I’m a little daunted by the task of summing up the wonder of the MDK Wandering Socks Knitalong, which officially ended last week. It’s been a joyride, from start to finish, all the more fun for being as unexpected as that time my grandma Pearl picked me up to “go for a ride,” and we called my mom the next morning from St. Joseph, Missouri. (Hashtag: #momwasmad.)
I started off knitting socks for this knitalong because, darn it, we were knitting socks on this here website and I was going to Participate. I was curious to see what all the passionate sock knitters loved about knitting socks, but I wasn’t sure that sock knitting was going to be my thing.
Update: Knitting socks is totally my thing.
I’m on pair number 7, and just getting warmed up. Yarns (from Left): Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Sock in Alice GAdzinsky, Lichen and Lace 80/20 sock in Coral, SPUD AND CHLOË FINE SOCK IN RED HOT AND CALYPSO, NEIGHBORHOOD FIBER COMPANY STUDIO SOCK IN SWOON, BARNYARD KNITS SOCK/FINGERING IN CAMPFIRE, Sock blank dyed by me at the mdk knitting getaway in june, and make.do hand-dyed sock yarn in the shade autumn.
I mean: look at my leftovers, just waiting to get themselves made into stripey socks inspired by Terhi Montonen’s magnificent dozen.
Thanks to the super robust Summer of Wandering Socks conversation in the MDK Lounge, and the Instagram hashtag #mdkwanderingsocks, I was in excellent company all summer long. Hundreds and hundreds of sock pictures kept me smiling and hitting the Like button.
This knitalong had legs. And also feet.
It was a struggle to pick the weekly prize winners. Knitters were so game, taking their socks-in-progress with them hither and yon, or just to the front porch.
The grand prize (15 balls of Rowan Cashmere Tweed, oh boy!) shipped out this week to Sue @smcarn, who went as far in the pursuit of sock fun as setting up an account for her hilarious mom. Sue’s mom, Jeannine, taught Sue and her sister how to knit, not knowing that when they grew up, they would drag her into foolishness like knitalongs and Instagram hashtags.
Sue’s caption (or is it Jeannine’s caption?): “These are socks for the #mdkwanderingsocks KAL I don’t know what that means but my daughter is making me do it.” regardless, we are on team jeannine. thanks for being so game.
Announcing: The #MDKmyfirstsock Winners
The #MDKmyfirstsock prize goes to: me. I knit my first-ever pair of adult socks on this knitalong! Where is my prize?
No? It can’t go to me? OK. I get it. And honestly, the fun of adding socks to my knitting menu is its own reward as far as I am concerned.
It was hard to choose, but I did it. Our sock-knitting debutant winners are:
Joni Perlette from the MDK Lounge, who bored the socks off her dog Murphy when she started her second sock.
Maybe murphy will be excited to learn that this photo won a prize. Or maybe not.
Our second winner is Ida Wallace:
Here we see a pooch with the proper attitude toward sock knitting. eyes on the prize!
Congrats to Joni and Ida. We’ll be in touch for your mailing addresses!
The Knitalong Is Over; Long Live the Knitalone
Here’s a thought: What if we just kept knitting socks? We’re the boss of our knitting, right? We don’t need no knitalongs! Let’s keep knitting socks. And let’s keep the hashtag going, so we can check in on each other.
It’s a knitalone, not a knitalong. But are we ever alone here on the internet, where there is always someone who wants to see a progress shot of our socks? Come to think of it, MDK itself is just a never-ending knitalong. Keep me company—I haven’t even knit the Seersucker pattern yet!
A Note of Thanks
Our eternal thanks go to Wendy Bernard for sharing her deep understanding of sock construction, her clear-eyed instructions, and her brilliant plug-and-play stitch patterns. Wendy’s streamlined approach makes it possible to knit socks endlessly, and in great variety, from a single small book. Thanks to Wendy, I now feel emboldened to sit at the table with a bunch of sock knitters when they start going on about the Eye of Partridge and the Fish Lips Kiss. I know how socks work—lay it on me!
Thanks also to you, dear readers, for supporting MDK Field Guide No. 11 with all of your heart and sole. (Sorry, last one.) We are especially grateful to you for recommending it to your LYSes as a beginner guide to socks. We’ve heard from so many knitters and shops that the book is a handy and approachable primer on socks.
It means the world to us to think of all the sock knitters—new hatchlings and old hands—out there loving on this wee tome. Your purchases of the book and beautiful hand-dyed sock yarns from the MDK Shop have supported the costs of bringing knitters daily content from our dazzling contributors. You keep us keeping on, for which we’re grateful every day.
From the bottom of our feet, thank you. May you never cease your wandering.