Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s Leif Erikson Day again already. Time flies, does it not?
Leif Erikson Day or not, today I did go to work. So there is just a bit of progress on the sock.
There have been a couple of comments recently, asking me about my sock design process. Like — what software do I use for charts.
I have Stitch and Motif Maker v3.0 and I use it occasionally, but more often than not, I use a Knitting Symbols font by Aire River Design and Microsoft Word tables. If I am doing a huge chart, I’ll use Excel, but for socks, tables in the body of a Word document usually work just fine for me.
But I usually start out with graph paper and pencil and doodle up something I think might look good. Sometimes I knit a swatch, and sometimes I fearlessly start a sock and incorporate my lace pattern into it. Sometimes I have to rip back to the toe and adjust. This was true of the Butterfly Socks — I didn’t like the placement of the lace motif I had decided on initially, so ripped back and re-did it. So this sock has actually been started three times.
Several of you have asked about the fate of the patterns for my latest completed socks. For the next little while, they are going nowhere — I’ve too much on my plate to deal with at the moment.
But you may have noticed that Sheri did a shop update at The Loopy Ewe — I think all of my current patterns are in stock right now. I sent her a huge order, so they should stay in stock for a bit.
Here is the last installment of mystery fibers from Clara:
They are both from large animals . . .
Meanwhile Back at the Ranch
Lucy is doing an interpretive dance in celebration of Leif Erikson Day.