I’m Getting Better at this Knitting Thing…Sort of.

Post Script to Friday: After wearing the Velma sweater all day Friday, I came to the conclusion I was not happy with the way the neck of the sweater had stretched out and caused the ribbing to hang funny off my shoulders. If I am feeling adventurous, I might crochet around the neck. Alternately, I will wash and dry the sweater carefully and bury it at the bottom of my least-touched winter clothes tote.

Fast forward to what I spent the end of last year knitting: stockings.

Dog and girl in coats on a deck.

Melba got suited up and came along for our photo shoot.

These are the Silk Stockings from Annie Modesitt. When I first read Romantic Hand Knits, I was taken with the idea of knitted stockings. Not because I expect to stand on a veranda looking out over a lush lawn, wearing a white petticoat and pouting into the sunset while my blonde pompadour tumbles down over my shoulders, but because knitting a pair of thigh-high stockings would be pretty hardcore.

I let the idea marinate for a while, and, this fall, the idea came together with two skeins of undyed wool/mohair yarn from <a href="http://grandviewfarmvt.net/&quot; title="Vermont Grand View Farm" target="_blank"Vermont Grand View Farm. As the title suggests, the stockings are meant to be knit in silk, but there was no way I was going to pop for enough silk yarn to knit such a big project. Also, the pattern calls for DK weight yarn, which seemed like it would result in heavy, saggy stockings that wouldn’t fit into shoes. In wool, I certainly wouldn’t be breaking hearts on a veranda, but I’d have stockings that held their shape, stayed up decently well on their own, and were within my price range.

Check out how the ribbing grows out of eyelet increases.  Lots of eyelet increases.

Check out how the ribbing grows out of eyelet increases. Lots of eyelet increases.

In early November, I started the stockings. I knew they were a big project, but I was pretty sure I could finish them up at the same time Querido finished his big finals projects.

Silly me.

The stockings move along quickly, but they are a huge, huge project. I memorized the lace pattern right around the time I turned the heel, but the stockings just kept going. I devoted days on end to knitting them on winter break (Melba was in heaven), and still they dragged on.

It occurred to me *after* I finished the foot that you could substitute any lace pattern with the right-size repeat into the center panel.

It occurred to me *after* I finished the foot that you could substitute any lace pattern with the right-size repeat into the center panel.

I knitted, and knitted, and knitted some more. I carried them in my backpack. I knitted them during movies. I stayed up late knitting. I knitted like I was being paid overtime to knit. And finally, two weeks after finals,
they were done. I was so exhausted by the sheer amount of knitting that it wasn’t until yesterday’s photo shoot that I really appreciated being done with them. The fact that it was barely 50 degrees helped. The wool is, as I had hoped, warm, stretchy, and light for its volume. In American wool, the stockings are not dainty or frilly, but perfect for layering with a wool jumper and peacoat.

My notes are on Ravelry, but please. Unless you want to go really crazy, get started on a hat instead.

5 thoughts on “I’m Getting Better at this Knitting Thing…Sort of.

  1. Courtney says:

    Love these stockings! I don’t know that I’d undertake anything quite so grueling though.

    Also, I love that you linked the Romantic hand Knits book to Worldcat instead of Amazon– you’re a librarian through and through. ๐Ÿ™‚

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