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We Hit 12,000 Members!!!

We Hit 12,000 Members!!!

Our Facebook group has grown from just a few hundred to 12,000 in just a year and a half!!! To honor this record I am giving away a project bag and a skein of sock yarn!!! This giveaway will close at midnight on August 16th. Winner will be chosen by random number generator. Just leave a comment here sharing the name of your favorite indie dyer- maybe I have never heard of them before.. 🙂 Thank you for making the group as special as it...

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New Ongoing Giveaway!!!

New Ongoing Giveaway!!!

I was just looking at my design page on Ravelry and realized that I don’t have many socks knitted from my patterns. I know many of you have knitted my patterns and bought my sock kits and sock of the month kits but no one has posted finished socks on their Ravelry project page. So I decided to offer an ongoing giveaway- every month I will giveaway a project bag of the winners choice- in hopes to get you to start knitting those socks up.  To enter- knit up a pair of socks using one of my patterns and post it to Ravelry linking to my design. You can see all of my patterns on my designs page Debra G Designs. When you have posted your finished socks please send me a message with a link to your project- I will then throw your name in a hat and do a random drawing at the end of each month. One lucky winner will be chosen each month! I will be adding 2 new patterns after the Summer issue comes out and 2 of my patterns that have been for sale separately will also be in the Summer issue. The more times my patterns get knitted and posted on Ravelry the better, this is advertising for the eZine. Get knitting!!! You can enter every month as long as you have posted a finished pair of socks. Frogger Pattern   ...

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Summer Fun!

Summer Fun!

I know it has been forever since I have done an update. Most everyone knows that 6 months ago my husband and I separated. It hasn’t been easy- getting used to being totally responsible for all the bills, grocery monies etc.. is my biggest stress. I was used to being a single Mom already so the only difference is I don’t have another adult to take care of. I am free to make all decisions on my own without any stress. The tension is gone. The kids and I have hit the road to make new memories. We have been to Lake Tahoe several times- we have dubbed it Tahoe Friday. We did a 5k on 4th of July. We go to the skate part several times a week where the kids skate and I walk. I am training for a 10k on the first of August and then over the next several months I have 2 more 5k’s and one more 10k before the weather gets bad. Here are some pics of our adventures..    ...

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Subscribe for 2 Years and Get a FREE Project Bag!!!

Subscribe for 2 Years and Get a FREE Project Bag!!!

  I am running a special until the end of August. If you subscribe to the eZine for 2 years (or extend your current subscription for 2 more years) I will send you a FREE project bag- that is like getting 2 years worth of the eZine for $15!!!! If you live in the US I will even ship it for FREE. If you live outside the US I will give you a coupon code for a FREE bag and you pay the shipping. If you live outside of the European Union- click HERE the first 4 products are to subscribe and renew- just pick which issue you want to start with. If you live in the European Union- click...

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7 Bags Ready to Ship!!

7 Bags Ready to Ship!!

I have 7 bags sewn up and ready to ship! Free Shipping in the US, all bags come with an Addicted to Sock Knitting wristband and a couple of mini skeins from indie dyers. The Cosmos   Hello Kitty Star Wars Pink Hello Kitty Eiffel Tower Paris  Retro...

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Purchase For a Chance to Win

Purchase  For a Chance to Win

Thank you all who purchased the Spring issue to be entered to win one of the giveaways.. The giveaway didn’t go over as well as I hoped so I am upping the ante. Everyone who is on the list for purchasing a single issue (Winter or Spring) will stay on the list.. Now there are more ways to win.. 1.Make any purchase- a project bag, single issue, renewal, or a subscription and you will be entered to win.. 2. Make another purchase before the giveaway is closed and you will be entered again. 3. Spread the word. Facebook, Instagram, Blogs, Ravelry.. If your marketing efforts result in a sale (make sure they let me know who sent them) and you will be entered again Prizes will be: The first 6 names drawn will receive a prize package worth $100!! An artisan pedicure sock kit and a handmade project bag of your choosing (except for the Mini Mermaid fabric) and an Addicted to Sock Knitting wristband and sock blocker key chain. The next 10 names drawn will receive a handmade project bag of your choosing (except for the Mini Mermaid fabric) and an Addicted to Sock Knitting wristband and sock blocker key chain- prize package worth $40 not including shipping. The next 100 names- yes 100!!!! Will receive an Addicted to Sock Knitting wristband. When does the giveaway end??? 2 weeks after the Summer issue of the Addicted to Sock Knitting launches- which is looking like the end of June/early July. So you have lots of time to enter.. So why such a humongous giveaway?? The kids and I are moving to Washington in September. I have already given my notice to my landlord. Between rent, deposits, moving truck, and other things we will need once we get moved (furniture and appliances) I am thinking that I will need at least $10k to make the move. I am not asking for a handout- I am offering prizes- lots of them to those who would like to make a purchase that will help build my moving fund. You can enter again and again.. If you send 10 people to the site and they all make a purchase- you will get 10 more entries. Remember that everyone who has purchased a single issue up to this point to be entered in the original giveaway are still entered into this giveaway and every purchase counts as an entry. And anyone who make a purchase yesterday or today before I updated the giveaway will be entered. Thank you! Debra              ...

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10,000 Member Celebration Giveaway!!!

10,000 Member Celebration Giveaway!!!

In honor of reaching 10,000 members in the Addicted to Sock Knitting group- I am giving away 10 prizes.. The contest ends March 1. One entry per person and you must be a member of the group. Your Entries 0 Total Entries 1178 Days Left Ended This contest expired. Powered by...

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2 Giveaways Extended 1 More Week!!!!

2 Giveaways Extended 1 More Week!!!!

2 Chances to Win!!! 1. Make any purchase (except for the free download) and be entered to win the March Sock of the Month kit. 2. Purchase and renew the Addicted to Sock Knitting eZine in one purchase and you will be entered into the above giveaway and will be entered to win a Spring prize package of: A handwoven shawlette (woven out of handspun yarns dyed in spring colors), a skein of sock yarn from my stash, and a spring themed project bag. The giveaway was extended,  it will now end the morning of February 9 ,...

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Addicted to Sock Knitting Socks

Addicted to Sock Knitting Socks

Christina Rowell of Aloha Blu designed these socks- and surprised me with the sample pair.. They are amazing.. There is more colorwork on the bottom of the foot and back of the leg. The pattern will be in the Spring issue of the eZine. If you have subscribed yet- what are you waiting...

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Featured Business of the Week: Toil and Trouble

Featured Business of the Week: Toil and Trouble

This week’s featured business in the ASK group is Toil and Trouble. Ana tells us a bit about herself and her business: Where did Toil & Trouble come from? It all started with an 8 year old girl and a crochet hook. As a little girl, I spent all my time designing crochet pieces and dreamed of selling them one day. Soon after learning to crochet, I learned to knit. I spent all my time playing with yarn, designing (admittedly not the greatest) pieces, and pretending to sell them on a table outside my bedroom door. I didn’t get many customers, but it was the beginning of a dream. Over the years, knitting took a back seat and I experimented with many loves, including illustration, watercolors and oil-painting. I even went to school and got degrees in psychology and architecture, but the call of fiber never stopped. In 2009, I gave in and started my business, finding my way back to that original childhood dream. When I learned how to dye my own yarn, I got to combine my love of playing with color, painting and fiber. I love creating fun accessories and colorful yarn! I hope you love them too. I believe that yarn is a manifestation of possibility! When I design knit pieces, I am investigating the process of creation and embracing the blank slate that is yarn. When I am dyeing yarn, I feel like I am creating little pieces of possibility to share with the world. Why Toil & Trouble? I love books. I really really love books. We have a shelf problem in our house, which has lead to stacks of books on the floor (I call it a shelf problem because there is no such thing as a book problem). I also love witches. So my brand name came from Macbeth, combining my love of both books and witches. What does Bookishly Inspired mean? I draw a lot of inspiration from literature, mythology, folklore and geekery in general. The Mists of Avalon is one of my life-long favorite novels, Ghost Busters was one of the best movies ever made, and I am completely obsessed with Doctor...

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Featured Business of the Week Crazy Dog Yarns

Featured Business of the Week Crazy Dog Yarns

This weeks featured business in the Addicted to Sock Knitting group is Crazy Dog Yarns. Janet tells us a bit about her business: Hi this is Janet from the one woman show called Crazy Dog Yarns. It all started about 10 years ago when I decided one day that I wanted to dye my own yarn. My enabling friends had gotten me started and hooked on sock knitting and I wanted more variety than what was available at my local fabric/wool shop. It soon became clear that I could dye sock yarn faster than I could ever knit socks so the dyeing went on the back burner. Last July I decided the time was right to hit the dye pots again and Crazy Dog Yarns was born. I get inspired by colour and want share the uniqueness of hand dyed yarns with my fellow knitters. I currently sell through my Etsy shop but later this year I will be branching out and attending wool festivals. The name of my business as many have asked me about is an homage to the crazy dog I owned when I first started dyeing. I am pleased to be selected as business of the week on the Addicted to Sock Knitting. It is a wonderful community filled with sock knitters willing to share their ideas and...

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eZine Special and Giveaway!!!

eZine Special and Giveaway!!!

Act now to save $$ on your eZine subscription and renewal. The end of this month the cost to renew your subscription will go up to $25 and after the Fall issue this year the price for the subscription will go up to $35 –  now is the time to cash in on the savings. To get you more excited about subscribing and renewing I am having a giveaway.. Spring themed… Everyone who subscribes and renews with this special will be entered to win a spring inspired handwoven shawlette (retailed at $125) a spring themed hand sewn project bag (retailed at $30- pictured below) and a skein of sock yarn from my stash.. To enter you must make your eZine/renewal purchase by Monday morning Feb 2. I will use a random number generator to choose the winner. Giveaway is open to international subscribers as well (if you live in the EU please click HERE to make your purchase)...

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Featured Business of the Week: Never Enough Thyme

Featured Business of the Week: Never Enough Thyme

This weeks featured business of the week in the Addicted to Sock Knitting Group is Never Enough Thyme. Katie tells us a bit about the business that she and her Mom work together: Hi, I’m Katie from Never Enough Thyme.  My mother, Jayne, and I started the business in 2012.  We took a yarn dyeing class together and enjoyed it so much that we decided to start the business as a way to earn money to support our hobby.  We named our business after an old toll painting business that my mom had while she was a stay at home mom to my sisters and I.  Now I’m a stay at home mom to my son, so I do most of the dyeing and running of the shop. We mostly dye sock yarn because we both really enjoy knitting socks.  We also sell fiber, some including nylon for spinning sock yarn.  While we currently only sell yarn online, our future goals include selling in small local yarn shops and vending at local fairs. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be business of the week for Addicted to Sock Knitting!  We are both members of the facebook group and have gained some awesome customers from it!  Thanks for supporting us indie dyers. 🙂 –...

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The Woolroom at Longmeadow Farm: ASK Featured Business of the Week

The Woolroom at Longmeadow Farm: ASK Featured Business of the Week

This weeks featured business in the Addicted to Sock Knitting group on Facebook is The Woolroom at Longmeadow Farm. Sandy tells us a bit about her business.. Hi, my name is Sandy Long. I am so thrilled and excited to be this week`s Addicted to Sock Knitting’s featured business of the week. I reside in a small town called Freedom, with my husband Tom, a small flock of Romney and Natural Colored Longwool Sheep, and a few other farm animals and pets. Freedom is located in Western New York. I seriously started working with and dying wool about 7 years ago. Due to the passion I had and the positive encouragement I received, it became a full time business. I use fiber from my flock, as well as purchase ecru wool and wool blend yarns to hand dye. I try to satisfy all color preferences, but tend to do more in earth and jewel tones; which I love. The dying is done at the farm, mainly by myself, with an occasional family member or fiber friend lending a hand.   I do several Fiber events a year, have a shop here at the farm and recently added an on line store. The things I offer for sale are natural and hand dyed yarn, fiber in roving, batts and dyed locks, raku-fired buttons by Demensions, home made soap and lotion bars, goat milk lotion, and pure New York Maple Syrup. In closing I would like to say how thankful and blessed I feel to have the opportunity to work from home doing something that I love. With much support from family, friends and wonderful customers it is possible. I look forward to serving you! “THANK YOU” and “HAPPY NEW YEAR” to all,… Sandy Long ~ The Woolroom at Longmeadow...

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GIVEAWAY!!!!

GIVEAWAY!!!!

I am giving away a skein of Crimson Rambler yarn  on January 1, 2015. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me what you would like to see in future issues of the eZine. Article ideas, reviews (what products, books etc), interviews (with whom), how to videos etc… I want the ASK eZine to be the best sock knitting publication out there, so I need your...

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Featured Business of the Week Stitches Be Slippin’

Featured Business of the Week Stitches Be Slippin’

This weeks featured business in the Addicted to Sock Knitting Group is Stitches Be Slippin’. Michelle tells us a bit about her sock knitting journey and her business” Hello, my name is Michelle and I am an addict. Addicted to sock knitting. I was not always addicted to knitting socks, it really all started with my blog (www.stitchesbeslippin.com) . I was casually writing about my knitting and problems I had, how I overcame them, etc. When I started knitting my first pair of socks, it was not the best experience. It took forever, the gauge was a little bit big and my pure and unbridled hatred of double pointed needles began to fester. I was somewhat upset that I did not like DPN’s because they have their place in knitting. To not be able to use one specific tool was annoying to me so I challenged myself. I bought a pack of DPN’s in assorted sizes and vowed that I would use them and make myself like them. The logical thing to knit was socks. It also helps that my mother is a shameless hand-knit-sock thief. I have knitted 20-30 pairs of socks since this challenge and I only have 3 pairs in my drawer. At the beginning of this challenge it was difficult, but I was determined to like DPN’s. At some point I developed a rhythm and all of the sudden, it worked. There was no awkward fumbling of needles and yarn, there was just seamless knitting. It was very therapeutic and I loved it! Not long after this, I took a dyeing class at Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago. I absolutely adored wearing socks from yarn I had dyed myself. I also really enjoyed the dyeing process. I started my business only dyeing sock yarn, but quickly branched out from there. Now I carry a variety of weights in my retina-searing colours! I can be found on Etsy as StitchPleaseYarns, or you can simply check out my blog at www.stitchesbeslippin.com. I write about a variety of things, but socks come up fairly often, given my addiction to...

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New Feature for Spinners in Next Issue of the ASK eZine

New Feature for Spinners in Next Issue of the ASK eZine

  I have been spinning for 13 years. Started with a drop spindle and moved my way up to a spinning wheel. I have spun on a Babe, Ashford’s Traditional- single treadle and double treadle, Ashford’s Country Spinner, a Louet something, a HitchHiker, a Kromski, an electric spinning wheel, and now- my favorite (though I still miss my electric for plying), a Spinolution Echo. From the beginning I wasn’t interested in spinning thinly. I wanted to spin unusual yarn. Yarn you couldn’t find in the store.. Artsy yarns. So while I could spin thinner I didn’t try to. So I never got into the technical aspects of spinning. I just spun. Then 10 or so years ago I got into weaving on a triangle loom. Then I started spinning thicker yarns for weaving with. This made amazing shawls. I am no longer weaving shawls. I do a lot of knitting.. shawlettes, hats, mitts, cowls, and yes… SOCKS.. Now that I run the largest sock knitting group on Facebook and publish the Addicted to Sock Knitting eZine, I thought I should work at getting better at spinning sock yarn. I even created an area in the group for spinners to discuss spinning sock yarn. This led to the idea.. What about a regular feature in the eZine on spinning sock yarn?? We could even have ads for hand dyed roving for sock knitters (the roving has some nylon added for durability). I asked around and the response was a resounding YES! The people have spoken and they want me to add spinning sock yarn to the eZine.. So…  The next issue will have an article and maybe some videos on spinning sock yarn. Maybe an interview with someone who dyes primarily roving for spinning.. And ads.. Beautiful ads.. A gallery of handspun socks.. Yep!!! I am so excited.. Have you subscribed...

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Featured Business of the Week: Six Fingered Kitty

Featured Business of the Week: Six Fingered Kitty

This week’s featured business of the week in the Addicted to Sock Knitting group is Six Fingered Kitty Fiber Arts. Daphne dyes beautiful yarn but also makes super cute project bags and stitch markers. Daphne is running a special for us- The code is SOCKADDICT and it is for 15% off an order of $20 or more. Daphne tells us a little bit about herself and business: I started knitting when I turned 27. I had knitted before when I was younger and my mom taught me, but I didn’t keep up with it. When I had a lazy boyfriend who didn’t want to make much of an effort to spend time together, lol, I taught myself to knit again. That quickly became a passion, and then I joined a guild and learned to spin as well. That quickly turned into a desire to learn to dye, and so I have been doing all those things now for about 12 years on and off. My business came to be after many of my friends saw my dyeing and told me I should sell it. I kind of blew it off for a while, but then when I had my son in 2011, I saw it as an opportunity to supplement my income without having to spend too much time outside the home. I am an RN, but now I just work one day every 3 weeks, as my business has grown enough for me to be able to cut back my “day job” hours. 🙂 Fiber, fleece and yarn, as well as project bags (which have become a full-time job in their own right!) and stitch markers, are my focus now. Of course, my son is #1, but he is now getting old enough to keep himself occupied for an hour or two so I can get a little more done during the day. My goal for next year is to dye more yarn! I love fiber arts, I love knitting, and I love socks! I am a slow sock knitter, mainly because I just won’t sit down long enough to knit more than a few rows at a time, but it is still my favorite item to knit. So rewarding, and so many possibilities!...

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