November 16, 2006

I must be crazy

Posted in Knitalongs at 3:51 pm by nephele

Nuts. I must be. It’s the only explanation for the latest bit of insanity.

Once a lot of the Sock Warriors had been bumped off talk started about “next time.” A couple of people took the initiative and started sign ups and I, um, signed up with both. I even volunteered to help the organizer of one of the two. Happily, neither starts until the new year. I might not have signed up if they looked liked they’d interfere with Christmas knitting. But they won’t and I did.

One of them is again sock based: Death by Socks. The other group is going to knit hats so that one got the name: Head Games. Both are being organized via Yahoo Groups. The Head Games one also has a forum set up to avoid getting the Yahoo Group too cluttered. It’ll be interesting to see how things compare when these are running more or less side by side.

Since neither will start until January they’re both still in the planning stages. The sock game organizer is currently leaning toward DK or Sport weight yarn to keep things moving quickly and to avoid scaring off newer knitters who might not want to deal with lighter weight yarns yet. The hat game hasn’t gotten that far yet. The organizer is still trying to decide on design limits for the hat, ie: color-work, cables, ear-flaps? It’ll be fun seeing what we get to work on. The mystery is part of the fun.

Trying to win is part of the fun too, but a lot of that has to do with the luck of the draw. It ends up mattering more who is around you in the list than it does how fast you knit. The person who took me out of Sock Wars took several weeks to kill me. The people above her on the list spent all that time killing each other and sending unfinished socks up the chain. Which means I may have taken out 3 others, but my assassin is still in the game even though she’s only working on her second kill. The luck inherent in the set up actually makes it better. You don’t have to worry that you can’t knit fast enough to get anything done. You might get knocked out the first week but you could just as easily last two months.

Sound interesting? You can join the Yahoo groups without actually being signed up to play. Both groups are using a database within their respective group areas to officially sign up. If you’re not in the database, you’re not playing. So check it out. The more the merrier – really.

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