Something about three day weekends seems to throw me out of sorts for the rest of the week.
Don't get me wrong. I love having Mondays off. I actually miss my old Tuesday-Saturday schedule because it is so nice to have Mondays off. But at the same time, holidays at my old job meant more work, not less, so I think my body still anticipates an added does of stress. Plus have you ever seen Kindergartners off of their schedule. We all felt it this week. Luckily, even if I was not mentally prepared, I was prepared in my knitting.
It's been a while since I talked about the Officially Unofficial Desert Vista Dyeworks Monthly Sock Club, so let me recap real quick. This is a year long KAL in which you knit a pair of socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks yarn within each month. There are prizes and giveaways along the way, plus you get the joy of twelve new pairs of socks at the end of the year. So far I've made it through every month, and this month I did something I swore I wasn't going to do.
I cast on vanilla socks.
In my entire knitting career (almost six years), I've only knit one pair of vanilla socks -- the pair on which I learned to knit. So I don't really count those. I've always said I cannot knit socks without some sort of pattern. It was just too boring. But last month I struggled to finish my Geek Socks, and those were a pretty basic, easy pattern.
Looking back on my knitting history, I think the reason I was unable to stomach a plain sock was because I was already knitting swaths of stockinette in my other projects. A lot of my sweaters have involved very plain knitting on a large scale, so the idea of only knitting stockinette on every project caused my hands to revolt. But now I'm knitting the Cormac, and though the pattern does repeat, it requires that I pay actual attention. So something had to give.
I'm really enjoying how this is knitting up. This is Zombody Goes Brah! on Zien, which is a St Patrick's zombie themed yarn with sparkles. How could this not be amazing?
I don't know, but I think I'm in love.
PS: You didn't think I'd forget about the giveaway, did you? We have a winner! Congratulations Katy C who wrote:
I started following Faithfully Geeky about four months ago, and I've loved your posts. I've felt inspired to keep a sweater on the needles, so I promptly cast on a new one after finishing the last. I have added several new patterns to my Ravelry queue after seeing your FOs, and my to-read stack has grown exponentially!
Katy, send me an email with your info and I will get that yarn mailed out to you straight away (if you like, you can use that nifty contact page I added to the navigation). Thank you all so much for your kind words. It sounds corny, but this would not be fun without all of you.