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First step on a long and slippery slope?

I signed up for a mini sock swap on Ravelry for February. It’s been a while since I was in a swap, and it looked like fun. The theme is the movie Brave, and I got together two weekends ago with some friends to watch the movie, which was wonderful. I decided that my theme would be the wisps, found some blue alpaca samples from last year’s Fibre Week, and then sat down to think.

I knew I wouldn’t find a sock pattern than I could use as-is, so I pulled out the two books I own that include some stitch patterns and flipped through them. I found a perfect one in The New Encyclopedia of Knitting Techniques, a leaf cable that looked very much like the little wisps. Okay! I had a pattern! Now what?

I found a toe-up sock formula on Rav, started the baby size, added one wisp to the top of the foot, then one on each side of the leg. It took a bit of finagling, moving about of stitches, and thinking, but I did it. All by myself. And it doesn’t look half bad.

Wisp mini sock
Wisp mini sock

So once it was done and I held it in my hand, I thought to myself, “Wait a minute. Is this… my first ‘design?'”

Oh dear. Never thought I’d ‘design’ anything. Is this how it starts?

In other news, here is a gratuitous picture of my Master Spinner homework progress from this past weekend. On the left, my red-orange-orange, Merino and Lincoln skeins, and on the right, my actual oranges: red-orange, orange, and yellow-orange.


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