Nomia by Rich Ensor


April 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
S[M, L] - 8[8.75, 9.5] inches/20[22, 24]cm circumference
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Nomia was a mountain nymph, one of those creatures that helped ancient Greeks avoid getting lost. She fell in love with Daphnis, a shepherd. Daphnis was a bit more than just your average shepherd. His father was Hermes, so he had some divine blood in his veins. Nomia was dedicated to Daphnis and would do anything for him. Daphnis had a bit too much wine and was unfaithful. Rather than appeal to the gods or wail about, Nomia decided to take matters into her own hands. She blinded Daphnis and turned him into a rock.

Moral of the story: Don’t mess with Nomia.

These socks won’t blind you or turn you into a rock, but they do make me think of nymphs. There’s something about the combination of a bit of lace with those 2 stitch cables that brings to mind woodland fairies, sprites, and nymphs.


Chart C - Row 2; Column 9 should be a purl stitch
Chart D - Row 2; Column 17 should be a purl stitch
Chart D - Row 2; Column 18 should be a knit stitch