Shell Cottage 1

I couldn’t wait to begin the first sock in Helen Stewart’s Handmade Sock Society subscription: Shell Cottage.

So as soon as I cast off the Bloomin’ sock (and wove in the ends), I cast on these sumptuous socks.

The leg of sock #1 is finished.

The heel is turned.

And I’m almost finished with the gusset decreases.

I’m loving this sock and the texture which will keep someone’s foot toasty.

About Bloomin’ time

Bloomin’ socks are finished.  Even the ends are woven in.

The socks are mirror images on the top.

And on the bottom.

I lengthened the striped toe by six rows before the decreases so the toe tips would be less pointy.  They might loosen a bit once I soak them so they aren’t so square.

The heel is ok.  These are very sturdy but don’t have much give.

It’s amazing how I don’t see something until I photograph it.

I just realized that I did a k1, p1 rib on one sock top and a k2, p2 rib on the other one.  Oops!  These will be gifted to someone who appreciates handknits and will embrace such imperfections.

Shell Cottage

The first sock in Helen Stewart’s Handmade Sock Society is this lovely Shell Cottage sock pattern.

 © Helen Stewart

While stash diving, I came up with this lovely heather greyish color called Basalt Heather from Knit Picks Stroll.  I’m ready to cast on!