Hi all! Guess what, I didn’t scrap my work and start over this week! I don’t know why that’s so exciting for me, but it is. Just a few notes to add to the project. I did a gauge swatch at the beginning after I switched yarns, and the gauge did appear to be correct. I have also taken the socks off the needles and onto a piece of scrap yarn to see how they were fitting, and everything feels great so far. Ready to see some tangible progress? Here goes!
Hour 7: Getting to the heel.
I don’t know why I took this picture from this angle. Maybe it was to show that I went back to working with two needles again? I don’t know, but it’s weird. So, sorry about that. After another hour the sock was long enough that I felt it was time to go onto the heel. I was a little worried that the pattern was having me make the sock too long, so I moved onto shaping the heel a bit early. I am hoping that this was the right decision, but since I’ve never knit a pair of socks before, I could be in for a disaster going forward. I am hoping for the best. When I hit the edge of my heel, I switched back to two needles so I could work the heel and leave the top in tact. I plan to switch back to a single circular needle when I’ve finished the heel.
Hour 8: Starting the heel.
First of all, look at how the sock is now forcing me to photograph it length wise. It makes me happy. Figuring out how to knit a short row heel was somewhat difficult for me having never done it before, as you might have guessed from this week’s tutorials. It took a little while for me to do so, which is why you don’t see too much progress during this hour. But, I eventually figured it out and here you can see the first few rows of the heel.
Hour 9: More Heel
Nothing too special here, just a few more short rows.
Hour 10: Going back towards green
Truth be told, this photo is from between hour 9 and 10. However, it shows a pivotal point for me. This is where I hit the half way point of my heel and started heading back towards working the non-heel part of the sock. Yay!
Hour 11: Finishing the Heel
Woot, the heel is done! I’m ready to switch back to my green and work on the upper part of the sock. Yay! I’ll probably pull it off the needles again after a bit to try it on. I also need to decide just how long I want to wear it. I usually wear low cut socks, but this one won’t work so well that way. And I do wear longer socks in the winter. It’s Minnesota, it gets cold here. I am hoping that at this pace I can finish the first sock in the next two weeks.
I think I addressed this in my Crafting Hour post, but I wanted to take a moment to say that I hope these hourly posts inspire you to try something new. Part of the reason I want to do them is to show people that even if they can only craft in small chunks of time, you can still be productive and create things that make you happy.
Speaking of happy, what types of crafts do you do to wind down or get away from the world? I like to try everything, so I’m always up for something new!