Curling mist

Helen Stewart’s Handmade Sock Society season 4 got underway earlier this month.  The first sock pattern, Curling Mist, was a joy to knit with an all-around texture.

(c) Helen Stewart

Knit Picks Hawthorne Multi yarn in the Cully colorway (color discontinued) is a soft green with hints of blue.yarn colorwayI pretty much followed the pattern except for the heel flap.  I have two favorite patterns that I like to use: the Slip-stitch heel flap and the Eye of Partridge heel flap.  I decided on the slip-stitch one as it would flow better from the ribbed pattern into the heel flap.

Helen suggested in her pattern to reverse the cabling from leaning to the right to the left for the second sock so they would be mirror images.  So I did that as well.

The socks fit my feet perfectly.

Isn’t it funny that you can look and look and look at something and not see a missed stitch until you have a picture of it?

And with that missed cable crossing (oops) I will keep these for myself.

Do you have works-in-progress or finished anything lately?

Patti

No-go mojo and a sneak peek

Even though my knitting mojo was a no-go for a few weeks, I did manage some relatively mindless knitting making more scrubbies.I love the top one but dealing with two balls of this scratchy yarn in one row was too much for my hands.  All were made with Red Heart Sparkle Scrubby yarn.

So all the others were two or three color blocks.  Much more interesting than a solid color.  They do hold up well and the best part is they dry quickly.

Craftsy was hosting a week-long series of Valentine crafts and I decided to make a heart-shaped scrubbie.  The pattern is free but you might have to sign up to get it.

My mods were to stop increasing after 36 stitches (34 rows), straight knitting for 10 rows then follow the instructions for the decreases.  It is just too cute for dishes!

I also signed up for the fourth season on The Handmade Sock Society and already have the first sock started.  More on that later this week.

While waiting for the first sock pattern, I decided to sort through all my yarn stash for something suitable.  I found some DK weight yarn leftover from the cowl I knit for my grandson that was enough for the Twist Again Shawl from the Deep Fall 2014 issue of Knitty.

Here’s a sneak peek of the finished shawl.

How is your crafting coming along so far this year?

Patti

Cornish Cream Tea

The fourth pair of socks in The Handmade Sock Society II, Cornish Cream Tea, are finished and ready to be gifted.  These were done before our vacation but I didn’t have time to post about them.

I’ve enjoyed all of the socks in this series so far and the fifth pattern was released about two weeks ago.

The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll in a tonal color called Thunderhead.  I love all the subtle shades of greys.

For some reason, the number of rows knitted between the end of the gusset and beginning of the toe decreases just wasn’t long enough to fit my foot as with the other three pairs of socks.  Same needle size, same brand and weight of yarn.  Perhaps the pattern down the front of the leg and foot doesn’t stretch as much as the previous ones.

But my SIL will love them!

 

 

No foot photo

I finished the first sock of the fourth pair in the Handmade Sock Society season 2 series.  I love it as well as all the other socks I’ve knit in this series.

I followed my row count as in the other socks and this one is a bit too small/short in the foot length.  Like one-half to three-quarters of an inch.  That might not seem like a lot as socks do have stretch to them, however, this one was stretched to the max and it would feel uncomfortable on my size 8 foot.

We’re headed to Mr. Aitch’s brother’s house this weekend (on the motorcycle – that’s another story) and my S-I-L wears a size six shoe.  I’ll take the finished sock with me to see 1.) if it fits her foot and 2.) she would want the pair.  If the answer is no to either of those questions, I’ll unknit the toe and add another pattern repeat.  That should do it

But I’m casting on sock #2 anyway.