Sockdown: Ravelry! is a group KAL to knit a pair (or more!) of socks each month for 12 months, following the "themes" that are set up each month. I first heard about this challenge on Deborah's blog and when I followed the links to the Socknitters Annonymous group on Ravelry, I just knew I had to join. I've had so much fun baking along with the 200+ other members of the BBA Challenge (check out my cooking blog to see the breads I've made!) that I'm sure I'm going to enjoy this challenge just as much . . . maybe even more!
What sealed the deal for me was reading what September's "themes" are: one is to knit a Wendy Johnson pattern, and the other is to work with semi-solid yellow yarn. And just guess what I have lined up for my next SOCK design! You guessed it, semi-solid yellow!
Yep, that's more Dream in Color! This is the last of the order I placed when Loopy had all DIC yarns on sale in August. This is another skein of Classy Smooshy (thanks Margaret!), the sock yarn, this time in the color Gold Experience. I have in mind a textured pattern for "money" socks, a concept that came to me one day when I was watching baseball and an announcer was talking about superstitious players who didn't want to change underwear/socks/whatever while on a hitting streak. It got me to thinking about how silly superstitions really are . . . and yet, as a very superstitious person myself, I totally understand how soothing superstitions can be!
Somehow the idea of lucky socks and a sketch for a dollar-sign cable pattern came together in my head and I thought, "What a great sock design! Money socks!" Or perhaps a better name would be something like "economy-shield socks," or something else that conjures up that knitting and wearing these might help you during this crazy economy of ours. There are already plenty of stories of people who knit particular projects putting a certain intention into the knitting (for example: prayer shawls and preemie hats) and even an indie yarn line based entirely on the idea of knitting an intention into your project . . . although a quick glance at their colorways shows they're mostly touchy-feely intentions like "hope" and there is no "money" or "richness" colorway (yet!).
What do you think, is this a silly-in-a-bad-way idea, or is it kind of appealing?
These socks will definitely be my next "thinking" knitting after the purple shawl is done. I'm more than half-way through the shawl now and may just finish it tonight at this rate, so I'll be needing something new to take with me on my commute. The brown baby blanket is much to0 big to carry around, but it too is also very close to done . . . maybe I'll finalize that pattern first, then cast on for the yellow Sockdown socks. It's really no good to come up with multiple designs but not get any finished to the point of selling . . . the eternal problem of the self-published knitwear designer! Or at least MY eternal problem. Can't speak for anyone else . . .