Friday, July 22, 2016

Smooth Operator Socks Knitalong Begins!

Hi, Knitters, 
First, I have randomly selected three winners for the Must Stash Yarn giveaway! The winners are (by Ravelry usernames):

Congratulations! I have contacted the winners and Stacie of Must Stash Yarn. Stacy will be getting in touch with all of you to make arrangements for your yarn and delivery. Thanks to Must Stash Yarn for the support and fun.

SOSkal Information
I haven't hosted a knitalong for a very long time so this should be really fun. I am excited to be starting our sock knitting adventure together. 

Today I am announcing the beginning of the Smooth Operator Socks Knitalong or SOSkal. The knitalong is being held over in my Ravelry group, Itty-Bitty Knits. You can enter socks or a sock you've already started no problem. You can join in anytime as well. 

I've posted two threads that are stickied at the top of the forum. One thread is a chatter and joining in thread to share your socks, yarn,  questions, encouragement, compliments, any photos, etc. The other thread is the place to post your in progress or finished socks. You can post as many photos as separate socks you are working on during the knitalong. There are already 67 SOS projects posted on Ravelry so that is exciting.

The pattern for the Smooth Operator Socks is still at a discounted price of $3.50 for a couple more weeks to celebrate the start of our knitalong! Click here for the discounted pattern on Ravelry! No code is necessary to get the sale price.

Click here to check out the SOSkal chatter thread or to join in! Please ask all questions on this thread. I will be checking in very frequently but sometimes someone else in the group can get to answering questions before me and this is very helpful all around. Please jump in and answer questions anytime, I need all of the help I can get.

I hope you'll join the Itty-Bitty Knits group because it is a very active, smart, helpful and fun group of knitters but it isn't a requirement for joining the SOSkal. 

Here is the general information from the thread on Itty-Bitty Knits:

Hi, Knitters!
Welcome to the Smooth Operator Socks Knitalong! Please tag all projects SOSkal so we can check them out. On Instagram let’s use #SOSkal, too! I haven’t hosted a knitalong for a very long time so this should be fun.
To join the SOSkal simply make a post in this thread to say hello and tell us your SOS plans (and then hopefully share your progress along the way). Then before the ending date be sure to post a photo of your progress in the photo thread to be entered in the prize drawings.
The Smooth Operator Socks pattern is still listed at the sale price of $3.50! I just haven’t gotten around to changing it to the regular price yet. Now that I am starting this KAL I think I will continue to wait a bit and I will change it to $5.00 in a couple of weeks from now.
The SOSkal starts today, July 22, 2016. You can enter socks that you have started already, there is no official starting date. Some have already finished entire pairs of SOS socks. Totally fine, enter those as well! You can join in at any time along the way. All participation is good and welcome and any sock yarn can be used!
You don’t have to finish your socks by the end of the SOSkal, you can just start a sock, get one sock done, or finish 2 socks, or 1.5 socks. It doesn’t matter. If you join in and post a photo of your work in progress or finished socks in the photo thread you are entered in the prize drawings at the end.
I will have another thread for photos and descriptions only. This thread is for photos, questions, comments, compliments, chatter, encouragement, etc.
The ending date is Monday, August 22, 2016!
I hope you’ll join us.

I'm going to be randomly selecting prizes throughout the SOSkal. I will select prizes in the chatter thread and also on Instagram and at the end in the photo thread. Please use the hashtag #SOSkal on Instagram to share your photos. I will be selecting prize winners from the postings on this Instagram thread.

Also on Ravelry use the tag SOSkal for your sock photos. Remember the socks can be in progress only. You don't have to finish. I just want people to join in and have fun without any pressure at all. Being together and working on our socks together is the main goal.

I am going to be working on a new pair of SOSocks, too, starting today. I am using Must Stash Yarn's Happy Snowman colorway on the Ritz base, it's sparkly. This is fun because I am considering the yarn to be a holiday/winter yarn so it fits in with my Christmas sock knitting in July goal.

The Family Reunion colorway in the original socks is up for pre-order on Must Stash Yarn (at least at the time of posting). Click here to visit Must Stash Yarn.

I am working on gathering loads of prizes right now. I have a lot of stuff already and I will be contacting some friends to get a few more things to add to the pot.

Post a comment here and most importantly on the Ravelry thread and let me know if you are joining in! I'd love to hear from you.

I'll be back soon with more.
xo ~ susan


Suzanne said...

Oh what fun. Thanks for the kal and the gentle, encouraging spirit of it.

Small and Moody said...

I plan on joining the SOSkal. This will be so much fun! I have never been a sock knitter but I would really like to try because nothing feels more wonderful on my feet than hand knit socks! Thanks for putting this together for all of us!

Sean said...

I think I'll join. I have the yarn (again because of your recommendation...LOL) and the pattern. So, why not. see you on Ravelry.

Leanne said...

I'm joining in on the KAL. Thanks for hosting. I've knitted several pair from your "How I Make" pattern and look forward to learning some new techniques. RAV ID:Leannegoddard

Pinehaven Hill Studio said...

And I'm in...Pinehavenhill on Rav

Kristen Badowski said...

I'm so excited to join in because this will be my very first knit-a-long!! I need to pick my yarn..but have already purchased the pattern. I loved your toe-up sock class on Craftsy...but look forward to trying this top-down method. RAV: klbhappy

Tamarack sewing said...

Joining. Now to go through my stash and choose yarn!

Holly said...

Such happy socks

Anonymous said...

Any chance you will be adding this to Craftsy?
Thanks, Nancy

Stefanie said...

I need to get going on Superman #1. I'm so glad you're hosting this KAL. What great timing as I needed help and just didn't have the brain power nor energy to do things on my own.

Malena Doty said...

Why yes, I think I will start ANOTHER project and play with you guys!

Doodlebug Gail said...

Joining in for sure! My 2nd pair of socks .... 1st pair was your "how I knit socks" :-)

Looking forward to the KAL.

Doodlebug Gail said...

Joining in for sure! My 2nd pair of socks .... 1st pair was your "how I knit socks" :-)

Looking forward to the KAL.

Laurel said...

Looking forward to knitting these socks with you all. I have three skeins of muststashsheep yarn just itching to be knit up.
I'm Lkgervitz on Rav

Laurel said...

Looking forward to knitting these socks with you all. I have three skeins of muststashsheep yarn just itching to be knit up.
I'm Lkgervitz on Rav

Robertadog8 said...

Beginning my smooth operator socks with family reunion must stash yarn! What fun!

Robertadog8 said...

Beginning SOSkal with lovely Must Stash family reunion yarn. Great way to avoid hot, muggy Florida summer.