One of the first skeins of yarn I bought from Third Vault Yarns, at Nine Worlds in 2015, was in a colourway called Gallifreyan Sunset. It’s a measure of how fabulous Lola’s dyeing is that she has me falling in love with colours and dyeing styles that I would normally never contemplate. Orange is just one of those colours that doesn’t agree with, much as I love its perky cheerfulness.
But I fell in love with this subtle blend of orange and terracotta, with its flashes of bright yellow and the occasional dusty purple. And not just for being based on Doctor Who. Lola tells me that this is such a difficult colourway she can’t reproduce it. I have one of the few skeins that will ever exist.
I’d been saving it for the right project, and these socks were the perfect project. The pattern is Phyllis, by Rachel Coopey, one of the patterns from her collection Coop Knits Socks Volume 2. I love the textured cabled diamonds, and the definition provided by the twisted stitches. The long chart meant this wasn’t the quickest of knits. And it wasn’t helped by a catastrophic case of yarn barf that meant I had to untangle and completely recake the yarn at least twice, once during the middle of one of the panels at this year’s Nine Worlds.
Hand-knitted socks are perfect for these cold, wintery days. And it brings me a great deal of knitterly and geeky pleasure to know that under my sober work outfits with their sensible winter boots I’m flying the geek flag with bright and cheerful socks.