Yes friends, I may be crazy but we’re going to do it again! There are several changes to how things will work once again this year, so please read the following carefully before you decide to sign up. I’ve tried to highlight new things by underlining them.

What is The Summer of Socks?


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The Summer of Socks is a two month knitalong* designed to help us celebrate the warm weather while preparing for the day when we’ll want all those cozy socks to keep our feet and those of our loved ones warm again. Socks make a great project for taking on vacation and for keeping us at our hobbies and learning new things in those warm months when you just don’t want a sweater or an afghan on your lap (but I didn’t have to tell you that right?!).

*This along will be exclusively for knitters this year. There has not been enough interest in the past to warrant a separate category for crocheters. Sorry!

When is it?

The along starts on June 21st and ends on September 1st. During the course of the two month along, you can knit as many or as few socks as you like. No pattern requirements, no yarn requirements, do as much or as little as you want! The whole point is to have fun and relax while knitting along with others. The ways in which you choose to participate are completely up to you! But there are some fun ways that can help you make the most of your two months.

Who can play?

Anyone can play who loves knitting socks! The only other rule is that you *must* have either a blog, a Ravelry account and/or a Flickr ID.

The contests

Yes there are contests involved if you want to exercise your competitive spirit while you crank out your new socks. :)

Most socks contest – For each pair of adult sized socks you knit, you will receive 1 point. Whoever has the most points on September 1st will win a fabulous prize! In order for your socks to count this year, you must post a picture to the Summer of Socks 2008 Ravelry group (and while you’re at it you might as well put them up in Flickr too). Each two week period will have it’s own thread for posting completed socks. (ETA: Please note, the use of a CSM is NOT PERMITTED for this contest. Hand-knits only please!)

Socks on vacation contest – Take your socks on vacation! No matter where you are going to go to relax this year- the back yard, the local pool, the mountains, the ocean or somewhere else- take a picture, include your sock in it and e-mail it to me to enter the contest! Our participants will vote to determine the best picture and the winner will also go away with a fabulous sock-y prize!

Bi-weekly raffle – Every two weeks we will have a random drawing of all the pairs of socks completed during the given two week period. For each pair of adult socks completed in the two week period you will receive one entry into the drawing. The winner, drawn at random, will win a socktacular prize! In order to qualify, a picture of your completed pair of socks should be posted to the proper thread in the Ravelry group for the given two week period.

*****PLEASE NOTE! Each of these contests must have at least 15 people entered in order for the contest to run. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!*****

Spin-off groups – This year I would like to encourage those of you with an interest to create your own spin-off groups as part of the along. Would you like to organize a swap? Coordinate a charitable effort? E-mail me at Zarzuelaknits [at] gmail [dot] com with a proposal. If approved, you will be given your own thread in the Ravelry group for coordinating your spin-off group. You will take on full responsibility for all efforts to coordinate your group and its success or failure, so please consider carefully before creating such a group.

Ready to sign up?

Signups are OPEN NOW and will close on May 15th. Since we have Ravlery and Flickr this year, there will not be a separate along blog. I will be posting updates and links to all the participants right here on my personal blog.

Want to be a sponsor??

If you are a vendor of materials that might be of interest to the members of this along and would like to make a prize donation, please sign up for that on the donors page. You’ll find full instructions there and I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to e-mail me at Zarzuelaknits [at] gmail [dot] com.

Questions about the along and how it works? Please post a comment and I will answer it here so all may benefit.

So are you ready to sign-up?? Then click HERE!!!

Looking forward to another fantastic summer of sock knitting! :-D

And once again this year, we all need to say a huge THANK YOU to Risa for her coding magic that made all the sign up stuff happen. THANK YOU RISA!!!!

Related posts:

  1. Summer of Socks 2007 – It’s on!!
  2. Summer of Socks 2007 redux
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110 Responses to “Summer of Socks 2008!”
  1. Jeri says:

    I wanna play! I’m so excited about knitting socks! I’ve signed up!

  2. sue says:

    I’m in! I like the no-stress aspect of it and maybe I’ll be encouraged to knit up my sock stash!

  3. AmyDe says:

    Why Sept 1 and not Sept 21 like last year?

  4. Cheryl says:

    How long does it take for us to show up in the “Members” list? I don’t see me :(

  5. Pirk says:

    I bought some interesting sock yarn at Knitter’s Frolic. My goal will be to make at least one pair.

  6. elizabeth says:

    I accidentally forgot to list my ravelry account correctly-so I signed up a second time-you can delete the first one-sorry(it’s been a long week…)

  7. cindi says:

    I’m all set to join (even though I was pathetic last time). One question: Do socks submitted into the most socks contest have to be made with fingering weight yarn? And do anklets count? I’m going through a quick!-make-socks-with-DK-weight-yarn phase.

  8. Sandra says:

    This sounds like fun – thank you for organizing this! :)
    (I actually plan an early start for Christmas presents which I bought yarn for yesterday. Coincidence? ;) )

  9. Paula says:

    I’ve signed up but I made a mistake the first time and mucked up my entry. I’ve reentered my details but now there is a duplicate. Hope it doesn’t cause you any problems.

  10. Beverly says:

    I’m a newbie, but thrilled to be here! Look out socks! Here I come!!! xoxoxo

  11. Patty says:

    I’m a newbie as well. Looking forward to SOS 2008!

  12. Daisy says:

    This ought to be fun. Thanks.

  13. L-B says:

    Ouch! Wendy twisted my arm! ;-)
    Since I have a Ravelry account, I have no excuse not to sign up this year!

  14. christine says:

    Please include me — my ravelry ID is c1127.

    See you on the knit side!

  15. Teal says:

    First time for me and this sounds like great fun. Thanks for organizing. So sorry I made a mistake when entering my ravelry link. Should be:

  16. cici says:

    count us in plaease

  17. Hi I am so excited to be here.. This is going to be great fun! Love to knit, but I really love to knit socks…

    Thanks for hosting this site!

  18. Yeah – a perfect KAL! I’m on a road trip all summer from Alaska to the Lower 48 – socks are my project of choice. This will be fun! I guess we’ll have to plan our stops where there is internet access so I can upload photos. Thanks for hosting – looking forward to the fun!

  19. Lousie says:

    I’d like to join, I’m not blogging in english so I’d like to join based on my ravelry account which is Thank you.

    Knit on!

  20. Pinklady says:

    I can’t wait to get started

  21. Pinklady says:

    I can’t wait to get started. A good excuse to go on vacation with my sock knitting

  22. Cathy Smith says:

    I always have several socks going at one time. I love knitting socks since they fit perfectly in my purse. I am hoping to get all my WIPs to be FO and I am especially hoping to get over my second sock syndrome

  23. Michelle says:

    I signed up last week, but cant find my name on Ravelry. Hope Im in? My account on Ravelry is: Freshyarn.

  24. Alice says:

    Don’t know if was intentional but I love the verification word I got. Count me in. This and 52 pair plunge are going to have me knitting socks like crazy this summer. Also have lots of things brewing where socks enjoying the scenery might make it into my camera. Looking forward to a socky summer.
    Happy Knitting, Alice in the Heartland

  25. Fang Aili says:

    I’m FangAili over on Ravelry. I’ll knit at least one pair! Please count me in.

  26. Liz in IN says:

    Okay, I cannot resist. You know, I figured all knitters were (on some level) sock knitters, but I have discovered this is not the case! But I love the socks. It’ll be fun hangin’ with like-minded others (aka ‘my peeps’) for the summer.

  27. Monique says:

    I’m still a newbie with knitting sock but I love it.So I would love to join .

  28. Molly says:

    yes please :)

  29. Timmie says:

    I’ve got sweater projects to knit but decided to participate in Summer of Socks for the first time. I won’t need the sweaters until Oct/Nov. This sounds like some fun summer knitting. I’m lining up sock projects now.

  30. Carole / Angel says:

    I am also a newbie to sock knitting but I just love it so I joined in and can’t wait to start!

  31. YIPPEE…….Can’t wait to get started!!!!

  32. Kelsey says:

    I’m so excited to make it into the KAL this year. I started knitting April of last year, and I’m already to warm up my knitting fingers with some more socks. :D

  33. Janet says:

    I haven’t knit a stitch in months, and my sock yarn is calling to me… cout me in!

  34. Merrymom says:

    This is a great idea! My sock yarn is SCREAMING at me! ;)

  35. I am definitely in! I’ve got to beat back my sock yarn stash, to make room for new fall colors :-)

  36. knittinggirl says:

    I’m waiting with anticipation to start my first pair for the Summer Socks. Just another reason to buy more yarn

  37. knittinggirl says:

    I’m waiting in anticipation to start my first pair for the Summer Socks. Definitely count me in.

  38. Marion says:

    My name is not on either list and I signed up days ago. Please don’t leave me out, I’m excited!

  39. Susan says:

    I may be too late.. it’s still the 15th though, so I hope not! I’m new to the Summer of Socks thing, but it’s totally inspired me to work through my sock stash…

  40. Molly Bee says:

    Thanks so much for sponsoring this. I am a KNOB! When I filled out the entry form, I put my web address at when it’s actually a .com address. Duh! Is there any way to change it on your end? Sorry!

  41. Robin says:

    Ughh – same question as Molly Bee. Somehow I didn’t get my ravelry page in correctly.

  42. Kelley says:

    Well pooh, I missed the entry date. I was buried in my furious Sock Wars knitting.

  43. Linda in Chicagoland says:

    I goofed when I registered. The link to my Ravelry doesn’t work because I gave you the wrong name. My Ravelry name is pawsandknit. Sorry and thanks!

  44. Dee says:

    Can I come late to the party? I just found out about this. Pretty please with cashmere on top?

  45. Patricia says:

    Dangnabit, I missed it again this year. I’m putting this on my calender for 2009. I love it, my Anti-spam word was “sock”!

  46. Tracy says:

    AHHHH! I only saw this today as a link from Wish I had see it sooner to sign up. Have fun all!

  47. I missed your sign up as well. I didn’t know about your contest either, until yesterday evening from Jen Jett of Wool Girl. I hope you all have fun, and I look forward to being able to join in on the fun next summer!

  48. Rosa says:

    Darn it I missed the deadline too!! I saw the same post from woolgirl and hopped over here but its too late. Let me know if I can still sign up for this year… if not I’ll have to wait for the next one! :)

  49. I’m so sad. I came too late to sign up. If you want to let a Knitting Bandit sneak in–please let me know.

  50. Dympna says:

    I”m in.
    I have 2 skeins of STR that need to be knit up plus I knit socks for soldiers and need to knit another pair for them. So hopefully I can get at least 2 pair of socks knit this summer.