Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Sock Dance

Well … here are the finished socks that I first wrote about in a post on May 7. They are for a wedding and the groom’s mother asked if I could knit a pair of socks. I had never knitted a pair of socks but after admiring socks in blogland, this was something that I wanted to do and I was up to the challenge. The socks needed to be bright pink, knee high and decorated really, really tacky. Personally, I think they are quite tacky, but my two nieces think they are cute! Really …. I tried to make them tacky, really, I did try!

There is a French Canadian custom to the sock dance for weddings, but it was unknown to me and my family. The groom’s family is quite familiar with it.

The custom states that when a younger sibling gets married, the older unmarried siblings must do the sock dance by themselves and they must dance in their stocking feet. Could be an interesting night!

The groom has an older sister who is going to have the honour of wearing these and doing her thing. She did request that the socks match her dress (she will be a bridesmaid) and her dress is celadon green and comes to just below the knee. So, do you think they will match? :o)

The sister took belly dancing classes and we just had to attach pieces of the belt to the socks. There are bells sewn on throughout. The sister can make her own music just by walking/dancing around.

Have a great day!

Edited: Aug.10,2009. It seems there have been a number of searches for the French Canadian Sock Dance and this post did not have the correct custom information. This post has now been corrected.

9 comments:

Belvie said...

Isn't it amazing the difference between what we consider "tacky" and what our kids consider "tacky"! I think you are on target with tacky. You did a marvelous job on them and they should look wonderful with that green dress the young lady will be wearing. Sure would love to see a pic of her in the socks and dress doing the dance.

dot said...

Those are quite the socks. I can see how a younger person would think they were neat. It should be a fun time.

Pam said...

The are pretty cool socks. And I think they will look stunning with a celadon green dress - LOL

Pieces From Me said...

What a riot! I can see young girls loving those socks!! Great job making your first pair!

Guðrún said...

These socks look great, your right it will be very interesting to see her dance.

atet said...

Rose Marie -- those socks are just fantastic! Yes, they are tacky, but they are also cute. I think the sister is going to have a lot of fun with these!

Connie said...

Amazing socks, amazing tradition...be sure to let us know the outcome of this tacky sock story! ;)

anne bebbington said...

that maribou fur down the back is just a hoot! No-one else will have a pair like that for sure

Wendy said...

Yes they turned out pretty tacky, but for my daughter she would think they are pretty cool. Way to go, have a fun sock dance.