Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Road to Lothlorien Socks

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O Lórien! The Winter comes, the bare and leafless Day;
The leaves are falling in the stream, the River flows away.
O Lórien! Too long I have dwelt upon this Hither Shore
And in a fading crown have twined the golden elanor."
– Galadriel, Farewell to Lórien

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Lothlorien was considered on of the most beautiful and "elvish" places in Middle-earth. Evil was not allowed to penetrate it, and it was filled with Light and Life. By the power of the Elven Ring, the trees did not die.

For these elvish socks, I chose a leafy lace pattern, the Dropping Elm Leaf from Barbara Walker's Treasury of Knitting Patterns. Ribs on either side represent the hidden path through the forest that leads to Lothlorien, the Land of the Gold Blossom, and on the back ankle, is a panel, hidden by the wearer's cuffs, where initials are inscribed with intarsia or duplicate stitch, showing that the wearer has been enrolled into the lists of the Elvish.

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They are similar in their lace panel to the beautiful Orchid Socks, although her leaf lace came from the Rebecca magazine and mine from the BW book, but I owe her a debt of inspiration. The other design elements described above are my original ideas...

Pattern coming soon!


PenCraft said...

I found your blog after you commented on my little Smoki and your dear Sausage. These socks are AWESOME! I aspire to knit like you someday :)
Would comment more, but I have to go look at your other work now!

Unraveling Sophia said...

aww thanks! That's so nice!