Obviously, the pattern was shelved for a while as other things came up - other design work, the transition from working in a salon to working from home, general life craziness...you get the idea. Finally, late last year, I decided to revive this design and set to work. Then life interfered again: last-minute holiday gift knitting, busy season at work (and a job promotion!), and lots of traveling at the beginning of this year. Yet again, this pattern got relegated to the back-burner.
Before we fast-forward to the present, where the sock pattern finally makes it out into the world, let's set the mood by listening to the inspirational/namesake song for this pattern, Moving Mountains by The Warlocks:
Ok, that's better! Originally, I named these socks after one the song you are probably listening to now, which is among my favorite Warlocks songs (though it should be noted that pretty much all of their songs are my favorites). Mostly it was because I thought the name sounded cool, but it also fit the stitch pattern, which looks a bit like mountains if you look at it sideways. Maybe that's just me, but at any rate, I kept looking at this stitch pattern and having mountain-y thoughts.
|Left: stockinette version; Right: ribbed version|
Of course, after so many years working on this design, I started to feel a bit like I was trying to move mountains. The irony in all of this? These socks are super-easy to knit, not to mention lightning-fast: they're sport weight and simply fly off the needles! The key is to keep working on them. I say that only for my own benefit, as I'm sure the rest of the world has figured that out by now.
They're the perfect project for last-minute gifting, and I'm sure a one or two of my family members will be getting a pair of these this year. Also, you have the option of making two versions depending on whether or not you'd like to continue the rib pattern down the leg of the sock or switch to stockinette stitch.
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by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter
Approx. 7” (8½”) circumference – to fit average woman’s (man’s) foot.
2 skeins Quince & Co. Chickadee in Honey (100% Wool, 181 yards (166 meters) in a 50g hank)
Set of US #3 DPN’s
24 sts = 4” in stockinette stitch in the round
Sock is worked in-the-round from the top-down. Stitch pattern is charted.