Some of the beautiful socks created in last year’s Socktoberfest – and you can add to the beautiful parade of socks by joining us this year for the 4TH ANNUAL SOCKTOBERFEST!
In anticipation of this year’s event, Knitty Otter created some cute buttons for us too! Here are a few, but there are more over on Ravelry – feel free to take one and add it to your blog. (Save to your own server first, please!)
What is Socktoberfest?
A very simple concept with very few restrictions – Socktoberfest is a month-long celebration of socks. It is a simple celebration of the accessories that we make as crafters to cover our feet. Think of it more as a festival than a knitalong – people who love something come together and celebrate it!
Who can participate in Socktoberfest?
You love socks? You’re in. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have a blog, or a digital camera. Come one, come all. If you do not have a blog, but would like to show off your work for others to see, think about joining the Socktoberfest Flickr group and the Socktoberfest Ravelry group. You can upload your pictures and everyone can see and comment on them! You can join us anytime during the month of October.
What will happen during Socktoberfest?
Each year of Socktoberfest is slightly different in scope. 2008 is going to be a simple celebration. Frequent photo posts of what people are making and how they wear their socks. Please let me know if you are willing to prepare a photo tutorial to share with the other Socktoberists!
Is Socktoberfest a sock swap or an exchange?
The original concept behind Socktoberfest did not involve a swap or an exchange. However, like Project Spectrum, I would be happy to endorse side projects that crop up around Socktoberfest. Project Spectrum engendered several color-themed swaps – feel free to start a Socktoberfest swap if you are so inclined! I will gladly direct anyone to it. I cannot personally add that component to this project as I already have enough admin work to keep me busy!
Are there restrictions, rules, or guidelines to follow for Socktoberfest?
I am a liberal project leader – I don’t like to get bogged down with rules, so things are pretty free around here. Some participants are using Socktoberfest for stashbusting purposes, using up that beautiful sock yarn that you picked up back in 1995. Others are planning to use Socktoberfest to finally finish up sock projects that have lingered too long on the needles and hooks. Still others plan to spin or dye their own sock yarn and use this to make a truly special pair of socks. Some Socktoberists use the month to make quick holiday socks for family and friends. It is truly up to you!
The festival starts on October 1st, but you can definitely start on your socks now! You do not have to finish your socks by October 31st either, although the Socktoberfest blog coverage will end at the close of the month. Socktoberfest can easily be combined with other projects and knitalongs – and there is no such thing as “not having time for Socktoberfest”… if you plan on even looking at your sock needles this month, that is enough!
The only guideline that I have for Socktoberfest: be an encourager! Participants range from first-time sock knitters to sock designers and experts. Lend a helping hand or an encouraging comment. Take a few minutes to check out the progress reports that I post and let someone know that you saw their handiwork. If you know the answer to their question, write them a comment or an email. Encouragement goes a long way – and you may even make a new friend!
- Do you wanna make socks?
- Whose in?
- What are you planning?