This weekend, Wendy D. Johnson came to Charlotte and taught an awesome workshop on toe and heel techniques at one of the local yarn shops, Charlotte Yarn. I learned how to do the two things I have been really wanting to figure out; Judy’s Magic Cast On and a slip-stitch heel for toe-up socks.
I made a heel flap! Now that I can do it, I’ll be using this a lot. Short-row heels are fine, but they don’t seem to fit the back of my ankle very snugly.
I got a copy of Wendy’s book, Socks from the Toe Up, about a week ago, and it is chock-full of good techniques and cool patterns. I can’t wait to start them! I will have to wait just a little though; I started knitting Wendy’s Rivulets socks on Saturday after the class. After all, I dyed yarn specifically for them! The picture is a bit cruddy because it’s using my camera phone…the yarn is actually a kind of sea-blue color with purple speckles. You’ve seen it in previous posts.
I had to do a little math, since my gauge was 6 stitches/inch and the pattern calls for 8, but it looks like it’s working up just fine. I am getting pretty good at adjusting patterns for gauge since I am apparently a yarn rebel. Of course, the real test will be turning the heel. Will it fit right? I guess we’ll see!
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