Here is a quick update of what I’m working on: some dragon, some bones and a whole lot of charting. Or in more detail: I love my TV inspirations. I wish I could loftily say I get inspired by Shakespeare, Baudelaire or at least modern art cinema but being entirely honest with you my inspirations are much more down to earth: needs of my kids, the shows they like, places we go to and TV shows I watch after I collapse in bed after a long day juggling kids, work, cleaning, cooking, more work and trying to squeeze some knitting and / or crochet for my sanity. One of these shows which I devour on Netflix secretly at night is Once Upon a Time.
I love strong female characters there. One of my favourite episodes are the ones heavily featuring Maleficent. She is magnificent and the dragon is just fantastic… ooooh, I so love the dragon! I wonder what it say about me, hmmm… Never mind. Going back to knitting: pretty much obviously when I watch it, I have my sketching notebook at hand and I have been filling it with speed. I wish I could chart, write and knit as fast as I draw though – by now I have a collection of “Once Upon a Time” knits badly drawn and calling to be translated into knits… These socks are a second knitI’ll unveil the first one shortly, I’m finishing a written pattern updates and editing, the painful bit…)
Going back to the socks. These are “Drachenbein Socks”, inspired by Maleficent’s dragon. They are knitted cuff down, heavily cabled, rather complex since there are few rounds which repeat – pretty much every round has a different set of instructions. They are tight fitting so I’m writing instructions for sizes S, S/M (which I’m knitting), M, M/L, L and XL. I have to tell you, charting for these is something else, I think I did the leg chart 8 times before I decided I was happy with how the cables interlocked. I think it’s been worth it though, they are turning out rather magnificent. Well, I think so anyway 🙂
The yarn is Dublin Dye Company Merino Sock in “Icicle” colourway. It’s a semi-solid dirty pale grey, rather warm with beautiful lowlights and highlights. The yarn itself is a light 4 ply, firm, smooth and great to work with. As usual, working with it fills me with temptation to get some more…
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