Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Socks are done. They knit up in what for me is record time; I'm convinced it's because of all the lacey yarn-overs. The top is a little loose, so either I need to invest in some of that Japanese sock glue that the schoolgirls use to keep their oversized socks from falling down, or I need to stick some elastic in there somehow. I'm astonished I was able to follow the charts without the whole thing turning into an enormous muddle, so much so that I may even make myself a second pair with the rest of the blue Happy Feet yarn... though I might want to go down a needle size if I do. Perhaps this will require a *gasp!* swatch.
The flash still makes the colors look garrish, but without it, the picture doesn't do the yarn justice, either.

As I mentioned in one of the previous posts about these socks, the name I chose for them comes from the Welsh story of Blodeuwedd. Here's the relevent passage from the Mabinogion:

"Then they called together the whole of Gwynedd, and set forth to Ardudwy. And Gwydion went on before and proceeded to Mur y Castell. And when Blodeuwedd heard that he was coming, she took her maidens with her, and fled to the mountain. And they passed through the river Cynvael, and went towards a court that there was upon the mountain, and through fear they could not proceed except with their faces looking backwards, so that unawares they fell into the lake.
"And they were all drowned except Blodeuwedd herself, and her Gwydion overtook. And he said unto her, 'I will not slay thee, but I will do unto thee worse than that. For I will turn thee into a bird; and because of the shame thou hast done unto Llew Llaw Gyffes, thou shalt never show thy face in the light of day henceforth; and that through fear of all the other birds. For it shall be their nature to attack thee, and to chase thee from wheresoever they may find thee. And thou shalt not lose thy name,
but shalt be always called Blodeuwedd.'"


ElvaUndine said...

Beautiful! They turned out so well.

Meredith said...

I think I need to know about that Japanese sock glue. I know people who really, really need it. Love the socks, Duchess

teabird said...

They're beautiful!
sock glue!?

Rachael said...

Those are so beautiful. I love that yarn! And the lace pattern is lovely...