Red Wine Cable Socks….Pair # 22 and my first Starburst Flower Crochet Blanket

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!

Red Wine Cable Socks 01

The cable pattern is simple to knit and yet stunning and looks more complicated than it actually is.

Red Wine Cable Socks 02

I love these cables…..they are so traditional and to me, they look so perfect and robust.

Red Wine Cable Socks 03

Red Wine Cable Socks 04

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.

Knitosophy Princess

Seeing as they’re called Red Wine socks, I thought I’d better photograph them next to a bottle of red wine.

Red Wine Cable Socks 05

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.

Red Wine Cable Socks 06

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.

Starburst Throw 3

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?

Starburst Throw 1

Starburst Throw 2

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!



My Latest Yummy Yarn Splurge

I’ve been a bit naughty in the last week and splurged a bit on some lovely new scrumptious yarns so I thought I’d share them with you. The first yarn is just so incredibly beautiful. When I saw it I knew I just had to have it and I’m sure you will agree with me.

Zen Yarn Garden’s Van Gogh “View of the Arles with Irises”

Zen Yarn Garden, Inc. is based is Ontario, Canada. This is the first offering in Zen Yarn Garden’s new ART WALK Series. It features a painting by Vincent van Gogh entitled “View of the Arles with Irises” which inspired this colourway. Painted on Serenity Silk Single, Mr. Zen has captured the water colour quality of the painting very well with the silk giving just enough sheen to mimic the effect of water. From one medium to the next, artists express their use of colour!

This colourway once sold out will not be repeated. There will be further colourways in the series as the year progresses. Serenity Single is a glorious soft single ply fingering yarn spun from 75% superwash merino/15% cashmere and 10% silk. There is 430 yards on a 100 gram skein. Purchased from one of my favourite online yarn shops in Brisbane, Yarn Glorious Yarn. I bought two skeins…one for a pair of socks and the other for a shawl or maybe both for a shawl. Has anyone got some good suggestions for a shawl pattern that will really show off these lovely hues?

Zen Yarn Garden art-walk-series-5

Here’s a picture of Van Gogh’s painting from this amazing website that has a list and images of all his paintings!

View of the Arles with Irises Van Gogh

Dream in Color – Knitosophy Princess (picture below)

“I was once afraid of people saying “Who does she think she is?” Now I have the courage to stand and say, “This is who I am.”” Oprah Winfrey

Made from 100% machine washable superfine Australian Merino and spun and hand-dyed in the USA this yarn is perfect for socks, baby items or anything that requires frequent washing. This yarn is flash dyed and every skein is completely unique. The colour plays randomly throughout the yarn. There is no telling how the colour variation will knit up!  The skein is 114g (4 oz) and has a generous 410m (450 yards). Purchased from another of my favourite Brisbane online yarn shops – Yay for Yarn.

Knitosophy Princess

Mountain Colors Bearfoot – Sagebrush (picture below)

Mountain Colors is a small wholesale yarn company located in Montana’s beautiful Bitterroot Valley. Mountain Colors Bearfoot is a soft, strong and washable hand-painted yarn. Perfect for socks and shawls as well as other projects. Consists of 60% superwash wool, 25% mohair and 15% nylon. It’s 4 ply, weighs 100g and contains 320m (350 yards). Another scrumptiously dyed yarn. Can’t wait to see the finished socks in this yarn.

Bearfoot Sagebrush

Now for something completey different. I’ve also started investing in some solid colours to show off some great patterns I have that are quite intricate. Purchased from another of my favourite Brisbane online yarn shops – Yay for Yarn.

Annabelle’s Collection Colour Shocks – Chilli, Emerald, Indigo and Lavender (pictures below)

This colourful 100% merino wool, made in New Zealand, has an unusual and beautiful twist and lustre. Colour Shocks is designed for the knitter who wants to knit the stylish and classy thirties look, fitted tops, fingerless gloves, funky socks or scarves, in fact just about anything that you want. Colour Shocks 4ply can also be used with any 4ply pattern that has a similar tension. A machine washable wool in bright colours also makes this yarn perfect for kids and babies knits. Each skein is 50g and 160m long.

Annabelle has donated 10% of the purchase price of each ball to the Christchurch Earthquake Disaster Fund.

Purchased from another of my favourite Brisbane online yarn shops – Yay for Yarn.

I have four colours of this yarn. Clockwise from top left – Chilli – Emerald – Lavender – Indigo.

Colour Shocks Chilli-tile

Deborah Norville Serenity sock wool – Saffron (picture below)

This lovely bamboo sock wool is soft and lovely. 50 gr ball with an amazing 210 metres per ball.  50% merino wool, 25% bamboo, 25% nylon. Purchased from another online yarn shop I discovered – Craftee Cottage located in Oakleigh, Victoria. The picture below shows you exactly how the finished socks look. Not sure that I like that as half the fun is watching the patterning and colours emerge. I do love the colours in this yarn.

Deborah Norville Serenity - Saffron

Filatura Di Crosa “Maxime Print” – colour 5048 (picture below)

This is a superwash and soft yarn intended for self-striping or self-patterning socks, baby garments, lightweight wraps, sweaters and cardis. This 4ply (fingering weight) fibre is 80% merino superwash wool with 20% soft nylon and is available in pastel shades for babies plus bright colourways for children and adults. The yarn I purchased is a bright mix of oranges, red, yellow and a touch of olive.

Even though I have knitted a pair of socks in this yarn, I want to experiment with knitting the top ribbing, heel and toe in a solid orange which I already have. Just another idea to add to my ever growing list of projects to knit!

Purchased from another online yarn shop I discovered – Craftee Cottage located in Oakleigh, Victoria.


Augustbird hand-dyed yarns (pictures below)

I discovered Augustbird while surfing the net and was immediately captivated by the beautiful colours and combinations of Rebecca’s yarns.

Rebecca is a knitter, dyer and owner of Augustbird, who lives in the Adelaide Hills. Her
soft cuddly yarns are hand-dyed with non-toxic low impact dyes. This makes them extra safe for you, for me and the environment. She is not a commercial dyer so her yarns are dyed by hand and every yarn is unique. Although many of her colourways are repeatable, each dyelot will be a little different.

Augustbird Rich Sock – “Dragon Light”

This is a 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon sock yarn. It is 4ply and contains 435 yards /398 metres and weighs 3.53 ounces / 100 grams.

Augustbird Dragon Light

Augustbird Hearty Sock – “Sweetgrass”

Hearty Sock is a soft, bouncy 100% superwash merino yarn with a tight pebbly twist. Suitable for socks, shawls, cardigans, baby items or anything worn next to the skin. One skein will make a pair of adult socks. This is a 4ply yarn that contains 366m (400 yards) and weighs 100g (3.53 ounces).

Augustbird Sweetgrass

Plus “Solace” and “Wild” in the photo below.

Augustbird Solace and Wild

I’d love to know what you think of my latest yarn purchases. If you have any ideas for what I should knit with them and can suggest any great patterns…..especially any Ravelry patterns, I’d appreciate it.

Well I’m off to read the Sunday papers and then to finish my second sock and then decide on what to knit next.

Until next time…