Portmeirion

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This pattern originally appeared in The Knitter issue 73. I love these socks; the yarn, the pattern, and how the photos came out. There’s another photo somewhere of them being worn with brogues but I can’t find it.  The pattern is a fun repeat which is easily memorised, and I worked them in Eden Cottage Tempo in ‘Ice’, which I’ve fallen in love with.

Sizes
To Fit Foot Circumference
S (M-L)
21 (23)cm
81/4 (9)in

Actual Foot Circumference
S (M-L)
17 (19)cm
61/4 (71/2)in

Yarn
Eden Cottage Yarns Tempo (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon; 100g/400m/436yds)
1 skein of of Ice (01).

Needles
A set of 2.25mm (UK 13/US 1) double pointed needles (DPNs) or circular needles, 80cm long if using Magic Loop method

Notions
2 stitch markers

Tension
38 sts and 44 rounds to 10x10cm (4x4in) over stitch pattern using 2.25mm (UK 13/US 1) needles.

Pattern Notes
A simple 10 round lace pattern repeat gives these top down socks a vintage feel. Knitted seamlessly in the round using a traditional gusset and heel flap. The heel is worked in Eye of Partridge stitch. Yarn overs appear on every round.

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday!

We went on holiday to Sri Lanka over Christmas and New Year and I managed to not only completely stop knitting (it was too hot) but I don’t think I even talked about knitting or work either.  To those of you that don’t know me, or the office I work in, that may not seem like such a big deal, but the subject and the craft itself probably take up around 85% of my waking life. Youch!

I didn’t expect it to happen but it was actually really lovely.  I rediscovered books, lying in the sun doing nothing and did a lot of people watching as everything was just so different. Who would have thought that relaxing could be so enjoyable!

Here are a few holiday snaps in case you’re not jealous yet:


Tuk-tuking..


A baby water buffalo! I love this pic.  We went on a safari around Uda Walawe National Park and I couldn’t stop snapping away.  There are so many photos, just getting down to these few was tough!


Our paradise beach in Polhena – that’s our balcony looking over the sea on the top right.  We stayed here for 5 nights over Christmas and New Year.


Probably the best sunset I’ve ever seen, from the beach at Polhena


Coconuts!  We found this stand at a moment of dehydration, like it had just popped up just for us.  The guy who sold them to us took this picture of us – one of the first ones we have in the four years we’ve been together that we actually both like!


We stayed on an old tea estate called Samakanda, in the old tea planters cottage.  These tea pluckers were out every Wednesday collecting bags of tea leaves. Later we  went for a visit visit to the tea factory and saw the whole process from start to finish, which was really informative (and delicious!)


Monkeys at Rawana Falls!  We stopped here on the way up to Ella to look at the waterfall, but I was a little over-excited to see monkeys so tame.  I know it’s a bad thing, as they’re fed by the tourists and will start to rely on it, but it was still a novelty to see them with their corn on the cobs!


The train journey to Kandy – this is supposed to be one of the best train journeys in the world, and I took about 100 photos to prove it.  Crammed in like sardines, we were lucky to get a window seat, where I proceeded to snap for the entire 7 hours. Tea plantations, mountains, rivers, the views were amazing.


Dambulla Buddha Caves


Beautiful original batiks at Jayamali Batiks, Kandy.  I should have
asked him to pose with the one we bought!


Just before climbing Siguriya


Breakfast by the sea!

Three weeks after our return, life is very much back to normal.  Except of course the things I need to catch up on at work and the designs I need to actually start working on..  That will be another post!

* There are another 490 photos over at flickr.com/fayetuesday!