I’m taking my newly designated role of Team Leader of Team Socks very seriously.
(For those just joining us, last week marked the start of the MDK Giftalong—the knitalong where you can choose your focus for your gift-knitting efforts during the upcoming two months.)
I am here to recruit you to knit socks.
In the interest of fair play, I acknowledge that there are other teams—fine teams, noble teams—in this giftalong:
• Team Big, helmed by Jen Geigley, the Queen of the Bulky Yarn and designer starring in Field Guide No. 12: Big Joy.
• Team Merry Makers, led by the intrepid Nell Ziroli and focusing on Thea Colman’s juicy quick projects of Field Guide No. 8: Merry Making.
• Team Yet To Be Announced: Stay tuned. Kay Gardiner will be leading this group, which will launch in a couple of weeks.
• Team Socks, focusing on the easy sock patterns by Wendy Bernard from Field Guide No. 11: Wanderlust.
For the first time, we have mascots:
Team Big: a small tortoise from Des Moines, Iowa, named Moby.
Team Merry Makers: British Captain Ross Poldark (played by the ridiculously good-looking Aidan Turner) of BBC’s TV series set during the years after the American Revolutionary War.
Team Socks: Kermit, a house cat/microinfluencer based out of Nashville, Tennessee. He claims his permanently white paws are in fact socks, so we’re all going to humor him on that.
Team Yet To Be Announced: Stay tuned.
Teams Are Chatting Over in the MDK Lounge
There’s plenty of MDK Knitalong conversation going on in the MDK Lounge. Hop over to see what’s up with Team Socks, Team Merry Makers, and Team Big. Aid, counsel, and general gibblegabble galore—please jump in.
Why Team Socks Is Clearly the Team to Join
Maybe you’ve been watching all the socks erupting from Field Guide No. 11: Wanderlust since we launched in June. Maybe you have amassed a mighty store of sock yarns that you adopted simply because they blinked at you and broke your heart with their tender beauty—despite the fact that you haven’t ever knit a sock.
We get that. We used to be like that, too.
Even Kay Gardiner, one of the great handknit sock skeptics, has succumbed to the spell of the handknit sock.
Once you’ve knit a sock, you will find yourself feeling very clever. You’ll want to make more. It’s the best feeling. If you’re embarking on your first socks, we’ll help get you through.
Reasons to Knit Socks for the People You Love
Customize! Pick a color, a stitch pattern your recipient will like.
Fit! Find out the shoe size of your recipient, knit accordingly, and your socks will be the tastiest fit.
Surprise! These will very likely be the only handknit socks your loved one has ever received.
Speed! You may think that socks are a commitment of time, but once you get cranking, you’ll find it hard to stop.
Portable! Two rounds here, two rounds there—before you know it, you’ve turned time at the oil change place into Productivity.
For All Giftalong Folks: Free Gift Tag Download
Complete your present with our gift tags: four pages of variously sized tags for you to print out as you like, including a band to wrap around the socks you so lovingly made—with a gentle reminder built in . . .
And instructions for how to care for those socks.
The fun is just beginning—get your sock on! Or whatever gift you’re wanting to make. Everybody’s welcome—we’ll be at it until December 24 . . .