Once it became clear I would not advance to round 3 of Sock Madness, I invested my knitting time in the pair of socks I started last August. It is sadness to not finish the round, so finishing this pair is sort of a snuggly blankie consolation prize. This pair is essentially Dicey, a pattern from Sock Madness 6, except I cabled whenever I felt like it instead of rolling the dice to tell me when. I finished knitting them last night but waited until this morning to kitchener the toes. After weaving in the end, I put the socks aside because my pretty palomino had a pedicure scheduled today, at a new barn with a new to us farrier. I prefer to be present for the mare's events just ... well... cause. Today's weather, to borrow a phrase which I just heard yesterday and quite fancy, was blowing a hoolie, the pedi took place in the middle of the worst of the storm, and I did not want to get my new socks, so lovingly knit, soaking wet. Better to let the cheapie cotton purchased socks get beat up, then come home to tuck the tootsies into wool socks that fit like a glove. The warmth! It's magic. It sort of massages my feet in comfort and heat. I look at them and know "I knit that." Even more, with this pair, I dyed the yarn, too. People often say why do you knit socks when you can buy them so much cheaper? Well, no, you can't buy these socks unless you order them from me but you won't because I will not discount my labor - a lot of time and thought and creativity goes into hand knit socks and if sold, deserve their price tag. I might occasionally gift a pair to deserving folk who I think will both appreciate the effort involved and be willing to take proper care of them, but mostly I knit socks for me because... well, I'm worth it. I still intend to work on the Diamond Shreddies of round 2 but those take intense concentration for the cable section, but while I was at the barn, I cast on a new pair of socks for a take along project. I'm not using a pattern, just using the basic 72 stitch format and tossing in a big cable on either side of the leg. I think. It will be what it will be. This yarn is also my hand dyed, but a blend of merino, bamboo and nylon. Haven't worked with this stuff before, but I had a couple cones of it hanging around for a while and decided I really should find out what it's like. I love that the color coordinates with my heart hat, scarf, and mittens.