October was/is Socktober in the knitting world. All sorts of beautiful projects are created in this month dedicated to the art of knitting socks.
A while back, Denise of the Karori Flower Shop, and co-creator at Bleating Art, invited me to contribute a mystery sock pattern for the shop’s “Soctober” month of events. The idea of designing a flower-themed sock was very appealing, so off I went and buried my nose in books about flowers and plants, and started sketching and swatching and dreaming…
The sock was called Aster, after this inspiration.
This is echinacea, but it is part of the Aster genus. The Aster (Asteraceae, or daisy) family of flowers is the second most numerous family of flowers with over 23,000 currently accepted species. The word aster means “star” in Greek, referring to the appearance of some family members, as a “star” surrounded by “rays”. It includes many lovely varieties that are used by florists, including dahlias, zinnias, chrysanthemums and sunflowers. I thought it fitting to base the sock design on this genus for a florist’s sock pattern.
The pattern was broken down into two clues, so I made the socks a bit different to my usual style to keep things interesting and to provide surprises along the way.
The group has been working through the sock pattern this month. Yesterday, an official unveiling of all the socks took place, so I thought I’d go along and see.
Haven’t they all done such a lovely job? Can you see the flowers, the leaves and the stem in the sock? These socks were knitted by Susan, Shona, Sara, Maureen and Denise. There is also a pair in there that are mine.
Let’s have a close look at the detail:
This fresh green version was knitted by Susan. The pink and purples below were from left to right, by Shona, Sara and Denise.
Here are the lovely ladies, and yes, your eyes do not deceive you, that is indeed Audry whom you see!
Audry was doing the lucky draw for the bag and goodies that you see on the left hand side of this picture.
Shona was the lucky winner – it was a fantastic prize!
It was a lovely afternoon out and a nice way to start the long weekend. I was glad to be able to join them and also have the privilege of seeing all the finished socks.
There was some discussion about opening the sock pattern up to a wider audience for another MKAL, but I have decided on balance that I will adapt the pattern slightly (to take into account some of the comments about the socks) and I will release it as a regular pattern. We may be holding a KAL for it over on the Kiwiyarns group on Ravelry though. Stay tuned for more news on that subject.
I’m looking forward to having one more day off tomorrow (it’s Labour Weekend here). It will be nice to have a rest as I have been working non-stop this month, and am feeling a little more than exhausted!
Hope you are having a great weekend!