Originally Posted by samm
What happens in Sock Wars???? Just a little bit timid here...... samm
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Basically, sock wars is an international, death-by-sock tournament. There are several hundred participants so far. On the 8th of september, registration closes, and gauge and yarn information is posted. On the 22nd of September, all participants will be emailed a sock pattern (the same pattern for each participant) and the name, address, and shoe size of their "target", who is another person in the tournament. Kind of like a secret santa swap or something, we will be knitting a pair of socks for this person and mailing it to them.
Once a person receives a pair of socks in the mail, they are considered "dead" and must immediately post their death on the forum. If the dead person has not yet finished their pair of socks, they must put all stitches on waste yarn and mail the socks to their "assassin", along with the name, address, and shoe size of the person they were assigned to "kill". The assassin then must complete the unfinished socks and mail THOSE socks out to the next target. There's a convoluted rule for what happens if you have mailed out your socks already when you die, but that's detailed on the website.
Whomever is still alive, that is, they have not received a pair of socks by November 24, is the winner. If there are several people alive, they will all compete to see who kills the organiser, Yarn-Monkey, first. The winner will receive swag in the form of yarn and knitting toys. Everyone else gets a pair of custom-made socks.
Gauge is immensely important in this project, as no matter what needle size you use, you need to be able to pick up the stitches from your victim's socks and continue knitting without a change in the size of the pattern.
I signed up, fully expecting to be out in the first round. However, it's so much fun I don't care (and it gives me an excuse to buy sock yarn).