I had a wonderful idea for a new sock pattern. At least in my mind, it was a wonderful idea. In reality, I've ripped it out at least four times and re-charted it at least a dozen times. Well, that maybe a wee lie about the charting. I re-charted it at least six or seven times on paper, trying different stitch counts. I've also lay awake at night charting it in my head. At one time, I totally gave up and told myself to try a different design. At least, I was able to go sleep after that!
The next morning, however, I decided to try the original idea one more try. I sat down with a blank sheet of graph paper and charted it one more time. All of a sudden, I saw the mistake I'd made in my first chart. It was so obvious; yet, I hadn't seen it before. Corrected the mistake and the chart looks right. I started knitting and it looks right--like it looked in my head when I first envisioned it. If it works, I'll post a picture soon. The yarn is especially yummy--Pigeonroof Studios Siren 2 sock in a one of a kind color called Pomegranate and deserves an equally yummy design.
In an effort to reach more knitters, I've set up an Etsy shop. Right now, you can purchase copies of Indigo Waves, Slipstream and the Basic Shaped Arch Socks pattern there. I will be adding more patterns soon. I also hope to use this shop to sell items such as felt and silk scarves. Stay tuned!
In other news, I've been training for a cycling event which takes place on March 31. It's an all women's ride called the Cinderella Classic and Challenge. Last year, I rode the Classic, which is 65 miles. I am aiming to ride the Challenge at 95 miles this year. Most events like this are dominated by men so it is really quite a sight to see over 2,000 women riding together--well, kind of together since the large group breaks into smaller groups riding at different paces. I'm feeling really great about my chances of having a good ride. I'm hoping for good, meaning no rain, weather that day!