Smaug the dragon was wonderful inspiration for Claire Ellen’s design. She did a great job emulating a dragon’s scales and tail.
I looked at it for a few minutes and considered letting it go… but they are such pretty socks that I knew this kind of error would stare me in the face and bug me for the rest of the life of these socks. Sigh. Nothing to do but take them back down and start again at the toe…
Several hours, much swearing and a couple more rip-backs later…
Haaa…. yes, much better.
The socks are by no means perfect, and if you want to see some really stunning examples, you must go see Audry’s socks and others on the pattern page.
However, I am happy with them now, and most pleased with my pretty Smaugs! Sorry about the quality of the pics though. The lighting today is crap for taking photos, especially of this red.
I made a minor modification to the pattern for the foot. You’ve probably noticed that the scale pattern is a bit different. I thought I’d be a smarty pants and mimic the different sized scales that reptiles have, plus I wanted to make the gauge a tiny bit smaller so that the tail stretched right to the end of the toes.
I’m not sure that was the best idea, but never mind, I can live with it.
As I was taking this picture, we had another big quake. 6.2 on the Richter scale!!! You can imagine I got lickety split under the door frame! Hopefully there won’t be any more… Reminded me of Smaug shaking the mountain when he awoke! 😀
Yarn: Hand Maiden Casbah Sock
Needles: 2.25mm (mostly. except for a tiny bit on the heel when my tension went weird)
Pattern: Smaug, by Claire Ellen.