I finished Round 2 of Sock Madness 8 last night. This was only the second time I’ve had to break out my size 1 needles (the smallest I really use) since switching to lever-style knitting. Not only was this sock knit very tightly, it also had cables. Lots of them.
Doing knotwork at such a tight gauge is very, very hard, putting a lot of pressure on both the needles and my hands. You can see that my Signatures are not quite 100% straight anymore.
The family was awesome and supportive, as always, and Caitlin in particular earned some extra allowance for stepping up and changing Kender, putting the other kids to bed, even cooking dinner one night! All in all, I think I spent about 26 hours knitting this pair, through 17 episodes of old Doctor Who, 8 episodes of Game of Thrones, 7 episodes of Cosmic Journeys, and 3 episodes of Vikings. I also took the socks to one spaghetti dinner fundraiser and one Pure Romance party. That’s a lot of knitting for this early in the competition. I hope that future rounds are not quite so bad.