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New socks, new medal

I must admit I'm not getting much knitting done during the Ravelympics as I'm a winter sports geek. I was watching the moguls while trying to finish my socks and was so captivated by the men's and women's events that I had to put my knitting down. But finish my socks I did.

They are the Vinnland pattern by Becca Compton and are fun to knit. I used the pattern chart plus my favourite toe up Evil Genius sock pattern from Yarmando.

Vinnland Rav Medal

The yarn is Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in Cranberries (1963)and is good to work with unless you need to frog. The single ply nature of the yarn makes it quite "sticky", though the stitch definition is good. The colour variations don't show up too well in indoor lighting but I think I'll have to wait til about April to get any decent natural light. You'll just have to take my work for it that they look good.

I started these just before I went in to hospital for knee surgery last May. I got quite a lot of knitting done despite being groggy from a general anaesthetic and remember having conversations with the nursing team at 3am about knitting and telling them all about Ravelry. I'm still amazed when I meet knitters who don't know about Ravelry. It seems quite timely that I finish these now as I hopefully finish my physiotherapy and treatment for my broken knee over the next few weeks, just in time to get back on the ski slopes. I doubt I'll win any medals there so I better get on with my knitting.

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