Monday, July 30, 2012

Interview on Subway Knits and Ravellenic Games Update!

First thing's first: if you don't follow me on Twitter (or didn't catch my tweet), Gynx Yarns (a.k.a. me) is now a sponsor of the Subway Knits podcast. This is one of my favorite podcasts that I listen to regularly, so I jumped at the chance to sponsor it. Maria of the Subway Knits podcast interviewed me last week, and it is now up on iTunes! Search the iTunes store for the Subway Knits podcast to find the episode. Shownotes for everything we talked about are here. There is also a special offer regarding Gynx Yarns for listeners of the podcast, so be sure to check it out.

As I'm sure you all know, the Olympics started on Friday, and along with it, the Ravellenic Games (formerly known as the Ravelympics). I posted about my goals here, but to recap, I will be knitting as many socks as I can during the Olympic Games. I cast on the first sock promptly at 3 pm CST on Friday, which is when the opening ceremony began in London. I started both pairs of socks before heading over to MadTosh for the opening ceremony watching party, where I knit quite a bit of the first vanilla sock.

This is where the vanilla sock is today, after almost a full 72 hours since the Games began. I'd heard a lot of good things about this yarn (Trekking) before, but I was a bit skeptical because it definitely wasn't the softest sock yarn I've ever felt. After knitting it for a while, I think that's what will make it an excellent sock. The socks are on size US 1s, so they're already a bit dense, and the somewhat rougher yarn will hold up very well, I believe. I'm hoping these will be excellent socks for wearing in the boots I live in all winter, as opposed to some of my more delicate socks I just wear around the house.

I had previously said that my madelinetosh sock yarn was going to be the Veil of Rosebuds socks. Well, I didn't realize that those also needed to be on size US 1s, and I only have one full set of dpns. I instead decided on the Hummingbird pattern from the same book (The Knitter's Book of Socks) and I am loving it. Veil of Rosebuds is next on the list once the vanilla socks are done, except obviously now with different yarn.

How have your Ravellenic Games goals been going?

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