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21. January 2010 10:23
by Jobo

Iron Knitter is ONNN!

21. January 2010 10:23 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Phew!  it's been a busy week so far... betcha thought I got lost did you?

Nope!  After last weeks Sock Wars knitting marathon (woo an entire pair of adult socks in a weekend)  I had to take a little break from any serious knitting.  I still dabbled a little with some current WIPs but I was a little tired out.  I only touched enough yarn to avoid the withdrawl symptoms!

Now that the first go around of Sock Wars is out of the way... it's on to Iron Knitter... another extreme knitting competition - this time with 6 rounds of sock-knitting goodness!  You can read more about it over here at the Sock Wars / Iron Knitter Website

Last evening the first pattern was released - only we had to complete 5 trivia questions in teams first before we could have access to the pattern!  This trivia angle was a little bit of a surprise to a lot of the participants, but I think it was a nice addition to the competition... it was a good excuse to meet some new knitters and work together with them to kick some butts and take some names.  (Hello to *Team Canada*  if you're out there!  Ember, CyphGirl, kdmcreative, knittedpiper)  I think we were able to combine wits and guts in a very effective manner to kick the CRAP out of those questions and get on to the good stuff... the Knitting.

iron knitter round 1 the yarn is Knitpicks Stroll Kettle Dyed in "Spruce"... a nice glowing teal/greeny mix!

Once Helen was able to get the pattern-containing emails out... our team was off to the races - knitting "like the chilly north wind" as Ember so aptly put it! The pattern for Round 1 is "Soxual Persuasion" by Judy Sumner... one of the lovely ladies mentionned in the last trivia question.

Unfortunately for my knitting, I have to work Thursday and Friday during the day, so this pair won't be churned out nearly as fast as the last one, but at least the foot is all stockinette... so I bet that will be lightning fast!  And of course, if I can get by the patterned heel, I know I can knit stockinette without thinking, even in the dark, in a snowstorm, with one arm tied behind my back... well maybe that's an exaggeration!  but hey, I know I can finish the foot in the car on the way home probably in an evening.  I do like the pattern stitches though.  After only 2.5 times through the 8-row repeating lace I can "predict" the design, so I know that by the time I get through those 8-rows a couple more times I won't need to look at the written instructions anymore ;)

My goal today is to take my breaks and lunch hour to get a little bit more of the cuff accomplished.  Helen said that we could "Alter" the pattern to make it our own... but this week I just don't think I have that kind of creativity in me.  I think the socks look good as is... and I'd like to give them away as a "wearable" creation.  I might be better off to just complete the pattern as written and be finished with it?  By the time the leg is finished I may have changed my mind... who knows.

Happy *IRON* Knitting everyone ;)

Comments (2) -

So pretty! Now I kinda wish I had thought myself to be capable of iron knitting. oh well, next time. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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