Sock It To Me, Beowulf 1

Over on Facebook, fellow SFWAn Alma Alexander posted a fervent wish for a pair of socks, pictured here.

If you want the technical  knitting details, or to buy the pattern yourself, see here.  But in short, she found a pattern for a pair of socks knitted with a fair-isle pattern of old English letters, the text in fact of the first chapter of Beowulf.   The design is admirably cunning, since the two socks are actually not a pair.  The text runs from one sock to the other.

Irresistible!  I instantly signed on to knit them for her.  I am going to blog about the project, which I foresee taking a couple months or so of intermittent knitting.  So she is probably not going to be able to wear them until next winter.  But then she will surely be the envy of all the English majors in town!

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.


Sock It To Me, Beowulf 1 — 8 Comments

  1. So once you finish these, you’ll need to do the second chapter for someone else, and then the third, and so on until we’ve got all of Beowulf on socks. And then all the wearers can get together in a row …

    There’s a performance art project in this.

  2. Wow, they do look cool. To pretty to wear.

    I can’t knit at all. Or sew or do anything else involving needles. I’d do less damage with a sword because I know where the pointy end goes – in case of needles it keeps going into me, somehow. 😉

  3. It has occurred to me that this is one of those projects that will be so luscious I will be tempted to keep them. I could knit another pair, of course…

  4. There’s somebody somewhere running a contest, with a pair of these socks as the prize! I think it’s a Beowulf event.