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Archive for February 12th, 2004

In the News Again & Peasant Heel Class

Thursday, February 12th, 2004

Well, what do you know! A nice, big photo of The Fabulous Heftones made it into the centerfold of Lansing State Journal’s What’s On section today! Woohoo! We are playing at Altu’s for Valentine’s Day, this Saturday, from 6:30 to 8:30. I’m very excited about this gig. For one thing, we just love playing at Altu’s. For another, we just love playing music together, what a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! And playing our retro romantic music under those circumstances, it just can not get any better than that.

Please consider joining us. The restaurant is at 1312 Michigan Avenue, between Harrison Road and Frandor/US27. She is right across from the Honda dealership, right next to The Dollar (a large dance bar, you can’t miss it). This is at the very border between Lansing and East Lansing.

I sure hope to see you folks there. Let me know if you read it here!

New Class
In other news, I have at least 6 students for my class Friday night at Heritage Spinning and Weaving in Lake Orion (north of Pontiac, which is approximately north of Detroit and south of Flint). I am teaching Peasant (afterthought) Heels for self-striping yarns. It is just a one-evening workshop, from 7pm to 10pm, and they will be bringing a sock ready to start the heel (either toe up or top down). I just love these heels, I’m in the process of making a pair for myself (not self-striping yarns, but the same structure) right now.

These heels are great for knitting on the road. I figure out where I want the heel to start, I mark where it goes, and I keep knitting in a tube. Then when I’m ready, I can knit the heels and the toes at home. I don’t have to stop knitting until I can get a quiet place to turn a heel. I also just plain like how they fit. They look odd off the foot (they fold forward rather than sideways), but they feel good on the foot, in my opinion. The orange/green pair are among Brian’s favorites to wear.

Here are three somewhat different sox I’ve done in this technique. The top pair is in Meilenweit striping yarn, with stripes for the heel/toe. The second is in a bulky alpaca (slipper/bed socks) and I do not have the ball bands so I have no idea what yarn it was. The last pair is Regia striping yarn with solid Special Blauband for the heel/toe. I’ve also done a toe-up pseudo-Turkish pair with this heel, in striping yarns, and I’m finishing a pair in a sort of mottled yarn with the heels not contrasting at all, which should be done in the next week if all goes well.