Bye bye 2017. You have not been my kindest year. You have, however, left me with some very vibrant socks.
I basically see these as my ‘fvck you, 2017’ socks. Bought the yarn a few days after Dad died, worked on them while Mum was recovering from her operation and after we got news about her cancer, and finished them in time to wear on Christmas Day.
I hope they won’t always remind me of very tough times, but instead will make me think about the family that I love who I was with when I knitted them, and the friends I was with when I bought the yarn. The aim was to have colours which made me smile, and they certainly do that.
Pattern: My own, standard top-down ribbed socks with heel flap and gusset
Yarn/needles: West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-Ply in ‘Rum paradise’, on 2mm double-pointed needles
More details: Ravelry project page (lots of notes!)
This Christmas has, however, been special in many ways. For the first time ever everyone came to our house for Christmas and we were hosts. Gareth and I made a proper roast turkey lunch and it was a triumph. We could spoil Mum. The house was full of people and talk and cheese and chocolates and presents. (The cat hid most of the time.) And I managed to whip up a quick FO with some help from my brilliant Mum, who doodled the colourwork pattern for me. A little early preview below, and more on that tomorrow.