Colorado’s Florissant Valley lies 35 miles west of Colorado Springs on the flanks of Pikes Peak. To the north and east, the Rocky Mountains dominate the skyline. To the west lies high meadow land with large expanses of undulating native grasses so beautiful that early fur trappers to the area referred to it as a park. In the summer the grassy meadows are filled with the colored mists of thousands of wild flowers. This valley is my home.
In the center of this lush valley stands the Hornbek homestead complex, the home of a strong, determined woman who came to the area with her four children in the 1870s. Claiming land under the Homestead Act, Adeline Hornbek defied traditional gender roles to become the owner of a prosperous ranch.
I’m not sure how much knitting Adeline Hornbeck was able to do on her homestead. I suspect she was busy not only doing the chores of a frontier woman but also the chores of a mountain man! I highly respect this mountain woman who paved the frontier for those of us ‘less hardy’ women who followed in her footsteps a century later! I much prefer the leisure of sitting and knitting socks in my log cabin to the sun-up-to-sun-down-keep-this-homestead-running responsibilities of Mrs. Hornbeck! This valley dips way below zero degrees in the wintertime so I know this woman had one tough life!
Inspired by the cabins in my area – old, new and my own , I selected ‘Cabin Fever’ Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn to knit my first Colorado Trekking Adventure socks. I guess when one moves to the Rocky Mountains one MUST live in a log cabin for they are everywhere. I would surmise that 7 out of 10 homes are log homes and mine is no exception.
Pattern: Cable Rib Socks from Favorite Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill (Cabin Fever)
Unfortunately, the busy colors in this yarn do not show the sock pattern very well. At some point, I will probably knit this pattern over again and, when I do, will use a solid color. I did not carry the cable all the way down the foot as the pattern specified because I could not understand the directions. After I was well down the foot I decided the cable crossed over on either side of the instep and gusset which seemed odd to me…..next time round there will be a cable all the way down the foot