Today, it’s one of those days.
One of those days during which I don’t like to talk. I do not want to be spoken to either. I just want to sit here in silence.
I really don’t know why the desire to be still is so strong today – the weekend has been filled with joyful activities so far. Yesterday, I went to a spinning group meeting I have wanted to attend since last year, but never made it – I actually got some spinning done and could try out an Ashford Kiwi (it’s a beautiful wheel, I might change my plans of purchasing a Ladybug). Philipp picked me up, we drove home, ate something, and then drove to Duesseldorf to visit the friends we wanted to celebrate New Year’s Eve with.
The evening was great – we laughed a lot, talked a lot, ate a lot, and I tried out a new recipe that was a hit. I am definitely making this cake again (and I will share the recipe, too, it’s really easy to make and tastes great).
We went home at 20 minutes to midnight, and the snow caught up with us when we were halfway home. Luckily, the roads were not slippery yet, but Philipp drove cautiously, and so it was 1am before we could crawl into bed (this was the first day since the 29th of December that I didn’t write on my story. But I was simply too tired).
Today, I cannot be silent, though. I WILL have to talk to others later, and this is already exhausting me. I don’t know why. I like people and talking to folks (usually, the problem for me is to shut the f*** up), but not today. I want to sit here and crochet, to write on my story, to read and to be silent.
I finished the first pair of socks in 2016! Traditionally, the first pair of socks is for me, and I picked the ball of Regia Monaco Colour I got during the Julklap at my knitting group and cast on for a pair of Geek socks (designed by Wei S. Leong, better known as kiwiyarns):
I was a bit unsure of which size to choose, because my stitch gauge was a bit bigger, but then I read an advice on ravelry to cast on for the next bigger size if you never had knit stranded (or stranded-like) socks before. So I went with 68 stitches.
What can I say – it went beautifully. My fear that the cuff would sag, because I usually knit with 64 maximum was naught – in fact, the slipped stitches do draw in the fabric quite a bit, and while I tried the sock on several times (as you can see in the photo above, I was already past the afterthought heel part), the sock was snug, but fit.
Here you can see the floats … I spread out the stitches evenly during the first two rows of the pattern, but I had no problems whatsoever. The pattern isn’t really suitable for watching interesting Let’s Plays while knitting, but then again, if you have done lots of colourwork, this wouldn’t be a problem for sure (also, you don’t need to look at the screen all the time anyway).
While I have been a bit sceptical of the afterthought heel concept in the past, I now have to say: It’s brilliant. Simply brilliant. After having tried out one myself, I can definitely see why it’s so appealing to many knitters.
Knitting an afterthought heel simply means that you knit until you think the leg section is long enough, then knit half of the stitches and knit the other half of the stitches with a contrast yarn, then with the original yarn. You continue to knit until your sock measures about 10 cm (or 2″) less than your foot length (for me that meant knitting until I reached 13,5 cm – the heel is 5cm wide), measured from the contrast yarn) and knit your toe decreases.
In the end, I’d better stuck with Wei’s instructions about decreasing every second row, but I knit according to the Regia chart as usual, and this time, the toe was a little long. Ah well. It doesn’t bug me much.
Picking out the contrast yarn and knitting the afterthought heel was way easier than I thought – I had problems with holes at the sides when I tried this technique before, but I was fine this time. Instead of decreasing to 20 stitches, I decreased until 24 before I closed the stitches with kitchener stitch.
Well? This pattern is REALLY well written. Wei gives you extended information not only how to knit an afterthought heel, but also provides trouble-shooting information about what you can do if the heel doesn’t fit you the way you want. I will definitely knit it again and will use afterthought heels on Philipp’s next pair of socks as well (they will be started in February for his birthday).
Have a wonderful weekend my friends and take care!
Lots of love,