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:
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!