Sunday, April 7, 2013

Year of Projects 2: Gent's Socks for Evening Wear


Folk Knitting in Estonia: Aino's Gloves • Anu's Christmas Gloves • Anu's Mittens • Anu's Stockings • Avo's Mittens • Ellen's Stockings • Helgi's Mittens • Hilja's Mittens • Ilmar's Socks • Juta's Stockings • Kalev's Mittens • Kristi's Mittens • Laila's Socks • Landra's Gloves • Liidia's Gloves • Liivi's Stockings • Maarja's Socks • Maimu's Mittens • Marko's Mittens • Meida's Mittens • Merike's Gloves • Rita's Stockings • Sander's Mittens • Tiit's Socks • Ulla's Gloves • Virve's Stockings

Knitting Vintage Socks: Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern (1887) • Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch (1889) • Gentleman's Socks with Lozenge Pattern (1895) • Bed Sock in Lemon Pattern Fancy Knit Stripe (1896) • Cycling or Golf Stockings with Fancy Cuff in Trellis Pattern (1897) • Heelless Sleeping Socks (1897) • Child's French Sock in Citron Pattern and Diaper Knitting (1898) • Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern (1899) • Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern (1899)  Gentleman's Sock for Evening Wear (1900) • Evening Stockings for a Young Lady (1900) • Fancy Silk Sock for a Child of 5 or 6 Years (1900) • Gentleman's Fancy Sock (1901)  Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel (1901) • Child's Sock in Miranda Pattern (1904)  Baby's Bootikin (1905)    Little Child's Sock (1907)  Infant's Fancy Silk Sock (1909) • Ladies Useful Stockings (1913)    Ladies Silk Stockings with Clocks (1914)

No sooner was the first sock off the needles then I put it on the kitchen scale ... 46 grams. Phew! That leaves me with about 54 grams to complete the second sock which should be plenty. I'll admit that as I knit the foot I was thinking there was a strong possibility that I'd be ripping out back to the second to last repeat on the leg and then re-knitting the foot. Happily that's not necessary!

The pattern - Gentleman's Sock for Evening Wear - was written with seven pattern repeats on the leg and I worked six. As well I shortened the cuff and the stockinette section at the top of the leg by several rounds. Turns out I probably could have included the seventh repeat on the leg but as is, the sock is plenty long enough. Now I'd better get onto sock two!

If you're wondering about the second photo - a close up of stockinette stitch - it's just included because I was trying out my new macro lens for my iPhone. It's really, really macro; that is, you have to be within a cm or two of your subject for it to focus. Still, it's kinda of fun even if the hairiness of the yarn at this enlargement is a bit creepy. There are wide-angle and fish-eye lenses too, but I can't imagine they'd be helpful for photographing a hand knit sock. Now pardon me while I run outside to enjoy the suddenly mild weather. Looks like Spring has finally made an appearance!




11 comments:

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

What a great color. I love the micro shot - those little hairs in the yarn always look weird on super close up mode.

Kepanie said...

That is an awesome sock! So will will the pair be ready to ship to me ;0).

Alittlebitsheepish said...

Your socks looks great, although I still can't imagine a gentleman wearing lacy socks. Kitchen scales are one of the most helpful knitting tools when making socks!

Chrisknits said...

Love the sock, but where do I get a macro lens for the iPhone!!! LOL

mysparemoments.com said...

Love the sock its such a great colour and I love the close up picture.

Angela@ Knit Luck said...

You are a sock knitting super hero.

nauget bluff said...

I love all the gadgets for phones..I have a droid so less cool stuff..but still fun..I still think that's a great color for a sock...

Michelle said...

It's super cool that you got lenses for your iphone! I looked at some in passing the other day. They seemed fun, but I wasn't sure they would work. I guess I have a better idea now.

Kim said...

If anyone could inspire me to tackle socks, it should be you. :) Such a lovely colored yarn, and such a great lens for macro shooting.
*smiles*

DeliaKnits said...

As always I am drooling over your socks and the beautiful yarn you use ..

goodpurlgonebad said...

I love that pretty, hairy sock :) Macro is a truly mixed blessing. If you could send a little of that spring this way we would be very grateful!