Over the past little while I have been playing with my pattern charting software, coming up with possible sock designs. I like knitting patterns that only involve knits and purls – no lace, no crazy cables and no charts so dense with symbols it looks like somebody spilled a bucket of them. I like my socks knitting to be interesting, but not too difficult. Socks are usually my travel knitting, so I want to be able to knit them while chatting. I want it to be a nice relaxing knit, that looks good when it’s done. I want a pattern that is at least somewhat intuitive, and has a bit of that “Just one more round/repeat/etc!’ element to it. This has been my theme while working on these sock designs. My first couple of attempts were less than spectacular. Sometimes what looks awesome on paper looks like ass once knitted. Who knew? However, this pattern is coming off the paper and into shape nicely.
And I’m loving the orange yarn. As you know if you’ve been by here in the winter before, I have a raging need to knit something bright come January/February. If I want grey I’ll just look outside thanks. Yep, even the project bag is bright.
I don’t have a name for this pattern yet. Sometimes they come to me fully realized, name pattern, the whole thing, thank you Muses. Others are more of a struggle and need to be ripped half formed out of my head and forced onto the paper. This one was like that. I always have trouble with names in that case. Joey suggested Volcano, or Fourth Gear not Not Meshing with Primary (motorcycle geek, what can I tell you). I’m thinking This End Up. Or maybe Gnash, since it kinda looks like teeth? Yeah, that’s fun right? I’ve wanted to name a pattern Smash, mostly because it’s fun to say. Also, I want to have this conversation: “What are you knitting?” “Smash!” hehehehe. Oh come on, wouldn’t you love to go around answering people’s questions (especially the stupid ones) with “SMASH!” I’m pretty sure that would be a good day.
Ok, back to the socks for me! But here’s some Juno to keep you warm.