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

Twist again

The Twist Again Shawl was finished at least a week ago and blocked…twice.

I blocked the shawl wrong the first time.  What?

The points were supposed to be where the bobbles are, not in between.

So I kept the wires in the top, dampened (soaked) the bottom edges, and reinserted the blocking wires through the stitches under the bobbles.

Now the bobbles pop out more.

The yarn is Hacho by Mirasol Yarn (DK weight) in a multi-green shade.  I used 170 grams or about 470 yards.  I started on January 25 and finished it on February 5, 2021.  Not bad.

The pattern consists of stockinette sections with reverse stockinette ridges.  The lace pattern was fairly easy to figure out.  The rows with the bobble stitches were not difficult but I had to rest my hands after each of those rows.

This shawl will be perfect to throw over the shoulders of my green wool winter coat for more warmth on these cold, winter days.

Speaking of cold, winter days…we just got through the third winter storm so far this month. We are very grateful that we did not lose power or water.  I hope you are safe, warm, and have enough to eat.

Patti

The dropped stitch

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?

Patti

Jayne’s sock

After last week’s yarn dyeing adventure, I balled up the yarn and began the Dorsal Fin socks for my granddaughter.

The yarn was pooling a bit in the cuff area but I soldiered on and the colors sorted themselves out on the leg.

The detail that runs up/down the back of the leg is not as visible because of the colors but it might stand out more when wearing.

The heel is turned and the gusset is almost finished. It’s just plain old knitting the rest of the foot and toe. This sock will be finished this week and the second sock started.

My progress was slowed down last week as I was digging and moving some large rocks around the deck and my hands ached too much to knit.  But that’s another story.Patti