I promised Sarah I would write a recap of Stitches West and so I will – as soon as my brain starts functioning again. I think another 24 hours should do it. It was a crazy, wonderful, and totally exhausting weekend and I can’t wait to share it will you but it all needs to sink in a bit.
And so I revert to what relaxes me most, something I put aside for a few weeks as I worked on the business of knitting instead of on my knitting. You may remember I fell in love with a Hand Maiden silk/cashmere blend and decided to remedy my woeful lack of sock experience. Well, sometimes baby steps are the best you can do, and so last night with only a small portion of my brain still functioning and the need (yes, need) to knit I decided to work afterthought heels.
I think I can feel more advanced sock-knitting readers shaking their heads at me, but I have to admit I really like the simplicity and symmetry of socks knit with 2 circulars and afterthought heels. It’s just so straightforward. And so I ask you, those who are snickering just a bit at my naiveté, is it really so bad to have a sock pattern for non-sock knitters?
I plan to add some fine mohair to the heel, use a needle 1 size larger and knit the heel before I'm done (a mid-way heel?) so that I can try it on. I’ll use a slip stitch for a little density and narrowing –- and so I am happy -- at least on paper. I have not started the heel yet and so ask you to show me the error of my ways. I am willing to bend to the greater knowledge of others but in the meantime I’m just knitting...and smiling even though I know I’ll have to rip it all back if you convince me I’m wrong.