My progress on the second Millicent is being mildly impeded by Spring Break (What do you mean, kids need food? Amusing things to do? Can’t they see I’m knitting?) I was trying to wait until both socks were completed to post more photos, but since everyone wants to see it modeled, here are some to tide you over. (Please note the last two pictures are competition level Ultimate Contortionist poses, and are evidence of my pure devotion to my blog-readers…)
I haven’t blocked it yet, so some of the stitches are a bit wonky, but it definitely stays up. I have (as you might notice) rather curvaceous lower legs, the result of the many soccer-playing years in my youth. Cookie wrote the pattern to work with various combinations of sizing over three measured points (calf, ankle, and instep.) I added in some negative ease and used the 14 inch calf size with the 7.5 inch ankle and instep; there was a staggering amount of carefully calculated decreasing written into the pattern, and it all worked out perfectly. I love the line of decreases down the back of the leg, and the shifting ribs across the top of the foot are excecuted in a genius manner. The lace cuff is very pretty and serves the additional purpose of helping the sock stay in place; however I don’t think it would fit very well under pants (sorry, Eva!) I plan to wear these with my skirts during the spring and fall.
Also, Bev asked about the dpn holder or “sock saver” in one of the previous posts. Yes, it is wooden, and I bought it from Autumn House Farm. They can be found at fiber festivals, I’ve heard, but I haven’t been able to attend one in the lower 48, so I emailed. John makes them himself, and though I don’t believe the holders are listed on the website, if you email John and Delores (or call; their number is listed on the website) you can get more information. They come in 4 lengths (sized to accomodate 5, 6, 7, or 8 inch double point needles) and are very well crafted. I highly recommend one for “serious” sock knitters, as it has saved my sock-in-progress many times.
All for now.