Our summer knitalong for socks and blanket squares is now under way: Socks and Blocks Knitalong 2020. (Read about it here.)
People are very funny: some are diving in with projects abandoned forlornly some distant time ago, some folks in a fever on new projects. There’s talk of yarn substitutions, the question of dye transfer, who’s doing what.
This knitalong reminds me that knitting is such a connector, an opportunity to be with other people, a chance to learn something and—equally valuable—to have the chance to help somebody figure out a problem. The Lounge forum is “Socks and Blocks Knitalong 2020” where everybody’s hanging out.
How to Crush This Thing
Strategy is a big part of any knitalong. I really like the idea of starting with a partially finished pair of socks. I call it “the running start.”
“Clear eyes, half-finished sock, can’t lose.”
“One and done.”
If you’re thinking that two entire whole socks seems like a lot, go dig around and you will probably come up with a pair in progress. It just happens when you knit enough.
With very little effort I came up with three pairs of socks in various states of doneness.
The Zauberball Situation
This pair was started at Christmas, when my son made an unprecedented request for a pair of handknit socks. I quickly cast on a giant sock, figuring that it would be plenty big for him, only to find it was so huge that we renamed it “The Sleeping Bag.”
After some self-loathing, I started over and got distracted after 1.1 socks.
We have a bunch of Zauberballs in the Shop at the moment (except for the color above, which dates from 2009 or so!). If I had to go for another color, it would be Smoking Area, which is the most obscure yarn name I have ever seen.
Somewhere in there, I pivoted to
The Campfire Solution
Yes, this is Kim Formica’s exquisite Barnyard Knits yarn. Yes, these socks will fit David’s feet. The campfireness of these socks is the tiny embers of orange that blurp in there from time to time. I can smell the smores, I tell you.
The Hedgehog Diversion
At Rhinebeck last year I bought this yarn despite the fact that we run a yarn operation at MDK. Hedgehog Fibers, in a colorway that seemed incredible.
It’s the mint green in there. Alongside the red. I dunno. It’s so good. Of course, I need to get a needle back into these, after yanking it for some other sock as yet unexcavated. I mean, I’m a decent knitter but I haven’t nailed knitting without a needle. Yet.
How to Join the Socks and Blocks Knitalong
We have a long summer ahead, so if you’re looking for a place to hang out (the air conditioning is superb in the Lounge), I cordially invite you to join us as we knit up as many socks and blanket squares as we can manage. It’s free. The guidelines (here) are so loose that we hesitate to call them guidelines, and joining is as easy as making a visit to the Lounge.
Click “The Lounge” at the top of our home page, or here, and register as a user, if you haven’t already. Sign in, head for “Socks and Blocks Knitalong 2020,” and leave your first message. You’ll hear from a fellow knitter shortly, and wham! You’re in the knitalong.
Labor Day is our endpoint, but we’re not going to fuss about much of any of this.