Well, there were no flying snowboarders or torch-bearing brides or Avril Lavigne, but we had a darn fine time anyway!
Here we are - Team Wicked, knitting division:
L-R: Me, in my Grecian Plait, Gayle with her adorable self-designed child's sweater, and Megan in her Lace Leaf pullover. Don't you love how we all have the same crazy eyes and insane smile? Knitting under pressure will do that to a girl!
She designed this herself, people! The original plan was to do the flower in intarsia, but we all agree that the applique version is much cuter. The flower has a real sense of motion and life! It was made for her 6 year old niece, and the yarn is the prettiest raspberry sherbet color of Lamb's Pride.
The lovely Megan:
Could she be any cuter? Megan zipped through her sweater - though she found a mistake in the pattern, which tells you to bind off both top and bottom even though they get grafted together. (Why isn't this listed as an error on the Loop D Loop site?) She had to undo the bind off and then graft - and man, the grafting she did is amazing - totally invisible. I definitely want to make this sweater too, I hope my kitchener skills are up to the challenge!
We had an auxiliary member in the crochet division - here's Michael with the HUGE afghan he whipped out in a mere 16 days!
Sorry about the crap photo - I didn't have my camera that day, so this was taken with my PDA. The colors are actually really rich - browns, maroons, navy. It's really cushy and warm, and seems to have found a home in the Derrick's dressing room, though I want to steal it for my guys since the colors match their room better. Derrick would probably kill me, though.
I have to say again that one of the funnest parts of this has been the reaction and support of everyone at work! I'm not sure they quite understood that there were actually 4000+ knitters out there doing the same challenge, but everyone was really into what we were doing and were really happy that we all finished on time! Yesterday was fun, I did manage to find a camisole so I wore the sweater to work and fielded many compliments. It's very soft and fuzzy, very 50's pinup. The yarn (GGH Soft Kid) is wearing well so far - no pilling or stretching at all. I didn't bother blocking, so I don't know how it will react to water yet.
After work we headed over for drinks and herb fried calamari (yum!) and impressed the heck out of the waitress with our knitting skills.
All in all, a really fun, challenging, satisfying experience! The most important thing I think I learned is how to milk every spare moment for knitting. I did a LOT of knitting on the train. I get a nice undisturbed 30 minutes each way, and since I don't usually travel at rush hour, it's never too crowded to pull out the knitting. I also learned the importance of not putting off finishing - I had a deadline so I wasn't tempted to put the pieces aside after knitting them. Seaming really isn't that bad, and it's so much more satisfying to just DO it and have a finished sweater!