Monday, July 10, 2006

Looks Like A Stocking Anyway

Look, one whole stocking done. I've been knittin' like a mofo for the past week or so and for some reason watching all 947 taped episodes of Bablyon 5, with the ten year old commercials for stupid crap like pagers. I forgot completely about pagers. I even sat there for a second and wondered just what the hell they were. Did a kid's beeper go off in class forcing him to run willy-nilly to the nearest payphone? There were damn old enough that they didn't have text messaging yet, so maybe.

It's a bit larger than it should be, so you have to hike it up pretty far--which is fine by me. That would leave less leg out in the cold. I used the Victorian Silk Stocking pattern but in stockinette rather than rib stitch, plus I used the top of the 1940's stockings rather than the Victorian top. Then there's the skull business.

I used recycled yarn from a thrift-store sweater and size 2 dpns. Size 1 might have been a better choice for this yarn, since it's two strands of grey acrylic-blend thread, plus that would have made the stockings a bit less baggy 'round da ankles.

I'm trying to find some affordable silk in the colors used in the Victorian pattern, or maybe some rayon, so I can knit those the way they're supposed to be, since I don't have any gaudy Victorian stockings.

The second picture is the snazzy decreases up the back of the leg. For some reason hand-knit stockings seemed to be pretty much leg-shaped until the 1920s, then knit stockings turned all cone-shaped. The Victorian pattern had decreases to the knee, then increases for the calf, then decreases down to the ankle. The 1940's pattern just decreased down the leg all the way to the ankle.

No word from Knitty just yet. If I don't get a rejection in another couple weeks or so I'm in like Flynn. Unless that means I'm being arrested like Errol Flynn for boinking underage girls, then I'm not.

14 comments:

Lani said...

WOW, I love the stocking. Also love the plaid skirt too. I vote for wearing them with combat boots. Us bad girls gotta have the boots, ya know?

Hugs and have a great evening.

msfortuknit said...

Sev-
There you are! Ive missed you so! You need to send me your email so I can write you when you putting me through withdrawls like this! ;)
Those stocking are just adorable! Honestly Im dying to know what size needle? These are truly beautiful!! Your such a good knitter and I LOVE THE HEIGHT! Theyre perfect! Nice work as always sev' I swear to god I dont know how you do it hun? Hope you have a great week!

the kitchener bitch said...

The job is fantastic. They look amazing!

Glaistig said...

Ohh la la! Lovely work! Were there punk/gothy French can can dancers back in the day?

tawnyatay said...

Those decreases are incredible. Backseams are sexy, and so are the skulls.

Sara said...

You must knit incredibly fast.

Don't underestimate the power of jailhouse knitting patterns - that's Errol Flynn's real claim to fame.

Jennifer said...

Those are freaking awesome!! They look like they fit beautifully too.

Carmilla said...

Those are fantabulous! I might have to get over my fear of turning a heel.

Dave said...

Totally cool stockings :-)

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