I often find it difficult thinking up names for my designs, but this one was easy. The socks have a texture pattern of a garter stitch river running between borders formed from twisted stitches, and the whole thing was inspired by an episode of Ice Road Truckers. For those unfamiliar with the TV show, it's a documentary series about lorry drivers in Alaska and Canada who drive supplies to extremely remote villages and towns along ice roads. Some of the roads are snow covered solid ground but many are formed by routes over frozen lakes and rivers, only passable for a few weeks each year in the depths of winter. Once the spring thaw begins, the "roads" melt and the communities served by them are cut off by road until the following winter.
One episode included a delivery to the remote Alaskan town of Bettles, which could only be reached by driving along an ice road which included driving along a frozen river. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to knit socks representing the frozen river. The river runs down the front and back of the leg before melting into the heel, continuing down the top of the foot to a plain knit toe.
The pattern is written for two sizes - Small/Medium to fit an 8" foot circumference, and Medium/Large to fit a 9" foot circumference. Click the photograph or the link above to go to my Ravelry store and download the pattern.