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Archive for July 2nd, 2003

Marilyn’s Barberpole Sox

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003

Barberpole Sox designed by LynnH, knit by Marilyn PenderMy friend Marilyn Pender wrote a few days ago that she made a version of my Barberpole Sox.

Her version is very creative, as each is its own color and the cuffs are different. my standard pattern calls for three bands of texture. Marilyn writes that she knew she was short on yarn, so she went with one band on each sock, but each sock has a different pattern. She also did a different toe than I specified, and I think the extra texture looks great.

I think she did a great job of working with her yarns! The ribbed parts are both pink and then the rest of the sox are mirror image to one another. Looks great, Marilyn!

It’s so exciting to see people knit my designs. The personalities just jump out, and it is delightful. Maybe you remember when my friend Deborah Harowitz (Scarlet Zebra) made this same pattern in two different colorways. Hers were of Cascade Fixation where the background color was a variegated yarn with aqua and purple, white and hot yellow-green. Then the texture/contrast color was dark blue on one pair and the yellow-green on the other. As I recall, a female relative (daughter?) basically talked her out of one pair.

And my pairs on my website are navy and red (the yarn colors were chosen by a local yarn store to sell the pattern and a class) for an adult pair, plus a periwinkle and aqua babysock. I also have made these with Debbie Bliss washable merino DK weight, in raspberry and black. Too bad black doesn’t photograph well, because that pair is just wonderful. Isn’t knitting fascinating? The same pattern can really turn out to be very different depending on the interpretation of the individual doing the knitting, and their yarn choices/limitations.