I was inspired while in Devon (which is where I finished the socks) to find out about the Bullfinch bird, I was surprised to see how close the colours of the yarn matched the picture of the bird I found in Aunty J's bird book.
Aunty J, loves birds and has many books on the subject along with a gorgeous garden designed to attract birds to the garden. I love to sit near the window and look down the garden to see the variety of birds that visit the well stocked bird table.
Anyway, as usual I digress, the colourway is based on the male bullfinch which has a bright reddish pink breast (the female is more yellowish). Bullfinch live throughout the UK and tend frequent the woodlands, rarely visit garden feeders.
Aren't they such gorgeous birds?
Back to the socks! The first sock took me a little while, stalling slightly, as usual, around the heel but I got stuck in! I started the second sock before we set off to Devon and continued to knit in the car on route. You may recall my little story about the lost dpn in the car (at this Mr. M has made mention to not knitting with dpn's in the car again!). The second sock was finished in no time and I have to say I am feeling rather proud of myself in this accomplishment! Mr. M did insist on wearing the socks immediately with no blocking.
The pattern I used was a free pattern from www.redheart.co.uk and is called 'socks for him. I had no issues following the pattern at all. I would highly recommend this pattern as a basic plain sock to compliment some lovely self stripe yarn.
|I pretty much got the pattern to match on both socks too!|
That is now two pairs of sock finished this year the first were Little Ladies 'Rye' socks, so the next socks which are already on the dpn's is a pair of socks for me me me me me. I have however purchased some more of this yarn in another colour way as Mr. M tells me he loves these socks so much that he would like another pair!
I will keep you posted.