Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Here is a blog post I've been waiting to write for a long time...

socks in grass - horizontal - print

Once upon a time I had an idea. It was an idea for a sock pattern, inspired by the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. A sock with paths that split apart and came together again. But it took me a long time to make it. Finally, about a year ago, I did.

back view 1

A little less than a year ago I submitted the pattern to knitty, and then I waited. It was really hard. I guess I'm impatient, but when I have an exciting new pattern, I really want to share it and see others knit it. But 2 1/2 months later I got a very nice rejection. (I understand, knitty gets a lot of pattern submissions and of course they can't take everything!)

And then my pattern just sat. After all that waiting I had other exciting things going on, and I still wanted to do something special with my little pattern.

Then I recently heard about the Knit Picks Independent Designer Partnership Program and thought it sounded like an interesting idea. The real reason I design, other than to get those pesky patterns out of my head, is to see other people knit things I made up.

I think Knit Picks will probably bring this pattern to a wider audience than just my fabulous blog readers and the people who happen to stumble upon it on ravelry. Hopefully some of these people who like Diverged will also want to knit other things I've designed. It's definitely worth trying, so I decided to go for it. The pattern should be up in the IDP section in a couple of days - just a little over a month after my first email to them. That even includes reknitting the sample and coordinating with Louise for photos.

The whole process was not only quick (an advantage to putting patterns up all the time instead of in issues) but very pleasant. I even got to try a brand new yarn, Stroll Tonal, that was released a few days after I started my sample.

front of sock - print

Pattern: Diverged
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Springtime
Started: 3/17/10
Finished: 3/27/10

front view

Pattern: Diverged
Yarn: Socks That Rock Lightweight in 24 Karat
Started: 5/6/09
Finished: 5/26/09

You can buy the pattern for $1.99 through Knit Picks or on ravelry.

All photographs in this post were taken by the lovely Louise.

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Blogger Walden said...

The design looks great! How did you like working with their new yarn? I've had my eye on it since it came out.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Stariel said...

I really loved the yarn - it's very soft and so pretty! I even bought another skein in the blue / purple color. :o

10:27 PM  
Anonymous MJ said...

I'm just happy to see that the pattern actually up!!!

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Congratulations! Those are lovely socks.

5:27 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

That is so awesome! I just heard about their IDP last week at an event they held here in Portland. It sounds great.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Oh, and the socks look wonderful. :)

10:08 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

I love that poem, and I think your socks capture it wonderfully. These are a must knit.

11:02 AM  
Blogger ~RaenWa~ said...

Knitty missed out a great pattern with your socks. I love the design.

11:35 AM  

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    * means I really liked it

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    A Piece of Vermont*
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    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
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    Yarn Pirate*

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    Scout's Swag
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