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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Knitting Olympics Day 12 - The beginning of the final pair!

I've started my final pair of Olympic socks. They were originally designed as Hot Rod socks (Caleb even mentioned that they looked like race cars), but they also fit nicely with the Olympic Flame don't you think? I'm knitting them in Dale Baby Ull which is the first yarn I ever used for socks and I had forgotten how much I like this yarn. The flame design is my own and if I take good enough notes on how I'm knitting these, I might try to write up the pattern and post it on the blog next week. I will work the heel and gusset in the red, then the flame pattern will get reversed and the toe will be black. At least that's the plan for right now.

There have been some questions as to whether or not I have been sleeping during the Knitting Olympics and if my whole house has fallen into disrepair. Fear not, I'm sleeping at night (although I've been dreaming about sock yarn. A lot.), the dishes are done, the kitchen is clean, I did all the laundry in the house Sunday and Caleb is clean and fed. I must give credit to Mickael, who has been so amazing and supportive of my Olympic efforts though. He actually ran the vacuum cleaner the other day and keeps telling me I need to get knitting! I'm not sure if he thinks its actually a competition or what is going on in his head, but he's being really sweet and encouraging despite the fact that he is starting to fear a possible sock avalanche. I think I'll have to knit him a pair of socks when the Olympics are over and of course Caleb has noticed that none of the recent socks seem to be for him...


Blogger Alison said...

Those are very cool! Looking forward to seeing the finished pair.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Ina said...

Wow! Needles on fire! What a great take on flame stitch.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Phoebe said...

Love the flames. Post the pattern if you can!

11:55 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I knew it. You've grown extra appendages. No other explaination! Keep knitting as many socks as you have and you are bound to give us other knitter's a serious complex, you know. They will have recognize the new predominate illness that plaques blogging knitters everywhere who knit socks to exhaustion just to try and keep up with you......

They will name it Melanie-sock-knitteritis with the main symptoms of being unable to pry dpn's or sock yarn out of knitter's hands! It will be a slowly and steady progressing madness, dinner will not be cooked, chores will not be done and families everywhere will demand a cure! ;)

Seriously though, I am so impressed with all of the socks and each pair is gorgeous! Great job Melanie!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Very hot socks! I love the flame pattern! I've had a sweater in the works for my husband for quite some time featuring flames up the arms, but never seem to get more than a couple rows before I want to put it down. I hope you are able to post a pattern. Keep cranking out the socks, you are doing a fantastic job.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Lori said...

Those socks are the coolest!! I would definitely pay for a pattern for those. You've got socks down pat!!

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the flames! This is the best sock pattern I've ever seen!
You could keep that in mind around Christmas.... Mindy :)

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Georgina said...

Christine, you are exactly right!

Melanie's Mom

1:48 AM  

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