Nomia was a nymph. In Greek mythology, nymphs are minor deities usually associated with a location or landform. Nymphs were believed to help travelers avoid getting lost. Nomia fell in love with Daphnis. Daphnis was a shepherd, but he was no mere shepherd. He was also the son of Hermes, so he had some divine blood, which arguably made them a good match. Nomia was devoted to Daphnis. Unfortunately, one day, Daphnis got drunk and had an affair.
Nomia wasn’t going to stand for that. She didn’t waste her time appealing to the gods. She took matters into her own hands. She blinded Daphnis, and then turned him into stone.
Don’t mess with Nomia.
What does Nomia have to do with socks? Probably not much, but a little lace & some twisted stitches make me think of mythological creatures. These socks are the secret project I mentioned a few weeks ago. Somewhere in the middle of moving & strep throat, I actually managed to make these socks. I grafted the toe the night before the pattern deadline for Knitty.
You can find the pattern here. It’s a cuff down pattern with a heel flap. There’s a bit of lace & tiny cables. The only tricky part is working out when to start Chart C on the front. You’ll either start it when working the gusset or on the foot. It really depends on how long your foot is.
Despite all the chaos of moving, I’m really pleased with how these socks turned out. I really didn’t have much of a plan when I started. I knew I wanted some lacy bits and some cabled bits. Thankfully, charting software prevented me from getting too carried away. At one point the leg had over 80 rounds, which is a bit extreme.
For me, the most challenging part of the project was taking photos. Since I’m new to the area, I haven’t formed a good enough relationship with anyone to ask to photograph their feet. I managed to both model and photograph. It wasn’t until much later that I realized that lacy socks may look a little odd on my hairy legs. There are worse problems to face.