April 21, 2009
I think you'll agree that the photo of the Miele socks (the golden ones) on the knit.1 website are just a little bit flat:
Especially when compared to the textured loveliness I actually designed ;). No worries - I took a few photos before I mailed them off!
Ah, that's much better!
This design evolved from a very interesting concept: several sock designers, myself included, were asked to interpret a painting by Komi Chen called Fresh into the knit form.
As expected, I did a lot of hemming and hawing, charting and swatching. At the end I focused on the two oranges because no matter what I did, my stitches morphed into curvilinear patterns, waves and dips and loops. I went with it! I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (naturally) in the butterscotch colorway. It matched the color used in the painting, and it screamed "summer" to me!
The name of the pattern emerged some time later. The golden color, the summertime feel, plus the droplet-like shape of the pattern all reminded me of honey, miele in Italian (also a vacuum cleaner brand, haha!).
I think what makes this project incredibly exciting is seeing the other designs inspired by the same painting: Basilico Socks by Yarnissima, Blossom-top Socks by Cat Bordhi, and Poppy Socks by Cookie A. Yarnissima's socks are knit out of Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Dyed Cotton - pinch me, I'm dreaming! I am definitely looking forward to my copy of knit.1, for the sock feature and other goodies :).