Three old ladies knit the socks of death

Today’s post title is courtesy of Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief. I thought this chapter heading was too cute not to use. (The book is first in a series about a boy’s modern-day adventures with the Olympian gods, demigods, creatures, and monsters. If you are familiar with Greek and Roman mythology, it’s easy to guess the three knitters are a recreation of the Fates or moirae.)

Did you notice? I’ve been on a sock break lately. In late August or early September, I suddenly wanted to knit something different. But I didn’t go cold turkey; I’ve been stealthily working on a sock design for my Hogwarts SS2 pal, Amelia.

It’s been a slow process. It took me a while to get a chart draft worked out to my satisfaction, and then even longer to knit it and see what worked—or didn’t. Finally, I think I have gotten it sorted out.

Here’s a preview:


There’s no color for two reasons. It’ll be a surprise to Amelia as to which House colors these are. (She is in Gryffindor, but is open to other house colors since she received Gryffindor colors in the first term.)

I also removed the color because I’m interested in your name suggestions and didn’t want any color influence. I do have a favorite name in mind, but want your fresh perspective. (I haven’t decided yet whether to submit this design to a magazine, or to self-publish.)

Meanwhile, while trying to boost my socknitting mojo, I signed up for Socks in the Cities KAL, and volunteered to be a Sockapalooooza Savior.


After a few false starts, I decided to knit the newest Sockamania Club KAL pattern for my pal. The colorway I’m using is “The Berry Brigade” from Spunky Eclectic. The purplish tinge has, thus far, been impossible for me to capture in a photo, but I’m loving the red.

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7 Responses to “Three old ladies knit the socks of death”

  1. Deb Says:
    October 5th, 2007 at 9:48 am

    Chinese lace with ribbed stitches– like a river… hrm. yangtze, perhaps

  2. Carrie K Says:
    October 5th, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    Okay, #1, that is a great post title.

    The socks look very intricate and fabulous! Alas, no names come to mind. Shouldn’t it be HP based?

  3. trek Says:
    October 5th, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    It looks like ghosts on the socks to me. The wigglies and wavies.

    Grey Lady Socks?

  4. Jeanne Says:
    October 5th, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Hmmm….the socks are beautiful, but no name ideas. Sorry.

  5. Opal Says:
    October 5th, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    What a gorgeous preview! I’ve got no names though. I look forward to what others have in mind. :)

  6. lisa Says:
    October 7th, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    Wow, that b&w shot is georgeous! DS really likes the lightning thief series… his friend has the first so I haven’t read it yet.

  7. Chris Says:
    October 7th, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Those are cool socks, but we sure aren’t coming up with much… Maybe you could give us a hint.

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