There I was on Sunday, knitting away on the knee sock, obsessing over the approaching short row heel.
My friend Lizzie suggested I consider the possibility of an afterthought heel. I have seen photos of afterthought heels, the kind of photo where the sock is folded so that the toe is flat and the heel looks more like a codpiece (warning, somewhat graphic pictures on that link) than anything one would want to put on a sock. I dismissed that idea out of hand.
To soothe my troubled spirits, I worked on the Fetching wristwarmer. Followed the instructions blindly, then looked down to see this:
Hmmm... Here I have knit a few stitches with waste yarn, then knit them again with the working yarn and continued on around. The instructions tell me to go back later and pick up those stitches on the waste yarn, thusly:
and then knit around for a few rounds to form the thumb.
Then, while knitting in the car the other day, I heard Liat say, "I really like those stripes on the sock, Mom." Oh drat. When I get to the dreaded short-row heel, it will mess up my stripes. What to do? Would skipping the short row heel be a cop-out? Wouldn't knitting a different kind of new-to-me heel be just as good as far as furthing my knitterly education goes?
We shall see. That single line of blue stitches is where the codpiece, er I mean afterthought heel, will go.