Tuesday, September 7, 2010

my socks are old, I have a bike I like to hold

Mamluke socks

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.

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Mamluke socks

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 bike

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!!!

birthday drawing

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.

13 comments:

Meganne Fabrega said...

Beauty abounds! I especially love the drawing, she really has her little finger on your pulse.

mary jane said...

Happy Birthday!Gorgeous socks– breathtaking colors. Love love love Nancy Bush! And your new bike!!! Exquisite! More love for your daughters drawing and her wonderful wish.

nicole said...

The socks are incredibly beautiful. And how jealous am I of that bike?!?!

Happy happy birthday. I must admit your daughter's drawing is my favourite part of this post!

Sayschnicklefritz said...

You are a lucky, lucky woman whose family knows her quite well. The socks are the bomb and I now have teh teeniest bit of bike envy.

craftivore said...

Thanks all!! The bike is so nice that I somehow feel wrong riding it. I could have never had a bike like this in NYC, where I had three different (well locked!) bikes stolen. And I too am amazed at what a great composition a 7yr old came up.

Michelle said...

What a great birthday! I hope you'll use the bike to meet up with me in Portsmouth some times. :-) I like the sock colors and I would hesitate too on the lettering. Maybe I need to make some fair isle socks now that I feel more comfortable with multiple colors.

Bridget said...

This post was perfect in every way!

Happy Birthday, late but sincere!

Oiyi said...

Those socks are amazing! You are a master at colorwork! That bike rocks. Happy Belated Birthday.

Chris said...

Happy belated birthday! Your socks are gorgeous!! Your daughter is very talented. I love her drawing!

Hey is for horses. said...

L is clearly a very intuitive person....I wonder if she might be a party planner or a therapist when she grows up....My knitting is like a cave man compared to yours. I keep making the same hat in different colors over and over again. Wish you were here!!!!!Happy Birthday virgo friend!!!!!

Paige said...

Happy belated birthday to you, and I love your daughter's awesome drawing. Oh, and love the bike, too - you lucky lady, you!

Mary Beth said...

I see a future cartoonist in the Franklin Habit style.

Jeanne said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Love the bike and the drawing is too cute!

The socks are gorgeous - wow!