Palikka: Seattle's New Favorite Game

Inspired by the Finns, Wallingford's new gamemaker has Seattleites chucking wood.

The Northwest has a long history of knocking down logs, and while we no longer have endless forests to plunder, we do have…Palikka.

The brainchild of Wallingford resident Santtu Winter, Palikka is based on the popular Finnish game Möllky, which Winter purchased while visiting his parents in Finland in 2006. Loving the game but wanting to put his own spin on it, Winter spent the better part of a year creating Palikka (which means “block” in Finnish).

The premise is simple: Chuck the “tossing log” at the 13 hand-size wooden pins, which are placed “three large steps” from the throwing line. Each pin—crafted locally (on Winter’s porch, in his in-laws’ garage and in friends’ backyards)—has a point value. Knock ’em down and add ’em up; the first person to reach 50 wins.

Winter describes the game “like a deck of cards—you can play many different ways with the same pieces” (see for instructions on how to play classic and new Super Palikka). This month, you can toss a log with Winter and his fellow University of Washington alums before Husky games (10/15 and 10/29; check website for details), but be warned—consumption of alcohol may impede your toss.

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

This city has a thing for socks. From top toe protection to no-slip all-stars, we’ve found the best bets for restocking your sock drawer

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1.  Sock It to Me
This Portland-based company has the corner on the whimsical-sock market. Go for the women’s Shakespeare-themed “Taming of the Shoe” or the men’s Multi Player gaming sock for a silly but sophisticated fashion statement. $11.50–$12,

2.  Darn Tough
The name says it all. Based in Vermont and manufactured exclusively in the U.S., these mid-calf, micro crew hike/trek socks are sure to keep your tootsies dry and happy on a hike. The fun colors will make you even happier to take off your boots at the end of the day. $20, available at

3.  Peony and Moss
Founded by Seattle local Eva Spitzer, Peony and Moss brings the pretty with these high-quality cotton socks. We like the Scandinavian pattern knee high, but the thigh high works well with the high-booted crowd. $30–$32,

4.  Mod Socks
Bellingham’s Mod Socks pays serious homage to its Northwest roots with its “Bigfoot Loves Washington,” a women’s knee sock, and the “Bear Necessities” crew sock for men. $10,

5.  Strideline
This Seattle-based company took the city by storm with its skyline lacrosse sock. Now it has come up with a new digital ink technology that brings photo-realism and hometown pride to your feet. Get the new skyline, Husky Stadium or the Sounders sock just in time for soccer season. $16–$18,

6.  Balega
The unique left/right construction and deeper heel pocket of these crew socks make them a favorite in local specialty running shops, such as Super Jock ’n Jill. Balega’s ultralight quarter sock, $13, has been called the sheerest, lightest sock on the market and has garnered lots of hard-core running fans. Available at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, Capitol Hill, 911 E Pine St.; 206.329.1466;