The Blossom sock progresses, but not at all times well…
We left sock #1 at the mid-sole point. The remainder of the sole went well, though an accidental “jog” in the join continues to irritate. Eventually, the sole completed, we find ourselves with a tube for encasing the foot…
… albeit one manufactured for a veritable Gog:
Down at heel
After forming the body of the foot, it comes time to get down ‘n dirty with the short-row heel.Â Regular readers will know that, despite several attempts, I have yet to make a successful sock with a short-row heel…Â Yes, I am living dangerously in attempting this as an exhibition piece (Who am I kidding? The mistakes are far too visible, this sock won’t be going on public view!)
Being without an Internet connection, I did struggle with the pattern instructions- a video tutorial would have helped enormously with the tightened yarnovers.Â I did my best, and that appears to have been less than perfect, as my stitch counts wandered a bit and at least one hole resulted.Â Some tinking was involved, but not much – just a couple of rows.
Overall though, it’s not a bad-looking heel. I have yet to try it on. Previous short-row heels have failed to yield a sock that would pass over the heel to the ankle…
… I do hope that this one makes it. It’s a short-row heel with gusset. Maybe the gusset will make all the difference.
The gusset gave me some grief: 31 stitches are held on needle 2 and the rest are live and knitted on the circular. It was tight, uncomfortable , and slow. Once I suspended the stitches from needle 2 and placed them on a length of yarn, the whole exercise became much more pleasant. I will do this from the off on sock #2
And, speaking of that gusset, I noticed this morning that it is faulty. The right-hand side looks perfect (or as perfect as will “do” for me)
but the left-hand side is awful! It is full of holes and I have clearly failed to get the method right on that side.
Some of this afternoon will be spent in deciding whether or not to re-knit the gusset. Though, looking at that last photo, it’s a given, isn’t it? Damn – I do hate backwards progress.
… we now have something looking vaguely like it might be worn on a (very large) foot. It may one day morph into an actual sock!
The next step is to add the leg. I hope to begin that later today but I first want to spin some roving (24 days, and counting…)
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So, what would you do? Would you live with that gusset? Or would you frog? Tell me!
This project now has a name: Banksia. Banksia is one of the Proteas – plants from the Southern Hemisphere that propagate by serotiny i.e. after burning. South/Fire/Blossom.Â All bases covered.