I am a fast knitter, but nowhere near record fast. Last I heard, one of the fastest knitters in America was knit designer Lily Chin. She went onto the David Letterman show, and cast on for a sweater at the opening. By the end of the show — two, two and a half hours? — she had knitted an entire sweater for Dave, who is not a small man! Now that is fast. (How was it done? I didn’t see it, but I deduce big yarn, big needles, and a simple pattern that she knew well. And knitting like the wind, of course.)
Having started the Hwaet sock all over again, seven days of energetic knitting gets me down to the heel shaping. As you can see, it looks great. Adding six rows of 1×1 ribbing just below the scalloped edge makes it much less curly, and it fits me well enough that I have high hopes that Alma will be able to wear them. In this photo you can see clearly the markers I am using, a dark pink one for the beginning of the round at the back of the leg, and a light pink one exactly halfway around in front. Markers are one of the many underhanded tricks knitters use to keep their place in an elaborate pattern.
At this point the sock is about long enough that I am ready to begin the heel shaping. The art of turning the heel of a sock is truly magical, and most of us rely closely upon the sock directions. Especially in such a complicated color pattern, I am not going to exert independence here. So I am following the pattern exactly, and after the heel increases and shaping I am here.
In this picture you can see the spool of sewing thread I am knitting along with the main color. The idea here is to make the heel area a little more enduring. These little practicalities are handed down like phoenix eggs, from one knitter to the next.
Next up: On beyond heel!
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