Last week I’d posted about Ravellenics on Ravelry. I’d joined the Sock Hockey event with plans to create a pair of socks using the yarn Darling Hubby brought back from Northern England. Well, I’m happy to report that after going for the gold for a week I finally crossed the finish line this morning (after shoveling out from the Valentine’s Snowpocalypse of 2014!)
We got at least a foot of snow, but since I’m not 100% sure of that exact measurement I’ll just say we got a metric butt ton of snow. I say this because I shoveled it…not once, but twice. I wouldn’t have had to shovel this morning except the half of the snow blower auger broke (a shear pin broke off and was lodged in the bar) and it took Darling Hubby 2 hours to do a passable job on the driveway (and I say passable as you could pass the car from one end to the other and get out into the street) and most of the day to fix the auger (he even stayed home from work to get it done since he didn’t know when the plows were going to go back through refilling the driveway.) We are under a state of emergency now so all cars need to be on the other side of the street so the plows can come fill us back in sometime between 8pm tonight and 8pm tomorrow. I’m sure it will be right before I need to leave to go to the grocery store…
As for the pattern I did enjoy it. My standard go to sock pattern is just a plain vanilla one with a short row heel and a standard toe. I did a little combining of that pattern with this to come up with something I love. I used the ribbed pattern for the cuff and the top of the foot, the short row heel from my vanilla pattern and the wedge toe from the latte pattern. I have to say I really enjoyed that toe. I think I might start using it for other socks.
The ribbed pattern does spice up a plain vanilla sock, even with variegated yarns like this one (I usually don’t do fancy patterns because I love striped socks and funky variegated yarns and this is just enough pattern to be noticeable and not so fancy that it is either lost in the color or takes away from it.) It’s mindless enough that I can work on it while holding a conversation or watching TV, but gives me just a bit of a brain workout in that I have to occasionally count and take note of what row I’m on. It was also nice that I could make the 2nd sock exactly the same as the first by counting the number of purl repeats.
As for my other entries, I’ve been plugging along. I worked through this weeks intermediate clues for the Downton Abbey Shawl Mystery Knit-along hosted by Jimmy Beans Wool. I believe we will get the final week’s clues with enough time to finish it before the 23rd. It only took me a couple days to do the 6 rows for this week, so I’m hopeful. I only hope I can make the time since my oldest will be off from school next week for winter break and when both he and his little brother are in the room together…nothing can get done! lol
I also found some time today to work on my sock hop sweater. I sewed the shoulders together and picked up the stitches for the turtleneck. I have to work 6 inches and bind off and then sew on the sleeves. I have hope that I can get that done this week, too. I’m kinda disappointed in how the shoulders look because my color change happened right at the bind off for the back and it made a single “row” of teal on the black so when I sewed them together it was just noticeable. More so on one shoulder than the other. Hopefully it will be on the top and not so noticeable to everyone else. Fingers crossed.
As for the Olympics themselves, I haven’t watched very much. I caught a bit at Craft Night last Monday and watched a little at home on Tuesday, but that is pretty much it.
So, there you have it. I’ve been plugging away on my knitting and I even blogged twice in 2 weeks! I’m hoping to keep the blogging up, so be prepared for random ramblings from me. I know I can be a bit wordy!