Thursday, July 12, 2012

Afterthought

A Domestic Foot

Fact #1 :: It is quite hard to take a good photo of one's own feet...especially when you're trying to take a photo of the heel...without your camera remote

Fact #2 :: The afterthought heel is pure genius!

Fact #3 :: I think this heel just changed my sock knitting life and therefore I think there will be way more socks knit up in the very near future

We have a heel people!!  We have a heel!  And can I just say that I am completely and totally in love with this heel!  Actually, I'm just in love with these socks.  Period.  Whenever I look at them I have nothing but hearts in my eyes.  Such, such love.  So much love that I think I might need to get another skein and make 80s style legwarmers.  But why stop there?  I should totally make a pair of mittens.  And maybe some armwarmers...ok, ok...I need to stop. Oh Domestic Badass, how I heart you so!

Anyhoo, so after knitting in the waste yarn for the afterthought heel I had knit an inch before I realized something.  How will I know when and where to start the increases for my meaty calves?  Normally when I knit toe-up I like to knit either an eye of partridge or slip stitch heel, and from there it's easy to tell where you are in the leg and if you need to make increases and whatnot.  But this time around, with no heel in place, how will I know?  I decided to knit the afterthought heel on only one of the socks.  

It was magic.  Pure magic.

A Domestic Sock

And now that my socks are looking more like socks I'm even more motivated to get them done.  Normally I feel like I'm knitting against the clock (so many yarns and patterns, so little time!) but with this project I feel like I'm knitting against the ball of yarn.  Will I have enough yarn to make these bad boys into knee highs?  I keep reasoning that I have short, stubby, tater tot legs and that I will definitely have enough yardage for knee highs.  So I'm trying to knit as fast as the wind in hopes that the faster I knit, the less likely I'll run out of yarn.

Doesn't make sense does it?  But I'm sure some of you have done this before.  I can't be the only one.

8 comments:

  1. I would love to try this heel! What pattern did you follow? Or is there a tutorial online that you could link to?

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    1. You should definitely try this heel! I left the notes on my Ravelry project page, but basically I used this video tutorial:

      http://www.theknitgirllls.com/wordpress/index.php/2011/03/tutorial-series-afterthought-heel/

      And this photo tutorial: http://www.socknitters.com/lessons/afterthoughtheels.htm

      The photo tute is for toe-up socks, which is what I'm doing.

      Hope this helps! :)

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  2. I don't race the yarn to the end of the skein. But you shgould see me race the sewing machine to the end of the spool or bobbin!

    Jane: as usual S P-M has a blog entry. She's following on EZ.

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    1. Hahaha...I do the same thing when I sew too! :)

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  3. I totally race to the end of the skein, and every time, I believe it will work! The faster I knit, the more yarn I have!

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  4. Yay! They look awesome! The afterthought heel is pure magic. :)

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