I really really like these socks, they are Ann Budd's Mock Wave Cable from Favourite Socks by Interweave. Pleasingly I knitted them in the same colour as they are shown in the book using Cygnet wool rich 4 ply that I believe was on offer a while back from the lovely Kemps Wool shop in Sunderland. The top photograph is true to colour, a sort of lilac, but I kept the others to show you the pattern detail, it's rather dark in the penthouse at this time of year.
Whilst I was knitting them, in Italy, I wasn't totally enamoured by the results, despite my love of cable and the fact no cable needle was involved. It wasn't until they were finished and I tried them on that I was smitten.
However, tis the season and I have wrapped them up to give as a present, how good am I. Not that altruistic, I still have enough yarn to knit myself a pair and I shall.
Incidentally Cygnet Wools are based in Bradford, their address is on the ball band. However no where does it say where the yarn is actually produced. I'd like to think it was spun just over the hill from me but somehow I doubt it, I have emailed to ask and will let you know.