Handwoven’s Not Just For Socks contest

Ideas to get your wheels spinning!

Spinners love socks. Knitters love socks. Who doesn't love socks?! While the staff of Spin-Off's sister publication Handwoven love socks too, they also wondered just what else people could make with their sock yarn. They recently unveiled the winners of their Not Just for Socks Contest, and I invited Handwoven's Assistant Editor Pattie Graver to share a little bit more about some of the fabulous projects they received. So without further ado, heeeeeere's Pattie!




Last fall, Handwoven's Not Just for Socks contest challenged weavers to think "out of the socks" and create something wonderful with sock yarn. We received over one hundred brilliant entries, and we want to invite our spinning friends to join us and raise our shuttles (er, spin our wheels) and congratulate the winners. Here's a peek:

Best of Show
John Mullarkey, Spanish Moss Shawl

John wove over eighty squares with sock yarn and crochet-joined them with black pearl cotton. John's shawl of subtle greens has a lovely drape and is very suggestive of delightful Spanish moss.  If you're not already a weaver and are inspired by John, here's an on-the-go idea—grab yourself a pin loom, learn to use it, and dive into that handspun stash and design your own attractive shawl or scarf.

Best Handwoven Socks
Maureen McGinnis Patterson, Child's Handwoven Socks

You may be  asking yourself, "Are these really woven?" Not only are they woven—they stretch! Intrigued? Whether or not you want to weave or knit your own, we hope Maureen's socks motivate you to spin some roving for a colorful pair.

Best Rigid Heddle
Pam James, Checkered Past

Rigid-heddle weaving. Everybody is doing it. Using real handknit socks as inspiration, Pam wove cloth for a great vest to match on her rigid-heddle loom. I imagine Pam's entry would present a captivating challenge for a handspinner. Are you up for spinning enough variegated sock yarn to knit a pair of socks and weave cloth for a coordinating vest?  Hmmm. There's plenty of time to get this done before the holidays!

To see all of our winners and more great photos, check out the contest gallery on Handwoven Weaving Today. You might get your own "out of the socks" ideas for your wardrobe and home décor. There are stunning tapestries and a woven lamp. Now wouldn't that light up your handspinning?


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