Giveaway #3 – Toe Up 2 at a Time & Kollage Square Circular Knitting Needles

by Kelsey Norwood

in Giveaways

kollage and toe upWINNER!

The winner is Michelle! She said, “Oooh, I’ve been coveting the square needles for a long time, and the sock book looks fabulous! I have Toe-Up Books, and 2 at a time books, but none that marry the two. Would love it!”

Send an email to kelsey[at]vanillajoy[dot]com to claim your prize.

THE PRIZE

One reader will win a copy of Toe-Up 2 at a Time Socks by Melissa Morgan Oakes AND a 2 pair of 40″ square circular knitting needles (sizes 4 and 5) from Kollage Yarns.

MY REVIEW

I started knitting in January in fulfillment of one of my goals for the year and not only was I amazed at how hard it WASN’T but I found myself really wanting to learn to knit everything, including socks!

Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks was my very first introduction to sock knitting and I did it! I knitted a pair of socks with no human or You Tube help, that’s how great Melissa Morgan-Oakes and this book is.

kollage yarns square circular knitting needle close up

This book starts out talking about the basics of yarn, needles, etc. Melissa (I hope she doesn’t mind me calling her by her first name!) lists some of her favorite needles including Kollage Yarns Square Circulars which the winner will receive along with this book.

sample sock pattern

The third section before the patterns is a sample sock pattern just to get you used to the techniques. I made those socks, loved every minute of it, and I can totally see how people get addicted to knitting socks!

kollage square circular knitting needles

She recommends using two different colors of yarn your first time and I’m so glad I followed her advice because I would have been totally confused if I hadn’t. The pattern uses 40″ circular needles and I used Kollage Yarns square circulars, which I am in love with.The cord is super flexible and so nice to work, and the square knitting needles feel more comfortable, especially because the needle size is small. I really like the square shape when using a smaller needle.

I also used Clover locking stitch markers and needle point protectors, which work great with square needles. Clover’s knitting accessories are always reliable and fabulous.

Knitting up these socks was a real pleasure and the instructions were so easy to follow that anyone can do it! There are some rough parts in my finished socks, but overall pretty good for a first time!

Then the patterns, 15 of them!

melissa morgan oakes sock knitting book

The next pair I’m going to tackle will be April, a child’s sock pattern. I think I’m going to like children’s socks because they’re so much smaller and less intimidating!

knitted sock pattern

But eventually I can’t wait to try these adult socks. They look so cozy!

toe up 2 at a time socks technique explanation

The last section of the book gives you abbreviations and diagrams for all the main techniques you’ll need to use in the book. This section was what allowed me to do the whole pair of socks without consulting You Tube. She also gives a chart of standard sock sizes for men, women, and children so you can really get those socks perfect.

Thanks to Melissa Morgan-Oakes for teaching me to knit socks and to Storey Publishing and Kollage Yarns for sponsoring this giveaway!

GIVEAWAY RULES

  • Visit Storey.com & KollageYarns.com
  • Make a comment on this post telling me why you’d like to win before midnight Thursday, September 9.
  • A winner will be selected and announced at the top of this post on Friday.
  • Only one comment per person unless you earn extra entries.
  • Giveaway open only to residents of the continental United States…sorry.
  • Winners must email me to claim their prize within 5 days.

EARN EXTRA ENTRIES

You may earn 1 extra entry each for doing the following (make a separate comment for each thing you do):

GOOD LUCK and THANKS!

{This product was provided to Vanilla Joy for review purposes.}

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa September 6, 2010 at 7:42 am

I’d love to tackle knitting socks too!

2 Melissa September 6, 2010 at 7:42 am

What a great idea!

3 Sandy L September 6, 2010 at 8:16 am

I am a facebook fan of Vanilla Joy now.

4 Sandy L September 6, 2010 at 8:16 am

I am a facebook fan of Storey Publishing now.

5 Sandy L September 6, 2010 at 8:17 am

I am a facebook fan of Kollage Yarns now.

6 Sandy L September 6, 2010 at 8:18 am

I would be THRILLED to win! I have been wanted to try those square needles for a while. I am also very interested in knitting toe-up socks! Thank you for this opportunity to win!

7 Brianne September 6, 2010 at 9:48 am

I would love to win this for my wonderful MIL. She is obsessed with knitting socks.

8 Brianne September 6, 2010 at 9:49 am

I subscribe to your newsletter.

9 Brianne September 6, 2010 at 9:49 am

I’m subscribed to your feed.

10 Brianne September 6, 2010 at 9:50 am

I’m a Facebook fan of Vanilla Joy, but you might want to check out this article about Facebook and blog giveaways: http://getgood.com/roadmaps/2010/06/09/the-scoop-on-facebook-contests/

11 Brianne September 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

I subscribe to your YouTube channel.

12 Brianne September 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

Your button is on my sidebar.

13 Michelle September 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Oooh, I’ve been coveting the square needles for a long time, and the sock book looks fabulous! I have Toe-Up Books, and 2 at a time books, but none that marry the two. Would love it!

14 Michelle September 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I subscribe to your You Tube channel.

15 Michelle September 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I subscribe to your feed.

16 Michelle September 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I get your newsletter.

17 Michelle September 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I comment on non-contest posts.

18 Michelle September 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Your button is in my sidebar.

19 Michelle September 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I just joined the Kollage Yarns group on Ravelry (the first group I’ve ever joined).

20 Michelle September 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I’m now a follower of Storey Publishing blog.

21 Michelle September 6, 2010 at 10:18 pm

And I signed up for Kollage Yarns mailing list.

Thanks for the chance(s) to win!

22 Vicki September 7, 2010 at 12:15 am

I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit socks.

23 Vicki September 7, 2010 at 12:15 am

i get your feed.

24 Sharleen September 7, 2010 at 6:51 am

Toe up socks are the best. Would like to try the square needles. I only knit with circulars these days. Thanks.

25 Sharleen September 7, 2010 at 6:51 am

I receive your newsletter

26 Sharleen September 7, 2010 at 6:52 am

I am a facebook fan

27 Sharleen September 7, 2010 at 6:53 am

I subscribe to your feed

28 Sharleen September 7, 2010 at 6:58 am

I subscribe to the Youtube videos

29 Anne Marie September 7, 2010 at 8:24 am

Would love to try sock knitting – this would be perfect.

30 Valarie September 7, 2010 at 8:44 am

I remember my mom knitting with round needles! She made the prettiest slippers guess if I win I can knit some for my kiddos. crossing my fingers

31 Sue D September 7, 2010 at 3:41 pm

I have really been wanting to try to knit socks but they seem so complicated. This book looks like it would help me.

32 Sue D September 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I subscribed to the Storey Publishing blog.

33 Sue D September 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I subscribe to Vanilla Joy on YouTube.

34 Sue D September 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I subscribe to your feed.

35 Sue D September 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I’m signed up for your newletter.

36 Sue D September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm

I made a comment on your post called Hang a Shower Curtain Anywhere.

37 Molly Johnson September 9, 2010 at 6:22 am

I tried the square needles at Stitches Midwest and LOVED them…just didn’t have enough $$$ to get them. This would be awesome!!

38 Molly Johnson September 9, 2010 at 6:23 am

I am a fan of Vanilla Joy of FB

39 Molly Johnson September 9, 2010 at 6:24 am

I am a fan of Kollage on FB

40 Molly Johnson September 9, 2010 at 6:24 am

I am a fan of Storey Publish on FB

41 Molly Johnson September 9, 2010 at 6:24 am

I signed up for Kollage Newsletter

42 Molly Johnson September 9, 2010 at 6:25 am

I also follow Kollage on Rav

43 Kathy September 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

the squares are pure genius (I follow Kollage on FB and Rav, Storey on FB too)

44 Kathy September 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

love the square circs!

45 Kitten With A Whiplash September 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I’ve been fascinated by the square needles, but never been able to try them. This book has such great patterns, I’d have lots of experience with the needles in no time!

46 Teresa September 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Isigned up for the Kollage newsletter.

47 Teresa September 9, 2010 at 7:02 pm

now following kollage on twitter

48 Teresa September 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm

now following vanilla sky on twitter

49 Teresa September 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm

subscribed to your newsletter

50 Teresa September 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm

would love to have my OWN sock book.

51 Ruth M September 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I don’t knit, but I want to, and this would totally help me.

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