Ever since I worked as a holiday rep on the Canary Islands ages ago, it has been my favourite holiday destination and Ulli and I go there as often as possible. Not only because it's a beautiful place with fantastic weather, but over the years we've made friends and jokingly call Gran Canaria our home away from home.
One of the fab people we've met and came to like over there is Kevin. He's not only a friend, but also musician at Mulligans, the Irish Pub you shouldn't miss out on should you visit the island. I really cannot count how often we danced the night away in this place and Kevin has entertained us time and again. If you wanna know how entertaining he is, check out this video from New Year's Eve 2016 (taken by Mario Freespirit Photography), Kev and Jose keeping the folks happy a few minutes before midnight...
Best idea ever to put the annoying party horns to good use - we were there and had a blast! And I still start to smile and pretend to blow a party horn when I hear Ring of Fire...
Anyway, quite a while ago I promised to knit him socks and well, it turned out pretty difficult. Not because it takes me so long to knit socks, but you know, they were supposed to be special. So I pondered on zillions of ideas (and some of them are still floating around in my head and I hope to find the time to get back to one or the other one day), swatched, cast away the idea, started anew... you get the picture. Until finally I had THE idea: Musical socks for a musician! And as most of my knitting ideas it started with graph paper (in this case quite a lot of graph paper), a pencil and the most important item, an eraser...
The knitting itself wasn't difficult at all, once I had made up my mind and had created charts with the correct stitch count and look and I was happy as a lark when Kevin's socks were ready to be gifted.
And it was at that point that I realized that other music lovers might like to knit these socks (or have them knitted), too.
So back to the drawing board I went: I created charts for all the motifs I used, wrote up the instructions, and even created 'placement suggestion' charts. On top of that I knit a second pair of socks for pictures - for the simple reason that everyone here has rather small feet and there wasn't anyone around who could have modeled socks this big.
And today's the day: Thanks you for the Music is now available from my Ravelry store. :)
The socks are knitted cuff down with heel flap and gusset. They come in two sizes, M to fit leg circumference 20 cm (7.75") and L to fit leg circumference 22.5 cm ( 9"). Leg length and foot length are adjustable.
The pattern comes with 15 different motifs: musical notes and bass and treble clef, between 5 and 18 stitches wide and between 10 and 46 rows high. The idea is to place them randomly on a Stockinette Stitch background. Just use one motif, for example the treble clef as an eye-catching stand-alone feature or place different motifs all over the socks – whatever you like best. If you don’t want to place the music motifs randomly, there are placement suggestions given at the end of the pattern.
Now all that's left to say (and yes, I do know it's hard to get the Abba song out of your head again): Thank you for the music, Kev!