Yes indeed friends, we’re going to do it again!

The Summer of Socks 2009 will run from June 21st at NOON EDT to 10 pm September 1st!!

Some Socks from SOS'08

This year, our new mantra is LOW STRESS! Even before my current medical situation I had begun to feel as though SOS has, in recent times, gotten away from the original spirit of the thing. The purpose of SOS is to HAVE FUN knitting socks with our fellow knitters while learning from each other and sharing each other’s company. It’s not about competition. It’s not about who is faster, who is better, who is smarter. It’s just about HAVING FUN KNITTING SOCKS! :)

Therefore, there will be a couple of changes to the line up this year. Here are the highlights:

- SOS will take place exclusively on Ravelry. There will NOT be blog sign ups. Please join the SOS2009 group to participate.
- There will be one main contest and that will be the Socks on Vacation contest (see rules in the Ravelry group page).
- Depending on sponsorship, there will be a couple of raffles for those who complete a pair of socks during the summer. Details to follow!

That’s it! Easy peasy! So what do you need to do to join?

To be a PARTICIPANT, head on over to Ravelry and join the SOS2009 group. If you were a member of the group last year and didn’t leave it, you are already a member.

If you would like to be a SPONSOR, please send an e-mail to summerofsocks [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject SPONSOR – [YOur business name] and the following information:
1. The name of your business (again)
2. A link to a website for your business
3. A description of what you would like to donate

A list of sponsors will appear on the Sponsor page in the Ravelry group. Sponsors will be required to send their prize donation to me immediately upon confirming sponsorship. You will receive that information when you are confirmed as a sponsor. Sponsors will also have a dedicated thread where they may advertise specials for SOS’09 participants. Moderator Anne has agreed to handle the coordination of sponsors while I take care of my health. Thanks Anne!

WANTED: Postage donors!
Last year I had a few problems with sponsors getting their prizes to the winners, hence the change of all prizes coming to me first. However, this means that I will need to send out what could potentially be a very large prize package to the Socks on Vacation contest winner along with the raffle winners. As we all know, the world is in a difficult economic situation at the moment and I am not immune. Therefore, I’ve decided to ask for donations to cover postage expenses this year. If you would be willing to contribute, please send an e-mail to summerofsocks [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject POSTAGE. No amount is too small and I thank you in advance for your help!

That’s it!! Say it with my now, “LOW STRESS!!” Ah! Isn’t that better?!? If you have questions or concerns, please leave a comment. Otherwise, I’ll see you and all your socks during SOS’09! :-D

P.S. Is there interest in a blog button? I might be able to swing a contest for a blog button design if there is enough interest.

Related posts:

  1. Summer of Socks 2007 – It’s on!!
  2. Summer of Socks 2008 wrap up
  3. Summer of Socks 2008!
  4. The last socks of summer
  5. Summer of Socks 2007 redux
38 Responses to “The Summer of Socks 2009!”
  1. Jennifer says:

    I’d be interested in a blog button! I finally learned how to put them on my blog! :) Low stress is a wonderful thing.

  2. Kim says:

    Yippee! Low stress good. Sock knitting fun. Why am I writing/talking like Frankenstein? I don’t know.
    I’ll give you a postage contribution next time I see you.

  3. sprite says:

    Perfectly lovely! Thanks for hosting again in spite of all the other things life has thrown at you recently.

  4. Elinor says:

    Yay for SOS!

  5. Donna Murray says:

    Love the Low Stress idea and the blog button. Hope everything goes smoothly for you!

  6. Anne says:

    Let the low stress begin! :)

  7. Ina says:

    Sounds like a motto: “Low stress… the way Summer of Socks was meant to be!”

  8. Cookie says:

    Low Stress!

    Lots of fun!

    Or else! ;^)


  9. Courtney says:

    Yay for the Summer of Socks! I’m in, and I’d love a blog button. :)

  10. Elysbeth says:

    Hugs and Health, this sound more like my speed.

  11. M Ward says:

    I’d love a blog button!

  12. Lisa says:

    Awww, no Most Socks contest? Bummer–I was ready to go for the whole enchilada this year!!

    Take care of yourself and stay cool thru the next few days. {{{hugs}}}

  13. Nancy says:

    I vote yes for a new blog button — I’m so happy that SOS is happening again :o )

    Thank you for keeping the fun alive!

  14. Daniele says:

    Bless you woman! Yes please – bloggie button!!!

  15. Nancy says:

    I would love a blog button, odd since I never seem to blog;)

  16. Alyssa says:

    I’m in for the first time, and I’d love a blog button!

  17. Danielle from SW MO says:

    WOOHOO!!! Cant wait to have fun knitting socks again this summer! Good luck medically I hope everything comes out wonderfully well :-)

  18. Kris says:

    I think the low stress thing is a GREAT IDEA. Goodness knows that we can all use less of it in our lives. If people want a more jazzed-up socks experience then they can always go sign up for that sock wars thingee.

    I would like to be a sponsor but I don’t have a website yet. Guess I’d better get on that.

    Thank you for working on this despite all your other stress!

  19. Beverly says:

    I want to thank you for doing Summer of Socks again this year. I figured with your medical problems, you would not have the strength to do it this year. I know when I ended up having unplanned surgury in January, it really wiped me out for weeks. I hope you don’t over do it. But thank you.


  20. Laurie says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Wow, lots going on in your life since I last read your blog. Congratulations on your engagement and good luck getting all your plans set for the wedding!
    I was sorry to hear about your need for upcoming surgery. I really hope it gets resolved quickly and as easily as is possible. I’m sure its a lot of stress to add, but good that you have family and your wonderful fiance to help you out.
    Take care of yourself!

  21. JessaLu says:

    email sent ;o) Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  22. Yay!! Thanks again for hosting! Loving the theme of low stress this year!

  23. Lizzy B says:

    Whee, sounds like a good plan Jess.

    Good luck tomorrow.

  24. Harriet says:

    I’ve never done a Summer of Socks before….but….yeah, I’m in. ::squee:: And yes, a blog button please.

    Hope all the medical stuff is going well.

  25. Sharon Carpenter says:

    I have never done anything like this before. Love the idea of fun not stress. Off to look at my sock yarn stash.

  26. Risa says:

    Yippee for the low stress. While in the past I’ve enjoyed the technical challenges you’ve thrown at me for this along, I wasn’t up for it this year either.

    I hope all has gone well today. I’ve been thinking about you.

  27. happystasher says:

    YAY!! Can’t wait. I agree, low stress is good. I just have to line up up my patterns and yarn. FUN!! See, I’m already having fun.

    Hope your medical stuff is getting better.

  28. Kathleen says:

    Love the new rules. I think I only knit 3 pair last year. Can’t imagine I will knit more this year.

  29. Sandra Singh says:

    Great contest, I look forward to being a Sponsor once again.

  30. Mandi says:

    I can’t wait! I need a jolt to my sock-knitting mojo, and this is just the thing! :) I’d definitely be interested in a blog button!

  31. MamaKin says:

    I’ve never done anything like this before & I’m so excited to join! I’m trying to figure out how to make a blog/website & I’d love the challenge of a button :-)
    I’m sorry to hear of your illness and hope you’re feeling better soon.

  32. Altygrae says:

    Looking forward to the low stress version of summer of socks! With sock summit and everything else going on this summer I’ll just hope to catch up with my club kits. Glad I got a t-shirt last year as it will be nice to have in Portland in August.

  33. Emily S. says:

    I’m joinging for the first time this year and it sounds like lots of fun! Thanks!

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