Round 3 of Sock Madness has ended and round 4 is in full swing. I did manage to finish the round 3 socks and make it into the next round.
The pattern is Longing for Spring, designed by Caoua Coffee, and the yarn is Panda Cotton in colourway 2301 Rosewater. They are knit toe-up, and use a pretty standard heel turn and flap.
Although the pattern wasn’t particularly difficult, I made several very silly mistakes that really slowed me down. The biggest was not checking my row gauge (and I should know better since I knit very tightly) and ending up with a sock foot that was much too short. I had started the gusset increases where the designer suggested when I should have added more length to compensate for the fact that I was getting more rows per inch. That mistake set me back several hours, and also sent the sock into the naughty corner for an evening.
So, as for round 4, well…
Unfortunately, I broke one of my needles on the second round of the first sock. And, that’s it for me. I don’t have any more needles that size and if I used smaller needles they would only break too. The sock uses a tricky stitch that is hard to do with wooden needles because you really need to dig your needle in to grab and manipulate all the stitches. Sadly, I don’t have any metal needles because they hurt my hands. Oh well.
Nonetheless, I still had fun with this year’s Sock Madness. And I feel better good since I made it through rounds 2 and 3 with lots of time to spare, and based on how the stats strand right now, I think I would have made it through round 4. Of course, there is always next year!