Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Pumpkins rock

Colour is a funny thing. I would tell you that I am quite consistent in my likes and dislikes, have always been drawn to mixtures of red and blue in the kitchen, and on the clothing front various shades of teal are in the ascendant. I absolutely do not like orange, I would firmly assert, and as to anything with a hint of neon, how could you even suggest it?


So how did I find myself knitting my a pair of socks, with heels and toes and rib in Electric Lime, and vibrant Opal Fruit stripes down the legs?


Why did I pick such colours to glow in my stash of tasteful stash of misty blues and greens with a hint of dusty mauve? What on earth was I thinking? Yet drawn I was to the bright lights of lime and pink and orange, and I really enjoyed having such manic colours on my needles.


And now I have just finished my Electric Rock socks, which speak to me of sunshine and pumpkins, and glow quite magnificently as I stand in my stockinged feet. I don't think that I have ever knitted quite such a joyous pair of socks, which peek out between blue jeans and black Converses in a rather anarchic way which makes me smile to look at them.

Almost to the instant that I posted them on my Ravelry page I received an appreciative comment about the colours, and I just wanted to say to you, why not take a risk with colour?



Choose something that is the complete antithesis of what you think you like and see what happens. You could end up dressed to match the pumpkins just like me.

Why does the yellow hose sneak its way into every garden photo I take?

And for those of you who want some socks just like mine, the yarn is the appropriately named Skein Queen Squash, a lovely yarn to knit with and very soft on the feet, in Electric Lime and Olive Snook, pattern from Ann Budd's wonderful sock book. Go on, be brave!

37 comments:

VintageVicki said...

Love those socks - just gorgeous :)

What a pumpkin harvest you had too.

Rowan said...

Great socks - and great pumpkins too. I'm drawn to all thr lovely earthy autumnal shades plus turquoise so there's usually a splash of colour somewhere about my person:) I don't do pastels though.

BadPenny said...

I never liked orange & now I want it everywhere !!! Superb sox & look so very good with your black Converse !

millefeuilles said...

This would be, possibly, my favourite post in a while: I love that whole colour trip thing...

Amy said...

Nice socks and pumpkin harvest too! While I prefer certain colors for wearing, and others for decorating, etc. I never like to say I don't like a particular color because each color is just perfect for something!

Denise said...

I didnt use to like orange either but I picked out orange for the dominant color in my first quilt. Go figure!

Menopausalmusing said...

Glorious! Both the socks and the pumpkins.

Secret Sheep said...

Fabulous colours. Glad they make you happy. I made a rainbow shawl which makes me smile too.

Pipany said...

I am trying to be braver with colour Pomona. Those socks are gorgeous. Handmade socks feel so different to shop ones don't they? x

Jooles said...

Woweee beautiful...brave move!
have a lovely evening
love jooles x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Orange wouldn't be my first choice for colour either but I do love it at this time of year. I think as the skies get more grey we look for something cheerful. Your socks are lovely and most defimitely cheerful. :)
I've had to try and crop the garden hose out of photographs on more than one occassion! ;)
Vivienne x

Serenata said...

They really are fabulous socks and I too wouldn't have thought to use those colours, but they are brilliant! In every sense of the word ;-)

harmony and rosie said...

Heavens, you are one trendy gal. As for me, I'm still stuck on the grey and need help for it I think!

harmony and rosie said...

oo-er but thinking about it, those socks would look rather nice with grey?!

Emily said...

Love the socks - am thinking a pair in pumpkin colour would be good next...I'm a new orange convert too.
Re the embroidery transfers - do you have some too then? Do you know how to use them (I don't!) Am itching to get started, but am feeling I might need to indulge in one of those late-night Amazon visits to get a book to tell me what to do first.
Emily x

Lola Nova said...

Those are indeed the happiest socks I've seen in quite some time! You know me and my love of stripy socks and all...
I quite agree, every now and then it is good to go a bit out of one's comfort range.

oh, and I love the socks with the converse!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh wow, those socks are fab! Love them :oD

Shocking Hocking said...

love, love your socks - rocking socks indeed

Mrs. Micawber said...

As so many others have already said, I never used to like orange either, but in the last few years have fallen in love with its cheerfulness.

It's fun to see the neon colours coming back. They were hot in my heyday (the 1980s) and everything comes around again if we wait long enough!

Very beautiful socks. And pumpkins. Who needs glass slippers when Converses are available?

Frances said...

Yes, Pomona, color is magic.

My usual route home from work in the shop takes me to an underground subway station stop that is on a corner shared by the luxury food shop Dean and Deluca. (I remember the origins of this shop long ago when I lived in SoHo and went there for basic Typhoo tea and some cheese. Those days are long over....)
Anyhow, tonight I was drawn into the shop by the display visible from the front window, of magnificent huge perfectly round orange pumpkins. Many folks had their cameras out taking pix of these mammoths. I cannot guess what they weighed. I can tell you that they were champions of the glory of orange in autumn.

Organge meeting its color wheel opposite of blue...bingo!

Your posts, and those socks, are a delight. xo

dragonfly said...

Hang on, did you grow all those pumpkins? I've got one. One tiny one.

Socks are fab, btw.

Helen Philipps said...

Such scrumptious socks, Pomona! They actually remind me of some of the seaside rock I brought back in the summer. I know we all have our favourite colours for our clothes in general, but socks are an exception and can be ANY or every colour! I would love a pair like these.
Helen x

Cheryl said...

gorgeous sock so nice and bright! Love the pumpkins too and your hose pipe!
Hugs C
xxx

Isobel said...

Wow!! Lots of pumpkins!! :)
Love your socks! So amazing!!
xx

**Anne** said...

Hey GROOVY socks you've made. I never use to wear red as I'm a redhead. Now I do, I just make sure is a warm undertone red.
Anne xx

**Anne** said...

Hey GROOVY socks you've made. I never use to wear red as I'm a redhead. Now I do, I just make sure is a warm undertone red.
Anne xx

Cottage Garden said...

They are fab! Love them and orange is now my favourite socky colour!

... and just look at those pumpkins too.

Jeanne
x

Tabiboo said...

I'm with you on the orange - though saying that I remember uttering similar words about yellow not so very long ago and now I love it!

Cute socks,

Nina x

Lucille said...

I've been brave and bought the book! All my socks have holes in them and I'm going to remedy that.

Manasi said...

Neat socks! I have a drawer full of socks in embarrassingly bright colors & I love them all.

Nicky said...

Me too - loving orange! I think I'm drawn to colour by the seasons!

Enjoying the leaves turning and the night skies and the misty mornings!

Nature puts on a great show and your socks are rocking Autumn!!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I want some. Now!

Sue said...

Very vibrant colours on your socks - they look really cheerful! I have never tried knitting socks, not sure my knitting skills are up to this, patterns normally have to be quite simple for me. Those pumpkins look gorgeous too, I didn't grow one this year but I can see a trip to the local farm shop is going to be a must this weekend!

Barbara said...

I thought they looked fun and had wondered how they would feel on the feet. Also thought you were going to say that you had been to the Kath Kidston wool shop.

this is my patch said...

Smashing pumpkins, and socks! x

meplusmolly said...

socks and pumpkins... what's not to love! x

jason @ gold work embroidery said...

Come on! You can't beat a bit of lime!

The socks are wicked - in fact remind me of the show wicked with the wicked witch.

And pumpkins - I love them. Are they all yours? That's a lot of soup and pie.

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