The end of the Goldfinch…


In general exciting news, we have been sent a new router by our ISP after having no internet and endless, monotonous endeavours to sort it out of late. Now it seems that I am again in the virtual world – though we are expecting a storm so, new router or not, my new connectedness may be short lived. I will reserve judgement and keep my fingers crossed.

In knitting news, I have used up the end of the West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply – Goldfinch (840). Or, at least, I have nearly got to the end of it.


This is the absolute end!


If I’d realised how far the 100g would go I could have made these socks, a bit shorter and although I knew I’d used over half I had no idea how much was left so I made the second pair toe-up using some brown from stash to eke it out. I also used a mock cable stitch (with 1 x 1 rib sole) to make them a bit different from the first pair.

At this time of year any free daylight hours really have to be spent in the garden and I felt like these colours were stalking me!


Because we live on clay, the ground goes from sticky and muddy and undiggable to rock hard and back-breaking and undiggable and there are only a few days when digging is fairly easy. On those days the garden calls to you and  you ignore it at your peril!


The broad beans that have been growing over winter are flowering. I usually think of their flowers as white but when I looked closely I found they are really quite exquisite.


In the evenings, of course, I come in from the garden and knit! Now, I am thinking I can use these two pairs of socks as guides for making others from the Country Birds Collection...

I may have bought a ball in Owl and one in Mallard…

I wish you you a lovely weekend – hopefully not too stormy :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare


14 thoughts on “The end of the Goldfinch…

  1. Sigrid Swinnen

    Wonderful socks and so lovely to read about your gardening.
    ps: We have sand ground, and that’s easier to dig, but you have to water a lot in dry periods.
    Have a nice weekend and I hope your internet keeps working ;-)
    Sigrid x

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  2. Catherine Pritchard

    Jolly socks. I know all about digging in clay so it was a relief to find the garden at our new house has beautiful friable soil. We are just planting up with new delphiniums and paeonies but it will be years before it as lush as our last garden at East Barn.

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  3. Carol

    Love those socks! Socks are really the “in” thing now. I remember when guys mostly only wore neutral socks. My grandson (20) has caught on to the sock trend wearing socks with yarn depicting fried eggs, bacon, his favorite band or vid game. You are right in trend with your colorful socks.!!
    xx, Carol


  4. Kim Sharman

    Clay soil is the angst of many a gardener. I guess this is not the time to wax lyrical about our red, fertile soil. You know, the kinda soil that when you plant a seed a Jack-in-the-beansalk plant grows. =) No….I thought not.. Love those socks especially the mock cable stitch. Cool colours. Let’s hope your virtual problems will be no more.


  5. Celtic Thistle Stitches

    Our back garden has been flooded twice in the last few weeks so there isn’t much digging going on there at the minute. The broad bean flowers are so lovely, they deserve to be celebrated in a photo.


  6. Benta Hickley

    I really love the ankle socks! We are in Texas at the moment – at my dad’s. they also have a clay garden – down to 35m!!!!! I’m not gardening – just supervising in the sun !!! Xxx


  7. soma @

    I hope the storm wasn’t too bad! Those socks are so pretty, Janine. They make me think of wild flowers. The flowers in your garden are beautiful!! I got a few skeins of local yarn from Yorkshire, can’t wait to make something with them.



  8. Dixie

    Wonderful socks.
    I can’t get over the broad bean flowers. They look very much like orchids.
    Good to see a garden in progress. Ah to garden. I’ll be happy when I can begin here.


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