August socks are ripping along with speed and facility:
I like guessing games, and I have a little guessing game for you this morning. At the beginning of this socky project, I had Jared flip through Folk Socks and pick out any pairs of socks that he wanted to be his. Somewhere along the line, the aspiration was added to my bucket list to knit each member of my family sufficient socks that they don’t have to wear factory-made socks unless they want to. I’m not sure how that happened, but it did.
These socks, Mamluke, were his first choice. This pattern has an interesting history that I’ve been telling anyone who doesn’t walk away when I start talking. These socks are made up of bands of fair isle patterns, and two of those bands contain the Cufic symbol for “Allah” in them. Cool, right? Well, after the book was published, Nancy found out that the original socks from which she adapted this pattern were sleeping socks – never meant to be worn out of bed – because you aren’t supposed to stand on the name of Allah, which goes around both the heel and the foot. Various people have asked her to change or move the symbol, but some people have just switched it out for a symbol that was more meaningful to them.
So here is your job: Can you guess which symbol my husband wants on his socks? The colors are a hint.