The new Knitty came out and I've got a pattern in it! Phloem Socks
This the description I wrote: These cuff down socks were inspired by the structure and clean lines of leaves and buds in the spring, the left and right socks mirror each other, with and lace leaf motif running down one side of the leg and a pattern of buds running down the other. The gentle green color of the yarn is perfect for socks which take inspiration from the slow, soft unfurling of foliage.
The name is pronounced “flow-em”.
These were a long time in the making, I started what evolved in to this design in July 2010 - I had originally intended them to be for a sock club package but they didn't really fit and I came up with something else that I was much happier with for that month. The yarn I chose to swatch with was Biggan 4ply and what I came up with was pretty but I think that yarn would be better for gloves than socks (in fact I thought I had decided to make the swatch into a glove at some point but when I went to dig it out earlier I found it without needles, apparently at some point I was too impatient to employ waste yarn and have now created more work for myself, SIGH).
When I changed yarn to the Knitting Goddess merino nylon sock, I altered the design a bit, making them mirrored (symmetrical across the pair) and I finished the sample on Christmas eve on holiday in France. There was a heart-stopping moment when I discovered when I was almost at the toe of the second sock, I had dropped a stitch on the gusset and lovely long ladder was forming. I repaired it, though for about half an hour I was not good company!
The first photo shoot was at Rocamadour but the sun was so low and so bright I wasn't really happy with the results so I took some more indoors where I could control the light a bit more. I used my sisters camera and as a result a new camera went firmly on my wish list!
If you knit a pair, I'd love to see your yarn choice/progress/finished socks! I've started a KAL thread here.