This week, I get a jump-start on St. Patrick's Day and chat with Lea Redmond of Leafcutter Designs.
I wanted green socks for St. Patrick's Day, so I found a great color at Simply Socks and looked for a stitch pattern to go with it.
I found Seaweed in Barbara Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. Muirin is the reverse of that stitch, starting on a different row, and worked, incidentally, in the round. "Muirin" is an Irish name that means "born of the sea," which fits here, I think.
The stitch pattern is pretty simple and only 6 stitches wide and 12 rows deep. However, the internal logic of it isn't easy to grasp right away. I didn't want to drag around my entire notebook while working the sock, so I cheated, a bit. I shot a photo of the pattern chart with my phone. I always had it on hand, which was nice for when I just picked it up for a few rounds here or there.
These are top-down socks, which I don't normally go for. But, I lost my awesome size 00 needles that I use for making super-tight lifted increases on sock toes right before I started on the first sock. I couldn't get another needle for a few days, and I discovered that I can't seem to do without it, or wait two days to cast on. So, these socks are top-down.
Toe-up is still my favorite method, but, I'm becoming more comfortable with top-down. So, maybe I'll be more balanced in the future.
Lea Redmond has been fascinating me with her tiny little post office for years. It was a real pleasure to get to chat with her about conceptual knitting, making things in the mall, and the joy found in small objects. I hope you like our talk, too.
- Leafcutter Designs is Lea's website. (You can join her email list there.)