Fee Dragee by Caoua Coffee
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Fee Dragee

March 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette with smaller needles
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
420 - 480 yards (384 - 439 m)
woman's S/M (M/L)

At the moment, this pattern is exclusive to the Sock Madness 12 competition (see the SockMadness Group). Once the Madness is over (usually by mid-june), the pattern will be available here for free, just come back then.

“Danse de la Fée Dragée” (Танец Феи Драже, dance of the Sugarplum Fairy ) is a piece of The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, by Peter I. Tchaikovsky. First performed in St. Petersburg in March 1892, the suite was an instant success and became very popular on the concert stage. Of the 8 musical numbers that form the suite, the most famous is probably the “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy”. It features an unusual instrument, the celesta, whose “divinely wonderful sound” was described by Tchaikovsky as “midway between a tiny piano and a Glockenspiel”. He found it to be perfectly suited to represent little drops of water splashing in a fountain as the Fée Dragée - queen of the Land of Sweets - floats and dances around.

Do you recognize the droplets of water in the main pattern of these socks?
Or do you think those little dots look more like handfuls of brightly colored sugar-candy
sprinkled there by the Fée Dragée?
In any case, pick your favorite yarns – be they turquoise and aqua-blue or candy-colored -
and have fun knitting your pair of socks.