Look, here I am again, three days in a row!  That’s nearly unheard of.  (Really, I feel bad about my unexpected absence and I’m trying to make up for it. Don’t expect it to last too long though, at some point I have to stop writing and actually knit, or else I’ll totally run out of things to say.)

And today, there’s a pattern. I’m pleased to introduce Louche.

I started these when were were on vacation in Nova Scotia.  They sat, unfinished, uncomplaining, for months and months until I needed some soothing knitting.  Then I remembered just how addictive they were finished them up in no time (I think I did the second sock in about four days, which is fast for me).

After a bit of delay to write them up and get them tested (they’re surprisingly easy, really), they’re ready to go.

If you’re itching to make your own, take a look over here and get started!

Words are Not Dirty

So the latest socks are to be called Louche.  If we look up Louche we find:

adjective: shady, disreputable, of questionable moral character

Now this has led to some controversy.  I got a few ravelry messages explaining that it was terribly inappropriate for me to use such a ‘bad’ word for a sock title.  Now I don’t actually think it’s a bad word.  I, in fact, think it’s kind of a cool word (hence my using it).  I’m not really convinced there are bad words.  There are words that are a poor fit for a given situation, but that doesn’t make the words themselves bad.  More to the point, there are misunderstood words.  I think that’s at the heart of the objections in this particular case.

So let’s go back to the dictionary.  Depending on which dictionary we use, and how far we look, we might also find that louche has come to us from the Latin word luscus meaning blind in one eye and the Old French losche meaning squint eyed and the French loucher meaning to squint.  Turns out, it has also sometimes meant cloudy or opaque  (think cataracts and it all makes sense).  It’s that connection with clouding over that leads us to the other definition found in some dictionaries:

verb: to become cloudy when mixed with water, due to the presence of anethole

This is where I was going with the name.  When you mix water with absinthe, it becomes cloudy (it louches).  The process is actually quite lovely.  I had planned to take some pictures to show you, but ten in the morning seems a bit early for a drink.  There are some videos here if you’d like to see what it looks like.

So that’s where the name comes from.  The lovely pastel green/blue color of the yarn and the swirly stitch pattern made me think of the drink. I promise I’m not hoping to subvert anyone’s morality through knitting.

Off the Needles

Louche are done and up for testing over on ravelry.  If you’re itching to make them right this minute, come volunteer to help me beat the errors out of the pattern.


Ice storms make for lovely knitting weather.  Noisy, but lovely.

The second of the green swirly socks, henceforth to be known as Louche, is now underway.  Even more important, the scribbling, calculating, and doodling required to write the pattern has been completed.  I’ll likely turn it from my chicken scratch into something someone else has a hope of reading and put it out for testers later this week.

As a scheduling note, the pattern for Truckle is done and ready to go out, save only a picture.  Of course getting a picture requires me, plus The Boy, plus daylight, plus either a house suited for photography or a day with obliging weather.  I’m hoping this coming weekend will work, but I’m not sure.  I’m eager to get it done so I can start wearing the things before the winter finishes up completely.

The cowl pattern is also done, save for the photograph.  That, however, will require the services of the lovely Lauren.  My guess would be early March for that pattern.

Meanwhile, I plan to go look at all the pretty ice.