Monday, July 02, 2007

Presenting... Laguna Seca!

Laguna Seca (the name means "dry river") is a recreation area near Monterey, California where some friends and I saw the Grateful Dead back in 1988 or so. The parking lot was a shimmering sea of tie-dyes, and in fact I set up a little parking-lot "booth" (=squat spot on the ground) and sold some of my tie-dyed T-shirts for the first time at that concert. My friend Karen was there, and when I went to make her some birthday socks, I thought of that concert and the tie-dyed glory of it all and I got me some multicolored yarn and I went to work. The result, as modelled by Karen:



The Cascade Fixation did look wild in the ball, but it's wilder knitted up. I designed the pattern with alternating bands of a stockinette-based rib with bands of a slip-stitch pattern-based rib, so it's got some mosaic effect to blur the striping a little bit. Plus, the heels on a super-colorful yarn like this look great in Eye of Partridge. I recommend this pattern for your wildest yarn. You can knit this up in any sock yarn for which you get 7 spi (or modify it as needed, of course. The pattern requires that your total # of stitches divide evenly by 6).


The pattern for Laguna Seca is available as a PDF in the sidebar. Enjoy!



I really need to offer my gratitude to trek for paving the way and teaching me how to knit Fixation with her fabulous patterns. Though this pattern is in no way copied from trek's, her patterns were definitely an inspiration to me.

9 comments:

shad said...

Now all you need to go with those socks is some magic brownies...

;-)

Dave said...

Very cool ... thanks so much for sharing the pattern!

Jen said...

Well, you know me - I absolutely love the colors! Don't know if I'll knit these socks just as you've created them, but I think I'll be checking out some Fixation at some point. :)

Anonymous said...

Dude, those socks are groovy!

Aime ;)

April said...

This fixation with Fixation has been going on TOO long. Cease and desist!

That being said, those are WAY cool socks. What a coincedence that this year is the 40th anniversary of the first ever Monterey International Pop Festival. :) Rock on, dudette.

trek said...

Fixation Rocks!

Laura B said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

karenalien said...

Inspiration, move me brightly... Knit the sock with sense and color, knit them in a pair.

It seems a shame to put shoes on. More so than usual, even. But they feel nice too!

Thanks again :)

Earin Marybird said...

Nice socks! Nice legs! Now all you need are some of those see thru shoes so you don't waste such brightness.

Ah yes, Laguna Seca. I used to go to the races there. I worked for a guy who raced so I could get into the main enclosure (I was one Kule Dudette!). Believe it or not I went through a phase of wanting to be a pit crew member. For some reason I never aspired to be a driver. Girls didn't do such things back then.