A friend of mine from Berkeley, where summers are frigid, asked me if I could knit her a pair of Japanese split-toe socks (Tabi) to wear with her Birkenstocks.
All this talk of Anna Zilborg and Fancy Feet made me think of my neighbor's sock collection, which my friend Brenna and I photographed last winter.
Hemshin is a region in Turkey’s E. Black Sea region. There are actually two Hemshins, one near Rize, and the other near the town of Hopa. (There’s a third one in Georgia as well).
This is maybe my favorite sock so far. There are lots of patterned socks out there but many of them are just a bit too feminine and I wanted something I could wear myself.
So I decided I wanted to try toe-ups again, and with "real" sock yarn. A friend was coming from Germany, and I'd seen the Hundertwasser "Save the Seas" yarn from Opal.
Thuja is a nice basic cuff-down sock, so if you want to try some simple variations, it's a great one to base your efforts on.
I got into knitting after a friend, who was trying to quit smoking, started knitting scarves to keep her mind off of nicotine.