Purple lacey socks with "bunion guard"
Completed in May 2012

These socks were knit with Regia brand sock yarn, purchased at my favorite-ever London shop, Liberty.

The colorway is #02020, dye lot #11527. I have to remember these numbers since I love love love this shade.

The pattern is Evening Socks for a Young Lady, published in the book, Knitting Vintage Socks, by Nancy Bush.

The pattern stipulates a knee-high length stocking with a center back gusset of stockinette, but I avoided all that by knitting a standard mid-calf height.

The pattern also calls for a Dutch heel in stockinette only, and I just couldn't have any of that. I need a good, strong, reliable slip-stitched heel in a rounded French flavor; otherwise, I wouldn't be able to sleep at night. I'm a girl who knows what she likes.

I halted the lacey pattern well before I hit the bunion part of the foot. I funnily call this "bunion guard". By introducing said "bunion guard" into said sock, one eliminates the potential of friction and blistering on said bunion. I need to keep that part of the foot as smooth as possible. My sister will thank me for it. It's not as though she's never gotten a blister from a fancy lacey sock in which I continued the lace pattern right on down to the very tip of the toe. I have learned my lesson.

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