Gosh this is late. And not really finished how I wanted! The plan was to knit a pair of stockings and use the quote from Jane Eyre.
” but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.”
As you can see, I only got one stocking done. A little late I can handle, but over a month late is too much. So I quickly switched to garters. The pattern is from Godey’s Lady’s book from the civil war era. The pattern is on line. Those I finished. I wore the one stocking with a garter to see how well they held up. They didn’t. They might work on knee highs but not on crotch highs. Gravity is too strong a force. I may resort to some sort of belt system or elastic for the socks and try the garter on shorter socks.
Here are the stats:
What the item is: Garters
The Challenge, and how this item fulfills it: Literature-see above quote.
Fabric/Materials: yarn-synthetic blend with a silky feel to it.
Pattern: Godey’s Lady’s Book
Notions: double point needles
How historically accurate is it? The only thing that is off is the fibers. I’d give it a 90%
Hours to complete: about 6
First worn: around the house last week
Total cost: I used scraps left over from the one sock I made. Mere pennies.