Fuchsia Valley Socks »
InstructionsAlthough this uses quite a few skills, you can still choose the pattern without knowing these skills as the pattern explains in detail how to do each one.
Type of item: Accessory
Style: Traditional, Retro / Vintage, Romantic, Classic
Same as the pattern
What was your inspiration?
On the North Devon coast of the UK, a deep cleft in granite cliffs runs down to the sea and Lee Bay. Sheltered within this gorge, where wild vines and trailing ivy shroud the cliff sides, is the Fuchsia Valley. It has a microclimate of its own and fuchsia blooms burst forth from stone walls and hedges of fishermen's cottages every summer. The blooms in shades of palest pink to deepest purple are the inspiration for these socks.
What are you most proud of?
The socks have an adaptation of an old lace stitch with fuchsia heads as well as twining vines with leaves winding their way up the outside and back of the leg. The unique combination of these lace patterns is perfectly mirrored on the matching sock so that the flower heads face the opposite way and the placement of the vine is reversed.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Don't worry about having all the skills the pattern lists, the pattern explains each one as if it is the first time you have tried it. Do not be put off by Provisional Cast on methods, as there are a couple of one suggested.