Yes, it's that time of year again. Although it's still (as my grandma would say) hotter than the hinges of Hades here, a hint of fall is in the air and that turns us to thoughts of wearing those toasty warm socks we've all been busy knitting all summer, and to pulling out our favorites from years past. Because I'm crazy like that, I want to see them. Yes, it's time to Show Me Your Socks!
This year's theme is "First and Last." Here's the "rules."
- Take a photo of the very first pair of socks you ever knit, as well as your last/latest pair.
- The rules interpret "first and last" very loosely, ergo, you can show me - TWO complete pairs; ONE complete pair and one or less sock in progress; ONE sock in progress (if it is both your first and latest pair); a skein of sock yarn and needles, and/or a sock pattern you intend to knit for your first/last pair.
- There will be a special prize for the most creative photo. Everyone did such a great job with this last year!
Will there be prizes, you say? Of course! This time, instead of me choosing which yarn to send to each winner, I will let you choose your favorite, in order of random number drawing, one through four. Here are the prize yarns (there may also be a few other goodies thrown in for good measure, but that will be the surprise portion of the contest.)
This last is 450 yds of hand-dyed 100% merino sock yarn from a company it seems may no longer be in business. But it's lovely and soft!
The winner of Best in Show Photo will receive a skein of the elusive and much sought after Trekking #126, as well as a few surprise goodies.
To get you started, here is my very first pair of socks.
Mountain Colors "Mountain Goat" using the Knitting Pure & Simple "Beginner Lightweight Socks" pattern. They are bit big, so I use them for around the house socks when it gets very cold. I found that pattern a great introduction to sock knitting, and still incorporate some of its elements into every sock I make. I finished this pair in March of 2004.
My last pair (#93)
Monkey Socks, from Knitty. SWTC Tofutsies - #724 "Foot the Bill"
And the first sock of my current pair.
Trekking Pro Natura. I'm using an old favorite pattern, "Blueberry Waffle Socks."
To enter the contest, all you need to do is leave a comment to this post with a link to a photo of your socks. The contest will remain open until midnight ESDT, on Monday, October 1st. So get those socks out and the cameras clicking. I'm waiting to see your socks!!