When I read of others knitting Valentine socks for February, I was at first enthusiastic to do the same, and then embarrassed for myself. I mean, I do not have a Valentine, why would I knit Valentine socks for a day that has no meaning for me?
Then I got to thinking about the wider context in which Valentine’s Day is celebrated these days (encompassing all love, not just the traditional romantic love) and I decided to knit some pretty Valentine socks for my daughter.
The love heart thing was a bit mushy, so instead of knitting hearts, I picked up the colours of Valentine in this gorgeous 100% merino sock yarn from Knitsch in “The 9th Rose”.
The pattern is Elementary Watson, inspired by the cabled pullover that Dr. John Watson wears in the BBC’s Sherlock (2010). Only, I knitted mine cuff down, because I had to make a few mods to fit my daughter’s feet, and it was easier for me to go cuff-down to do so, it being my favoured method of knitting socks. You’ll also notice I changed the heel… You can see my mods here if you’re interested.
My daughter is a huge Sherlock fan, so I thought that this pattern would make a suitable expression of a mother’s love for her daughter.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
I thought I’d finish this post by sharing a Pinterest ‘love’ with you today: SweetP Designs. Gabriella has done a good job of bringing together a lot of New Zealand yarns, designers, stores, and so much more. If you’re interested in the New Zealand knitting scene, she’s a good one to follow.
And finally, if you want to get some of The 9th Rose for yourself, it is a current colourway at Knitsch. Tash told me she just doesn’t have it on the website because it’s such a fiendishly difficult colour to photograph (she is right there – it must have taken me 100 tries to get these colour-accurate pics).