I made the mistake of letting S look through "Knitting Vintage Socks" for ideas about what style of sock she wanted me to make for her. Of course she decided that the Ladies Useful Stockings were exactly what was required. A few balls of Lorna's Laces later, some time with the ball winder and some maths to adapt the pattern for her shorter legs has resulted in a start being made. Although they're going to be long, the knitting is pretty mindless - good for meditative process which is a nice change. The red is a gorgeous colour and S' hubby T2 is quite impressed with them going to be "real stockings".