I love my Knit-A-Longs. And I love crazy ideas. So, when I heard from a fellow retreat-er about Sock Madness back in November, I filed it under “Good One”. And then it kept following me around. Sock Madness, is of course the March Madness of Ravelry…in international sock knitting competition form…and I think it actually takes ’til sometime time in June. So of course I signed up.
I set myself a very obtainable and sensible goal. You get cheerleader status if you can complete one sock in the first two week period. That will get you free access to all the patterns released for Sock Madness…and you know how I like free patterns, right? Well, the qualifying round dropped last Monday and whole my pair is done now! Which means (assuming these are accepted) I’m going to be qualified and placed on a competitive team. I guess I should mentally prepare to knit more socks!
This qualifying sock (Slip Stripe Spiral by Mylene Pijpers, which will be released publicly sometime after the competition) was SUPER interesting for me. I generally knit most of my socks they same way – top down, after thought heel, sometimes I get crazy and add a stitch pattern – but always a very simple one. This was basically like learning to knit socks all over again for me. Here’s what I got to learn in this one pair:
A New Toe
A New Heel
A New Way to do Short Rows
And! The pattern gave you your choice of bind off, so I consulted with a friend who only knits toe-up socks, and learned Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, which I don’t think I took pictures of.
So, my brain is exhausted, but I’m amazed, because I learned all of that in a few days, and ended up with an amazing end result! The first sock was all learning and the second sock was all consolidating that learning and now I feel pretty confident in most of these techniques, which is pretty neat.
I should be placed on a team of sock knitters with a similar speed to me, but who knows what the next sock will bring!!! After this particular ’bout of sock madness, I know I can probably handle it. And now I’m left with just one work in progress and a week or so between rounds! Time to make some headway on Tenaya!