Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Ramping may not see me

Just in case y'all were thinking I'm a bit crazy about knitting socks, this came along. It doesn't prove I'm not crazy-just that I'm not alone with this insane desire to knit warm foot coverings:


Die-hard knitters prepare for sock battle

By Claire Sibonney
Thu May 1, 12:10 PM ET

There may be nothing scary about socks, but a cut-throat competition involving hundreds of furiously fast knitters with pointy needles is enough to send even accomplished enthusiasts' pulse racing.

Sock Wars III, billed by its organizers as the "bloodiest death-by-knitting tournament," enlists players from around the world to take part in a game that shows knitting is no longer just a grandmothers' hobby.

It was started by Julie Gardner, a 31-year-old freelance TV and film production manager in Belfast, Northern Ireland, a couple years ago after she heard about StreetWars, a game that uses mock weapons and is popular on college campuses.

Gardner was excited about pitting knitters against each other with a sudden-death spin.

"I love the fact that we have had competitors ranging from teenagers knitting their first socks through to silver surfer great grannies in their 70s," she said.

Around 1,000 women -- and some men -- have already signed up for this year's tournament, which starts May 9. The deadline for applications on is May 3.

Each contestant must knit a pair of socks from the same original pattern for another player in a specific size and mail it to another contestant, or target.

When the targets receive the finished socks from their assassins they are "killed," or out of the game, and must mail their assassins their unfinished socks. The assassins must then finish that pair of socks and mail them to their new targets. The last sock-knitter left wins.

Knitters from the United States, Canada, Britain, the Netherland and Australia took part in last year's contest.

"I think it's brilliant," said Amy Singer, the author of knitting books and editor of, an online knitting magazine based in Toronto.

Knitting's feisty new image has been boosted over the last decade by books such as "Stitch and Bitch," "Chicks with Sticks" and "The Friday Night Knitting Club" -- a bestselling novel that has been turned into a new film starring real-life knitter Julia Roberts -- as well as the Internet, knitting clubs and cafes.

Fans insist it's not just a fad.

"Knitting is not the new yoga, knitting is the new knitting," said Singer.

The prize for the past two tournaments has been a pair of socks. This year, every competitor is promised a pair of socks, while the grand prize winner will also receive a $500 supply of yarn.


Rositta said...

My husband had an interesting question, isn't it possible to cheat? Love the music...ciao

Rudee said...

I can only say your husband better have the same gauge as you! lol I suppose there are ways to skirt rules but then the honor system may weigh on your conscience.

ExpatKat said...

Good luck with this, Rudee. I think it's wonderful. I know I'd be out pretty quickly. I suffer terribly from 'second sock syndrome!' :-)

Rudee said...

Thanks expat-I think it'll be fun. I too have a wee bit of SSS but I try hard to persevere. Especially if the prize is $500 worth of yarn... I'll take that stuff to open my own ebay store!