Yes friends it’s that time again! Time to get ready for the Summer of Socks!!
What is the Summer of Socks? Just a little knit along we do around these parts every summer. We knit socks together while sharing patterns, yarns, tips, tricks and a whole lot of fun in the process. And just maybe, we even end the summer with a pair of socks to show for it.
In the past there have been contests of many sorts and stripes and fabulous prizes from fabulous sponsors. While these things were a great addition to SOS in the past, I wanted to do something very different for this, the 5th anniversary of the knitalong.
And what is it that we’ll be doing instead you ask?
We’ll just be knitting socks.
I know that there are some of you that will be disappointed or confused by this, but I think it’s time to go back to the original spirit of the thing. When I started SOS in 2006 it was because I loved knitting socks and I knew that there were many others like me. I also knew that there was much to learn about this specific area of the craft of knitting and that there were others out there that knew so much more about it than I did and would be willing to share what they knew. Since then I’ve learned a lot and hopefully I’ve also taught a lot and helped out other people on this journey through sock knitting. So being the 5 year anniversary, I hope you’ll go back to find that fantastic spirit of sharing and community with me and just take pleasure in the simple joy of knitting a garment that can make such a difference in the day of the person who wears them.
I’m also sure that others of you are thinking “You’re just doing this because of the wedding” and to some degree, you would be absolutely correct. I’m staring down the barrel of 130 days until the most important celebration of my life to date and I know I’m going to be busy putting the finishing touches on that event. I simply don’t have the time to invest in the coordination of prizes as I have in the past. I’ve had offers from others to do the leg work on that, but I honestly feel that prizes have shifted the focus of the event in a way that is not in keeping with the original spirit of the knitalong. This year we’re going to change that. Next year may be different or it may not. Only time will tell. But you can be sure that there will be some fun and there may even be a surprise or two along the way!
With all that said, are you ready to join up? Then here’s what you need to do:
1. Go join the Summer of Socks 2010 Ravelry group. All activities and discussions will happen there.
2. The knitalong will officially run from June 21st – September 1st, 2010. You’ve got just under a month to make your sock knitting goals and plans!
3. Expect to have some FUN!
That’s pretty much it!! Hope to see you there for another fun summer of sock knitting!!
And if anyone would like to make us a blog button this year, please let me know! See you on Ravelry!!