Before I show off the beauties that have come from the Summer of Color contest, I just want to thank all of you who participated by knitting socks with Simply Sock Yarn, or simply e-mailed telling me how you didn't enter but were really looking forward to seeing what socks came out of the contest.
There were three ways to win in the Summer of Color contest. The first way is to be the randomly chosen knitter from the Striped Category, and this person will win a $150 gift credit to the store. The second way is to be the randomly chosen knitter from the Mosaic/Fairisle Fun Category, and this person will win a $150 gift credit to the store. The third way, and this is where YOU come in, is the be voted the Best in Show, and this knitter will win a $200 gift credit to the store.
I've uploaded the pictures that have been entered exactly as they were given to me, with the exception of changing the size of a few because the files were way too large. There has been no color correction or cropping of the photos. If you would like to duplicate any of these fabulous socks, I've listed the colors and patterns, as given to me by the knitters. But do note that the color might be slightly off, as there's been no color correcting on my part. I've given links to blogs and/or Ravelry profile pages, if given directly to me in the entry e-mail.
Here's how you can vote. Do not leave your vote below in the comments, though you are welcome to talk about the socks, which ones you like and why, detail the inspiration behind the socks (if you are the knitter) or whatever else you want to comment as usual. For your vote to count, e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org, ONCE per person (I will check the IP address of the e-mails, so please be honest and don't vote several times for one person or I might see fit to make changes to the contest- not that any of you would do that!) listing the one sock number that you are voting for. For example, the subject of your e-mail would be VOTE and the body of the e-mail would read: Socks 18.
E-mail me your vote (one time per person) by Friday August 6 at midnight EST. That will give you a week to rally your friends, browse all the entries, and cast your vote for Best in Show. I'll let you know (hopefully the following Monday), who the 2 randomly chosen winners are, and who won Best in Show. I can't wait to see for myself who wins! Now go cast your vote!
Socks 1: Renee S knit these socks using the Magenta and Rose colors. The pattern is the Treasure Lace (Montana) pattern by Denise Henderly from the 50 Socks- 50 States CD. She used size 2 square dpn's.
Socks 2: Susan B knit these socks using the Black, Finch and Cerulean colors. The pattern is one of her own design, Walk Across Texas, and Susan has written this up for you and I'll be posting it here after the contest is over. She used US 1 needles.
Socks 4: Diane E knit these socks using Rose, Blush, Wasabi, Buttercup and Wheatgrass. While she didn't use a written pattern, she improvised a feather-and-fan-type stitch. She has shared it with me and I'll be posting it here after the contest is over.
Now for the MOSAIC/FAIRISLE FUN CATEGORY
Socks 7: Wendy S. Knit her socks using Chartreuse, Periwinkle and Cerulean. She utilized the Tiptoe through the Tulips by Stephanie Pearl McPhee from Knitty and changed it to make it more to her liking.
Socks 8: Lynn H knit these socks using Pink and Caribbean. The pattern is modified from a Ravelry pattern called Royal Garden.
Socks 9: Nancy G knit these socks using Chambray and Navy. The pattern is Montgolfiere by Stephanie van der Linden. She used 2.5mm Addi Turbos for the cuff and body and switched to 2.25mm circs for the toe.
Socks 10: Amy R knit her socks using Blue Skies, Natural, Black, Wheatgrass and Wasabi. It's her own pattern featuring tiny little sheep, basing the construction on Ann Budd's sock in The Knitters Handy Book of Patterns.
Again, thanks to all the knitters who are showing their sock-love by voting or by entering the contest. Aren't these all awesome socks?!
Edited to add: Just a reminder that if you are commenting below and want your vote to count, you need to e-mail it. Comments are awesome for conversation and sharing yoru love of a particular sock, but in this case only e-mails count as votes. I don't want to accidentally count votes twice, thus I'm accepting them just one way.