There's nothing like knitting socks for another knitter – except, perhaps, receiving socks from another knitter. I love watching all the pretty Sockapalooza socks in progress (my project queue has a tendency to grow), love wondering which ones are for me, and love the sense of knitterly commonweal. Some Sockapaloozers make steady, rapid progress from yarn selection to FOs, some experience trepidation, indecision, and (gasp) frogging, yet all are working toward a common goal, a common good.
It makes me smile to think of the socks I knit during Sockapaloozas past for Beate, Katherine, blogless Pam, and Phoebe. I hope they're enjoying them in good health (click on photos to view larger, see the stories here).
The socks that my Sockapalooza pals made for me also make me smile: hand-dyed bicycle commute socks knit by Lou and mistake rib socks knit by Shannon.
Two things I've learned from past Sockapaloozas are to embrace the process and to use package tracking. The outstanding example of the former is the way fearless Kathy refined her now-famous Jaywalker sock pattern during round 2 – including blogging every trip to the frog pond. As for the latter, well, I've come to appreciate having inexpensive assurance that parcels aren't inadvertently languishing at the post office or elsewhere.
Lest anyone feel left out (or intimidated), I hasten to note that novice sock knitters and blogless sock knitters are welcome and included in all the fun, thanks to the ever-encouraging, true blue hostess of Sockapalooza, Alison (and her mysterious master webmaster). I don't know how she (they) do it – Alison has a new baby and her new book is due next month.
I'm looking forward to Sockapalooza 4 – hope to see your socks there!