Here’s the thing. You get a bunch of people knitting socks at the same time, and it quickly turns into all sorts of things. What follows is a look at some of the socks created during the One-Sock Knitalong. What you can’t see from these photos are the stories knitters share along the way—tales of families, work, stolen time to finish a heel. It’s about socks, and it’s not. Thanks to everyone who dug up a sock, started a new one, or tried a sock for the first time.
The Climb Ev’ry Mountain Award: To Rox, who began the KAL with 8 pairs of unfinished socks. (She began the year with 18 pairs, just saying.)
The Mysteries of Yarn Award: To Maryann for her Third Sock’s a Charm project. Would Sock #3 match either of the first two? Completely mystifying, completely awesome.
The Archaeology Award: To the tireless moderator of the Mason-Dixon Knitters group on Ravelry, Liz. She writes: “Yesterday afternoon I went to the storage unit and dug out these gems. A pre-Ravelry conception project!! This sock is my very first sock. Do note the singular, clearly I had SSS from the start. The receipts say 2002. I bought enough yarn to make two pair. This could be the documented start of my stash!”
The Make It Work Award: Claquee‘s Monstersocks, which use oddments to really cool effect.
The MacGyver Award: To Julie for keeping her cool when the yarn ran short on her Jaywalkers. Without a blink, she hacked contrasting toes, no sweat, pet.
The Classy Photo Styling Award: To AsKatKnits, who’s always sticking some interesting book into her photos. Totally stealing that. Also: these intricate, soft Morwenstowe Socks are so lovely.
The Marinating Award: To knitterjane, for patiently waiting nine and a half years for her socks to get really good before finishing them. The fact that the first sock has poignantly changed colors really sealed this one.
The Stout Heart Award: To Deborah, who ripped out an entire sock.
The Fair Isle Award: Norma, cranking the colors of Monet’s kitchen. Of course.
First-time Sockists: A Tribute
LaDiDa2u, who dove right in.
NapaGal, mighty elegant little sockles.
Elissa, first socks, first knitalong. Hope it won’t be your last!
Sara overcame DPN Doubt (we all have it to some extent) and DID IT.
Debbie powered through.
Amy, these are going to be a lot more comfortable if you get that second foot done. Just saying.
Finally, The Award for Sock Valor.
Mary‘s second sock came two and a half years after the first one. I don’t even read Spanish, but they’re fabulous. They are definitely BUENO! The text is from Pablo Neruda’s beloved poem, “Ode to Socks.”
A kit for the most awesome, impractical, brilliant socks I have ever seen. Willow Ware is a pattern by a wildly imaginative designer who passed away last year: the Tsock Tsarina, Lisa Grossman. Kate Atherley’s remembrance is wonderful. Pause, if you will, and marvel at what Lisa cooked up in her spare time: a world where socks can be sharks and snakes and Ozymandias. And it reminds us that even as a sock is one of the more earthbound things to knit, it can also be a delivery system for the most incredible flights of fancy.
And finally, door prizes go to the following folks:
Instagram: @lakeviewchica, @zebramouse, @pamicillin, @rikikongtong, @geminig3, @theknitsmith, @margothatheway, @jelliebeansmomma, @yooperriffic, @schbecky
Ravelry: tanyalavine, kbrtmyr, holity, Francieos, Coffeeknitrepeat
Award winners and door prizers, please email me your address, using my email address in the footer. We’ll be sending a little surprise your way.
Thanks so much, everyone! May all your socks be pairs, and all your pears be ripe.