THSS II sock 4 progress

I’ve made great progress on the fourth sock in the Handmade Sock Society season 2 series: Cornish Cream Tea socks. I’ve already turned the heel and am knitting the foot of the first sock.

I’m loving all the different shades of grey in Knit Picks Stroll in Thunderhead.

One thing I have learned from knitting all the socks in this series is that I can’t concentrate on the lace patterns AND decrease the heel gusset while listening to an audiobook.  This lace pattern on this sock is easier for me to read from the included chart rather than the written pattern. But the decreases are on the written pattern page and not the chart thus making me flip back and forth between the two.  I forget to do that when listening to a book.  I could remedy that by rewriting the chart but it’s only for 20 rows.

What are you working on this week?

 

 

Another Cliff Walk

Yay!  Another pair of socks finished.

These are the Cliff Walk socks from Helen Stewart’s Handmade Sock Society season 2 collection, third in the series.

The six-row pattern repeat was easy to follow and it looks a bit like cables though it’s not.

The yarn is 100 grams of Knit Picks Stroll fingering weight in Bare handpainted with Easter egg dye by yours truly.  I only used 68 grams for the socks so that leaves 32-ish grams leftover.  Not enough for a second pair but could be used as cuffs, heels, toes, or something else that I haven’t thought of yet.

These are a tad too long for my feet but I do have someone in mind whose feet would fit perfectly…and would appreciate a pair of handknit socks.

 

 

Second try

The Handmade Sock Society third pattern, Cliff Walk, is beautiful.  But the yarn I chose is not working with this pattern.

The color is pooling and the stitches are obscured.

It’s almost a swirling design.

Plus I’m not enjoying the feel of the yarn while knitting, nor the finished part so far.  It’s coarse and not soft.  Maybe that’s due to the cotton content.  I don’t know.

But I DO know that I will begin anew with a different yarn.  My old stand-by: Knit Picks Stroll.  Midnight Heather is a rich deep blue.  (I’d rather use a tonal but I don’t have any in my stash that I’m willing to use for socks.  The yardage for those yarns is enough for some shawls and I’d hate to use some and not have enough for later.)

I only have 56 grams in this dye lot and will need about 70-80 grams.  I might use black for the cuffs, heels, and toes…

…or dye some Knit Picks Stroll Bare that I do have in my stash.

Samphire finished

The Handmade Sock Society II second sock pattern, Samphire, is finished.  Just in time for the newest pattern release for the third sock in the series, which I’ll talk about in another post.

I kitchener stitched the toe yesterday morning before checking my email for the latest pattern reveal.

Once I figured out the lacy panel and a couple of lifelines, the socks flew off my needles.  Well, the second sock flew.  Knitting the second sock only took a week as I was busy with other things while knitting the first one.

Loving the deep, rich green of Knit Picks Stroll fingering yarn in Aurora Heather.

These socks aren’t blocked yet but truth be told, I haven’t blocked any of my finished socks.

My only mods were to substitute the slipped stitch heel flap for Eye of Partridge heel flap.

A great fit, too!