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The fascination, dare I say, obsession with socks is beyond me. There are a few blogs that I no longer can listen to because all they talk about is knitting socks and buying sock yarn (plus giggling a lot). It seems to be too easy to get on a vicious spiral of acquisition and competition. I've got enough day to day pressure without making my knitting part of it.


In other parts of my life I have noticed that some folks thrive on competition. Others don't. I play basketball in a recreational women's league. Most of my teammates are not overly competitive but the difference is obvious in things like the fact that one woman not only always knows the score but knows how many baskets she has scored (and missed). I am lucky if I know whether we are winning or losing and NEVER know the score.

I think if folks are motivated by deadlines and competition and enjoy that sort of thing, then it is great that the Interknit has brought them opportunities. But I will be sitting with you knitting away on whatever I am knitting watching them with a baffled look on my face.


Well, I'm guilty of collecting sock yarn and knitting socks, although I never consider them bona fide projects. These knitting races are absurd. I have enough deadlines in my life without adding a knitting project to them. I took a lot of flack when I made a comment about the Knitting Olympics but to me, that was just a knitting deadline. Just like holiday gift knitting. Aren't the holidays mad enough? Isn't life mad enough without the addition of yet another "gotta".


I know what you mean, I hate deadlines of any kind...why knit to them?


Knitting to a deadline? *looks around*.... Not something *I'd* ever do! The whole concept of "sock wars" is a little odd though.

Jonathan Shaw

I know it's completely different, but I had a similar response to the crossworders in the movie Word Play. The whole emphasis was on solving the NYT crossword in the least possible time. Pleasure came a very poor second - but I don't get why would anyone take on a difficult crossword except to savour the process of solving it.


I kinda think we ought to lighten up. It's a fun, sporting activity. I don't do it but really, where's the harm? People knit for different reasons and if I felt like adding some competition to a project, to be a part of what is essentially A GAME, then so what?

that's a fairly critical thing to say.


I am quite critical sometimes. If you don't like critical writing I guess this probably isn't the best blog for you to read.

Emily (Ginny)

I, too, can't really see the fun in the sock wars etc, but then (as Jo can attest) I also don't get card games etc. no gaming gene here, I think. I'd rather knit!

But I did use the Olympic thing as a prompt to challenge myself to knit my first sock. I'd been needing a bit of a kick to get going, and since then have enjoyed socks as good transportable knitting. I didn't contact Canada to inform them i was doing it though.

But go for critical! It's way more interesting than nice all the time for this reader!


Eh, I signed up for Sock Wars, and although I didn't officially sign up for Knitting Olympics, I did take on a project to finish during that timeframe. For me, and I suspect for many, it wasn't a matter of competing so much as an opportunity to challenge myself a bit, improve my technical abilities, and do something I hadn't really done before. In that sense, both were valuable, but I couldn't see doing competitive knitting for the sake of competing. To each their own, though.

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