Monday, 3 May 2021

Winwick Mum Sockalong 6th birthday

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Sockalong,
Happy birthday to you!

A pair of feet modelling blue stripey socks.  The model is standing on a stone flag surrounded by plants.  The words on the photo say Winwick Mum Sockalong 6th birthday

Well, can you believe it?!  It's six years since the Winwick Mum Sockalong started and I couldn't be happier to know that the tutorials and the pattern are still so useful to people who are just starting out on their sock knitting adventures.

When you create something like the Sockalong, then of course you hope that it will be more than a short firework fizzle in the endless sky of the internet universe, but I can honestly tell you that apart from wanting to make sure that I tried to make it as easy as possible for someone to knit a pair of socks, there was never any grand plan - certainly never any six year plan! - and it has been wonderful to see how everything has evolved.

If you're new to the blog, you might wonder what has evolved in those six years ...  Well, in the same year as the tutorials were written and published on the blog (always with the intention of them being freely available on the blog for anyone who wanted to use them), I turned them into paperback form as Super Socks for those who couldn't or didn't want to be online all the time, and also e-book form for those who prefer that format.  I started the Winwick Mum Sockalong Facebook group so that people could ask questions in real time and that's been amazing - there are thousands of people from all over the world in this group and thanks to the magic of time zones and people's generosity in helping others to learn, this really is a group that works in real time - whatever the time!  There's also the Winwick Mum Knit n Natter group on Facebook which came about as those who were knitting socks also wanted to chat, to share other project pictures and to just connect with other people.  Both groups have been quite a lifeline during our recent lockdown situation, and it's been brilliant to see how many people have decided that now is the right time for them to be learning to knit socks.

What else?  Well, a bit later on I wrote More Super Socks for people who had knitted their first basic pairs and wanted to move onto a different pattern, but still felt that other patterns were a step too far.  It contains four of my in-depth tutorials (with videos!) and four exclusive patterns which are more wordy than many you will find, but those extra steps have made it easier for people to step out of their comfort zones and to branch out with their knitting.  

I've also won a few awards now (you can see them down the left hand side bar - I'm very proud of them!), I've been delighted to be invited to write articles and design socks for magazines, yarn shops and of course, my favourite yarn company, West Yorkshire Spinners!  What I never could have imagined those six years ago and best of all is that I've got my very own Winwick Mum yarn designed in collaboration with my lovely friends at West Yorkshire Spinners, and I have loved seeing it being knitted up, knowing that people have enjoyed using it and have been able to support their local yarn shops by buying it.  And let's not forget all the people I've met and the friends I've made along the way too ... it truly has been an incredible time!

It still blows me away to think about everything that has happened over the last six years.  I have been very blessed, and I never forget that how much of that is down to you - thank you for knitting the socks, for sharing the tutorials with others who want to learn, for giving your time to help others once you have learnt yourself, for buying my books and my yarn ... thank you! xx

So what happens now?  Well, the Sockalong tutorials are staying on the blog for free - I have always said that if someone has the money to buy the yarn and needles or buy the book then I would much rather than they bought the yarn and got started - so there's no change there.  Super Socks is still available for anybody who wants to buy a paperback or ebook version.  More Super Socks, the follow-on book with more techniques and patterns, is also still available in paperback and e-book versions.  West Yorkshire Spinners are still producing Winwick Mum yarn which is available from WYS stockists worldwide and now there are two collections, so that's eight colourways to choose from.  There are some more videos on my YouTube channel, but because I move at a snail's pace where videos are concerned, it's taking some time to get everything I want to finished πŸ˜€

Another thing that hasn't changed is the Winwick Mum Sockalong birthday giveaway.  Every year, I get to do this and every year I think how fortunate I am to be able to even think about it!

As usual there are two prizes ...

There's a signed copy of Super Socks, a ball of Winwick Mum yarn in one of the new Seasons colours, a pack of accessories to help you get your sock knitting started, a knitter's mug with some drinks to go with it and a Winwick Mum Sockalong badge.

An orange book on a cream background surrounded by a mug, tea and coffee bags, a pack of knitting accessories, a purple pin badge and a ball of green and yellow striped yarn

An orange book on a cream background surrounded by a mug, tea and coffee bags, a pack of knitting accessories, a purple pin badge and a ball of blue and white striped yarn

The yarns that you can see pictured with the prizes are Spring Green and Winter Icicle, but don't worry if they're not your colours as I have one of each of the Seasons colours and can swap the ball if you win and you don't want one of those pictured.  I am very accommodating! πŸ˜€

Four balls of yarn - one green striped, one pink striped, one blue striped and one brown striped on a cream background,

You can find out more about the yarn colours - pictured above from the left are Spring Green, Summer Sunset, Winter Icicle (at the top) and Autumn Leaves (underneath) - through the posts I wrote about the yarn when it was launched earlier this year.  The first post about the collection is here, the colours and inspirations post is here, and the post about the patterns I wrote to go with the yarns is here.

Also included in the prize is an accessories pack.  There are LOADS of useful accessories in this pack - sadly not in a more imaginative colour - but they're great for someone who is just starting out on their sock adventure, or perhaps needs a few more things to add to their own toolkit.

Grey knitting accessories spread out on a cream background

There's a needle gauge with a ruler (perfect for those tension swatches! πŸ˜‰ ), a tape measure, locking stitch markers, yarn spools (ideal for colourwork), wool needles, a cable needle, stitch holders, row counters and two different sizes of needle protectors (just the thing if you're using one of those really tiny short circulars!).  That's a lot of kit in one bag, isn't it?  I think we can forgive it for being grey!

To keep you going whilst you're knitting your socks, there's a mug with a sachet of hot chocolate, a coffee bag (I have it on good authority from the coffee drinkers in the house that these ones are really good!) and because I drink loose leaf tea these days and didn't think you'd thank me for tea leaves in your parcel, I've included my other favourite tea which is Turmeric Gold.  If it sounds a bit healthy, trust me that it tastes better than it sounds - at least give it a go!

The mugs are a generous gift from Peter at Express Mugs who got in touch to ask if I'd like to some mugs from their huuuuuge range to add to my giveaway.  I think that a brew is pretty much compulsory when you're knitting, so I was delighted to choose two knitting mugs to be able to give to you.  Thank you very much, Peter!  Please do go and take a look at their range if you know someone who knits (there are more than these two!), crochets, bakes, golfs, does yoga, is a relative ... oh, there are LOADS of them!

A hand holding a mug with To Knit or Not To Knit.. that is a silly question written on it.  In the background are tea and coffee bags

A hand holding a mug with Wool you just let me knit in peace written on it.  In the background are tea and coffee bags

There is, as always, a signed copy of Super Socks.  If you're new to the blog and to the Sockalong, then Super Socks is the paperback version of the Sockalong tutorials that you can find if you click the purple picture in the top right hand corner of the blog.  

An orange Super Socks book lying on a wooden table.  To the left is a partly knitted sock, to the right is an orange mug

The book contains the same information as the online tutorials but is set out by needle type rather than across sock sections as the online tutorials are.  It's a good big size to prop open with your brew (and I'm giving you a mug to do just that - handy, eh?!) and there are pages at the back to make notes. 

There is just one sock pattern in there - the Basic Socks pattern - given in both 4ply and 6ply versions, and this is because this is a book for beginners.  The point of the book is that it's a tutorial, the best way I could think of for you and I to sit together and knit a pair of socks without confusing everything by trying to cram lots of other patterns in there as well.  You can go and find other patterns at any time, but my intention with Super Socks and the Sockalong tutorials is to help you knit your first pair so that you understand what you are doing and you feel like a sock knitting superstar when you put them on your feet!

If you want to see inside the book, take a look at this post here as it shows you what's in there and how the book was put together.  If you want to see the online tutorials as well so that you can compare, and check out my writing style if you're a Winwick Mum newbie, you can find those here.

The last item is the Winwick Mum Sockalong badge which goes with both prizes - ideal for project bags and also for wearing to festivals (when we can go to them again) so that you can spot other Sockalongers.

A purple pin badge with Winwick Mum Sockalong engraved on it in silver

What do you think?  Does that look like something you'd like to have winging it's way into your letterbox?  Here's how to enter the giveaway!

For the last five years, I've been asking you to tell me how many pairs of Sockalong socks you knitted since the last Sockalong birthday.  I'll never know for sure how many pairs of socks have actually been knitted using the Basic Socks pattern and tutorials, but it's nice to get at least some idea so this year will be continuing the tradition of the Annual Sock Count.  So far, our running total through the blog stands at 13,385 pairs - how many more have been knitted this year?!  It's not a competition with previous years, it's just a bit of fun (and might also tell me how close we are to really taking over the world with hand-knit socks πŸ˜‰)

To enter the giveaway, please comment how many pairs of basic Sockalong socks (not other patterns, please) you have knitted since May 2020.  Don't worry if you're still making you first pair or are about to cast on, just write that information and your comment will count too.  Because there's a choice of yarn, don't forget to tell me which one you would like too!

Entries to the giveaway will close at 8pm BST on Friday 7 May 2021 and I will let you know the winners as soon as possible after that time (it may get to Saturday or even Sunday but I won't have forgotten! πŸ˜€).  I am happy to post the prizes anywhere in the world so don't feel that you can't be part of this because you don't live in the UK.  Don't worry if you don't have a Google or blog account to leave a comment, you can leave it as "anonymous" but don't forget to put your name in the comment so that when I post the winners I'll be able to identify you so that you can get in touch for your prize (and please do come back to check if you're a winner)!  Oh, and also don't worry that your comment doesn't show straight away - the comments are set for me to check them before they upload to the blog to make sure that no spam gets through so they are all safely stored in my blog messages until I've seen them.  I'll make sure they're all uploaded on time!


Happy birthday Sockalong, here's to many more years of socking all over the world! 


295 comments:

  1. Good morning and Happy birthday Winwick Mum Sockalong!
    Since May 2020, I have knitted 3 pairs of basic socks (two of which TAAT!)
    I casted on my first pair of basic socks last summer while on the beach, so I look forward to making socks with the Summer Sunset yarn one day :) Angelica

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  2. Still knitting my first pair as the kitten chewed a hole in the original sock I knitted! Faint but pursuing as the saying goes, I'll get there in the end!

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  3. Congratulations Christine WOW 6 years, just imagine all the joy and feeling of accomplishment you have given loads of happy people.I have completed 5 pairs of socks in the last year and I would choose the Autumn sock yarn. Thank you Christine. Mary Murphy (Tipperary)

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  4. Happy Birthday! I *think* I’ve knitted 9 Winwick Mums since last May....

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  5. 8 pairs. Spring yarn please.

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  6. Thank you so much for this sockalong . I have nearly finished my 3rd pair of socks . I am now thoroughly enjoying choosing more sock yarn! Stephanie Dennison

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  7. One in the making. Congratulations!

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  8. Hello Christine, very excited about the giveaway. I was a newbie last year but have completed six pairs using your pattern. A friend recommended your tutorials. They are so easy to follow.

    My name is Alison Hagger and I would like the spring yarn if i were chosen x

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  9. Many congratulations on your 6th Birthday ! I am very new to sock knitting and only started my first pair a couple of weeks ago. Its been restarted a number of times but I'm slowly getting the hang of it all through your brilliant tutorials and advice on your Facebook pages. Thank you for bringing a new interest into my crafty life ! Your yarns are gorgeous too. I particularly love the Summer Sunset, so wow !! Enjoy your celebrations !

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  10. I'm on my 1st pair. Thanks so much for book! Your time with us on the Facebook page and the book!I like the winter icicle yarn color yarn.

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  11. Haven't managed to cast on the basic sock yet because I knitted my first socks over 20 years ago and then started again 9 years ago. I love all the colours in the range.

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  12. I surprised myself 14 pairs completed and 1 on the needles, I very rarely knit other types of socks as the heel flap and gusset fit so well. This group has been a life saver over the last year the highs and lows reminding me that we we all in it together.
    Thank you.

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  13. Happy birthday! πŸŽ‚ I've made 3 pairs and have a 4th on the needles just now. I'd like the spring or summer yarn please. And thank you for sharing your skills so I can be more confident in my skills :)

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  14. I am a newbie who fell into knitting my first pair of socks when I saw some sock wool on offer from a craft site. I started my first pair at the beginning of April and now just finished my fourth (but have wool for 5 more!). I love the sock along and the basic pattern is brilliant. Julie West

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  15. Happy birthday! Wow over 13k pairs made, just shows how fab your pattern is x Another 3 pairs made by me last year 🧦🧦🧦

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  16. Congratulations on all your successes, Christine. Very well deserved. Since May 2020 I have knitted 6 pairs of socks. All gifted! Thank you for helping me on my sock journey. Tsai x

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  17. 4 pairs of basic socks, and Autumn Leaves, please.

    Happy Birthday Winwick Mum Sockalong! Well done, and, thank you.

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  18. What an achievement Christine! It's so lovely knowing you are always there to help whether through the tutorials or the groups. I have knitted three pairs of your socks in the last year and I would love the summer sunset sock yarn.

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  19. Just completed my very first sock and currently shaping the gusset on its neighbour...so that'll be half a pair from me in 2020! The great thing is I bought the wool and needles years ago to try and knit socks but at the time my attempt was so bad I gave up. Then in April 2021 after finding your Sockalong pattern, posts and videos I got that wool out all over again and succeeded. Yeh! Can't wait to buy some multi coloured wool to knit my second pair because plain beige is really not my thing. Thank you for all the content mentioned above which has successfully started my sock journey.

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  20. Technically 2 pairs, but more likely 4 (I used the eye of partridge heel for 2 pairs). The Winwick mum basic sock pattern tends to be my go to, as I always have a hard copy to hand, saving me from the screen! I really like the 'Spring' colourway, as it really encapsulates the colours at the moment; glossy bluebell leaves, pale primroses, grass green and the like.

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  21. Two pairs since last year- one a Basic pair and one a Basic pair using a pattern that I bought- but didn’t fancy their socks pattern, so I used yours!!! I also have four single socks knitted and ready to have their “pair” done... so I don’t get bored!!

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  22. I can’t believe how fast time is passing, happy 6th birthday! Since last year I have knitted 6 pairs but only 1pair for me, I am lucky to have such amazing knit worthy people in my life. I would like the Autumn Leaves colourway please, I would keep these for me lol
    Karen John. πŸŽ‚πŸ§ΆπŸŽ‚πŸ§Ά

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  23. On to my second pair, from the other side of the world, New Zealand. Love the autumn colours yarn. Thanks. CARLA

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  24. Well done happy birthday i just made 2 pairs basic socks i was trying your other patterns love all the colours winter is my favourite
    Amanda izzard (mayo Ireland)

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  25. Hi! I'm Jean Fenton and I've made 6 pairs using your pattern �� my favourite yarn is wildflower but I love all of your collection

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  26. The sockalong socks on! I knitted two pairs over the last year because thanks to you I could also try more complicated socks now. I’m wearing my blue Winkwick Mum socks right now, actually! I love all the colours but feel very much like Spring right now, so that’s what I would choose.

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  27. I have knitted 12 pairs, and on my 13th now - super addictive hobby! x Happy Birthday x

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  28. Hello Christine and Happy 6th Birthday! Well done on a brilliant job! I made my very first pair of socks using the sock along in November and I’m now on my 10th pair! Spring yarn would be my choice please.

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  29. Shirley Liderth3 May 2021 at 09:17

    I have knitted one pair of basic socks, but am trying some with a pattern now. I would be happy with any yarn ��

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  30. I've knitted 11 pairs of socks since May 2020. One pair on the needles at the moment. So glad I found the Winwick Sockalong FB group and the Knit&Natter. I've made some long, some short. For grown ups, kids and one as part of a set for a baby! Family and friends are on the waiting list for more! My favourite ones were in the Silent Night WYS yarn for Christmas 2020. So pretty...

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  31. Since May 2020 I have knit 24 pairs of socks. In between knitting for family and friends and baby knits for a baby bank in Stratford E15 which is very close to my heart. If I won I’d like the autumn yarn please.

    Happy Birthday!

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  32. I have knitted 8 pairs of Winwick socks since May 2020! Really helped me to have something to focus on this year in times of anxiety (and lvoely to wear afterwards!) - thank you for the fab pattern! I'd love to win the blue a winter Icicles yarn. Sally Cowling

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  33. Happy birthday winwick mum πŸ₯³ four pairs knitted since May last year, all for my new partner !! But in the two years I have been knitting them, about 20, all for family and friends, the next pair are for me !! Love sunset or autumn in the new colours, here’s to many more years of winwick mum ! 😊 Lyn x

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  34. Congratulations Christine - 6 years wow! I’ve made 10 pairs of Winwick Mum socks since November 2020 - never made socks before, now addicted! Spring yarn would be my choice please.

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  35. I started knitting your socks last October and it's been a huge pleasure. I kept the first pair for myself but I'm on my seventh pair having given all the others away to family members. They are treasured! I love knitting socks so much - thank you for sharing your patterns so freely and every best wish for the future x

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  36. I have knitted 2 complete pairs using the sockalong pattern, cos I love it. I have 2 different socks that are each waiting for their 2nd friend to be knitted. Any colour yarn - I love them all

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  37. Hi Christine - congratulations on six years!!! I have so far knitted 3 pairs of basic socks. One was good enough to give to a friend for her birthday (although I found it hard to part with them!!). I have also just finished a lace pair for my daughter and am so pleased with how they turned out. If I won I would love the Winter Icicle yarn. Thank you for such clear instructions- I would never have knitted socks without you!
    Anne

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  38. Happy sockalong birthday. I enjoy all your blog posts. Just one pair completed and another on the way. My eyesight is poor so the clear and simple instructions really help me. The Autumn Leaves wool would be my choice please. Best wishes and many thanks, Pam

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  39. Happy birthday Winwick Mum Sockalong, & thank you Christine for holding so many pairs of hands & persuading us we could knit socks. I’ve knitted 1 pair of basic socks since last year but I use your recipe with lots of patterns. I particularly like the autumn & winter yarns.

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  40. Sadly only one pair. Had plans (and yarn!) for more but get life!

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  41. Well, Christine, I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't even started knitting socks yet. I read your blog and admire your socks, but knitting on four needles frustrates me. I so want to make some socks as yours are so beautiful, and I have sock-envy, but I need really big push to get started. Can you do that for me? :-) Val

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  42. 1 pair ....not yet finished! I intend to knit everyone socks for Christmas. I am happy to take any yarn!!
    Happy birthday.

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  43. Congratulations! I'm the slowest knitter ever, in two years I've been knitting I've made 2 1/2 pairs all with your pattern. I hope to keep up the tradition of 1 pair of socks a year to keep track how long I've been knitting.

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  44. Happy birthday! Think it's 5(heavy on the ish!). The Autumn Leaves looks lovely!

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  45. 1 pair. Not yet finished! I am going to knit socks for everyone for Christmas!! Any wool is acceptable. Happy birthday. Anna

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  46. 2 pairs. Spring or autumn please.
    And thanks so much for the pattern and guidance.

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  47. Happy 6th birthday. I think I have knitted 4.5 pairs of socks. Summer or winter yarn please

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  48. Happy Birthday!! I’m about to cast on my first pair hopefully successfully while following your book after seeing all the lovely photos and colour combinations.🀞🏻🧢 (I would like Autumn Leaves or Spring green please)

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  49. Congratulations Christine, I always recommend your tutorial to novice sock knitters, it's so straightforward. I've knitted 5 pairs.
    Caz

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  50. I'm knitting my first pair. No doubt there will be many more!

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  51. Happy birthday! I've just cast on my 4th of sockalong songs. My mum is obsessed with them and asked me to make her 20 pairs, so I'm trying to get cracking! This is such a lovely blog, I've recommended it so many times! I'm not fussed on yarn colours as I'm a big fan of a surprise!

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  52. Halfway through my first pair of basic 4ply doing TAAT. I would love the Spring Green. Congratulations on your 6th birthday, your online resources are fantastic!

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  53. I only started sept 2020 (but have been knitting for far longer than that, just never managed socks before!). This pattern is the best - happy sock along birthday! Now at pair #10 and loving it!

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  54. I’ve knitted one pair, and would choose Winter Icicle.

    Happy birthday Sockalong, and thank you Christine. I was late to the party and only found you this year when a friend wanted to knit his first pair of socks. Since then I’ve not only enjoyed the pattern and bought the Super Socks book, but loved being a part of the supportive and fun Facebook groups - one of the nicest places to hang out online, such a joy in lockdown. Here’s to many more years, and many thousands more pairs of socks.

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  55. I have been a member since the very beginning, I have made 10 pairs this year and no sign of slowing down!

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  56. 5 pairs for me, 4 of which have been in the WYS bird yarns for my husband who is now a handmade sock snob lol. I love the summer sunset x

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  57. I've never had the courage to try knitted socks- only crocheted ones. But I'd love to try!! Cathy. Sydney Australia.

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  58. Happy birthday Sockalong! I’ve just started my first pair and trying to come to grips with dpns. Your tutorials are easy to follow. If I had to choose the yarn it would be Autumn leaves as it will take me till autumn to finish this pair!

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  59. Michelle Gladwish3 May 2021 at 09:45

    Aww I share my Birthday with you too - thats made my day x I have knitted lots but since May 2020 I have made 27 pairs xx love the Spring Green xx

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  60. Happy 6th birthday. I've knitted 6 pairs of socks most as Christmas presents. I would choose the Autumn yarn xx

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  61. 3 and a half pairs of winwick mum socks this last year❤️ Autumn yarn please

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  62. Happy Birthday Sockalong!!! Congratulations!! I'm still making my first pair of basic socks, having found you during lockdown. I love the autumn yarn. Thank you ��

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  63. I've done 1 pair, and only very recently. Plan is to do more.
    I'd be happy with any of the season colours, as I don't have any of them and plan to get them all at some point ��

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  64. Happy birthday! Socks are my portable knit and I am forever grateful for your pattern in getting me started on socks. In the past year I have finished 14 socks, 3 in the basic pattern. I would love to win the autumn ya.

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  65. Shelley Young3 May 2021 at 09:55

    I found sockalong in January this year and took forever to knit my first pair (it seemed) but was hooked and am on pair 4 with enough wool for at least 6 more pairs. Thankyou for all your help and well done on the 6 years.

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  66. I am a new sock knitter and have knitted one and a half pairs but that does not include the number of times I have had to undo a sock to get it looking as it should! If I include those I have knitted about three pairs at least in total!

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  67. Happy Birthday.
    I think I’ve made 18 pairs. This includes a few I’ve made as gifts.
    I love the Winter Icicle colourway

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  68. I started in lockdown last year and have knitted 12 pairs from the basic pattern. I always wanted to knit socks but couldn't master it before buying the basic book. So pleased I can now do it. Thank you for your help.

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  69. Happy Birthday! Congratulations! And thank you for all that you have done.I'm still on my first pair but have lots of yarn lined up for more. I'm so enjoying knitting socks and its all thanks to you for getting me going!��

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  70. 0 pairs since last May because I have moved on to having fun with Robin and falling leaves but I still use the tutorial especially for Kitchener stitch

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  71. Happy 6th birthday. I don’t know what I would have done without you. 10 pairs I have knitted never having knitted socks before. I love knitting them now I think I like Autumn closely followed by winter then summer and last spring but I love them all really

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  72. Happy Birthday!
    I’m so glad that I found your SAL. I cast on my first pair in January and have since made 4 and a half pairs adapting the sizing each time! I am currently knitting sock 2 of my 5th pair
    Thank you for such a fab resource 🧦

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  73. Happy birthday!
    I’ve done 42 pairs since May 2020

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  74. Happy Birthday! I have made at least 15 pairs since last May (one positive to come out of Lockdown means lots more knitting time...!) and I always have a new pair on the needles. I would love the SPRING colourway. Thank you from the bottom of my ever-increasing stash for your tutorials and help...sock making truly is one of life's greatest pleasures. ❤πŸ’œπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™

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  75. What an amazing 6 years! I’m only on pair 3 at the moment. Loving the WZyS colours and hoping eventually to get the hang of Kitchener stitch!

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  76. Congratulations on your 6 th sock knitting birthday.The basic sock pattern is my go to pattern still and brought comfort to so many family and friends. I have completed 13 pairs over the last 12 months. Thanks again Christine for all you do and if I was lucky enough to win please could I have a ball of the autumn colourway, thank you x

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  77. I am on my third pair. After my Mum passed last December I inherited all her crafting things. I could crochet very well but had forgotten how to knit. She had taught me lots of crafts as a child.
    I took up her needles and along with the sock along I relearn my mother's favourite hobby. I am now addicted.
    Helen x

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  78. I only recently discovered your sockalong and so far I have made 2 pairs and just started my 3rd. I find them so easy to make and has also encouraged me to start knitting more (I used to only crochet)
    I like all the colours so any yarn is good for me!
    Thank you for creating these wonderful patterns

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  79. Wow 6 years! 7 pairs in the last year. Love the new yarns. Autumn is my favourite.

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  80. Congratulations and Happy 6th Birthday! Every year I say I'm going to learn how to knit socks and, thanks to your wonderful blog, 2020 was the year I did it! Since May 2020 I have completed 2 pairs from your basic sock pattern and getting ready to cast on a 3rd. Autumn leaves would be my colour of choice
    Thank you
    Jenny Livingstone

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  81. I'm on my fourth pair this year, still learning and experimenting. I'd love winter icicle and summer sunsetπŸ™‚

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  82. Congratulations on your milestone. I have made 12 plus a half made pair of socks for myself (and 3 pairs for my grandson if they count) since last October. Your clear instructions have made my journey very smooth and I wonder why I didn’t try sock knitting earlier - probably listened to people I shouldn’t have!
    I love all the WYS sock yarn colours.
    Christine Dodgson, Suffolk

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  83. I have knitted 5 pairs mostly for Christmas gifts, please pop my name in the winter giveaway, thank you.

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  84. Two pairs. Any yarn would be greatly appreciated.

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  85. Happy birthday! 😊 I think I have knitted about 6 pairs this year, but I'd have to recheck to be sure! All your yarns are beautiful but I think my favourite is Spring! Thank you

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  86. 9 pairs; Congratulations on all you have achieved. You have been an inspiration to so many of us starting our sock making journies. I’d love the Winter Icicle or Sping Green yarn if I am lucky enough to win.

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  87. 8 pairs, and thank you Christine for helping me get started knitting socks during lockdown. Sadly you didn't tell me how addictive it is, or did I miss that? I'd like Summer Sunset, please. Yorkshire Yarn for a Yorkshire lass.

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  88. One pair for me! Thank you so much for making the pattern available for free online and making such a helpful community Facebook page! Joanne Sarah

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  89. Happy Birthday Sockalong.

    I've completed 1 pair of socks since May 2020.

    If I am lucky enough to win I'd like the summer sunset colourway please :)

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  90. Happy 6th Birthday πŸŽ‚ I hope you've celebrated with cake and a cuppa. I had to go to my photo library to check (my son thought it would be a good idea to keep a yearly album of what I knit during the year, turns out it's quite a lot!) and since last May I've knitted 18 pairs of basic socks. What can I say? It's been a long year in lockdown and I made socks for Christmas as they were easier to post to family we weren't allowed to visit. Thank you for your blog, it brightens my day when it arrived in my in box.Regards, Pat Williams

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  91. 5 pairs in the last 3 months since I found the Sockalong, including a child's pair. Been knitting for 50 years and this is the first time I have enjoyed socks!
    Autumn is my favourite (as I already have Spring and Summer waiting in my stash!)

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  92. Good morning Christine thank you for creating such a wonderful knitting experience. I cast on my first ever pair in December 2020 and am now on pair number 6 ! I would very much like the Autumn yarn if I am lucky enough to win. Thank you.

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  93. Happy Birthday- I'm currently on my 5th pair - size 11 for my son, my 6th will be a size 9 pair for his girlfriend. I'm totally hooked on sock knitting and can't imagine not knitting them now.

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  94. Happy Birthday. I have made 7 pairs. I would love the Winter Icicle please.

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  95. Since last May I’ve knitted six pairs of Sockalong socks. They kept me sane during all the lockdowns. I would love the Winter Icicle yarn.

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  96. Happy Birthday. I have knitted 7 pairs . I would love the Winter Icicle please

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  97. I'm just about to cast on! I've only knitted one pair of socks so far and although they turned out OK, I'm going to try your pattern, I have a feeling I'll get on better. @ruthietwoshoes13

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  98. I knitted my first pair of basic socks in August 2020 and have knitted TWO pairs of basic socks since then. I have knitted a total of 9 other pairs to other patterns since then but I always use the basic sock instructions for heel flap and turn, gusset and toes. Thank you for your fabulous easy to follow instructions 😊

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  99. I’ve made 6 pairs (2 given as gifts) but then got ‘hooked’ on crocheting Lucy’s blankets so haven’t made any for a while. Funnily enough, I ordered 2 balls of WYS sock yarn only last night to start more socks! I already have the Super Socks Book, which I can highly recommend.
    I like the Winter Icicle please.

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  100. Congratulations on your 6th Birthday. I have knit 2 pairs of socks in a sock along. Your wool new wool colours are lovely.



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  101. 9 pairs. I’d love to win and my favourite yarns are Spring green or winter icicle. Congratulations on all you have achieve. I has been a privilege to learn from your tutorials and patterns. I am continuing my sock making journey now by trying the ‘easy cable’ pattern from your catalogue.

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  102. Happy birthday! And thank you. Two years ago I had never knit a sock but found your brilliant tutorial- and never looked back! I always have a pair of socks on the go. Since May 2020 I have knit 5 pairs of your basic sock pattern. I need to try to up my game now - I fancy your cable pattern. Watch this space.

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  103. Hello, I've knitted 3 pairs with the sock a long pattern since May 2020. Thank you for making it so accessible, how lovely it is to knit a pair of socks! Happy Birthday x

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  104. Happy birthday! 6 years... so many socks!! I love your basic pattern and have knitted my first socks with it this year during lockdown...
    I've mad 4 pairs.
    I love the winter icicle colour x

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  105. Happy birthday to you, I found his great group in January of this year. The pattern and videos have been a godsend and since then i have knitted 7 pairs. One with a design feature lol.. I love the summer sunset wool

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  106. Penblwydd Hapus - just casting on my first pair since 2019. Spring yarn please. Diolch

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  107. 6 pairs I think spring yarn please

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  108. Congratulations on a very Happy Six Years!! Just love everything about the Sockalong and the Knatter and the patterns and the lovely company!! I think I have knitted about 10 pairs - sadly I tend to give them away as fast as I knit them and don't keep good track! They included one pair in 6ply!

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  109. Happy Birthday I started knitting last year and on my 4th pair. Crochet has taken a back seat very addictive!! Loving the blues. Estelle Hollis

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  110. Very happy birthday! I've made 5 pairs (1 for me, 4 as Christmas presents) and would love the Autumn leaves yarn. Thanks for all your hard work, resources and wonderful blog.

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  111. Congratulations Christine! I've not yet plucked up courage to knit socks despite reading your blogs and following the Winwick Mum facebook pages. Maybe now is the time? I'm more of a dk knitter. Winter Icicle for me please. Evelyn (Kent)

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  112. Congratulations on 6 years of Winwick Mum Sockalong. I found you completely by accident late last year when browsing the Black Sheep Wools site. I hadn't knitted socks for 40 years but was totally inspired by your incredibly clear instructions so I bought a small circular needle and some wool. I've managed 2 pairs so far and I plan to carry on. I really enjoy reading your blog. I would choose the summer yarn, if I were lucky enough to be picked. Jacqui Birnie (Warrington)

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  113. Happy birthday Christine. Wow 6 years has flown by. Well I've knit 25 pairs using your basic sock pattern and I have to say that 13 pairs are mine πŸ˜‚ think I'm a bit obsessed with sock knitting. I started knitting socks not long after you bought out your basic sock pattern and I'm so pleased that I had a go as now I just can't stop knitting socks. Love Marion Handsley xxx

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  114. 2 pairs finished. P03S01 on the needles.

    Thank you so much, Christine. I’d be happy with any of your yarn designs.

    (Apologies if duplicated post - I tried to preview initial message and disappeared)

    Paul in N15

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  115. Congratulations- πŸŽ‰ Just finishing my 3rd pair! I taught myself to knit at age 10 using string and a pair of pencils! But the notion of knitting socks was inconceivable to me until this last year and here I am at age 72 and I’ve learned to knit socks because of your simple to follow pattern and the Sockalong group! Thank you! I would be thrilled to win Summer Sunset! Thank you for the inspiration and joy in every knit and purl. Knitting and baking sourdough were truly my lifelines during the pandemic lockdown. - Kat Maeda (south California USA)

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  116. Congratulations Christine, I’ve been with you since the start, but in the last year I’ve knitted 34 pairs of socks and I have two more pairs as WIP on the needles, I’m truly addicted! I like the summer sunset colour best of your new ones, thank you! Lissie Wales

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  117. Happy Birthday. What a lot you’ve accomplished! I am a newbie at sock knitting and have found Super Socks invaluable. I am on my fourth pair and loving it. I love all your different coloured yarn equally and would be thrilled with any of them.

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  118. Very many happy returns. I am knitting my first pair from your pattern which I hope will be the first of many.

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  119. Thanks so much for creating the patterns. It's kept me relatively sane over the past year. I've made at least 17 pairs. I'm much better at making them than recording what I've made. :-)

    If I'm lucky, I'd like the Autumn Leaves colourway, please.

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  120. I've managed 3 pairs of your fabulous socks, as a crocheter im so proud of myself and it's all down to your amazing instructions! Love the spring colour.

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  121. Happy sockalong birthday! In the last year I knitted 10 pairs of the basic pattern and I currently have one pair on the needles plus the summer pattern too! Basics are always my go to when I want a project to knit in the car or at the hospital! πŸ₯° I’d love the spring colour way please as I gifted the pair I knitted and want some for me! 🀣

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  122. It would appear that I have made 13 pairs of socks since May 2020 with another set on the needles as I type! Not bad for someone who only learned to knit socks March last year!

    Happy Birthday Sockalong

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  123. Hello Christine, and happy 6th Sockalong birthday!
    A total of 9 pairs for this year. All destined for Christmas presents.
    If I were lucky to be chosen as a prize winner, I would be delighted with any colour yarn, they are all fabulous.
    With my best wishes,
    Mandy M. Xxx

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  124. Happy birthday! I used your tutorial for my first ever pair of socks and it was invaluable. Even if I am knitting another pattern, I tend to refer back to your tutorial to do the heel. I am a pretty slow knitter, so have only made one pair this year. However, I have just got some Hue Loco yarn from a friend and that will become my next pair.

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  125. I knitted my first ever pair (for myself) this year, and I'm almost done my second pair (for my bf). I'm hoping to make lots more for parents/friends. Thanks for writing such a lovely tutorial!

    If I win, I would like Winter Icicle please.

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  126. Hi Christine- congratulations on six years!!! I have knitted 3 pairs of the basic socks - 1 pair I have reluctantly given away as a gift. I have just finished a lace pair for my daughter that turned out really well. If I was to win I would love the Winter Icicle yarn. Thanks for making the instructions so easy to follow, Anne.

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  127. Happy Birthday !!!!!!!!!!!
    I am on sock no 8 since aug 2020 ..
    thanks for all your info and pattern
    blue is 1 of my favorite colors
    congrats on 6 years .. Debi Canterbury

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  128. Hi Christine, I’ve made five pairs this year. Each pair is like coming home!

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  129. Happy Birthday. I have knitted 3 pairs. X

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  130. Happy birthday to the sockalong! I'm working on my 4th pair since learning socks from your tutorials in December 2020. Thank you again! Summer sunset is my favourite of the seasons :)

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  131. Happy birthday. I have knitted 3 pairs. Two were the basic pattern, one were the basic pattern as ankle socks. I am on my 4th pair now. They are fab to wear on the sidelines in the cold at football and also for something to do at football when I am meant to be watching my 16 year old play.

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  132. Happy Birthday, thank you for your patterns, i am i reckon on about my 50th pair of socks, i think i am addicted,good job my girls love em!

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  133. Happy sockaversary! Your sockalong helped me knit my first sock ever. And I always recommend it to others who are thinking about knitting socks. It's fantastic.

    In the past year I've knit 13 pairs using the basic pattern. Lucky for some :D

    Winter icicle would be my colour of choice :)

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  134. I'm on my second pair of socks. I'd like the lovely icicle blue yarn please.
    Can I just say I love Kitchener stitch πŸ˜€

    Angela

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  135. I've made 4 pairs since may 2020, and been adventurous enough to try a very lacy outlander sock pattern too. Thanks Chritine for helping me through those early days when I thought I'd never get one sock done!!! All the yarn is lovely so I would be happy with a lucky dip. Xx

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  136. One pair - my first ever pair of socks and my knitting pride and joy!

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  137. Wow 6 years!. Im a relative newbie then because I started knitting my first pair of Basic Socks a month into the first lockdown in the UK. Since then I've knitted 15 pairs!! Must be an addiction going on there. Some have been for me or the SOH. Some have been presents last Christmas and some I gifted just because I could. I wouldn't have got this far if it wasn't for the Sockalong tutorials. If I'm lucky enough to win I dont mind which colour yarn. I'll let you choose. Here's to the next 6 years!

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  138. Congratulations on 6 years and I am thankful to have found you 4 years ago. I do many other patterned socks now, but still fall back on the Basic Sock from time to time and always use heel flap and gusset method. I knit 2 pairs of the Basic Sock since last May. I love the Winter Ice yarn. Thank you, Kristi D.

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  139. Many Congratulations Christine and thank you for all the help you have given us all. I wonder how many thousands you have helped over the years? I have knitted 5 pairs of basic socks and as many shorties. My favourite is Autumn Leaves x

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  140. Congratulations on six years! Sad to say I'm only on my first pair. I would love the Winter Icicle yarn!

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  141. I am just starting! I would like the pretty blue ball! Congratulations on 6 years!!!!

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  142. Happy Birthday!I've knit 2 pair following your tutorial and used several more times on parts of other socks! Thank you! Love all the yarn colors. I would choose winter ice.

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  143. happy happy birthday Sock a long

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  144. Wow 6 years! I have completely knit 1 pair and I will soon finish my second! The sockalong tutorials are brilliant. I love the Winter Ice yarn (and Summer sunset too)!

    Thank you, Nichola C

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  145. Congratulations Christine!

    You know I love your patterns and always prefer to knit a plain pattern with pretty wool. Knitting socks keeps my anxiety at bay and gives my hands something to do - when I refer new knitters to your blog I'm always so pleased when they come back to me to tell me that they've accomplished their first pair of socks.

    I have knit : 10 in fingering weight and 5 in 6 ply for a total of 15 pairs since July 2020.

    Enjoy your Bank Holiday today and if I am fortunate enough to win I'd choose the pretty Autumn Leaves colourway.

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  146. Gosh has it really been six years! Happy Birthday Winwick Mum, I joined the FB group when I got made redundant in 2015 and had time on my hands for learning something new. I had knit before but crochet was my thing. That 1st sock changed all that! I didn't make many socks last year as I had a tub full, but Christmas and the pandemic changed that and I needed and easy project to work on over a very strange festive season. So this year I'm on pair 18. I always use my version of your basic sock pattern as I learnt very quickly patterned socks are lovely to look at but not comfortable to wear (for me anyway) so if it ain't broke why fix it! Happy Birthday Christine and thank you so much, you really did change my life and helped me in ways you would never know. Thank you

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  147. Happy 6th Birthday!! I have made 3 pair since this time last year. I made my first boot socks this year and love them! The fall yarn is so beautiful!!

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  148. Happy Birthday Sockalong!
    I think I'm on my 6th pair this year (Lockdown knitting!) I'd love the summer yarn, although I'd be delighted with any of them.
    Claire

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  149. Congratulations on 6th Birthday! I have knitted 1 pair of socks, my very first! Am planning 3 more for my family. I would love to get Spring green set and Super Socks book.

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  150. Happy birthday!!
    I had a quiet sock year as I've been making more time for spinning.
    My total for this year is 7

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  151. Jen Heald....I've made 15 more pairs in the last year. Can't believe it's six years!!!Summer or winter yarns
    would suit me best.xx

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  152. I am so happy you published all of this over the 6 years. I haven't been knitting too long (a few months over a year), and I always look for the basics first before I do the fancy. I have one sock on my needles, but I'm not worried about finishing because your instructions are so good. I can't wait to finish my socks and wear them with pride. Also, I really love to read your blog. I walk with my dogs and I can always relate to all of your stories. Thank you for all that you do. I love the Winter Ice yarn.

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  153. Congratulations on your Sixth year, I can't believe how fast it's gone!
    I've made 3 pairs of basic Winwicks since the last count. I like all the yarn colours, but Autumn is my favourite x

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  154. Happy 6th Birthday Sockalong! Six years of knitting joy you have given people Christine - that’s quite an accomplishment in this current miserable old world. I have knitted half of one sock! It ground to a halt when Janice died and also because I was at the heel turn and my brain froze. In the last week however, I have given my sock-self a stiff talking-to and have turned the heel and am now shaping the gusset, all stitch-markers in place and amazingly, so are the stitches! Am so proud of myself and grateful to you and the marvellous Sockalong family I belong too. Am now doing starting something I never thought I’d be able to do - build a sock-yarn stash. Thank you Christine (Summer Sunset is gorgeous). Avie xx

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  155. Happy Birthday i am half way through my first sock xx

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  156. I’m still on my first sock. I’m just practicing on a square to build my confidence up (especially fixing mistakes) as I’m a more confident crocheter.
    All the colours are fab but always drawn more to the autumn colours

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  157. Congratulations!! I have knitted probably 10+. Some of my family love my socks. It is so lovely someone appreciate my work!

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  158. Congratulations on 6 years �� I'm just about to start my first pair of socks for myself. Only made Christmas stockings before so hopefully it won't be too much harder. Any colour would be lovely to try ����❤️��

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  159. Hello and thank you Christine! Since I discovered the sockalong last year I’ve knitted 6 pairs 😁 I would love the Autumn Leaves wool, I think my husband would enjoy a pair in that colour scheme! πŸ‚

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  160. Going to start my first pair soon....never knitted socks before.

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  161. I've knitted 5 pairs. Icicle blue please.
    I never thought I'd be able to knit socks but then I discovered your amazing sockalong. Happy 6th birthday

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  162. I am still trying to get up the nerve to start my 1st socks. I really want to knit a pair but am still afraid. If I am chosen I would like the autumn colors.
    Cheryl cjkeil@msn.com

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  163. Congrats , christine,,,,, I have knit about 10 pairs!!! The basic is my fav , especially with all the fun yarns,,,, elaine

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  164. Happy Birthday
    One pair on the needles and one pair finished as a gift in Jan.
    Any colour is fine
    Thank you

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  165. Happy birthday!! Mine was yesterday😊
    Those prizes you are giving away are incredible. All the colours are really beautiful, I couldn't choose only oneπŸ˜‰

    I have knitted more than ten pairs since May, most of them gifts for family and friends.
    I always have your Super Socks book next to me, it's so easy to follow the instructions!!
    Thanks a lot for your blog.

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  166. Happy Birthday. I have made 3 pairs of socks in the last year and my colourway would be Autumn, thank you.

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  167. I’m ashamed to say I’m still on my first pair of socks (I was doing them in your last giveaway, so over a year in the making ☺️). There always seems to be something else that needs starting and my poor socks get shoved to the bottom of the basket. But I love your sock tutorials - so easy to follow and understand, and even better - free! Xx Claire Carter (Worcestershire)

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  168. Happy Birthday! I do not know how I discovered you and your book but it has been life changing. I have knit 5 pairs of the basic socks for my daughter. I made a copy of your instructions and travelled from Florida to Alaska and Canada knitting socks!
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with all of us.

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  169. Congratulations. I've knitted three pairs since May 2020. So glad I found your blog and started on my sock journey.

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  170. Congratulations πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ what an achievement, I have been struggling for a while now on the heel into the foot, even after watching your tutorials. Have lost count of how many times I have undone in the last year. Let's hope, if I win, the book helps me along, would love to finish a pair πŸ€žπŸ’—. Blues or autumn are my fav colours πŸ’™πŸ§‘

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  171. Happy blog birthday πŸŽ‚πŸ₯³ I bought WYS collection sock wool at Yarndale in 2019, then I wanted a lockdown challenge and taught myself using your blog and YouTube videos. I've done 9 pairs so far! I saw you debut the Winwick Mum collection on Yarn Lane TV, the Spring Green makes my heart sing and I'd like to try the cabling as well! Thanks for all you do!

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  172. Happy Birthday!
    I am attempting my first pair.
    I love the winter icicle.

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  173. Happy birthday Sockalong! I’ve knitted 2 pairs of the basic sock pattern. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it and your other patterns(which I’m working my way through right now).

    My name is Heidi Carter and if I was to win I would love the Spring yarn 😊

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  174. Happy Birthday Blog, I have knit six pairs of basic socks since May 2020.
    Easiest and best written pattern yet. I love the Autumn Leaves yarn, but they are all lovely. Thank you for your socky wisdom!

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  175. Wow 6 years! It was with your help that I learned to knit socks. I’ve knitted 2 pairs in past year and have TAAT on needles now. I’d love the spring green. Happy Birthday πŸŽ‚

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  176. I have knitted 4 pair of socks using your Basic sock pattern since last May. I always use your pattern. They are simple and feel good on my feet. Thankyou!

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  177. Hi Christine, Happy Birthday Winwick Mum. My sock knitting went on the way side due to lopsided 'heeling' repeatedly. My break is over and I will start a pair with your tutorial and upload a picture if I finish it. Thank you for all your encouragement to your followers.

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  178. Hello Bet here. I started making socks this year so since May 2020 I have made 8 pairs of Winwick Mum basic sock, all with WYS yarn. I just ring the changes so each pair look a little different. As to the colour of yarn I would like if I won. Any they are all so lovely. Thank you for starting this group, I would never have had a go at socks without your tuition, and I have knitted for 60+ years. Thanks Christine.

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  179. I've found your blog last year. I couldn't figure out the pattern I was using so was looking for some help and found your instructions which helped a lot. I've done three pairs and currently are making the spring pattern with the new yarn. Socks with cable on! I'm very proud of myself that I managed that, just the second one now...

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  180. Happy Birthday πŸŽ‚. I have knit 1pair

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  181. Hi Christine I am newish blog reader and I love your daily musings - they are a joy to read in these dark times. I have finished one pair and cast on a second pair. I would love to have wool in purple colourways

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  182. I have made 10 pair of socks. My family loves them and I love your pattern.
    Thank you.
    Judy Knorr

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  183. Just starting my first pair using your instructions. Have used other patterns with mediocre results.
    So far, I’m loving your pattern. I love the Autumn Leaves colors!
    Happy Birthday

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  184. Happy Birthday! I have knitted two pairs of socks. I love the winter yarn but would be very happy with any.

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  185. I've made 3 pairs since May 2020 - one using your basic DK boot socks pattern for my husband and two using your basic 4 ply pattern for me (with your instructions for contrast cuff, heel and toe). Thank you for your clear tutorials. I might try your easy lace socks next. If I were lucky enough to win one of your prizes I would like Winter Icicle please. Elizabeth Brown

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  186. Love your podcast. I have knit one pair of Sockalong socks -hoping to start the Seasons set soon. Love the Ice blue colorway. J

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  187. Good Morning from Canada. Love your blog posts even though they make me jealous of all the lovely wool you can get your hands on. I am working on my 3rd pair of socks and my favourite colour is Summer. Sharon Middlehurst

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  188. Dear Christine, happy birthday to the sockalong! Your basic pattern taught me to make socks some years ago, and I still rely upon it. Thank you for the Kitchener Stitch instructions - so useful! I love the Autumn Leaves colour.

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  189. Good Morning. I am currently working on my 3rd pair of socks. I love your blog posts even if they make me a little jealous of all the lovely yarn that you get your hands on. I would love the Summer yarn if I was lucky enough to win.

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  190. Hi Christine, I love you basic socks. Last year I made about 6 pairs not to mention all the other ones.
    Was great to meet you at Yarndale 2019, hope to get there again when we all can.

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  191. Since last year I have knitted 6 pairs of basic socks. So far this year I have knitted 18 pairs of walking socks. You have a lot to answer for!

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  192. Hello Christine. I discovered your book last year and made a pair of basic socks for myself before Christmas and am now making a pair for my husband. The book has helped me a lot ��. Thank you. I would choose the Autumn colour.

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  193. Happy birthday!! I am about to start my first pair of winwickmum socks yay!!! Can't wait! I love the autumn colours if I won, gorgeous colours!

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  194. I have knit one pair of sockalong socks since last May, would love to have the spring green yarn :)

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  195. Pairs of socks: 6.
    Yarn choice: Winter or Autumn.
    The only pattern I use for socks: Winwick Mum basic sock pattern.

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  196. This year is my first sockalong, I’ve been tempted by the lovely Lucy from Attic24.

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  197. Haven't been doing as much knitting this year as I did the year before so am still working on my first pair. Have learned the 2 at a time, so no one sock thing! Happy Birthday and Take care

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  198. I am thrilled you took on the challenge of creating an easy- to -follow tutorial on how to knit socks and were generous to make it free. I've made 3 1/2 socks following the basic pattern to date. (The other half is getting cast on today.) I love both the spring green and winter icicles yarns. The colors are gorgeous!

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  199. Hi, Happy birthday to your baby. I have knitted one pair since May 2020. I knitted another pair before then and I'm just about to start my third pair. Thank you so much for holding my hands along this journey. X

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  200. i worked 10 pair of socks with circular needles and one with dpn (it's not for me) now i'm trying to do more and i finished a pair of socks with braid and i have started one with a lace pattern

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