Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Between cat/dog/bunny tending, I have been knitting. Finished the socks with the Strong Heel, seen here at

They fit me really well, and were a cinch to knit. No picking up of stitches and no yarn overs to hide a gap in the short rows. Princess thinks they smell great, after being worn a day.

In fact, I like them so much that I am using the technique to replace the heels on three pair that have been waiting patiently for mending. I thought I saw how to do this on, but after looking, I don't see it there. Maybe Fleegle? Anyway, I whacked each sock in two, right above where the heel flap began. Once the heel is reknit, I will, with luck, kitchener it to the sock foot, after cutting off the gusset and holey heel. It's a bit fiddly, but quicker than knitting a whole nuther sock. I am not worried about matching the yarn; this will be a way to use up those leftover bits I have squirreled away. And I didn't want to throw the socks away; in fact, one pair is almost ten years old, but I wore through the heel the first day. The yarn was mostly pure wool, with no nylon. I don't use that for socks anymore. The ones I have with nylon wear like iron.

I've also done a bit more work on 'Leslie,' shown here in b&w. The hair and background I am not worried about, but I want the nose and mouth area to be perfect - or as near to perfect as I can make it.