Somehow I ended up as the captain for Team Austin in the Ravelympics. I have no idea how that happened, but it’s eastskye’s fault. (Most things are.) So I rummaged around in my saved links, and found the medal badges that I earned during the 2008 Ravelympics. They’re over on the right sidebar at the actual blog, if any of you are reading from RSS.
I’m going to be hosting a cast-on party for the opening ceremonies, which obligingly are on a Friday night so no one has to get up for work the next day. If you’re in the Austin area and want to join us, details will be on our Meetup group calendar by next week sometime. Spam alert: if I figure out how to post pictures from my WordPress phone app, I might live blog the event.
In yesterday’s early stages of planning (even for a potluck, I’m incapable of not making at least three dishes of my own, to be sure everyone will have something they can eat), I realized the Superbowl is Feb 7th, the Olympics start on the 12th, and Mardi Gras is the 16th. Valentine’s Day is hereby canceled, because I won’t have time for it!
And of course, the every day knitting goes on.
Today I finished my first sock in January’s Bex challege over on Ravelry’s Sock Innovation KAL forum. Aren’t they pretty?
Pay no attention to the polar bear fleece pants. Our Texas weather has gotten much closer to normal lately (highs in the 50s F) but it’s still chilly in the house. Modeling this sock made one foot toasty warm, though! All those cables produce a nice thick fabric.
I’d made a pair of these for myself last year in light blue, but when this pattern cropped up in the challenge, I couldn’t resist it. My Mom bought herself a pair of shoes specifically to show off hand-knit socks, and we decided to have a swap system in place. Anytime I see her, we’ll get all our socks together and decide who’s going home with what. So nominally this pair is for my Mom, but she’s going to be getting them pre-worn. The yarn is Lang’s Jawoll superwash, in a teal colorway that was discontinued a few years back. I’m happy I found a great pattern to use for yarn that’s automatically more special by dint of being unavailable. I’m even happier that I finished the sock with a bit of yarn to spare:
This 88 stitch sock eats yarn like crazy, and it’s a cuff down pattern so there was some suspense over whether I’d run out of yarn before I ran out of foot.
Since it’s the 15th, I’m theoretically right on track to finish the pair by the end of the month. Better get back to knitting.