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Hosiery Issues - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Hosiery Issues
My maternity tights have become tight. Actually, I think I mentioned before that one brand of opaque tights had shrunk. The other brand has not shrunk, but I have expanded. This means that the waistband has a tendency to roll itself down from where it was and constrict the very lowest part of my belly. In addition to not being terribly comfortable for me, the fetus does not like this one bit. How do I know this? I know this because invariably the fetus reacts to the increased pressure by pushing back very hard on that very hard. It's actually a little startling how hard a four pound fetus can push. Honestly, if I can somehow figure out how to get the fetus to push off from my ribs when the time comes labor should last all of five minutes. Of course, that would require the fetus to cooperate, so I'm not holding my breath. In the meantime, the opaque tights are being reserved for just the very coldest of days and I will try to phase them out entirely.

The sheer maternity tights still fit fine, but they have another issue. They disintegrate. OK, I know sheers are not generally know for their durability, but still, I don't expect them to sprout large holes on their first or second wearing. It's rather alarming. My normal brand (which sadly don't come in maternity sizes) I buy for $12 for a pack of three. My normal brand I generally wear at least a dozen times before they develop issues, and they commonly see a good six months of service before they get tossed. The maternity sheers are $10 each, and they seem to develop holes and runs if you look at them too hard. Honestly, if I'm paying 250% of the price of my regular brand, is it too much to ask that they withstand a few uses without running? Apparently it is.

Warren suggested thigh-highs. This is a great solution for about three hours. After that the stuff that keeps them up starts irritating my skin. So, thigh-highs are perfect for a quick trip, but sadly not a solution for work.

There is one other solution...


Socks work well, though sadly finding socks that go with my wardrobe is not an easy solution. I have knit some, but that is time-consuming. Warren asked me why I didn't just go out and buy socks. I realized that the answer is that I have been mind-controlled by Ravelry. Buy socks? That I would wear in public? I mean, I don't own any pants that currently fit me, so people would see my socks. You can't expect me to go out in public with just any old socks showing. Besides, if I actually start knitting socks I have an excuse to buy some sock yarn. I now have two paira of socks that I knit myself. I really like the Vogon sock pattern. It's perfect for summer, and they are quick and fun to make. The only issues is that a pair for me takes about 1.25 skeins of Koigu. This means that once I make my second pair I will have 0.75 skeins of Koigu in each of the two colors. That's far to much to let go to waste. The colors are harmonious, and twe suggested that making a baby surprise jacket from the leftovers would be a good idea. It probably would, but I need to borrow a copy of the pattern from someone first. The only place I found online that sold that pattern alone would charge me $3 for the pattern, but an additional $4.75 for the shipping. I have no objections to paying $3 for a pattern, but I balk at paying more in shipping than for the item I'm having shipped.
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enugent From: enugent Date: May 4th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
What a coincidence - I should finish my Koigu BSJ tonight. (I haven't photographed it in progress, but you can see the matching hat with the same colors on Ravelry.) I checked [i]The Opinionated Knitter[/i] out of the library to get the pattern. It's a quick knit, so you can definitely finish it during the time you have the book out.

Other than the alternatives you have explored, the only other real option I can think of for hosiery is a garter belt, and I'm not sure they make them in maternity versions. Personally, I solve the problem by generating pregnancy hormones that make me so boiling hot at all times that I didn't button my coat (and often didn't even bother to wear it) during the whole winter that I was pregnant with Dorothy.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: May 4th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I can send the Knitters Magazine with the Baby Surprise pattern with harrock on Monday. It was a lot of fun to knit; people would look at it and say "... is it a... um... a scarf?" and then I'd put it down on the table folded, and it would suddenly magically be a sweater. :)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: May 4th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would be nifty. Of course I need to finish the second pair of socks to free up the second color, but they are very fast socks.
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: May 4th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Vogon? Like as in Vogon Constructor Fleet, Vogon poetry, etc.? Are they socks that resemble Vogons, or the sort of sock a Vogon would wear?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: May 4th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I think they are Vogon socks because the designer was watching Hitchhier's Guide while knitting the original pair, but close enough.
From: readsalot Date: May 4th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you can stand L'eggs or Hanes hose, they've got good prices at onehanesplace.com. I also like their "world's softest" socks, which are very comfy.
outerjenise From: outerjenise Date: May 5th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I still have two pairs of maternity pants lurking about, one of which is the single most comfortable pair of pants I have ever owned, maternity or otherwise. It has no elastic, just adjustable straps on the sides - awesome. You're welcome to them; I should have thought to bring them to the shower. This doesn't solve your sock problem, but it's warming up outside, so you may not need socks for much longer, anyway.
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