Monday, March 23, 2009

Flying Needles

Want to know what I did this weekend? I transformed this:

into this!
How long exactly did it take me? You know I cast on Thursday night (Ok, I tried to cast on in the car on the way to work but that was a disaster!) And you know that by Friday afternoon I was just at Sock 1's toe section before I stopped for Shabbos. Saturday night I was back again. Finishing the toe, casting on for Sock 2 and making it through 16 pattern rows before I fell, exhausted, into my bed.

Sunday I was up and at it again. The results had not been updated (to the best of my knowledge) and it looked like quite a few people had posted finished pics in Ravelry. I was so nervous I'd be cut from the first round. So onward, onward.

I left the house for my very necessary Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte. I ate at some point. Other wise it was knit, knit, knit. By 6 I had grafted the second toe. I'm sure I broke for dinner at that point. Here's a closeup of the stitch pattern (that wavy X is repeated three times from cuff to toe):

Then it was on to the heels. Afterthought heels, remember? My first afterthought heels, and it took more time than expected to remove the waste yarn. When I use this technique in the future I will definitely modify. But I am very, very happy with them.

I finished at about 11:45 pm. And immediately photographed and posted my entry. (That late night photo was pretty awful. I took these pics today.) At 9:15 I received a reply to my email that my socks had been registered. I went to my division page to see if I'd made the cut. Now, I had checked it the night before and there were only 9 people who had finished. But I had no idea of how often the mods were updating. I still may not have made it through! So imagine my surprise when I checked the page this morning. 11 people in my division!!! I have no way of knowing if I was 10 or 11 but I do know that both those numbers are lower than 40. So it looks like I made it to Round 2! Of course what happens next is anyone's guess. If pattern 2 is released very soon, Very Soon, and I have time before Pesach, there is a shot I could go to Round 3. But if it is released too close or during, then I'm out for the count. I'll keep you posted.

Tropical Mertini by Raspberry (Ronni Smith)
Yarn: Araucania Ranco Solid in Sky Blue
Needles: KP fixed circs 2.75mm
Cast on: March 19, 2009
Bind off: March 22, 2009
Sock Madness III, Round 1


Friar Frack said...

Much better! Do you ever make leg warmers?

Friar Frack

lunaticraft said...

Wow! That's some seriously impressive knitting, and amazingly fast. Here's hoping to make it to round 3!

Frenzy23 said...

Speedy-that's an experienced knitter. :) The few days someone is able to sit down and knit themselves to exhaustion are the best days ever.