The thing that most fascinates me most about knitting is: strip everything else away and there's really only one stitch - Knit. All other results, especially stitch patterns, are generated by manipulating and combining the knit stitch. That's magical.
For a long time I had been admiring a stitch pattern titled Fish-Scale Lace in the perpetual calendar '365 Knitting Stitches a Year' (May 31).
Last Fall I bought a very lovely skein of J. Knits and chose to use this stitch pattern for a pair of socks. I always admire sock patterns that offer something a bit unusual and I worked the lace pattern into the heel. My friend Candy really admired my socks and suggested that the pattern ought to be published.
So I went to visit Sheri at the Loopy Ewe (those of us who live near the Loopy Ewe and can go there in person are so lucky - are we not?) to see if she thought this would be a marketable pattern. Sheri said they looked great, but wait - isn't this the same stitch pattern as 'the Monkey Socks' from Knitty?
I had heard of the Monkey Socks but wasn't really familiar with the pattern. It turned out that Sheri was correct - it was the same stitch pattern. It's a weird phenomenon that seems to repeatedly happen... knit designers coming up with strikingly similar designs.
Back to the drawing board. Still loved the stitch pattern and the back of the heel treatment. What if I used the stitch pattern in a panel format rather than an all over design? Place twisted ribs at the sides for stretchiness, turn the panel the opposite direction for the front/instep to lead into the toe, maybe try that box toe shaping I found on the internet, use the pretty J. Knits SuperwashMe Light that I bought while at Loopy Ewe - hmmm.......
.....and thus we have ARIEL SOCKS (fish scale lace --> mermaid ---> Ariel - get it?):
The color 'Iowa' is actually more of a cinnamon and very pretty, but after photographing these socks in several different sessions I never could get my camera to pick up the color properly - they really are not as orange as they look in the photos.
They are fun to make but not so hard you can't remember the pattern.
I thought about giving these as a gift but I like them too much!"
Chris' Needlecraft Supply http://www.chrisneedlecraftsupply.com/
Kirkwood Knittery (http://kirkwoodknittery.com/)
Knit Escape (http://www.knitescape.blogspot.com/)
Knit N Caboodle (http://www.knitandcaboodle.com/)
The Weaving Department at Myers House (http://www.gslkg.com/weavingdept.html)