Sock Madness 10 – Round 1

Even though I have a pile of stitching projects that need to be worked on, for the past few days I’ve been concentrating on my knitting. I’m taking part in Sock Madness yet again, a speed sock knitting competition run through a group on Ravelry. (Details here.) I never get very far before I drop out, only to round 3 or 4, but I’m happy with that.

SlipStripeSprial, designed by Mylene Pijpers

SlipStripeSprial, designed by Mylene Pijpers

The first round socks are SlipStripeSpiral by Mylene Pijpers. They make use of the toe from Cat Bordhi’s book Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters, and her sweet tomato heel from the book of the same name.

SlipStripeSprial - stitch pattern close-up

SlipStripeSprial – stitch pattern close-up

I used one of my favourite yarns, Panda Cotton (a bamboo/cotton/elastic blend). I had hoped to be able to finish the socks using only leftover scraps for the pink, but I ran out partway up the second leg. Thank goodness I had a full ball of it still in my stash. 😉

With this finish, I’ll be assigned a team and move on to round 2. (Round 1 is just the qualifying round.) With luck, and careful knitting, I’ll make it another couple of rounds before I have to drop out because of my poor elbow. And, I’ll have some lovely new socks to replace the ones that have developed holes this winter.

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