Thursday, March 12, 2009

Time for the Madness

Oh March, how I love you.

In one week, on March 19, both the NCAA mens's college basketball tournament and the annual Sock Madness competition will begin. And there I'll be: watching basketball, knitting, possibly even drinking a beer.

Not familiar? Let me explain.

NCAA tournament: college basketball teams, including my beloved Illinois, travel to distant venues to compete in a field of 65 teams to become national champions. The tournament takes three weekend to go from the first game to the championship. On the first two days, 64 teams play 32 single elimination games, then over the weekend, they play 16 more games. Dudes, that's a lot of basketball on TV. A.k.a., knitting time!

Sock Madness: A friendly competition in a field of 200 knitters to see who can knit their socks the fastest. Signups closed a week ago and the divisions were posted yesterday. I'm in Division 2. Last year, I made 3 great pairs of socks during Sock Madness, but I was out in Round 3 and sat on the sidelines while the remaining knitters battled it out. In May, MKSmiles eventually won the contest in Round 7. The patterns were really fun last year -- I'd still like to go back & knit some of those socks from last year's contest.

But now it's 2009 and time for Sock Madness 3 and a whole new set of patterns. My plan is that the combination of basketball on TV and the goad of the competition will result in 3 new pairs of socks this spring. Because in spring, a knitter's fancy turns to thoughts of socks. Wish me luck!


Blogger Jasmine said...

Good luck!

March 12, 2009 7:33 PM  
Blogger Bogie said...

Good luck!

March 12, 2009 9:27 PM  
Blogger Cindy/Snid said...

Sadly, I opted to give it a miss this year. I am just far too busy with school and stuff here that I think I would have collapsed if I had tried to take on Sock Madness as well.

Good luck with it- I will try to make it to the cheering bleachers (with Bailey's in hand of course!) and keep up with the stats!

March 13, 2009 4:04 AM  

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