THSS II Samphire

The Handmade Sock Society II second sock pattern, Samphire, came out last month.  I’ve been working on it though this is the first time I’ve posted about it.

The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll fingering weight in Aurora Heather (color 25025), a rich, deep hunter green.

The pattern has a lace panel down the front which doesn’t show up well in my pictures so I’ve borrowed this one from the pattern.

My first mistake was when I decided to count the stitches on the needle.  That’s when I discovered I had lost two stitches somewhere between the ribbing and row 54.  The pattern stitches were fine somehow and I could always not decrease a couple of stitches after the heel turn to make up for the two missing ones.

Then I forgot to mark my row and knit it a second time.

Lace has a certain rhythm and knitting two identical rows just throws it all off.  I tried to knit back a few rows to correct it but I kept losing more stitches with the knit-two-together, slip-slip-knit, and the yarn overs.

I ripped it all out back to the ribbing and decided to put in some lifelines after each 12-row lace pattern.  The good news is that I did start with the correct amount of stitches and didn’t have to reknit the ribbing.

Wish me luck…

FO Friday

FO = finished object

Yay!  One more pair of socks for the gift pile…or myself.

This is the Handmade Sock Society Season 2 first sock: Shell Cottage.  If you’ve ever knit anything from Helen Stewart, you know how well written her patterns are.  She lists each row and the stitch count so it’s easy to put down the project and pick it up again.  I still kept track of my rows on the sock foot so I could make they were both the same length.  I learned the hard way to count my rows rather than just measure the length as it is easy to stretch an item to make it fit (and hurry the knitting along).

The second sock in the series will be released next month.

Knit Picks Stroll fingering yarn in Basalt Heather, 69 grams.  Size #1 (2.25mm) needle.

I really like the texture.

Have you finished anything lately?

Dorothy was right

I returned home late Monday night.  Dorothy was right, “There is no place like home.”

Our son was ill and in the hospital.  My daughter-in-law started a new job the day he was admitted which was a bit overwhelming.  She just needed some moral support so I did what moms do and went to offer that needed support.  Though our son said it wasn’t necessary for me to come, I think he was glad I was there.  He is home now and recovering and that’s all good.

I think I ripped out as much as I knit on the second Shell Cottage sock.  Well, not really but it felt that way to me.  The stitch pattern is four rows and with things being so hectic, I “forgot” to tick off a row so I had an extra row that threw off the rhythm of the stitch pattern.  Of course, I didn’t find it until 16 rows later…  Perfectionist that I am, I had to fix it.

As of this writing, I’m just ready to do the heel flap.  I just didn’t want to deal with dpns on the plane and I had other things to do since I’ve been home. I will get some knitting time in today!

While I was in Arkansas, my daughter-in-law picked up some yarn for a blanket.  It was nice to sit and knit with someone who speaks and understands the language of knitting.

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.