Spring Daffodils

“I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;”

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We had a  bumper crop of daffodils this year. At one point, the front garden was a perfect Disneyland of Daffodils and I sent e-mail messages to local friends, telling them to stop at the house and see the blooms before they vanished. The ones in the photo here are the little Tete-a-tete minis, which I love.

And in honor of the daffodils, what could be better than Daffodil Socks?

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These were based on a pair of baby socks I found featured on the Web. I e-mailed the designer to see if it was okay to link to her post, but did not get an answer. However, they turn up readily enough if you google “daffodil socks.”

I made some substantial changes to the original, other than the size. After casting on 60 stitches with a picot cast on, I knitted the leg in a knit two, purl one rib to give it more definition. I made the purl rolls at the ankle 4 rows, three of all knit, and then 5 purl rows. I think I would do these slightly broader next time, as they did not roll quite large enough. I also did the heel flap and the top of the foot in knit 2, purl 1 because I like a snug fitting sock.

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They suited the day perfectly.

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I love the picot cast on. I have now starting using this quite a bit, for both cast on and cast off.

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The yarn is Sirdar’s Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk in “Litte Chick.” Two balls; there is 184 yards per ball.

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“For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.”


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