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.I 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?
I am 99.99% sure that I dropped a stitch on the bottom of Jayne’s first sock when I photographed it to show my progress. Of course, I didn’t realize that until I was ready to graft the toe together and found I was short one stitch. And I didn’t see it until I was ready to change from the mini circular needle to the double-point needles on the second sock to knit the toe. Click here for a better explanation of using circular vs. double-pointed needles for socks.
I wanted to get right on with the second sock and graft the toe of the first sock later, like in the morning with natural daylight. Well, one thing led to another and I didn’t graft the toe until I needed those double-pointed needles to finish the second sock toe.
And that’s when I discovered the dropped stitch. Way down on the heel/foot. Tacking the stitch would cause a small but annoying bump that would feel like a large grain of sand with each and every step.
It’s that purple stitch. Right there.
No, I didn’t rip out down to the offending stitch but picked up and knit that stitch all the way to where the toe section began.
It made a bit of a ridge on the bottom of the foot but I’m ready to finish the toe again, weave in the ends, and call them done.
I’m hoping the yarn ridge will relax somewhat and fix itself when I soak the finished socks. Or am I kidding myself?
Our 11-year old granddaughter stayed with us over the weekend. We went to Blackwater Falls near Davis, West Virginia, and walked to the falls. It was a crisp, sunny day. A bit chilly for our picnic but by sitting in the sun we managed to stay comfortable.
After we got home, Jayne and I dyed some Knit Picks Stroll fingering-weight yarn using Easter egg dye and some food coloring. We soaked the yarn in water with three tablespoons of white vinegar before we left in the morning so it would be ready for us when we came home.
She decided on teal, purple and pink dyes alternating the colors all the way around the oval of yarn. I bought some 20ml syringes to apply the dye. They worked much better than the cheap squeeze bottles I used before. The syringes did not leak or drip.
Once all the dye was on the yarn, we wrapped it in plastic wrap and placed the bundle in a glass dish. Then we microwaved it for two minutes, let it cool anywhere from 5-15 minutes, and repeated that process for a total of four times to heat set the dye. (I was so involved that I forgot to take more pictures. Oops!)
When the yarn was cool, she rinsed it thoroughly in warm to cool water with a little bit of clear soap. The yarn absorbed most of the dye and she only had a small amount of purple dye wash out. By Sunday morning the yarn was ready to wind into a ball.
I’ve already started knitting a pair of Helen Stewart’s Dorsal Fin socks (her choice) for her with the yarn she dyed.