Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ravelympics Win?

So...remember my last post? Specifically, the part where I said that I had decided to join the Ravelympics because I thought, "What the hell? I might be able to crank out a pair of socks over the next couple of weeks. You never know."

Well, I cranked out those socks. In two and a half days. And while I'm happy to report that I successfully finished my Ravelympics project, I feel like a cheat because it turned out that I had waaaay more time this weekend than I had anticipated and I grossly underestimated the size of project it would take for me to feel "challenged". Instead, I feel like the Little League team who recruits high school students in order to get the advantage. Can I really feel proud that I completed the Ravelympics? Umm...no. (But let's get real here: it's a made-up set of arbitrary restrictions revolving around an activity that none of us would be doing if we didn't enjoy it in the first place, so completing it or not completing it really wouldn't phase me one way or another. And therein lies the reason why I can't get into trends like NaKniSweMoDo or 10 in 2010 and so on. Either you do it or you don't, but no matter how hard I try, I simply can't get myself to feel the pressure OR to feel much of an accomplishment when it's completed. Meh.)

Wow. OK, to counteract my obvious crankiness (I am dying for a candy bar, and I really wish my office had a vending machine right now), here are some bright and sunny photos of finished socks!

Pattern: Skew, by Lana Holden
Yarn: ShibuiKnits Sock in the Spectrum colorway
Verdict: LOVE!!!!! Even though the pattern is mostly stockinette, the bias-knitting kept my simple brain transfixed, and the heel is super duper fun. Plus, they fit like a dream! Sure, they're an eyesore but they're MY eyesore and I am profoundly pleased with them. :)

(Yes, I did sit on the floor and stick my feet into a light box in order to take these photos. Isn't that how it's done?)







13 comments:

Cookie said...

Thank you!

I really think that it's all about people who will do anything for attention and have way too much time on their hands, but that's not really something you can tell your friends, ya know? Although, I just did. *L*

Love the socks! And you should be proud that you knit them so quickly. No point in working on something for weeks that you can do in a weekend.

xo

Susan said...

Congrats on completing your project. You didn't "cheat" lol, you just lucked out.

I have bought yarn from Shibuknits once and loved it. You picked a great color for those socks.

Knitrageous said...

dude, they are socks, they are clothing, you can wear them, and they look very purty, BE PROUD!!!
very nice colorway btw :D

Andrea said...

OMGOMGOMG Love!!!!! I kinda sorta liked this pattern, now that I've seen yours.. swoooon :)

Yarndude said...

Wow, they look so good! and that heel looks so cool!

Jacey said...

They are fantastic. I really love them.

pacalaga said...

DUDE. Feel proud that you cranked out socks in two days. You can help it if the course organizers moved the ski run from the Black Diamond to the bunny hill. ;-)
How do you like the fit of those socks? I want to try them but I fear they'd feel twisted on.

Hilary said...

I don't think they're an eye-sore...I think they're awesome! Skew is such a cool pattern and that yarn is just perfect for it. And 2.5 days?? Wow!

Re: Ravelympics and the like...I completely understand what you're saying, but for me, I will use any and all excuses to pressure myself and push the limits of what I can do (doesn't sound like much fun, but I swear it is for me). I love deadlines. And because knitting is still a hobby, not my job (yet!), and because I don't always pay attention to self-imposed deadlines, I love signing up for things like the Ravelympics because I seem to take the deadlines more seriously.

Free Range Chick said...

Sometimes socks take two weeks, sometime tow days. You never know until you knit them. Now you have lots of time for a second Ravelympics project.

Erin said...

Wow, what cool looking socks. I love the way they are constructed. Nice job and congrats on finishing!

soknitpicky said...

They look great and cheerful. Be proud!

hughfan said...

Wow! Love the socks. The yarn you chose is just perfect.

Heather said...

Beee-utiful!