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Sock of the Month: National Park Series

Twelve sock projects now in one awesome eBook ...
Choose individual ePatterns or the complete collection! 

2016 was the Centennial Anniversary of America's National Park Service and we celebrated with a monthly series of great sock patterns inspired by twelve different National Parks. Throughout 2016 our friends and family visited several of National Parks ... the Rockies, Yellowstone, Denali and the Redwoods just to name a few. They took Amy's socks with them and snapped some amazing pictures, now featured in our eBook of 12 sock patterns!

National Parks Series 2016-2017

Amy, our Sock Knitting Guru

Amy absolutely loves to design and knit socks!  So after our 2015-2016 Space Series, she followed up with a series of designs inspired by the spectacular beauty of our National Parks. Shop the individual patterns ... or get all 12 designs in our eBook for only $19.95!

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You're also encouraged you to create project pages and share progress photos with the FiberWild and Friends group on Ravelry ... or share pix on your favorite social media with hashtag #FiberWildSockoftheMonth

Outer Space Series 2015-2016

Pirates and the Biscayne Bay Socks

Want to visit Biscayne National Park?  Well, leave your hiking boots at home and put on your swim fins because over 95% of the park is underwater.  The park features jeweled coral reefs, mangrove forests, tropical beaches ... and pirate legends!

Pirate Black Caesar

The Pirate Black Caesar*

One of the best known pirates of Biscayne was Black Caesar ... or should we say two of best known pirates were named Black Caesar.  It's hard to separate pirate legends from the facts.  It is likely the legend began with the first Black Caesar and continued when a second pirate adopted the same name to could capitalize on the fear that the name inspired.

The legend of Black Caesar starts around 1700.  He was said to be an African tribal chief of immense size and extreme intelligence.  ​He was captured by Spanish slave traders and put aboard a ship South America.  According to legend Black Caesar and a friend escaped from the ship and began a life of piracy before they ever reached shore.  In their stolen lifeboat they would wave their arms and pose as shipwrecked sailors.  When a rescuing ship welcomed them on-board they would attack, stealing money and provisions.  

Eventually Black Caesar and his partner travelled up the coast to the waters of Florida.  At some point he and his partner had an argument and Black Caesar killed his pirate-partner ... supposedly the fight was over a woman.  He took on additional pirates and Caesar's Rock, a small island in the Biscayne National Park, was said to be his secret lair.  According to legend he kept a harem of stolen women there, along with his provisions and money. 

Black Caesar had a clever approach to piracy ... he would tie a rope to a rock on an island and use it to lean his ship over so that it was sideways on the water, half submerged.  This would hide the sails and masts so that the ship was nearly invisible.  When the ropes were released the ship would pop up and make its attack.  Surprised victims often said that Black Caesar's ship seemed to appear out of nowhere!

Then the stories stopped.  One legend says that Black Caesar joined Captain Blackbeard's crew and was hanged along with Blackbeard in 1718.  But no one really knows if he died, or retired, or just moved on to another occupation. 

A 100 years later, Henri Caesar was a Haitian slave owned by a wealthy French planter.  As a child he was a "houseboy," performing general household tasks for the French family.  Like the pirate Black Caesar, young Henri Caesar was said to be an extremely large man.  Because he was so big and strong he was moved to work in the lumberyard.  Life as a lumberyard slave was much more difficult than that of a houseboy.  When the Haitian Revolution began in 1791 Caesar joined other former slaves in attacking French soldiers, then moved to attacking French boats on the coast.  He eventually traveled north and was pirating in the same general area as the first Black Caesar.  Henri was also called Black Caesar, but it is not known if he named himself Black Caesar of if others chose the moniker for him.  Either way, he took advantage of the fear invoked by the first Black Caesar!

Colin O'Donoghue as Captain Hook in Once Upon a Time

Colin O'Donoghue as Captain Hook
in the ABC TV series "Once Upon a Time."
... nothing to do with Black Caesar
or the Biscayne Bay socks, it just seemed fun to
post a picture of my favorite pirate hottie.  🙂

And then ... nothing.  Some say he joined the legendary pirate Jose Gaspar (who may or may not have existed) and continued pirating for several decades until Gaspar's death in the 1820s.  But no one really knows.

FiberWild! Biscayne Bay Socks featuring HiKoo's CoBaSi yarn!

The Biscayne Socks

The legend of Black Caesar leaves us with more questions than answers, like, Did pirates wear socks?  Well, they would have had some pretty awful blisters from wearing their black leather boots if they didn't!  We can assume that Black Caesar's favorites would have been the Biscayne Bay socks, named in honor of Biscayne National Park and the latest sock in our Park Your Socks sock of the month series.  The sample socks are knit in CoBaSi's Deep Turquoise, Seafoam and Indigo ... the sea-inspired colors are the favorite of any pirate!  The leg of the socks have sea turtles all the way around ... even the fiercest of pirates must love cute little sea turtles!

So knit the new Biscayne Bay Socks ... or walk the plank! gggrrrrr!

Happy Knitting! ... Scout

* I found this sketch all over the internet, but no where was there any mention of the artist.  If you know who he/she is please let us know so we can properly credit the artist for this awesome sketch!

Sock of the Month: “Biscayne Bay” Socks

Stroll down a beach paradise in our "Biscayne Bay Socks" ...
Featuring HiKoo's CoBaSi Yarn ... 20% Off!

​The emerald islands and bright, aquamarine waters of Biscayne National Park features jeweled coral reefs, mangrove forests and tropical beaches. This National Park emcompasses Biscayne Bay and its offshore barrier reefs just south of Miami in the Florida Keys. Beautiful beaches provide nesting grounds for sea turtles ... and the reefs and waters harbor more than 200 species of life, including 16 endangered species!

95% of the park is covered in water, making most of it accessible only by boat. Visitors can camp, watch wildlife or snorkel their way along the underwater Maritime Heritage Trail which links dive sites, including six shipwrecks. The calm waters also offer divers a view of dolphins, manatees and sea turtles ... which are the inspiration for our Biscayne Bay Socks!

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Biscayne Bay Socks

by Amy Loberg

These toe-up, three-color socks have fun and easy colorwork details.  Amy has combined three colors of CoBaSi to reflect the gorgeous aquamarine waters of Biscayne Bay. The toe features a cool wave pattern and the leg of the socks have cute sea turtles all the way around it. The sock is finished with a 1 x 1 rib cuff and an easy afterthought heel!

Finished Size 6¾" (7½," 8", 8¾") approximate foot circumference
Yardage approximately 120 (130, 140, 160) yards each of 3 colors
Materials 3 skeins of HiKoo CoBaSi (each a different color)
Shown in Deep Turquoise, Seafoam and Indigo
Needles
2 x Size US 1.5 [2.5mm] circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge 32 sts = 4″ in Stockinette stitch
Hooks
US C [3.00mm] crochet hook to cast on
Notions Cable Needle
Skill Level Intermediate

"Biscayne Bay Socks"   |   HiKoo CoBaSi  |   Shown in "Deep Turquoise, Seafoam and Indigo"

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YARN

HiKoo CoBaSi

Cotton, Bamboo, and Silk give CoBaSi its name, but it’s the 21% Elastic Nylon that gives this wool-free sock yarn the kind of stretch and bounce that makes CoBaSi a great choice for socks ... for even the most die-hard fans of wool. It’s light-weight, cool, durable, and soft. Plus it stays up your leg instead of bunching around your ankles. All that at a price that’s hard to beat!

Fiber Content 55% Cotton, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 21% Elastic Nylon
Yardage / Weight 220 yds in 50g
Gauge 26 – 32 sts over 4" on US 1– 4 [2.25 – 3.50mm]
Care Instructions Machine Wash Gentle & Cold, Dry Flat

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