socks and have never worked with dpns before, I have them make the Fetching first. That way they aren’t struggling with the concept of dpns and sock language at the same time. And they end up with two cool projects!

  68. Tina says:

    It’s so hard to pick just one pattern, but I have to say my all time favorite is Cookie A’s Monkey Sock pattern. Ravelry ID: TinaSanders

  69. Lizard Ridge! Though Cookie’s Monkey socks come in a very close 2nd. And if I were to knit one of them a 2nd time, it would be Monkeys. :)

  70. Helen says:

    Hello I love knitting/crochet! I have been overwhelmed over the lst year on how much info is out there fr clases, patterns, websites, blogs (they are fun!)…but I have not really dove into as much but I do find the site helpful! I have made two pairs if socks so far one cuff down and the other toe up…I’m currently looking for more (give me more!). patterns to try. I got bit by the sock bug…loving it!! Good Luck to the recipient! Very lucky person!

  71. audrey says:

    I love the Sye Isle cardigan by Candace Joggerst from winter 2011. I might ven make it one day! You can call me ZommaZomma on ravelry :)

  72. Sherry W says:

    My favorite is probably clapotis!

  73. Kay says:

    Too late to win the yarn, but an assurance your blog is read, if not in a timely fashion!

  74. Nancy says:

    It was so difficult to decide, as Knitty is my go to pattern source, after Ravelry of course. I am going to have to go with Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery, but I have made more than one of Calorimetry by Kathryn Schoendorf. Love Knitty!

  75. Pam Schwartz says:

    Have to say I have knitted the Clapotis 4 times already. A great go-to, easy to memorize pattern

  76. Kelly Kubicz (KellyK) says:

    Clapotis… it’s SO wearable and fun to say!

  77. Carol - Madforknit says:

    Don’t pick me as I don’t knit as much as I like. The yarn is so gorgeous though. Just wanted to leave a comment in support and say Monkey socks are the BEST!!!!

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