Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cataraqui Socks

I finished the first of my new socks yesterday. I'll write up the pattern and make it available in the next few days. It's very easy and REVERSIBLE! The wavy rib pattern reminded me of the current in our nearby Cataraqui River, as it joins with Lake Ontario.

If you're careful how you weave in the ends, you can turn them inside out and enjoy the basketweave pattern on the reverse side.

I've had a week now to digest my time with Lucy Neatby. What a brilliant lady! I wonder what her IQ is. She says she spends a lot of time imagining herself as a strand of yarn. I love her fascination with technique--her modified conventional bind off, which combines the 2-step procedure into one, is a perfect example of her clever mind.
That said, I probably wouldn't wear many of her designs which, in my mind, fall into the category of  amazing knitted artifacts. They wouldn't pass my "Georgetown Test", that is, I wouldn't feel that I fit in wearing them down a street in Georgetown, in northwest Washington, DC. Her Bubbles Scarf, with its stuffed bubbles, is like this. It's beautiful and astonishingly clever, but I wouldn't feel sufficiently "normal" wearing it. I'm afraid that I'm boring, something Lucy never is.