Thinking about dragons
I have this great souvenir yarn from Lubeck, Germany. This yarn is much more variegated than any other Regia I have ever bought before, and I wanted something that would highlight its best properties without losing anything in the pattern.
Then the heavens opened up when I remembered that Laura had given me a copy of the Heartland Knits Diamond Patch Socks, a pattern for mitered socks. Are you intrigued yet? What does it make you think of first?
For me it was immediately dragons. I love dragons about as much as I love mermaids. And the mitered squares of the diamond patch socks is stronly reminiscent of scales. Combined with the project spectrum colors (red, black, and grey/silver), my first thought was the Hungarian Horntail.
Going by movie images, this interpretation makes sense, but in reading more about dragons in the Potter-verse I am actually not sure that the Hungarian Horntail is acturate, as the canon description appears to involve no red. On the other hand the Chinese Fireball has no black. Perhaps the Ukrainian Ironbelly (metallic grey with red eyes)? Hmmm... Am I think about this too much? Maybe, but it is fun.
The pattern calls for Koigu or Shepard Sport on US Size 1s, but I am knitting it with Regia 4-ply instead. A quick try on reveals that it is not at too small which I had feared given the recommended yarns.