This will be the last post here on the Sock Madness Blog.  Hillary and I have mixed emotions about letting this go but we know the time is right and so, we give you, a word from your new Sock Madness Coordinators . . .

As many of you already know, Sock Madness will continue with SM4 in March 2010. There will be some changes, one of those being that Julie and I have decided not to carry on with the sock madness blog. We are going to continue to use the sockmadnessatgmaildotcom addy. All information about SM4 will be available in the Sock Madness Forever group on ravelry. If you have yet to join ravelry, this is the time to join if you are interested in keeping up with SM news. To join ravelry go to Ravelry.  A direct link to the Ravelry Sock Madness Forever group is

Julie and Tricia(Julie and zemy on ravelry) are your new organizers for SM. Julie entered the SM fray as a competitor in SM2 after following the blog of Carole, one of SM’s most recent organizers, who was a competitor in SM1. For SM3 Julie submitted the design Fire on the Mountain, which was the 6th round pattern. Julie also did an amazing amount of test knitting this year and was the photographer for many of those cunning teaser shots of various designs. I have submitted a design to sock madness all 3 years. For SM1 Painted Madness was the 3rd round pattern, for SM2 Odds ‘n Sods was the 7th round pattern and for SM3 Tokena was the 2nd round pattern.

Julie and I met late last year when she test knit my design submission Tokena.for SM3. Julie and I started to chat as she test knit Tokena and then when SM3 started, we chatted on ravelry more and more. We have talked about SM, socks and just generally got to know one another. One thing was very clear to both of us, we are quite passionate about SM. When Carole and Hillary made the decision to step down, there was not much question that Julie and I were ready to step up and continue the madness. The next big thing to happen will be a call for design submissions for SM4. So, please join us over on ravelry as we continue the madness.

Julie and Tricia

July 1, 2009 at 11:16 am 3 comments

The End

Sock Madness 3 finished up a little over a week ago with Dyveke as our champion. It was a great finish to a really good competition. As usual there was lot’s of great knitterly behavior. Knitters connected, supported each other and shared lot’s of laughs. As times it seemed like s tight little community which is remarkable when you consider that the community includes people in countries that cross time zones and speak different languages. Truly this is proof of the power of knitting.
Since the competition ended Carole and I have heard all of the lovely comments and we really appreciate all of the nice things that you say. It’s great to think that you want this to continue. It makes us both proud.
I wish I could say that Carole and I will be doing this again but we both feel that the time has come to pass the torch. I started Sock Madness after competing in another knitty event and thinking that I could do better. I bet that there are some among you who’ve had the same thought. That’s the kind of energy that Sock Madness needs and that Carole and I really can’t offer it anymore. It needs new blood and excitement.
If you think that you could be the one (or team) to take Sock Madness further and make it even better then contact us at sockmadness (at) gmail (dot) com. We’d love to see it continue in new and excellent directions.
To those of you who have expressed the desire to design for next year or help in other ways we thank you and we’ll pass your info along to the new Sock Madness Mods.
Thanks! It’s been great.

June 11, 2009 at 3:28 pm 6 comments

The Rest of the Prizes

Time to get the rest of the prizes awarded! Here we go –

For Round 5

Longaberger Basket
Jane B. wins the Longaberger Cracker Basket donated by Sally/iiimom.

Patterns and other goodies
Yarnmagnet wins a potpourrie of goodies donated by Sandy Z, Jen C and Sue C.

Sophies Toes Sock Yarn
Yarnwhisperer wins a skein of Sophie’s Toes Sock Yarn donated by Emily of Sophie’s Toes.

Zen Sock Yarn and Bag
Chewyknits wins a skein of Zen Sock Yarn donated by Sandy Z. and a project bag made by Sally/iiimom

Loopy Ewe and Knitting bag
Our grand prize winner is Dyveke and she wins a $25 gift certificate to the Loopy Ewe, donated by Sherri at the Loopy Ewe, as well as a project bag made by Sally/iiimom.

Winners please email your address to

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to all of our prize donors.

June 5, 2009 at 1:48 pm 4 comments

And That’s a Wrap!

We have a winner from the finals and it is Dyveke of For Whom the Ball Rolls. Congratulations, Dyveke! And great job to all of our competitors, too.

Prize winners from rounds 5 and 6 will be announced soon. Have a great weekend!

May 29, 2009 at 10:35 am 5 comments

Pattern 7 – See You Later Socks

We’ve finally reached the end of Sock Madness 3.  It’s been great and here is a pattern that we feel proud to present as the grand finale.  We hope you find it worthy.
What more can we say?

May 28, 2009 at 11:29 am 1 comment

Pattern 7 – The Very Last Round

This pattern uses about 340 yards variegated sock yarn like Cherry Tree Hill Sockittome or KP Felici.
It was test knit with Pagewood Farms Alyeska.

The specified needles are US 1 – 1.5 (2.25-2.5 mm)

The gauge is 7.5 stitches per inch.

 This pattern also requires 4 vinyl-coated paperclips or paperclip-like stitch markers. It clearly states that regular stitch markers won’t work.

 We know how anxious you all must be to have a champion so, with that in mind, we’ll start this round bright and early on Thursday, May 28th between 7AM and 10AM.

 Good luck to you all.

May 26, 2009 at 7:10 pm 3 comments

Pattern 6 – Fire on the Mountain Socks

Our round six pattern comes from Julie, a long time sock madness member. Not only has she been a participant but this year she was a huge help in doing loads and loads of test knitting. Seriously, Sock Madness 3 might not have happened if it weren’t for Julie and her mad test knitting skillz.

Fire on the Mountain re

Turns out she’s a pretty good designer, too. And here’s what she has to say about her latest sock pattern:

When planning this pattern for a recent sock swap, I started with the simple idea of something HOT. Not long after that, I ran across the gorgeous Kilauea sock yarn by Rock Creek Yarn which I felt was the perfect “hot” colorway. I combed through stitch dictionaries searching for a two color pattern that felt like lava, settling on pattern number 56 from Latvian Dreams. The rest of the sock flowed easily from there. I knew I wanted to start off with a tubular cast-on followed by two color ribbing. From there, I used the first few lines of chart 162 (also from Latvian Dreams) which reminded me of mountains or volcanoes. The eye of partridge heel gives a little more cushion to the back of the heel and the sole of the foot is done in a fun check pattern. Pay close attention, the orientation for the start of the round changes to keep the stripes at the side of the leg. This pattern should be easily adapted for 2 circulars or the Magic Loop method. To make the pattern pop you should avoid any overlap in color between your two yarns but if you’d like the pattern to be more vague then such an overlap can work to your advantage.

Fire on the Mountain black

Julie has a tutorial for a tubular cast on here, if you need some help with that particular technique.

Remember, only 1 person from each division moves forward this time. Welcome to the Final Four!

May 21, 2009 at 12:50 am 3 comments

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