Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Michelin star socks

I was up in Yorkshire last weekend celebrating my mum's birthday. We treated ourselves to a wonderful lunch at The Bay Horse in Hurworth. I was expecting pub grub, you know, tasty food which looks home cooked. What arrived was something from Mastchef The Professionals. I don't use the word amazing much, I think it's overused,often on the mediocre, but this was amazing.

This was Alex's starter, eel with horseradish foam (YES, FOAM!!!) and a concentrate of beetroot as well as jelly cubes of something tasty (we can't remember what they were.

I had a butternut risotto which was delicious but not as photogenic as Alex's starter.

Mum's birthday lunch at The Bay Horse, Hurworth

The main courses were equally exquisite though we were too busy eating to take any photos. I was surprised how filling I found the food though we had enough room left to try the desert taster menu.

Mum's birthday lunch at The Bay Horse, Hurworth

I'm not much of a cake fan (yes, I know that's odd, especially for a knitter, I much prefer savoury foods to sweet) but especially enjoyed the rice pudding in the tiny jar and apple crumble.

The meal was very reasonable, especially considering the quality of the food. I only found out afterwards but the Bay Horse has a Michelin Bib Gourmand. I'm not entirely sure what that means but it's something to do with serving great food at moderate prices.

I made mum a pair of socks for her birthday. The pattern is Eunice by Cookie A from her book Sock Innovation. They were great fun to knit, complex enough to keep my interest though not so complicated that I couldn't watch TV at the same time.

Eunice Socks

The yarn is Yarn Yard Clan. I only had one skein, most of my socks use around 55-60 grams of sock yarn and Clan comes in 65g skeins. I knew cables used more yarn so thought I would be OK but ran out just before the toes. Luckily my friend LaPurplePenguin had a small amount spare. Clan is lovely to knit with and has superb stitch definition. Despite being made from 8 strands it wasn't splitty unless I had to rip back. The colour is hard to capture, in real life it's a deep bluey purple, similar in depth to the photo above but more purple. I reversed the cables in the pattern as I am a symmetry freak but otherwise stuck to the pattern.

Eunice Socks

This is mum's first pair of hand knit socks and she was pleased with how warm they are. I think I've converted another person to the joy of hand knit socks.

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