There’s no denying that winter is on its way here. Fortunately, the first frost has been late, and I was able to scatter crocus bulbs around in our front and back gardens, late last month. This is our first fall in a house and it’s been exciting for us to go through all the rituals of the seasons in our first real family home.
I’ve never planted bulbs before, but there’s something about this fall ritual that feels wildly optimistic. As the leaves tumble around you, and the garden falls into its long, slow, autumn decay, you are already thinking of spring, picturing these brave little stems poking through the last of the winter snow. I was so inspired by the thought of these brave little purple flowers, that I cast on Wendy Johnson’s crocus socks from Toe-up Socks for Everybody to take my mind of the grey November weather.
I knit them in a very spring-y green Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk. I’m not usually a fan of colours this solid, but the pattern and yarn were a perfect fit. The silky yarn is a slippery pleasure to knit, I just hope they stand up to frequent wear. The yarn can allegedly be machine washed and tumble dried, but our hand knit socks get washed in Soak and line dried.
The lace pattern here got a little tedious, it was the first pattern I’ve ever knit where I couldn’t memorize the chart, but I think the end result was worth it. The lace is beautiful and intricate, and like most lace patterns, it’s not difficult; the chart simply has the be tackled line by line.
I’ll be approaching the grey weather in the same way, day by day, until those crocuses come up.