Friday, May 18, 2007

Wailing Ban

The fancy new lemon computer crashed again and System Restore hasn't been going well. At first there was wailing at the heavens while waiting for tech support. Alas, the heavens have been not merely uncaring this week, but also actively pelting rain, so I banned wailing, set up the old reliable hamster wheel computer, tidied everything within reach of the telephone cord, and knit a bit on a sock for my Sockapalooza pal. Here's the backal view of the sock in progress.

Sockapalooza sock in progress

After starting to knit a published pattern, I decided to design a sock for my downstream pal. The other was lovely, to be sure, but this will be uniquely hers. My pal knit a Kiri shawl, and the fern lace got me thinking about the fossil rainforest discovered in an Illinois coalmine. The sock stitch patterns – peacock tail on the cuff, fern lace and 3x3 ribbing on the leg, and moss stitch on the heel flap – are meant to suggest the plume-like fronds of the 30-foot (10 m) tree ferns and the giant trunks and stemless foliage of the 100-foot (30 m) club mosses in that ancient forest. The ribbing also should give the sock a better fit at the ankle while allowing plenty of ease for the heel.

Another inspiration is Ann's magnificent vintage lace stockings. Her stockings use geographically consistent patterns instead of mixing what are usually considered Estonian, Shetland, and Aran patterns. I have additional, pal-specific reasons for selecting these particular stitch patterns. All shall be revealed in August (or come to MY SnB to hear the alternate narrative). For the moment, let's just say the design is, er, pangaeic.

My upstream pal left a comment [waving hi], so my little corner of the vast 1,000-member Sockapalooza universe is officially connected and presumably humming along. Which is more than I can say for the fancy new lemon computer – or tech support. I'm going to try spinning next. As Risa notes, the transfer of twist from spinner to fiber has known health benefits, and it sure beats wailing.

12 comments:

Julie said...

What an amazing sock! I'd pay money for that pattern in a heartbeat. That's some lucky pal!

Meredith said...

Very pretty pattern!

Seanna Lea said...

I love your pattern inspiration and the moss stitch touch on the heel flap. I would happily make those in a stoney fossil set of colors.

Kim said...

I've been wailing at my computer this morning too. Now that I know the story behind the choice of stitch patterns that sock is just so special and neat-o.

Carrie said...

Gorgeous!

alligator said...

I love the story behind your sock! Your pal is so lucky to have you think out this creative pattern.
I like the idea of ribbing at the ankle, I might have to try that for my shapely legs.
Any chance you will be sharing your pattern in the future? I want fossilized rainforest socks too!

Saffron said...

That's a beautiful sock! You're pal is very lucky!! :)

CrazyFiberLady said...

Having heard the story at the SnB, it really is a special sock and you have one lucky sockapalooza recipient.

Good luck with the computer, tech problems, especially with the new toys that presumably should work are frustrating. I do hope transferring the twist helps more then the wailing.

Sweet Camden Lass said...

Those are glorious. They're a similar pattern to the Elfine socks I received last Sockapalooza: but the edging is totally different and very gorgeous!
~x~

Zarzuela said...

Sorry about the computer, but the sock looks most excellent!

Jessica

Debby said...

Your sock is beautiful! I'm sorry about your computer troubles.

Jeanne said...

Beautiful sock - I think your sock pal is very lucky!