A heel, a heel, my kingdom for a heel!

This is my sort of first sock. My “real” first sock I knit ages ago, out of worsted weight acrylic on size 1US needles – it’s like a little cardboard bootie, never to be repeated. I just wanted to see if I could interpret the directions in my knitting book for patternless socks.

This though, I intend to actually wear. It’s knit in YarnArt wool (discontinued), in a pretty blue. I’ve had it ripening in the stash for about a year, and took it to the sock class I took at the Expo. Hence, a toe up sock on two circulars — now that I am getting the hang of using two circs I can see exactly how magic loop on one long circ works, so I might try that for my next pair of socks.

Anyways….. here’s the picture :

Sock and Dollie.

Note also the yarn dollie – I taught the Bee and some friends to make these in order to keep the kids out of our hair at our dinner on Sunday, and she has been enchanted by it. My stash is being denuded of all that Lion Brand I purchased, and yarn dollies are turning up all over the house.

I had a bit of trouble with the heel part of my sock class – there wasn’t one, so when I started this sock I had no clue what I was going to do when I got to the heel. I hunted around online for a while, and finally found Kri’s Heel Compendium.  This is great thing she has done, and I am going to copy her — I don’t know if I will make a blog page for it, but I am going to get my self a skein of sock yarn, and keep a heel sampler, knitting up heel patterns as I find them, and saving the heel swatchs with the pattern directions in a binder.

Heel closeup.

I used the short row heel, and am fairly happy with it – it was a very fast knit, and fits my foot well so far. I might want to figure out how to add a little gusset shaping over the ankle (it looks as if it might stretch too much), and on the next sock I will follow misocrafty’s Short Row Heel Tutorial to see if I can get rid of the holes that I have on this heel.