Saviano by Yarnissima


December 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch in the round
US 3 - 3.25 mm
383 - 394 yards (350 - 360 m)
Adult S(M, L) (shown in all three sizes)
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From the description:

Funny how a sock and a book can connect worlds of thoughts. Roberto Saviano, passionate and courageous 28-year-old writer of ‘Gomorra’, is the Italian Salman Rushdie: round-the-clock, he is guarded by seven bodyguards. Digging too deep into the world of the Neapolitan camorra or mafia, means paying a high price for Roberto.

In his book, well-documented he unravels the economic and military structures of ‘The System’, reveals how locals are recruited, bribed, and he spills a large number of beans. While reading the book and working on these socks, I remembered vividly how my boyfriend (now husband) and I cycled through Italy in 1991, around Naples as well as Palermo. Way back then, we felt very uncomfortable there, and made sure we got out as fast as we could.

Using different yarns for one pattern will drastically change the character of the socks. For a tender Passione version, I used the ultra-soft ‘Angel’ yarn in a gentle yellow. The manly Coraggio version is shown in Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn in a deep brown, as well as the brick red option shown above, and a blue/green from the Natural Dye Studio.

Enjoy these two different effects. They are my homage to this very passionate and courageous person.

Foot length: 9¾(10¼, 10½) inches
Foot circumference – because of ribbing very stretchy: 7½(8, 8) inches, slightly stretched
Length of gusset: 3¼(3½, 4) inches