Our Spoilers So Far

As I mentioned the other day, I’m deliberately being a little coy about Club Sock #2, if for no other reason than that it makes a change from Sock #1. Granted, I didn’t actually blog the Firebird properly until I sent it out; still and all, the drawing was part of the ad campaign and became the logo for the whole club season - so to anyone who was interested it was pretty obvious what we were planning by way of a kick-off.

The plan for Sock #3 is a fairly open secret as well, what with having been discussed at length - indeed, informally voted-on - in the KAL group on Ravelry. So obviously we are not in the habit of making a big deal about tsecrecy here at Tsarskoe Tsocko… but in the name of all that is arbitrary and capricious and playful and fun, Sock #2 is under limited wraps.

Limited because there have been a few teaser hints here and there, and there’s been a good bit of speculation, and there have even been some yarn pictures and a couple of practical specifications. So it’s not like we’re preparing some kind of big shocker. And yet… I’ll be surprised if anyone actually figures out what it is.

There has been mention of a 1 : 1.5 ratio, but I’ll tell you right now that that is probably misleading to anyone who doesn’t have a really really intimate understanding of the peculiar workings of my mind (and if you do, I feel sorry for you - it can get pretty scary in there). Still, that coupled with an informed knowledge of my previous work may offer some clues as to how certain of the elements are likely to come together.

Here’s what we actually know so far.

We know that the sock is worked cuff-down on a US #1 (2.25mm) needle and features an unconventional cast-on.

Spoiler 4

We know that the MC is a deep and intense bluebell shade - actually I think we’re calling it “Wine-Dark Bluebell.”

Spoiler 8

It has been stipulated, in fact, that bluebells are involved, though not the kind of bluebells we saw back in December.

Spoiler 1

It is known that there is a cream-colored CC.

Spoiler 6

We know that the theme is based on a novel, and that France is relevant, though the novel itself is most emphatically not French.

Spoiler 3

Oh, and incidentally it has been established that the novelist’s last name does not begin with A or B. Dickens, Dumas and Derrida have also been ruled out, as has Victor Hugo (see above re French, not).

Birds have been mentioned.

Spoiler 5

So has water.

Spoiler 7

So have rubies.

Spoiler 2

Any guesses?

(Shush, Juno - you know you’re disqualified.)

13 Responses to “Our Spoilers So Far”

  1. thetserf Says:

    The only French bluebells I can think of are the Blue Belles at the Lido. And that’s very French indeed- and the only water there is the water of the Seine…

    Bluebells the flowers always remind me of England in the spring.

    The rest of the tsock reminds me of the Little Mermaid, but that is also Not French.

  2. Linda Says:

    Are those pearls of great price (what other kind is there??) with the ruby? hmmmm, I’m totally baffled.

  3. Faith Love Says:

    Will there be bluebirds over the white cuffs of Dover?

  4. Deidra Says:

    “A Sheaf of Bluebells” by Hungarian authoress Baroness Orczy? A novel set in the Napoleonic era wherein the girl arranges to trap the guy by acting like she injured her foot, made sure her dress was arranged to look like a sheaf of bluebells and highlighted how nice her toes looked in the sun? It sounds deviously footsy enough to have been thought up by you. :-) (And I mean that in the most complimentary of ways).
    Oy, the joys of having a literature teacher for a best friend.

  5. MistressWenzer Says:

    Me thinks _Frenchman’s Creek_ by Daphne du Maurier?

  6. Glenna Says:

    For some reason I am thinking of the quotation along the lines of ‘give me an upright woman for her weight is above rubies’ or something like that, but I have no idea who it was.

    Either way, the pattern definitely sounds intriguing!

  7. Mardi Says:

    Fui, Mistress Wenzer got there ahead ‘o me! I second “Frenchman’s Creek.” It’s got all the ingredients, and we all know how you loooooooooooove a good sea story!

  8. Byde Says:

    Isn’t there some legend about Apollo being so upset over the death of his beloved that he raised bluebells from the drops of his (the belover’s) blood? That wouldn’t be in France, though…

  9. Emily10 Says:

    I’m terrible at guessing, but I’m putting in my request for a Norwegian novel sometime. You would be my hero forever if you did a Knut Hamsun sock (or maybe I should just do it myself ;) ).

  10. Melissa Says:

    That Baroness also wrote “The Scarlet Pimpernel” didn’t she? Would that cover the ruby? I dunno - this is a hard one!

  11. sharon Says:

    no clue. love blue though so that is fine. is it a problem that one of my firebirds has 80 sts and the other 78 and i have no clue why?
    Hoping not…

  12. MistressWenzer Says:

    Glenna writes:


    Proverbs 31.

  13. MistressWenzer Says:

    Dang, for some reason when I tried to quote Glenna’s comment about a woman whose weight is more than rubies, it didn’t quote. Oh well. Anyhoo, that’s the Proverbs 31 woman. (I like the part of, she considers a field and buys it with her own money.)

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