25 November 2006

Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts's Short Row Heel

I've been knitting like crazy all morning. Hedera has been taking up my time, these days. I've made the occasional error on the leg, but manged to fix it all without it looking too shabby. I did have to restart the sock last weekend, after I realized I was doing the ssk incorrectly (I forgot to slip knitwise), but since then things had been going relatively smoothly. Until today.

"The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow."
—H.G. Wells

One can only hope. I had decided to work a short row heel for Hedera, instead of the heel flap/gusset it calls for. The problem is, perhaps, that I don't own a reference for sock construction, and the websites I've been going off of haven't always been very clear. Purlwise has been my main reference, and I don't mean to say that it isn't good; it just isn't always as clear as I would like. It was the TechGuy Sock pattern that helped clear things up for me when I was uncertain. Of course, had I thought about it in the first place, I could have figured it out on my own and saved myself an hour and a half of knitting/ripping back, but apparently thinking is highly overrated on Saturdays. Then again, so is wasting time.

As you can see, I eventually got the hang of the first part of the short row heel, and have just now finished the second part. Finally. After taking a close look at it, though, I realized that part of the rightside of the 'seam' that the short row heel (not a real seam, mind you) is full of holes—in other words, I messed up, and covered for the mistake poorly.

Tomorrow I'll be back to square one, then, the start of the heel; my hands ache and I can't stand to look at Hedera any more today. One of these days, I'm going to learn to use a lifeline when trying out new techniques. It'd save me so much time.

"After all, tomorrow is another day."
—from Gone With the Wind

Yes; it is, indeed.


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