So what about the mindlessly simple socks I was going to start? (As mentioned in the post on March 26th) It's ALL my secret pal's fault (Thanks Terri!). She sent me the Fall 2006 issue of Vogue Knitting and the pattern for THESE was in there: Traveler's socks by Nancy Bush (I think this is a pattern from her book ' Knitting on the Road') which I'm seriously thinking of getting. However - having done a quick search, the pattern isn't like these - because the pattern continues down the instep after the cuff, so maybe it isnt' the same. Not only is this pattern NOT simple but probably the most complex sock pattern I've knitted in a long time: it's got lots of little crossed stitches in it, to make teeny weeny cables - but it's such fun that I keep having to remind myself to put it down in order to get on with 'real life' - it really is just a case of 'just one more row'... The designer, Nancy Bush, says that the design was inspired by an antique sock she saw on her travels to Estonia:
"The design is made up of diamonds that when knitted resemble a knotted pattern
and zigzag lines. Together they remind me of paths through fields or
forest, or perhaps even in life, where traditions, cultures and ideas
cross and one thing leads to another."
I'm knitting it in St Ives 3ply bluey/greeny slightly flecked sock yarn that I've had sitting in my stash for a while. So I'm feeling virtuous about not buying any more yarn. The circ is 2mm Addi Turbo - very slinky. I reckon they'll look great under jeans.