Sock It To Me, Beowulf: 12

by Brenda W. Clough

Yay!  The last toe is safely Kitchenered, and here is the pair of glorious socks!

In theory now the socks should be blocked — dampened and stretched on sock forms to even out the fair-isle patterning.  The pattern writer suggests it.  However, I don’t have a sock blocker, and am disinclined to invest in one.  You have to be profoundly into sock knitting to give such an item regular use, and the benefits are marginal — a friend of mine is on her 25th or so pair of socks and has yet to block a one.  Also, socks inevitably have to be laundered, which will do as much as blocking if not more.  Instead they have moved from the photograph straight into a priority mail box, to speed them to their owner, who will flaunt them at a convention.

Alma: cold water wash and lay them flat to dry, always and forever!  These instructions can be applied to everything knitted or crocheted, and will preserve an object from felting, color streaks, and shrinkage.  The only exception is items knitted out of acrylic yarn, which sometimes benefit from a spin in the dryer.  Here is a photo of Tobey supervising the final photography!

And now, on to woods and pastures new.  Enough with the needlework — my butterfly brain is refreshed, and ready to flit back to fiction.  My heroine is just about to complete a putsch, consolidating rule over an entirely imaginary nation I have raised up out of the South China Sea.  (It was easier to invent one than to wedge her into an existing country encumbered with an irritating history.)  Her iron regime established,  she will put out an APB, complete with Identikit shots, of her timetravelling boyfriend, whose next appearance will precipitate a fresh crisis.  Must find a floor plan of a cathedral for them to have this crisis in, and sort out the hierarchy of the local Catholic church …

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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: 12 — 7 Comments

  1. Those socks rock very, very hard. I am impressed to the nth degree. OK, I’ll take that sock class, and eventually, if I’m good and work hard, maybe I’ll have a pair of Beowulf socks of My Very Own.

  2. I wouldn’t begin with Beowulf, however! There are lots of fun sock patterns for people who are starting out. And the sock yarn manufacturers supply magnificent sock yarn pre-dyed to come up in patterns, so the sock can look like you’re a genius.