As a definitely-more-than-beginner-somewhere-around-intermediate-but-definitely-not-advanced knitter, it's easy to get seduced by the siren song of a pretty stitch pattern.
It's tough to remember that sometimes a nice yarn could - and should - stand on it's own.
You will recall from last blog post, that I had cast on for the Sagittarius socks for my Dad for Father's Day. What I did not tell you was that I originally started designing my own pattern (just ribs and cables - nothing too fancy) but I ripped it out because the yarn was just a touch busy and I wasn't getting the look I wanted.
Then I spent an hour trying to find something I liked on Ravelry - I must say - I'm not that fond of most men's sock patterns. And the ones that I did like wouldn't work with my yarn. So, I decided to cast on for Sagittarius... but just as with my ribby-cables, the yarn was a tad too busy.
So tonight I said screw it and I ripped back to the ribbing. I added five more rows of ribbing and switched to good ole reliable stocking stitch:
Fiona Ellis came to my old guild one day, and she left me with a very valuable bit of advice. She said, basically, that you can design the most intricate, beautiful mind-boggling garment, but if you're not going to wear it - what's the point? In other words, design something you'll wear - no matter how simple.
And as I look at the patterns and designers I really love (Debbie Bliss for example) I realize how true that is. They are classic, timeless - some have beautiful lace patterns, but at the heart of them they are still basic.
So, I have to remember who I'm knitting these socks for - my dad. He's a man who's idea of high style is a brand-spanking new pair of dark (DARK) blue jeans and a plaid shirt. He only wears ties for two occasions - weddings and funerals. He won't care if a pair of socks has some funky stitch pattern - he wants comfortable and wearable.
These are nice and mindless and the colourway is doing just find by itself - fancy stitchwork need not apply.
*The title is a quote from one of my favourite movies - "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day". If you haven't seen it - I highly recommend it. Great Music. Fabulous Fashions. And Nifty British Accents. What's not to love?*