The Summer of Socks comes to a close tonight at midnight. I’m very happy to report that I accomplished most of my goals. Here are the 7 pairs that I was able to knit during the three months:

SOS 2007

Denmark is pictured twice just because I like them so much.

I exceeded my own expectations on number of pairs. I did one more pair than last year, which I firmly believe was only possible because of the amazing job done by Beth and all the other blog readers. I didn’t have to worry about that part of things *at all* and that was a huge relief for me with all the other administrative things I had to do.

The one thing I didn’t really do was get to all the patterns I had wanted to try. Part of my goals were to knit all the patterns from Knitty that I hadn’t done yet and wanted to try. There are still several in my cue, but at least I got the list narrowed down by four.

In the end, it seems that some people enjoyed the along and things went pretty smoothly for the most part. As always, not all 500 people that signed up really participated. Actually, I’m kind of thankful for that! Life happens, people get busy and that’s just the way things go. Running something like this is a *lot* of work. I think I may have gone under if everyone actually had participated.

People have already asked if this will happen again next year or expressed some interest in another go. At this point, I honestly can’t say. I have no idea what my life will look like by next summer. Will I have time to do this again? Who knows. Will I want to? I also don’t know. There were times this year that I was ready to throw in the towel. I think it’s very easy for people to write accusatory and hurtful things in an e-mail, that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to say to your face. It also seems to be really easy for people to assume the worst about others in the world we live in right now, even in something so trivial as a sock knitalong. I was shocked at some of the e-mail I received this summer. It is so easy for someone to write something without thinking about how its tone will be read on the other end before they click ‘send’. And it made me very sad at times.

On the other hand, there were a lot of good things too. I’ve made some new “blog friends”, I’ve had a few laughs, I’ve learned a lot and been exposed to new things. And there have been several people who have even taken the time to say Thank You, which really means the most. And just look at all the beautiful socks everyone made! There are going to be a lot of happy feel this winter! :)

In the end, I’m trying to focus on the positive. There is still a lot to do. The people behind me in line at the post office tomorrow are going to hate me! ;) I hope to finish things and sit back to rest this weekend knowing that I did a good thing and made some people happy.

And speaking of rest, I’m pretty tired and I need some time to recoup. I’m declaring next week a personal “computer holiday”. I sit in front of a computer all day at work and when I go home next week, I will *not* be turning one on. The pretty much means no blogging for me next week. But don’t worry about me! There are sweaters to finish and yarn to spin. I’ll find something to do. ;) See you in a week!

Related posts:

  1. Summer of Socks 2007 – It’s on!!
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  3. Socks. Of course!
  4. The first finished object of 2007!
  5. Happy Summer!
25 Responses to “Summer of Socks 2007 redux”
  1. stacey says:

    Thanks for running SOS again – you did a great job!!! It’s a lot of work just putting it together! Lolly had a great idea for this years Socktoberfest – maybe you could do the same next year depending….

    have a great week off. I often do the same thing as I’m plunked down in front of a computer all day too!

  2. HeatherL says:

    I’m so sorry you had to deal with nasty email! Nothing should really surprise me anymore, but I can’t quite figure out what people would be mad at you about. Because they didn’t win something? How rude! It should have been about knitting socks, which is something you should like anyway if you’re going to join something like this! I would definitely do this again, and thanks for all your work!

  3. Heather says:

    How funny, I just posted the very same flickr toys badge on my blog! Great minds think alike…

  4. JessaLu says:

    You accomplished quite a bit this summer (sock-wise and SOS-wise)! I’m sorry about the narsty emails – some people just don’t think :o (

  5. Kim says:

    Thanks for running SOS! I am one of the ones who didn’t really particpate, but I did knit socks and enjoyed looking at everyone’s amazing outpouring of socks. I’m especially pleased that Ina won the design competition with her kick-ass Meadowlands socks. Enjoy your computer-free week!

  6. Kristy says:

    Thanks for organizing SOS. I know that you put a lot of effort into it!

    I’m impressed at the number of socks you knit this summer, especially with everything else that went on.

  7. penny says:

    :) guess what my anti-spam word was? ;) anyway .. they look awesome and you’ve done a great job with SOS and i thank you. i knit a ton of socks and started eating away at the sock yarn stash, which means i’ll soon be able to buy more. THANK YOU Jessica!

  8. Vera says:

    I really enjoyed SOS although I kniited only four pairs of socks. Still, I have lots of patterns I want to try, and I made some nice new blog friends.

    Sorry you got some unpleasant e-mails. That’s not cool.

    I hope you host SOS next year, and , of course, I’m here to help.

  9. Karen says:

    I understand 100%. I’ve had it happening just this week with SAM4. I was so ready to shut the whole thing down. I hope you know I appreciate all the hard work you put into Summer of Socks (although I was one of those who had good intentions but never got my stuff together – SAM4 took over a lot of my time!!). For every one person who sent criticisms, there are a dozen out here who think you are a hero!!

  10. paula says:

    Thanks for hosting SOS! I think I have two and half pairs done. I did not take my felted squirrel to see the Yarn Harlot Wed. Just the second Austermann Step sock.

  11. Dee says:

    As the subject of one of the “ugly notes”, I know just how you feel. But, you know what …life is too short to worry about that. You did a FANTASTIC job running the Summer of Socks and I think it was great fun seeing everyones socks.

    Don’t let the “bent-needle” folks get you down.

  12. Marisol says:

    Gorgeous! Hey I got to 3 1/2 pairs thats a record for me:)

  13. Cookie says:

    You did a great job with the knitting this summer. Between traveling, having a life and running SoS, I’m very impressed that you got seven pair done.

    I’m so sorry that you had to deal with cranky people bothering you in e-mail. I’m also sorry about sending you all that sock spam. :p

    I know there are a lot of people who didn’t take part as they would have wished, but you’re right. Life gets busy on us whether we want it to or not. I’m very grateful for all the hard work you and the SoS team put in to make the SoS so much fun and such a success. I’m also very happy to have gained you as a new friend because of all the sockiness. Please keep me in mind if you need any help next summer.


  14. Linda says:

    I wasn’t a participant in SOS, but I enjoyed watching everyone else knitting socks and it inspired me to knit a few pairs. I discovered new patterns and new yarns as well. Your socks are beautiful. I can tell you like blue!

  15. Debi says:

    Your socks are all lovely Jess! Thanks for hosting SOS, it was GREAT FUN!!

  16. Jeannie says:

    Thank you for all of the work that you put into SOS. I had a lot of fun—tired hands, but a lot of fun. ;-) I’m sorry that you had to get hurtful emails. I find that really strange. It’s just about socks and a bunch of people that like to knit/crochet them.

    Have a good and restful week!

  17. jennie says:

    congrats on the lovely socks and a successful KAL. You deserve the vacation — knit in peace and we’ll see you on the flip side :)

  18. Jen in CT says:

    I had so much fun with this along (even though I only managed 2 pairs, lol)! Thank you thank you thank you thank you! Hopefully we’ll see you next year. :-)

  19. Sacha says:

    Thank you. :) I got busy near the end, but I really enjoyed looking at all kinds of people knitting socks and what they created.

  20. Sneaksleep says:

    Thanks for running SoS again! I was a very bad participant. Although I did knit diligently on my sock all summer, I just didn’t have much knitting time, and have still not even finished half of one pair. But thanks to you, at least I started it! Enjoy your computer vacation! :)

  21. Rain says:

    Love the sock collage =)

  22. Debby says:

    I didn’t participate in the Summer of Socks, but Meg of Daysfull and I did the Tour de France KAL, and I moved smack in the middle of it, so I know how overwhelmed you must have been at the response you did get! I also understand the need for a computer holiday…anyway, I’m sure the participants loved it and it sounds like a great success.

    I’m hoping to go to Rhinebeck and would love to say hello if I see you!

  23. Julie says:

    Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog! It was great meeting you yesterday as well – I had a blast. We will definitely see each other at Rhinebeck!

  24. Tina says:

    Sorry this is such a late comment – i’ve been on a sort of computer vacation too, though not necessarily on purpose! I’m just so sad and shocked that you got nasty emails about SOS! I had a great time with the KAL, and really appreciate all the work you put into it – thank you!

  25. Ina says:

    A giant THANK YOU for hosting the Summer of Socks! It was flawlessly organized and I had a lot of fun.

    Sorry you received hurtful email from ingrates. May muths eat their stashes.

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