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Fourth Annual Socktoberfest – One Week Countdown!

Fourth annual SOCKTOBERFEST!

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!

Cross-posted on the Socktoberfest Page


  • Do you wanna make socks?
  • Whose in?
  • What are you planning?

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80 Responses

  1. Casey

    I have lots of socks to make for holiday gifts… I am SO in! :)

  2. kv

    hey lolly. i’ve nominated you for an award, assuming that this happens too many times to acknowledge for you, so no need to do anything with this…..just thought you deserved it!

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  4. Hege

    I have been waiting for October a long time now – can’t wait to see all those great socks!

  5. Carrie

    I’m in this year!
    At the very least I’m going to finish up a pair of socks I’m in the middle of and I hope to start another pair using the 2 socks on 1 circular needle method (new to me!).
    Go sock knitters!!

  6. Cristina

    I’m in. My fifth graders will be making socks out of yarn they are dyeing with plants and I think I’ll make a pair for myself while they’re at it. I’d also like to make the second purl custom color jaywalker to join the one I made almost a year ago…

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  8. catsmum

    totally in !!

  9. Elizabeth

    Count me in. I just bought yarn and dpns and was excited to cast on my first ever pair of socks when I discovered this on your blog. What a great motivation to get through to the end. Not sure which pattern yet but I’m leaning towards Monkey (knitty.com).

  10. tiennie

    Hooray for socktoberfest! I’m definitely in!

  11. tammy

    Perfect! I’m knitting socks for Christmas presents. Count me in. :)

  12. t does wool

    Oh,Lolly…why can’t I finish a pair of grown up socks???

  13. PaperDollyGirl

    I’m in! I have never done socktoberfest before, and I have grand plans of doing 3.5 pairs of socks all for me. If I finish them, I will do a pair for my husband’s Christmas gift and start on Christmas stockings. Can’t wait to see everyone’s work!

  14. erica

    I’m hoping you and everyone else will inspire me to start and finish the second sock of the pair that I started last year for Socktoberfest. Now to find my sock needles. eek!

  15. Anna

    Oh, I think this is just what I’m looking for at the moment. I’ve been hankering after some really special socks for yoga classes – this will be the perfect excuse to cast on!

  16. Ina

    Woo-hoo! Count me in!

  17. kimber

    Sign me up. I have always missed this event and I can not wait!!

  18. Nikkapotamus

    I’m in. I tried knitting socks for Summer of Socks, and failed miserably. I started 3 pair though :) So maybe now I can finish those 3 pair and count it for Socktoberfest!

  19. Mom2Schnauzers

    Okay, okay! My “knitsters” will be happy to hear that I’m FINALLY going to knit my first pair of socks! It was a New Year’s resolution and this is the perfect opportunity to get started. I’ve decided on Retro Rib Socks from Interweave in KnitPicks Essential, Cocoa. Thanks for the push Lolly!

  20. Knitguy

    I’m in this year – this is the first year I haven’t forgotten about it (I’m also really good at forgetting about “summer of socks”) but I’m totally in this time around! I have some handspun socks on the needles now and some yarn that I’m spinning for socks on the wheel as well.

  21. Jenny

    Yay! Happy Socktober!

    To me, EVERY month is Socktober, but I’ll try to be a good participator and post to the Flickr group and Ravelry group this year. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s Socktoberfest socks, too!

  22. knitopia

    Blogging has been sporadic for me lately, but I am participating!

  23. Lianna

    Yay! My first Socktoberfest! I am definitely joining!

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  25. KnitPastis

    Yay for Socktoberfest! It marks the start of Fall knits. You can count me in. I just started another pair.

  26. Nell

    I’m hoping to finish my self dyed stripe socks and get going on a pair in Kureyon. We’ll see how far I get. I’ve been sucked into the Twilight books and can’t yet read and knit at the same time!

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  28. Nadine

    Hi, I’m a bit late but count me in! I have some plain stockinette socks on my needles right now!

  29. Katrina

    Oh my gosh! What gorgeous socks! I wish I knew how to knit because I really need some fun, new, warm socks. I’m in love with the socks in your photo! I’m going to post about this event over on my blog..who knows, maybe someone will make me some for Christmas!

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