It would seem that Spring has finally arrived. Not only did we have a beautiful warm sunny day on Saturday, today I woke up with streaming eyes and attractive red blotches all over my face. Ahh, hayfever. I love the smell of pollen in the morning.
This weekend was also the weekend of the London Marathon. I indulged in my own knitting marathon while watching the athletes, celebs and charity runners do their stuff. Did anyone else see Jade Goody being interviewed with Gordon Ramsey? The look on Gordon's face when Jade blithley admitted to only having done 4 training sessions, the longest of which involved running for ½ hour, was priceless. Gordon came in at just over 3½ hours - I wonder how long it took Jade? (Ooops - just seen she collapsed and had to be taken to hospital. I'm not surprised.)
The results of my own marathon? My feet were a lot more comfortable at the end of it than those of many the runners yesterday, I'm sure.
Yep, Sockapaloooza socks are done. I had a quick trying on session before washing and blocking them.
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Pattern: Badcaul - available as part of a trio from Anna. The pattern is wonderful - clearly written and with a stitch pattern that is easy to remember while still providing variety. I chose to cable without a cable needle, which is my preferred method for socks. The only change I would make if I was to do these again would be to make the heel slightly deeper, but that is just a matter of personal preference I think.
Yarn: Fleece Artist merino in Jester colourway. Although both socks were knitted from the same skein, sock number two has significantly more yellow in it than sock one. I think Jill experienced something similar with her Fleece Artist. Am I right Jill?
Needles: 2.25mm Surina wooden needles. These needles look and feel lovely but I found the points a little fragile. In fact I managed to snap the tip off one while putting the sock into my bag to take to Somerset. I was able to perform some emergency surgery with an emery board and normal knitting service was soon resumed.
Started: 11th March 2005
Finished: 23rd April 2005 - I blame the mitred squares for the long delay.
Another Sockapaloooza over. Thanks to Alison for all the hard work in organising and running it. One more question - When's the next one?