Last year I took this book out of my local library…it’s called The Gentle Art of Knitting by Jane Brocket. I was immediately captivated by a couple of the patterns, in particular the Starburst Flower Crochet Blanket and the Red Wine and Port socks so I purchased a copy of the book from The Book Depository. At that stage I hadn’t learnt how to knit socks. However, after learning in August last year, I retrieved the book and decided to tackle these lovely socks and I’m so glad I did. Just reading Jane’s explanation about these socks is enough to get you going.
“There is nothing nicer on a cold, rainy, blustery winter evening than snuggling down on a comfy sofa, a fire to one side, a glass of red wine to the other, and a view of feet clad in cosy, cabled socks in front. Add to the picture, a good book, some knitting that can be picked up and put down, a fine black and white film to watch, and the ideal woolly sock scene is set.”
Now if this quote from Jane’s book isn’t enough to get you started on some lovely cabled socks I don’t know what is!
The cable pattern is simple to knit and yet stunning and looks more complicated than it actually is.
I love these cables…..they are so traditional and to me, they look so perfect and robust.
With a name like Red Wine, I had to make sure I used an appropriately coloured yarn and so when I found this particuar yarn on sale at Yay for Yarn I knew straight away it would be perfect. It’s called Knitosophy by Dream in Colour and the colourway is Princess. Unfortunately, it’s been discontinued.
Seeing as they’re called Red Wine socks, I thought I’d better photograph them next to a bottle of red wine.
When winter rolls around, I’ll be slipping into my Red Wine socks, grabbing a glass of red wine and curling up with a good book. All I’ll need is a roaring fire which I don’t have have. Oh well, in my future I’ll be living in Tasmania so I’ll have to wait for my roaring fire.
As I mentioned the Starburst Flower Crochet Blanket previously, I thought I’d share some pictures with you. The original pattern calls for Cascade 220 yarn, however, while I was sourcing the yarn from various online websites I became impatient and started crocheting these squares with acrylic (yuk I know!) using all my autumn colours. I generally only use acrylic for Christmas decorations or something that is not against the skin, however, in this case I was just too impatient.
Despite the fact it was crocheted with acrylic I was very happy with the result. It’s so very colourful and vibrant, don’t you think?
You’ll be pleased to know I have finished this blanket using only Cascade 220, however, at this stage, I’ve only joined all the squares together into strips and it’s been sitting as a UFO for a number of months now!!! I will have to complete it before winter this year as I aim on using it as a blanket on my bed. I’ll definitely feature it in a blog post in the not too distant (hopefully) future.
Farewell from another rainy Saturday in Brisbane…..can’t wait for some lovely sunny and brisk winter days to arrive.
Have a great weekend!