I like hearing stories about how creative people get their ideas. Many seem to have a place or time where the creative juices flow, the synapses spark and the muses whisper. The shower seems to be a popular spot. Also while driving. One designer works out details while vacuuming or doing other mindless house work. For me it’s most often at night. Pattern issues resolve themselves just as I’m drifting off. Colour choices come in dreams. And the muses like to visit at about 3:17 a.m. with a smash over the head and a big shake, shouting “Wake up, smartass, have we got an idea for you!” This was the birth of the idea for these socks. 3:17, visions of bright pink socks with textese letters running down the legs are dancing in my head. The next day I emailed Kim, one of my favourite yarn pushers with the idea. “YES! I have the perfect yarn!” came the reply. I started charting, and, after obtaining new eye protection to keep the glare of this pink out of my eyes I started knitting. And ripping. And knitting. And charting. And re-charting. The letter O is particularly tricky to knit – mine kept coming out looking either like squares or eyeballs. Finally though, there are these:
Socks to express what most of us are thinking many,many times during the day. Make them for your favourite text-happy teen. Or make them for yourself and wear them into the office on an appropriate day. I the right colour, I think there are many suitable applications.
Knit top down, with a funky ribbed cuff and matching toe. The letters are created just with knits and purls, read from simple charts. Heel is a standard flap style. As written the pattern will fit ladies M to men’s small, but it would be really easy to add in a few more sts around the chart and knit to the length you need once the chart is completed. Shown in Indigodragonfly’s Merino Nylon Sock yarn in the perfectly named OMGWTFPINK! Now available for sale on Ravlery. The regular price is $5.00, but for a limited time use the code OMGCHEAP at the checkout to get it for only $3.50.