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!

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.

THSS II Samphire

The Handmade Sock Society II second sock pattern, Samphire, came out last month.  I’ve been working on it though this is the first time I’ve posted about it.

The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll fingering weight in Aurora Heather (color 25025), a rich, deep hunter green.

The pattern has a lace panel down the front which doesn’t show up well in my pictures so I’ve borrowed this one from the pattern.

My first mistake was when I decided to count the stitches on the needle.  That’s when I discovered I had lost two stitches somewhere between the ribbing and row 54.  The pattern stitches were fine somehow and I could always not decrease a couple of stitches after the heel turn to make up for the two missing ones.

Then I forgot to mark my row and knit it a second time.

Lace has a certain rhythm and knitting two identical rows just throws it all off.  I tried to knit back a few rows to correct it but I kept losing more stitches with the knit-two-together, slip-slip-knit, and the yarn overs.

I ripped it all out back to the ribbing and decided to put in some lifelines after each 12-row lace pattern.  The good news is that I did start with the correct amount of stitches and didn’t have to reknit the ribbing.

Wish me luck…