The time has come, the walrus said…
… to take the lid off the Tsuspense Project.
No more safes. No more riddles. No more maybes. No more cryptic.
As far as I know all the packages have arrived and been opened, and everyone has looked at the back of the book (which is where I hid both the pattern cover and the summary, just in case anyone wanted to prolong the Tsuspense to the last tstitch). Club members are still being impressively discreet about it, just in case… but the hell with that now. I’m tired of being discreet.
I’ve been sitting on this thing for TWO YEARS now!
So, ready or not… here it comes.
We have already stipulated that it is a Tsock; the time has come to admit WHICH Tsock. It is in fact Tsock #6 of the 2008 TsockFlock Club, and here it is finished:
And here is the pattern cover:
I could blog about chakra theory for a dozen years solid and still not hope to cover the subject adequately, but if you’re not familiar with it Wikipedia provides a fairly decent entry point. This design is based on what is referred to there as “The Seven Major Chakras”; seven energy centers that are believed to govern physical, mental and spiritual health. This is the most commonly-used model, and incidentally the one most familiar to me as a student of yoga. The concept goes back to the Upanishads, some of the earliest known Hindu scriptures; its interpretations range from the purely mechanical through the glandular to the emotional, the spiritual and the cosmic. The word itself is from the Sanskrit and means “wheel” or “vortex”; not coincidentally it comes from the same root as the Hindi “charkha,” the hand-cranked spinning-wheel famously promoted by Gandhi.
The physical locations associated with the seven major chakras are traditionally laid out in a vertical column along the spine; several schools of thought also “reflect” this alignment in relation to the hands and feet (and from this reflected layout come the core concepts of reflexology). The Tsock, of course, follows both paths, which is why…
|… Part I began at the tip of the heel, with Muladhara Chakra.|
Mula means “root,” and Muladhara Chakra is both the seat of godhead and the foundation of all life. That is why the Tsock begins there; Muladhara Chakra is traditionally located at the base of the spine and the heel of the foot, and all form and experience (as well as sock shaping) flows outward from that first point. Muladhara is associated with the earth; its color is deep red; its “tattwa” (symbolic shape) is a square or diamond, the four sides representing the four directions and the four dimensions.
|Tsuspense Part II completed Muladhara Chakra and then - in the “herding cats” segment of the Tsock - continued in both directions to encompass Svadhisthana Chakra.|
Svadhisthana is the home of the self. It is located in the sacrum and reflected just in front of the heel; it is associated with emotion, desire, creation, and procreation. Its color is burnt orange and its element is water, whose tattwa appears as a crescent.
|Tsuspense Part III: Manipura Chakra|
Manipura, the city of jewels, is located in the solar plexus and reflected in the arch of the foot. It is the home of passion, power, energy; it translates desire into action. Its color is yellow and its element is fire, symbolized either by a triangle or by a flame.
|Tsuspense Part IV: Anahata Chakra|
Anahata means “unbeaten” (shades of “Invictus” and the “unconquerable soul”); Anahata Chakra is located in the heart and reflected just behind the ball of the foot, and it represents balance of every kind. It is the seat of love and compassion, but it also constitutes a bridge between the lower impulses of the first three chakras and the higher self, the thinking and believing consciousness that makes choices based on thought and understanding as well as feeling. Anahata is traditionally bright green and one of its symbols is the heart itself.
|Tsuspense Part V: Vishuddha Chakra|
Vishuddha, purification, is located in the throat and reflected at the base of the toes. It is the seat of communication and resonance; the center of creativity and self-expression; the source of truth. It is associated with aether, whose tattwa is sometimes seen as an ellipse (and sometimes as a crescent - but we already used that symbol in Part II); its color is bright blue.
|Tsuspense Part VI: Ajna Chakra|
Ajna, or perception and command, resides in the brow and is reflected in the pad of the big toe; it is often called the “third eye” because it represents the vision of the mind - dreaming, insight, intuition, and conscience. It is sometimes said that the physical eyes see only the past and the present, but the third or spiritual eye envisions the future. Ajna understands and processes memory and experience. It is associated with the element of light; its color is a deep indigo and its symbol is a two-petaled lotus that looks not unlike an eye.
|Tsuspense Part VII: Sahasrara Chakra|
Sahasrara, thousand, is the crown chakra. It is located just above the top of the head and is reflected at the tip of the big toe. Its color is sometimes rendered as white, sometimes as gold, most often as a bright or deep violet. It represents the pure higher consciousness, spiritual transcendence, union with the godhead and with the universe on all planes. The symbol of Sahasrara is the thousand-petaled lotus.
So that, in all its tortuous glory, is the Tsuspense Tsock.
The divine in me bows to the divine in you.