Saturday, September 15, 2007

How It Works

Thanks for the great interest that's been shown already in Southern Summer of Socks! It's sure to be a fun knit along, one with plenty of scope to be involved as little or as much as you want or are able.

So, here are some useful bits of information.

What is it?
Southern Summer of Socks is designed simply as a fun, relaxed way to knit through your sock yarn stash. We aim to keep it as straight forward as possible, with minimal rules and guidelines and plenty of time to knit all the socks you can or want to manage in the time.We had the idea when we realised that between us both we have approximately enough sock yarn to make 50 pairs of socks. That's a conservative estimate. Socks are ideal summer knitting because they're small and easier to deal with in the heat than a huge, heavy jumper. And they make ideal Christmas gifts.

Southern Summer of Socks will begin on 1 October 2007 and conclude on 31 March 2008.

We're starting it before the onset of summer to allow for Christmas knitting to be done as part of the knit along.

How to Enter
To enter, leave your details, including email address and blog address in the comments or email to or and you'll be sent an invitation to join the blog. If you've done so already, we'll get your link up in the sidebar over the next week or so as time permits.

If you don't have a blog, you can still enter, you'll just need to send photos and text to Bells or RoseRed for posting onto this blog.

We'll hold a series of contests and announce winners at the end. To enter, you need to nominate yourself by a date we'll announce later in the summer.

Categories will include:

1. Most socks
2. Biggest socks
3. Best original design
4. Most techniques used
5. Most travelled sock
6. Best first sock (beginner category)

Sign ups are open until 1 November and the KAL is open to anyone anywhere, not just those from south of the equator. The more the merrier!

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Bells and RoseRed


Carolyn said...

I realized that I didn't leave my email address when I left a comment on the last entry.

My name is Carolyn
My blog is
My email address is

Thanks! I'm so glad to hear that it will start in October.

kms said...

yes please!


Leonie said...

Add me to the list!


Should be fun.

J3SS said...

me too!


kittenkong67 said...

Sign me up!

Leah said...

Me too :)


Lynne said...

yes please!


jp said...

Yes Please.

It would be nice to have a chance to set our own targets.

Or to nominate to just be part of it.

That would be cool.

Jill said...

Hi Bells & RoseRed, Amy encouraged me to join, I think she thinks I don't get out enough. It will likely take me all your summer plus all ours to get through one pair, how about a tortoise award for those who keep plodding along despite a decided lack of knitting time? I'm and have no personal blog, only a work one. I will, however, be knitting socks for work. Sort of. Re-footing pilgrim stockings for the role-players. Maybe that counts, too. Thanks for hosting!

gemma said...

How about for some who (regularly) bites off more than she can chew?
gemma.b at gmail dot com

TinkingBell said...

I'm sure I;ve done this before - strange feeling of deja vu coming over me - and email

cheers = looking forward to this!

Kristine said...

I'm up for it!


Kate said...

Looking forward to it.

Charisse said...

hooray!! i'm in for sure!


kgirl said...

oh, can I come and play, too?!

thanks, guys, for all your work organising this great group - looking forward to seeing the banner competition entries!

(i am sadly challenged in any banner/button making department, so no help from me!)

missfee said...

Can I join in the fun?

A great way to knit through my ever increasing sock stash

Helen said...

Can I join in too.

Diantee said...

Hi, I'd like too join:



magwitch said...

This sounds like fun!


Tracy said...

I'd like to join too.
pthenwood at bigpond dot com

Melinda said...

I would love to join, although I am a very slow sock knitter!!


Vicki said...

If you have room for one more, then count me in. I could use some goals. I spent a few hours this morning dyeing sock yarn (I needed a fix), then I found you guys just a few hours later. I am sure it is not just a coincidence ;-)

Looking forward to FOs! Thanks for setting this up. Miss Vicki :-)

Carolyn said...

I'd love to join...even if I'm a little late! I did finish one sock this week...hopefully this will help me get past the dreaded "second sock syndrome"! Thanks for doing this, it's a great idea!

Nellie said...

Hi, this is an ace idea!

My email address is and my blog is



Fern said...

I'm interested in joining up, though I'm a crocheter :)

Name is fern, email is fern @ and my blog is

ikkinlala said...

I'm interested in joining if I'm allowed to just post text. I don't have a digital camera, so I can't post photos.

I don't have a blog (although I do have a Blogger account). My e-mail address is ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca.