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Saturday, 15 August 2009

wakey, wakey, little snakey:))

I finally managed to take a photo of the Nagini-Socks. I had planned to knit the snake as a cable along the sock leg - but when I knitted the "Guinevere" socks, I decided that it looks nicer to knit an i-cord along the top, with a loose tail and head. DS is delighted with his snakey socks - I just hope that the flicking tongues will stay where they are - or I'll have to knot new threads in after every wash:))

they look rather nice in the photo - the green is stronger in real life and makes a good contrast to the black - they look rather dangerous:)) pity that I couldn't find green sock yarn that glows in the dark.... I am still looking for glow in the dark fibre - I could spin some whacky sock yarn with it:))
my second try at socks with "Harry Potter" themes were the shadow/illusion knitted socks with a gryffindor lion. my first try looked rather foolish, because the 4 rows of knitting for each row of pattern made the normal shaped lion (rampant lion in heraldry) look rather elongated and too narrow as well. so frogging was in order - and this time it looks much better. when seeing the pattern straight, you can only see yellow and red stripes with a few purl stitches...
but from a different angle the rampant lion is clearly visible. maybe it's a bit childish, but I think it's fun to knit a "hidden" pattern like this!
not everything was a success though - I thought of knitting the same lion into the heel, but changing the pattern every second row would have led to too many rows! so I knitted the pattern every row - which ended in a blotch of purl stitches:(( I think even with a lot of imagination noone could see a lion from this blob... but DS insisted it stays like this, so it stays. kept me from frogging again as well:)
tomorrow I will embroider wands on sock pair no. 3 - only 9 more pairs to go in the 12 pairs of harry potter related socks (one for each month... though I hope they get changed a bit more often than that:)) maybe next in line will be something halloweeny - with orange? pumpkins maybe? or black bats knitted into the orange? or vice versa? also on the list is the snitch of course. I had an idea for each month, but we haven't finished discussing the recipient's wishes fully yet. to be continued.....

13 comments:

Weird said...

Aaaw - I would kill for those snake socks!! :-D
No really, they're fantastic! What a great idea to give her freedom to move :-)

Best,
Weird

Guzzisue said...

I soooo want a pair of snakey socks :-)

Woolly Bits said...

no killing please - they are too simple to knit to do that:)) should I put "instructions" up? it's really only a simple sock, with i-cord instead of ribbing!

Weird said...

I haven't ever knit a sock *admit* And I don't know if I want to learn; not now, anyway, too many other projects ;-)

Woolly Bits said...

yeah, I know what you mean! too many things to do and too little time:((

Leigh said...

I love these socks! Makes me feel like I'd better get my own unfinished chequerboard ones out, *lol

Still haven't tried the pie crust recipe, but soon!

Dorothy said...

I thought I'd knitted enough socks for the time being... now I know there's a serious lack of snake socks in my collection. Gorgeous!!

Helen said...

wow! what an original pair of socks.Love them and they make me smile

Janet said...

I'd better read the Harry Potter books to find out what all this is about. Did you and your son think up this theme or is it a group idea like the Knit-A-Longs?

Woolly Bits said...

Janet - I started reading the hp books and infected my son with it:) I saw the opal hp sockwool and was very disappointed - I don't even see the remotest influence of the character into the colour choice, so I decided that there must be some way to make hp socks that are more fun. the plan is to knit 12 pairs, all with different hp "symbols" - of course you'd have to read the books to understand what's what. no group involved other than Stefan's insane ideas and my hands trying to put them to life:))

Anonymous said...

Hallo Bettina,
die sehen ja lustig aus! :)
Ist HP = Harry Potter?
Viele Grüße
Juliana

Anonymous said...

Sorry, hab das mit HP überlesen - schäm ...
Gruß
Juliana

Jana said...

Bettina, die Socken sind ja wohl der Oberknaller!!!! Eine tolle Idee!
Liebe Grüße
Jana