Hemshin is a region in Turkey’s E. Black Sea region. There are actually two Hemshins, one near Rize, and the other near the town of Hopa. (There’s a third one in Georgia as well). This sock pattern is from the one near Rize. Τhe original (the well-worn sock in lighter blue) was knitted by the mother of a friend from Rize, and I chose it as my first Turkish-style sock because the pattern is fairly straightforward compared to some of the very abstract patterns of some of the others. There are basically four different motifs going on - the central floral motif, the repeating triangles on the edges, the repeating “hook” pattern on the side panel (which is also a continuation of the original cast-on) and the striped sole pattern. And for some reason, I just now noticed that the “bud” of the flower on the original is two stitches wide, not one stitch wide as I did it. :) Well, it’s just going to have to be that way because there is no way in hell I'm ripping back! It's the folk process...;)
I'm knitting this round-the-neck and from the purl side; it works the best for me for stranded work.
This is my second attempt at this sock and aside from a couple glitches on the sole and the first time through the pattern it’s going well. The first attempt was with yarn that was too thick and the sock was clearly going to be enormous, so it got a drawstring row and became a purse. This time I got the yarn and gauge right but the white yarn is a little too splitty and fluffy for my taste. But I got this far so I guess I can't stop now!