My time to this passion is limited. Pattern writing is very time consuming and I love to knit (there are times when I don't want to give up my precious moments to knit to blog writing...). So I'd hate to be responsible at this point for you maybe wasting your precious yarn on my not-well-thought-through-knee-high-patterns. My knee highs are mostly for my dancing daughter whose feet and legs are forever hurting. This morning she was seeking after something to pull over her sore left knee. She knows that wool is good for all kinds of aches. And managed to wiggle into very old out-grown legging. So she desperately needs something over the knees now... I have measured her legs and feet carefully. Have knit several swatches and been auditioning some stitch patterns. Have made many errors and have been frogging to get a good fit and trying to learn from the mistakes. This daughter has very long and slim legs. I'm not sure the pattern would fit anyone else that well. And socks must fit. Like a glove to be usable.
Knitting knee highs is enjoyable. Once you get settled into a pattern you don't have to worry it ending too soon as is the case with shorter socks... There are several books that have some knee high patterns, but I have not knit them. I don't have this book, but I think there are several knee highs in Folk Socks by Nancy Bush. There is one pair in Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy as well. The fall 2006 Vogue Knitting has few knee highs in it. There is a beautiful pair in Handknit Holidays book, which I have knit with alterations. Socks Socks Socks book has few also. I'm quite sure there are more sock books out there that have few knee highs as well. If you knit a knee high I highly recommend you to try it on once in a while for a good fit.
Aside sock talk because now I'd like to introduce you to my new love (of handspun 2-ply Shetland wool, color moorit, 3 ½ mm needles and stitch patterns from the book Heirloom Knitting by Sharon Miller). Actually here in this picture there are two dears, but the other one you already know.
The one on the left was completed yesterday. She got to sleep in my bed last night (my husband is away so I did not want to take her out of blocking since she was not thoroughly dry) and this morning we had coffee together.She is a big girl and her embrace feels strong and heavy.I know she will be my faithful companion during the coming months so I had to get her acquainted with two significant parts of my life...
The pile of fire wood and the knitting.PS. Marilyn, the Blue C is not knit after a pattern but there were plenty similar around during last winter. And Annie, as far as I know, there aren't any web pages for the Nordic Knitting Symposium, but sometime around Christmas or early new year there probably is some information of the days in www.gavstrik.dk.