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.