One down

…and one to go.

I’m talking about The Handmade Sock Society 2 pattern: Samphire.  I was having trouble keeping my stitch count correct so I finally added some lifelines and made it to the tip of the toe. 

The lace pattern wasn’t difficult, it was just my wandering mind.  I try to multitask when knitting and was listening to a book (Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal) when I got so wrapped up in the story that I lost track of my knitting.  My bad.

So Samphire sock #1 is finished and the second sock is ready for the lace panel.  I followed the pattern as written though I changed the heel flap to the partridge eye heel.  I like it better and think it wears well.

I love the color though it’s a bit dark for my eyes at night.  I should invest in a better light next to my knitting chair so I can see the stitches better.  The third sock pattern in this series will be out soon.  Hopefully, I can get this pair finished by then.

Needles at the ready!

My back had been acting up to the point that Mr. Aitch had to take me to the emergency room.  Excruciating pain radiating from my lower back to my toes.  It even hurt to breathe.  It was close to Memorial Day weekend so seeing my regular doctor wasn’t possible for a few days. Some days I couldn’t pick up my knitting. Things are looking up.  I’m on the mend now and taking each day at a time.

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?

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.