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.
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!"