Last week we were talking about ways to avoid the hole that often forms at the top of the heel. When I was working on my second Six-Pack Sock, I took a few ictures of how I deal with this annoying problem.
In this photo, I’ve turned the heel and I’m ready to resume working in the round:
(Remember, as always, you can click on the photos to see larger versions.)
As you can see theres a bit of a gap between the top of the heel and the instep stitches. So I pick up a stitch:
I pick it up from the center of a stitch so it looks more natural. I knit the stitch.
Then I continue and knit across the instep stitches. Then I pick up one stitch at the other side of the heel. On the next round, I knit each picked up stitch together with the heel stitch next to it.
In the comments, a few of you mentioned that Charlene Schurch recommends picking up 2 stitches on each side. I used to do that, but I’ve found that once I got adept at it, I only need to pick up one stitch and that closes the gap nicely.
Thanks for all your lovely comments about the Six-Pack Socks. I’ll be sure to let you know when the pattern is available.
I’m working on another sock, but I’ll talk about that tomorrow.
Un-Official Start of Summer Giveaway!
Here in the United States, Memorial Day (which is today) is the un-official start of summer. In celebration of summer, I’m giving this away:
A brand-new still-in-the-box 1GB iPod Shuffle. This iPod was donated by my mom. She won it in a raffle, and offered it to me for a blog giveaway. Thanks, Mom!
To be entered in the iPod contest:
1. Write a summer-themed Haiku. A Haiku is three short lines. The first line usually contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables. For example:
Summer-time is here
heat and humidity now
turn the a/c on.
Yeah, T.S. Eliot I ain’t. But I wrote that on the spur of the moment, so do cut me some slack.
Okay, write a summer-themed Haiku and leave it in the comments for this post. If it is not summer where you are, you can still enter — it may be the start of winter for you, but you can still write a summer Haiku, right?
2. One Haiku per person, please.
3. Leave your Haiku comment by midnight Eastern time, Thursday, May 29, 2008. The WendyKnits panel of judges will select several finalists. These finalists will be published on Sunday June 1 for everyone to vote on, and the winner will be selected by popular vote.
Okay? Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. My spam filter does not appreciate fine poetry, so your entry might be ensnared in its net. Not to worry, I’ll go in and release comments from time to time.
Lucy is clearly trying to come up with a good entry.
I’ll have to break it to her gently that she is ineligible to enter.