Monday, April 20, 2015

Our Inland Sea

I have a problem with yarn. My problem is that I fall in love too easily and will impulse buy. My most recent crush is this beautiful skein of Casbah Sock by Handmaiden in the colorway Salt Spray. When I saw this sock yarn, I fell for it and bought one skein on the spot. The subtle tones of blue are so beautiful.

What to do with one skein? Socks of course! So I took inspiration from the color and the name and decided to design a delicate lace sock reminiscent of the colors and texture of Great Salt Lake.

 I chose a lace pattern that echoed the small waves in the lake (GSL never has large waves, that would be ridiculous) and the variation of flotsam that is ever present.  So far, I have knit one sock and am starting the second but am very pleased with these small delicate socks. I am choosing to call them Inland Sea Socks after the title of a book by artist Alfred Lambourne who homesteaded Gunnison Island in the 19th century. Hopefully in a week or so I will have the pattern done.

At twilight a wild and thrilling spectacle… Dim and pale, the moon, the ghost of a dead world, lifted above the distant Wasatch peaks and stared at the acrid waters of a dead sea. 
-Alfred Lambourne, Our Inland Sea, 1887

We do not know the nature of this vast body of water that sparkles and sings. 
-Terry Tempest Williams, Friends of Great Salt Lake website

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