None of you guys came close to guessing the name of the new sock design. A bunch of you came up with a lot of very pretty names, though.
I guess you need to know what I’m thinking about and how my mind works to be able to guess this. And it is no doubt a good thing that you don’t know what I’m thinking and how my mind works.
Oh, the name of the sock design? Healthy Spine Socks.
Heh. I just crack me up sometimes.
I actually thought of the name before I came up with the design. I was lying awake one night thinking about knitting socks and thought I ought to come up with a design and incorporated a rib that looked like healthy vertebrae. You know, vertebrae that are not collapsed or disintegrated, or have calcium deposits growing out of them, or have pieces broken off them floating in the spinal canal . . .
Sorry. Where was I?
So I got up and grabbed some needles and yarn and started experimenting. This design is what I ended up with after a few false starts.
Well, yeah, I know it doesn’t really look like vertebrae. Bit I do like the way it looks, very much.
A couple of days ago, someone left me a comment asking where I “grab” my designs. Well, I don’t really “grab” them from anywhere specific. I do have a whole bunch of stitch dictionaries and I do look through them for inspiration. But I don’t very often just take a pattern from a stitch dictionary and plop it into a sock. Most of the time I will make changes here and there. And sometimes I just make up a stitch pattern out of my head. That’s not to say that no one else has ever come up with the same combination of stitches. But for the Crotalus socks, for example, I just put together some decreases and yarnovers and started knitting. If I don’t like the way it’s turning out, I rip and revise.
In fact, for at least half of my Summer of Socks designs, what I ended up with does not bear much resemblance to what I started out with.
I’ve been practicing my yarn photography today. Here are some recent additions to the stash, all from The Loopy Ewe.
And the great little yarn tote I got:
“I’m hiding under here until she puts the light tent away.”