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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Elizabeta, my 2012 Scarefest contribution

Today my latest Scarefest design went live and I couldn't be more excited!  My friend Annelise called me up yesterday and said "I'm coming over and we're going to go do a photo shoot for your pattern", and I was like "okay", so we did, and what we got was AMAZING.  Good photos really make the difference, ya know?  And I had no idea how we were going to translate this pattern into photos, but she pulled it off.  (Tomorrow I'll have some fun behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot.)

 Anyway, Elizabeta is a lace knee-high sock designed around the 1992 version of Bram Stoker's Dracula.  That movie has an all-star cast and it was beautifully shot.  It's my favorite Dracula movie, and I wanted to do a sock based on it last season but I ran out of time.  As you may recall, I was on a bride kick (Bride of Frankenstein was one of last year's releases).  But it turned out that this design was able to stand on it's own, and I think that the extra year it spent rattling around in my head turned out to be a good thing, because it went in a fun, different and amazing direction.  Plus, look at these incredible photos!

The lace is a simple and delicate pattern, with a short repeat to make it easier to remember.  The back of the calf showcases a crown motif on a field of reverse-stockinette, which flows down through the heel gusset and foot, finishing up on the toe.  It's a pretty little detail and I'm proud of how it turned out.  The pattern worked beautifully with my yarn choice (Dream In Color Smooshy, in Scorched colors) and only took one skein.  I even had enough left over to make several Hexipuffs!!  And since I'm tall and wear a size 10 shoe, I can confidently say that approximately 450 yards is enough yarn to make this pair for almost every female knitter ;)

As usual, this design is exclusive to the Super Sock Scarefest and will be released to the general public after the 2012 round wraps up (roughly mid-November).  Send me an email if you would like a personal reminder when it goes on sale.

And finally, I'd like to give a special thanks to Barb Brown, who's book Knitted Knee-Highs took the mystery out of designing and knitting knee-high socks.  Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the world, and encouraging us to knit more knee-high socks!


For more photos, check out my project page.  And again, tomorrow I'll be posting some fun behind-the-scenes pics and talking about the shoot.







3 comments:

  1. When I was in grade school, I loved knee high socks. In class I would sit and look and look at the patterns of the stitching. I think this pair may have inspired me to seriously try a pair. Thank you

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. Turns out that knee-highs are much faster and a lot easier that I realized, lol, so I say give them a shot :)

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