Turkish Inspiration

This is all Stacey’s (On and Off the Needles) fault — make sure you check out her Heart Crook Socks!

Anyway, I was recently inspired when Stacey posted a review and some pictures from Anna Zilboorg’s Fancy Feet (also released as Simply Socks). I had to find this book! I remembered flipping through this book at my LYS and the turnover rate there is fairly low, so when I hit a database design problem I needed to think through, I headed to the LYS for a quick break.

book + yarn
I found it! and some yarn too.

They did have a copy of the book! Coincidentally, they also had an Anna Zilboorg display because the owner of the LYS is friends with Anna (and I think Anna may be part of this LYS trip to Turkey). Anyway, I got the book for $15 [!!] and I also picked up some Jaeger Matchmaker DK for the current niece-knit-design in my head (which is related to this book).

As I flipped through the book, I kept feeling the twinge of recognition. It wasn’t until I put the book down on the rug in my living room to take a picture that I realized why:

turkey!
turkey!
we like Turkey

Ah! Right. Duh. Yes, the Turkish rugs in my house. DH and his mom bought this one (8×10′) while in Turkey when DH was 15 or 16. It’s gorgeous. And even though I vacuumed it clean on Sunday, it’s already covered in dog and cat hair.

This one MiL picked up in Turkey last year:

turkish rug
such great patterns!

Gorgeous. It’s nice to be inspired by items already in the home. And the book is fantastic! I can’t wait to incorporate some of these stranded patterns into my design work.

Tomorrow? A blog contest! I am looking forward to it!

6 Comments so far

  1. Deneen on May 17th, 2007

    Your talent amazes me-I can’t believe anyone can actually knit those socks.

  2. Ashley on May 17th, 2007

    Hee hee-maybe you can knit some socks to match your carpets? Invisible feet!

  3. Kristin on May 17th, 2007

    How exciting! Those socks look very cool and verrrry hard!! Good luck! :)

  4. Jess on May 17th, 2007

    That does look like a fun book! I love the rugs, BTW – there’s something about Turkish designs that just grabs my attention. The geometric designs, maybe?

    Looking forward to hearing about the contest!

  5. stacey on May 18th, 2007

    :) SCORE!! glad I could help you get through your database block! That rug is beautiful – between that and the book, I’m thinking we should be seeing some socks soon!

  6. kelp! on May 21st, 2007

    It would be so seriously cool if you incorporated your rug designs into knitwear.