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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Welcome to the Mystery Sock KAL!

Don't we all love to find free patterns on the Internet? How many of those do you pass over because they don't have a picture of the finished product? Me? I skip them all. Yup, I won't even give a second glance to something without a photo. Call it snobbery. Call it indecisiveness. Heck, it's downright fear of the unknown.
BUT . . . while on said topic tonight at knitting guild, I remembered stumbling across the Magical Mystery Sock Tour on the Socknitters site in which each person found a sock pattern online that didn't have a picture and knitted a pair to see how they came out. I don't know how long ago they did this (seemed like at least a few years), but it was decided (heh) that the idea needed to be revisited. I mean, I should be able to deal with two socks worth of the unknown, right? It's not like it's a whole sweater.

  1. Mystery Sock KAL signups will be open through August 14th.
  2. You must choose a sock pattern that does not have a picture of the finished sock and knit a pair. Unless otherwise specified in your pattern, colors and stuff are up to you--'cause your guess is as good as mine!
  3. Socks should be finished by November 26th. I know there are a lot of summer KAL's going strong out there, so I want to make sure everyone has enough knittin' time. That's through Thanksgiving weekend for us Americans.
  4. Those who finish by the deadline will be entered into a drawing for yarny goodness. Possibly another prize or two along the way--to be decided.
  5. Still with me? Cool. If you're ready to take the leap, leave me a comment or send an email to amandawoodruff AT gmail DOT com. Please be sure to include your email address and blog address (if you've got one) so I can send you a Blogger invitation which lets you post your progress here. I can't wait to get started!
    --Amanda from bulldogknits

Thank you, dear Katrina, for making me do this. I think it will be really fun! Of course, we may also be in for a lot of fug. . . .


  • Sound fun... Add me to the list please:)

    By Blogger Crazy About Sox, at 12:23 PM  

  • I'm in, too. Can't have too many socks on the needles for me!


    By Blogger Knitted Bookworm, at 3:43 PM  

  • Count me in. I found a fascinating pattern that I'm going to try. Plus, Katrina twisted my arm. hehe



    By Blogger Tam, at 8:37 PM  

  • She's good at that, isn't she? *grin*

    By Blogger msubulldog, at 7:52 AM  

  • is there a deadline for pattern selection?

    By Blogger Kate, at 7:58 AM  

  • Oh...I'd like in please!

    Who knows what we'll end up with...how fun!

    By Blogger steph_knits, at 9:59 PM  

  • No deadline for picking a pattern, just for finishing the socks. I wanted it to be low pressure (but with a definite end), so you can start whenever you want!

    By Blogger msubulldog, at 11:26 PM  

  • This sounds great! I never knit a pattern without a picture - this may be a good push into unknown territory :)

    By Blogger spring, at 7:20 AM  

  • I'm in. I have a pattern without a photo and just need a reason to knit it.

    jkutrybala ataoldotcom

    By Anonymous knitalittle, at 9:06 AM  

  • This sounds like a great idea. Count me in.

    My blog is at vierge-en-trop.livejournal.com and my email is the same, just replace the first dot with an @.

    Any ideas for finding photoless patterns other than on socknitters.com?

    By Anonymous Amanda, at 1:27 PM  

  • Oh, yeah, I'm in.


    By Blogger Snappah, at 9:00 PM  

  • Cool, sign me up!

    By Blogger aija, at 9:15 AM  

  • Me too. I just found a pattern that I'm going to try. It sounded interesting and the idea of not knowing what the sock will look like when I start is kind of interesting too. Plus it uses worsted weight yarn, and I have tons of that in my stash.

    By Anonymous Rothane, at 10:18 AM  

  • ROTHANE--I need your email to send you an invite, please!

    By Blogger msubulldog, at 5:03 PM  

  • ooh, I want to play! i'm the quest for a pattern now...


    By Blogger jennie, at 5:14 AM  

  • I'm in! I'm a fairly new sock knitter, but I think it will be fun not knowing what I'll end up with!


    nicolekent1AT comcast.net


    By Blogger Nicole, at 4:26 AM  

  • This is nifty. Sign me up please. I always need a graph and a pic. What a good way to strech my talents.

    My blog is http://1870pearl.typepad.com/

    and my blog name is Abigail

    By Anonymous Abigail, at 10:16 AM  

  • Great idea! Count me in, too!


    By Anonymous Deb, at 12:47 PM  

  • I would love to join!!



    By Blogger Leah, at 6:13 PM  

  • I definitely want to join in this fun!! Please add me in!

    By Blogger somebunnysloveDOTcom, at 8:45 PM  

  • Count me in! I've never knit anything that didn't have a picture.

    By Blogger Courtney, at 8:37 AM  

  • I'm already researching mystery patterns on the interwebs! ;-)

    By Blogger KarenK, at 8:04 PM  

  • HI... great idea...

    I'm in!!



    By Blogger Bettina, at 8:57 PM  

  • Sign me up please! I can't resist a sock KAL :)

    By Anonymous Lisaki, at 6:27 AM  

  • Oops! Forgot the important part. My email is lisa AT lisaki DOT net

    By Anonymous Lisaki, at 6:28 AM  

  • This sounds so fun! I'm totally in! I am badcostumegirl@yahoo.com

    my blog is costumechick.blogspot.com

    By Blogger costumechick, at 9:08 AM  

  • Oh no...I'm in and will probably fail miserably. I'm so much better at secret pals. Unfortunately, all of my sock patterns have pics. Can you provide a reference for socks sans pics?

    By Blogger Teri S., at 3:54 PM  

  • This is kinda scary, but I'm in! When can we start?

    By Anonymous jennifer., at 1:37 PM  

  • I'm in...and I already have a pattern picked out.

    shannan823 AT comcast DOT net


    By Blogger Shannan, at 3:46 PM  

  • I'm in for this one, sounds good! aka Starsailor

    By Blogger Mrs L, at 7:21 AM  

  • Count me in, sounds good.




    By Blogger Mrs L, at 7:30 AM  

  • Sounds like fun. I'm a relatively new sock knitter but I'm up for the challenge.

    lexcourbenAT mindspring.com

    By Anonymous Sandy, at 11:31 AM  

  • I'm in! Could never resist a mystery =)

    By Blogger Anna, at 2:35 PM  

  • This sounds great ! I have never tried knitting without a picture.... I'd love to join !
    Vigdis from Norway

    By Anonymous Vis2vas, at 1:05 AM  

  • It sounds great, add me to the list please,

    By Anonymous myosotis, at 6:59 AM  

  • I tried emailing you my address Amanda but it bounced back. My address is: annasoaps AT hotmail.com

    By Blogger Anna, at 6:10 PM  

  • I would like to join in on the fun. Please add me to the list.



    By Blogger Lisa, at 5:34 PM  

  • Just in the nick of time, please add me. I have been convinced to join by all those fabulous not-a-mystery-anymore photos!


    By Blogger Anastacia, at 7:59 AM  

  • how do I post to the Mystery Socks page? I just got a blogger account, in case I need one to post. I signed up as jennifer. from fullofstitches.com

    By Blogger jennifer., at 11:47 PM  

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