S is for shill, S is for socks

At first I thought that this was simply a news item crafted to satiate gossip newshounds, but no, it did actually happen: Suss Cousins announced (or let TMZ announce for her, same diff) that she gave gift sweaters to two recent celebrity arrivals. That’s not really news, because I understand that in Los Angeles “baby shower” is a synonym for “product placement”.

The only vaguely amusing thing about this is that TMZ apparently tried to explain the significance of the intarsia designs to each kid, instead of merely accepting that they were the first two sweaters grabbed from the stockroom and that it would be gauche to give both babies the same design.

Also, if I understand Sock Wars right, does this mean that a successful participant… gets stuck doing all the knitting? And that there is some kind of variant of the prisoner’s dilemma going on, because if you sign up and do nothing, you’ll get a pair of hand-knit socks? (I’m sure there will be some anti-avoidance rules set up.)

And I really should stop procrastinating and get back to work.

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10 Responses to S is for shill, S is for socks

  1. Ariel says:

    I decided to join Sock Wars even with the obvious problems (which I wrote a rather long account of on my blog here if you’re interested). Yep, the person who “wins” gets to do all the work, and it’s very easy to be a “bad communist” and knit some pitiful amount while waiting for your socks.

    But as a crazy sock knitter with a huge competitive streak, I think it will be fun. I’ll knit socks like a madwoman until I get “killed” and then I’ll have a pair of socks to wear and remember the insanity.

  2. fillyjonk says:

    Maybe I’m just in a foul mood today, but it sounds like a metaphor for modern life: work hard, follow the rules, meet your deadline – and then get screwed into doing work for other people.

    I’m sure there’s some Big Fun component to it I’m not seeing, but then again, I’m just not a “joiner.”

  3. j. says:

    It’s loads of fun being a cynical bastard. Not that I’d sign up for a knitting race in order to profit, but trust me, it’s fun being cynical.

    But being subject to postal delays is unfair. To guarantee survival, you’d have to spring for courier service. Shouldn’t there be some kind of central contact to receive photographic proof and to alert the victim to lay down their needles?

  4. Mel says:

    re: Sock Wars, a fast knitter can still be killed by a slower knitter if that knitter’s assassin is either slower or killed off by a faster knitter who then doesn’t receive that person’s partially finished sock for a few days. Because of the nature of the contest and the vagaries of postal/courier services, speed does not necessarily ensure survival, nor does it mean that slower knitters won’t be able to finish a pair of socks. In the world of sock and dagger, nobody is safe.

    As for people signing up just to get a pair of socks, only a cynical bastard would do such a thing, and where’s the fun in being a cynical bastard?

  5. Theresa says:

    The cool thing about Sock Wars is that it’s a competition, and you can win, and there is a prize. It may not be for everyone, but for people with a competitive streak and no regular outlet for it, I can see the draw. If only I liked knitting socks, I’d be in. Maybe they’ll have Hat Wars or Scarf Wars next, I’d be all over that. :)

  6. Christina says:

    There is no way in hell I would participate in Sock Wars. Waaaay too much work.

  7. alice says:

    I was thinking the same thing about the sock wars – only good if you want to show off you are the fastest knitter in the west.

    *puzzled by what the attraction is*

  8. j. says:

    Yes, in the sense that a machine was required, but I believe it still takes a fair amount of manual labour–the carriage has to be moved back and forth, and not all knitting machines are driven by a motor. So depending on the machine used (i.e., how automatic it is), it still takes a fair amount of manual dexterity and mechanical skill–different from the dexterity and skill for hand knitting–to turn out a good product with colourwork.

    (I have a mid-gauge knitting machine myself; no motor, stranded colourwork a snap, haven’t tried intarsia. Right now it’s sitting disassembled in a basement about 500 kilometres away, because I have no room for it. I find that the learning curve for a machine is steeper than for hand knitting, but that’s just me.)

    (Still working.)

  9. Carol says:

    Hmm. What does “hand loomed” sweaters mean? It sounds like a euphemism for “machine made” but what do I know?

    Now get back to work, Missy.

  10. turtlegirl76 says:

    Oooh, she gave a non-existant baby and the world’s most popular ex-fetus a cheesy looking sweater! Go Suss! Whatever. I could knit a plain white sweater and slap on a patch with the letter S on it too.

    And Sock Wars? Um…I don’t get it.