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Sock It to Me

Thanks to lildomino for the link!

From http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB119766934184930123.html --


Sock It to Me:
Competitive Knitters
Get Deadly Serious


Based on 'Assassin' Game,
This Contest Has Players
On Pins and Needles


By KEVIN J. DELANEY


Meryl Williams's friends had been asking her for days, "Are you dead yet?" On Oct. 30, she suddenly was.

The socks did it.


Sock Wars is a test of skills, luck and endurance that participants bill as the "bloodiest extreme knitting tournament ever." Kevin Delaney reports.
Ms. Williams, 52 years old, was done in by a small package bearing an unfamiliar return address. When she saw it in her mailbox, she knew she had met her maker. Inside was a pair of black and orange socks, just her size.

In recent weeks, about 150 people around the world have received similar notices of their demise. They were all participants in Sock Wars, billed by its organizer as the "bloodiest extreme knitting tournament."

Sock Wars requires each participant to knit a pair of socks for another player and ship them off to the target. Players are eliminated from the contest -- or "killed" -- when, like Ms. Williams, they receive the socks. Once they receive their socks, participants have to ship to their assassins the pair they were still working on for their own targets. The assassins then must finish those socks and send them along, hoping that they don't first receive their own killer socks from another assassin. The last assassin standing -- or sitting -- wins.

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Comments

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artyskox
Dec. 20th, 2007 10:10 am (UTC)
Very cool
bzero
Dec. 31st, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Very cool
Looks like fun. Too bad I can't knit. *chuckle*
kendokamel
Dec. 20th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
Hahahahahaha!!!!
bzero
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Hahahahahaha!!!!
*grin* Happy New Year!
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bzero
Dec. 21st, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
winning
Yes, but it means that one person gets the satisfaction of winning, and everyone else gets hand-made socks! Can you think of a better consolation prize? *grin*
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bzero
Dec. 21st, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
Sock It To Me
I just sent an email asking her. *grin*
karinablack
Dec. 20th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
INTENSE!! :D
But sounds fun!
bzero
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
sounds fun!
Indeed. Good thing I don't knit -- I could see this swallowing all my free time. *grin*
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