Thursday, 3 March 2011

The Madness is setting in

The Round One pattern specs have been released - the first sock is a two colour pattern. I've chosen my yarn, I'm pretty sure of the needle size (although I may obsess a little more and actually knit a swatch today). Now the game starts - waiting for the pattern release!! Checking over and over and over again to see if the post is up on the board - the all-important link to the pattern. Of course, after the first round, all patterns are sent via email, so I think then I'll be setting up my phone to receive all new emails so I know instantly when it arrives, but for now its just the obsessive checking of the SM5 board.

Over the last few days I knit a total of 12 blanket squares for Christchurch, and handed them over at knitting yesterday morning. I forgot to take a picture of them, but don't worry - they weren't all that exciting anyway.

I finished my handspun - 132g/474m two ply lace/light fingering weight yarn in 'waking up the wolves' by maude & me.

Ahhh, just look at that beautiful, squidgy 100% merino goodness :-) Yummy! Of course, I have no idea what I'm going to make with it, but for now I'm just happy to leave it sitting with my other yarn, looking all gorgeous and smooshy.

I've started spinning another braid of m&m fibre - 'juicy' on 100% perendale. I'm spinning it bulky, with the hopes of getting enough yardage to make this hat. Pics to come later - I'm already halfway done with spinning the single. Bulky is soooooo much faster to spin than laceweight!!

New classes are up for the House Cup, and I keep thinking of ways to fit socks into the classes. I've already figured out how to fit the first sock into Defence Against the Dark Arts - but then, I have to wait for the pattern release to be sure it'll work. Still, I could always make it fit somewhere else...

My brain is otherwise occupied with the unofficial theme song for Sock Madness (I tried to embed it in this post, but couldn't get it to work). Every time I hear it, I start bouncing around in my seat, clapping my hands and grinning like the village idiot. Its just so funny!! The lyrics make absolutely no sense. Perfect for when you're going crazy over knitting socks ;-) Maybe thats the point - a little mindless entertainment to give your brain a rest. Either way, I find it funny, and I'm sure the boys will love it when I play it for them later.

We have goal setting interviews at school today, so they're home for the day. We'll head in to school this afternoon for their 10 minute time slots with their teachers. Meanwhile, we get to blob, and this gives me more time to keep checking the SM5 board for the pattern release...

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