Why “Palms Socks”?

Heel and gusset worked

You may be wondering why I’ve decided to name this pair of socks “Palms Socks”.  Well, this is why:

Alan Reed photographic prints in my living room

If you click on this photo to see it larger, the print on the left as you look at it is the exact same colours that appear in the yarn for these socks.  The print is called “Palms” and thus the socks are called “Palms Socks”.

A bit of background to these prints.  They are by a photographer called Alan Reed who lives and works locally here in Norwich.  I bought these two prints soon after I moved into my flat and I love them to bits, as I do the majority of his work.  I bought these at my local art gallery “Grapevine” which is literally a five minutes walk from my flat.  The other print is a view inside Norwich Cathedral which is about a 20-minute walk from my flat, so I hope that makes these prints relatively low-carbon-footprint, so long as we ignore the cameras, computers, printers, paper, ink,  possibly chemicals…..  But, hey, lower carbon-footprint than if they’d been shipped all the way from the United States for example!

As you can see from the photo of my knitting, the first sock is coming along well.  I decided to do the heel flap in a twisted rib for a little bit of texture.  My go-to pattern is very plain indeed, but it fits.  I did once try to do a different heel shaping, but the heel flap and gusset works well for me, so I stick with it.

The first week of the Tour de France has been a roller-coaster ride for the team I support – Team Sky.  On Thursday Edvald Boasson-Hagen won the stage, the first stage win in a Tour for Sky, then yesterday their star rider, Bradley Wiggins, crashed out with a broken collar-bone and the team plummeted from second place to bottom just like that.  Let’s see what today brings.

Settling in

Palms socks

Palms socks

Now we know that Apple will no longer be supporting their web-hosting next year, it is time to make a move to a more ‘professional’ blog host.  Deep breath then jump right in.

Yesterday was crazy-hot and my camera decided to play funny when I tried to take blog photos so I ended up with very little to show for the time I spent.  And it was getting quite dusky by the time I got any photos at all.  Not sure if this is a sign that my beautiful camera is coming to the end of its life.  I do hope not, because I love it so much!

I have cast on for the second sleeve of my Slope Rib cardigan but haven’t got too far with it yet.  This blog set-up is taking a lot longer than expected.

Stick around for a bit more information in the coming days, once I get my head around this interface.