Thursday, October 18, 2007

In which Angus meets a contractor

We had a guy over tonight to talk to us about the garage roof, which is in need of repair. So while he went on (and on) about cedar shakes and how they're cut from trees, and how they're installed properly, with what kind of nail, and what kind of underlay and, and, and ....
Angus, possibly fed up with this guy sitting at his dining table, talking to his people, grabbed his foot and started chewing on his ankle.
"Hey!" the roofing contractor said, "What are you doing there, little guy?"
Luckily, he has cats of his own, so he understood, as much as anyone understands Angus.
I turned a short row heel tonight, and, eeh. I may rip it out. The cuff of the sock is largely stockinette, and it seems baggy at the ankle, so I wonder if a heel flap would have been a better decision; if that would have pulled in the ankle a bit.
I'm going to sleep on that, unless anyone has a thought on the matter.


YarnDork said...

Not having too very much experience with short row heels, I did try one where you didn't short row all the stitches of the heel half. I think at the time it was because there was some gusset increases, but I thought, that's pretty neat that you don't have to go all the way. Maybe if yours is too baggy, just rip it back a little, and leave maybe 3 or 4 stitches on each side undone. I think I had to do some wierd K3tog or something to help get rid of a little hole, but I'm sure you can figure it out when you get there.

comette said...

LOL about Angus the Cat! I recently read my daughter a book called "Chewy Louis" about a puppy, but your scenario is [almost] straight out of that book!

Anonymous said...

Hi Meg --
not sure how far back you were thinking of ripping your heel, but if you don't mind starting it over from a little farther up the cuff, you might find that the gusset heel from Katherine Misegades' Gansey-style sock fits smoothly - I haven't finished the first of the pair yet, but from trying the one on in progress (in knitu? it's still on the needles), it seems very comfortable and doesn't sag at the back. The underneath part of the heel is still worked in short rows (combined with decreases so the gusset stitches get used up steadily), and it runs evenly into the foot of the sock.

The PDF for the sock pattern is here:

and she also has an on-line workshop for it at her site:

Back to lurkerdom. : )

-- JullesT