(Before I begin with this announcement I just want to thank everyone that has contacted me with your condolences about Stitches. I wasn’t able to get back to all of you but please know that your kind words made a world of difference and I appreciate them *very* much.)
I’m happy to announce the return of the Summer of Socks for 2012! If you aren’t familiar with this knitalong, our basic goal is to band together and support each other to knit socks during the summer months. Socks make such a great project for this time of year! No heavy hot sweater on your lap, totally portable and a great way to explore new yarns, patterns and techniques while you sit by the pool or spend hours in a car or plane going to or from your summer travel destination!
Each year we try to do something different and interesting for a theme or focus for the knitalong. As always, the only thing required to participate is to knit socks! You are NOT required to do any of the other fun patterns or activities we have planned, but it might make things a little more fun if you do!
This year we will focus on supporting the immense community of indie dyers and designers that make sock yarn and sock patterns! These people are very familiar to most of us but there are always new people to discover. These are the people that constantly inspire us with their new ideas so who better to support?!
The knitalong will begin on June 21st and end on September 21st. Here is what will be featured for each of the three months.
June 21-July 21: CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE!
For the first month the choices are completely up to you! Choose a pattern and yarn from one of your favorite indie creators and make sure to share your progress with the rest of us in the SOS’12 Ravelry Group!
July 21-August 21: ZARZUELA’S FIBERS & SLEEPY EYES KNITS!
This year as a special bonus for SOS participants I have teamed up with Gina House of Sleepy Eyes Knits to provide you with an amazing pattern/yarn combination for the second month of SOS! Gina has come up with a brand new design, Lotus Heart Socks, featuring my Chromatic yarn!
About the pattern: Gina has made the pattern available as of TODAY for those of you that would like to get it right away. You can download it from Gina’s website or from her Ravelry shop RIGHT NOW. For those of you that like to take your patterns with you on your iPhone, the pattern will also be available on Gina’s Sleepyeyes App on iTunes (click on the “Purchase Patterns” link in the app) in about a week.
Gina has also been kind enough to put this pattern on SALE for the incredibly low price of $3.00 now through August 21st just for the Summer of Socks!
Here’s a bit more info about the pattern that Gina has provided:
Yarn: 1 skein Zarzuela Fibers Chromatic Sock in “Light Juniper” or “Anahata” (see below for more information on getting your yarn)
Needle size: US 1.5/2.5 mm (either dpns, Magic Loop, 2 circs)
Style: Cuff Down, regular gusset, lace pattern
Gauge: 8.5 sts and 12 rows = 1 inch
Option: Large, easy to read lace charts AND written instructions, as well as tips on how to personalize the sock to your shape/size foot.
Sizes: Women’s small/medium and medium/large
Pattern Difficulty: Intermediate/advanced
About the yarn: Chromatic is a 100% superwash BFL sock weight yarn featuring a solid twist and a range of colorways. We are providing you with 4 different yarn options for this pattern. As you can see in the photo above, this sock looks great in a variegated yarn as well as a semi-solid. The variegated in the photo is my Anahata colorway in my Chakra line of colorways and the semi-solid is called Light Juniper which is based on the lightest color in the Anahata colorway. You may choose any of the Chakra colorways OR their coordinating semi-solid for your project (just in case green just isn’t your color ).
I’ll begin accepting pre-orders for yarn in my etsy shop starting June 11th. For this special event, one skein of Chromatic will be $20 instead of the usual $22. As another option, you may also choose my new Symphonic base, an 80/10/10 Superwash merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend. The pre-order discount for this base will be $22 instead of the usual $24 and will be available in the Chakra colorways OR their coordinating semi-solid as well. Quantities will be LIMITED for this pre-order so make sure you tune in to my etsy shop on June 11th to snag yours!
Gina and I hope you’ll love this combination as much as we have loved putting it together for you and are so very much looking forward to seeing your projects!
August 21-September 21: GROUP FAVORITE!
For the final month of SOS we’ll use the democratic process and vote for a favorite!! On June 21st a thread will be posted in the Ravelry group where you can nominate your favorite indie sock design (it would be awesome if it was designed with an indie yarn in mind but that isn’t required). That thread will close on July 21st. The mods and I will tally up the top 5 nominations and create a poll for voting. Voting will be open from approximately July 28 – August 4. The winner of the voting will be featured for the final month of SOS! If you are an indie designer yourself, please feel free to nominate your own pattern as long as you are an SOS member. This will be a great opportunity for all of us to see some new designs and remember some old favorites so I really hope many of you will participate in the process.
We’ll be offering a prize to a randomly chosen participant again this year thanks to the generosity of several wonderful indie artists! To be eligible for prizes you must do the following:
- You must be a member of the SOS Ravelry group BEFORE June 21st, 2012
- You must post a picture of a finished pair of socks in the completed socks thread for EACH month of the knitalong (minimum of three pairs total)
- In order for a pair of socks to count toward prize eligibility they should be in some sort of adult size. Baby/toddler/single socks will not count. (There is no knitting police and there is no SOS police. If you are an adult with really small feet we’re not going to come after you with a ruler. Use your heads here people and remember that honesty is the best policy! )
This year the prizes will include:
- From Zarzuela’s Fibers: A hand dyed skein of sock yarn in the base and colorway of your choice!
- From Gina House: Winner’s choice of her Dreamscape book (in hard copy or digital) or another of her paid patterns!
- From Stitched by JessaLu: A gift certificate for $25 toward the purchase of a bag from her artfire shop!
Thank you so much to each of these generous artists! Please show them your thanks by supporting them and spreading the word about their great products!
That’s it!! I think it’s going to be another fabulous summer of sock knitting, don’t you? Please join us on Ravelry for up to date information and discussion. If you have any questions or concerns, please drop me a private note on Ravelry or send me an email. Looking forward to a great summer of sock knitting with y’all!!