Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Short Row Heels and...

...how they elude me.

So I'm knitting a sock (I'm sure this surprises absolutely no one.). I'm knitting it using Socks that Rock (STR) in colorway Queen Rock. So far I'm liking the sock. It's ribbed at the cuff and then stockinette. Of course, I'm at the point where I'd like to start the heel.

Now, we have a problem.

I would really like to try a short row heel. I have no idea how to knit a short row heel. I've looked online and I have not yet found a way that explains, in great detail, a way to knit short row heels that makes sense to me. It's all really quite confusing. Not to mention that most of the tutorials I've seen start out with "You knit your heels stitches..." See, I'm working without a pattern here. I've never knit a sock without a pattern. So I need a heel instruction that actually addresses how many stitches you should have on the needle. Or that at least explains how to get the heel started.

I've done short rows before. I knit Ruffles, which is almost all short rows, all the time. I've never found short rows difficult. In fact, I've often been puzzled at why anyone thinks short rows are the slightest bit complicated. Yeah. I think the knitting muse decided I needed to be taken to task for that thought, because short row heels? I just don't get them.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Wading Through

At the moment I'm just wading through the days, counting them down until I am on vacation.

Vacation time will mean more knitting time, which is sadly lacking at the moment.

There has been a wee bit of knitting, but no new pictures this week. I am one repeat further on the Branching Out scarf and I've cast on a new pair of socks (really, why finish a pair of socks when you can cast on for a new pair?) using Socks that Rock in Queen Rock. I love this yarn. This is probably a good thing since I am a member of their sock club.

I've also joined a new Knit-A-Long called the Summer of Stash. According to the SOS guidelines, I cannot purchase new yarn from Memorial Day until Labor Day. So far I am doing fine with this. We are allowed two exceptions, and I've chosen to save both of my exceptions for a rainy day. I'm hoping I'll make it through the whole summer without needing to use either, but I admit I like knowing they are there.

I'm hoping this new KAL will help me to focus on current projects rather than new ones. I would really like to have more finished items than I do right now.

Of course, I can't imagine having an entire post with no pictures, so here is a picture of a surprise that I wasn't able to show before.

I made this scarf for my sister Samantha.

The pattern is Ruffles from the book Scarf Style. The yarn is Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb in colorway Black Purl, which is 50% wool & 50% silk. I like it so much I'm probably going to make myself one at some point.

Here's a closeup:

Happy Knitting!