Igorina: a Steampunk-inspired modular sock for Design for Glory (Sock Summit 2011).
Igor has come to be known as the assistant to every mad scientist and is best known for stitching together Frankenstein's monster. In Terry Pratchett's Discworld, Igorina is Igor's female counterpart. Inspired by some of our favorite stitch patterns and using our favorite techniques, we've cobbled together something you might find in a Victorian Steampunk designer's workbasket. Gears, sprockets, lace, and an elegant ruffle are whip stitched together to form a sock worthy of the name Igorina. Originally designed for Sock Summit 2011's Design for Glory Competition and to be knit by a five-person team, we envisioned knitting individual pieces with a variety of shades or colors spun from a multi-colored fleece. We've included directions at the very end for knitting the pattern in two pieces, including an afterthought hat heel.
Designed on US Size 2 (2.75 mm) dpns over ~56 sts.
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette (Verdigris) or Three Fates Tethys Sock.
Gauge was: 17 stitches over 2" in stockinette (in the round) in Knitter's Palette. (15 stitches over 2" for Tethys Sock.)
Size: 7.5" in diameter.
So because of issues trying to load a pattern written by two people, it's being authored under Stephania who then also pays the co-designer, Katie Boyd.
15 stitches and 22 rows = 2 inches in Stockinette
400 yards of Fingering weight
I'm the daughter of two semi-retired artists - one was a graphic arts designer and the other was a children's book illustrator. The end result is that I've always had a life long obsession with color ...
I'm the daughter of two semi-retired artists - one was a graphic arts designer and the other was a children's book illustrator. The end result is that I've always had a life long obsession with color and an on-again off-again relationship with crafts. I've been a potter, a paper maker and a book binder.
Once upon a time, I had a little free time. And as has been my practice since my late teens, I turned to knitting to fill it up. Heavily influenced by a life-long obsession with color, I decided to explore the creation of the colors of the yarns I worked with and began playing with a yarn dyeing kit.
Many of the products I sell are fine yarns, meant to be used for socks, gloves or mittens. Fine yarns are versatile enough to be used in a wide variety of projects, as long as you have the willpower to keep working on your project.
I love thinking about all the colors that people will wear on their feet, no matter the occasion or where they work. As a knitter, I love working with colors that I enjoy looking at. Yarn is eye candy. I'm finding this to be even more true as a spinner.
The Three Fates
The name comes from the Greek Goddesses also known as The Fates or the Moirae. They are Lachesis, Clotho and Atrophos and the closest thing I could think of to knitting goddesses in mythology. They are sometimes known as the spinner, the weaver and the cutter as they spin the thread of life, weave it into a tapestry and determine it's ending.
As crafters, we sometimes making heirloom quality garments meant to last generations and I love the idea of following the thread of someone's family story through a knitted garment.
Three Fates Yarns can be spotted in a variety of publications including Skein Theory.