Friday, February 16, 2007

Sock Madness

Remember how much fun I had during the Sock Wars? Even though it pretty much ended with not a bang but a whimper? One of the biggest flaws in that war was lack of involvement and moderation from the organizer.

Now there is this:Sock Madness is only accepting 128 participants (64 novice knitters and 64 experienced knitters). The distinction between novice and experienced is in the amount of pairs of socks that you've completed. If you've completed less than five you're considered a novice, and more than five makes you experienced. Unfortunately, even though I don't consider myself terribly experienced in sock knitting (I'm more of an advanced beginner), I have technically finished seven pairs of socks, even though three of them were the same simple pattern on DK weight yarn for the Sock Wars. (The other socks being 2 secret pairs for KnitPicks, that beautiful pink pair for my darling niece Stephanie, and the Mock Croc socks, which were my very first pair).

I'm kind of shaking in my boots because the experienced knitters are going to compete with complicated patterns involving fair isle and intricate charted designs. The novice category would probably be a better fit for me, but rules are rules, and I choose to look at most things as a learning experience.

This will be a tournament style competition where two people are competing with each other, and the first to post pictures of their competed project (no mailing involved!) advances to the next round until one winner is declared fair and square in each division. This is where the slackers are not rewarded for dropping the ball, as was the case in Sock Wars.

One really cool thing is that the competition is using original sock designs never before used, and only competitors will have access to these patterns.

Sign-ups are still open at the moment, but once the number reaches 128 they will close. If you want to play with me (and I would love to have someone I know to root for in the competition), go check it out!

Good luck!


msubulldog said...

Eeeeek! I'm scared. But I might go take a look . . .

Tam said...

This sounds great. I sent my email. argghh! I hope I'm up to this task. If not, I'll blame YOU. ;-)

Tricia said...

This looks like it is alot more organized and less complicated than sock wars! Good luck!

Wendy said...

I've seen your socks on the blog and you'll do fine and I know your quite a sock assassin! I've only knit 6 pairs of socks and that will put me in the advanced group (gulp!)! Good luck!