Socks designed in the 15th century and still being knitted today, a pretty amazing thing. I love that knitting is such an ancient art and that what I'm doing was also done by an unknown person centuries ago. What was their life like? The pattern for these socks, Mamluke Socks, is in Folk Socks by Nancy Bush. She based them, almost exactly, on a pair of socks that are in the collection of the Textile Museum in D.C. The lettering is Cufic style Arabic letters that spells "Allah". I hesitated about having the word God on my socks but decided that I wanted to stay true to such an ancient design, and the lettering is very pretty.
I used size 2 needles, the yellow yarn is Socks That Rock in My Little Color Brain, and the orange and blue are Koigu KPPPM. The sock has a small short row heel that creates a little buckling around the ankle, heel anatomy may have been in it's infancy in the 15th century but they are still plenty comfortable to wear. The star toe is gorgeous
My birthday was last week and my family got together and got me a new bike like the bike of my dreams. It's an Electra Amsterdam Royal, sigh * it's gorgeous. Thank you!!!
My daughter did this drawing for me and her birthday wish for me was that I knit all day. I think she knows her mother. It's a sheep knitting a scarf in front of the fireplace.
Gale is having a contest, head on over to her blog and check it out.