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.

Thumb bracelet

Not quite the update I planned.  My post was supposed to be about finishing the Bloomin’ Socks but alas I haven’t accomplished that.  Yet.

Most of the time I listen to an audiobook when I knit.  Right now it’s the Maisie Dobbs series written by Jaqueline Winspear and I love them.  (I’m on book #9 – Elegy for Eddie.) Anyway, I’m knitting the toe of the second sock and I knit one round then decrease one round.  Easy.  It’s just plain old knitting.

Except I get mixed up on whether it’s just knitting or needing to decrease.

So I quickly made some “thumb bracelets” to be mindful of which row/round I’m on. Nothing fancy mind you but they work.

One for the knit round.

And one for the decrease round.

I just need to remember to change them out after each round!  (And please ignore my dry hands.)

I signed up

Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade is offering another sock pattern subscription club inspired by the beautiful Cornish coastline.  The Handmade Sock Society 2 begins with the first of six sock patterns on February 14 and runs through December 5, 2019.

I didn’t join the first club but since I do enjoy knitting socks, I want to try this out.  My plan/hope is to use yarn from my stash for at least three of the patterns.

For a limited time, you can join the club at a discounted price.

Have you ever joined a subscription club before?

Bloomin’ gusset

Between the bitterly cold temperatures, thawing frozen water pipes, a trip to the emergency room*, and shoveling eight inches of snow, I’ve got one Bloomin’ sock done, one Bloomin’ sock to go.

I like it but not in love with it.

The heel flap is chunky and not caressing the back of my foot as much as I like probably because it’s striped and not ribbed.

The gusset is so cool though as the pattern goes around the bottom.  This type of gusset is new to me. 

Usually, the gusset is on the side of the heel flap as shown here.  You can see where I picked up the stitches from the heel flap to continue with the foot.  It makes a triangle on the side.  The gusset on these Bloomin’ socks is on the bottom so the pattern flows all around. 

You can also see where I switched from the double-point needles to the circulars.  The decrease stitches are less pronounced once I could knit smoothly over them. 

When on my foot, the heel flap looks bulky and it seems too high on the back of my foot. 

I adjusted the toe shaping as my toes don’t come to a point as the sock does.

I knit six rounds of the stripe before beginning the decreases so I could end the sock sooner and still have enough room for my toes to wiggle.  I finished with the Kitchener stitch.  It looks loose and mangled in the photos.  I wanted to see how I liked the sock before I tightened up everything and made a neatly finished toe. 

It’s a very thick, two-layer sock and I won’t be able to wear it with any of the shoes or boots that I own (thanks to unwanted water retention), however, I do like it enough to make the second one. 

*Mr. Aitch, not me.  I finally convinced him after a week of discomfort to get the pain in his side and back checked out.  He’s dealing with a kidney stone.  Though not stone free yet, he is feeling somewhat better.