There were many gorgeous examples of silk stockings such as these silk stockings hand-knit in the 17th century on what must have been incredibly thin needles. Red dye was the most expensive to produce, coupled with the gold thread embroidery these would have been for a child from an extremely wealthy family.
Althea Crome is a most talented knitter, she designed and knit miniatures for the movie, Coraline. The Bata Shoe Museum has a pair of these socks on display but they were too tiny to photograph well so these images are courtesy of Google. If you like to be amazed then watch this film clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT5MFdAB7fI&feature=player_embedded