Welcome to the latest attempt to beat the February blahs. Amy Lane and I cooked this up over a year ago, but what with one thing and another, it never happened. But this year! Ah, this year's gonna be a GOOD TIME!
Sock Roulette is Amy's way of beating second sock syndrome. I volunteered to run it, just for the sheer in-your-face of it all. Here, then, are the rules/guidelines, such as they are:
-sign up by sending me an e-mail at SamuraiKnitter@gmail.com. I will need your name and mailing address, and blog addy if you have one.
-knit a single sock. This can be as simple or as complicated as you like; I vote complicated, just for the fun of screwing with each other.
-at the end of February, you will get an e-mail, containing the address of another participant in Sock Roulette. Mail them the sock, the pattern (or a copy thereof), and the yarn needed to knit up the mate. It'd be nice to add any notes like what cast on you used, etc, but it's up to you, how much you want to torment your recipient.
-at the start of March, you will get your own sock in the mail from someone else, and wonder how on earth you're going to knit a mate to whatever complex piece of art has shown up in your mail box.
Sound fun? Good. I think so.
Here are a few things to remember.
-only I and the person mailing you a sock will wind up with your address. No one else. And I promise, I don't have the time or money to stalk anyone, even if I were so inclined. Though if you piss me off, I'll send you a really complicated, stranded-color sock.
-size everything for women's medium-to-large.
-FOR LARGER SOCK SIZES, we will do a secondary swap. Size for women's extra large, and when you e-mail me to join, put "large" (large size, large foot, large sock) in the message header.
-don't join unless you really will mail off a sock. It's really disappointing to join in and not get one, yourself.
-I will be going for distance when I decide who should mail to whom; if I can't match EVERYONE to different continents, at the least, I will go for opposite coasts of the same continent.
-I seriously doubt that mailing someone a copy of a knitting pattern so they can finish a pair of socks is a copyright violation. If anything, it's probably advertising (you like the pattern, you buy the book). But if the idea bugs you, use one of the eleventy-million free sock patterns available through Knitty and/or Ravelry.
I'll be making a knit-along button as soon as I get myself together; hopefully tonight, tomorrow latest. If this is a rousing success, I'm leaning toward doing it every year.
All right then. Start knitting!