I think a triumphant post is the best thing to get us back in the swing, now that I’m returning to blog-land, so we’ll start with a new pattern of mine that came out a few months ago. Even if I’d been on the blog-wagon at the time I wouldn’t have posted about it because it was a secret!
And why was it a secret?
Because I was the January Rockin’ Sock.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen. The Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin’ Sock Club is doing open Calls for Submission for the first time ever this year, and they liked my idea for January and I am the January Sock.
This really meant a lot to me. I knit my way through most of my adolescence and then through most of college – I was a Fiber Arts major for crying out loud – but I don’t know if I was really a Rabid Knitter until I started working at Lakeside Fibers (now under new management but still a great shop) after I graduated. I started there in February of ’08 and really loved it right away, but the thing that made all the difference was our first Christmas together. The BossLady took all of us out to dinner (incidentally, my first Indian restaurant, I was woefully neglected as a child) and gave all of us a skein of Blue Moon Socks that Rock, in colors she knew we’d love. I got Pirate’s Booty, which is perfect for me.
At the time, I’d really just gotten into sock knitting – my friend from the shop, Kj, was all over Dream in Color Smooshy and got me hooked on the colorway Flamingo Pie. Those two pairs of socks were my first sock knitting and the start of an obsession.
My first year in the Rockin’ Sock Club was 2010. I had to take 2 years off, but I was a 2013 member, and now I’m here in 2014 as well. Quite aside from the fact that I’m a BMFA collector – my Barn Raising Quilt should be proof of my ardor, if nothing else – it gives me all kinds of warm fuzzy memories of a time when I was just learning to be obsessed with knitting, as well as memories of the knitting ladies at my first yarn store.
But back to these socks.
The inspiration for January was Chinese New Year, green, lanterns, dragons, horses, and luck. They showed us a mood board and I put together these socks as a prototype.
The yarn is actually the Hope Springs Eternal from the 2013 club, but I had it on hand and I wanted to show how great my pattern worked with highly variegated yarns. There’s all kinds of slip-stitching and little bits of garter in there to help spread the color around, keep it interesting by not let it pool. I love highly variegated sock yarns, but it’s all about having the right pattern for them, and so often comes down to luck. I also wanted a sort of deep texture pattern that had a hint of roundness to it, to bounce off the lanterns in the mood board – that’s what got me the sort of circular shape of the motif.
It also got me the name. These are the Lantern Luck socks, made with colorway Lucky Number Seven. Blue Moon will start offering the pattern and yarn to non-club members next January (that’s the deal with the club, they’re exclusive for a year.
I’m so excited to be able to share this with you. It really means a lot to me to be a part of this!