Let’s go ahead and get any and all bluestocking references out of the way.
Although I think Nancy Bush says it best:
I feel that this stocking– for that is truly what it is, long and shaped– suits those who do reenactments or belong to the Society for Creative Anachronism, if no one else.
Now, some facts. These stockings:
- are awesome
- will allow me to be okay with this winter’s projected thermostat setting of 50°F
- are perfectly suited to my active lifestyle
- are the VERY LAST project in Nancy Bush’s venerated work, Knitting Vintage Socks. I’ve knit all 24 pairs. I am through. It’s a special day in anybody’s life. I guess instead of a diploma, I get to have 24 pairs of socks.
Not that this is the end of socks. I have at least two pairs that I’ve promised to knit in the very near future– I’ll tell you about them on Monday.
The tops are especially grippy, and the pattern includes directions for knitted garters, but, well, that’s a little beyond the pale for me. Speaking of beyond the pale: I purposely tried to keep the styling as matter-of-fact and non-sexy as possible– I love the way that Plümo does it, but, well, that’s not me.
Pattern: Ladies Useful Stockings, from Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette, in Marine Heather, 3 balls
Needles: Takumi DPNs, US sz.1
Time: February 7, 2011 – September 1, 2012
On Ravelry: here