64 days isn’t that long.

ynbaluarie_1.jpg What would life be like if I bought no yarn, no patterns, no knitting books until February 1? Is there a hobby where you don’t spend your time overloading acquiring things for the hobby? If so, let me know, and the hobby better not be “the practice of Zen”.

It’s not like I would lack for things to read, or knit. I have four five six projects on the needles (the Cabled Rib cardigan, the Age of Aquarius hat, the Cherry Tree Hill socks…the Lush sweater and the multidirectional scarf. That’s kind of embarrassing. Without the distractions of new acquisitions, I might actually finish something. At least the multidirectional scarf has gotten significantly longer.

I’ve acquired a stack of knitting books recently, but I should go back and re-read my very first two: Knitting Without Tears, and The “I Hate to Finish Sweaters” Guide to Finishing Sweaters. That might help as I confront the fact that despite my best efforts, I’m actually making progress on the Cabled Rib Cardigan.

I am still struggling, however with the heel for Michelle’s Basic Socks. After deciding simply to forge ahead and do a “regular” short row heel, I was unsatisfied with the results. Sloppy wraps to the left in that photo, and a big lump at the base of the heel to the right. I could ignore it and continue with what I’m coming to suspect is a substandard sock, but no. First, the YNBA is a reflective thing, a period in which can consider my techniques and improve upon them with current projects, rather than starting something new to get away from a problem with something old. Two, and most important, I can already buy socks that don’t fit properly at any store on the planet except for AutoZone. I make socks that fit.

I returned to Simple Socks Plain and Fancy, and have re-read the short-row heel instructions. They are sinking in. I am prepared to have a growth experience with my knitting. I am prepared to learn and grow as a knitter rather than rush headlong into something unsatisfying. Either that, or I’ll do an afterthought heel.

4 thoughts on “64 days isn’t that long.

  1. Siow Chin

    Hi Donna, I’m experiencing problem with my short-row heel too. I’m wonderng if I should get PG-R’s book? Are there more details about this technique than in her Dream Sock article in the IK 2000 article? Thanks.

  2. Rob

    I sat down to study socks this summer, because of the same feeling — if I make my own socks, I would like them to fit better than the generic store-bought socks. In the process, I gave up on short row heels. I got to the point where they looked nice enough, but I just don’t like how low down on the back of the foot that sock ankle ends. To complicate matters, I make all my socks toe-up, and it seemed that everyone used a short-row heel for those. Then I found Janet Rehfledt’s Toe Up Techniques for Handknit Socks, (which teaches great techniques for short row heels, by the way) and her instructions for a reverse guesset and flap heel. I love it. I also have gotten to the point you describe as well , for the rest of my knitting — I am doing it thoughtfully, and am much happier with myself as a result.


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