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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wedding Socks made by Great-Great Grandmother Angeline






















These socks were knitted by my Great-Great Grandmother Angeline Snipes and were worn in her wedding August 7, 1855. These socks amaze me. I am going to post below a sock that I just finished this morning and it was knitted on a size 3 needle. The wedding socks above must have been done on a size one. My cousin said that she probably raised the cotton and she spun the cotton to make the thread. She did the heel flap, gusset, and the Kitchener stitch just like I do mine today. She even knitted her initials AS into the sock.
My sock is done with four size 3 needles. I used Red Heart - Heart & Sole with Aloe. I worked from the basic sock pattern in Learn To Knit Socks by Edie Eckman.
Love,
Marie

9 comments:

  1. WOW, I can't imagine knitting with a #1 set of 4 needles. It must have taken a very long time.
    My highest praise to your great great gran & to you for your knitting talents!

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  2. Wow! What a keepsake! What talent! I wish I had just part of your talent for knitting and crocheting!
    Oh well. I guess that just leaves me to appreciate YOUR work!
    Have a lovely day!
    Beth

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  3. How wonderful that you have those socks. What a treasure!!! I do crochet but haven't knitted in forever. You do great work!!!

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  4. Marie.how special to have those socks made by your G-G-Grandma. They are so pretty. Wonder what she would think of today's yarn and all of the bright colors available?
    Linda/simplycountryseasons

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  5. How wonderful to have the socks and to be able to knit them so there weren't any rough spots or lumps!

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  6. They are a treasure! A real work of art. The socks you made are very cute and a work of art too. You do amazing work! I have enjoyed your blog very much so please accept the Best Blog Award I have passed on to you. (See yesterdays post at my blog, intheshadowofjuniperhill@blogspot.com) - Leslie

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  7. I have missed your posts, Hope everything is OK.
    Looking forward to reading more.

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  8. That is so great that you have those wedding socks. What a treasure. As small as the stitches look maybe she used toothpicks to knit them with. lol I haven't mustered up the courage to try knitting socks yet, but I really want to give it a try. You did a good job.

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  9. The socks are absolutely beautiful. Your workmanship is so very good!

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