Monday, December 29, 2014

Toirneach

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Around here, it is all about the tartan right now.  The doctor is these days fully embracing his ancestral heritage, and as Americans, we have a lot to choose from, but in among the mixed multitude of mostly European DNA, we are Scottish--he is clan Morrison, and I (by a sliver) am clan Murray.  Along those lines, he lately found himself in the position of needing some kilt hose.  Say no more, I thought, and spent a few sly pre-holiday hours knitting these while he was at work. 

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His mother gave him her gorgeous calves, and what better to show them off?  It was this or superhero tights, I can tell you.  It’s only the elastic on the flashes (is that the right term?  Flashes?  Oy, I’m still learning) that keeps the hose up at all, and it’s a true miracle that they fit him.  Knitting a secret pair of kilt hose for someone with eccentric calves is a leap of faith, people. 

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Winter is long in these parts.  The hours must be filled.  We have watched Braveheart, and discussed the historical inaccuracies therein.  There is a ceremonial dagger in progress, and a sporran.  He has, in half-seriousness, considered DIY-ing some bagpipes, which I frankly would adore, but I do have a doubt or two.  We, obviously, don’t play the pipes.  How would anybody know whether they sounded right?  I think what stops him is the poor state of his wood lathe, or else it would be happening.  He gets an idea, it happens.  Stay tuned. 

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The lovely free pattern is called Toirneach and I used worsted weight KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in “Down Heather” on US 4 dpns.  I managed to finish these and block them with time to spare, whew. 

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We will be at the Irish Festival this year (yes, he’s Irish, too,) kitted and fully kilted, and dreaming of the thistle and heather. 

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Fierce!

35 comments:

  1. Well done! (And yes, quite handsome on his part.)

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  2. You and your sock knitting amaze me! I see 'dpns' and my heart races and I feel faint! Something about 4 needles just makes me weak in the knees (sock humor...weak in the knees...moving on !). Playing the bagpipes would be awesome! I wonder if you could find an on-line teaching app for learning how to play them. I hope you had a good holiday season. I do so understand how it is without your children. The last of 5 girls is with me and she's already 15 and the empty nest will hit way to soon. I just grab what I can these days. ANYWAY...I do think they are called 'flashes'. I seem to remember that is what they called them in scouts. Oh, don't tell him, but that is the cutest 'fierce look' I've ever seen :)
    Have a wonderful day!
    Deb

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  3. Delightfully well done, Kristen! My husband and daughters were in a bagpipe band in Saugerties, NY, years ago. They were able to march in a St. Patrick's Day parade in NY City, and I remember how thrilling it was to attend a festival at Hunter Mountain where bands of pipers played as they marched over a rise on the mountain and down into the valley. I hope you two continue to enjoy embracing your heritage as well...even at the risk of inaccuracies here and there :-) xx

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  4. The sight of a man in a kilt and an aran sweater is a very good sight indeed! Well done on those socks. I remember wearing elastic gaiters (really just bands of elastic) round all my school uniform sox.

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  5. Love that post! Another fab knit, I bet those Scottish/Irish calves are very cosy. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that your heart is slowly mending. Thanks for all your inspirational posts this year Kristen.
    Shauna.x
    Sha

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  6. Now that is one mighty fine look! All the best for the new year, Tammy

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  7. What a great knit - and there are many Morrisons and a few Murrays here on the Isle of Lewis x

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  8. Oh my what a calf!!! A perfect pattern for the scottish outfit. Jo x

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  9. You are an awesome woman to knit these for your husband! What a tricky fitting problem, but you obviously know what you are doing in the knit-to-fit realm b/c they look like a perfect fit for him! You must have his calf measurements memorized. Great job!

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  10. Hi Kristen! Awesome - both the calves and your fancy knitwork that adorns them! ;)
    I'm all in favour!!!! Recently fallen in love with the series 'outlander' (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3006802/) here is some more 'knitcandy': https://www.etsy.com/shop/InnerWild?ref=l2-shopheader-name (I want to make my own Sassenach capelet!!!)
    What a great post!!! <3
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  11. Warms the cockles of my heart seeing that tartan-clad figure. The Aran Sweater sets it off nicely and what a cracking job you made of those socks for which you can knit some garters (usually done in garter stitch, funnily enough). The Skean Dhu and Sporran will set the look off nicely but maybe hold off on the bagpipes! ps 'Braveheart' was a load of romanticised bunkum with a gazillion historical inaccuracies!

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    1. http://www.scotsman.com/what-s-on/music/warning-bagpipers-could-become-extinct-1-3647503

      Saw this in the paper today and immediately thought of the Doc!

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  12. Wow! Those kilt socks are great! My great-grands on my Dad's side were from Ireland and my maternal grandfather's family were MacLaughlins from Scotland about four generations back, so I love kilts, tartans, Aran Sweaters & bagpipe bands.

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  13. Wow! Those are indeed some fabulous socks! :) Your husband sounds much like mine. He gets an idea and acts on it. Is your husband by any chance an engineer by trade?

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    1. Indeed he is! They are a certain breed of folk, aren't they? :)

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  14. Kristen, what fun to see your secret Christmas knitting looking so great on your handsome and fierce Doctor. Hoping that you kept lots of notes on those socks, because I have a feeling that you might be knitting another pair or two before long.

    Fantastic kilt, too. Interesting for you all to find out to which clans your familiy ties connect. Will you also be knitting some of these fabulous socks for yourself?

    Kristen, I smiled at your description of calf measurements, and assure you that mine are more like those of your husband's family ... perhaps more than I would wish, because boot buying can be tricky.

    A very Happy New Year to you and yours. xo

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  15. Just when I thought I'd seen everything.... The Mister wears it well, and those kilt socks are pretty spiffy. Actually the whole outfit is quite dashing.
    My husband is a Wallace on his mothers side and his white Scottish legs would blind you if they were sticking out of a kilt. Our neighbor used to play the bagpipes at dawn on holidays. It was beautiful, so I didn't throw anything at him for waking me up.

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  16. Absolutely awesome kilt socks - he will be the envy of everyone!

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  17. Wow you are absolutely a wonderful knitter. My husband is a 1/3 Irish also. I would love to go to Ireland with him some day and although he loves all his Irish heritage I really don't know I could make one of these .... Awesome, awsome... What a Christmas gift :)

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  18. They look fab! Well done you.... x

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  19. makes me wish we had a sliver of Scottish or Irish in us! I do adore kilts and the whole get-up. The socks you made are wonderful.

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  20. You look gorgeous and wonderful in these socks, congratulations for Kristen -best knitter, greetings from Warsaw in Poland,anna

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  21. WOW! His socks look great. What about the sweater? Did you knit it as well?

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    1. Happily, I didn't have to--thrifted! I know, right??? :)

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  22. Love the fancy shaping on those calves

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  23. Great socks - I've also knit kilt socks in the past. My husband plays bagpipes and is saving up to buy some. He just plays the chanter in the meantime. Hope you have a very Happy New Year.

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  24. I hope that your New Year will be wonderful! Best wishes for all good things in 2015 to you and yours! xx

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  25. Those socks are absolutely gorgeous!!!!! The whole outfit looks terrific!!! Have you seen the amazing bagpipe tea cozy on revelry?!!! I've got to make one sometime....

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  26. You know that true Scotsmen wear nothing under their kilts? ;-)

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  27. Pretty stockings, well done! Your hubby looks great in his outfit. Wishing you lots of luck, health and creative hours in 2015, Happy New Year!
    All the best, Nata xxx

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  28. Gorgeous socks Kristen! I can only imagine how tricky these were (I have just finished my first little pair of baby socks so it will be a long time before I attempt anything like these!). Oh & yes, "flashes" are totally right :-) Bagpipes are great when either silent or played by folks who know their stuff - unfortunately the journey to that place is painful! A lot of the youngsters around here learn & it is the trade off for warmer days & open windows lol ;-) Have a lovely week,
    Helen

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  29. Surely you must have some welsh in there somewhere too? Love the socks and I am so impressed. I have made one pair of socks just to prove to myself that I could but it is noticeable that I haven't been back there. Perhaps I should!

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