Sometimes your friends will get you into all kinds of trouble. In the course of a conversation with a good customer at the store, two of my friends and coworkers, Janet and Anne, came up with the idea that I should do a Bavarian Christmas stocking (I finished the Aran one I was working on). They passed that on to me as kind of a joke, but the idea stuck in my head.
I have a book by Gisela Klopper with a variety of wonderful twisted stitches in it - a little work with the caculator and some swatches and presto - a new pattern is being born. All because of my friends.
I have to say - with friends like this, I will never lack for ideas.
Thank you, Janet and Anne.