Well, I’m beginning to build momentum on the Maryland State Flag socks. I had to rip out the toes and start from scratch, because I used too few stitches the first time. I’ve been trying to document everything (because if these turn out as great as I think they will, I might try to sell the pattern on Ravelry).
I’ve finally gotten to the point of turning the heel. Because I never can make myself do the same thing twice, I’m using Cat Bohrdi’s Sweet Tomato Heel this time. It’s actually pretty intuitive once you’ve got it going.
Unlike my try at short row heels on the After Summer Merrily socks, this technique isn’t too ‘visible’, even on the wrong side.
See? A nice, even, minimal line of teeny-tiny holes. Yay!
I wasn’t too sure about memorizing how to close the short row turns, but it’s pretty easy once you remember that there is one of those ‘gaps’ to be closed on each side between the first (instep) and second (heel) needles. So you woogie the stitch before the gap when you start out, close all the gaps until the first needle, knit the instep, then woogie the stitch after the gap until you’ve worked to the middle of the sole needle, then knit around twice and go for the next wedge. Simple enough.
I think I’m going to need a break once the heels are turned, just to get my charts straightened out and my head pulled together. Fortunately, my daughter has asked me to knit a baby hat for her boss’s son’s first birthday. She has an internship at the University of Delaware’s farm, and has her heart set on a cute tomato hat.
I’m torn between going for the cutest one I can find and something more botanically correct. In either case I can’t imagine it will be more than a couple of days interlude.
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