My current work in progress:

1. Segel, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the "Draco" gradient set on a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

As the Heel Turns

I have here in front of me a new sock book: As the Heel Turns: Taking the drama out of knitting socks by Hilary Latimer.

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The blurb:

The creator of Criminal Knits is back again, this time with a book for those who have tried and failed to knit the perfect sock. “As the Heel Turns” tackles such thorny issues as corns, bunions, high and low arches, cankles, and a host of other problems that waylay the unsuspecting sock knitter! Twelve easy-to-adjust patterns ranging from simple garter to more complex lace ones allow the reader to test things out.

That sounds promising, doesn’t it? I turned past the title page:

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Very cute artwork!

As the blurb promised, there are twelve pretty patterns, shown in a thumbnail index here:

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Apart from the patterns, the book has lots of great advice on resizing socks for real feet. You know, feet that are not model perfect and in the exact proportions that are considered the norm. Have pointier than usual toes? Bunions? Cankles? All of these are covered.

A new-to-me heel is used on these socks: the Criminally Mindless Heel.

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I have not tried knitting it yet, but reading how to do it, it does look pretty darn easy!

The patterns are all toe up, and you can of course sub a different heel in them. One of the things I really like about this book is that every pattern includes its own tips for altering to fit your feet.

Hilary has generously offered a second copy of the book for my giveaway. Who’d like it?

To be entered in a drawing to win a copy of As the Heel Turns: Taking the drama out of knitting socks by Hilary Latimer, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern time Wednesday, October 29, 2014. I’ll choose a lucky winner at random at that time.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch . . .

Loki is hanging out in his play house.

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Sometimes, after a big kill (check out the fuzzy rats!) he’ll lie outside his house!

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Segel Progress

I am happily knitting along on my Segel wrap, and at this point I have worked through 1 complete set of gradients:

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I am loving how it looks and how nice the yarn is knit at a looser gauge.

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I enjoyed reading the comments on my last post about Loki and his desire to take over all horizontal surfaces in my home, particularly the suggestion that he might need a cat tree or two. Trust me, he has plenty of furniture that belongs to him. My cleaning lady refers to the living room as “Loki’s playground.”

Here’s another photo of the Little Prince:

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He is lying on top of my jewelry armoire. Note that it is turned so that the drawers are facing the wall. That’s because one evening I watched as Loki reached down with one chubby paw and pried open a drawer, removed a piece of jewelry, and dropped it to the floor. It was then I realized why I had found a wristwatch in my foyer upon returning home from work the previous day.

Coincidentally, the piece of jewelry I saw him select was a brooch in the shape of a cat.

Loki says:

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“Look at me! I’m adorable!”

Gradient

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