Time to hit the highway

How could something so beautiful be so deadly?

I was slain by the stealthy assassin Madalice today. And so ends my week-long participation in Sock Wars IV. She chose the Air Raid socks, one of three possible patterns, and one that seems to be favored by the fasted knitters in the competition. The yarn is Plymouth Sockin’ Sox (60% superwash wool, 25% bamboo, 15% nylon) in color 2. Look how well they fit and how beautiful they are; it’s a pleasure to succumb to them. My last words were (no joke), “At least I didn’t get socks today, I’m still alive!” At that point, Noel told me that there was a package waiting for me at home.

Just look how close I was to finishing the pair of Insidious destined for my target, Knit&Sip. I was one inch from starting the toe. I could have finished them tonight if the Priority Mail people had chosen to hang on to my death socks one more day.

I chose to knit Insidious, attracted by the ribbing (which I thought would be forgiving for my target’s size 10 feet) and the cables (which I thought would be fun to knit. Here you can see the big Insidious cable and the little 2/2 cables that surround it. In the end I probably sacrificed a little speed for the fun of these cables. I also thought this pattern worked best with the yarn I had chosen for Knit&Sip, Knit Picks Felici in the Martinique colorway.

The socks in progress will be mailed out to Madalice tomorrow so she can finish them up (fast as she is, it’ll probably be a matter of minutes) and hurl them toward their intended target. Congratulations to a worthy opponent. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Sock Wars IV tip jar.

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