According to the BlackBerry website, BlackBerry devices are "A wireless email solution for mobile professionals". My husband and I both have one for work, and although my husband has been hooked for a while now (anyone heard the term CrackBerry?), I thought I could safely say that I could have given mine back at any time without too much of a loss. However, that was before the latest round of Sock Madness.
Round 2 started on Thursday. The organizers said that the pattern would be distributed between 4pm and 10pm (that's a 6 hour spread folks!) which for me, meant the difference between tidying my desk, and going to sleep. A lot of things can happen in that space of time! Still, I started checking my Gmail account about 3pm (Round 1's pattern was posted about an hour earlier than they had originally planned), but nothing arrived before 4:15, at which time I shut down my computer and headed for my train, my yarn and needles burning a hole in my bag.
My husband, fool that he is, managed to get on the same train as me - quite a rarity. I'm glad I didn't bring the camera, and that neither of us have phones with cameras. If we did, the picture would have been of me, clicking "Refresh" idiotically all the way home. My husband was rolling his eyes so hard I thought they might actually stay that way. (Did your parents say that when you were little? I truly believed them for ages.) I nearly jumped out of my seat when the pattern by Karin Bole arrived, and I managed to cast on and knit half a cuff while my husband drove home (via daycare).
By Friday night (okay, early Saturday morning) I had these:
Knitted on 2.75mm Brittany Birch DPNs, using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Rainbow. I was really pleased with the cuffs, which pooled really well, but I think the rest of the pattern was just too busy for the yarn. I had a suspicion of this when I saw the pattern, but it was the only sport-weight sock yarn in my possession.
Congratulations go out to my opponent-in-knitting who put up a valiant effort, but mine were finished in just enough time to move me on to Round 3. My lust for socks (and a little competition) has not abated a bit, and I have my Blackberry to thank :)