Sunday, April 15, 2007

Oops! I did it again!

My sincere apologies if that song is now stuck in your head. I understand how frustrating it is. It has been going through my brain for two days now.
And all because of this:

Round 4 of sock madness.

The pattern is called"Mad Weave", designed by Tina Loren. It is so flipping cool! I have to say it is totally my bag baby!

I tried to get a good shot of the pattern. But alas, this is the best I could do. You could always check out the Flickr group to see more wonderful versions.

It's a hell of a lot of fun to knit. To get the weave effect, you have to wrap stitches, slip them for a few rounds, and then drop them off the needle (like doing a cable) while you knit other stitches, then pick them back up and knit them...a little scary, but SOOOOO neat!

Along the sides of the sock are a twisted stitch pattern. This adds a whole other dimension to the design. I like how it gos all the way down the heel, and then splits to travel down either side of the foot.

Love it, Love it, Love it!

Only one problem though....

They are a little big.
OK, a lot big.

Well, 74 stitches, size 0 needles, and Claudia's Hand Painted ( a thicker fingering weight yarn), what do you expect from me? I think I need to knit for the circus..these would fit an elephants feet!

Ah well, they sure are pretty.

Oh and if you are still with me..why the Oops? Well that is the colorway silly!

And the "I did it again" remark?

I lived to see another round. I am in the top eight baby!

And by the skin of my teeth too. I really thought I was going down this round. Linnakat was ahead of me the entire time.

I was ready to admit defeat. I knew it was over when I saw she was on the gusset of her second sock, and I had not even started the heel flap on my 2nd one yet.

But I persevered. I may not be able to win, but I wanted to see how close I could get to her.

I kept hitting refresh, waiting to see her finished socks picture. And as I got to the last few rounds of the foot, then reached the toe..and still no picture from her..I thought, "hey, I am still in this!"

So I got my e-mail ready to go. All I needed to do was upload the picture when I had it. I madly kitchenered the toe (without even looking it up, and I did it right!), wove in the end, snapped a picture, sent off the e-mail, posted the picture to the group..

And I won! And not a moment too soon. Linnakat had her finished pictures up less then five minutes later.

Talk about a photo finish!

OK, so now, I am celabrating with a Pyramid Apricot Weizen (yummy!). Looking forward to my first day at my new job tomorrow..I am a little nervous, but more excited then anything..I have my kittie sitting on my lap while I write this..I got my man sitting on the couch watching Conan on Tivo..and I am thinking to myself..

"What a great way to end a crummy week. Life is good!"


Sockergirl said...

What a cool way to end and start your week. Get a few Zzzz before tomorrow. :)

Miss Scarlett said...

Yess!! Congratulations. Whoo! you are some fast knitter.
The socks look great - will they shrink a little? is it possible to control the shrinkage of wool?
Great title and what is a pyramid apricot weizen? sounds yummy.

Lauren said...

How exciting to win that close! I bet the Pyramid is yummy, I've been wanting to try it.

visionsister said...

Woohoo! You did it again! I'm looking forward to seeing all these awesome socks!

Jean said...

Well, I'll toast to that! Especially if we're toasting with the Apricot Weizen, mmm. I'm so proud of you. I feel bad for Linnakat, because it was so close. But yay for you! You won! You played hard and came out on top. Elite Eight, baby!! Maybe you could send those socks to Shaquille O'Neal. Good luck with your first day at the new job!

linnakat said...

Oh my -- your socks *are* huge! Congrats again! :)

Jo at Celtic Memory Yarns said...

Well it looks like it's you and me baby in the Final Countdown for Wendy's Toe-Up Division. Sharpened needles at dawn?

BTW, a little miffed I can't see a picture of your cat. Maybe I should hunt further back in the archives? After all I post Muffy the Yarnslayer at regular intervals.

And my socks are huge too. I think that designer must have the tightest possible knitting gauge. Thought it was odd when I read 11 sts to the inch.