Saturday, March 26, 2011

Golf Stocking

Singular. It will be plural...eventually.

I am still on the leg of sock/stocking #1 and have already begun on the second skein. Looks like there are contrasting heels and toes ahead; this yarn has been discontinued. )The sock is longer than it appears, as I have turned the stocking top down.)

Oh, and this is the color I'm calling "1930s Green". I'm told that it's also known as "Colonial Green". As real and faux Colonial were very popular in the 1930s I'm not surprised!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

1930s Baby Blanket

This blanket was made for some vintage minded friends who just had a baby. It's FINALLY on its way. (Took me long enough, it's been done for quite some time.)

The pattern is from Bear Brand-Bucilla Manual of Knitting and Crochet, Volume 69 [1933]. I added the blanket binding for a more finished look. Yarn used is my favorite cone yarn stand-by, the same I use so often for socks (I think I'll probably cry when it's all used up).

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Paddy's Day

Yes, we're having corned beef and cabbage (braised in stout). Also, soda bread and potatoes.

No, the beer will NOT be green (see "stout", above).

I wish you and yours a happy one.

(Of course I'm wearing green. I'm Irish-American. And Catholic.)

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Dr Who Continued

The Dr Who Scarf, (series 13) that is. It's verrry close.

That is:

*I finished the last row
*it's not yet bound off (we had a guest and he was leaving, so I got up and left the scarf)
*I still cannot decide what exactly to do with the fringe.

The recommendations online are simple, and a little thin in looks. But when my husband and I were watching the Tom Baker episodes I scored at the thrift shop I got a good look at the ends of the scarf. It appears to have very heavy fringe; at a guess, one strand of each color (seven in all) in each lark's head knot. There are probably seven or more knots in each end of the scarf.

I don't like making fringe. BUT. It's "absolutely necessary" for this one. So...I'm going to bind off, wash the thing, block it (not going to be fun, this) and then make the heavy fringes.

As I've said a time or two, it should be ready to wear by December!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

One (pair) down, one (pair) to go.

I finished my own "stockings" and they've already been worn a few times. The above photo was taken about two weeks ago.

They're worth the time involved. And the tops themselves do a really great job holding the socks up. At first I also wore some stocking garters under the tops, but that was overkill, especially by the end of the day!

There are no increases or decreases in the leg, but I'd recommend them. My legs are slim, and though it works, they would be more comfortable if I'd used a few shapings.

The leg pattern is from Sensational Knitted Socks, and the tops pattern is Coral Lace, converted to the round, from Barbara Walker's second stitch pattern book.

I am now working on the pair for my husband. I had to re-do the tops in a larger size, even though I followed a pattern this time. I'm combining a pattern from one of my hardcover 30s knitting books with a knee sock pattern from the early 80s. The top is two-color, and the sock is all green. As I'm also making a pair of quick long socks for him from a self-patterning yarn, these golf stockings might take a bit longer to finish.

With any luck, I'll have evidence in a month or two.