For April Sockdown! I started a tricot fist sock of irony. Some gentle readers may consider that distressingly violent language, but I figure if the boys may have their toys – if Eisenstein can have a kino fist and "Stefen Colbear" can have a flaming sword of truthiness – surely I can have a tricot fist sock of irony.
The SOI is Jeanie Townsend's Ruffles & Bubbles (available from the Townsend Socks Knit-Along). Without the bubbles, because it's ironic. The ruffles are made separately, then knit onto the sock leg. I modified the pattern by reducing the stitch count, knitting the ruffles in the round, and staggering their placement. They remind me of ruffled pettipants and flower petals, also vaguely of sheep, of Little Bo Peep, and even of bicycle gears. (Imagine EZ's Nether Garments covered in ruffles. Gah.) I'm constructing the sock like a sports anklet, with a sturdy slip stitch heel, yet suspect the ruffles may catch on bicycle gears. Ironic.
The yarn is Lang JaWoll Cotton, color 0094 Natural. It's a perfectly good yarn, but I do believe it may bear the stupidest name I have encountered to date and that is saying quite a lot. If you know of a stupider, do tell.
I picked the pattern because the ruffles are similar to the cuff of Kaibashira (late of MagKnits and now on Knotions – hooray!) and also emblematic of my first weekend in May dilemma: MDS&W or Tour de Montclair? With these socks, wherever I am, I'll have a small reminder of wherever I'm not. Sock of irony!