It's been a while since I opened up the drinks cabinet of my imagination. I am glad to report that it hasn't been emptied by teenage thoughts in the interim, although I'm still not sure how that bottle of Advocaat came into being... Mind you, doesn't the Snowball cocktail use that...? And the Bombardino? Hey, there's also the Fluffy Duck...
(My mind: a dangerous place in which to get lost.)
But I digress. Slightly. What I'm really here to bring you is the 'Summer Vegetable Most-Unhealthy Use' prize of 2014: Peapod Wine.
|peapod wine socks by yours truly|
bbknits superwash sock in 'seagrass'
Yes indeed, this fruity little number... erm vegetally little number... has been grown from the seed of home-made wine memories of my youth. My Dad's home-made wines, that is. The fruit or vegetable mash in the big tub which would slowly make its way to demijohns with their blip-blooping airlocks and finally to their final (temporary) destination in corked bottles under the floor where it was dark and cool. It must be pointed out that Dad never actually made peapod wine, and although his raspberry, his rhubarb, and above all his parsnip wine shall forever live in our slightly hazy memories, there's not really anything sock-worthy about tipsy root vegetables.
So for inspiration I went instead to the rest of his garden, where the potatoes (great for chips, crap for socks), lettuce (can you even have boozy salad?), and carrots (pff, if you're not having them with dinner, then the only other decent and proper use is in cake) were passed over for the tendrilly fragrant vines that would climb up the old bamboo frames and present us with pods full of pea-popping sweetness. Perfect!
So I started the socks just how the pea plant starts - at the bottom with tendrils of vine, dividing up into stalks, ready to climb...
I have to admit I'm fond of this peapod pattern... I wasn't sure whether I should make the pods in a cabled fashion, but in the end some natty, and slightly modified, skps did the trick!
But you know? I think I'm most fond of the calyx cuff. It's amazing what some twist cables and a little contrasting purling can do!
But really, this is a raised glass to my Dad, in sock form!!
The Peapod Wine Sock is worked from a pea-shoot toe up, with a peapod pattern foot and leg, short-row heel, and a calyx cuff, and you can find the pattern page on Ravelry HERE. (You don't need to be a member to view the page!)
Or, should you be so inclined, you can just jump straight to buying this little gem by clicking on the button below! At only €3 ($3.94, £2.37, or ¥410) it's a tipsy garden delight without the weeds, or the hangover!