In Ravelry, I got an invitation to join the Socknitters' Pentathlon 2008 group. In this group, five times this year, a pattern is being released at MN at the beginning of the designated months. As participants complete their socks and post the photo of the completed pair (as well as an in-progress pair earlier), they will be assigned a number as they post their completion. First person to finish a pair gets a "1", etc. At the end of the five pairs of socks in the pentathlon, the participant with the lowest number wins.
The first pattern, Jacobean, was announced and linked March 1 at MN EDT. The first participant to complete the pair of socks (that is PAIR, not single sock) did so in nine hours. NINE hours, friends. You heard me. At that point, a number of us gave up the race, and sat back to enjoy the process (thanks, Margene, for giving us that). I personally detoured to make my March Mystery Socks in another Ravelry group, Socknitters Anonymous, as well as do 90% of Anne Hanson's (Knitspot) "Gale" before I returned to finish my Jacobeans.
I did finish the Jacobeans tonight.
Particulars: Pattern jacobean
Yarn: Zen Yarn Garden Harmony Semi-Solid in "Aubergine"
Needles: 2 24" Knit Picks Harmony wooden circular needles, size 1.5
Cast on March 2, 2008
Completed: March 27, 2008