the next pattern in the “coming home” book is for the lovely “blashy” socks by Rachel Coopey. although she also creates other marvellous knitting designs, Rachel is very well known for her fantastic socks, with over a hundred sock patterns on Ravelry (!!). i was super excited when she agreed to contribute a sock design for the book, and the asymmetrical cable & lace socks she designed are just gorgeous.
I haven’t visited Scotland anywhere near as much as I would like and I’m making plans to fix that as soon as possible. My first trip to Scotland was a visit to Shetland for sort-of-Wool Week a few years ago. We made a bit of a calendar error and ended up mainly going the week before Wool Week. All’s well that ends well and we have an amazing holiday and I fell in love, I even saw a double rainbow – if that’s not a sign of a magical place, I don’t know what is.
I’ve been trying to go back ever since. I have since had flying visits to Edinburgh and Glasgow but I haven’t had nearly enough non-work time to explore.
The rapidly changing weather was one of the things I most loved about Shetland and I used that as inspiration for my design for Lilith’s books. One day we walked along the beach to the tombolo, we didn’t need coats and we sat on hill and had a little picnic. As we ate our sandwiches in the sun, we watched the seagulls on the cliffs. The next day, we were trying not to get blown in to the sea by a mean wind and rain that was coming in sideways. Coats were on and hoods were up, and we struggled to open and close the car doors.
The swirling lace and cable pattern is inspired by this wind. I love inclement weather like this as long as I haven’t got to go outside in it. There’s nothing better than being curled up in front of an open fire while a storm rages outside – it’s my absolute favourite. I love doing it in my own home, I love doing it on holiday, I loved it in Shetland and I hope to return there soon to love it again.
in the photoshoot, we wanted to capture the feeling that Rachel described of being curled up inside while a storm rages outside. “blashy” is the shetland word for “wet & windy”, and the weekend of the photoshoot certainly obliged – i think after all the outdoor shots, Jules was quite happy to put on some cosy pjs & woolly socks, and curl up with a cuppa! the sample for the book was knitted in a darker colour of the sparkle sock yarn, which i think adds to the swirly, stormy feel, but it can also be done in any of the 4ply yarns if sparkles aren’t your thing. you can see many more of Rachel’s designs on her own website or on Ravelry.