What's that in the bushes?

Hansel & Gretal

They look like socks! They look kinda familiar...

Hansel & Gretal

...but what are those white spots?

Hansel & Gretal

Breadcrumbs!

Hansel & Gretal
Started: 4/22/06
Finished: 5/6/06
Pattern: my own
Yarn: Danette Taylor's superwash merino in ... Seaweed?
Needles: #4
Notes: My Sockapaloooza pal was Molly of The Wild Swan. I wanted to personalize her socks so I read through her blog for ideas. When she signed up, she listed jewel tones first, and I happened to have the perfect jewel toned yarn. I had a hard time with the pattern until I read in her very first post that she loved fairy tales. An idea was born.

I don't know how I chose Hansel & Gretal, but once it got in my head, it wouldn't leave. I began thinking of ways to conceptualize the story, to symbolically represent it in socks. The breadcrumbs in the path were what I remembered most. Actually, I had to hunt down the fairy tale online to make sure I was remembering it correctly.

From breadcrumbs to path in the woods; it was a creative challenge I enjoyed from start to finish. I adapted the path from a pattern book, and out of trial and error grew the trees. I knit the second sock to be symmetrical:

Hansel & Gretal

and the path continued into the twisted stitch ribbing. The cast off edge was sewn to look seamless:

Hansel & Gretal

The final touch, the breadcrumbs, were stitched in place haphazardly:

Hansel & Gretal

as if dropped and eaten by birds.